We have just enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing family holiday in Casa Bellavista. The house is quirky, comfortable and enjoys the most beautiful ever-changing views over Lake Maggiore and a small cluster of islands. Breakfasts and suppers were eaten on the terrace with everyone exclaiming about the wonderful outlook. Joanna could not have been more helpful and accommodating and we followed recommendations for outings and restaurants - all excellent. A perfect holiday. Thanks you Joanna
Booking of this excellent property was very easy and the owner was most helpful. After paying the last installment, I was provided with details on how to get there and other practicalities. There is a great binder in the house describing all the details of heating system, the quirky Italian electrical system and loads of useful information.
The house in very well dispositioned, making the best of the views and thoughtful and respectfully renovated. Sleeping quality is excellent and it is so tranquil. In the evenings we donned a coat and were sitting on the roof terrace looking at the lights around the lake - very relaxing.
The views over the Borromean islands are fantastic, and as we were blessed with the most fantastic autumn weather, we could breakfast every morning on the roof terrace.
The house is located on a bend of a fairly narrow road. Even though there are two parking spaces just opposite, I would sat that the best option is to park 50 meters down the road, where there is 5-6 excellent parking places - and most likely a vacant.
It's a 25 minutes walk down to Stresa from the house, which is located in the small village of Somerano. A takes little bit longer up, but the kids actually walked up several times. If we had stayed late in Stresa we took a taxi up - it only sets you back 15 €.
The Mottarone cable car runs just close, and it's a 25 minutes walk to the station down at the lake. In the mornings we were placing bets on how many were in the cars going up and down.
The cable car passes just over Cardini, which is a charming family run restaurant (also selling a few basic amenities, if you arrive late and don't bother to go shopping).
We even took the train to Milan one day, which is very easy from Stresa - the trip takes 70 minutes to Milano Centrale, running on a scenic route along the lake much of the distance.
If possible, we would definitely like to return.
Beautiful view indeed. Fantastic house, high quality furnishings, full of stuff, and - best of all - views over the Borromean islands. The latter are best viewed from the roof terrace, but a close second-best is from the top floor living room.
Be aware that to get these views the house is built up a steep hill in the village of Someraro, outside of Stresa. This means that to get to/from Stresa either bringing a car or getting taxis or an easy walk down & much harder walk up. My wife and enjoyed the walk down but prefered taxis up.
The village of Someraro has one really good family run restaurant called Cardini which is a couple of hundred yards away.
We enjoyed the busier Stresa and islands during the day, and quiet of Someraro in the evening.
Joanna handled our booking and enquiries and was both friendly and professional in all dialogues.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
We have just returned from a wonderful weekend at Casa Bellavista. The apartment and views are stunning. Joanna has thought of everything you would possibly need to make your stay memorable. We enjoyed the walk into Stresa and even walked back up the hill once!! Lots of lovely restaurants and cafes would highly recommend. Many thanks to Joanna and family for making our trip so wonderful.
We spent an idyllic week in the beautiful and stylish Casa Bellavista. The magnificent views over Lago Maggiore were breathtaking and it was tempting to eat on the lovely roof terrace every evening...but there were also delicious meals at Il Cardini just 3 minutes away and we returned there several times. As soon as we arrived at Casa Bellavista we felt 'at home ' and the luxurious accommodation made our stay very special. Thank you Joanna,we will return!!