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Beautifully Renovated Traditional Alpine House With Stunning Mountain Views



Updated: 09-Dec-2016
House in Cresti, Montescheno, Piedmont - Located In Italian Alps, Close To Spectacular Peaks And Alpine Lakes

Beautifully renovated traditional Alpine house with stunning mountain views. Located in sunny south-facing village in picturesque Antrona Valley deep in the Italian Alps. Five spacious bedrooms each opening onto a balcony in traditional style with panoramic views (sleeps 9), two bathrooms, internal courtyard, central heating, washing machine, well equipped kitchen, living area, garden with terrace, beautifully preserved cellar carved into mountain rock. Easy access to Milan airports (cheap flights via Easyjet, Ryanair etc); accessible by public transport (train and bus). Suitable for all seasons. Summer: spectacular walks and hikes for all abilities, swimming in Alpine lakes, easy access to Lake Maggiore. Close to a range of ski-resorts (nearest 30 minutes drive); magnificent nature reserves; charming villages; Alpine train rides; boat trips on Lake Maggiore.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We live in England but have always loved Italy. We bought our house in Cresti in October 2007.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Afrikaans

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Just wanted to say thank you -we had a fabulous week, loved the house, the village, the whole area. Weather was mostly brilliant & we did some wonderful walks '

‘We had a brilliant time and regret having to return home. We enjoyed the local walks, weather was mostly good, supermarkets and food surprisingly inexpensive. There was just so much to do, such variety but nevertheless still very relaxing.

We would love to go back there sometime and we will certainly recommend it to friends. It is truly a great place to holiday, you are very lucky to have found it. Many thanks for all you help in providing a memorable holiday.’

‘We really enjoyed our stay in Cresti - very comfortable house in a beautiful location. Hope to return.’

'We had a great time thanks. The house was perfect. We enjoyed the places you suggested. So glad we found your house!'
May 2009
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Five friends and I stayed at this house for a week long relaxing break and we were not disappointed on any level. The pictures on this website do not do the house justice. It is located in a very pretty village with panoramic views of the surrounding valley with an adjacent garden which is perfect for BBQs and sunbathing. The house itself is clean, spacious, cosy, and well equipped with cooking equipment, games, and towels, and a dishwasher and washing machine. The owners were extremely helpful in making sure that our trip ran smoothly, and were always quick to respond to our queries.

From the house it is just a short drive to nearby lakes; Lakes Antrona and Mergozzo are particularly worth a visit for swimming and walking. Also a short drive away is the town of Domodossola where we found multiple good quality and good value restaurants as well as some interesting cultural sites. There are also footpaths leading directly from the house leading up the valley. We had fantastic weather for the entire week with temperatures consistently around 30 degrees.

I would definitely recommend this property, and hope to return for another holiday in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We would recommend renting this property. My wife and I had a fantastic time staying here.

The property is just as described - views from bedrooms are breath taking and beautiful.

It has plenty of charm, but this did not compromise function. We were very comfortable with the well equipped kitchen and washing machine, etc. The garden adds to the charm, especially pleasant for meals.

We hired a car (private transport probably a necessity), so were easily able to travel to many of the immediately local, and less local (Sempione, Milan), areas of interest.

There was a good range of walks and hikes to suit various levels of vigour.

We also went for trips to the lakes (Antrona, Mergozzo, Maggiore), and even a swim, too. (Swimming in alpine lakes in late September is best undertaken by getting into the water without pausing to test the temperature.) The boat trip from Stresa to the islands afforded us the chance to really lose ourselves in the natural beauty.

Ice cream at 'Voglia' in historic centre of Domodossola was a (frequently repeated) must.

The property was well maintained, and cleaned just before we arrived - and to a high standard.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this house in Cresti with 4 adults and 5 children and it felt very spacious, ideal for several parties. The view and balcony are absolutely stunning and the house is well equipped with simple, restful decor. The garden with its view over the mountains was a lovely place for grown ups and children alike.

