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“Home form home”
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A handpainted and carved bed in the master's bedroom
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A handpainted and carved bed in the master's bedroom
The quiet port of Solcio at dawn The living room with table and sofa bed
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A handpainted and carved bed in the master's bedroom
The quiet port of Solcio at dawn
The living room with table and sofa bed
A glimpse of the living room
Artist's corner for adults and children
Oleander, petunias and rosemary in the terrace
The terrace from above
The tower bell of San Rocco church from the terrace
Another view from the terrace
A small inhabitant
The kitchen's cupboard
The kitchen's sink
Another view of the kitchen
A desk in the hallway on the second floor
English books for our guests
Colorful children's room with double bed
A chest of drawers in the master's bedroom
The Biblioteca Solcina devoted to Lake Maggiore and its surroundings
Via Sant'Antonio and the house door
Solcio from the blue waters of Lake Maggiore
View of ancient buildings of Solcio
Il portico, a medieval arched passage
The Church Creek
Sant'Antonio church and its belvedere in Solcio
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Lesa, Lake Maggiore, Piedmont

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Home form home”
Reviewed September 3, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We had a great time in Solcio. The house is cosy and clean and we absolutely loved the way it is decorated. Paola is an attentive host and the folder with local tips was very useful especially the advice on the best places to swim.
We ate our evening meals on the lovely terrace from which you can see the lake and the nearby clock tower ( which stops ringing the hour at night).
The house is ideally situated in an old fishing village with an authentic feel, very near to major sights but away from the crowds (we went in the summer). Because we had to sleep with the windows open we did hear the train which follows the coastline but most of us got used to it.
We grew fond of “il Portichetto” and we were sad to leave a place which already felt like home to us.

Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Saratoga, California
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“I recommend with the caveats indicated below”
Reviewed November 17, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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For us the most attractive aspect of this house and the reason we selected it were that it was an authentic Italian home, owned by an Italian family. We were not disappointed in this sense. We got the feeling of living in an Italian environment as we saw the neighbors going about their daily lives and we got to walk in a “typical” charming Italian neighborhood with narrow streets and old but attractive buildings.
When we first arrived it was a little difficult to find the house as the street we were to take was so narrow that we thought it was not for cars. Fortunately, a very nice woman from the neighborhood very kindly helped us.
The house is nicely decorated with antiques and paintings. It is clean and spacious and has two floors; upstairs there are two bedrooms (the master bedroom with a double size bed and the other, the children’s bedroom, with a king size bed), two bathrooms, and an ample and long hall with a desk; downstairs there is a kitchen and a large and long living room with a sofa-bed. The second floor is reached through a narrow steep spiral staircase.
The kitchen is very well equipped except that it didn’t have a microwave, which we missed. When we arrived we saw on the kitchen table a complimentary basket with goodies, including, among other items, cookies, milk, pasta, tomato sauce, and chocolate bars, which was very nice.
The location is not what you might be looking for if you want to be right in town and at walking distance from shops and restaurants, or if you want to stay on the lake -- the latter could be seen only tangentially from a window. The house is about two blocks from an ample free parking lot. It is possible to park the car temporarily in the narrow street right in front of the house to load and unload your luggage. A small but convenient supermarket is nearby. We were not bothered at all by the noise made by the train passing through; actually, we barely noticed it.
Everything in the house was in working order except for the toilette in one of the bathrooms which had an “out of order sign.”
The heater worked very well. We only used it for two nights and one day as it was still quite warm, so Paola, the owner, charged us only for the time we turned it on. Actually, we felt that the heating should be included in the price of the rental, rather than charged separately.
Paola was very prompt in answering our emails. Although we never got to meet her face to face as she was at the time in Milan, a friend of hers was waiting for us when we arrived at the apartment and gave us the instructions and the key. However, Paola made herself available through the phone; we were able to contact her several times and she answered very nicely our questions and was very helpful with information we needed about trains to Milan.

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Liked best: Italian home in an Italian neighborhood
Liked least: No microwave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind review. I was very happy with this guests and I reccomend her. I found the house in a perfect and tidy condition. I will collect you suggestions. I should precise that lakeview sight is available from the terrace and from all the second floor windows, as every guests may verify in the pictures of Il Portichetto. Best wishes. Paola
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