Stroll to the lake shore and the centre of Stresa
Villa Fruttuosa is a historic luxury villa situated in the residential area of Stresa, just 800 meters from the lake shore and the city center. All the essential amenities and services (restaurants, cafés, supermarket, bakery, post office, bank, hair dresser, ferry launches, railway station and bus stop) are within walking distance (10 minutes).
The elegant and impressive villa was built in 1912 as summer residence of famous textile industry owners. The property lies on a beautifully landscaped garden in a nice and quiet residential area. The family owned high-level property surrounded by an amazing park (5,000 sqm /1.2 acres) and infinity pool with sitting area offers utmost privacy.
The villa has been recently restored and equipped with all modern comforts, while preserving its tradition and history: exquisite fine finishes, Venetian marbles and antique oak floors, alongside antique furniture and complimentary elements of modern Italian design. Guests can experience a stay in a historic villa, but also enjoy modern, luxurious furnishings. Living areas are furnished with a mix of modern Italian design and antiques that have belonged to the owner’s family for generations. Spacious rooms with high ceilings and private bathrooms offer comfortable living for guests.
Villa Fruttuosa offers top service. The staff can help guests with suggestions for making the most of their stay, ensuring an exclusive, highly personalized experience. Cook service, cooking classes, transfers, excursions, events and parties area available upon request.
The property can host the following type of events: weddings, fashion shows, exhibitions, gala parties, parties, teambuilding, corporate events, launch of new products, shooting and TV productions. Other services available at the villa on request: yoga, pilates, massages, beauty service.
Villa Fruttuosa is an exclusive base from which to explore the Lakes area. Milano is just an hour away, Malpensa just 40 minutes, and Lake Como is easily reached by motorway in 1 hour. Explore the enchanting Borromeo islands, scenic roads, or visit the lakeshore town of Pallanza and Arona, or relax by the pool. Tennis and golf are available nearby. It is the perfect place for families or a group of friends desiring to spend a relaxing and entertaining vacation, with activities to keep happy golfers, boaters, cyclists, hikers, foodies, wine connoisseurs, culture seekers, shoppers or spa goers.
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HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 5 x 12m
- Air conditioning in all 5 bedrooms
- Internet WIFI connection
- Satellite TV
- 4 ring gas hob
- Coffee maker
- Laundry room with washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing boarding
- Hair dryers
- Barbecue grill
- Spacious terrace
- Private garden
- Ping pong table
- Parking inside the property
Stresa centre 800 m
Pallanza 14 km
Cannero 30 km
Como 87 km
Milan 90 km
Locarno (Switzerland) 53 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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Ground floor 400 sqm:
- Lounge of circa 40 square meters with piano
- Living room
- Study room
- Dining room
- 2 other rooms for private events
- 2 toilet rooms
Second floor 400 sqm:
- Large lounge
- Lake view master bedroom with air conditioning and ensuite bathroom shower and tub
- Lake view double bedroom
- Twin bedroom (beds can be joined)
- These two bedrooms share a bathroom (shower)
- Large bedroom with garden view and air conditioning, adjoining wardrobe room and possibility of an extra bed
- Double bedroom
- These two bedrooms share a bathroom (shower)
- Terrace, lawn and spacious garden
- Green house which can be used as fitness room with a ping pongtable in the garden
External capacity 200 pax - internal capacity 200 pax
13450 EUR €
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ONE SEASON PRICE FOR MINIMUM STAY OF 3 DAYS:
10 people: 2000 EUR per day
- Welcome cocktail
- Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed every third day
- Pool towels changed every third day
- Air conditioning
- Internet WIFI connection
- Maid service (3 hours house cleaning per day from Monday to Saturday, except public holidays)
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Heating (if required): EUR 100 set price per day
- Additional beds for 2 persons if maximum capacity PAX 10 is exceeded: please enquire.
- Pet allowed only upon request and owner agreement (the owner does not guarantee that the property does not pose any danger of injury for the dog): domestic pet supplement per week please enquire. 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 1500 are due on arrival via credit card (Visa/Mastercard) only.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Cook service
- Cooking class
- Breakfast service
- Wine tasting (on site or in a winery)
- Gourmet experiences
- Local tours
- Transfers and driver service
- Boat tours to Borromeo islands
- Pool opening dates: April 1st - October 30th
- 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.
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