The immediate location is on a very steep hill, with short walks to surrounding villages, the charming town of Domodossola a short drive or bus ride down the valley. Lake Antrona at the head of the valley provides a swimming opportunity with dramatic scenery and there are beautiful day trips accessible by train to other lakes. A highlight of our trip was the Lake Maggiore express, including a boat trip right into Locarno in Switzerland, followed by a scenic train back through the mountains.

We didn't have a car and this did narrow our options a little, although if you are willing to catch the early bus there is plenty to do.

We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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From the Owner

The house in Cresti has given our whole family, whether grandparents, parents, or teenagers and their friends, some of our most fantastic and memorable holidays. We love the house, ringed by traditional wooden balconies, where every bedroom has stunning views of Alpine mountains, valley and sky. We love the cobbled alleys of the village, the old stone roofs, the clear Alpine water and the lively bar with its sunny tables overlooking the valley. There is an endless range of walks, from casual strolls to substantial hikes high into neighbouring mountains. The Monte Rosa Massif, the second highest set of peaks in the Alps towers over the neighbouring valley. There are boatrides acorss the lakes, trainrides through stunning scenery, and lively towns with open cafes, icecream and good food

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Milan Malpensa at 91.7 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cresti Nearest Train : Domodossola at 10.1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Villadossola at 4.3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Domobianca Lusentino at 20.7 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Photography lessons: A professional photographer who resides in the village provides a superb opportunity for aspiring photographers an amateurs alike. He utilises the beautiful and varied scenery of the alps through photography excursions such as skiing and moonlit walks. Makes a nice change from the classroom!


Milan Malpensa: 1 hour 15 min by car.

Milan Linate: 1 hour 40 minutes by car.

Milan Bergamo (Orio al Serio): 2 hours by car.

A good, cheap train service runs from Milan to Domodossola (on major line from Venice to Switzerland). Buses available to Cresti.

Southern Swiss airports are also accessible.


Domodossola: 9 km, 15 min by car.

Lago Antrona (Alpine lake, idyllic spot for swimming and hiking): 15 km.

Stresa (on Lake Maggiore): 45 kms, 45 min by car.

Lago Mergozzo (spectacular lake, specially preserved for swimming): 31 kms, about 30 minutes by car.

Milan: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Locarno (on Swiss shore of Lake Maggiore): 57 km, 1 hr by car (day trip by train through mountain passes, also by boat from Stresa).

Brig, Switzerland: 1 hr by car (2 trains: Zermatt and Glacial Express).

Further Details:

Supermarkets, banks and a range of shops easily accessible (10 min by car).

Variety of restaurants with local cuisine.

Prices and Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2016 - 1 Jul 2017
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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

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Booking Notes:
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Notes on prices:
Prices range from 600 to 900 pounds per week. Special deals are available for two weeks or more, daily rate also available.
Prices are for the property per week in pounds sterling.

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From the Owner

In summer, we swim in the Alpine lakes: the clear cold water of Lago Antrona, ringed by forested mountains; the gentle waters of Lake Mergozzo; or sparkling rock pools in the valley. We eat in the garden with its wide open vistas at the old stone table under the arch. In winter, several ski resorts are in easy reach. If you don't ski, hiking through the snow covered mountains in snowshoes is exhilarating.It’s been great for the young people because of its easy accessibility by train and bus, cheap flights to Milan and the friendly people around. The house is on 3 floors with 5 spacious bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, making it easy for 9 people to live there without feeling crowded. We've kept the rustic style, but made it very comfortable, with central heating, washing machine, dishwasher etc.

Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • library

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure, Washing machine
  • Bathroom 1 with shower, wc, basin, radiator. Bathroom 2 with shower, wc, basin, radiator.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and balcony with view. Bedroom 2 with double bed and balcony with view. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and balcony with view. Bedroom 4 with twin beds and balcony with view. Bedroom 5 with single bed and balcony with view.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Central heating; suitable for children. Outside: Garden with stunning views, south-east facing stone terrace in garden, with traditional stone table and bench, barbecue. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included, property cleaned and linen laundered on arrival (more frequent cleaning can be arranged). Other: 5th bedroom with stunning views in two directions, internal courtyard, traditional stone staircases.

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