Our house is located on Lake Como in a village called Noledo. It is very pretty and peaceful with just a few houses around it (but lots of space and privacy as the next fully habited residence is about 50m away). The village is up a large hill and you can see the mountains and lake for miles around. We've owned this house for 15 years and lived in it for 12 years. For the last few years' we only visit a few times a year.
The house is three storeys high with an exterior staircase (for getting up to the first-floor main bedroom and lounge) and is rustic in parts but very modern in parts. The property is ideal for older children and able-bodied adults. Young children must be supervised by the windows and on the exterior staircase.
On the ground floor there's a large family kitchen diner with huge wooden table and two cookers. There is a small middle room which has a sofa bed but this is used as a second sitting room or bedroom. On the ground floor is a large double room with modern (new) en-suite toilet and shower. If older people are visiting this might be the best bedroom for then as they won't need to go upstairs. The house can accommodate two families staying together as the two floors offer separate accommodation and a shared kitchen.
Reached by an exterior staircase, the upstairs is truly delightful. We were lucky to secure the property a gorgeous make-over by the BBC's DIY SOS. Nick Knowles and his team spent a week with us and we had a ball. The front bedroom is a very large double room with lake views, wooden floor and ceiling with exposed wooden beams. We LOVE this room. You can sit in the window seat read a book and look out over the lake (beware though, steep drop so be careful when opening the windows and do not let kids jump up at this window or climb near it). This room has a large Grecian style en-suite family bathroom with circular/corner bath and modern fixtures and fittings. Lots of storage space.
On the first floor there is also a large lounge with a teracotta tiled floor, exposed beams, TV, DVD player and DVDs, games, toys, books etc. This room is really big so you can fit a sofa bed in here plus use it as a living room. There's a wood burning fire in there as well.
The window here looks over the garden and the lake can also be seen. We love sitting in the window seat listening to the crickets and stroking our (very affectionate) cat, Bosco who likes to visit when she knows the house is occupied.
Visitors will love the garden. Although the house is on a hillside, the garden is large and flat in most areas so great for young explorers (levelling the garden took us 3 years to complete)! There's are three special little garden seating areas, come covered, so you can have your evening (or afternoon) drinks in the garden area in all weather conditions. This garden was created from scratch and has matured into a beautiful haven of plants, trees, shrubs, fruit and veg patches and stunning flowers. There's a swing, a pool (large structured paddling pool with fencing around it to keep tiny ones in) and we also have a caravan for extra visitors (or if mum or dad want a little alone time aka sleep)! Have a prty, make the most of the space and the extra room in the caravan!
There's an outside toilet and a few sheds plus kids outsdoor toys.
There's a driveway for a few cars.
There are buildings surrounding the house that are uninhabited and have been for 50 years. They are very cool places to explore but again, kids must be extra careful as there are stone pathways, steep drops and old constructions.
From the house you can take many pathways up or down the mountain and select tough, moderate or light walks. There's amazing routes where you will see streams, waterfalls; woods; donkeys and other farm animals, plus fruit and nuts to pick. You can hike by road (hardly any cars, perhaps a handful a day) to the top of the mountain and go through tiny villages (there's a little part-time bar and a restaurant high up).
It takes about ten minutes fro the main road to drive up (and down) the hill where our house is located. At the bottom of the hill is a stunning little village called Santa Maria Rezzonnico with beaches, pizzeria and bar, castle and market stalls every day. You can get the bus here on the main road around the lake. We can't tell yu how pretty and peaceful this area is. Lake Como will take you breath away.
Main activities in the area are walking/hiking, climbing, watersports, horse riding, cycling - it is an active person's paradise. If you want to chill, the little beaches that line the shores of the lake are always peaceful. They get busier in the summer months but not ever overcrowded.
You can drive from anywhere i Europe here or fly into Milan Bergamo (our most used airport and we always fly Ryanair/ Mr O'OLeary also has a house here in Menaggio the best best best town on the Lake (after Como town), Milan Malpensa and milan Linate.
Can't tell you how many other thgs you can do while you visit including 4 adventure parks for older kids (the ones with the airborn rope-walkways), skydiving, drive into Switzerand via the Splugen Pass (you go into the clouds it is insane and incredibly high up), Bellagio is a mini designer town. It is great to visit but more touristy than Menaggio and quite small. Varenna is well worth a visit (we'd reccomend taking the ferry from Menaggio across and having a few proseccos)!