Guests love this villa for …

✔ 8 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms
✔ Elegance and luxury throughout
✔ Private swimming pool
✔ Excellent authentic restaurant at 950 meters
✔ Private chef, chauffeur and housekeeper possible on request
✔ 18-holes Golf court at just a 2-minute drive!
✔ Menaggio at a 5-minute drive

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The Villa

Villa Menaggio | This villa dates back to 1888 and is framed by two majestic cypresses providing perfect symmetry and elegance with a pale pink facade, a romantic balcony and windows with green shutters.

Layout | The 3-storey luxury holiday villa has been refurbished to the highest standard with luxury touches throughout. It features a living room with lake views, 2 fully equipped kitchens, 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a garden with a private swimming pool and outside dining area.

Three floors | The secondary kitchen, 4 of the bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are located on the ground floor of the villa. The first floor is home to the living room with wonderful lake views, the fully equipped kitchen and the bar. There’s also a fifth single bedroom and fully fitted bathroom on this floor. Two further bedrooms and the master bedroom are situated on the upper floor of the villa.

Dining area with fireplace | The fully equipped kitchen with original marble flooring provides all the desired appliances. The dining area features a large table with a marble fireplace and original wooden flooring.

2 fully equipped kitchens | The secondary kitchen on the ground floor is perfectly located to prepare meals for the BBQ and the dining area outside.

Bar & romantic balcony for relaxing aperitifs | The private bar and the romantic balcony provide the perfect spot for a glass of prosecco before a delicious Italian dinner.

85 sqm master suite | The spectacular 85sqm master bedroom features romantic beamed ceilings and is furnished with a double bed, an en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi and a comfortable sitting area with panoramic lake views of Lake Como.

Private swimming pool | In the villa’s garden you can enjoy outside dining with the gas and charcoal BBQ, sunbathing on the sun loungers and cool down in the outdoor private swimming pool. For those travelling by car, there’s a driveway for up to 3 vehicles behind the electric gates of the villa.

Wedding guests | Villa Sophia is also an excellent venue to host your wedding guests. They will never forget your special day.

Extra services | Catering, house-keeping and chauffeur service can be arranged for upon request.

The Area

Restaurant La Baita at 950 meters | Villa Sophia is located in Croce in the Menaggio hills. At 950 meters there’s an excellent restaurant La Baita with authentic Italian food and breathtaking views. A local grocery store and bus service are also situated in Croce.

Menaggio & Cadenabbio Golf Club | The Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf club is just 1 kilometer away and tennis courts can be found in nearby Loveno.

Menaggio at 5-minute drive | Menaggio is one of the famous picturesque ‘golden triangle’ towns of Lake Como and is easily accessible from Croce, being just a 5-minute drive away. Pretty cafe-lined piazzas, a wide variety of shops and restaurants and a family-friendly Lido with cocktail lounge provides all you need on a daily basis and a car and passenger ferry service operates from the town between Bellagio, Varenna and Cadenabbia.

Hiking to Rifugio di Croce | There are some hiking paths starting right above the villa offering beautiful views on the lake. The path from Tezzo to the Rifugio di Croce leads to the top of the mountains around with views of both the Alps and the lake.

Famous villas & fine dining | Nearby attractions include Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi and Villa Balbianello. Fine dining can be found easily along the western shore, from the central lake to the south and the trendy Lido bar nightclub in Lenno is also a popular destination in the evenings.

Water sport & ski | Nearby, guests can also enjoy the lake activities which include sailing, kayaking, water sports, quad bike tours and other extreme sports. Ski resorts are many and varied from Madesimo to St Moritz, and are 1-2 hours drive away.

Airport | Villa Sophia is highly accessible from all major Milan and Swiss airports. The nearest international airports are Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate. A car is recommended at this property.

What guests say …

“Indeed, we enjoyed our stay at Villa Sophia, offering an incredible view on Lake Como, which subtle colours change at every hour of the day under the moving sunlight. A beautiful landscape, a breathtaking view you can never get bored with, especially from the large room on the third floor. The villa has a good location on the heights of Menaggio and very close to the center of Croce. Supermarkets open 24/7 are accessible at about 10 minutes’ drive towards Lugano and offer all that you may need. The property is a beautiful and large house, an “old lady” considering the stone stairs and the ceiling height in most of the rooms. It is very well equipped, with all that’s necessary for any type of cooking, and the kitchen is perfect to cook for large families. Beds are comfortable and nights are quiet except for traffic in the early morning. The swimming pool is well exposed under the sun most of the day, such that its water warms smoothly. A pleasure to get a dive in after a long day walking in the area. Access to the villa is quite straightforward from the center of Menaggio, but not that simple when you get there to enter in the property due to the traffic on the narrow street. Mirrors help to get out, but it remains a bit tricky. We faced a heavy storm while we were at villa Sophia and observed that some of the windows are not properly sealed, moving under the strong wind and letting water flow in, primarily in the rooms on first floor and at the end of the corridor. Quite impressive when the wind is strong… There are a lot of activities around and we tried some of them, like Kayak right from Menaggio, or wake board from Domaso, half an hour north from the villa. We also tried some hiking paths starting right above the villa and each time enjoyed the experience very much. One path was along a river and crossed nice places in the valley, the other gave access to one of the mountain heights over the villa, offering a beautiful view on the lake. We also tried the path from Tezzo to the Rifugio di Croce, a long walk to the top of the mountains around, with a beautiful view both on the Alps and the lake. In terms of touristic place, there are more than enough and we loved visiting Rezzonico and Santa Maria, Varenna and its old castle above the lake, Bellagio, villa Balbianello, Como and further south Milano. We also went to the small lake north of lake Como and found grey sand beaches under the sun… Surprising ! We found good food almost everywhere, not too expensive when keeping with pastas and pizzas. The main issue in the area is the traffic along the lake which, sometimes, can be completely blocked for hours due to two lorries being unable to cross in a narrow street, somewhere in one of the villages along the lake… The Happy Holidays team proved to be always nice and helpful. We started our stay at villa Caberio which was far from our expectations, and the team quickly proposed an alternate solution which we have all enjoyed during the two weeks of our stay. To summarize, we had good time at villa Sophia and enjoyed Lake Como and its incredible landscape very much !” Marc, UK – August 2017

