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36 reviews
Minusio's microclimate has a mere 320 days of sunshine each year
The very comfortable and large lower living room, also called the music and television room
The lower living room with wonderful leather sofa, relaxing armchairs also has magnificent views
The luxury designer kitchen with microwave, oven, dishwasher and induction cooker
View over Lago Maggiore from upper living room
The large master bedroom with its Hästens 2.10 x 2.10m boxspring and mirrored wardrobes
Waking up in the airconditioned masterbedroom watching beautiful art and that amazing view outside
Bedroom with double bed on lower floor with wardrobe and garden view
Adjacent bathroom on lower floor with shower cabin, toilet and washbasin
Bedroom with 2 single beds on lower floor with view on Lago Maggiore
La dolce vita
Enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner in the shadow underneath the vine leaves
Total privacy on the terrace whilst overlooking the mountains reflected into the blue lake
Love-seat on the terrace with 'a view to a kill'
The lower floor terrace
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Minusio, Lake Maggiore, Canton of Ticino, Swiss Alps

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London/Taunton
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13 reviews
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“beautiful home - thoughtfully and generously equipped, lovely owners - glorious views”
Reviewed January 5, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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sometimes it is tempting - out of a perverse selfishness, a desire to keep good things to ourselves - not to share with others just how special a place can be: but it would also be a great shame if others did not get to enjoy the gorgeous space that is the Villa Bella Vista in Minusio. We were two couples and the space was perfect (the third bedroom became a sort of outdoor clothing spillover, but would perhaps suit one or even two more, younger, guests). The views from the top floor kitchen/diner with lounge area were stunning and the terrace got a lot of sun even in the winter. In fact it was warm enough (weird weather no snow alas) to have the doors open at midday and let the sun in. Equipment and furnishings are top quality and stylishly minimalist - we immediately felt surrounded by luxury.

Flight and car hire from Milan was easy (Sabine also provides directions) - but note that driving on Swiss motorways costs an extra 40 CHF which is a lot for a short stay, probably not worth it. Also try and stock up at a Carrefour supermarket just before you get to Switzerland as things really are very expensive there: a packet of neurofen, some soluble paracetamol and some throat Strepsils cost me £24 !

Restaurants in the area are okay but not fantastic - and the villa is a lovely place to cook and eat in so we mostly did that. The terrace at the Giardino al Lago just below the villa is beautiful and must be special when warmer, we ate there one evening - it was good ish but we do go to some brilliant and more reasonable restaurants in London. Also recommended were the fabulous New Year's day ( free!!) fireworks at Ascona and the very indulgent Spa Termini / Lido in Locarno - with lovely heated outdoor pool which we enjoyed late Dec. There is also a beach there and outdoor swimming in the summer .

Plenty to do locally although post xmas exhaustion was such that we didn't do a great deal. The apple tv function was appreciated so that we could stream our own films, excellent sound system too. We tried to get the fire going one evening but although I have a lot of woodburner experience - and we followed the instructions - the flue didn't seem to draw very well and after a lot of smoke leaking into the room we gave up. Maybe there is a technique ? But that's a minor quibble. We loved the underfloor heating and were never cold. Beds were a little squishy (and of the two singles together variety) , it could be very hot in the summer so the one aircon in the main bedroom would be handy. Arriving in the dark is a little tricky as house numbers are not entirely visible or logical but having gone past and also peered at a couple of the wrong villas we made it - and it was absolutely worth it.

Highly recommended.

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Liked best: this is a lovely home that the owners clearly care about and live in, we had everything we needed and more.
Liked least: not really enough pillows, rather soft mattresses, shame the fire didn't draw very well.
Traveling group: Friends
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Management Response
Jan 6, 2016
Thank you so much for your compliments! And so sorry to hear the fireplace didn't work out. I'll have a look at it straight away (or my house manager) as it is a very nice feature. By the way, actually our house is very cool in summer (which is mainly due to the high roof on the top floor) and downstairs there is a lot of shade (sun is in a high position) and you can open all windows (with insect screens)... I can highly recommend trying it out! Great to hear you had a very nice start of the new year at our place. Hope to see you again!
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82andy
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Villa Bella Vista”
Reviewed October 17, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Great location and views, Villa Bella Vista is the ideal place for a Ticinese holiday. Clean, well furnished and equipped with everything you need, lots of space inside and out. Friendly and helpful owners, definitely recommended.

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Traveling group: Friends
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NeilWhita...
Northwich, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lakeview Villa”
Reviewed September 11, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Lovely stay for four days. The villa has the most stunning views from all rooms, can't imagine better anywhere.

Everything is of the highest quality including a wonderfully comfortable bed.

Highly recommended.

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james d
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“A great experience”
Reviewed August 31, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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This villa is very special. The standard of design and furnishing is well above the norm for rental accommodation. The location is remarkable providing incredible views over Lake Maggiore. On two levels, there are three bedrooms, and tho large living areas. The kitchen has every modern convenience, there is a 'smart' television and a generous supply of videos, and there is a spa bath in the upstairs en suite bathroom. The second bathroom is a shower room. There is a well-equipped utility room on the lower level.
Locarno is a short drive away, and below the villa at lakeside there are beaches for the bathing, and several excellent restaurants.
For a holiday in Ticino, nothing could be finer.

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Liked best: Location, furnishing and design
Liked least: Quite steep stairs
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Yohann O
London, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking views, stunning location, beautiful villa”
Reviewed August 8, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We had an amazing stay at Villa Bella Vista. The villa is ideally located for easy access to the Lake Maggiore and Locarno. It has all the modern amenities one may need to enjoy a relaxing stay and more. From the terrace, you have stunning views from Lake Magiore and all the mountains in the background. I would definitely recommend this villa to a friend.

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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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sharathon
Oldham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic”
Reviewed August 5, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

this villa is fantastic! Brilliant view obviously but the decor and amenities are spot on to. We love this area of the world, there is so much to see and is no more than an hour from some of the greatest scenery in Europe from the mountain passes to many of the Italian & Swiss Lakes and what a wonderful property to come home to after a day trips. Ascona and Locarno, although completely different, are both very charming and on you doorstep. We think a car is essential but that's because we love driving in the Alps.
Sabine & Arthur were excellent hosts responding to our queries quickly and efficiently and, more importantly, with good grace! Thank you for sharing your home with us and we hope we can visit again, perhaps next year!

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: the steps
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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KatieSG
London, United Kingdom
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“Stunning”
Reviewed June 12, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

A stunning view and beautiful house. The house is lovely, the decor was very stylish, it was clean and very well equiped - we had everything we needed, and the views from the balcony were absolutely stunning. The location is fantastic as well, very quiet and peaceful but with lots to see and do including day trips into Italy (I do recommend a car to get round). We had a really lovely stay thank you so much.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Driving on the Italian roads
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