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VILLA CARUSO

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Stunning lake views. Each sleeps 6-8. Private terrace. Private parking. WIFI.

Villa Caruso & Villa Sereni are 2 large, modern, 3 bed semi-detached villas on the Eastern bank of Lake Maggiore, with stunning views across the lake. The interiors of both villas have been designed to make the most of the amazing views. Set in a quiet hamlet beside a mountain stream, it's a lovely peaceful location yet still only minutes from local amenities & the lakeside beaches. The villas are also only 3 miles north of the bustling lakeside town of Luino with its wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Less than 5 miles from the Swiss border, the villa also provides easy access to the Swiss towns of Lugano and Locarno. Lake Como is a one hour drive and trains run direct from Luino to Milan in an hour.

Both properties are beautifully furnished & decorated in a modern, contemporary style. Each villa also has a private terrace with BBQ and outdoor seating. The terrace enjoys the sun all day. There are also 3 further balconies per property allowing people plenty of privacy and their own space if travelling as part of a larger group. Both villas are fully equipped with WIFI, Satellite TV, DVD, games machine, BOSE docking station. Nespresso coffee machine.

Each property sleeps 6-8 people. However, the properties can be rented together to accommodate 12-16 guests. A discount is offered for renting both.

Villa Caruso and Villa Sereni are large, modern, contemporary, 3 bedroom villa et over 3 floors. The property is south westerly facing with over 120 m2 of interior living space, 3 large balconies and a teak-decked terrace.

The layout of the 2 properties is almost identical. You enter each property on the ground floor where there is a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area. This leads out onto a teak decked terrace with stunning lake views. Up one flight of stairs, there are 2 bedrooms - one double bedroom with private balcony with lake view and one twin bedroom with views to the countryside - as well as a modern family bathroom. Up another flight of stairs there is the fantastic master bedroom with kingsize bed. This has a large ensuite bathroom with walk in shower, his and her sinks and jacuzzi bath. There are two balconies on this floor, one with lake views and one with views to the hills.

Each property is fully equipped with all the mod cons guests could wish for including 3 flatscreen TVs, DVD player, BOSE docking station and either Wii or XBOX games console. There is also a brand new Nespresso coffee machine in the property. (Guests are asked to bring their own Nespresso capsules to use during their stay).

We have also gone to great lengths to make the properties family friendly, providing a travel cot, highchair, pushchair and baby monitor all free of charge. There is also a selection of toys, board games and childrens DVDs.

Villa Caruso and Villa Sereni share three parking spaces. Please note: the driveway down to the property is very steep. As a result, if guests prefer, it is possible to park on the main road instead.

How to Get There:

Fly to Milan Malpensa:

The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa which is approximately 45 miles drive from the house. Several airlines fly here. Easyjet flies from London Gatwick, Bristol or Edinburgh. Monarch also fly to Malpensa from London Gatwick or you can travel by British Airways from London Heathrow or Flybe from Birmingham and Manchester.

Fly to Milan Linate:

Transfer time from the airport is approximately 120 minutes. Easyjet fly to Linate from London Gatwick and British Airways fly there from London Heathrow.

Fly to Milan Bergamo:

Transfer time from the airport is approximately 120 minutes. Ryanair fly to Milan Bergamo from London Luton, London Stansted, Bristol, Liverpool, Bournemouth, East Midlands and Glasgow. Jet 2 fly to Bergamo from Leeds Bradford and BMI Baby fly from Birmingham.

Car hire is available from all airports - please ask for more details on booking. Alternatively a train service will take you from Milan Central station to Luino in 1-2 hours (depending on time of day). A new service has also been introduced which will take you directly from Milan Malpensa airport to the lakeside.

