Residence Celeste Uno is a romantic studio apartment perfect for two. It is 25 square meters (270 square feet), and it has a nice terrace of 10 square meters (110 square feet) which offers a beautiful view of the lake and of the shared swimming pool and garden.
The apartment has a double bed, located on a mezzanine level, a kitchen and a bathroom.
Residence Celeste was built at the end of the eighteenth century by members of the noble family Brentano-Mezzegra. The reason for building the mansion is singular, to say the least. Legend has it that the sons of the Count Brentano-Mezzegra, upset with their father during a family feud, erected a new building just in front of the family palace, to block the view of the lake that the Count so much enjoyed. We don't know how much is history and how much is tale, but something is for sure: the new residence enjoys a spectacular view of the lake, while the imposing building right at its back has been "obscured", so to speak.
Throughout the following centuries the building has been used as a monastery and then as a farmhouse. It was an old country residence still in 2001, when it has been restored and divided into nine holiday apartments.
The residence is located in the quiet village of Mezzegra, approximately 500 meters (550 yards) from the town center, in an uphill position that offers a wide and charming view of the lake, of the town of Bellagio on the opposite shore, and of the surrounding mountains. Mezzegra is a tiny lakeside village, which has a place in history because it's here that, on April 28th 1945, Benito Mussolini was executed, or assassinated, depending on who tells the story.
Residence Celeste can be reached by car, or, if you don't mind a bit of uphill/downhill walking, you will be able to stay at this place and move around by bus and ferry. The bus stop is at approximately 500 meters (550 yards) from the villa, and the owners provide a shuttle service to and from the bus stop for a small fee, if requested. If you have a car, you will be able to park it on the premises, inside a fenced area.
The nine apartments at Residence Celeste are arranged on four floors, and they all share a very nice heated swimming pool of 12 x 5.50 meters (40 x 18 feet), 1.40 meters (4.6 feet) deep, a solarium equipped with umbrellas and sun beds, and a garden with tables and chairs. The swimming pool is open from June 1st until September 15th, from 9 am to 7 pm. The residence is also equipped with a sauna (pay-per-use).
At the residence you will also find a laundry room, with a washing machine, a dryer, iron and ironing board. The washing machine and the dryer are token-operated, and tokens can be bought on the premises.
A kids' playground is at approximately 100 meters (110 yards) from the residence, and nearby you will also find a tennis court. At 500 meters (550 yards) there is the closest restaurant, a cafe and grocery stores. More restaurants, cafes and stores are in the nearby village of Lenno, approximately 1.5 km (1 mile) from Residence Celeste.
Residence Celeste Uno is located on the side of the building, and you will reach its independent entrance from the garden, by way of a stairway of 15 steps.
You will enter a short corridor, which leads to the kitchen, which is equipped with a table with chairs. The first thing you will notice as you enter the apartment is the huge glass door that overlooks the terrace, which will allow you to enjoy a gorgeous view of Lake Como from inside the apartment.
The terrace is lovely. It is spacious and with a wide view over the lake, the mountains, the garden and the swimming pool. It is equipped with a table with chairs, an umbrella and two deck chairs. You will have a hard time deciding whether to go out sightseeing, spend your lazy days by the pool or just sit on your private terrace and drink in the views and the atmosphere.
The kitchen is equipped with a four-burner cooker, a microwave oven, a small refrigerator with freezer and a dishwasher. In this room you will also find a satellite television. The apartment has a safe box.
The bedroom has a double bed, and it is located on a mezzanine level above the kitchen. You will reach the mezzanine level climbing one flight of stairs of approximately 10 steps.
From the corridor you will also be able to reach the bathroom, which has a shower.
Nearby tourist attractions
The village of Mezzegra lies on the western shore of Lake Como, 30 km (20 miles) from Como and from Lugano, and 80 km (50 miles) from Milan. You will be staying just 10 minutes for the well-known village of Lenno, with its famous "Villa del Balbianello", where, among other things, scenes for "Star Wars" and "A Month by the Lake" where shot.
Other nearby attractions are Villa Carlotta, in the neighbouring village of Tremezzo, and, across the lake, the villages of Bellagio and Varenna. You will be able to reach Bellagio and Varenna by ferry (departures from Menaggio and Cadenabbia, cars can be taken on board).
In the Lake Como area you will find a wide range of tourist services: fitness center, squash facilities, mountain bike rentals, tennis courts and gyms. Water skiing is also available, and there is an golf course 30 minutes away.
The closest airports are Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate and Bergamo Orio al Serio.
Region: Lake Como
Accommodations: Independent house or villa in small complex