Villa Caruso: 3 bedroom villa with lake views. WIFI. Wii games console
As you enter the property, you will find a large open plan living & kitchen/dining area. The brand new fully fitted designer kitchen includes a 4 ring gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer & Nespresso coffee machine. A breakfast bar seats 2 with an adjacent walnut & glass dining table seating 8. The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery & glassware for 8. On the 1st floor there are 2 bedrooms - 1 double with a large balcony overlooking the lake and 1 twin – as well as a newly fitted modern bathroom with walk in shower. Upstairs again, there is the master bedroom suite again with private balcony overlooking the lake, a kingsize bed & large designer bathroom. The en-suite is extremely spacious with walk in shower, jacuzzi bath, bidet & his and her sinks. All bedrooms have White Company throws & cushions. Both double bedrooms have flatscreen TVs with UK satellite channels. The living area also has a BOSE docking station, DVD player & Wii games console.
Luxury 3 bedroom villas
Villa Caruso & Villa Sereni are 2 large, contemporary, adjacent 3 bed villas situated on the Eastern bank of Lake Maggiore, with stunning views across the lake. The property interior has been designed to make the most of the amazing views. Set in a quiet rural hamlet, these beautiful properties both sleep 6-8 & are set over 3 floors. The properties are south westerly facing each with over 120 m2 of interior living space, 3 large balconies & a teak-decked terrace. The villas are located only 5 minutes from the lakeside beaches & 3 miles north of the bustling lakeside town of Luino with a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Less than 5 miles from the Swiss border, the villa also provides easy access to the Swiss towns of Lugano, Ascona & Locarno. Lake Como is a 1 hour drive and trains run direct from Luino to Milan in an hour. Verona is also easily accessible from the apartment & from there it's a short train journey to Venice. There is a golf course within a 20 minute drive.
About the Owner
About Jo Mackay
I am a mother with 2 children, age 9 & 12 and a very busy husband! I gave up work with Procter and Gamble 9 years ago to spend time at home with the children. I have loved being able to spend so much time with them. However, with both children now at school, I was keen to start working again. I initially enjoyed managing two of our own holiday properties in the Italian Lakes which we bought in 2008 and 2009 following our first visit to the area in 2007. However, I have now started to manage holiday homes for others, not just in the Italian Lakes, but elsewhere in Italy through my website - I carefully select each property and ensure that I maintain that personal but professional service level that I believe holidaymakers are looking for.
Jo Mackay purchased this villa in 2009
Why Jo Mackay chose Luino
We first stayed on Lake Maggiore in 2007 and loved it so much we bought Villa Caruso just over a year later. We had been thinking about buying a holiday property for a while but wanted somewhere we could use all year round. Lake Maggiore was perfect. Not only did it offer absolutely loads to do in the Spring and Summer, but during the winter it was only a 30 minute drive to the nearest ski slopes. We purchased Villa Sereni the following year allowing us and our guests the flexibility to accommodate a larger group or family gathering. The adjacent villas are set in a quiet rural hamlet where the only noise is the faint sound of the small stream that runs down from the mountain or the occasional sound of a cow bell in the summer. Heaven!
What makes this villa unique
We made sure that both Villa Caruso and Villa Sereni were real 'home from home' properties. They are filled with gadgets and mod cons, with 3 flatscreen TVs in each villa, DVD players, a XBOX and wii games machine, satellite TV, BOSE docking stations and free internet wireless access. Both properties are furnished in a contemporary style and we have taken time to ensure careful attention to detail with luxurious White Company throws and cushions and designer beds.
At peak times, Saturday is the changeover day. Off season, we can be flexible on changeover days. Please do ask us about any special requests and we will do our best to help.
From the Owner
“We first stayed on Lake Maggiore in 2007 and loved it so much we bought Villa Caruso just over a year later. We had been thinking about buying a holiday property for a while but wanted somewhere we could use all year round. Lake Maggiore was perfect. Not only did it offer absolutely loads to do in the Spring and Summer, but during the winter it was only a 30 minute drive to the nearest ski slopes. We purchased Villa Sereni the following year allowing us and our guests the flexibility to accommodate a larger group or family gathering. The adjacent villas are set in a quiet rural hamlet where the only noise is the faint sound of the small stream that runs down from the mountain or the occasional sound of a cow bell in the summer. Heaven!”
Activity and Interests
Lake Maggiore boasts several lovely beaches. The nearest beaches to the property are no more than 5 minutes away by car at Colmegna, whilst nearby Maccagno is one of the best beaches on the lake to enjoy watersports such as windsurfing, sailing and kitesurfing. Many towns around the lake also have their own lido with access to the lake as well as wonderful swimming pools. Of particular note are the lidos at Locarno, Lugano and Ascona.