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Details for Villa Caruso 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms

Villa Caruso is a large, modern, 3 bed semi detached villa situated on the Eastern bank of Lake Maggiore, set in a quiet hamlet with stunning views across the lake. The property is south westerly facing with over 120 m2 of interior living space, 3 large balconies & a teak-decked terrace which gets the sun all day long, perfect for sunbathing. The villa is located only 5 minutes from the lakeside beaches & 3 miles north of the bustling lakeside town of Luino with a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Luino also has a boat terminal taking you to all the other towns on the lake. Less than 5 miles from the Swiss border, the villa also provides easy access to the Swiss towns of Lugano, Ascona & Locarno. Lake Como is a 1 hour drive & trains run direct from Luino to Milan in an hour. Verona is also easily accessible from the apartment & from there it's a short train journey to Venice. There is a golf course within a 20 min drive. Ideal location for waterports, cycling & walking.
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Jo Mackay

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I am a mother with 2 young children, age 6 & 9 and a very busy husband! I gave up work with Procter and Gamble 6 years ago to spend time at home with the children. I have loved being able to spend so much time with them. However, with both children now at school, I was keen to start working again. I initially enjoyed managing two of our own holiday properties in the Italian Lakes which we bought in 2008 and 2009 following our first visit to the area in 2007. However, I have now started to manage holiday homes for others, not just in the Italian Lakes, but elsewhere in Italy and Europe through my website - www.bookingsforyou.com. I carefully select each property and ensure that I maintain that personal but professional service level that I believe holidaymakers are looking for.

Jo Mackay purchased this house in 2009

We first stayed on Lake Maggiore in 2007 and loved it so much we bought Villa Caruso just over a year later. We had been thinking about buying a holiday property for a while but wanted somewhere we could use all year round. Lake Maggiore was perfect. Not only did it offer absolutely loads to do in the Spring and Summer, but during the winter it was only a 30 minute drive to the nearest ski slopes. We purchased Villa Sereni the following year allowing us and our guests the flexibility to accommodate a larger group or family gathering. The adjacent villas are set in a quiet rural hamlet where the only noise is the faint sound of the small stream that runs down from the mountain. Heaven! However it's a quick 5 minute drive down to the lakeside so we have the best of both worlds...!

We made sure that both Villa Caruso and Villa Sereni were real 'home from home' properties. They are filled with gadgets and mod cons, with 3 flatscreen TVs in each villa, DVD players, a XBOX and wii games machine, satellite TV, BOSE docking stations and free internet wireless access. Both properties are furnished in a contemporary style and we have taken time to ensure careful attention to detail with luxurious White Company throws and cushions and designer beds.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
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VILLA SERENI

  • 5 of 5
We recently stayed at Villa Sereni and had a wonderful holiday. The house was exactly as advertised and spotlessly clean on arrival. Not only was everything provided for, but also the extra bits that you would not expect... including WiFi, DVD, XBox docking station and adapter plugs in every socket! Having a blacony on each level made the views from the house even more spectaular.

Our contact with Jo before during and after our holiday has been faultless. The information pack provided was helpful as we had a partially sighed person in our group and made our days out much more enjoyable. The Villa was pefected situated for exploring. We visited Milan, Varese, Locarno, Lugano and more along the way.

We would cetainly recommend staying at Villa Sereni.
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
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EXCELLENT HOLIDAY VILLA

  • 5 of 5
The villa was imaculate, the views breathtaking and the area fantastic. The villa was very well equiped and extremely comfortable. We will definately be returning.
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
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AN EAGLE'S EYE VIEW OF LAKE MAGGIORE

An eagle's eye view of Lake Maggiore
  • 5 of 5
The journey up the twisting mountain road was fully repaid when we arrived at the villa. Villa Caruso is magnificently appointed with balconies opening from the two main bedrooms and a good sized deck/patio opening out from the substantial living area - all giving superb views across the lake. All mod cons are included - a real home from home in a truly delightful elevated setting. The area of Luino/Germingnana is a great base for exploring the whole of Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como, etc, all within easy reach, the Swiss border being only 4 km from the bottom of the hill. The car ferry from Laveno gives easy access to Verbania, Baveno, Stresa, etc on the other side of Lake Maggiore. A very enjoyable holiday in an excellent setting with the expected high quality of Italian cuisine readily available. Recommended!!
  • Submitted: May 24, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
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VILLA CARUSO

