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Vista Lago in centre of Stresa, large terrace, sweeping view of lake, WiFi, A/C

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Stresa is a beautiful and elegant town on Lake Maggiore, at the foot of the Italian Alps.

The apartment "Vista Lago" has stunning views of virtually the whole lake and is very romantic. From the front terrace you can see Isola Bella and Isola Madre and Stresa old town and from the other side, you can see Laveno and the eastern side of the lake. This side also overlooks a wonderful sub-tropical garden filled with palms and flowering plants and the sound of birdsong. The terrace is large (30m2) and fully furnished with table and chairs and sunloungers and is partly shaded.

Secure garage available for one car but you do not need a car with this rental.

The apartment is stylishly but comfortably furnished and spacious (110m2) and is very well-equipped. There is parquet flooring throughout. The location is both very quiet and leafy but is under a 5-minute walk from both the lake and the historic centre of Stresa with all its restaurants and shops.

It was recently renovated and finished to a high standard and has all the mod cons. Each room has a lake view and a view of 'Isola Bella'.

WiFi Internet, air-conditioning and central heating and is available all year round.

It is located on the 1st floor in a purpose-built residence with lift..

The apartment comfortably accommodates up 5 people in one double bedroom and one twin-bedded (or double) room (an extra fold-up bed can be supplied for a child). 2 bathrooms - one with shower and bidet and one with large corner bath for 2 people + shower attachment and bidet.

The living room has lovely views on the lake and leads to the terrace. It has a dining area for 6 people and a decorative fireplace. The kitchen is separate and well-equipped with dishwasher, electric oven and gas hob, washing machine, microwave, Gaggia electric Espresso/cappuccino machine, mini-oven, electric filter coffee machine, toaster and kettle. It also has a small table with 2 chairs.

The bedlinen and towels are changed at the end of the first week and the apartment is cleaned (no extra charge).

Milan Malpensa Airport is less than an hour's drive (45 km) and 85 km from Milan itself. From the end of March to the end of September there is a bus service (Alibus) which takes you directly from Malpensa airport to the apartment in under an hour. It stops at the church on the lake, 5 minutes' walk from the apartment.

The bus-stop for the lakeside towns of Verbania and Arona is very near.

Minimum stay is 7 days in the Summer months and 4 days during the rest of the year.

Stresa makes a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of Lago Maggiore: hop on any ferry to discover the magic of the Borromean Islands, the fascinating villas along the shore, the Piedmont towns of Arona and Intra and the picturesque towns on the other side of the lake in Lombardy. You can even take a full-day boat tour all the way up the lake to Switzerland (Ascona and Locarno). Stresa's railway station which is a 15-20 minute walk connects you easily with Milan (in under and hour), where you can shop, sightsee, or simply sip a coffee and watch the world go by in the famous Piazza del Duomo.

GPS Coordinates 45.882432, 8.543739

More Details

Property Manager
Chantal Rowley
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Stresa around the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • lake
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
  • Cot (baby bed) and high-chair available An extra fold-up bed is available (extra charge)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Bowling center
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Vista Lago in centre of Stresa, large terrace, sweeping view of lake, WiFi, A/C
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews
New York, New York

Idyllic location overlooking the town of Stresa with magnificent lake views!

  • 5 of 5

There are so many great things to say about Vista Lago. The pictures posted on VRBO are beautiful but do not capture the full spaciousness, comfort and remarkable views of this property.

The bedrooms, each with an individual adjacent bathroom, are large, with great closets and extremely comfortable beds. The kitchen and living/dining room are outfitted with all the necessities (and many perks, some like an espresso machine) to make your stay feel like you are in your own home. All rooms have large windows with stunning views.

However these views don't compare to those found on the large terrace with a 180 degree vista of Stresa, the Borromeo Bay of Lago Maggiore and its three islands. Extremely comfortable and moveable deck furniture allowed you to position yourself in sun or shade and/or a view to your liking.

The price you pay for this view is walking up and down via al Castello. But we found that this provided sufficient exercise to prevent any weight gain from the great meals we had in town.

The property owner and the local property manager, Giuliano, were available for any of our concerns, which were none. Our airport transfers were arranged with a local driver, Mario, who was wonderful and available for local or day trips. On our return airport trip he made a detour through the town of Arona where we stopped briefly to see the statue of San Carlo Borromeo. It was like a blessing for our return flight and and beautiful ending to a fabulous two week stay at Vista Lago.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave such a full and appreciative review. Chantal Rowley
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We would love to stay at Vista Lago again!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time! Vista Lago exceeded our expectations. The large terrace with its sweeping view of the lake and the mountains beyond was breathtaking at first encounter, heartwarming forever after. At night, the views--even from the apartment windows--were enchanting, magical. There was a lightning show on our last night which impelled one grandson to video!

The description and photos of the listing were so attractive (and accurate, indeed), the location so convenient, we were determined to stay at Vista Lago. No other listing would do!

Luckily, our travel plans were flexible enough to match its availability.

We especially enjoyed visiting Isola Bella and Isola Madre.

We also did the one-day excursion Lake Maggiore Express with a train ride into Switzerland and a long ferry trip from Locarno to Stresa. In Stresa, some of us enjoyed the Friday market day, where Jim splurged on artisanal cookies!

