There’s a timeless, hill-country feel to this dream of an Italian family set-up for sportivos, real foodies, lake-lovers and loafers about. Great big, beamy guest rooms, a lawned and flowery garden, fruit trees to doze under, a barbecue and a play area for the kids – space for all to unwind. Or borrow a bike and pedal off for lunch by Lake Mergozzo; take a picnic on a Nibbio mountain hike, or a guide for a rock-climbing session.
Breakfasts are a real highlight to be lingered over, out in the rose-tumbling courtyard or by a winter log fire. What charming Elenia doesn’t bake, make or grow herself comes from within five kilometres – like the local black bread, butter, goat and cow cheeses.
Your kind hosts offer lifts, cakes and the best advice on vineyards, markets and places to eat. It’s 15-minute drive to Lake Orta, 20 to Lake Maggiore.