Enjoy the views and walk to the village
Villa Lago Maggiore is a unique in-town villa with a beautiful historic garden and splendid view. Set in the pleasant lake shore village of Baveno, located 500 meters uphill the centre of Baveno, the villa is in walking distance to shops, restaurants and the main boulevard along Baveno’s lake promenade. Also the Baveno ferry berth is in walking distance (750 m). The lovely resort town Stresa is just 5 km south and Milan can be reached in just an hour's drive.
The villa was built in the 17th century on an ancient monastery and features a unique 17th century Andalusian patio. The villa is surrounded by a spacious terraced garden. Descending the garden path guests can reach the swimming pool overlooking the lake. The pool is not fenced and there is an external shower near the pool.
The property features the Main Villa (sleeps 12 people), a guesthouse (sleeps 4 people) and the magnificent garden. All living areas are furnished with a mix of modern design and antiques that have belonged to the owner's family for hundreds of years. Spacious rooms with high ceilings and large panoramic windows offer comfortable living.
A total of 16 people can be accommodated (8 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms). If your group is smaller you can benefit from the advantage of a price reduction for groups up to 12 people (in this case the guesthouse will not be available).
The beautiful garden (1.5 hectare) was designed in the twenties by Maurice Blondel (1861 - 1949) - a Catholic positivist French thinker, author of the “Philosophy of Action” who bought the villa after the First World War and created a unique piece of art. It is fully fenced and rich of wonderful centuries old plants. This very special garden features three distinct styles, each characterized with different flora and vegetation: the formal Italian box garden, the English rose garden and the Japanese water garden. All around are peonies, azelias, cammelias and valuable trees, including Japanese maples, cedars, chestnuts and a spectacular canphora tree. Thanks to the owner ‘s restoration the enchantment of Blondel´s garden has been preserved.
Villa Lago Maggiore is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.
The local train passes 250 meters from the property (downhill and separated by other properties, trees and bushes).
Resident staff: One staff member lives at the property and works 8 hours a day. He prepares breakfast every day. He lives on the top floor of the property in a separated unit with independent entrance.
Our Guests Reviews
A taste of the good life for a large group
Left on Sep 4, 2018 for a stay in Aug 2018
A peaceful and beautiful villa - roomy and charming. Gorgeous lap pool. Short walk into town. Stunning gardens that were a bit overgrown. We were a party of 11, celebrating my mother’s 90th birthday - Lots of room for privacy, and lovely common spaces to gather, eat, cook, play bridge, etc.
HoLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 4 x 16m
- Internet WIFI connection
- Ipod player
- CD-stereo, TV
- Play station
- Fan in each bedroom
- Large fridge with freezer and ice maker
- 6 ring gas hob
- Electric oven
- Coffee maker
- Hairdryer in each bathroom
- Laundry area accessible only by staff
- Andalusian courtyard for al fresco dining
- Large garden
- Barbecue grill
The villa has no air conditioning but the thick walls and the shadow of the centuries old trees in the surrounding garden keep the air temperature inside very pleasant.
Baveno 500 m
Stresa 5 km
Golf course 5 km
Riding stable 8 km
Pallanza 10 km
Cannero 26 km
Arano 30 km
Como 90 km
Milan 94 km
Locarno (Switzerland) 50 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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If rented for 12 people
- Sleeps 12 Guests
- Floor area sq m 600 m2 m2
THE VILLA (sleeps 12)
The villa is laid out on 3 floors. There are 3 bedrooms areas with a total of 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Each group of bedrooms (A), (B), (C) share a bathroom.
- Entrance hall
- Living room with access to the garden and to the Andalusian patio, two comfortable sofas, decorative fireplace, TV (Sky), table for 8
- Fully equipped spacious kitchen: 6 burns stove, electric oven, large fridge with freezer and ice maker, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, table for 6 people
- Andalusian spacious courtyard with tables for 14/16 people
- Toilet room (WC, 2 washbasins)
- Laundry (accessable from the patio) with washing machine; only the staff has access to the laundry area.
- Master bedroom (A) with lake view
- Twin bedroom (A - beds cannot be pushed together) accessed by the patio
- Bathroom (A) with tub and handheld shower (the bathroom can be accessed directly by the two rooms)
- Sitting room
- Twin/double bedroom (B) with lake view - the beds can be pushed together
- Twin/double bedroom (B) with study room - (the room features 2 levels: study room with desk, TV and printer and the twin/double bed in the loft upstairs - view towards the village - the beds can be pushed together
- Bathroom (B) with shower
- Double bedroom (C) with lake view and access to the terrace
- Twin/double bedroom (C) with lake view and access to the terrace (this bedroom can be accessed only from the terrace or through the other bedroom - the beds can be pushed together
- Bathroom (C) with shower (the bathroom can be accessed only passing through the twin bedroom)
One staff member lives at the property and works 8 hours a day (Tuesday off). He prepares breakfast every day and has access to the laundry area. He lives on the top floor of the property in a separated unit with independent entrance.
The guesthouse (see below):
If the guesthouse is not rented the discrete owner and his wife occasionally will use one of the units. In this case a small part of the garden, the one in front of the guesthouse, will not be accessible.
16 Sep 2023 - 06 Jan 2024
10590 EUR €
11790 EUR €
If rented for 12+4 people
- Sleeps 12+4 Guests
- Floor area sq m 760 m2 m2
AS ABOVE PLUS THE GUESTHOUSE (sleeps 4 extra guests):
The guesthouse has a beautiful private outdoor area and is laid out on 2 levels featuring 2 apartments (approx. 80 square meters each).
- Ground floor unit: living area with sofa and kitchenette, twin bedroom (beds cannot be pushed together), bathroom with shower, washing machine.
- Upper floor unit: lake view living area with sofa and kitchenette, double bedroom, bathroom with tub and handheld shower.
Please note: The kitchens in each apartment are not available for cooking (all kitchen equipment has been intentionally removed). The fridges can be used for cold beverages and ice. If the villa is rented in full for 12+4 people, 16 people can sit together around a table only outside the villa in the courtyard for al fresco dining (not inside the villa). Please also note that the overall level of the Guesthouse in respect of the Villa is lower.
16 Sep 2023 - 06 Jan 2024
11790 EUR €
13090 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
|Villa Lago Maggiore||07 Jan 2023 - 10 Jun 2023
16 Sep 2023 - 06 Jan 2024
|10 Jun 2023 - 16 Sep 2023
If rented for 12 people
12 PAX 12
|10590 EUR €||11790 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingIf rented for 12 people|
If rented for 12+4 people
12+4 PAX 16
|11790 EUR €||13090 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingIf rented for 12+4 people|
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Pool towels
- Internet WIFI connection
- Baby bed
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Resident staff: One staff member lives at the property and works 8 hours a day (Tuesday off). The housekeeper is available to prepare breakfast from 8 to 10am every day except Tuesday (ingredients and beverages are not included, to be provided by the guests). Upon request he can purchase the ingredients (to be paid extra).
- Heating (if required): EUR 100 per day
- Telephone: metered
EUR 1500 cash deposit are due on arrival.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Daily breakfast available on 6 days per week: EUR 7 per person
- Cook service for lunch and dinner
- First grocery shopping
- Food shopping
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- Pool opening dates: May 6th - September 23rd
- For more than 3 children, please enquire.
- Villa Lago Maggiore is a no smoking villa.
- Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7 and 9pm for an extra fee of EUR 50.
Modern luxury villa with pool above the lake
- Sleeps 10+3 Guests
- Bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 7 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 600 m2 m2