Appartamento San Carlo
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The apartment is based in Stresa by the beautiful Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, about one hour from Milan.
It is ideal for 2 people but can accommodate up to 4 people.
The apartment is approx 35sq meters and has a small private courtyard. The apartment includes one double bedroom, a small living room with sofa-bed with a kitchette joined onto it. There is also a seperate shower room. The apartment is very well decorated and has a modern, contemporary feel.
Appartamento San Carlo is situated within a district of Stresa, in an old traditional Italian village called ‘Carciano’.
On the same street is a post office, a mini supermarket and an old church, which gives you a taste of real Italy.
From the apartment you can walk down to the lake (within five minutes) where you will discover several good quality restaurants, bars, beach resort, boat trips and the cable car to take you up to the Botanical Gardens and the Mottarone ski resort.
The train station is about 10 - 15 minutes walk away.
The centre of Stresa is about 15 minutes walk or a one minute bus ride from the bottom of the street
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Carciano 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpensa 50 km, Nearest railway: Stresa 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The North West Italy region
Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three large lakes of Italy and the second largest after Lake Garda.
It is 54 km in length, upto 12 km's wide and runs from Switzerland to Italy. This allows you the freedom of seeing two beautiful countries within easy reach of Appartamento San Carlo.
Lake Maggiore has lots of charm, is less glitzy than Como, less crowded than Garda, and is a refreshing natural experience. The capital of the area, Stresa, however, is where the fantastical and the grandiose rule.
Stresa's main sqaure is very elegant with numerous restaurants surrounding it, where you can people watch and enjoy some real home-made Italian food. The restaurants are of high standard and very competative in price.Leading off the main square are cute cobbled lanes lined with bars, restaurants, tourist shops, clothes shops, etc.
The promenade consists of wide avenues of trees and flowerbeds and gives you a panoramic view of the Borromeo islands and the surrounding mountains.
The Borromeo islands consist of three small islands called respectively: Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori.
You can visit the islands by boats and water taxis. There are an abundance of restaurants on the islands, where you can dine on fresh fish caught from the lake and get a different perspective on the beautiful countryside.
Lake Maggiore has three small islands to visit and plenty of great little towns dotted around, such as Intra, which can be reached by boat. The nearest port is situated about five minutes walk down from Appartamento San Carlo at Carciano.
There are numerous others ports within close vicinity where you can embark and extend your choice of destination. The most popular trips are to the small islands of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. All three islands are uniquely beautiful and though small have plenty to offer with numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, sights and beautiful gardens on.
Mountain bike and road bike hire, 2 Hotel swimming pools to use 5 minutes walk away (15 euro a day inc lounger), Adventure Park, Alpine Golf, Beach Resorts, Bungee Jump in Verzasca Dam (one hour away),
Cable Car, Excursions, Fishing, Horse riding, Sailing lessons, Hiking trips, Free climbing trips, , Lake Orta (30 minutes away), Markets, Walks, Zoological Park
There are two local ski resorts, Domobianca and Mottarone:
Domobianca ski resort takes around 30-40 minutes to drive to. Follow directions to Gravellona then take the motorway (E62) northbound towards Domodossola. You will eventually see brown signs for Domobianca ski resort, which lead you directly into the resort. Domobianca is for intermediates to advanced levels and is where the Italian Ski team train.
Mottarone ski resort can be reached by either the cable car, by the Lake, or by driving directly into the resort. Both take about 20 minutes. Once you reach Mottarone by cable car there is about a ten minute walk to the resort. Driving takes you through the National Park, which will cost around 5 euros. For directions from Stresa follow signs for Gignese, from there you will see Mottarone signposted. The resort is aimed at beginners to intermedate levels.
