I booked this apartment for its location and especially because the trip advisor summary specified 'a beautiful balcony with lake views'. On arrival we discovered that the owners have two apartments - one with, and one without a balcony. The trip advisor specifications for both apartments are identical - on both the English and Italian sites...
So potential renters please note: this is the smaller apartment of the two, which does not have a balcony, and the small kitchen diner has two single sofa beds.
Having said that, it has two large windows which open onto great views, and it is well positioned.
We were a party of 3 adults, staying in 2 apartments for 5 nights during May 2017. Mary met us at the train station, and drove us the short distance down to the complex. She was very nice and welcoming, and left a present in both apartments. A nice touch and much appreciated. We chose these apartments for the location and were not disappointed! Both apartments have stunning views over the lake, one was on the top floor and had a terrace. Eating breakfast on the terrace looking out over the lake and mountains beyond will stay with me for a long time. The apartments themselves had everything you would want for a self catering break. Very clean and comfortable, a real home from home. We were also very close to the ferry terminal, so getting around the lake was no problem at all. The lovely centre of Varenna was just a very pleasant short walk away and had lots of place to eat looking out over the lake. These apartments were some of the best I have ever stayed in, and I cannot recommend them too highly.
After being greeted at Varenna train station by Mary we were taken to our accommodation which was in a perfect location with the most stunning views. The apartment was very comfortable and had everything we needed to self cater. The apartment was 2 minutes walk to the ferry terminal and easy access to other towns along the lake. There were plenty of good quality bars and restaurants and even the train station bar served great food. The area boasts great walks with stunning views.
A word of advise: If you are buying a ferry ticket from Bellagio terminal check your change as I nearly got ripped off. The staff at Varenna terminal were spot-on.
Casa Mary is just a few blocks from the Varenna-Esso station. Despite the convenience, the owner, Mary, picked us up at the station and dropped us off! The location is perfect right by the lake, the water taxi and ferry are just steps away. The apartment is beautifully furnished . The view from the windows is of the lake and the Swiss snow coved alps in the background. There was a vase with fresh cut roses, a gift and a bottle of wine left for us to enjoy. The sheets were beautifully laundered and ironed professionally. There were 3 of us ladies and we each had a comfortable separate place to sleep. We fell in love with Varenna. The restaurants and shops were great and the monastery and gardens were lovely. I want to go back and stay at Casa Mary with my daughter.
Wonderful location for visiting Lake Como area. We loved Varenna! Prettiest of all the towns in the area that we visited. Apartment was very comfortable and the owners were very helpful with any and all questions that we had. You really don't need a car at this location. We didn't move ours between arrival and departure. Having a secured parking place was convenient. Being located across from the ferry was great. The walkway along the water was used by us daily and we loved discovering new parts of town and restaurants everyday. Museums, hikes, a fantastic cooking class and even a 'castle' were all here.
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