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The property was perfect for our young children as there is a kids play park right next to the lake and a pebble beach where they loved swimming in the lake. The decor and amenities in the apartment is not modern but we really like the period character of some of the furniture and the homely family feel.
The town is small but has all the basics we needed. We managed on a short stay without a car as there is a rail service and boat trips once per day.
Be aware that if you want to do lots of boat trips then other ports / towns on the lake do have much more frequent services than Porto Valtravaglia does., or you may be better to get a train to Luino or Laveno first.
We enjoyed two lovely days and nights at the quiet and beautiful Villa Alba. Having not realised it was an entirely self-contained house this was a definite bonus!! Our 2 girls (aged 3 and 6) loved the quirky "floating" twin bedroom - and although ideal for them, I probably wouldn't recommend the room for children any younger.
We took Grandma with us and she was pleased with her "room with a view" of the stunning Lake Maggiore and mountain backdrop. Our room was equally comfortable with stunning view and balcony.
The villa is well-equipped and beautifully presented. Lots of nice "home-from-home" touches too - like hand wash in the bathrooms, washing up liquid and kitchen roll provided. All so handy when you've travelled from abroad - and especially for such a short trip!
There was a lovely local restaurant guide provided by the owners too. Unfortunately the closest one (5 minutes walk away) wasn't open, due to the time of year, but we went to two very nice places in the local town of Porto Val Travaglia, which were very nice.
We enjoyed some lovely sunshine and the girls loved paddling in the lake right next to the villa. Freezing - as you would expect in February - but we can imagine in the warmer weather the lake would really come to life.
A fantastic, family mini-break, which has given us a great introduction to lakeside holiday opportunities! Thank you!