  • 5 of 5
Beautiful views, lots of birds singing in the morning,wild deer in the undergrowth, and a lovely villa which is very well maintained.Good spot for exploring the area and some very nice walks along the lake side. I would certainly recommend this property to my friends.
  • Submitted: May 2, 2010
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VILLA CARUSO

  • 5 of 5
Exactly as described, - stunning lake views from the balconies of a very stylish, comfortable villa. Very peaceful location, the only sounds we heard were cow bells and birds singing. Lots to do in the area, - excellent information pack at the villa detailing areas of interest, restaurants etc as well as the usual helpful house-keeping info.
We had a wonderful holiday at Villa Caruso and are looking forward to a return visit next year.
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TRANQUILITY

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The Villa Caruso offers full justification to the wonderful pictures on this site. The owner has put a great deal of effort (and money I guess) into facilities and decor which make up a very modern and fully equipped holiday home with air con, WiFi, DVD and a super kitchen being some examples. It is situated some hundred meters above sealevel which enables the great view and the quietness surrounding it. Perfect place for an author to write a book. A car is essential. If you look for peace and tranquility the Caruso is of all-year relevance although I would probably pass on the drive way to the house if there was any risk of slippery. It is steep indeed.
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  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2009
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Milan Malpensa
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Maccagno
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Luino
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Colmegna
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Dumenza
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Passo Forcora
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Golf Club Lugano
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Dumenza
Car: necessary

Lake Maggiore is a breathtakingly beautiful area of Italy. With a boat terminal just minutes away, the house is perfectly situated for visiting the Borromean islands & other towns on the lake - Luino, Cannobio, Cannero, Stresa and Ascona - or you could use it as a base to visit Milan (an hour away by train), Verona or even Venice. Or why not visit the other Italian Lakes from the house - Como, Orta & Garda. You are also just 15 mins away by car from Switzerland and the beautiful Swiss cities of Lugano & Locarno. Both towns have some fantastic shops as well as beautiful lidos which we would highly recommend in the summer. Nearby Luino boasts the biggest weekly market in Europe whilst the nearest beaches are just 5 mins away by car, and there are plenty of opportunities for watersports, golf, walking, cycling and skiing nearby. There is plenty in the area for all ages including children. Please ask for more details & we will happily send you much more information on what to see and do.

Beaches: Lake Maggiore boasts several lovely beaches. The nearest beaches to the property are no more than 5 minutes away by car at Colmegna, whilst nearby Maccagno is one of the best beaches on the lake to enjoy watersports such as windsurfing, sailing and kitesurfing. Many towns around the lake also have their own lido with access to the lake as well as wonderful swimming pools. Of particular note are the lidos at Locarno, Lugano and Ascona.

Golf: Golf lovers will find a number of good courses within a range of 40 km. Those closest include a club at Varese which is a quarter of an hour away, a course near Lugano just 20 minutes away and the Golf de’ Laghi Club which is about 40 minutes away by car. If you wish to trek over to Lake Como you can experience the famous Menaggio and Cadenabbia golf course. Originally founded by an English aristocrat in 1907, this very tight 18 hole course was completely redesigned in 1965 but still maintains a traditional British feel. It offers breathtaking views over Lake Como from its elevated position above the lakes western shore. The clubhouse features a magnificent library of golfing literature, said to be second only to that at St Andrews. This is a Par 70 of 5455 meters. Weekdays from €55, weekends from €70.

