We stayed here for 9 nights in the summer. It's a lovely, clean property that worked well for our family of five (including three young children). There are two large bedrooms, each with a double bed and bunk beds, plus a sofa bed in the lounge area. The outside space is great - lots of space, private seating area with large table, toys for the kids, trampoline and a table tennis table.
Location wise, it's on the edge of a quiet, traditional italian mountain village which is not touristy at all. There's a bakery, a little shop, a bar and a restaurant all within a few minutes walking distance (although it is a pretty steep hill up the road to the house). And the locals were very friendly and welcoming. Just like the owner of the property, Elisabetta. They live on site and were on hand to help with whatever we needed. She gave us a really useful overview of the area when we arrived (in good English) and was full of recommendations for things to do around the area and top tips for places to visit and restaurants to try (she was even phoning restaurants for us to try and get us a table to eat on the day we arrived!).
There was plenty to do in the area. I'd say you need a car to get the most out of it. Our activities included visiting Bellagio (about 15 mins), taking the ferries across Lake Como to visit other beautiful lakeside towns such as Varenna (and Castle Vechio), tackling the high ropes courses at Jungle Raider Park, walking in the mountains and relaxing on the lakeside beaches (and paddling in the lake itself).
It really is a stunningly beautiful part of Italy and this property was, for us, the perfect base for exploring it. We had a great time, made even better by the warmth and helpfulness of our hosts - a big thank you to them!
It was a very special experience to stay with Elisabetta and family in Barni. The apartment (below their house) is spacious and clean and well equipped with all you may need. Betta (as everyone knows her in the town) is a wonderfull host with great ideas and suggestions of places to visit in the area and restaurants to eat at nearby which offer simple, deliscious and very affordable local specialities that the locals come to enjoy as well! Authentic and very memorable!! Dont miss the goat's milk icecream!
Elisabetta was the best host a traveler could imagine having. We were a group of nine with no car, and had to use public transport. She helped us get to Barni and to her home, and gave us so much information on where to eat and how to get about. The home truly felt like a home, with a small kitchen and nice dining area. Elisabetta provided us with beverages and coffee, which was a very nice welcoming gift. We had games and movies to invite us to hang out in the house, as well as a garden.Nine of us split two rooms pretty comfortably, and had all the towels and blankets we needed. The only small challenge was sharing one bathroom, but it was fine. I was amazed at how much Elisabetta was willing to help us. She wanted us to really enjoy Barni, and helped us get what we needed to overcome unexpected challenges, like the weather and bus system. She also connected us to the community, particularly with the owners of a local restaurant which we came to love and visited repeatedly. We were sad to leave, we felt so welcome here
The stay was great. The house was in a very good location to explore Lake Como. Elisabetta's help was invaluable, she recommended places to visit, where to park the car and even booked a restaurant for us which we recommend! It was 11 of us (3 children) and there was enough place for everyone, very quiet location and kids enjoyed lots of games outside.
Great place to stay for hiking-, cycling- and beach lovers. Only a few kilometers away from the famous Madonna di Ghisallo with the Fausto Coppi monument and the church with the old bikes. Also close to the beautiful beaches of Onno at the Lake Como and close to Como, Lecco and Bellaggio. We were welcomed as being part of the family and also the children loved the garden with the playground. Quite new renovated apartment with high quality materials and modern bathroom. So, it is highly recommended for families and small groups