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“A little piece of heaven”
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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!
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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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Ruth S
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A little piece of heaven”
Reviewed 30 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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person found this review helpful

From the moment the friendly witty, owner picked us up at the train station to when she dropped us off at the end of our trip...we continued to be amazed at our luck in finding this little piece of heaven.
Our accommodations were unique and comfortable..our fellow guests whom we had never met before, were such an amazingly compatible match..along with the wonderful owner of this unique establishment, all combined to make it a very enjoyable stay.
HOWEVER, it is the absolutely stunning setting with it's breathtaking views...that make Il Giardino a priceless treasure. Sitting out in the garden at the edge of the lake, with the waves lapping on the rocks below..looking out at the mountains and glittering towns dotted all over.. is nothing short of absolute bliss.
Lovely, sweet, friendly Julia ( whom I wish I could see more often) was such a great hostess...her scrumptious breakfast, served lakeside, her nightly treats of either limoncello or Vin Santo served with cookies ....her friendly and feisty four legged companion Alfie....her beautiful gardens ...all made our stay really personal and special.
There is a GREAT restaurant called Al Prato which is ten steps away from Julia's place that serves the most amazing food..
We couldn't believe our good luck that such a classy restaurant was so close to our little piece of heaven,..... Il Giardino.

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Liked best: Location and owner and her dog!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Nov 2016
Hi Ruth & Jay!
thank you so much for taking the trouble to write a review, both Alfie and I enjoyed your company very much and were envious of your next destination ... thanks for the photo's!
Please take care and enjoy the upcoming holiday season (yes it is rushing up to meet us!),
Big hug to you both
jules and alfie
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Timjdhoar...
1 review
“How to feel like a millionaire”
Reviewed 11 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Probably the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. Old world charm, breathtaking views, lovely people and and perfect town to explore (or escape from) Como. Right on the lake, you can swim and basque in the sun in total privacy. Paradise!

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Management Response
14 Aug 2016
Thank you both so much for your time.... I shall remember you Tim for your swimming from here!
ps the key did break with our next guests..... never mind we have plenty more!! :)
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Wendy L
Adelaide, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Most beautiful place in the world”
Reviewed 9 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
1
person found this review helpful

A must do.
We were 2 couples staying 4 nights.
This accommodation was fantastic and so was our host Julia.
Varenna was the best town on Lake Como and this was the best accommodation for location and facilities.
The rooms are very good size and well catered but it's the outside that is THE BEST. Private waterfront garden with the most spectacular views of Lake Como.
Tasty breakfast provided each morning. Rooms cleaned daily. Owners on site for assistance.
During our 4 night stay we were fortunate enough to have a free band playing in the Piazza San Giorgio, a concert on the steps of the church and a market in the Piazza San Giorgio.
Laundromat facilities just a few mins walk from accommodation. Magnificent restaurant 10 steps from gate of accommodation.
Highly recommend Varenna and this accommodation.

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Management Response
25 May 2017
Hi Wendy
you're so kind to take a few minutes to write such a kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time here in Varenna and hope you had a safe journey home. Alfie and I enjoyed our chats very much, he really missed you when you left, he went downstairs looking for you!
Hope to see you again one day,
all the best,
jules
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Lmrs1111
Encinitas, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Garden Oasis”
Reviewed 28 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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people found this review helpful

The owner/hostess picked me up from the train station and drove me to her lovely B&B. The garden was beautiful with the most amazing view of the lake and surrounding mountains. My room was appointed with two twin beds and an adjoining bathroom.

The unit was centrally located within walking distance of the main church, the Fumilatte and the ferry station. I enjoyed my two night stay here. Julia also provided a wonderful breakfast and offered a bottle of Prosecco and water bottles in the shared fridge. There is only one other room in the B&B and I was fortunate enough to be there when it was unoccupied. This has to have the prettiest view of Lake Como of all the rentals/hotels, along with the privacy of being on the point.

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Liked best: The garden location
Liked least: It was a little cold, but there were plenty of blankets
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jun 2016
Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write a review Lynn, I'm so glad you had a lovely time, I remember you watching the fishing at the end if the garden!
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Janice M
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Il Giardino Sul Lago is fabulous!”
Reviewed 22 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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people found this review helpful

We had such a wonderful stay at Il Giardino Sul Lago. The location was perfect for us. Having access to the private garden right on the lake was such a delight! The views are so spectacular. The photos you see on Tripadvisor don't fully do it justice.

Julie was a great host. She was very responsive to any question I had before our trip and was also extremely helpful in getting us to/from the train station. She gave us great suggestions for local restaurants, etc.

We were a group of three women so we rented both of the rooms. This worked out very well for us. The rooms were very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. We appreciated having access to the small seating area outside the two bedrooms. The breakfasts (which we enjoyed alfresco in the garden) were delicious.

If I am lucky enough to return to Lake Como some day I hope I can stay at Il Giardino Sul Lago again! This is a very special B&B!

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Liked best: The garden and the lake views!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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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Management Response
22 Jun 2016
Thank you Janice, we're glad you had a wonderful time here with us in Varenna, hope to see you here again one day!
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