On the shore of the lake
La Perla is a wonderfully situated semi-detached house, perched right on the shores of Lago Maggiore. It is an extremely private house, located in one of Italy's most popular regions. It is a picturesque, excellently designed and furnished villa with its private landing stage, manicured lawns and a view that only a few houses have to offer. This accommodation is unique because it is situated far from the hubbub of the roads. As you may know, the lakes of Upper Italy are usually encircled by a lake-shore road. This house, however, is far away from the busy roads. Here you have direct access to the lake, only a few steps away from the house.
Considering the neighbourhood, the house is reasonably priced and unbeatable as regards the location. A sports club with tennis courts, sauna, steam bath, fitness centre and a pool is a 10-minute walk from the villa and can be used by guests for a daily or weekly fee. Two golf courses are located within 10-15 minutes' drive, with several more less than an hour away. The ferry to the other lake towns and islands docks at Belgirate (10 min. walk). Ferry boats go regularly to the three picturesque Borromean Islands: Isola Madre, Isola Bella, and Isola dei Pescatori. The nearest village is Solcio (approx. 400 m) with a grocery store and a 3 star restaurant. A pedestrian route behind the house offers a panoramic view of Lake Maggiore and leads to the nearby town of Lesa (5 min.), where you will find grocery shops and restaurants. The ancient town of Stresa, once one of Italy's noblest spas, is just 8 km north. 5 km from the house, there is the boat club of Stresa, where you can lend a boat (sailing boat, motor boat) and do water skiing. Switzerland is just half an hour away. The popular Swiss towns of Bellinzona and Locarno on the northern shore of the lake can easily be reached by speed-boat (90 minutes).
La Perla is located in an exclusive gated community; the villas on this area can be accessed only via a private access road with entrance gate. Peace and tranquility are guaranteed here. The house is made up of two wings connected by a courtyard. The friendly, English-speaking owner lives in one wing and will do everything possible to help you enjoy your stay without intruding.
The house is built in the Mediterranean style: thick walls, shining terracotta floors, arched windows and doors, white stucco exterior surrounded by lush tropical plantings. Originally designed and furnished for private use, the house offers the charm of a private domicile. The furnishings are of high quality, with spacious rooms and every comfort. Three doors lead from the house into the garden. The well-kept, carpet-like lawn and spacious garden extends from the villa to the lake and the private landing stage, and lawn furniture is provided for enjoying the sun or dining al fresco.
Our Guests Reviews
wir durften letzte Woche traumhafte Flittertag in Lesa verbringen, es war einfach traumhaft! Nun möchten wir uns bereits für nächstes Jahr erkunden...
Herzlichen Dank und beste Grüsse
L. Waser, Juli 2016
Tolles Haus in Traumlage
Left on Aug 15, 2013 for a stay in Jul 2013
Der Urlaub in Lesa war sehr schön. Die ruhige Lage direkt am See sowie die nette Vermieterin ermöglichen einen entspannten Urlaub.
Sehr geehrte Frau Röhrig,
Sie haben uns im September das Ferienhaus La Perla am Lago Maggiore vermittelt. Herzlichen Dank noch einmal dafür. Es war ein voller Erfolg. Wir haben uns dort sehr wohl gefühlt. Meine Familie und ich möchten gerne über Weihnachten und Neujahr ein Ferienhaus beziehen und Skilaufen. Haben Sie vielleicht in Ihrem Angebot noch etwas Passendes?
R. Groos, November 2010
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Air conditioning in the upper double bedroom
- Internet WIFI connection
- Billiard table
- Satellite TV
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- Barbecue grill
- Large garden
- Private landing stage for a boat
- Near the dock area there is a sitting area (with beach umbrella, table, chairs, deck chairs)
- 4 bikes
Lesa 1 km
Tennis court and pool 1 km
Arona 4 km
Boat rental 5 km
Golf course 5 km
Riding stable 8 km
Stresa 8 km
Pallanza 20 km
Cannero 40 km
Como 50 km
Milan 80 km
Locarno (Switzerland) 90 km
Many small towns and villages surround Lake Maggiore and it’s worthwhile exploring as many as you can. It is recommend that you spend the mornings on the west side with the afternoons on the east side of the lake, that way you will always stay in the sun.
