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.
There are hardly words to describe the beauty and magic of this place. From the moment Lisa the owner opened the doors onto the lake I felt my mind and body transform. Returning back to myself. No place I would rather be than in this womb called Casa Barbara.
As others have said Lisa makes all the difference. Her loving kindness is genuine and profound. She is an angel that walks this earth and brings so much joy to others. I feel honored to know her and grateful she was able to spend some time with us along with her husband Fritz. Very special people.
You will find all you need here. Well stocked kitchen and laundry. But what you might not expect is that you may never want to leave the house. Once you're in …it gets a hold of you! Bravo!
Just returned from four amazing days at Casa Barbara. A wonderful apartment in a most beautiful, lakeside setting. We arrived to fresh cut flowers, prosecco, and chocolates left by the owner. All the little things that make renting easier were there, comfortable beds, nice linens, condiments, soaps, etc. A notebook provides great ideas for local dining and activities. There is even a selection of books and movies. In addition to being a wonderful host, the owner's enthusiasm for the area came through in countless suggestions for how to make our stay a memorable one. Overall, a fantastic experience.
Our week at Casa Barbara was perfect! Always apprehensive about renting the unknown, imagine our surprise when entering the apartment to find it immediately exceeded our expectations!! We were right on Lake Maggiore with amazing views!! The location in a small village and off the beaten path, but close to a bus stop and the train station, was just what we wanted! Our owner/hostess, Lisa, was generous with her attention to our requests and time! She had stocked the kitchen with everything we requested and more.
Lisa was kind enough to make reservations for us at the local Italian restaurant, Al Portico. We ate there on two nights and were not disappointed. The restaurant was delightful and the food delicious!
With Casa Barbara as our base, we made day trips to Ascona, Locarno, Bellinzona, Lugano, and Capalago/Riva San Vitale. It was a pleasure to return each evening…do some laundry, drink a glass of wine, and unwind from our busy days. We highly recommend Casa Barbara for a unique, picturesque, and quiet holiday.
We are always looking for something special to do over the Easter holiday. Labo Maggiore is just the thing. We fell in love with this place two years ago, and decided to try again. This time, was even better than the first time. The train now has a more frequent schedule, so it is a real option. The public transport system on, and around, the lake makes it very easy to do without a car. The villages on the lake are magical and the hiking is fantastic. Each time, we have had our dog, and everyone is very accommodating. Our biggest challenge is motivating to leave the apartment which has such lovely views of the lake and is so very cozy and inviting, it is delightful to spend all day reading and hanging around. We highly recommend this rental.
The minute you walk into the living room and see the view of Lake Maggiore from the French doors, you know that you have made the right choice. You have your own private villa with all the beauty and comfort that you could ever want. Lisa is an incredible hostess and anticipates your needs before you even think of them. She will be happy to answer all your questions, and even offers to make a grocery run if you arrive late on Saturday; after the stores close. Remember, stores and shops are closed throughout Switzerland on Sundays. If you want location, Casa Barbara is close to train, postal bus and the ferry boats that navigate the lake. My husband and I will return in a heart beat.
Thank you Lisa for your kind hospitality! Our family enjoyed our stay at your lovely place. The views are amazing and the area peaceful and not too crowded with tourists. We enjoyed our day trips to Italian markets and of course Locarno and Ascona. Also enjoyed local restaurants, one a real gem in Italy that you recommended. We hope to return and see you again!
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