Our trip was fabulous!

Everything about our trip was amazing!! Every feature of the house was spectacular and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The staff were outstanding and catered to all of me and my family’s needs. From the full chef prepared meals, aperitivi, and dessert, we ate like royalty at Breakwater. In addition, the villa’s two boats were amazing and we most definitely recommend a day on the lake in either of the two! Breakwater and its staff have an eye for detail and a thought for everything, from linens to concierge they have it all. The cherry on top of our vacation was the villa’s amazing location that was perfect for exploring neighboring villages and towns, and quick access to local restaurants and markets. I hope we can come back next year… fingers crossed!

Jay & Kathy, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Thank you!

Villa La Collina is a truly enchanting and magical villa.  The location is spectacular, overlooking Lake Como with breathtaking views perched high above the lakeside towns on a very private and expansive property.  The attention to detail in the styling of the home is just perfect, blending the historical beauty of the home with modern furnishings and features.

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time at Villa La Collina.  The living areas were perfect for enjoying the beautiful view while relaxing and spending time together.  Although it was warm in July, it was never hot as the any beautiful windows provided a nice breeze both during the day and in the evening. At night, the Villa and surrounding area cooled nicely providing a very comfortable sleeping experience.  Each of the bedrooms were nicely adorned and the beds very comfortable. The kitchen was very well equipped.  We’ve rented several homes and the kitchen at Villa La Collina provided an abundance of dishes, cooking pans, silverware and glassware.  We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and using the grill.  All of the appliances were very high end and worked beautifully.  It was truly a joy to cook in this kitchen! The outdoor dining table was perfect for each of our meals.  It might have been our favorite spot to spend time and engage in conversation.  The pool was perfect for our family and the kids, in particular, loved swimming each day we were there.  The lounge chairs were extremely comfortable and perfect for enjoying the beautiful view throughout the day as well as during sunrise and sunset. The property itself is very large and private.  It offered a real sense of escape from the world and life which was such a nice feeling while being on vacation.  Discovering the many almost hidden areas of the property was a lot of fun… from the hammock nestled under the trees, the bacci court where the kids loved to play, the walk ways throughout the property and the steps leading down to the village. Not only was the property and the villa wonderful, but the small little town of Civenna was something very special to experience.  It was a short walk from the villa to the town center where a grocery store and meat market with fresh meats and cheeses, a pastry shop with fresh pastries and bread, a bar and gelato store and a fresh produce market were all within a short walk of the villa.  The locals were very friendly and helped make it an even more magical experience.

Every aspect of our rental experience was wonderful.  From Christine and Adam to the property’s staff, the process was seamless and the attentiveness to our needs was top notch.  We look forward to staying at Villa La Collina in the future!

 

Doug & Michael, San Francisco, CA

Wonderful time on the lake!

It’s been a week since we’ve returned from Villa La Collina and everyone is still talking about the trip.  The Villa exceeded ALL expectation—it is simply as beautiful as the views from every window.  Our flight was delayed and so we did not arrive on schedule, but Elena was lovely in meeting us promptly and giving us many wonderful suggestions for restaurants as well as local itineraries. Our goal for the trip was to take in Lake Como in a relaxed and leisurely way.  The Villa was perfect for relaxing and gathering.  The grounds were beautiful and well kept. The pool was divine especially after the recent heatwave and provided many hours of relaxation.  The furnishings and amenities in the Villa itself were perfect in every way.  The high design element and the care taken to create the feeling of modern serenity and rustic calm at the Villa was evident—stunning and comfortable at the same time. The owner was able to update the Villa in a quiet and beautiful manner but also keep the most charming aspects of the building intact. Civenna is a quaint and beautiful little town that was a short stroll from the property. We went in each morning for our cappuccino’s and baked goods, and the local butcher/grocery shop had excellent salumi and cheeses which paired perfectly with ouststanding wines that we purchased in Bellagio. One of the delightful surprises of the location was the small town feel of the location. We felt like locals for a week.  We asked each other many times if we would rather be directly on the water or up high above the Lake in Civenna and there was no argument—high up above Bellagio was the ideal place to be. It was a short drive to Bellagio center, to catch the ferry or shop and dine.  The location was very convenient and we were absolutely amazed each time as we took in the gorgeous views during the ride down into town. But the views each morning from the Villa were most gorgeous.  The changing light throughout the day created a view which one could never get tired of looking at.  The even, relaxing cross breeze, the views, the rooms, the pool and property all made it very difficult to leave the Villa. 
 
One thing in Bellagio that I would highly recommend, as the concierge suggested, is to take a beautiful stroll through i Giardini di Villa Melzi to end at Alle Darsene di Loppia under the pergola for a gorgeous lunch. We also had a guided boat tour of the lake one day, saw many of the famous villas from the water and stopped for lunch on Isola Comacina—a boat tour is definitely the way to see the lake.  You get to feel the size of the lake when you’ve been out all day and haven’t even gone to the end of one leg of the lake. Varenna was also a highlight of the trip—by far the prettiest town on the lake.  One day was saved for a day trip to St. Moritz.  This is highly recommended if you are in Bellagio or any of the towns north.  It was 1hr 45min by car and the views and scenery—the mountains and the lakes– can not be described in words!  While shopping in St. Moritz and visiting the amazing chocolate and pastry shops was entertaining, the highlight of the day was taking the gondola to the peak and then stopping for a refreshing drink and lunch at the restaurant attached–Muottas Muragl—it was spectacular especially if you get any of the Rösti . The views from the top are totally breathtaking….not to be missed if you are in the area (it’s slightly outside of St Moritz town center).
 
We had the trip of a lifetime!  A special thank you to Christine for guiding me the entire way through the planning process.  She was 100% in all of her recommendations and so lovely to plan a trip with—like talking to a good friend! I would highly recommend to PVOI to anyone!
Ali & Family!, New York, USA

We had a ball!

Dear Christine,
We had a ball, simply stated! What made this really extra special was the staff and their attention to details and our needs.
Thanks to Roberto, Yuri, Fabio, Gemma and Anna! Thanks to you and your team and for your great recommendation!

 

Paul, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Memories will last a lifetime!

Dear Christine,
We just wanted to say a HUGE thank YOU for helping us organize our trip of a lifetime to Breakwater! Everything was perfect! The Villa exceeded all of our expectations and the Staff gave attention to every detail. We even saw George Clooney and his wife walk by our table at a local dinner restaurant! You absolutely gave us the perfect recommendation! Thanks again for helping us with memories that will last a lifetime!

 

Chris and Family!, New Jersey, USA

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