Ski: There is a practice run with a button lift as well as a longer run with chair lift at Passo Forcora, 30 mins away. you can hire skis from 7 euros upwards and sledges for 3 or 5 euros. A days ski pass (09.00 – 16.00) costs 25 euros for an adult and 20 euros for a child. Or you can buy a half day pass. Under 5s go free. There is also a lovely chalet selling food and drinks. It’s a great place –we’d really recommend it. 1 hour away there are slopes at Motterone. Here there are 21 runs (10 blue, 8 red and 3 black runs) across a 25km area. It’s especially suitable for beginners however there is a more technical track - the Alpe Courts - which starts from the top of Mottarone and winds for 2.5km before arriving at a scenic area on the 7 lakes. The resort also boasts a good snow-making system, able to cover 5km of slopes. 1 hour 30 mins away there are the Swiss ski resorts of Airolo, St Bernadino, Maccugnaga and Domobianca and finally 2 hours away there is Aosta valley (Pila) and Alagna.

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Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Mar 29 2014 - May 23 2014
3 night minimum stay
£795
 
 
Early Summer
May 24 2014 - Jun 27 2014
5 night minimum stay
£895
 
 
Summer
Jun 28 2014 - Sep 5 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,395
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 24 2014
3 night minimum stay
£895
 
 
Autumn
Oct 25 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 night minimum stay
£595
 
 
Festive Season
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £200.00
A £200 deposit per week is required on booking to reserve the dates. The balance of rental payment is due 9 weeks before arrival. Payment is ideally via direct bank transfer but payment is accepted in £ cheque, paypal and credit card. Additional fees may apply. Please ask for details. Payment can be made in either euros or GBP.
Notes Please note that access to the property is via a steep driveway.

9 weeks before arrival we also request a £300 security deposit. This is fully refundable (less a 135 euros final cleaning fee) upon the property being left in satisfactory condition.
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Amenities

Luino House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Beach
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Family
General:
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Basic Soaps
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Local Maps
  • Laundry Soap
  • Alarm Clock
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishwasher
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
  • Family Bathroom: The family bathroom on the second floor is beautifully tiled in beige and brown horizontal stripes. It has a large shower, WC and sink. En suite Bathroom: The large en-suite bathroom includes a walk-in wet room shower, spa bath, WC and bidet as well as his and hers sinks. A separate balcony leads from the bathroom to the rear of the property with views across the hills. For those with little ones, a potty and step is provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 (Master Suite with en-suite bathroom & 2 balconies): The whole of the 3rd floor is allocated to the master bedroom suite. A large and spacious bedroom with a king size designer bed and flat screen TV (with UK channels) leads out onto a balcony with magnificent views over the lake. The large en-suite bathroom includes a walk-in wet room shower, spa bath, WC and bidet as well as his and hers sinks. A separate balcony leads from the bathroom to the rear of the property with views across the hills. White Company throws & cushions give the bedroom a luxurious feel. Bedroom 2 (Double Bedroom with balcony): This has a double bed, wardrobe, console table and bedside cabinets. It is another beautifully decorated room with White Company bedding. A private balcony with a table and chairs provides a great view of the lake. Bedroom 3 (Twin Bedroom): Set at the rear of the property on the second floor, Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds and a large window with views to the hills beyond.
Entertainment:
  • Video Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Books for Adults
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • water parks
  • cinemas
  • recreation center
  • marina
  • zoo
  • museums
  • playground
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • sledding
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • rafting
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • fishing
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • wind-surfing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Kitchen & Dining Area: Brand new fully fitted designer kitchen including 4 ring gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, washing machine, Nespresso coffee machine & fridge freezer. A breakfast bar seats 2 with an adjacent walnut and glass dining table seating eight. The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery & glassware for 8 guests. Lounge Area: The lounge has a large corner sofa and a large patio window looking out to the terrace and the lake beyond. For entertainment, it has a Sony Bravia flat screen TV and DVD player as well as a Bose IPod docking station. Satellite TV with UK channels. Free WIFI. Wii games machine with games. Terrace: The private terrace overlooks the lake and is set in teak decking with a dining table and chairs for 6, as well as a parasol and BBQ. The terrace is fully bordered by 1.2m high railings. In addition, the villa has 3 balconies, 2 with lake views and 1 with views over the countryside. Those with lake views are equipped with a table and 2 chairs.
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