Our house was recently converted from a farm building dating back to the 1700s. Built into the side of the hill, it is on three floors and features two bedrooms with the very luminous master bedroom occupying the third floor and offering the most dramatic views. On the ground floor there is a kitchen and living room with wonderful panoramic windows looking out in three directions and on the lowest floor there is another bedroom and the bathroom.
Great care was taken during building work to complete the house to the highest standards and many specialist craftsmen were employed. For example, the chunky terracotta floor tiles from Tuscany are very unusual in that they are totally handmade, as is the entire kitchen area with the wall-tiles hand painted by a local craftsman. Most furniture is antique.
One of the really special things about our house is that however hot the temperature gets elsewhere in Italy or even down in Stresa, you can always count on a pleasant, fresh temperature on the patio on the northern side of the house: a great place to eat while enjoying the amazing views. Similarly, open all the windows in the master bedroom at night and the faintest of breezes wafting down from the mountain will stop you overheating.
Rising up behind the house there is a garden with terraces for sunbathing whilst on the south side there are views over a nearby orchard and then woodland.
There are plenty of lovely paths through the woods leading all the way up to Mottarone, at 1300 metres, the highest mountain in the area and a winter ski resort. Half an hour's walk through beech woods will take you to a clearing overlooking the lake with a wonderful agriturismo farm where you can have lunch or dinner.
We have sought to make the garden into an attractive destination in its own right and in fact many guests now spend much of their time there rather than visiting the sites. You will find a full-size trampline, a solarium terrace with chairs, a lovely Colombian hammock, a natural stone barbecue, a shady pergola
and a swinging hammock chair.
As the house is set away from the road along a narrow lane, it is incredibly quiet. As you sit in the sun admiring the view, you will only hear the sound of crickets chirping and the occasional throb of ferry boats on the lake below.
The downside of all this peace and quiet is that you'll have to walk forty metres along a track to get to the house and we do not provide any parking. The house is probably not suitable for the infirm or the very elderly as some walking up and down stairs is required.
Hello, my name is Simon and this is my family. I moved to Italy from the UK almost 30 years ago. My wife's name is Donatella and our children are Bianca and Jim. Jim claims to be 78% English and 22% Italian.
We lived in Casa Lavendar until recently but now we have transferred to the town of Arona, still on the lake, further south towards Milan. Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to go to school the children can now fall out of bed into their classrooms. I have kept my office in Stresa so can easily be contacted if you need anything.
It took years for us to find the perfect rustico and then years to renovate it. Anyway, we really like the house, and especially the amazing view and when the house is empty we return to sunbathe or cook a barbecue.
Our house is situated on the edge of the little village of Someraro, just a mile from Stresa. It is no exaggeration to say that the view from the house, offering an almost 180 degree unobstructed panorama over the magnificent Lago Maggiore, extending to Switzerland and the Alps, is sublime and surely amongst the most dramatic and beautiful in the world.
Our village makes the ideal base for a relaxing holiday as it very close to Stresa (5 minutes by car) yet away from the hustle and bustle, the perfect place to return to after a busy day exploring the many sites that the area has to offer.
As for Stresa and the local area, you will need at least a week to do justice to its many charms: island villages and palaces, island castles, cliff-hugging monasteries, lemon trees and glaciers, first world war trenches and fortifications, vineyards, cheese producers, beaches and water parks and a wide range of top golf courses.
Stresa is virtually unique in that it boasts within its borders a) a Mediterranean micro-climate - the South side of Isola Madre features, exotic palm trees, citrus fruit and sub-tropical plants that usually grow at much more southerly latitudes - and b) a ski resort at 1500 metres.
Incredibly, one moment you can be enjoying the island sun and then take the cable car up to ski, just one hour away.
The list of must-see sites is endless. As the property owners are writing a guidebook on the area and are real experts on its attractions, please do not hesitate to ask us for suggestions as to what to see, maybe something relating to a particular interest.
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May 18 2014 - Oct 4 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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