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the lakeside terrace from our pergola
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the lakeside terrace from our pergola
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the lakeside terrace from our pergola
The vista that welcomes you from 'la casa piu' bella di varenna'
Meet Alfie, one of your hosts!
The newly fitted shower with room for two....
including the bathroom sink....
and whirlpool bath.
The recently renovated twin room which once was part of the convent cloister.
One of the antique beds in the twin room.
An original 16th century period feature.
The romantic double room.
enjoying the breeze
The front door that leads to your private garden and lakeside mooring.
Walkway to the main terrace where your breakfast awaits.
Breathtaking views of the lake, from the end of the garden.
The only pergola view in Varenna.
Historical Varenna from the pergola.
An alpine view.
The outstanding private view of the central lake and Bellagio from your garden sun terrace.
Connecting you to the breakfast and sun terraces.
Another magnificant central lake view.
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Private Room, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Varenna, Lake Como, Lombardy

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Kyle M M
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“extraordinary place”
Reviewed October 31, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
2
people found this review helpful

My fiancée and I recently stayed here, I proposed on the terrace by the lake, and Julie was a huge help in organizing my proposal. Easily one of the most beautiful places on all of Lake Como. Prime location to anything you can imagine, restaurants, shops, the ferry, amazing view, great hospitality from Julie, it's so magical all around that it's hard to believe such a place actually exists. The breakfast was also fresh. Fresh croissants, cheeses, meats, and fruits, also good coffee and tea. Strongly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a great time on Lake Como. After 6 days in Italy, by far our favorite place.

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Liked best: Location and Views
Liked least: That we had to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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11 Nov 2015
thank you kyle......it was a pleasure to help make your day special!
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Joannna N
Stockport, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
Reviewed October 6, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
3
people found this review helpful

Overall a very pleasant location in a lovely village. Breakfast was substantial with lots of Restaurants to choose from for dinner. Unfortunately there is no parking on site.

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Liked best: The views from the garden
Liked least: Not ideal if it is raining as no lake view from the room
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Debbie K
Inverell, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“This place was absolutely amazing we absolutely loved it”
Reviewed September 3, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

I would like to thank Julia for allowing us to experience her beautiful accommodation in Vareena, Lake Como. It was located in the most amazing setting you could imagine. She made you feel so at home and couldn't do enough for you to make your stay more wonderful. The beds were so comfortable, the bathroom was large and airy and the fact that you had your own private access to the lake made it even more special. I would highly recommend and would love to visit again.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: There wasn't anything
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Lowden15
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb place to stay”
Reviewed August 2, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
2
people found this review helpful

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at il Giardino sul lago. The views are stunning. The location is perfect - near all the bussle of Varenna yet quiet and private when sat in the garden by the lake. We swam every morning via our own private entrance to the lake. Breakfast was on the beautiful terrace. Our host was extremely helpful and generous.
Cannot recommend staying here enough. We will be back

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Liked best: The location and the private garden with views over the lake
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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claranda
York, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
279 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Quaint B&B with unbeatable location”
Reviewed June 19, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
1
person found this review helpful

What a spot! With wonderful views of the lake, only a minute's stroll from Varenna's small harbour, and with one of the best restaurants in town directly opposite on the small square, Il Giardino is a small gem.

Inside is cool and well decorated. We had the room with the nicely firm kingsize bed and found the armchairs in the small living area very comfortable to move to once the temperature had dropped too far to sit out by the water. Breakfast was very much to our taste - nothing cooked, but good bread and croissants, excellent fruit, juice, ham and cheese. A bit of variety over our four days would have been welcome - perhaps a yoghurt or muesli on one morning - but that is searching for faults!

Our hostess was very hospitable and kindly gave us a lift to and from the train station. The wifi worked well in the sitting area.

Along with the coolness of the rooms came a feeling of dampness, and the de-humidifier had filled up by the time we left. This was not really a problem in June, but may be a consideration out of season. And I had made the error of thinking the whole place would be ours, when of course we had only rented a room. We felt fortunate that the second bedroom remained vacant throughout our stay, but if you are a party of three/four and take the whole place - or if you do not mind sharing a loo and bathroom - that should not stop you stayng a while in this perfectly placed B&B.

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Liked best: The garden and views
Liked least: Slight dampness in the rooms
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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PW28704
Asheville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lovely location”
Reviewed May 12, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
2
people found this review helpful

The outside of this place was spectacular with amazing views of Lake Como from the private garden on the Lake. The owners had a speed boat that we rented which was a great way to tour the lake. The only reason we did not give it a 5-start rating was the heat did not work well - one day was cold and rainy and the living area was very cool. Also the jetted tub leaked so we couldn't use it. The breakfast was fairly nice. The owner was bi-lingual and spoke perfect English and Italian which was helpful in pointing out things for us.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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L2travell...
Edmonton, Alberta
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing Stay, Highly Recommended”
Reviewed May 11, 2015 for a stay in May 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed with Julia at Il Giradino sul Lago in May of 2014 for several days - we wish it had been longer! As we were travelling with a friend we booked both bedrooms. Julia was a warm, gracious and amazing host - provided many extras, wonderful breakfasts and excellent suggestions for sites and touring information in and around the mid-lake region of Lago Como. As others have noted, the garden view and terrace overlooking the lake are beautiful and offer amazing views and a peaceful quiet environment to relax and enjoy the view! We enjoyed our stay immensely, feel we have made new friends with Julia and her family, and hope to return soon! Thank you Julia --- Highly Recommended!! A & M, Edmonton, Canada

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Liked best: The rooms, garden and terrace overlooking the lake and our excellent host, Julia
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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