My wife and I travelled to the Italian lakes in June 2012 and Casabella was our first stop during our 10 days holidays trip. The main reason for us to book at Enrico’s B&B was due to its interest to architecture and it does reflect very well in the refurbishment of the this 1900’s house. The villa is very typical of the type of villa would dream to own close the lakes and this one was refurbished to a very high standard.
We booked our room directly via email and Enrico is very good at replying quickly, straight away we felt very comfortable with the whole process which is something very important to us. We like spending time with the locals and that is the reason for us to generally look for the smaller hotels and/or B&B.
We drove to Lesa from Milan Malpensa and it too us about 1 hour and a bit, we decided not to use the motorways. Overall it is relatively easy to find the B&B and it is even easier to park in one of the streets around. Do not worry too much, there is not so much traffic so the car is safe! Also walking down the street, you can have an easy access to a public beach, which is really nice and feels like it is only used by locals (5 minutes’ walk).
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Enrico, who helped us to carry our suitcases upstairs directly to the room. The room itself was great! Really well designed to a very high standard and very different to some of the more mainstream hotels: this B&B has style! We even had two bathrooms, one for my wife and one for me! How cool is that? Also you will find all you need there, a fridge you keep you water cool at night, fresh towels, shower gel in case you did not bring some with you and a coffee machine in the corner of the room. Please note that the B&B does not have air conditioning but we travelled there in June during the heat wave and it does get cooler at night if you leave the windows open.
The breakfast was served on the terrace in the morning and we enjoyed nice cakes, juices, lovely Italian coffee, fresh cheeses, homemade jam and bread etc… make sure you try the ricotta with honey; it is really nice and very refreshing in the morning. I was really surprised with the choice of music too… Enrico has a very good interest in jazz and during our conversation he told me about the jazz festival which occurs every year in Stresa! I even had the chance to listen to one of my favourite guitar player during the breakfast which was a nice surprise!
Enrico will help you to find the best places to eat, and will also tell you what to visit (depending on how long you staying of course). One of the surprises was that Alessi (the Italian design company) has an outlet near the Lago di Orta, which is about 45 minutes driving from Lesa. Enrico pointed us to the right place on a map and he knows a lot about the outlet since he has few pieces from Alessi on show in his kitchen… We loved the shop so much we went there twice! On our way we stopped also in Orta which was recommended by Enrico. It was indeed very good and I have heard since from friends that it is worth to go across the lake by boat and visit San Giulio. Probably another time!
Anyway, all in all a wonderful stay in Lago Maggiore, we for sure we will go there again when we decide to go to the Stresa Jazz festival! Book away with your eyes close and enjoy the stay in B&B Casabella!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enrico, Flavia and Aurora welcome you to Casabella! We love our home very much and we dedicate our time to make tourist welcome very passionally, because it allows us to know and receive interesting people from all around the world. We like to offer them a good image of Italian quality, with bright and clean rooms, in a quiet and charming stay, special and joyful breakfasts, but more importantly, if required, travel consulting into historical, cultural and artistic sites of our area, that we consider one of the most beautiful in the world.Casabella's rooms are all double rooms, spacious and quiet, and with private bathroom. They have double or twin beds (you must specify your preference in booking time). When rooms are used as single rooms we will offer them to you for a lower price. All bathrooms are very recently renovated. The high level of finish, modern and functional design is very appreciated by our guests. The Casabella's breakfasts, included in the room rate, are usually served to you between 8.00 and 10.00 o'clock a.m.They are served in the lounge, on the mezzanine floor of the house, facing to the outdoor terrace that overlooks the garden.The basic service is on your table with extensive buffet integration. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casabella B&B Italy/Lesa