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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Casa Bellavista has been sympathetically renovated over three years to an exceptionally high standard. Despite having all the facilities of modern day living, it still retains the magic and character of the original 'rustico' dwelling. The designer kitchen with large marble island, two luxury bathrooms, WC, three large bedrooms, one with walk-in wardrobe, open plan top floor living area and idyllic private roof terrace should leave you wanting for nothing. Casa Bellavista is set in the heart of Someraro and provides easy access to the picturesque towns that inhabit the palm lined esplanades of Lake Maggiore.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Baveno 3 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpensa 51 km, 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Bedrooms: French style master bedroom with with King size bed leads into an enormous en-suite.
Thai style bedroom with king size bed and large walk-in-wardrobe.
French style bedroom with twin beds and mountain view.
Bathrooms: Huge en-suite to bedroom 1 with enormous free-standing egg shaped bath, double shower, WC, bidet and travertine His and Hers twin basins.
Family bathroom with separate shower, large bath, bidet, WC, His and Hers twin travertine basins.
Kitchen: Cooker, five ring gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, toaster and kettle.
Utility Room: Washing machine. Tumble Dryer, ironing board and iron.
Living Rooms: The entire third floor is dedicated to a large open plan kitchen/ lounge/dining area boasting magnificent views out of three sets of French doors that open out onto the 15m long balcony. There is a flat screen TV, DVD player and Ipod docking station.
Luxury bed linen and towels are included. The property is cleaned before each new guests arrive.
|Further details outdoors|
Casa Bellavista has the unique feature amongst all the houses in Someraro... a sundrenched roof terrace. From here, you will have breathtaking, panoramic views of the mountains and lake. Up on the terrace you will find the comfort and luxury of indoors has been taken outside and transformed into one of the main 'rooms' you'll want to relax in. The six seater rattan dining set has been carefully chosen with comfort in mind – no hard wooden chairs to sit on, instead you can sink into each chair with your own velvet cushion at your back. The barbeque up here will make al fresco dining as simple as it is delicious. There is also an electric socket up on the terrace where you can plug in your iPod and listen to whatever music suits your mood if you so wish. Cushions and a large parasol are all kept in the outside cupboard on the terrace. Subtle down lighting allows the merriment to continue well into the night....A small unobtrusive guard rail ensures complete safety for younger members of the family... and those who more have partaken too freely of the local vino...!
About this location
The Lake Maggiore region
Hemingway once described Lake Maggiore as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It's hard not to disagree with him. Casa Bellavista is perfectly situated for visiting the scenic towns around the lake which all have their own unique charms - Luino, Cannobio, Cannero, Arona, Baveno, Pallanza and Ascona to mention but a few. The best way to get around is to catch one of the many boats. And over in Switzerland at the far end of Lake Maggiore is the gorgeous town of Locarno which you can reach by boat in no time at all.
The Italian climate in Lake Maggiore is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with beautiful gardens growing rare and exotic plants. It is a breathtakingly beautiful area of Italy and provides the perfect base to visit Milan or the other Italian Lakes - Lake Como, Lake Orta and Lake Garda and just a short drive away are the beautiful Swiss lakes. You will be spoilt for choice!
The pretty, bustling town of Stresa is just a mile away from the house. In Stresa palm-lined esplanades are decorated with magnolia and overlook the stunning Borromean Islands.
It was in the 1900s that Stresa's reputation grew. Noblemen from Milan began to come to Stresa and build magnificent villas, and the rich and famous began to visit Stresa. Some of the most well known guests over the years have included George Bernard Shaw, Rockefeller, Hemingway, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and Princess Margaret. Such was Stresa’s reputation as a top class resort for well to do Italians in the first half of the twentieth century, that the first ever Miss Italia competition was held here in 1946.
Nowadays, Stresa is a very popular destination for visitors from all over the globe, including for the many cultural events taking place here. The modern Congress Palace hosts many international conferences, an annual cinema festival, the Stresa ‘Musical Weeks’ throughout the Summer and many other concerts and events. Stresa is also home to the internationally renowned Hotel School “Istituto Professionale Alberghiero E. Maggia”.
