Modern apartment with spectacular lake and mountain views
Hello I'm Carmel married to Paul owners of Casa Caterina. We are Irish and live in N Ireland with our 4 children. I am employed part time in Healthcare, working with disability. My husband Paul runs his own transport company which imports Italian goods, mainly tiles, to Ireland and the UK . This is the main reason we came about owning a property here as we travelled to Milan on business quite a lot.
Owner purchased this Apartment in 2009
Why Owner chose Varenna
We first discovered this area 15 years ago with our young family when we decided to take a break from our usual 2 week child orientated camping holiday and headed Como direction. We knew a little about the Como area but were not prepared for the sheer magnitude and beauty of the place. Maybe it is the mountains, the lake, the climate or a combination of all 3 but the general atmosphere seemed to nourish and revitalise the soul instantly. That summer holiday was the best ever holiday with the hiking, the touring and the children having endless fun jumping from a platform into the lake. When we decided to buy out holiday apartment we knew we wanted it to be in the Varenna/Perledo location but had to wait almost 8 years to find a place that captured the magic of the area. Casa Caterina is that spot! I choose our apartment because its situation give the best views of lake Como and because of its large private garden. I love the outdoor life and spend endless hours gardening with the back drop of the mountains and lake, gaining inspiration from visiting the magnificent Italian villas nearby. There is so much to do close to the property. We spend a lot of our time now hiking in the local area regularly going to Bellano, an hours trek away, have lunch and return by train or bus.The property is a great base to explore the wider Como area also. A popular destination by ferry is Menaggio, and Bellagio is situated on the famous golden triangle area of the lake just a 15 minute crossing away. It is always lovely, however, to return home again just to relax on our patio enjoying the beautiful Italian wines and delicious simplicity of the local food. The options are endless.
What makes this Apartment unique
The unique benefits has got to be the truly spectacular views from the apartment This is a hikers paradise and we spend a lot of our time now discovering the area, walking along the various paths to the local mountain villagers. Sentiero della Viandante (path of the wander) goes right past our apartment complex. Staying in this area is like going back in time, old Italian tradition remain intact, yet in one hours drive you can reach Milan the world capital of fashion and general sophistication
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Dump with a million dollar view
The property was dirty when we checked in. The property manager came and cleaned for 15 minutes or so. The towels were hand towels for your body which clearly did not work out. They were also rough, worn, and stained. There was no soap in the bathroom which is a hygiene issue for me. The bed quilts were filthy underneath with questionable stains. The freezer was broken, gate latch was broken, and shutters were broken. I didn’t sleep well at all. I was uncomfortable in the property so I spent all of my time out exploring the lakes away from the property. It was essentially an uncomfortable crash pad. The owner said something about a gas leak getting repaired and you could still smell gas the whole trip by the car parking area. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more to stay closer to town. It’s really a trek to make every day without a car.
Magnificent Lake Como View
This property is in a nice, quiet location up above the town of Varenna. It was a very relaxing place to spend the last days of our vacation in Italy. It’s a hike to town, but after the Amalfi Coast we were up to the task of ascending/descending hills. The ample parking was a nice change compared to our other Italy rentals (we never lost sleep in fear of a bus side swiping our rental car!), and there is plenty of parking to be found in town, always lots of room at the train station for a nominal charge. We were very pleased to discover that this apartment is situated in the end unit of the complex, so you get a huge ground floor patio, vastly superior to the numerous rental units that had only tiny balconies, in addition to beautiful views from 2 sides. This was a bonus considering the listing didn’t really highlight this as a unique feature in the area. The apartment was comfortable and spacious for my family of four, and the grocery store just a few hairpins above had most of what we needed for supplies (better bread and fresh pasta can be found in Varenna). Could use some attention to amenities like towels, dishcloth/sponges that were extremely well used, wrecked iron/ironing board, burnt out light bulbs... You will put up with the freezer door being duct-taped on, a garden in need of tending/weeding, all because of the view— It’s simply breathtaking!
Varenna with views
The views of the lake at this apartment are as good as most anywhere on the lake-truly beautiful! Enjoying the outdoor patio was the best part of our stay! The apartment was clean though a little sparse. It would benefit from a little decorating and warmth. The walk up and down the hill was a bit strenuous. We enjoyed it and the pool to cool off after the walk but if you are taking many bags up, you would likely want a car or taxi as the property is up quite a hill-adds to the views though!
The view from the terrace is priceless.
I've never been to Italy before & chose the Lake Como area as our home base. The apartment had all the basics and that is all we required. There were a few minor things: a clogged shower drain which caused water to drain slowly & the sofa bed was too uncomfortable to sleep - a bar in the middle of the bed was higher than the head and foot of bed - Fortunately, there were two fold up twin beds and an additional couch for our party of five which sufficed. A few of the side lamps in the kitchen didn't work - burned out bulbs?
The apartment is in an excellent location perched just above Varenna & just a couple minutes drive from Varenna's train station. We will be back someday & hope that we will be able to stay here again.
Good overall experience.
Delightful apartment, WORLD CLASS VIEW!!!
We spent 6 days at this lovely little apartment perched on the hillside between Varenna and Perledo. The views are what sold me on choosing this apartment, and boy, they did NOT disappoint! We pinched ourselves each morning we awoke and looked out over the sparkling blue of Lago di Como and the stunning mountains surrounding us. Sunset was our favorite time of day, we made sure to be home and seated on our terrace each night to soak in that incredible experience with a bottle of the local Nebbiola wine. We felt like we were on top of the world.
The apartment itself is simple yet functional. Not fancy, but pleasant, clean and comfortable. And very quiet, being up on the side of the mountain.
The walk down to town along the Sentiero del Viandante cobblestone trail is not for the weak or elderly, it is quite challenging and steep in places. We chose the longer route along the road several times and it proved much less treacherous. We never attempted the walk up to the apartment as either the trail or the road would be a steep climb, so we just made good friends with one of the taxi drivers in town and called her for rides up the hill (10euros) each time. Well worth it! And as there are no markets nearby the apartment, all purchases have to be carried in, so the taxi was the only choice for us.
We absolutely loved our stay at this lovely apartment and would return again. Varenna now owns a little piece of my heart, and this apartment is a big reason why!
The apartment is situated approx 2 kilometers above the picturesque village of Varenna which is approx 60 min train ride from Milan railway station or 1.20 mins drive from Bergamo airport. I recommend hiring a car as the climb up the mountain is steep. A taxi service is available at train station if not driving.
Varenna is the ideal location, being on the Golden Triangle (Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio). With a truly ancient cobbled town as your backdrop, you can travel around Lake Como by ferry (car ferries are only available in the 'triangle'), explore the villas and gardens and delight in the romantic setting whilst enjoying the local cuisine fresh from the lake.
Varenna's Romantic Promenade - If you walk along the waters edge to the right of the ferry terminal you will naturally be led to the lakeside promenade 'La Passerella' which is a cantilevered walkway coming out from the rock face of the shore. A favourite with romantics and especially beautiful in the evening as the sun is going down. Varenna may be the most picturesque town on the lake, its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies and lace-curtained windows. Just above it is the ancient castle where Theodolinda, Queen of the Lombards, is said to have died in the 7th century. Two famed villas to visit here are Villa Cipressi, with terraced gardens cascading right down to the shores, and Villa Monastero, a true showcase.