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  • 6 guests

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3 bathrooms

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This breathtaking former quarryman's cottage offers you the ultimate escape. It's only accessible from the water so you're free to get on with the important business of relaxing. Alternatively, take inspiration from its owner, renowned author and journalist Guiseppe Guin, and crack on with that book you've always had inside you, free from the noise and distractions of everyday life. Inside, exposed stone walls lined with leather-bound books, an antique stove, and a kitchen carved from granite make the home feel like a place out of time. With its lakeside setting on a wooded hillside, there's definitely a 'Lord of the Rings' vibe about it. Two double en-suite bedrooms continue the theme, with plenty of curios and trinkets lining the walls. Just choose between the lake view room, where you'll hear the sound of the waves lapping at the shore, or the forest view chamber that looks out through the laurel trees.


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What to expect


Highlights

Disconnect from the noise of modern life at this stunning lakeside home, only accessible from the water

Disconnect from the noise of modern life at this stunning lakeside home, only accessible from the water

Search the shelves for inspiration, or just take a beat and enjoy the gorgeous view

Search the shelves for inspiration, or just take a beat and enjoy the gorgeous view

Cook dinner on the antique stove, followed by a candlelit dinner at the table

Cook dinner on the antique stove, followed by a candlelit dinner at the table

Sleep soundly in your totally secluded surroundings, with nothing but woodland creatures for company

Sleep soundly in your totally secluded surroundings, with nothing but woodland creatures for company

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Home truths

    The home is accessible from the lake only – you'll need to park your car in Faggeto Lario (space provided) – only arrival and departure transfers are included

    Transfers during your stay can be organised easily

    At capacity, two guests will be sleeping on a sofa bed in the living room

    There's in-person check-in before 7pm, after which it's self check-in with a key box

About this stay


Amenities

Outdoor seating

Desk / workplace

Wi-fi

Air conditioning

Pets allowed

Parking available

Bedrooms & bathrooms

3 bedrooms, 3 beds

3 bathrooms

Extras


Additional fees

  • The Tourist Tax (when applicable) must be paid to the Host, on arrival.

Additional fees subject to a 3.5% handling charge.

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Carate

Carate Urio, nestled on the western shore of Lake Como, is a picturesque gem that combines natural splendour, historical charm, and tranquil ambience, offering a more intimate and serene experience compared to its bustling neighbouring towns. This idyllic village is characterized by its charming narrow streets, quaint stone houses, and lush gardens that cascade down to the pristine waters of Lake Como. The area is steeped in history, with landmarks like...

Get around

Airport

Milan Malpensa

1 hr 8 min

Linate

1 hr 27 min

Milan Bergamo

1 hr 39 min

Train station

Faggeto L.

3 min

Bus stop

Faggeto - via statale-pensilina

4 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

9 min

Cafe

1 min

Pharmacy

43 min

Points of interest

Beach

Steinstrand

1 hr 11 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Pets welcome

No parties or events

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 15:00

Departure before 10:00

Air con

Wifi

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    14

    days

    Cancel at least 14 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 14 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Anna & Sara

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. Your hosts Anna & Sara and their team are travellers first and foremost and know how to make you feel at home. Their team will accompany you at every stage, from booking to check-out, and help you to discover the most hidden cities and places in Italy, like a real local.

Registration or licence number: 013098-CIM-00005.

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