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The apartment had everything I needed for a relaxing stay; even a built in alarm clock. The church opposite rang bells at 7 each morning, but they are truly lovely and tuneful and not too loud. I would happily stay here again. The rooms are all large and well equipped, the terrace and gardens are beautiful. The only reason I didn’t score this as a 5 is down to the arrangements with Inter Chalet; the company did everything it said it would, so no problems but they take €150 deposit and it isn’t refunded until 21 days after you leave. I think that is too long. I took loads of photos before we left to show no damage etc and cleaned and I think 1 week is a reasonable time after we leave to refund the deposit. Other than that I think it’s excellent.
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.