The Lakes


Villa Cetta

Villa Cetta
The Lakes
Sitting above the picturesque village of Argegno, this early 20th-century villa combines historic charm with sleek modern design as well as having a fabulous pool, private spa and soaring views over Lake Como.
6 BR
Lugano 50 km and Milan Malpensa 70 km
villa concierge
heated pool
Daily maid
Air condition
near a beach


Conveniently located only a 10-minute walk from the village of Argegno on the western shore of Lake Como, this refined villa was built for a family of Italian industrialists in 1911. Thanks to its regal position above town, the villa has a spectacular panorama over the lake, towards Bellagio and the undulating hills beyond. It’s the ideal all-season villa for those seeking modern comforts and design in the Italian Lake District.

The villa recently went through a complete refurbishment. This left the elegant and classic exterior of the house as well as historic features like ironwork and terracotta tiles, while at the same time creating an ultra modern interior with designer furnishings, modern amenities and an exceptional pool.

The bright and fully air-conditioned interiors don inviting tones of mauve, beige and greys which are complemented by stylish contemporary furniture and art. Guests can relax in the large double living room or in the cozy conservatory which has a toasty fireplace, expansive windows and sliding doors onto the pool area. It has an honesty bar stocked with a range of beverages and top Italian wines, which can also be sampled during wine tastings in the villa’s basement wine cellar. Next to the latter is the spa area which has a steam room for 8 persons, an exercise machine, emotional shower and relaxation area.

There is one double bedroom on the ground floor, whereas the first floor is home to the four twin/king bedrooms and the top floor has one single bedroom. They each have their own unique features including sitting areas or private balconies. All bathrooms have been refitted with luxurious contemporary fixtures from double basins to deluxe showers.

There is a breakfast table in the semi-professional kitchen. You can take your other meals in the dining room located in the spacious conservatory or on the outdoor dining terrace, found above the pool and offering splendid views over the lake. You can further enjoy the vistas from the various outdoor sitting areas like the charming pergola or the covered lounge area next to the inviting pool flanked by a chic Roman-style statue and colonnade.
• 10-minute walk from the village of Argegno
• Large 3,000 sq.m. private garden with exceptional views, manicured lawns, flower beds and centenary trees
• Outdoor sitting areas and BBQ
• Panoramic dining terrace
• Charming pergola with small table for teatime or reading
• Heated pool with a Roman-style colonnade and statue
• Covered terrace next to pool with sunbeds

• Bright, recently refurbished interiors with stylish modern furnishings and art
• Five double/twin en-suite bedrooms and one single en-suite bedroom
• Spacious double living room with TV
• Dining room with fireplace
• Fully equipped kitchen with fireplace and wood-burning pizza oven
• Spa
• Wine cellar where guests can arrange tastings
• Honesty bar with Italian wines and other beverages
• Bathrooms with luxurious fittings and massage showers


• A/C and heating included
• Wi-fi throughout
• Safe in each bedroom
• Spa with steam room for 8, exercise machine, chromotherapy shower and relax area
• Wine cellar with price list
• 75 inch TV in the living room with Netflix, Sky TV,
• Flat tv in all bedrooms and in the kitchen. All TVs with Sky package
• DVD player and movie library
• CD players and library
• Playstation and games library
• 2 Bose speakers
• Ice maker
• Nespresso
• Gas bbq
• Prja toiletries, slipper and hair dryer in each bathroom

Staff | Service included
• Lindsay, the concierge, comes in every morning for 2 hours
• Maid prepares breakfast, ingredients included, and then does the bedrooms and bathrooms
• Breakfast includes coffee, tea, juices, eggs, pastries, home-made cakes
• Midweek linen change and twice weekly towel change
• The staff lives in a separate apartment in the villa’s garden to ensure the best service and absolute privacy for the guests.
• Pre-arrival grocery shopping service
• Heating and A/C
• Complimentary luxury toiletries.

Staff | Service on request
• Extra housekeeping service, laundry and ironing: €15 per hour (clients are welcome to use the laundry machine)
• Babysitter
• Cook
• Wines and drinks
• Pool heating € 200,00 per day


To receive the floor plans of this villa contact Katharina or Gaia at
• The village of Argegno is only a 10 minute walk away and has shops selling local products, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants. Monday morning local market
• Closest commercial and private airport Lugano 50 km/1 hour drive
• Closest commercial and private (private jets) airport Milan Malpensa 70 km -1hr drive
• Closest private airport Venegono - Varese 50 km /1 hour drive
• Tremezzo 10 kilometers / 10 minutes drive
• Lenno 8 km / 10 minutes drive
• Menaggio 15 kilometers / 20 minutes drive
• Bellagio 20 kilometers / 1 hour drive, including ferry
• Varenna 20 km / 1 hour drive, including ferry
• Cernobbio 15 kilometers / 20 minutes drive
• Como 20 km / 30 minutes drive
• Milan 70 km/ 1 hour drive