Fly to Milan Malpensa:
The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa which is approx 45 miles drive from the house. Easyjet flies here from London, Bristol or Edinburgh, or you can travel by BA from London Heathrow, Monarch from LGW or Flybe from Birmingham and Manchester.
Fly to Milan Linate:
Transfer time from the airport is approximately 120 mins. Easyjet and BA fly to Linate from London.
Fly to Milan Bergamo:
Transfer time from the airport is approx 120 mins.
Car hire is recommended.
The nearest village is Dumenza, 2 minutes drive up the hill from the villa. This is a typical Italian village with a pizzeria, village store (great for bread in the morning) & small supermarket. The nearest town is Luino (10 mins) which has a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants. The house is perfectly situated for visiting the other towns around the lake - Cannobio, Cannero, Stresa, Arona and Ascona - and is also only 5 mins from the Swiss border. Milan is only an hour away by train.
The villa is perfectly placed for visiting Luino, Cannobio, Cannero, Stresa, Ascona & the Borromean Islands. A great day out is the Lago Maggiore Express by boat up to Ascona & Locarno where you take the '100 Valley' train into the Swiss Alps then connect to Stresa & back by boat to Luino.
Also in Switzerland, Valle Verzasca & Valle Maggia are worth a visit. You can visit the Verzasca Dam which features in Goldeneye. The river is fantastic to swim in & the setting is idyllic.
Como is just a 45 min drive. Lake Como enjoys its own ferry service and features Bellagio, Varenna & Villa Carlotta.
In the other direction, Orta San Giulio is definitely one of the prettiest villages on any of the Italian Lakes.
It's a 45 min drive from Lugano & the Monte Salvatore funicular. There is a beautiful lido here too which I would recommend. The brand new lido in Locarno (opened Oct 2009) is also superb.
Or you can catch a train into Milan city centre & go shopping. It's a short metro train ride to Santa Maria delle Grazie & Da Vinci's painting of 'The Last Supper.' Or if you're more of a sports fan, you can take a tour of San Siro stadium.
For cheaper shopping, Luino boasts the biggest weekly market in Europe. Or you could have a look at Foxtown, an outlet centre where the most famous international brands offer their products at factory prices.
The nearest beaches are no more than 5 mins away, whilst nearby Maccagno is one of the best spots on the lake to enjoy watersports.
Val Veddasca is ideal for hiking. The scenery and nature is fabulous. Most of the nearby mountains also have tracks for mountain bikes.
The area offers plenty to do for children - Swissminiatur, a Swiss chocolate factory and the European Museum of Transport. Monte Tamaro is a great place with an alpine bob sleigh and the longest flying fox in Switzerland! Or you could try your hand at falconry or visit a safari park! In the summer, there is a huge waterpark near Milan.
Please ask for more details.
From the Owner
“We made sure that both Villa Caruso and Villa Sereni were real 'home from home' properties. They are filled with gadgets and mod cons, with 3 flatscreen TVs in each villa, DVD players, a XBOX and wii games machine, satellite TV, BOSE docking stations and free internet wireless access. Both properties are furnished in a contemporary style and we have taken time to ensure careful attention to detail with luxurious White Company throws and cushions and designer beds.”
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Satellite / Cable
- Stereo ...
- Toys ...
- Video Games ...
- Video Library
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- outlet shopping
- paddle boating
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- water skiing
- water tubing
- whitewater rafting
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- There is a good sized bathroom with large shower, sink and toilet. There is then an ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower, 'his and her' sinks, bidet and toilet.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- There are 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom is on the top floor and has a kingsize bed. The 2nd bedroom is a double bedroom and the third bedroom has 2 single beds. The 2 double bedrooms both enjoy private balconies. The master bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom.
- Balcony ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: The villas are equipped with all the mod cons you would expect. For entertainment, the lounge area has a large flat screen TV and DVD player as well as a Bose IPod docking station. Both double bedrooms also have flatscreen TVs. All TVs have satellite with UK channels. A selection of DVDs (for both children and grown ups) have been provided for your enjoyment along with a selection of board games. There is also free WIFI access. A Wii games console or XBOX is also provided for your enjoyment. A cot, highchair, bedrail and stroller is also available free of charge for those with little ones. The house is also fully equipped with children's plates and crockery. A selection of toys and children's DVDs is also available. Outside: The properties are set in a quiet rural hamlet with uninterrupted lake views. The views are simply stunning and the property gets the sun throughout the day. Each villa has a private terrace overlooking the lake and is set in teak decking with a dining table and chairs for 6, as well as a parasol and BBQ. The terrace is fully bordered by 1.2 - 1.8 metre high railings as well as a locked gate at the entrance making it safe for little ones. In addition, the villa has 3 balconies, 2 with lake views and 1 with views over the countryside. Those with lake views are equipped with a table and 2 chairs. The properties have 3 parking spaces between them.