La terrazza al sole home swap
Our one bed ground floor apartment is in a renovated building converted to a high standard. There is a bedroom with king size double bed, bathroom and lounge/dining room with a well equipped kitchen area. There is gas central heating for the cooler months. Every room opens on to a paved terrace that runs the whole width of the apartment, and gets the sun nearly all day - so perfect for eating al fresco, relaxing or sunbathing. We are very close to the Lake, but do not have a lake view unless you jump up and down at either end of the terrace and there are not too many leaves on the trees between us and the Lake! We have a lot of flowers and herbs in pots on the terrace which appreciate occasional watering.
There is a gated car park with an allocated space with level access to the apartment.
About the location
Beautiful Lake Como has been attracting visitors to its shores for hundreds of years. The apartment is in an excellent location- Lenno is in the central lake area "the jewel of the Lake". There is easy level access to village amenities. There are 2 supermarkets, banks, post office, pharmacy, garage, excellent hardware and general store and a good number of restaurants and bars. You could eat at a different place every evening for a week without using any transport. There is a (very popular with locals) pizzeria just across the road and on the waterfront an excellent artisan gelateria, with freshly made ice cream in many flavours - not to be missed.
There are bus stops very close to the apartment, going to and from Como and Menaggio - or Colico at the top of the lake. A land train runs from opposite the gelateria into Menaggio, the nearest town. You can catch a boat to beautiful Villa Balbianello, which has featured in several well known films including "Star Wars" and "Casino Royale", or walk up to the villa along the tree lined track to the top. Villa Carlotta, with its famed gardens, is just along the lake shore and it is a short ferry ride to Bellagio, favourite destination for visitors from the USA mainly because of the famous casino in Las Vegas bearing the same name. On the opposite shore. Varenna is a very attractive little town with 2 famous gardens and villas, a Castle on top of a limestone outcrop and a pretty waterfront with several restaurants cafes and gelaterias. It is worth spending a day in Como another very attractive city with a Duomo (cathedral), museums, architecture, restaurants etc and interesting shops.
There is excellent walking in the local mountains, including straight from the front door.
The bus stop is almost next door, and there are frequent boats to all parts of the lake. The ferry station for Lenno is about 15/20 minutes walk away, mostly by the side of the lake. The boat station at Campo is much nearer but only welcomes 2 ferries daily in the summer. There is direct access to the lake by cobbled path at the side of the building and forms part of the Lago di Como Greenway path linking the local villages.
The Swiss border is very close, so you can go to Lake Lugano or to Lugano itself a very rich city!
We are choosing not to fly in 2020. Our preferred route for travelling to the apartment is lunchtime Eurostar to Paris, to catch the 19.15 overnight sleeper train to Milan. Espresso and croissant in Milan Centrale, then train to Como and bus or ferry up the lake to Lenno. Sounds complicated but actually is quite easy and enjoyable - and proper travelling! There are also many routes to choose from if driving, also giving the opportunity for some exploration. It is possible to do a marathon drive in one day to a ferry but we always enjoy one or two overnight stops.
We would prefer to make swaps that are also accessible by public transport and would not need a car when there.
Please note this is our second home - our main residence is in Edinburgh.
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Non Simultaneous Exchange
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Garage / Parking
- Washer / Drier
- Shopping facilities
- Local restaurants
- Good public transport
- Car not required
Closest airport: Any Milan
Nearest city: Como
Property type: Apartment
Location type: Lakes/Mountains