Things to do
• Eating out. Lake Como and the region are filled with wonderful restaurants. They range from the simple, family-operated trattorias, which are very inexpensive and serve some of the best food in Italy to Michelin rated haute cuisine. Many of the restaurants sit right on the water with gorgeous views. Others are located in the mountains surrounding Lake Como with stunning panoramic views.
For evenings when guests feel like dressing up and enjoying a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere, Switzerland has some exceptional restaurants.
• Villages around Lake Como are quaint and beautiful. Whether by car, on bike or by boat visiting Argegno, Menaggio, Bellagio, Cernobbio and Varenna is a special treat. Here are mentioned only a few but all up and down Lake Como are beautiful villages with quaint caffès, trattorias and simple shops.
• One of pleasures of vacationing on Lake Como are the literally hundreds of hikes and walks. Not far from the villa is Mount Bisbino and for those who are looking for serious exercise, the hike up the mountain is a beautiful way to accomplish an aerobic workout. Other trails, in different parts of the lake, have gorgeous views and are less energetic. Use the morning to hike and enjoy one of the many trattorias or mountain Baitas for lunch
• One has not seen Lake Como if it hasn’t been experienced from the water. There are numerous touring companies that can take large or small groups for tours of the lake which can include a refreshing swim in the lake. A wonderful day is to take the morning to explore the lake by boat. Stop for a long lunch at the Locanda dell’ Isola Comacina and return to the Villa for late afternoon relaxation.
• Lake Como is an active lake used by locals and vacationers alike. There are numerous water-ski and wakeboard companies that take guests water-skiing. For those who enjoy swimming, nothing is quite as refreshing as a swim in the lake on a hot summer day. Guests can take boats up the lake and find beautiful alcoves next to amazing villas or villages for a nice swim in the lake.
• Lake Como and the region is a consumers’ paradise. Milan has been crowned the fashion capital of the world thanks to designers such as Versace, Prada and Armani. Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga with its designer showrooms and boutiques are two of the most elegant, if expensive, shopping streets in Europe. Milan also has sections of town dedicated to antiques, art and house supplies.
Como is also an interesting place to shop because of its local flavour. There are very elegant stores in Como that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Some of the world’s greatest designers are found in Como. Perhaps the nicest discount silk store (Mantero VIII) is found on the outskirts of Como and our guests have used it as a means to buy lovely gifts for friends back home at bargain prices.
Finally, Foxtown, just over the border into Switzerland is a world famous mall that has every imaginable brand name store (Armani, Gucci, Prada, Loro Piana, Yves St. Laurent, Ferragamo, Versace, Missoni, Bally, Bruno Magli, Dolce and Gabbana, Cerrutti……to literally name only a few) at discounted prices. The mall sells last year’s fashions at prices that seem a third of what can be found in Milan.
• Biking is a wonderful way to see Lake Como. Lake Como is a bikers’ region. Serious bikers will enjoy a day’s ride all the way around the lake and back home. Leisurely biking is also a pleasure and a means of visiting the various villages along the lake.
• Golf. Within a short distance from the Villa there are some of the nicest golf courses in Italy and moreover some of the nicest courses in Europe. The Italian Open, which is regularly played by the world’s best golfers, has been hosted by the Circolo di Golf Villa d’Este, Monticello, Le Robinie (designed by Jack Nicklaus), Golf Club Bergamo (Home course of Constantino Rocca), Couturbier Golf Club (designed by Trent Jones) and Castello di Tolcinasco (designed by Arnold Palmer). All these courses are ranked highly by Golf World as among the best golf courses in Europe and easily accessible from the Villa.
• As a nice addition to a day of shopping in Milan is to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. In the heart of Milan is the rose-colored marble Gothic Duomo. Not far from the Duomo is the world’s most famous opera house—La Scala. Throughout the city are symbols of Milan’s illustrious past including the 16 Corinthian-style columns from early Roman settlements. These are place just outside the 4th century Basilica di San Lorenzo. Also impressive is the Sforza Castle and Museum of Ancient Art. St. Ambrose’s Basilica and Museum are quite interesting: the Bishop Ambrose, who baptized St. Augustine here, founded the Basilica in the 4th century.
• Como is still laid out in a grid fashion reflecting its Roman origins. The Old Town is well preserved with the three towers of the city walls still standing, as well as traces of the walls themselves and several ancient churches. The black and white ancient town hall from the 13th century still stands. Among Como’s notable churches is the 11th century Sant’Abbondio just outside town central. Of particular beauty is the 12th century San Fedele, which has lent its name to the beautiful square where the cathedral stands.
To receive a complete overview of activities and sightseeing in the area, contact Katharina or Gaia at We will promptly email you an exhaustive document.

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