Steamers, hydrofoils (corse rapide), car ferries (traghetti) and buses serve all the main towns on Lake Maggiore. The best views of many of the attractions along the shore of Lake Maggiore are from the water, so you'll want to take at least one trip by boat. A ferry around the heart of Lake Maggiore is a must. The most popular of the stops remains the The Borromean Islands.
The Borromean Islands lie off Stresa, where boats leave regularly for all three islands, stopping first at Isola Bella, where between 1650 and 1671, Count Vitaliano Borromeo built up terraces and created a splendid summer palace. For most visitors, the most impressive part of Isola Bella is the Italian-style garden, rising in ten terraces to a height of 32 meters and covered with luxuriant southern vegetation. On a Lake Maggiore Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour from Stresa, you can leave Stresa and return on your own schedule, spending as much time exploring the palace and gardens as you like.
Like Isola Bella, Isola Madre belongs to the Borromeo family. The island has beautiful English-style grounds surpassing even Isola Bella in the variety and luxuriance of their plants, although by the nature of a landscape garden, they are less flamboyant and more designed for strolling and appreciating the lake views at leisure.
Unlike the other two Borromean Islands, Isola dei Pescatori has no grand palace, villa, or gardens. Instead, it is a simple fishing village of homes built along its highest point, their doorways facing inward along a narrow street so spring and autumn high lake waters won't flood them. About 50 year-round residents come and go by boat, and some families still make their living by fishing. It's a pleasant and atmospheric place to wander, and its few restaurants specialize in lake fish. Be there for lunch or ask which of these provides free boat service from the mainland if you'd like to return in the evening to dine on the terrace by sunset.
Enjoy the lovely park of the Villa Taranto, created after the Second World War by a retired Scottish army officer, a botanist who collected plants from around the world to grow in this English landscape-style garden park. More than 20,000 plant varieties - flowers, trees, shrubs, and water plants - native to this region and to places as distant as the Amazon rain forests thrive in this beautiful setting overlooking lake views, making Villa Taranto one of the most popular places to visit on Lake Maggiore.
Monte Mottarone Cable Car: Although you can drive to the top of Monte Mottarone (1,491 meters) on a toll road, it's far more fun - and the views are better - taking the cable car from the shore of Lake Maggiore in Stresa. At the end of the cable car ride, a chairlift (free with a cable car ticket) takes you to the very top for views down onto Lake Orta and of a chain of Alps from Monte Viso to Ortles, with Monte Rosa to the west (the light is particularly beautiful in the morning). As you ascend the mountain, you can enjoy excellent views of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands below.
Rocca d'Angera, the Borromeo castle overlooking the lake at Angera, is a medieval fortified stronghold whose structure has been preserved almost intact. It is a fine medieval building with stunning views from its tower and an exceptional collection of dolls, toys and games in the Doll Museum. Wheelchair access
Santa Caterina del Sasso is a hermitage clinging to the rocks above Lake Maggiore and is a unique place to visit.
The Laveno Bucket Lift is an alternative way to see Lake Maggiore. As you ascend the slopes of Mount Sasso del Ferro there are panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and the Alps.
Stresa: On the west side of Lake Maggiore, south of its western arm, the chic little town of Stresa looks onto the Borromean Islands. Stresa is the largest resort town on the Italian part of the lake and tends to cater to a moneyed crowd with its smart shops, upscale restaurants, and posh hotels. The lakeside promenade, where much of tourist life centers, offers beautiful views across to the islands. If you're looking for the best places to go shopping in Stresa, look in the streets off Piazza Giocomo Matteotti, near the tourist information office.
