The house is absolutely marvelous, fashionably remodeled it looks like a trendy showroom. It's very spacious, three bedrooms, cozy living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen.
Terrace on the roof and living room giving the breathtaking view on the lake.
The house is absolutely fantastic, it is modernised to a very high standard, well equipped with amazing views from the rooftop. There is a very nice restaurant within a few minutes walk if you can drag yourself out. Would love to go back some time.
I went with my wife and two friends. This house is amazingly beautiful. High on the hillside with a fantastic view of Stresa and the lake. Plenty of great utensils to use for cooking. The owner is super sweet and very responsive. You can tell they put their heart and soul into remodeling this magnificent old structure. Just look at the photos of the kitchen and bathrooms. Loved the rooftop for early morning coffee and early evening wine and cheese. We don't typically stay in the same place twice, but I would love to stay at this house again, and again.
A really wonderful week spent at Casa Bella Vista up in the mountains above Lake Maggiore.
We visited with our 2 young girls, sister and mother in law and we were all blown away.
With the house, the views and the whole area.
Previous comments about how comfortable the beds were are absolutely correct. The whole house is really comfortable as well as beautiful - from the ground floor right up to the roof top terrace.
Every home comfort is provided, along with some extras you would not expect in a holiday rental.
We would love to stay again if returning to the area - worth it just for the house alone.
For those who care bout history, Lake Maggiore is redolent of fin-de-siecle, aristocratic travel by rail and the glory days faded into the past. By contrast, Lake Como echoes the advent of the automobile and the independent and democratic ethos to which it gave rise. Como is warmer; Maggiore more magnificent and spectacular. The symbol of Stresa could well be the disused funicular now undergoing the first inspection in 40 years.
Casa Bellavista is a lesson about how imaginative use of space can be both functional and aesthetic. And it's an effective reminder about the charms of irregularly shaped rooms. Here, every place your eyes fall, you will see stunning surfaces, materials rich in texture both natural and synthetic. Although everything is neutral, you're left with an impression of a lush, polychromatic palette. This is superb, Italian modernism at its best. From cabinet pulls to vessel sinks, all has been chosen with deep awareness and deliberation. And everything is in perfect harmony with the owners' sensitivity to the Asian ethos.
All the beds are luxurious and comfortable. You will be torn between rising early to see sunrise on the lake or indulging in an extra hour between the sheets. The aroma of espresso from upstairs might tip the balance. Bathrooms are both beautiful and functional. The kitchen is fully equipped. Ever window reveals an awesome view.
September is lovely on the Lake. If lucky, you will experience a few tempestuous days. It's intriguing to watch the continual change of lightness, darkness and hues as clouds scud across the mountains and explore their nooks and crannies. The Borromean Isles become chiaroscuro in time, almost flashing as they are alternately washed with sunlight then enclosed in mist.
Parking is a continual concern. You may find a place, but as you leave to explore you'll be apprehensive that you won't find a place upon returning.
A three-wheeled truck parked in one of the few spots for our entire seven day stay. The driver of a hot, Italian racing red Honda Civic kindly offered us "his" parking spot. The best car for Someraro would be a FIAT 500. It's better to follow the signs to the village from Stresa centro and follow the Via Martini della Liberta that to take the Via per Stresa. Honk a lot on either road. Google maps are no help in finding the Casa: it's not where they indicate. Look for bright, green railings on the house opposite and a traffic mirror on your villa. For Americans with little practice in driving in tight spaces, the Savoini in Baveno is an excellent alimentari. It has ample, easy parking as opposed to the Carrefour on Villa Roma.
Stairs could be a struggle for Seniors, especially with luggage. When you get to level three, you'll want to stay as long as you can. There's a convenient WC. And there's the lake. Be careful though--the stair spacing is irregular.
The Wi-Fi was down six of our seven days, a bit of a headache. We were counting on TripAdvisor for excursion suggestions and Google for detailed maps. Unable to access them, we wound up limiting our range of activities. We had a great vacation. but different from what we had envisioned. Of less concern, according to the guest book, the TV was down twelve consecutive days.
Two members of our group were 76. Had either of them lain down to obtain the key he might still be there lying in the rain. Fortunately, Daniela is two decades younger. Still she had trouble seeing the numbers on the key box. She could not bring them into focus with her bifocals. We suggest finding another hiding place. Or, as other guests have suggested, employing a local agent for the simple task of delivering the key. Or restricting applicants to age 50 or younger.
The owners requested bank wire transfers. The fee for the deposit was $40 US. It was the same for the balance.
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