Loita is the balcony on Lake Maggiore, situated in the wooded foothills above the town of Baveno with stunning views over the lake and Borromeo Islands. 'Ventidue' is outside town set in the private grounds of a beautifully restored early 20th century villa d'epoca with gardens, pool and parking.
Please read the description fully before booking.
A car is advised as Ventidue is outside the main town and although it looks quiet close it's a steep walk!
Early check-in 13.30
Family and pet friendly.
My apartment is on the ground floor and approx. 65sq.m over one level - contemporary in style with a large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area. It is bright and airy and its location ensures good ventilation, even during the hot summer days. You have magnificent views from two French doors opening onto the balcony, which has a table and chairs for four.
The kitchen is modern and well equipped with everything guests may need during their stay, including expresso machine, blender, toaster, electric kettle, microwave, induction hob, oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
The living area has a large, comfortable sofa-bed, a flat screen 40" TV with USB port and a DVD player.
There's a good size bedroom with a large double bed, it can also accommodate a cot or small bed (arranged once booked). The bathroom is modern with a spacious corner shower, bidet, toilet, washbasin, and washing machine. Soap and shampoo are provided.
I often use the apartment so it's fully functional and the kitchen is stocked with basics, which guests are welcome to use. Cleaning spray, washing-up liquid, kitchen towels and dish cloths are provided for your convenience.
Zugang für Gäste
Guests have use of the sun loungers around the communal pool (open May - Sept.) and access to a large sun terrace furnished with tables, chairs and umbrellas and a traditional barbecue.
An iron with board, hairdryer, vacuum cleaner and general cleaning products are provided.
There is also free satellite WiFi at Villa Anna - please be aware that this can be a little tempermental but a work in progress!
The espresso machine uses ground coffee e.g. Lavazza Rosso. Please only use liquid detergent in the washing machine.
You will find food basics for your conveinience but please replenish if finished for the next visitors.
An information/instruction file can be found in the bottom drawer of the sideboard under the TV.
Please read the description carefully - you do need a car, it is child friendly, the pool is shared, and it is not a hotel!
Interaktion mit Gästen
On site Raffaele and Elena are our lovely house keepers who will give you the keys to the flat. They are available to answer questions and deal with any problems should they arrise. They will also supply extra binbags.
The property is cleaned and checked before each new guest arrives. Should you notice something that has been overlooked or any breakages please notify Elena immediately so that it can be checked and rectified. If it is not pointed out we can not deal with it!
Weitere wichtige Infos
The garden and pool are communal and for the use of all guests on site. As this is a family friendly environment the busiest periods are during the school holidays and may be a little noisy with children playing.
Places of interest:
The Borromeo islands are a short boat ride away;
Isola Bella, with its magnificent palace and historic terraced gardens is the best known.
Isola Madre affords a traditional Italian Villa decorated with frescoes, opulent furniture and rambling gardens.
Isola Pescatori is a traditional fishing village with plenty of restaurants for a leisurely lunch, some offering free transport back to the mainland in the evenings.
You can take a fast boat from Baveno to Luino, a pretty town on the north east coast which has a large all day market on Wednesdays.
Villa Taranto's Botanical Gardens are English in style with a collection of plants and flowers from around the world. The Villa itself is in a prominent position with beautiful views across the lake.
Lake Orta - Sacro Monte is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With 20 chapels depicting the life of St.Francis, well worth a visit.
The Lake Maggiore Express is a round trip by narrow gauge railway and ferry. It's a wonderful way of seeing the Centovalley and towns surrounding Lake Maggiore going right up into Switzerland. You can do the trip over two days if you want.
Val Grande National Park offers unspoilt walks through this natural habitat.
Aquadventura Park has a pool, water slides, beach, high ropes, climbing wall and restaurant on site.
Trekking is good with designated marked routes, maps are available from touist office in town. There are all kinds of sport activities such as golf, riding, watersports, fishing, trekking, canoeing, white water rafting, canyoning, paragliding, mountain biking, and recently a super ZipWire has opened.
Vicolungo is a designer outlet in the adjoining province of Novara and can be reached via the A26/A4 exit Biandrate-Vicolungo.
These are just some of the attractions close by. Should you need help organising your time/visits then Verbano Viaggi on the lake by the Taxi rank and Ferry stop is a good place to head. As well as booking the private boats you can also buy tickets for the LAGO MAGGIORE transport system here. The ticket office at the ferry can get very busy with people seeking advice as well as tickets!
The apartment is a non smoking zone.
Barbacuing on the balcony is prohibited.
No bed linen to be taken into the garden.
For hygiene reasons please ensure that dishes and pans are not left unwashed and food is not left in ovens or fridge/freezer on check-out.
Check-in between 15.00 to 21.00 Check-out by 10.00. These are flexible by prior arrangement with Elena if there are no bookings either side. If you think you may arrive later than 21.00 please notify the housekeeper by phone so arrangements can be made.
Bed linen and towels are provided. Extra blankets for both bed and sofa bed can be found in the wardrobe. Should you require a change of linen during your stay this can be arranged directly with Elena, who will charge a small fee. She can also supply extra blankets but this should not be neccessary.
A cot or Z bed is available at €10pw by prior arrangement through the housekeeper.
Pets pay a supplement of €20 per stay payable directly to the housekeeper to cover cleaning.
Please remember that you will be staying in my apartment and not a hotel, so you are expected to be respectful, tidy and clean.