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Watching the swans float past

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.3km

NEW to the rental market in August 2013, Villa Gialla, which is only 50 metres as the crow flies from the lake, and a five minute walk to the nearest beach, offers amazing views from almost every room.

The pictures below of Villa Gialla speak for themselves - although no photograph can truly capture just how great the vista is. The front of the house has 180 degree views of the lake, from the beautiful Cannero Riviera Castelli to the north, right down past Porto Valtravaglia going south. Being so close to the water too, get the right light and no breeze and you can see the fish swim; a regular sight in summer will be a duck teaching its babies to catch food or grebes learning how to dive!

The house is located on the outskirts of Oggebbio with a 15-20 minute walk to the village centre to find the grocery shop, chemist, bar and pizzeria/hotel. Within a few minutes' walk also, on the lake front, there are three friendly bars, two of which serve food, together with boat rental, pedallos and windsurfing school. Access to the house is via a fairly steep 100m footpath and 56 stairs, so a reasonable level of fitness is required, although we will transfer your luggage on arrival and departure and provide a welcome pack (additional cost) of shopping if you wish.

Villa Gialla has undergone a major refurbishment project, which is now largely completed, over the last three years, including two en-suite bathrooms (one with with shower, the other with wc/basin), new master bathroom and much more.

Downstairs there's a spacious and very comfortable lounge/dining room with large windows and French doors leading directly onto the front balcony and terrace area, a beautifully fitted kitchen with central island, and a utility room with washing machine and separate wc/washbasin. The lounge has a wood burning stove for cooler evenings and Freesat TV with English programmes. The kitchen is equipped with oven, five burner gas hob, microwave, large fridge/freezer and dishwasher.

Free Wifi is also available throughout the house and garden.

A wooden spiral staircase leads to three bedrooms & bathrooms (with a larger exterior staircase for taking suitcases etc. up and down).

Bedroom 1 –Bedroom 1 – king size bed, ceiling fan, en-suite shower room and French doors to balcony. When you lie in bed, you get the impression of being directly onto the lake!

Bedroom 2 – Double bed, en-suite wc/washbasin – side view

Bedroom 3 – Here you have the option of a single, twin or a bunk and a single beds depending on your group make-up. The room has side view and is adjacent to the master bathroom with walk-in shower, bath, wc and basin. Please do note, however, that the house is really only designed for six people with regard to lounge and dining seating etc.

Balconies run the length of the house, both up and downstairs, with a large balcony extension on the south side of the lounge for outside dining. There is an additional patio area to the side of the house and some terraced garden. Please note that, due to the balconies and terraced nature of the garden, we feel that this property is not necessarily ideal for very young children, although if you talk to us in advance, we can discuss possible ways of getting round this (and have already done so for visitors).

We also have our own 6 metre speed-boat on a buoy directly below the property and are happy to organise sight-seeing trips and water skiing lessons (we are both qualified and very experienced boat drivers and water ski instructors, and have all appropriate insurance) for 70 euros per hour including driver. This is always subject to weather and availability.

We very much look forward to welcoming you.

Judith and David

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Five minutes' walk away 300 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Milan malpensa 42 km, Nearest railway: Pallanza 15 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden

The North West Italy region

Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and offers, particularly around the region of Oggebbio & Cannero Riviera, a particularly mild and almost sub-tropical climate - not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter (although the nearest snow ski resort is only an hour's drive away).

The lake itself is perfect for a variety of water sports, or just lazing on the beaches, and tranquil ferries plough up and down each day offering trips to local markets and the beautiful Borromean islands. The northern part of the lake is, in fact, in Switzerland, so a trip to Locarno or beautiful Ascona provide the perfect opportunity to buy a Toblerone chocolate bar in its home country! There are various music and cultural festivals throughout the year and the lake-side firework displays in August are an absolute must.


The village of Oggebbio is approximately 10km from the town of Intra (Verbania) and is made up of several small "fractions". Our villa is in the tiny fraction of Resega, with just a few other houses, two bars and two beaches. If you're worried about driving on the tiny mountain roads, then there's no need, as our house is reached along the main road from Intra or Cannobbio. The village is just 15km from the Swiss border.

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Review 1-3 of 3

30 Sep 2013


"The most amazing views and swimming that you will not want to leave"

Myself and teenage family stayed at Villa Gialla where we were met by the owners Judith and David.We have stayed in numerous villas over the years, so have had experience of DIY holidays.Even before w… More

15 Sep 2013


"summer holidays 2013"

This summer holidays I stayed with my boyfriend for 10 nights at Judith's and David's house. It was really nice there! The room was big enough and it was always cleaned by Judith. Furthermor… More

25 Aug 2013


"Great spot, amazing view"

Judith and David are renting out their own home as a holiday rental, and went out of their way to make it suitable for our visit with two children (5 and 1), including taking us out on their boat. All in all, we had a great time and the area is really beautiful. The owners before Judith and David had it for about three years, but before that it had been uninhabited for 20+ years, so as you can imagine it needed quite a bit of work, which Judith and David are doing. If you expect everything to be pristine, modern and 5-star, you'll be disappointed. If you're happy with a good family home where everything works, this will suit you. Because it's Judith & David's home and they love it, it was absolutely immaculate and beautifully presented. We found it a very livable, comfortable place to spend a week. Like anywhere, there are pros and cons:

Amazing view - wonderful panorma from the upstairs and downstairs balconies. You could sit there and stare at the lake for hours with the sun going down and a glass of something cold in your hand. Wonderful way to unwind after a day out and putting the kids to bed.
Good location - just south of Cannero, which is a really pretty town with a nice beach and restaurants along the lakefront. We did day trips north to Locarno and south to Stresa. If you were keen you could also do a day trip to Milan. It's in the center of the best side of the lake, and it's the quietest of the big lakes. Generally the location is brilliant.
Lots of space - three bedrooms upstairs; large living-dining downstairs and newly-renovated, well-equipped kitchen, newly-renovated bathrooms, plus of course the balconies, and an outdoor patio

Access - the major drawback is that the house is only accessible via a 100m dirt track up a hill, then a flight of stone steps. Judith and David are well aware of this and are planning to turn the track into a driveway, but for the moment, you do have to park on the road at the bottom of the hill and walk up and down the track when you come and go.
Parking - you have to park on the side of the road, on the opposite side, about 50m from where the track meets the road, and there is no guaranteed parking spot, though in fairness we always found one
Safety - there are no footpaths next to the road, so you have to walk along the side of the road, which again was not ideal for a family with small kids, but no huge problem

We were Judith and David's first customers, and they are gradually making more and more improvements. We coped with the walk up and down the hill (with two small kids) but there's no denying that it will put some people off and making it a driveway will vastly improve the overall experience. We felt that perhaps the price was a little high given the access issues.

Review 1-3 of 3

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Languages spoken
  • English
  • Italian