Antica Casa Balsari

Borgo Ticino, Novara

A friendly, lovely set-up close to Lake Maggiore. Listen to music, or play the piano... each flat is named after an Italian composer


7 places


Sleeping from 2 – 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Relax on the veranda or in the antique pharmacy (now a library: what could be nicer?) with a tome from the family’s historic collection. Books in all languages line the walls, along with puzzles and toys for children. The owner has thought of everything, from complimentary grappa to hand-finished linen to candles for al fresco dining.The house, built in 1695, has been in her family for 12 generations, and was home to the Italian Resistance in WWII. Now it houses seven apartments, private and peaceful, over three large floors. Impeccable bedrooms overlook the town square or the secluded gardens.The house is in the heart of Borgo Ticino, with a pretty view of the church and a nice pizzeria you can walk to. Hike or bike the gorgeous woods of Bosco Solivo (3km), or catch a pleasure boat on the waters of Lake Maggiore; it’s minutes from the house and backed by deep green hills.

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We think you'll love

  • A house imbued with a love of music and books
  • The peace and tranquillity outside and in
  • The generosity of Michaela, the owner hostess
Antica Casa Balsari - Gallery

You should know

  • There are fans but no air conditioning
  • Narrow stone stairs to apartments on 3 levels, but no lift
  • You are based in a sleepy town so a car is a must


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm- 8pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2-3 nights. In the Studio sofabed only.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 400m.


Nightly price
from €55
Weekly price
from €364
Damage deposit
Extra bed and cot available.
1 Studio for 2
From €551 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 2
From €651 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 2
From €861 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 2
From €801 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 3
From €903 beds2 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 6
From €2205 beds3 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 4
From €1105 beds2 bedrooms



Apartments are all different and of the highest standard.The kitchen area has all the utensils and equipment required. Michela is kind enough to leave a good supply of basic's. Don't forget to use the amazing outdoor seating areas. Why not play the piano or paint. All of which are free for guests use. Children will also be entertained here thanks to the amazing books, toys and games available for families to use.The surrounding area has so much to offer however I will allow the wonderful warm Michela and her staff to advise you on activities and sites of interest. Come, relax and enjoy!

Jane, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The location of this small town is excellent, half way between Milan (one hour) and Lake Maggiore. The leafy lakeside gardens of Villa Taranto (45km) - the creation of a Scotsman in the 1930s - are stunning in any season, while the deep red wines from the town of Ghemme (25km) are a must, if you love good wine. Those in the know prefer the beauty of Lake Orta to Maggiore: Orta is smaller, closer, and wonderfully little known.

Local points of interest from Michela Facchetti

  • Explore the wonderful nature on walks, runs and bike rides; children and dogs will love it. Bosco Solivo is an ancient protected natural reserve in the village, with its secret place of Prea Guzza and its amazing legend. Great for shooting and paintig
  • Visit gardens and villas which uncover with rare and exotic plants thanks to the mild climate of the Mediterranean. Borromeo and Brissago islands and Villa Taranto are fascinating in terms of botanical interest. Don't forget your camera and sketchbook!
  • 3-km distance from Lago Maggiore, the 2nd largest lake in Italy. Amazing tours by private boat thanks to gardens and villas; a wonderful frame for marvellous pictures. Great opportunities for water sports, golf, horse riding, biking and running.
  • Explore amazing Villas and Castles of FAI Association in the area between Novara and the lakes. Wonderful art collections and prestigious settings with a magic atmosphere. Special fee for National Trust Foundations members. Waste cultural offer area.
  • Lago d'Orta is a small, very chic lake, surrounded by luxuriant greenery. Thanks to the quiet beauty of the landscape, Lago d'Orta is loved for its fascinating history and its artistic treasures, Isola San Giulio. Amazing colours in autumn.
  • Wine paradise with Gattinara and Colline Novaresi, rice and Gorgonzola producers. Discover the best artisanal products in the farmers' markets and fashion shopping thanks to Cashmere producers, Vicolungo, Biella and Serravalle Scrivia outlets.


Michela Facchetti

Owner Michela, generous and delightful, is on site daily from 8am to 8pm. Reading and music are her passions, and she is fascinating to talk to about the history of her family home. She speaks five languages fluently and is always interested in learning something new. Every visiting child gets a welcome gift, families have all they need, and dogs are welcome at no charge. Michela’s friendly housekeeper lives across the road.