Residence Celeste Quattro is a nice 75-square-meter (810-square-feet) apartment for up to six guests. It has balcony and windows which offer a beautiful view of the lake and of the shared swimming pool and garden.
The apartment has a bedroom with a single bed and a pull-out bed, a double bed located on a mezzanine level, a living room with a double divan bed, 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 Quattro is located on the first floor of the building. You can reach the entrance door entering the building from the back, which is at the street level, and will be able to reach the swimming pool and garden level along a stairway made up of 35 steps.
The entrance door takes you into a spacious living room, where you will find a divan bed to sleep two, a table with chairs and a satellite television. The living room also boasts a huge decorative fireplace (can not be lit), which is an original piece of the seventeenth century, and a precious decorated ceiling made of wood.
From the living room you will be able to enter the kitchen, which is equipped with a four-burner cooker, a microwave oven, a small refrigerator with freezer and a dishwasher. One flight of stairs takes you up from the living room to a mezzanine level, where you will find a double bed (please note how the mezzanine level does not have a door that can be closed).
Both the living room and the kitchen have balconies from which you will be able to enjoy a wide and open view of the swimming pool, of the garden and of the lake and mountains.
You will be able to reach the bedroom with a single bed and a pull-out bed along a short corridor. In this bedroom you will find an original antique built-in wardrobe. The bedroom has a window that overlooks the back of the building.
The door to enter the bathroom, which is equipped with a shower, can be found in the corridor. The apartment is equipped with a safe box.
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