Il Cigno del Lago sits at the water’s edge in the lovely hamlet of Vassena, with all of Lake Como’s best-loved sights within easy reach. Bellagio’s lively retail and restaurant scene is a pleasant 4-mile drive along the lake; a wide range of hiking trails crisscross the hills up above; and the area’s renowned villas, gardens and villages are best accessed from the lake itself, whether you take the convenient public boat from Vassena or a private boat from the villa’s own landing stage. You may find, however, that you’d much prefer to stay put on the property, what with its lush garden and centuries-old trees, its private pebble beach and complimentary kayaks, its outdoor play area and furnished terraces, balconies and gazebo.
The early 20th-century stone-clad chalet was fully refurbished in the early noughties, complimenting the authentic Italian décor with state-of-the-art conveniences and perfecting the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that characterizes a Lake Como vacation. With the split-level living and dining room, the well-equipped eat-in kitchen and a variety of terraces, balconies and outdoor seating, families have ample space to come together as well as quiet corners to escape. The bedrooms are on both floors, with three full baths and one half-bath at your disposal. The new villa next door, built by a renowned Italian architect in 2011, provides a pleasant contrast with its white-on-white modernist design, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass balconies. An open plan living and dining space on the ground floor opens onto a furnished panoramic patio, while the master double and twin room upstairs each have its own bath or shower room and step-out balcony.
And if you are looking to host an elegant lakeside event, to hire a personal chef or to experience the area’s best guides, private boat tours and family-friendly adventures, the destination specialists at IC Bellagio are just a phone call away.