Featured by the typical structure of the Italian villas dating back to the 40s, Villa Ermelinda is a property full of history and charm. Even today its centuries-old trees, which stands out an impressive specimen of pendulous beech, and the important extension of the property make it one of the most prestigious parks of Lake Maggiore. It lays on a park of 20,000 square meters, partly made up of a large pine forest that creates a unique atmosphere, full of peace and quiet. From the villa you can enjoy an astonishing view of Lake Maggiore, that spreads to the Gulf Borromeo, Verbania and all along the coast until the impressive Alps. The villa, set on three floors, has been renovated in the summer of 2014 in order to preserve the historical value, but, at the same time it was enriched by refined details and fine furnishings that have increased the comfort and charm. Every kind of modern amenities has been set at the villa.
All the three floors are furnished in an elegant and cool style, with a retro accent. All the rooms are decorated with oil paintings and watercolors made by a local artist, that make it unique. The large french windows allow you to enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake.
The living area is located on the ground floor and is fully tiled in travertine marble polished. The heart of the plan is the living room where guests can relax on the white leather Chesterfield sofas that surround the Alps-green marble fireplace, sipping one of the liquor of the elegant black leather vintage cocktail bar. The living room is decorated with an old Austrian grand piano, fully restored and working. The living room also overlooks its own private garden, furnished with a covered outdoor living room with an elegant white voile, and a large veranda with curtains and lake views.
From the hall a corridor leads to the stainless steel kitchen equipped with professional tools, which also has a window overlooking the park. Going on the hallway you'll find an elegant ante-room and a small bathroom with shower. Finally you come to a relaxing room, with television and sofa that can be transformed into the sixth bedroom with double bed on request. This room overlooks the arbor with transparent glass roof, decorated with precious cherry wood furniture, an important table and chandeliers in Murano glass and equipped with table and barbecue where you can grill meat or fish, having lunch around the pool and enjoying the view of the lake.
The sleeping area is on the top floor of the villa and is accessible through an imposing wooden staircase, fully restored and valued during the renovations. The rooms are five, all decorated maintaining high standards of quality and comfort: Each room is equipped with elegant curtains, built-in wardrobe, refined upholstered bed and Television, as well as a private bathroom in marble with shower, bidet and finishes luxury. The floor is paved with solid oak and its equipped with a modern heating and air conditioning. 4 on 5 bedrooms has a scenic view of the lake. the 5th has a view on the park and the hill, but it has richer furnishings.
The Magnolia Room, whose predominant color is ancient-pink, is the master bedroom of the villa and has two large windows that provide a great view over the lake and the swimming pool; the bath is made of travertine marble.
The Ninfea Room, where the main color is water green, is accessible by a small entrance with a built-in wardrobe: it is the only room with a balcony that overlooks the pool and has views of Lake; equipped with twin beds and its own bathroom is made of white Carrara marble and also has a big screen TV on the wall opposite the bed.
The Peonia Room is the most luxurious room of the whole Villa, even if it does not have the view over the Lake, but points to the park: is decorated with an elegant four-poster bed completely covered in silk, the bathroom is made of dark grey marble and the predominant color is beige.
The Gardenia Room is considered the suites of the Villa: it is the largest room, with twin beds and a small sitting area with an elegant sofa that, if necessary, can turn into bed. The predominant color is powder-blue and has two large windows overlooking the lake. The bathroom is tiled in marble royal.
The Camelia Room is the smallest room, colored green, with twin beds and a nice view of the park, and the bathroom is made of pure white marble.
The spa area extends around the lower ground floor, which can be accessed directly from the garden, with four large glass doors, or through the travertine staircase leading down from the living area and is surrounded by many watercolors that reproduce landscapes of Lake Maggiore. The fitness area is equipped with its own private bathroom with shower and a laundry room with washing machine, dryer and iron and guests can work out with fitness equipment professional. You can instead relax in the Jacuzzi or in the Turkish bath, lying on comfortable loungers or drinking an infusion prepared in the tea room.
Next to the wellness center is designed a multifunction area, featured by a picturesque view of Lake with direct access to the garden. It is equipped with three large glass patio doors; walls of natural stone, television, several sofas, armchairs and a huge refectory table.
The park is on many levels: from the entrance at the first curve, you can reach the large terraced garage and then, going on, the square paved with local stone. The swimming pool has been built in a privileged position, it allows you to enjoy the lake view even during a swimming; the lawn around the pool is furnished with elegant iron deck, umbrellas, shower and an old stone table that allows you to sit in the shade of the trees. From the pool there is an old stone staircase that runs through all the successive terraces up to the last level before the pine forest: from here the view is breathtaking and it is possible to take a walk to discover the tranquility of the pine forest.
Distances: less than 60 Km from the International Airport of Milano Malpensa, it is easily reachable by highway or by train from the Milano Centrale station in about one hour. It is also located less than 5 Km from Stresa and a few Km from Switzerland, in particular from the elegant town of Ascona, 1 km to the center town of Baveno.TripAdvisor property ID 3550092...Read more
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