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Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Gialla is only 50 metres as the crow flies from the lake, and a five minute walk to the nearest beach, and 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 an internal 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.
Cat-friendly animals, with their well-behaved owners, are made especially welcome in the downstairs of Villa Gialla! The lounge has two ceiling fans and mesh security shutters that can be pulled across open French doors, to ensure the area is kept as cool as possible if you need to leave your pet at any time. As we live next door, we're also mostly available to check on your pet regularly if you wish to leave him/her for any length of time, let them into the garden etc. We can also leave water bowls and dog towels out for you to save space on the journey.
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 – Twin beds with a side view and adjacent to the master bathroom with walk-in shower, bath, wc and basin.
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.
Please note that the interior of the house is 100% non-smoking and we do ask guests to respect this for the benefit of others. Thank you.
Heating (gas, electricity and wood for the burner) are charged at cost - please talk with us. For the summer months this does not, of course, apply.
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)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Milan malpensa 75 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||Central heating, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Lake Maggiore 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.
FOR 2015 don't forget that the Milan Expo exhibition is open from 1st May to 31st October, and is easily accessible from Lake Maggiore either by car or train. For more information, visit the web site http://www.expo2015.org/en
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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29 Jan 2015
"What a lovely surprise"
I clearly didnt read the other reviews of the content of the profile of this house very clearly or I would have realised quite quickly how sadly with a toddler and disabled guest perhaps it wouldnt be… More
Thank you for the lovely comments. We were very sorry that Villa Gilla proved to be unsuitable for you at present, but do hope that you found somewhere good locally and that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you at some time in the future.
20 Sep 2014
On arrival at Villa Gialla we were met by the lovely owners Judith and David. They helped us take our bags up to the villa which can only be reached by a steep, narrow path. The access is absolutely… More
My apologies, but I've just discovered that we didn't reply to this review. So, better late than never, but thank you so much for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure having you stay in the house and we hope to welcome you again sometime. Best wishes, Judith and David
22 Aug 2014
"Fantastic place and wonderful hosts"
I agree with every word written by former reviewers. This is a very comfortable house with an astonishing panoramic view of Lago Maggiore, to my opinion the most beutiful lake in Italy. Judith and Dav… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. We too thoroughly enjoyed having you as guests and the evening in Laveno. Please be assured of a welcome back to Villa Gialla at any time in the future for you and/or your friends. With kind regards, Judith and David
26 Jul 2014
"Fantastic location, Lovely property, friendly and helpful owners"
We stayed at Villa Gialla with our daughter and her fiance in June. When we arrived Judith and David met us by the road so we found the place easily. They welcomed us and helped us up with our cases a… More
Thank you. You were lovely guests to have too. Please come back any time.
23 Jul 2014
"5 stars for customer satisfaction"
We planned to stay at the villa and were really looking forward to it, but due to a sudden illness in the family the trip had to be reluctantly cancelled a few days before. Judith was amazing, she r… More
Thank you. We are so very sorry that you had to cancel at such short notice, but do hope that all is well with you and that we can welcome you at some time in the future instead.
1 Jul 2014
"Beautiful hillside location and perfect getaway"
We stayed as a family in this stunning property in June 2014. I didn't want to leave.You can't really see the property from the road, which makes it a bit of a hidden gem - the owners make s… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. It was an absolute pleasure having you stay and I hope we'll be able to welcome you again in the future.
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.
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