“We wanted to let you know we had a great stay at Villa Sophia and just loved going around the lake on the ferries, the downtown area of Menaggio, Belaggio, Varenna, Lugano and day trip to Milan. George did a great job making sure we were taken care of when we needed something, even after hours, that was very helpful! Thank you again.” James, United States

“Thank you but now in Milan. Internet was out at the Villa. Thank you all for a wonderful stay in Menaggio. Danilo you recommendations were perfect. Maria cooked a fabulous meal. The boat trip was a highlight and we dined at Dansera on Friday.” Kathy, Australia



✔ Single villa
✔ 360 m2
✔ Living room
✔ Fully equipped kitchen 1
✔ Fully equipped kitchen 2
✔ Bedroom 1 with a double bed
✔ Bedroom 2 with a double bed
✔ Bedroom 3 with a double bed
✔ Bedroom 4 with a double bed
✔ Bedroom 5 with two single beds
✔ Bedroom 6 with a single bed
✔ Bedroom 7 with a single bed
✔ Bedroom 8 with a single bed
✔ Bathroom 1 with a shower, basin, toilet and bidet
✔ Bathroom 2 with a shower, basin, toilet and bidet
✔ Bathroom 3 with a shower, basin, toilet and bidet
✔ Bathroom 4 with a shower, basin, toilet and bidet
✔ Outdoor dining area
✔ Garden


✔ Private swimming pool (unheated, open from 15th May to 30th September)
✔ Garden
✔ Outside Dining Area
✔ Wi-Fi
✔ Satellite TV
✔ DVD Player
✔ Balcony
✔ Dishwasher
✔ Coffee Machine
✔ Electric Kettle
✔ Microwave
✔ Oven
✔ Toaster
✔ Iron/Ironing Board
✔ Central Heating
✔ Fireplace
✔ Universal Shaver Plug
✔ Washing Machine
✔ Private Parking Space
✔ Upon request: catering, house-keeping and chauffeur service


✔ Restaurant (950 meters)
Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club (1 km)
✔ Villa Carlotta (6 km)
✔ Villa Melzi gardens (8 km)
✔ Villa del Balbianello (10 km)
✔ Varenna (7 km)
✔ Bellagio (13 km)
✔ Como (35 km)


✔ Partial lake view
✔ On Hillside
✔ Sunny position
✔ Child friendly
✔ Car essential


Minimum stay: 2 nights

Prices per week 2019

1 January – 22 June: € 5555
22 June – 31 August: € 7355
31 August – 31 December: € 5555

Prices per week 2020

1 January – 22 June: € 5558
22 June – 31 August: € 7357
31 August – 31 December: € 5558

Short stays

– 2 nights: 50% off weekly tariff
– 3 nights: 40% off weekly tariff
– 4 nights: 30% off weekly tariff
– 5 nights: 20% off weekly tariff
– 6 nights: 10% off weekly tariff

Additional fees (mandatory)

– Service charge (inclusive of final cleaning, bed linen, towels, heating and utilities & air-conditioning (if installed in the holiday property). Tea towels & beach towels are not supplied. If your booking is for more than one week, clean linen & towels will be provided on a weekly basis): € 410

Optional extra services

– Cot: € 20 per week
– High chair: € 15 per week
– Camp bed: € 85 per week
– Damage waiver (insurance):
rental price €0 – €699: damage waiver €20
rental price €700 – €999: damage waiver €25
rental price €1000 – €1499: damage waiver €35
rental price €1500 – €1999: damage waiver €40
rental price €2000 – €2999: damage waiver €45
rental price €3000 – €3999: damage waiver €60
rental price €4000 – €4999: damage waiver €70
rental price €5000 – €6499: damage waiver €90
rental price €6500 – €7999: damage waiver €140
rental price €8000 – €11999: damage waiver €180
rental price €12000 or more: damage waiver €240

Booking conditions

– Deposit 30%
– Balance due 6 weeks before arrival
– In case of cancellation, we will try to re‐book the accommodation and if we succeed you will only forfeit the 30% deposit payment. If we do not succeed in re‐booking the accommodation, cancellation charges are applicable as detailed in our Terms & conditions


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Prices start at: 2,101 for 2 nights + service charge

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