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|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 toilet only, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest beach||Baveno 3 km|
|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|
|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|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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...!
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