The beautiful grand hotels and villas along the palm lined esplanades are extremely popular for lavish Italian weddings. In the summer it’s wonderful to go and have a drink in one of the hotel gardens and watch the wedding festivities around you. It’s not unusual to see three separate weddings taking place at the same time at neighbouring lakeside hotels, all looking worthy of glamorous photo shoots in Hello magazine!
For those who fancy sunning themselves on a beach, being in the Italian lakes doesn’t mean you have to forgo that. In the next town to Stresa, just a five minute drive away from Casa Bellavista, Baveno has its own Lido complete with sand, sunloungers, a bar, restaurant, volleyball games to watch, and gently cooling lake breezes.
The Lago Maggiore Express
A fabulous day or even two days out is the Lago Maggiore Express which allows you to explore the Swiss Alps on the 'Hundred Valley' train where you will pass through (and over!) breathtaking mountain scenery and pretty villages. Don’t be fooled by the name, the pace is gentle and allows more than enough time to drink in the continuous spectacular views. Starting and finishing at various locations to suit you this circular trip can be taken over one or two days, and you can hop off and get back on as and when you like, to allow you to explore and of course, find somewhere for lunch! For more details, timetables and prices click here: http://www.lagomaggioreexpress.com/Inglese/benvenuti.html
Just 25 minutes drive from Stresa is the small but perfectly formed Lake Orta which makes for a fabulous day trip. It has its own historical flavour and charm, and its own island San Giulio, with its basilica and renowned pulpit and 15th century frescoes. Orta San Giulio is one of the loveliest villages on any of the Italian Lakes and is not to be missed!
Milan and shopping...
If you fancy a day out in a city that is world famous for its shopping and fashion then Milan is the place to go. You can catch the train to Milan from Stresa (free parking at the train station) and be there in just 45 minutes. Milan also boasts the beautiful Milan cathedral, il Duomo di Milano. This beautiful Gothic masterpiece took five centuries to complete and is the fourth-largest church in the world. Make sure you take the steps up to the roof of the church if you’re not afraid of heights. The roof allows close-up views of spectacular sculptures that would otherwise be unappreciated.
If you're more of a sports fan, the tour of the colossal San Siro stadium is well worth a visit. And with Inter and AC both playing there, if you want to catch a game, your chances are pretty good - one of the two rival teams will be playing someone on a weekend! Tickets are available from various internet sites in advance, sometimes at rather eye-wateringly inflated prices, so you can get them sent to your home address before you arrive. Or you can always take your chances on match day at the ticket office at the ground and pay considerably less. The San Siro holds over 90,000 so your chances of getting a ticket on the day are actually very good, with remarkably good concessions for children and OAPs.
For considerably cheaper but no less exciting shopping than Milan, Luino boasts the biggest weekly market in Europe. With 356 stalls, it regularly draws bargain hunters from as far away as Germany and Holland.
Milan of course, has all the wining, dining and nightlife that you would expect from such a chic city if it’s a really big night out you’re after.
If hiking is your scene, then simply turn left outside the door of Casa Bellavista and head up the mountain to Mottarone! It will take you around 3 hours, 30 minutes to reach the top on foot along the established walking trails, but the scenery and surrounding nature is as breathtaking as the gentle but relentless ascent. For those who like to take it easier than that, you can reach the National Park at the top of Mottarone by car in 40 minutes from Casa Bellavista, or indeed catch the cable car down in Stresa, or the midway station just a short drive from the house, and be there in 10-20 minutes whilst enjoying the stunning vista as you ascend with the minimum of effort.
Mottarone is considered one of the most beautiful natural balconies in the whole of Piedmont. Its orographical formation allows the tourist's gaze to sweep over 360° from the Po Valley to the summits of the Alps. Here you can see seven magnificent lakes; Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Mergozzo, Lake Varese, Lake Camabbio, Lake Monate and Lake Biandronno, lying in the natural surrounding basin. Mottarone not only boasts breathtaking views, but it also offers activities for every season: it's possible to practise winter sports, go trekking, hand-gliding, parascending, make exciting descents from the top by mountain bike on properly marked paths (and you can take your bike back up in the cable car too) or just relax at a table with typical menus of the region in the characteristic restaurants and bars. If you are into skiing then the slopes of Mottarone are open from December through to March, and ideal for a day or two on the slopes. With 21km of pistes you’ll be spoilt for choice!
