Ground floor self catering holiday accommodation with an outdoor terrace,
Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest
About Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest
We love the lakes and mountains
Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest purchased this Apartment in 2011
Why Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest chose Dumenza
It is in a beautiful village in the Italian mountains between Lake Maggiore in Italy and Lake Lugano in Switzerland. The is easy access by road and the is plenty to do and see.
What makes this Apartment unique
It has a large terrace and it is on the ground floor.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
End cleaning per flat: - no extra cost
Refundable deposit (in lieu of any damages) payable in cash on arrival Up to 14 nights stay: €200 Over 14 nights' : €15 extra per day
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Very clean, quiet location, well placed
Adriana was very helpful (housekeeper) when we arrived. The apartment was very clean and although small, very well equipped.
The location is quiet and if the weather is nice and sunny (though not while we were there), there is a good sized veranda to sip wine. The Veranda gets sun only in the late afternoon.
2 mins walk to a supermarket which was also quite well stocked with essentials so fantastic for that just arrived shop. The route down the mountain to Luino was like doing the Monte Carlo Ralley one way but our sat nav also took us on a more sedate route with less bends and turns. There is a Carrefour in Luino for the major shop (only 10 mins away from the apartment). We tried to visit the Chocolate factory in Caslano (CH) but were told only open May to September. We then visited the small 'zoo' nearby which was quite a disappointment. High admission fee for an extremely small zoo with only monkeys, ducks, turtles, birds, guinnea pigs and one lion and his lioness. It took us all of 30 mins to do the rounds, feed the animals and then leave.
Unfortunately, the majority of our stay was wet and dull but I would imagine on a nice sunny day, walking along the front of Lago Maggiore would be lovely.
9 out of 10 for the accommodation though (apart from the upstairs neighbour who liked to leave at 7am and slam the heavy front door as hard as possible it would seem, making getting a holiday lie in impossible!!).
The mountains road to and from Dumenza are not narrow . They are not difficult to drive.
Thank you saying that it is very clean, quiet location, well placed
Guests are always happy to know that the flat was very well equipped.
We acknowledge that the housekeeper is very helpful
Other guests have enjoyed using the terrace.
We are often told the nearby supermarket is well stocked.
It was lovely clean flat
Will surely visit again
We will pass you positive comments to the housekeeper
Guests are always happy to know that it is lovely clean flat
We look forward to you staying as a guest in future
Beautiful Location on the border of Italy and Switzerland
The property is small, clean and compact but large enough to squeeze in 2 adults and 2 teenage girls. The balcony is large and west facing, so benefits from shade in the morning and the warm afternoon sunshine.
Many beautiful lakeside towns are within easy travelling distance and Milan park and ride allows a full day out in the city without the hassle of city driving or parking.
We visited Lugano, Locarno Maccagno, Luino, Milan and Laveno. We enjoyed the scenery everywhere but nothing surpassed the spectacular views from the cable-car descent in Laveno -an adrenaline experience not to be missed!
Thank you for a fantastic and very memorable holiday.
Mears family from Wales - August 2017
Future guests will be grateful to know that the balcony is large and west facing
We agree that many beautiful lakeside towns are within easy travelling distance
It is always pleasing when we enjoyed the scenery
We are often told a fantastic and very memorable holiday
Guests are always happy to know.large enough 2 adults and 2 teenage girls
We look forward to you staying as a guest in future
Bella mountain retreat
We stayed for a week from 6-13 September 16. First impression was how clean and fresh smelling the apartment was, many thanks to Adriana.
During our stay we visited some of the recommended places, including Bellinzona and Maccagno.
We ate at the restaurant in the village, which was good, but also walked towards Agna to find the restaurant Smeraldo. It is about 1km away and can be accessed on foot, with care. Lunch was delicious.
A few basic Italian words are helpful as this is in the heart of rural Italy, which suited us perfectly.
We hope to return again for another trip.
We are grateful that you hope to return again for another trip. We are often told that the location suits our guests perfectly. Other guests have said that they enjoyed lunch at the restaurant Smeraldo, Agna as well as the restaurant in the village. It is always pleasing when our guests visit they places we recommend, including Bellinzona and Maccagno. Future guests will be grateful to know that the apartment clean and fresh. We have passed your positive comments to the housekeeper. We look forward to you staying as a guest in future.
Ideal location for exploring Maggiore and the Italian/Swiss pre-Alps
Small but perfectly pleasant apartment ("Bijou"?) in good location in the hills close to the Swiss border. Ideal for exploring the less touristy parts of Lake Maggiore, the pre-Alps (such as Monte Lema and Monte Tamaro), or the Swiss canton of Ticino. Lugano is about a half-an-hour drive.
Luino, five minutes away, has all the amenities you could want, including a 24-hour Carrefour and large Coop. There is a small supermarket a short walk from the flat for anything you forgot.
The apartment is small, but big enough for us (mum, dad, and teenage son). Very nice to have alfresco evening meal on the terrace. The bathroom is clean and neat, and the kitchen has the basics. There's TV but no internet, but then you probably came on holiday to get away from all that :-)
A great little apartment in a beautiful area
I spent a very nice week in the apartment, which was just as it was described--very clean and nicely accessible on the ground floor. It's only a 10-minute drive from Luino but a world away in terms of the quiet and solitude. Parking was not always available at the door, but it was never a problem to find something within 100 yards. As I've become fairly dependent on the Internet, the lack of this in the apartment was manageable, given that Luino provides wifi access in all of its park areas, so one can just park nearby and catch up. The only real problem I encountered was the weather--half of the week was sunny and warm, and the other half was cold and wet, and this makes all the difference in whether you can take advantage of the beauty of the area. As I was traveling alone, the apartment was plenty spacious, and I'm sure it would be fine for two, but any more would be a tight squeeze. But, then, with warm weather, the very nice patio could be better used. I would not hesitate to stay here again, and I'd love to spend more time in the area.
Dumenza is in the heart of the Italian lakes and mountains, with parts of the village overlook Lake Maggiore. Lake Lugano in Switzerland and Lake Como are within an easy drive. Dumenza is in beautiful mountain countryside with easy access by road, including a bus service, a local supermarket, pharmacy, post office, as well as a couple of bars and restaurants. There are plenty of opportunities for walking. You can even walk up to the Swiss border. On Lake Maggiore you can bathe at Maccagno, and take boat trips from Luino. The nearest skiing resort is San Bernardino in Switzerland. Dumenza is 411m (1,348 ft) above sea level and it has great mountain views. It is just over 40 miles from Milan. Dumenza is the birthplace of Bernardino Luini, Italian painter who was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci. His works can be found in the Louvre and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. On either side of narrow streets of the adjacent village of Runo are many frescoes, dating from 1978