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Donatella and Simon

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, italian

A beautiful country house, offers stunning views of Lake Maggiore. Wifi.

6 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Someraro Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Free-standing house with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 5, just 2 km from Stresa

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donatella and Simon (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, italian

About Donatella and Simon

Hello, we are Donatella and Simon and this is or family. Simon moved to Italy from the UK almost 30 years ago. Our children are Bianca and Jim. Jim claims to be 78% English and 22% Italian.

Donatella and Simon purchased this chateau / country house in 1993

Why Donatella and Simon chose Stresa

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.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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.

Reviews

4.5
based on 6 traveler reviews

A beautiful country house, offers stunning views of Lake Maggiore. Wifi.
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
5

Erholung, Funktionalität, Komfort und 1A Seeblick!

  • 5 of 5

Suchen Sie die perfekte Kombination aus Erholung, Funktionalität, Komfort und einem atemberaubendem Seeblick?

Dann sind Sie hier goldrichtig!

Wir waren jetzt zum zweiten mal dort, diesmal haben wir unsere Flitterwochen dort verbracht und es keine Sekunde bereut!

Die Hauseigentümer haben für unsere Flitterwochen größtenteils auf eigene Kosten einen Empfang mit Champagner, Rosen, Rotwein und Dekoration vorbereitet. Für individuelle Wünsche oder Ideen haben Donatella und Simon immer ein offenes Ohr und arbeiten mit sehr viel Herz daran, Ihre Vorstellungen in die Tat umzusetzen. Auf diesem Wege nochmals vielen Dank für alles!

Das Haus ist sehr sauber, gepflegt und beinhaltet wirklich alles, was man auch für einen sehr langen Aufenthalt benötigt. Geschirrspüler, Tiefkühlfach, Waschmaschine, Staubsauger, Badewanne, King-Size-Betten, ein sehr gepflegter Außenbereich und diverse Basis-Lebensmittel gehören hier zum Standard. Anmerkung: Geschirrtücher fehlen, am besten gleich mitbringen. Die Ausstattung ist liebevoll gestaltet und lässt keine Wünsche offen! Auch in Sachen Müllentsorgung wird einem hier so gut wie möglich geholfen. Gerade in diesem Punkt haben wir bei anderen Häusern in dieser Region sehr schlechte Erfahrungen gemacht.

Der Blick aus dem Wohnzimmer als auch aus dem Schlafzimmer ist atemberaubend! Schlechtes Wetter ist in diesem Haus kein Grund zu verzweifeln, nein, ganz im Gegenteil. Ein Gewitter bei diesem herrlichen Panoramafenster ist ein wahres Spektakel.

Ein Highlight für die Kinder ist das riesige Trampolin. Nur für die Kinder? Nein, ehrlich gesagt: auch wir haben hier wirklich Spaß gehabt!

Mein persönlicher Lieblingsplatz war allerdings die Hängematte mit Blick auf den See. Hier werden einem die Alltagssorgen regelrecht ausgelöscht.

Die Anfahrt ist leider etwas kompliziert. Einen Parkplatz direkt am Haus bekommt man hier leider nicht. Wir haben unser Gepäck an der 20 Meter entfernten Straße abgeladen und dann auf den ca. 50m entfernten Parkplätzen geparkt. Man muss sich also auf ein wenig Sport vor und nach dem Urlaub einstellen – dieses kleine „Übel“ nehmen wir aber immer wieder gerne in Kauf.

Aber auch ohne die Planung der Flitterwochen pflegen Donatella und Simon einen sehr guten, persönlichen Kontakt und waren stets sehr hilfsbereit und trotzdem so zurückhaltend, dass man die Ruhe der Gegend nur mit seinen liebsten in vollen Zügen genießen kann.

Wir können das Haus als auch die Anbieter bedenkenlos empfehlen!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxion, functionality, comfort and A+ lake-view

  • 5 of 5

Looking for the perfect combination of relaxation, functionality, comfort and a breathtaking view of the lake?

Then you can stop searching!

We were here for the second time, this time we spent our honeymoon there and didn’t regret it for a second!

The homeowners prepared a reception with champagne, roses, red wine and decoration for our honeymoon at their own expense. For individual requests or ideas Donatella and Simon always listened and worked with a lot of heart to put your ideas into practice. In this way, thanks again for everything!

