Villa, single occupant, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 7, large private garden.
- english, italian
About Stefano Salteri
My name is Giovanna, I am a teacher and I live close to Milano
Stefano Salteri purchased this Villa in 1990
Why Stefano Salteri chose Belgirate
My husband Stefano inherited the house and the surrounding land in 1990 from his father. La Bargajana used to be the farm house of the family villa in Belgirate but it was abandoned since the early 70s. The renewal effort took around five years and since then La Bargajana became our weekend retreat and the place for short brakes all year round.
What makes this Villa unique
La Bargajana is a unique place, it is isolated in the middle of nature with a wonderful view of the lake. At La Bargajana you are close to everything you might want but you can totally relax yourself and enjoy silence and peace. It is a unique place and we are very happy to see that our guests agree with us!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great house, in the woods, beautiful view on the lake, very friendly hostess, a lot of space around the house, fast Service when laundry was not working, Nice Welcome drink and Snack - we enjoyed the limited wlan Connection!
Nightmare owner and decent place if you dont mind being over run by ants.
SO... the owner. I am a travel writer for the major mags.. I was traveling by myself, and after asking three days for the owner to do something about the Ant infestation, a nest had moved into the house. He thought clearly it was not really a problem till his daughter finally came and they realized there was a HUGE problem. And finally set the ant traps as they crawled on me when I slept on the couch and that was the last straw. BUT be prepared to be treated like you are crazy for complaining. On the third day the broken dishwasher flooded and I had to sweep out the water of the whole place. Which he never actually ever did anything about. He tried to double charge me a cleaning fee. I sent him videos of the ants and the flooded floor and broken dishwasher. I actually had to call my Italian fiance to talk to him and get him to understand the severity of the ant issue when I had been bit in my sleep. He really just wants to rent his place to someone who just takes it as is. The location is stupendous, but the neighbors complained about my dog barking and even came onto the property in the morning when I was in my bathrobe claiming that the dog barked all day long and I was never home. Just know what you are getting into with this place. If you have no dogs, know the place is going to have spiders, and ants ( I think during our stay the infestation was taken care of) and you dont have to talk to the owner.
Dear Mrs White,
I would like to thank you because you kindly recognize that the place is stupendous and that the ants's problem was effectively taken care of.
I also thank you beacuse your review gives me the opportunity to worn future guests on few facts:
- La Bargajana is in the middle of nature... and nature, in the form of ants, spiders and lizards, might occasionally enter the house, despite our best efforts to keep them out;
- The dishwasher drain is connected to the sink drain: to avoid water overflows, make sure you do not engorge the sink;
- The house is isolated, and you will enjoy a lot of peace and privacy; but you still have neighbors and if your dog, left alone tied to a tree, barks disperately day and night they will come to see what happens.
Having said that, I am very sorry you had such a negative experience of my personal support to you. This is the first time I receive such a negative feedback in 16 years, with more than 60 groups of guests from everywhere in the world, with HomeAway but this will not prevent me from doing my best to improve even further.
Beautiful house, stunning views
We stayed in this house overlooking Lake Maggoire for our honeymoon. It was absolutely fantastic. The house is great, well kept, full of character and clean; the huge sliding window in the living room is particularly impressive, opening up half of the wall to the vista of the lake and the mountain air.
The views and the sunsets are breathtaking. There are some great walks behind the house too: lovely woods with miles of stone trails connecting picturesque villages and ancient chapels.
The owner and house keeper would really nice, too. We were greeted with a bottle of sparkling wine and a bowl of fruit and they were really helpful whenever we had a problem.
I'd whole-heartedly recommend this property.
Peaceful and beautiful
The house has tremendous views of Lake Maggiore and the solitude was perfect for a honeymoon. We loved the chestnut wood with its waterfalls and rock pools. The kitchen was well-equipped for self-catering. Friendly welcome on arrival. Please note the climb to the house is very steep and not suitable for anyone infirm. For safety children should be supervised in surrounding land.
We all had a really wonderful time here. A quiet location, with the house is set high up on a hillside with a fantastic view of Lake Maggiore and the mountains beyond. A big garden with grill for those lovely warm evenings or an open fire in the living room for when not.
We came here for a week of mountain biking (plenty of trails in the area) but also the usual holiday requirements and were not disappointed.
The house has lots of character - we appreciated all the personal touches that the owner made. It really felt like being in the home of a friend - so high compliments indeed.
Great place that could even be greater
Settings wonderful, house very comfortable.
Fantastic garden, especially if you travel with a dog.
Kitchen / dining area great.
What can be improved:
-Cleanliness!!! When opening the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen, you quickly understand all ustencils, pots, pans, cups, plates cutlery need thorough cleaning before use. The bottom of the drawers and cabinets is never cleaned.
- plenty of dust and spider webs everywhere
- terrasse not 100 % clean (don't look under the mat)
- Lack of wifi. These days, for such a house, wifi is not an option anymore. I am managing a B&B/hostel in Brussels. Internet access/WIFI is part of any modern traveller. I needed access for professional needs, and this caused me big big problems.
- Airconditionning in the bedrooms would be more than welcome. This house heats up very fast.
- lack of presence in English , capable of helping guests with specific questions about tourism, dining, access to activities, technical issues...etc....gives a very impersonal feeling.
Owner is 'far" away. Meeting new guests when they arrive doesn't seem to be important.
La Bargajana is a cosy country cottage, surrounded by a large private property, isolated in the middle of nature.
We deliberately want to keep it simple and natural: some shortcomings (like absence of WiFi connection or Airconditioning) will unfortunately come with it...
Come for the comfortable house in a wonderful setting with a great view and you will get it!
Belgirate is a small, nice, 400 people village on the west coast of Lake Maggiore mid way between Arona and Stresa. In Belgirate you can find basic shopping: a small supermarket, a news stand, pharmacy, a couple of good restaurants and bars. Belgirate has a Railway Station and a Ferry Boat Station. In Belgirate and around you can find several nice beaches. Belgirate has a Boat Rental facility and a Diving centre. In Lesa (2Kms) there is a Sporting Club with a nice pool, tennis and other sports opportunities. A lot of sightseeing opportunities are very close: the Borromean Islands, the Park of Villa Pallavicino, the Mottarone Mountain, romantic Lake D'Orta, etc.For shopping you can drive to fashionable Stresa or Arona, both are 8 kms away while Milano is only one hour (70 Kms) car drive. All year round there are nice, colourful local markets in the different villages along the lake shore and several local festivals with lot of folklore to celebrate seasonal events.
Other Activities: trekking
Golf: There are 8 different Golf Courses located within 30km from the property. The closest is the 18 holes Golf Club “des isles Borromees” which is at only 5km. “Golf Alpino di Stresa” is next, with 9 holes at 10km. Next is “Golf & Sporting Club Verbania” - a 9 holes course at 15km and 5 more including Golf Club “Piandisole” in Premeno (VB), Golf Club “Castelconturbia” in Agrate Conturbia (NO) and Golf & Sport Club “Mera” in Scopello (VC).