An exclusive B & B such as La Respuchina is a rarity on Lake Como. The rooms are charming, the breakfast is tasty and the divine lake view is certainly worth the drive alone! Amusingly, the meaning of Respuchina in local dialect is hedgehog!
This yellow house is located in the small community of Oro perched above Bellano, which is approx. 2km down the hill on the lakeside. The village's name Oro (gold) refers to its sunny position. Because of the altitude, the B & B offers the opportunity to appreciate a symphony of colours when the sunsets over the lake. There is a small beach at the lake called Spiaggetta d'Oro which is within walking distance. Also the B & B has two mountain bikes available for use by its customers.
When you stay here you have access to a pretty garden, which is shared with the host family that has three children. Here is a small playground, and a covered area where breakfast can be enjoyed outdoors weather permitting. Alternatively you can enjoy breakfast on the balcony / terrace or in a small breakfast room indoors during the colder months. Breakfast consists of coffee / tea, juice, bread, croissant, jam and yogurt - and if in addition you require salami, cheese, eggs and fruit, then a small supplement should be paid. The items included in the breakfast consist largely of organic items. The parking situation on the street is quite good there is free public parking in front of the house (about 12 places) and there is usually room for everyone - but there is no guarantee of availability. Since it is situated in a cul de sac, it is therefore very quiet with little traffic.
The two bedrooms are on the 2nd floor facing towards the lake. They have a small kitchen in common, which means that if you book both rooms (to sleep a maximum of 7 people), you actually get an apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a balcony, a terrace and a kitchenette.
This room has a four poster bed, satellite TV, wi-fi (free) and a private bathroom in the hallway with a toilet, hairdryer and a corner bath. There is a possibility of adding one extra bed in this room. There is no air conditioning as it is said that there is no need for it since the B & B is high up and experiences a fresher climate. From this room there is a lake view and access to a balcony overlooking the lake where guests in Dafne must pass to access their room. Since this room has its own private bathroom located in the hallway instead of internally, and a private balcony instead of a terrace, it costs a little less than Dafne.
This room has a stylish antique double bed and a staircase that leads to the mezzanine/loft where there is a jacuzzi. The room is also equipped with satellite TV, wi-fi internet (free) and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. It is possible to add two extra beds in the room (one in the loft and one on the bottom). It has no air conditioning, but it is not necessary because the B & B is located at altitude. From the bedroom you have direct access to a private terrace overlooking the lake.