The house is very clean, well maintained and really includes everything you need for a very long stay. Dishwasher, freezer, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, bath, king-size beds, a well-kept outdoor areas and various basic food are standard equipment. Note: dish towels missing, best to bring the same. The decor is beautifully decorated and leaves no wish unfulfilled! Also waste disposal is very easy in this house. Regarding this point, we have had very bad experiences at other houses in this region.

The view from the living room as well as from the master bedroom is stunning! Bad weather is not a reason to despair in this House. A storm in this magnificent picture window is a true spectacle.

A highlight for children is the huge trampoline. Just for the kids? No, we had really much fun too!

However, my personal favorite was the hammock overlooking the lake. Here, all the worries are forgotten.

The approach is a bit complicated. There’s not a lot of parking next to the house. We unloaded our luggage on the road, about 20 meters away from the house and parked afterwards in the carpark 50 metres away. So you have to do a little sport before and after the holiday - this little "evil" we take but are always happy to accept it.

But even without planning the honeymoon Donatella and Simon maintain very good, personal contact and were always very helpful and still so caring that you can enjoy your vacation very personally.

We can recommend the house and the seller unconditionally and wish you an unforgettable holiday!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review; you were great guests. We look forward to hosting you again next year.
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4

Amazing view

  • 4 of 5

We spent one week in April in Casa Lavender and felt immediately at home. The view is beautiful, the interior confortable and the garden is inviting to relax. The owners are very friendly and gave us a lot of useful information.

We will come back soon!!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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4

véritable dépaysement

  • 4 of 5

Propriétaires très sympathiques et très attentionnés, maison très jolie.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci di votre commentaire; c’était un plaisir de lire que vous avez passé de belles journées chez nous.
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5

Wunderschönes Haus mit phantastischem Seeblick

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben in diesem wunderschönen und liebevoll eingerichteten Haus eine traumhafte Woche zu 4. verbracht. Vom Wohnzimmer und dem oberen Zimmer hat man einen atemberaubenden Blick über den Lago Maggiore. Alles war sehr sauber und tiptop. Die Kinder hatten auf dem Trampolin im Garten großen Spaß. Wir haben uns rundum wohl gefühlt und können dieses Domizil nur wärmstens empfehlen! Vielen herzlichen Dank nochmal!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review. Much appreciated. We are very glad you had a great time.
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Beautiful house

  • 4 of 5

What a beautiful house, only 10 minutes from Stresa. We stayed there for a company strategy weekend with 3 persons. The accommodation is perfect from 2-4 persons and has everything on offer, especially the amazing view over Lage Maggiore. It is useful to have a car as most shops are on a 5-10 mins distance.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Malpensa
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Levo
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Stresa
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Gignese
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Stresa
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Baveno
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Il Rustico in Someraro
Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Mottarone
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Carciano
Car: recommended

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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Rates & Availability

Someraro Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
May 10 2016 - Oct 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$169
 

Additional information about rental rates

pulizia $112
Pet Fee $1

L'affitto è per l'intera proprietà a notte, compresi i servizi, lenzuola e asciugamani per una prenotazione con un massimo di 5 persone. Riscaldamento centralizzato, wifi, elettricità e acqua inclusi nel prezzo di affitto.
30% di deposito è necessario per garantire la prenotazione.


Un deposito cauzionale di € 100 è richiesto.

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Amenities

Someraro Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bagno 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • All the bathroom fittings are of the highest quality, while the terracotta tiles are handmade in Tuscany.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Camera da letto 1 - 1 double
    Camera da letto 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom on the top floor features wooden flooring, an antique chest of drawers and wardrobe with a second, very large, specially made wardrobe providing ample space. There are windows on three sides with two overlooking the lake. The views are fantastic. In addition there is a large collection of original DVDs, nearly all UK and US films.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 3 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
In the event of bad weather, there are plenty of activities to keep you amused. Guests can choose from literally hundreds of books. There is a large flat-screen televisions in the living room. In addition to a collection of original DVDs, nearly all UK and US films, there is satellite TV and Wifi In the very unlikely event that the weather takes a dramatic turn for the worse, you can use our cast iron wood-burning range cooker (in addition to normal central heating). If you feel you need some exercise, you might enjoy our full-size trampoline with recently renewed padding and side-protection.

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