Villa Laveno - Lake Maggiore

Accommodates 10 + 6 - 6+ Bedrooms - 6+ Baths - Pool - Wi-Fi

What a beautiful setting! Villa Laveno sits right on the waterfront along the southeasternmost shore of Lago Maggiore. It has its own private beach, plus its own private swimming pool. Laveno, the nearest town – and boat launch – is about 15 minutes’ easy walking distance, and offers all services and amenities. The location is quiet and enjoys lovely views over the lake out to the Italian and Swiss Alps whose peaks are covered with snow even in summertime.  Daytrips from here include all the sights of Lake Maggiore – Stresa, the Villa Taranto gardens, and the Borromean Islands above all – and Lakes Como and Orta are within easy reach as well, not to mention Milan itself, world-famous for the Last Supper and every shopping indulgence imaginable. All sorts of water sports are possible, as well as hang-gliding and delta-flying, not to mention cycling and nearby horseback riding. Finally, the villa is within walking distance of the gondola which takes you to the top of the hill against which the village of Laveno is built.

One detail of great importance: Both the owner of the villa, if he’s around, and the charming English-speaking caretaker, a young man who has spent much time traveling the world, and whose grandparents were the estate’s caretakers before him, are invaluable. Here once again, it is the presence of such persons on or near a property which, far from being “negatives”, can transform your stay from an enjoyable but routine experience into something truly memorable. This is particularly true of villas in the Italian lake district, where it is not always apparent how and where to do certain things. We cannot say it often enough: such persons are almost never invasive. They are precious resources which ought to be sought out. On the simplest level, their presence may mean that instead of being ripped off in a restaurant designed to victimize folks like you, you may be directed to a local trattoria with authentic, reasonably priced specialities.

Villa Laveno was built in about 1930 for a prominent Milanese family. It is spacious and full of a certain atmosphere. Decor is Italian “Classic”, with marble tables and patterned wallpapers. Much of the furniture was designed and made for the villa. Today, some might call it kitsch. But when we personally visited the property recently, we’ve got to say: it just doesn’t matter: the views and the setting trump – indeed overwhelm – any questions of taste. Almost all rooms overlook the lake, and the ground-floor rooms have direct access to the estate’s gardens and terraces.

From the garden, a rather steep path of 150 steps, awkward for anyone with any sort of mobility issue, leads down to the lake and pebble beach. Closer to the villa itself is the 6- by 14-meter swimming pool with diving board and shower.

The size (about 500 square meters) and layout of the Villa Laveno are particularly well-suited to two families traveling together.

    The floor space of the villa is about 600 m² (6500 ft²) and is set on land measuring about 2,000 m² (about a half-acre)

    • Spacious entrance hall
    • Double living room with marble fireplace and French doors leading out to the garden
    • Dining room seating 6, with French doors to the garden
    • Kitchen, seating 12, and also with French doors to the garden
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Bathroom with tub and hand-held shower
    • Single bedroom
    • Bedroom with baby bed
    • Shower room
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Bathroom with double sink and tub with hand-held shower
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Single bedroom
    • Shower room

    More simply furnished than the rest of the villa and accessed by a quite narrow staircase

    • Twin bedroom
    • Two bathrooms, one with tub and one with shower
    • Matrimonial bedroom (normally closed and locked; available for modest extra charge upon request)

    Can also be rented separately by a different group, with its own private swimming pool, but without waterfront access unless taken together with the villa by the same group.

    • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen
    • Matrimonial bedroom
    • Bunk bedroom
    • Modern shower room
    • Laveno – 2km – 15 mins walk – train for Milan; ferry to the west shore of Lake Maggiore for excursions to Stresa and the Borromean Islands
    • Autostrada to Milan/Como – 25km
    • Milan center – 80km
    • Lugano – 40km
    • Como center – 90km via the autostrada
    • Milan-Malpensa airport – 40km
    • Milan-Linate airport – 100km
    • Bergamo Orio al Serio airport – 120km

    A very lovely house in a picture-perfect setting and with large interior spaces, beautifully maintained. Let’s say that the furnishings might be described as a tad kitsch, but they do represent a certain interesting manifestation of the mid-20th-century Italian bourgeoisie. Bathrooms are old-fashioned, and mattresses aren’t Sealy posture-pedic. There is no air-conditioning, but this is not an exceptionally warm area. Anyhow, who cares? This is one great experience overall. Magical.

    Wonderful views, and extremely convenient, with the village at walking distance of about 15 minutes. The village of Laveno is a significant town in fact, where you’ll find all shops and services, including the fast train to Milan and the public dock for the ferry around the lake.

    And again, the owner and caretaker are truly delightful persons who can transform your stay into something really special.


    • Housekeeping mid-week
    • Simple arrival meal
    • Private lake access
    • Lush garden
    • Private beach with boathouse
    • Village of Laveno at 15 minutes walking
    • Swimming pool overlooking the lake
    • Fireplace
    • Wi-fi
    • Pingpong table
    • Washing machine
    • Dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Barbecue
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD player
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Childcare
    • Meal preparation
    • 23 Jun - 25 Aug

    • 31 Mar - 23 Jun
      25 Aug - 29 Sep
      22 Dec - 25 Jan

    • Other Periods


    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax
    Pool open: 30 Apr - 1 Oct