Villa Marea, Massino Visconti

Sleeps 14

A restored 15th century villa with pool and gracious loggia overlooking Lake Maggiore

Property summary

Sleeps 14

5 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, 4 shower rooms, 3 of which ensuite, 1 ensuite bathroom, 1 double sofa bed.

Location: Lake Maggiore

Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

Small shops and restaurant in walking distance.
Beach 4 km, Tennis courts in Lesa 4 km downhill.
Ferry to lake resorts and islands docks at Belgirate 10 min
Ferry to the other lake resorts - 10 min. walk
Golf course within 10-15 min. drive and 7 more within 45 min.
Stresa 10 min, Pallanza 15 min.
Malpensa airport 45 min, Milan 90 min.

In walking distance to Massino Visconti, a hillside village south of Stresa, Marea is a large villa overlooking Lake Maggiore that is perfect for a family reunion or gathering of friends. Dating back to the 15th century, but newly restored and sporting a coat of deep coral or dusky rose, depending on the light, the property has a lovely courtyard over which a towering magnolia tree reigns. To one side on the ground level a spacious furnished arcade, to the other a gated panoramic pool and a gazebo for outdoor meals.


The villa accommodation is divided into three apartments and two additional double bedrooms that can interconnect with the two larger two bedroom apartments. Accommodation is mainly situated on the first floor of the building, except for the kitchen, dining and living room of the largest two-bedroom apartment, which can also be accessed from the ground floor. The apartments each have independent entrances onto a large, furnished loggia, the perfect location for the whole group to congregate and dine together outdoors. The second two-bedroom apartment is situated at the far end of the loggia while the one bedroom apartment is in the middle. Having three kitchens, dining and living rooms makes the property ideal for families who want to holiday together but also may require some private space. (Please see individual apartments (Ref. 507, 508 and 509 for further details.)

Local area

While the helpful villa caretakers have an apartment on the ground floor and their own part of the garden, guests have exclusive use of the pool. A stone staircase from the courtyard provides a shortcut up to the shops and restaurants in the village, and in 10 minutes you could be aboard a ferry heading to the fascinating Borromeo islands, the elegant town of Pallanza or the famed botanic gardens of Villa Taranto.


Arrival groceries
Available for a small fee
Baby bed and high chair
Available for a small fee
available on request. Breakfast also available on request
Coffee Maker
Extra beds
2 extra beds available
Extra cleaning
Available on request
Final cleaning included
Furnished outdoor areas
Golf course
Nearby. Golf Des Iles Borromées, Localita' Motta Rossa, 1, (15 minutes drive)
Hair dryer
In each bedroom
Central heating - Extra, based on consumption
Internet access
Iron and Ironing board
Mid-week cleaning
3 hrs per week included
Pool towels
Restaurant nearby
Swimming pool
Fenced - Dim: 12 x 6 metres - Pool open from 2 May - 26 September
Washing machine

Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 200 per unit on arrival. Please ensure you have the necessary cash to leave with the caretaker.
  • A Euro 50 utilities deposit will be taken on arrival to cover heating
  • Normally, owners reserve the right to utilize the pool; should villa guests wish exclusive use of the pool, this is possible for a supplemental fee. The pool opening dates for 2016 are May 13th - September 23rd.
  • As in all Italian Regions tourist tax is applied to the overnight stays of non-residents in the Municipality. The rates of the tax, being determined by cities governments are also subjects to change. The taxable number of nights varies from place to place as well as the exemptions. (Generally the amount is from 0,50 to 1,50 Euros per night, maximum 5/6 nights, minors up to 14 yrs. free). According to Italian laws the tourist tax should be paid directly by customers to the operator of the facility and cannot be prepaid by a tour operator.
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