For the golf enthusiast, there are several excellent courses in the Lake Maggiore vicinity, most notably Golf Club Des Iles Borromées which is just a short drive away from Casa Bellavista. (That’s by car, not by golf club!) Green fees are very reasonable and there’s also a 9 hole ticket which allows you to fit in a few quick holes without it taking up the whole morning or afternoon. Here’s a list of some courses definitely worth investigating if golf is your thing.
Hiring a boat
Water sports such as sailing, surfing and water skiing are provided at Club Nautico in Stresa. Here you can hire boats or have your own boat brought into the water and anchored.
Via Sempione Sud, 17
28838 Stresa (VB)
Lago Maggiore Adventure Park
Strada Cavalli 18
Tel: +39 0323 919799
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15 Feb 2015
"We would love to stay again"
We visited Stresa last year and spent a week at this beautifully presented villa. What struck me was that the family who had rebuilt the villa from a fairly deteriorated state had done so for the love… More
30 Dec 2014
"Great accomodation ,beautiful outlook"
All information from the owner was spot on. Even though one in our group was very sick and was hospitalised all the help we got from Joanna via the internet was very helpful. The restaurant up the roa… More
5 Dec 2014
"An exceptional home, in a must see location"
A group of 5 of us stayed at Casa Bella Vista in late October 2014. We are between 60-66 years of age. I would consider myself to be of poor health/ fitness and the 66 year old has bad knees. We all t… More
20 Nov 2014
"Lovely views of the lake and islands"
Our holiday at Bella Vista was all we had hoped for and more . The property has been lovingly restored and improved upon by the owners. We were well aware of the location in Someraro, and were given n… More
19 Nov 2014
"Truly a magnificient, magical place to stay in beautiful Stressa, Italy"
For the life of me I cannot understand anyone being disappointed in Casabellavista. We have stayed at many great venues throughout Europe and this is by far one of the very best. The house is loving… More
17 Nov 2014
"Truly stunning Villa and Town. Not to be missed out on!!!"
My hubby and I have had the pleasure of visiting Casa Bellavista 3 times now. The first time was back in November 2010. We loved it so much, we couldn't wait to book up again. Subsequently, we … More
27 Oct 2014
"Disappointed in Villa"
When spent 5 days at this Villa in Someraro and found the place disappointing. It was not so much what we saw on the net but it was the fact we were not told about the Villa before we booked. The vill… More
We are very sorry to read your disappointing review. It has come as a complete shock to us because your travelling companion who booked the holiday with us emailed me after your holiday and said you had all had a fantastic time. I really feel it is only fair to future guests that I respond to your review so I can correct some of the misinformation in your review. I would also urge future guests to read all the other reviews on here and contact me directly for even more wonderful reviews from previous guests. Quite often our guests email me directly with their praise or they write in the Guest Book that we keep in the house and I can honestly say that this is our first negative review in nearly four years of taking guests.
You are correct in listing the floors. There are indeed three floors and a roof terrace to the house and we make this clear to all our guests on the websites where we advertise and on our own website. We state on all websites that as the house is set over three floors and a roof terrace it is not suitable for wheelchairs or those with 'restricted mobility'. We wouldn't dream of discriminating against older guests as many are just as fit and active as anyone else, hence why we don't have an age restriction. About 80% of our guests are retired couples in their sixties and seventies. None of them have complained about the stairs and many of them are repeat guests from as far afield as Australia.
On our own website we even have floor plans on so guests can see the layout. Again, we have never had any comments made about the 'narrow' staircase before now. All other guests have managed very well. Indeed, if you read the other reviews quite a few guests recommend the house for 'older travellers'. There is only one flight of steps up to further bedrooms on the first floor – this is no different from what you would find in a conventional house. Yes, there is a second set of stairs to the top floor where the views are breathtaking, but you wouldn't have to take your cases up there. The half step you refer to on the first floor is only potentially dangerous if you choose not to have the specially constructed metal guard across the passageway (a bit like half a stair gate) which we put there precisely to avoid people having an accident, though I suspect most people, like ourselves, don't actually bother with it. Casa Bellavista has been lovingly renovated to try and retain some of the best original features such as the original stone staircase.
