Overlooking Lake Maggiore, Villino Bianco is located just outside of Lesa, approx. 2 km from the village. In Lesa you will find grocery shops and restaurants, and you can order delicious take-out meals from the Rapanello Restaurant. Lesa has a sports club with tennis courts, sauna, steam bath, fitness centre and a swimming pool which can be used by guests for a daily or weekly fee. The beach is just two kilometers from the house, downhill in Lesa.
Halfway between Stresa and Arona, this location offers plenty to see and do. Visit the Borromean Islands, named for the family that has owned them since the 12th century. Isola Bella, the largest, has splendid gardens and the Palazzo Borromeo; Isola Madre is home of the Orto Botanico, with magnificent flora and exotic birds; Isola dei Pescatori harbors an ancient fishing village with narrow streets and wonderful restaurants. The ancient town of Stresa, once one of Italy's noblest spas, is just 4 km north. At the boat club of Stresa you can lend a boat (sailing boat, motor boat) and do water skiing. Explore mountains, lakeshore villages, markets, and spas; or cross the border into nearby Switzerland, the popular Swiss towns of Bellinzona and Locarno on the northern shore of the lake can easily be reached by speed-boat (90 minutes). There are two golf courses within a 10-15 minute drive, and seven more less than an hour away. Milan can be reached by train in about an hour.
The drive to reach Villino Bianco is on a winding road of about 100 metres that goes steeply uphill. The reward is a sense of peacefulness in a private setting with spectacular views over the lake. Because the hill is quite steep, Villino Bianco is not recommended for young children. It is best suited for a couple, or a couple with older children.
Villino Bianco is a cosy home built on two floors. Surrounded by a fenced garden and a panoramic terrace it offers an open view of Lake Maggiore. The house has been furnished with care, and brightly colored walls frame panoramic windows. Each bedroom has access to the upper terrace as well as its own en suite bathroom with old-fashioned slipper tub and hand-held shower.
Both terraces enjoy breathtaking views of the lake. A variety of outdoor seating areas offer added enjoyment. There is a ferry in Stresa and a railroad station in Lesa.
Please notice that the local train passes 250 metres from the property, downhill and separated from Villino Bianco by other properties, trees and bushes.
Additional amenities include: coffee maker, little electric oven, electronic access gate, tape, parking inside the fenced-in property....Read more
"wonderful location with views across Lago Maggiore"
Left on 09/06/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 6, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
An excellent experience - we were met by the owner and looked after by the key holder who lives (very discretely) nearby. The villa is a weekend retreat for the owner and is therefore like a real home rather than simply a holiday let. It's very well appointed and comfortable. Great location for the lake, Stresa, Orta, mountains, walks, some excellent restaurants and Milano, Torino, and Switzerland are within an hour. We loved it!
Left on 08/05/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 5, 2010Stayed Jul 2010
Our stay was fantastic, the view from the master bedroom and terrace outstanding. This was my first trip to Italy and I would love to return to this area as well as this villa! Be prepared to drive to beach / other areas as the road leading up is quite steep and narrow - in line with the area around this lake.
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