Beautifully remote, this spot is idyllic for walkers. Once you’ve reached the tiny medieval village of Molina, you park and call Gianluca, who arrives in his small jeep and negotiates the final hike. These young owners have renovated a 1900s villa and offer three guest rooms set over several levels; the two suites share an entrance, while the smaller (very private) room has its own. The best billet is the suite with double-aspect windows, but all are smartly furnished in uncluttered style, and two keep their working fireplaces. Outside, a lovely lawn stretches in front of you, along with flower borders, slopes, steps and steep drops, and there’s a special spot set aside for two, for candlelit dinner and an incomparable view (preceded by prosecco in the jacuzzi). There’s no dining room or living room, so breakfast is served with the view, at patio tables warmed by a heater on cool days. Order a picnic lunch the night before and hike the Strada Regia – an ancient path connecting Como to Ballagio. Swim in the secluded Riva di Faggeto; take a boat trip on the lake; climb or ride with a guide.