The part of your review that I can only apologise profusely about, is the dirty fatty water you apparently found in the sink. We are extremely surprised by this because we searched the whole of Stresa for the best cleaner. We feel very lucky to have finally found this cleaner (she has worked for us for a year now). She treats the house like her own home and is incredibly conscientious and thorough. Most weeks she only has a small window of four hours before the next guests arrive to turn the house around, linen and all, but is still absolutely meticulous. I really would have appreciated it if you had told me about the fatty water at the time when you found it. Your travelling companion didn't mention it to me in his emails. In mentioning it to us at the time it would have given us the opportunity to mention it to the cleaner.
In any event, we take the cleanliness of Casa Bellavista very seriously. It is our second home and we expect it to be spotless for all our guests. Inevitably though, it is entirely possible there will be an occasion where the cleaner forgets to do something.
Regarding the lint in the dryer, our dryer is a condenser dryer so you will have some lint in the filter and water in the tank after each cycle. We therefore ask all our guests to remove the lint after each cycle so it doesn't build up. It only takes a few cycles for it to build up and when this happens the dryer won't work; a natural cut out to prevent any fires. It takes literally thirty seconds to do so. We do mention it in the information we send each guest before they visit. Yes, we do ask the cleaner to check on this before guests arrive, but if guests use the dryer more than once we do expect people to do it themselves, as probably with any self catering property.
Regarding bulbs, we leave a huge box of extra bulbs in our Laundry Room so guests are able to replace bulbs that go out during their stay. We do always replenish these bulbs whenever we visit, so if there weren't any for you we do apologise. Your travelling companion sent me an email mentioning me that only one of the bedside lights was working in the twin bedroom (but not the overhead light or other bedside light). However, he said to me that the matter was not urgent because nobody was staying in that room that week. So I asked our cleaner to replace the bulbs on changeover day. The cleaner always visits during the day, so she is not going to notice as a matter of course if any bulbs do need changing.
Now onto the point of parking... We state very clearly on our website that the house does not have private parking. In the 'Arrival Details' we send out to guests we are also clear about this but we point you in the right direction for parking that is available to all guests. You are not correct in saying there are not any spaces near the house. Directly outside the house (about ten feet across from the front door) there are three spaces for cars. This is on a 'first come, first served' basis but they are not reserved for anyone in particular. Anyone can park there. In our experience as a lot of the people in the village have private parking, don't have cars, we never have a problem getting one of those three spots. On the rare occasions when we can't get a space there, we either park in one of the many spaces in village square above the house or in an overlook down past the house. Both of which are about 30 seconds walk from the house. On the couple of occasions we have taken very elderly relatives with us to Casa Bellavista, if we can't park outside the house, we simply drive right to the front door and pull up outside so our relatives don't have to walk at all before parking.
I hope I have addressed all your points and I really hope that your review doesn't put anyone off from booking Casa Bellavista in the future. The view from the top floor of the house and the roof terrace above has been described by many of our guests as one of the most breathtaking views in the world. Well worth the short flight of stairs up there. Many of our guests say that their favourite part of their holiday is relaxing up there with a glass of prosecco. They love Stresa and all that it has to offer, but the roof terrace is their favourite place. I am sorry if you weren't moved in the same way.
On a separate note, I see that you have reviewed Restaurant Il Cardino as 'amazing' and the 'best restaurant in Italy'. This restaurant is just a one minute walk from our house. We are very lucky to have it in our village. It's a shame that you didn't feel it necessary to mention in your review of our house, the fact that we have the 'best restaurant in Italy' on our doorstep. On that point, I would honestly have to say, just in case potential guests think we have a Michelin starred restaurant on our doorstep, we don't, though it is excellent food.
1 Mar 2014
Having read the reviews of the Casa Bellavista and seen photographs of the property I had no hesitation in contacting the owners with a view to taking a holiday there with my wife. We were more than i… More
5 Feb 2014
"Amazing property in beautiful surroundings"
My husband and I stayed with friends at Casa Bellavista, what an amazing time we had. From the moment we opened the front door we all felt at home, the house is beautifully decorated and furnished … More
27 Jan 2014
"Breathtaking inspiring views!"
If you are considering visiting Lago Maggiore (and you definitely should as it is just stunning - one of my favourite places!) Casa Bellavista is a great option for your stay. The location is excellen… More
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