About an hour away:
Train direct to Milan , Football At The San Siro Stadium, Formula 1 at Monza, GIRO tour round lake maggiore
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13 Aug 2014
"ottimo per qualità e prezzo"
Ci siamo trovati bene, sia per la posizione che per l'appartamento in sé, ad un prezzo davvero competitivo, considerando che è ben accessoriata. Camera spaziosa, che tranquillamente ci sta un l… More
10 Aug 2014
Petit appartement à un prix excellent. Ce n'est pas très grand, mais il y a quand même 2 pièces séparées. Bon emplacement pour découvrir la région. Emplacement avec beaucoup de charme car… More
24 Jul 2014
Mon mari et moi rentrons tout juste de notre voyage. Il s'agit d'un appartement agréable dans une maison de village. A notre arrivée, le ménage avait été impeccablement fait, le lit fai… More
4 May 2014
Parfait pour explorer le region des Lacs Majeure et Orta, Milan etc. propre et Proche le lac, bars, restos et superette… More
29 Jul 2013
"Ideaal gelegen appartement voor bezoek aan Stresa."
Genoten van een korte vakantie in Stresa in een prima uitgerust appartement, van alle gemakken voorzien. 15 minuten lopen van het centrum, winkel om de hoek en dichtbij het Lago Maggiore. Vooraf door … More
20 Jan 2013
"Excellant value for money couples hideaway close to the lakes and mountains."
This appartment is perfect for two abd such good value for money. We were so comfortable there we spent most evenings enjoying the tranquility of the sppartment, cooking in the well accesorised kitchen, watching DVDs, sleeping alot...just what we needed. Then we spent the days walking by the lake and in.the mountains beautiful. So with regards to stresa-there is plenty to do even at this time of year but although the lake buses and buses are running i would advise a car if you want to visit the mountains. cable car not running and some parts of the islands closed at this time of year. perhaps we just did not know where to go but it definately wasnt a good place to go if you want a new years eve party, very quiet although the fireworks over the lake were beautiful.
29 May 2012
"A great apartment representing excellent value for money"
This apartment is a short distance from the main drag in Stresa but is still very close at only 15 minutes walk from the town centre. It has a Carrefour local shop and post office on the door step and the neighbourhood is very nice.
The apartment itself is clean and well presented with good decor throughout. There is also a useful back courtyard which is great for eating out in and sun bathing.
There is a Scottish lady who lives nearby who is able to offer assistance with any queries and she was very helpful to us.
All in all a very good apartment at a very reasonable price.
9 Jan 2012
"Very attentive owner and local rep, good price-quality ratio apartment"
First of all our family must thank Nick and Brenda for attentive attitude towards our issues. Due to the logistics problems we arrived 4 days earlier and late at night. Nonetheless, Brenda has met us … More
11 Nov 2011
"Nice little apartment near the lake"
Me and my girlfriend visited Appartamento San Carlo for a weeks break. The apartment had character and even though it was quite small and compact it served good use for us, especially for a nice break… More
7 Nov 2011
"Dishonest - Exaggerated Facilities With Uncontrolled Black Mould"
I suppose we might have known better dealing with an absentee landlord, as there were plenty of excuses for such detestable conditions. I feel sorry for Brenda, his cleaning lady and site manager who is a wonderful woman and a charming representative, but without the accountability to correct some basic issues. I notice some action has already been taken based on updated photos on this web site attempting to address some of my concerns. They certainly show the apartment looking cleaner than when we arrived, but the full black mould problem can not be addressed with a can of paint and there is far more than what was in the bathroom. In fact there was:
• Significant black mould on the walls in the bathroom which had clearly been painted over at least once previously
• Mould in the shower grout lines and around the bathroom sink
• Significant black mould on the bedroom wall behind the dinning table, yes the dinning table is stored in the bedroom and yes there is significant mould just a couple of feet from your head when you are sleeping
• Stink due to plumbing failure around foot bath causing leakage into living room
• Brown, dried urine stains covering the heat radiator in the bathroom
• No functioning television, as would be assumed by identified general facilities, due to no connection to satelite or cable service which Brenda said has either never been connected or not connected for over a year
• A refridgerator perched on top of the washing machine that is unable to keep meat and cheese chilled, never mind a cold beer
• No basic fan to provide some air circulation when the temperature was hitting high 20's outside. Can't imagine what it would be like in the middle of summer.