Villa Pallavicino is just a 10 minute stroll along the lakefront from Stresa. From its dramatic entrance view of cypress trees carved into a row of arches, Villa Pallavicino is filled with surprises. A combination of botanical garden and zoo, the park is beautifully landscaped into a natural amphitheater surrounding a villa. Magnolia trees, sequoia, an impressive Lebanon cedar, and manicured lawns bordered by rhododendrons, camellias, and azaleas cover the grounds. Greenhouses hold more exotic species. In the natural environment, animals appear to be roaming free, and you can encounter llamas, zebra, Tibetan goats, flamingos, swans, and colorful parrots - more than 40 different species - as you wander through the park.
On the west shore of Lake Maggiore, almost to the Swiss border, Cannobio sits on a small plateau at the mouth of the Valle Cannobina. Its old town has picturesque narrow streets and a Palazzo della Ragione (town hall) built in 1291. Near the landing-stage for lake excursion boats is the Santuario della Pietà, a Renaissance church that houses a small picture with a number of miracles attributed to it.
Just south of Cannobio is one of the prettiest towns on Lake Maggiore, Cannero Riviera, sitting amid orchards and olive-groves. The climate here is the mildest on the lake, and lemon and orange trees can survive the winter outdoors. There is a beautiful beach, rare on the lake, and a pleasant promenade along the lakefront. Just offshore, on rocky islets in the lake, are the ruins of the two Castelli di Cannero, castles built by Lodovico Borromeo in 1519 replacing earlier castles, which had been held by lake pirates. This is a quiet, peaceful choice for a base while exploring the lake, with a few small hotels, outdoor cafés, and great restaurants.
On the west side of Monte Mottarone, little Lake Orta is overlooked by most tourists visiting the Italian lakes region, which only increases its appeal. It is considered the most romantic among the Italian lakes. The picture-perfect medieval town of Orta San Giulio tumbles down the steep wooded shore to Piazza Motta, where you can (and should) take a boat to the tiny island of Isola San Giulio in the lake's center.
Lake Orta has always been a haven for poets and other creative people. Nietzsche spent the years 1883 to 1885 in retreat at Lake d'Orta to write "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." Other 19th-century writers enchanted by its quiet beauty include the French novelist Honoré de Balzac, who wrote and Robert Browning.
The Sacro Monte of Orta, included on the UNESCO world heritage list, is maybe the most remarkable sacred site. Set up in a botanical garden on a hill overlooking the lake, it is dedicated to the life of Saint Francis, with 21 chapels, built between the 15th and the 17th century, richly decorated with frescoes and terracotta statues by famous artists.
Browse the local markets: As with all Italian markets, the ones around Lake Maggiore are bursting with local cheese and cold meats, fruit and vegetables and olives as well as clothes, shoes and handbags! Treat yourself to a new bag or pick up the ingredients for a picnic. We love the weekly market in Stresa but bigger markets are held in Cannobio on a Sunday morning and Luino on a Wednesday.
Then of course there is Milan. Milan is a short train-ride away for those in search of some city life.
Lake Maggiore is close to the Swiss border and from Lake Lugano. Cross the border into Switzerland and visit Foxtown Factory Stores, a temple of luxury and elegance with 3 km of shop windows, where 160 stores.
Lake Maggiore boasts some of the very finest Italian cuisine, and is home to a number of world-class restaurants. Check out the back streets and old lakeside towns to find some of the less well known but excellent restaurants.
Outdoor Activities: biking, mountain biking, hiking, boating, paragliding and windsurfing.
There are numerous hikes and walking trails in and around Lake Maggiore. Around the lake, through the woodlands and up through the hills and mountains offer an enormous variety of hiking possibilities, from easy walks for families to the more difficult for skilled hikers.
For water sports lovers it is possible to spend entire days sailing or kayaking, windsurfing and motor boating, water skiing and canoeing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing.
Enjoy a paragliding flight for two people together with a professional coach.