We all enjoyed two restaurants in Stresa: La Botte (Via Mazzini) and Il Vicoletto ( Vicolo del Pocivo).

A great pleasure of our stay in Vista Lago was meeting Mr. Giuliano Guardini who was amazingly and wonderfully helpful, literally going extra miles for/with us. He is a gem!

Grazie mille, Giuliano!

Thanks so much for everything, Chantal!

Tanti auguri,

Jim and Portia

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breakfast Point, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely Apartment with Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in Stresa made even more enjoyable by our accommodation at Vista Lago, an absolutely lovely apartment with superb uninterrupted views over Lake Maggiore. Vista Lago is a lovely spacious two bedroom/two bathroom apartment that has everything the facilities list on the web-site said it has. A great feature is its expansive balcony - an ideal place in which to start each day with breakfast at 8am (whilst the church bells in the distance chime The Angelus) and then in the evening to relax with a nightcap or two after getting back from dinner in the town square below. Through quaint and colourful little winding narrow streets, it is a short walk down to the waterfront and also to the town with its village atmosphere and many restaurants, patisseries, ice-cream, and other shops. Lake Maggiore also offers many attractions for visitors. Ferry trips to the nearby islands are regular as are the longer ferry services to other lakeside towns and to Locarno in Switzerland. Isola dei Pescatori (or Fisherman's Island), just off-shore from Stresa, has some very good restaurants with local seafood from the Lake as specialties and with free boat transport from the mainland.

The owner, Chantal was always helpful to us and responded quickly to our questions and communications during the booking process. Her local Stresa manager, Giuliano was just a great guy and a wonderful help throughout our stay. Nothing was a bother to him. On a couple of occasions when a taxi was not readily available, Giuliano took us to our destination. Chantal has a taxi owner friend, Mario, who was also a great help during our visit. Walking back up to VIsta Lago from the town square is a climb which can be a little daunting to older persons. This was not a problem as Mario and his taxi were almost always available to us at short notice - day and night. Chantal has fitted out Vista Lago for everybody's comfort. It has quality linen and towels, nice furnishings and little touches that make it feel like home. The memories of our time in Stresa and VIsta Lago are vivid and happy ones and our photos will always remind us of just how wonderful the views were from the balcony at Vista Lago. It's a lovely apartment from which to enjoy a great vacation. Ian and Trish McAndrew - Sydney Australia

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent location and views.

  • 5 of 5

This two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is located within walking distance of the ferries which run on the lake as well as the downtown area of Stresa. Therefore you can walk anywhere you wish. It is not too far from the train station as we walked there as well. Apartment was clean and well stocked. And the views of both sunrise and sunset were excellent.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carol, Thank you very much for your review - much appreciated. Chantal Rowley
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Spacious and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment with incredible views. Close to city center. Has everything one may Need for comfortable stay. Probably not suitable for people with limited mobility, otherwise highly recommended. Many thanks to the property manager, Giuliano, who went out of his way to pick us up from the hotel where we stayed the first night, and drove our rental car through some narrow streets leading to apartment. What a perfect gentleman ! All in all we would stay in this apartment again in a heartbeat

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I will pass your thanks on to the property manager. Chantal Rowley (owner)
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Venice, FL

The best apartment in Stresa with a view you will never forget!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Vista Lago was wonderful. The view of Lago Maggiore from the large and comfortably furnished terrace is amazing! We stayed one month and found the apartment very comfortable, attractively furnished, and easy to live in.The linens and towels were very nice and changed weekly, the choices of various coffee pots (from espresso machine to filter coffee) amazing, and everything very clean and tidy. All appliances worked perfectly. The property manager, Giuliano, is an absolute sweetheart and helped us with several small things, including arranging our transportation back to Milan. His English is excellent. The owner is also very kind and helpful with advice about favorite restaurants etc. Spending a month in Stresa without a car was easy---we bought the reduced rate one week passes for the ferry so we could travel anywhere on the ferry system as much as we wanted. We went to many other small, charming towns on the lake as well as the 3 Borromean Islands. We took several viator tours (Zermatt and the Matterhorn was amazing!) and were picked up at the Tomasucchi Travel agency--5 minute walk from the apartment. Walking into Stresa "downtown" takes about 10 minutes with many restaurants, small produce and prosciutto shops, bakery, pastry shops, pharmacies and a nice Carrefour supermarket. Our favorite restaurants were Osteria degli Amici, the Piemontese and La Piazetta where the pizzas are the best in town. But our best memories will always be having a glass of the wonderful local wines, olives, local cheese etc on the terrace looking out at beautiful Lago Maggiore.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a review! Thank you so much, Joanne. Chantal Rowley
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Milan Malpensa
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Gigi Bar
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Golf Pian Di Sole Verbania
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A26 Baveno
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment around the Stresa,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
13 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
8 Jan 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
30 Mar 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Bank charges £39.94
Refundable Damage Deposit £266.29

The bedlinen and towels are changed at no extra charge mid-stay.

Tassa di Soggiorno (Taxe de Sejour, Feriensteuer, Holiday Tax) -1 Euro per person per day except for children under 6

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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