• Old, used and dirty personal items (including toothbrush, shaving cream, denture cream, contact lense cleaning solution, cologne, tooth floss. etc.) in a dirty little plastic red bathroom medicine cabinet in an already tiny bathroom with no storage space to place a shaving kit or womens cosmetic bag
• Non functioning smoke alarm in bedroom
• Did not return damage deposit for over a month
Despite wanting to turn around and walk out the Friday evening that we arrived, we didn't move out until the following Tuesday morning as it took a while to find alternative accomodations, especially on a suprisingly hot mid Septmeber weekend and working around tours that we had already booked.
Despite all of this, Carciano is an amazing, charming little town, well situated in close proximity to all that you need to enjoy your stay on Lake Maggiore. Beware of misleading and fabricated reviews. We stayed there September 16th to 20th 2011. There are better alternatives. This property is exaggerated even worse on the PureHolidayHomes.com site where it is said to have air conditioning, 4 ring stove, Clothes dryer, Dish washer, Freezer, Fridge, Microwave, Oven, Washing machine. Some one needs to stop such dishonesty. We are from Canada and as other travellers do, when travelling from a far, we need to have confidence that a property is adverised accurately. We have used Holidaylettings.co.uk for a few other property rentals and they have always met our expectations.
I am furious with this review. I would just like to state that this man phoned me from Stresa and complained. I was shocked and told him that as I was going over in the next two days and I would take a look as he said "he wouldn't have kept a dog in the place". Upon arrival I found the apartment in a clean, respectable state.
I find it strange that he checked in on Friday and it took him until Tuesday to move out, so it couldn't have been that horrendous. He visited in mid to late September which is by no means high season and could have found another place easily. It was if he wanted a 5 star hotel for the price of a cheap self-catering apartment.
The last thing I want to do is provide a poor service. I try my upmost to make stays at my apartment as stress free as possible, informing visitors of everything. I am happy to refund people if they have problems but unfortunately not in this case as I found the apartment in a good state.
There were patches of black mould on the bathroom ceiling (which has been cleaned up now). This was due to no extractor fan and a gradual build up over the summer of people showering. It hasn't been painted over. I will be going over to have an extractor fan installed early January 2012.
The dining table is in the bedroom for people to sit and have their breakfast by the open doors (as shown in the photos and video), i'm not hiding anything.
I was not aware of black mould behind the dining table. When I was over I noticed this. This will also be addressed in January 2012.
I didn't seen any mould in the grout
I have re-siliconed around the bathroom sink as it looked discoloured - purely due to the age of the old silicon. There was no mould there.
Brenda and I were not aware of an issue with the BEEDAY. On closer inspection it is blocked and has caused a leak, resulting in a section of damp coming through to the living area. This is on the fix list for January 2012.
The bathroom radiator has spots of rust on it (as it is a very old traditional radiator), NOT URINE
I agree that I do need to have the TV sorted out, again on my list for January 2012.
The fridge is positioned on the washing machine - as shown in the photos.
Regarding the fan, I will look into this and purchase one for Spring 2012
If someone has left "shaving cream, contact lens cleaning solution, etc" I really do not see the problem, if it is that offensive you could simply placed it in the bin, THIS WILL NOT KILL YOU.
The cabinet is retro but there is plenty of room on top, or inside to store your toiletries. I am sorry if the cabinet is not to your particular taste.
The smoke alarm battery had obviously just died as the previous visitors had not heard the beeping. I CANNOT BE IN CONTROL OF WHEN BATTERIES DIE. I changed the battery and the alarm is working perfectly well now.
The late return of the deposit was due to these particular visitors continuing on their travels and not due back to their home until early October. I have since returned their deposit.
I truly believe that this particular visitor was looking for a 5 start accommodation – maybe what they have previously been used to? I either have already or am going to be addressing all of his points in January 2012. I am dedicated to providing clean,tidy and traditional accommodation for all of my visitors and am very disappointed to have such feedback. As I live in England I cannot be available to sort out minor issues immediately and Brenda is on hand to provide a meet and greet and cleaning service on my behalf (not maintenance). I take all comments seriously and always try to inform my visitors about every aspect of their stay.
I hope that my response has shown any prospective visitors that I do aim to provide an honest, first class service and the reality that I am offering a low cost, self-catering holiday apartment.
If you have any questions relating to this, please feel free to contact me.
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