Antica Casa Balsari

Borgo Ticino, Novara
Self-catering


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

Place

7 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 2 – 6

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.

Antica Casa Balsari - Gallery

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

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm- 8pm
Check out
8.30am-10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2-3 nights. In the Studio sofabed only.
Closed
November.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants 400m.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €48
Weekly price
from €319
Damage deposit
€100
Surcharges
Extra bed and cot available.
1 Studio for 2
From €481 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 2
From €581 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 2
From €801 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 2
From €721 bed1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 3
From €853 beds2 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 6
From €2105 beds3 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 4
From €1003 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

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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Location

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

  • Bosco Solivo is a natural reserve in the village. Explore the wonderful nature on walks, runs and bike rides; children and dogs will love it. Discover the secret place of Prea Guzza with its amazing legend too.
  • 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!
  • The house is a 3-km distance from Lago Maggiore, the second largest lake in Italy. Amazing tours by 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 benefits for National Trust Foundations members.
  • 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.

Introducing

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.