Villa Meina - Lake Maggiore

Accommodates 6-10 - 5 Bedrooms - 4 Baths - Pool - Wi-Fi - A/C

Our most recent visit to the Italian lake district has confirmed yet again our strong preference for Lake Maggiore over Lake Como. Why? For two principal reasons: Lake Maggiore is more authentic and less pretentious. Moreover, it is fantastic for getting around: It’s less “closed in”. You’re not always facing traffic gridlock. The highway paralleling the lake to the west means that within an hour or less you’re in Milan or in Locarno or even in fashionable Lugano. That highway makes even local excursions sooooooooooo much easier. Views are fully the equal of Como. Restaurants are cheaper and just as good, with a clientele more likely to be speaking in Italian!

It’s not that we don’t like Lake Como. After all, we have many houses at Como that we love. But Maggiore is quite different, attracting perhaps guests wanting greater local authenticity than urbane sophistication.

In a quiet residential area on the west side of Lago Maggiore and enjoying gorgeous views from its elevated position, Villa Meina is a typical contemporary-style home with bright and airy rooms and its own private panoramic swimming pool. Furnishings are warm, youthful, and modern. What’s more, you’re within a 20-or-so-minute walk down about a kilometer to the untouristy lakeside village of Meina, with simple shops, an excellent sports/tennis club, and a good selection of restaurants, including a deli with excellent meals for take-out. Also a ferry dock, a bus stop, and a little train station.

The beauty of Villa Meina’s precise location is that you’re off the busy (and noisy) lakeside road, and yet you’re extremely convenient to both it and the autostrada which is only 3 kilometers away. So you want to go to Lugano for the day? Hop on the highway and you’re there. This location is ideal for hiking, biking, sailing, windsurfing, golfing, fine dining, and just poking around charming villages and gardens open to the public like the Borromean Islands and the Villa Taranto. Milan itself is just a short train ride away.

    Magical views over the lake and mountains beyond greet you immediately upon arrival

    • Formal dining room with table comfortably seating 10 and French doors leading out to lovely patio
    • Spacious modern eat-in kitchen
    • Shower room
    • Laundry room
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed and brand-new en-suite shower room
    • French doors lead out to gorgeous terrace
    • Spacious living room with comfortable seating
    • Matrimonial master bedroom
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Bedroom which can be made up as either double or twin
    • Bunk bedroom for kids
    • Bathroom with double sinks and shower over tub
    • Shower room
    • Gated manicured garden wirh several options for dining and lounging alfresco
    • Comfortable garden furniture and table for 12, plus swing, slide, and kids’ playhouse
    • Meina – 1km (bus stop and Malpensa airport shuttle stop)
    • Motorway – 3km
    • Arona – 5km (main rail station)
    • Stresa -13km
    • Orta San Giulio (for Lake Orta) – 20km
    • Milan city center – 75km
    • Como city – 80km
    • Locarno – 70km
    • Campione d’Italia (for gambling) – 80km
    • Lugano – 80km
    • Milan-Malpensa airport – 35km
    • Milan-Linate airport – 95km
    • Bergamo Orio al Serio airport – 115km

    This is an absolutely delightful house for a family of grandparents, parents, and children, or for two small families traveling together, at an extremely attractive price. It’s also very good for three couples.  Even four couples are possible, now that Villa Meina has four full bathrooms; but one would have to take bedroom inequality into consideration, as well as bathroom positioning.  Still, it could work.  The pool and the views are enchanting. You’re not at all isolated, as the house is in a rather populated suburban-type residential neighborhood where you’re likely to hear the sounds of gardening equipment in the daytime and perhaps other neighbors sitting by their swimming pools, just like you, in the evenings.

    You’re walking distance from Meina village, which is great. This is not a 5-star sophisticated location like Cernobbio or even Stresa. Authenticity reigns, along with lovely lake and mountain views. Strongly recommended.


    • Housekeeping Wed/Sat
    • Swimming pool, 5 x 9 meters
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone
    • Air-conditioning in the bedrooms
    • Satellite TV
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Window screens
    • Barbecue
    • Garden equipment for children (slide, swing, kids’ playhouse)
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Childcare
    • Meal preparation
    • Advance food shopping

    Up to 10 Persons using 5 Bedrooms

    • 2 Jul - 1 Sep

    • 19 May - 7 Jul

    • 1 - 22 Sep
      22 Dec - 5 Jan 2019

    • 7 Apr - 19 May

    • 24 Mar - 7 Apr

    • Other Periods


    Up to 6 Persons using 3 Bedrooms and 3 Baths

    • 2 Jul - 1 Sep

    • 19 May - 7 Jul

    • 1 - 22 Sep
      22 Dec - 5 Jan 2019

    • 7 Apr - 19 May

    • 24 Mar - 7 Apr

    • Other Periods


    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday normally, but inquire
    Extras: Tourist tax; Cleaning package €230; utilities above €50/week
    Pool open: 28 Apr - 27 Oct