Lake Maggiore can also be dicovered by bicycle. Scenic roads, and alternative routes to those followed by the main traffic and some real cycle paths offer the visitor an alternative way of visiting various parts of the lake.
Lake Maggiore has also several golf courses which can be easily reached by car.
Enjoy music and concerts during summer time: Stresa Music Festval, Baveno Festival Giordano, Nights Of Notes - the musical feast which for years has enlivened summer evenings in Verbania and neighboring towns, Moon and Stars Locarno, Jazz Cat Club Ascona.
Zermatt and the Matterhorn: Europe's most widely recognized mountain is the Matterhorn, whose distinctive profile provides the stunning backdrop for the Swiss town of Zermatt. You might think this is too far to travel from Lake Maggiore, but it's actually only about 2.5 to 3 hours away by road or train. An easy way to get here (and for about the same price or less than driving or taking the train) is on a Zermatt and Matterhorn Day Trip from Stresa. An air-conditioned coach will take you through the Ossola Valley and high into the mountains as you cross the scenic Simplon Pass. After a photo stop at the Belvedere panoramic viewpoint, you descend from the pass and travel through the Swiss Alps to the village of Taesch, where a rack and pinion railway climbs the rest of the way into Zermatt. Here, you have an entire afternoon to ride one of the mountain tramways for closer views of the Matterhorn or visit the attractions of picture-perfect Zermatt before returning to Stresa.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
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Arched French doors lead from outside into a very large sitting room with sofas, billiard table at its center, fireplace and TV. On the right, there's the dining room and a well-equipped kitchen (dishwasher) opening towards the garden where there’s also a covered dining area (gazebo) and a solarium. On the left, there’s the access to the sleeping area developing on main level and loft.
Sleeping area main level:
Single bedroom with adjacent bathroom (small shower, the pink marble bath is just a decor).
Master bedroom suite with 2 single beds that can be joined and an en suite full bathroom (large shower). This bedroom is accessed both through the foregoing single bedroom and directly from the outside. The windows of this bedroom are equipped with mosquito nets.
Sleeping area loft:
Second main bedroom with a double bed (not divisible). This bedroom overlooks the main-level single bedroom (no doors, just a low balustrade) and has an air-conditioning unit. Adjacent, there is a smaller, simply furnished single bedroom with a single bed (appropriate only for a child under 6 years, on request).
The stairs leading to the loft are narrow making it necessary to carefully watch your steps as you go down. No bathroom available at the loft level, therefore it is necessary to use the bathroom downstairs and the night navigation could be not easy. In addition, the loft is not suitable for very tall people as the ceiling is quite low.
Main level master bedroom suite: 2 single beds 195x90 cm
Main level single bedroom: 200x100 cm
Loft double bedroom: 190x190 cm
Loft single bedroom: 190x80 cm
Terrace, lawn and spacious garden
Private landing stage
Down at the lake (near the dock area) there is a corner equipped with beach umbrella, table, chairs, deck chairs
29 Aug 2020 - 02 Jan 2021
2500 EUR €
2850 EUR €
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|13 Jun 2020 - 29 Aug 2020
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Air conditioning in the upper bedroom
- Internet WIFI connection
- House cleaning (2 hours midweek)
- Final cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Heating (if required): EUR 30 per day
- Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
- Additional bed for the 6th person (only a child under 6 years allowed) if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 150 per week
- Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 100 per week
- Buoy: EUR 150 per week
- Pet allowed: EUR 60 domestic pet supplement per week. If you plan to bring your dog, please send us the completed and signed form Declaration of Accepting Responsibility for Your Pet together with your booking form.
EUR 800 cash deposit are due on arrival.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Domestic help (house cleaning): please check upon booking.
- Laundry service on request: please check upon booking.
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- For more than 3 children, please enquire.
- Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7 and 9pm for an extra fee of EUR 50.
Original fisherman's house with sauna just above the water
- Sleeps 6+2 Guests
- Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 3 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 135 m2 m2