The views onto Lake Como are hypnotic at this farm retreat in the small town of Vezio. Castello di Vezio has 6 large houses, with flexibility to host everything from a romantic getaway for two to a large family gathering with kids, pets and any other add-ons.
  Each house is fabulously well equipped (dried herbs and spices in the kitchen will be a particular treat for regular self-caterers) and several boast access to a swimming pool. Access to tennis courts is available for a small extra fee, while a short downhill walk leads visitors to Varenna, from where the lake area is easily explored.
  Back at home and the rooms are cool and comfortable. Staff are friendly, though there has been an occasional gripe about insensitivity about checking-out times. It is a minor worry, however, and nothing compared to a charming stay and a fairytale view.