Enjoy all that Lago Maggiore has to offer from the comfort & tranquility of this lovely & perfectly located vacation home. ''Casa Barbara'' is a two story lakefront property in the heart of Gerra Gambarogno, a charming cobblestone village located on the eastern shore of the lake, only 3 kms from the Italian border & within 30 minutes of the popular tourist destinations of Ascona, Locarno & Lugano. Drive or take the train to Lake Como in 45 minutes & Milan in just over an hour.
Situated directly on the beautiful shoreline of Lago Maggiore our 2 bedroom vacation home has magnificent and expansive views of the lake from all of the large west facing windows & overlooks the historic village church square on the east. High-end amenities include free & fast wireless internet access, quality linens & bathrobes, luxury toiletries, English TV channels, and fresh flowers. Around the corner from the front door is the picturesque village beach (visible from both living room & master bedroom).
Welcome to 'Casa Barbara': Upon opening the brightly painted front door you will go up a flight of steps to reach the entry hall and first floor of the home. Here you will find a bright and open lake-facing living room/dining area. Two large floor-to-ceiling French windows offer gorgeous views: palm trees lining the lake shore, swans and ferries crossing Lago Maggiore in all directions, the resort towns of Ascona and Locarno directly across on the opposite shore, and the snow-tipped southern foothills of the Alps in the immediate distance. Also located on the first floor is the fully appointed kitchen and breakfast bistro table with French windows opening to the village church. A Nespresso machine if available for coffee drinkers along with a complimentary supply of Nespresso brand coffees. Also complimentary is an initial supply of bottled water, a variety of teas and fresh flowers. Off the kitchen is a windowed half bathroom/laundry room with washer and drying rack.
A flight of steps takes you to the top floor where you will find beautiful wood floors in both the master bedroom and second bedroom. The master bedroom looks out on glorious lake views and is filled with light streaming in from floor-to-ceiling French windows as well as an additional south-facing window above the built-in writing desk. The master bedroom is currently set up with a queen bed and two twin beds. Top quality linens, pillows, comfy duvets and extra blankets are all provided. A spacious wardrobe provides plenty of shelves, drawers, and hangers for your belongings.
Down the hallway from the master bedroom is a smaller bedroom facing the church and village & furnished with a bunk bed (suitable for adults as well as children) as well as a crib. Directly off this bedroom is a charming balcony with bistro table and 2 chairs, perfect for enjoying your cappuccino or espresso in the morning sun or a glass of wine in the evening after a long day of sightseeing.
When you want to take a break from sightseeing, enjoy the warmth and comfort of the wood-burning fireplace in the living room and relax with a good book or your laptop (the apartment is equipped with wireless DSL Internet access, free and fast WiFi). With books in several languages, a variety of magazines, maps, local guides and DVD library, the home is fully equipped for your entertainment and sightseeing needs. A regularly updated 'Local Info' binder provides you with personal recommendations on special events, local sites, restaurants, wineries,and day trips along with links to all your transportation options (lake ferry, train, bus, etc.) Available for your exclusive use are beach chairs, beach towels and picnic basket stocked with plates, glasses and silverware. As the owners of this vacation home, we look forward to welcoming you to this enchanting, unique and unforgettable corner of Switzerland and are committed to ensuring your absolute comfort and pleasure during your stay.
Within a two minute walk you will find the village grocery store (offering all the basics plus fresh artisan breads, cheeses and pastas), several restaurants, the ferry landing and train station.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Parasailing, Snowboarding, Health/Beauty Spa, MinI Golf