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The luxurious villa of epochs from the late 19th century is surrounded by a garden with tropical old plants and palm trees. The majestic building has 2 large living rooms, living cum kitchen, 5 bedrooms, veranda and 2 spacious patios. The villa is located in an older residential area very near to Lago Maggiore and just 10 minutes walk away from Locarno railway station. One car parking space is available. The villa is designed inside by a spacious staircase. The main rooms are kept in gothic romantic style and are characterised by imposing ceiling heights, high quality materials and specially inlaid fine work. The house is equipped with 3 modern bathrooms/showers. The new kitchen is fully fitted with ceramic glass hob, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, dishwasher and all other kitchen needs. Rooms and living room are furnished with new furniture including a flat screen television.
Secret tips for trips and shoppers: Apart from many options for day trips around Lago Maggiore there are other trips which are worth recommending: The picturesque Maggiatal valley waits for you with attractive pebble beaches by the riverside, enchanting villages with stone houses and countless number of hiking trails. The Verzasca valley is popular for the gorged stone riverbed, which invites for numerous weekends for sunbathing. The district of Bellinzona with its medieval fortifications belongs to the Unesco World Heritage Site. Locarno is the ideal starting point for various shopping tours. Apart from many shops in Locarno there is Ascona with its famous beach promenade and numerous boutiques and art galleries just 5 minutes from villa Locarno. With a 30-minute drive by car you can get to the shopping paradise of Lugano or to the legendary market of Luino on the opposite side of the lake. A one-hour drive leads in to the northern Italian fashion metropolis of Milan.
Travel information: The villa Locarno is easily reachable with the public transport: The nearby Lugano airport (35min) and Milan Malpensa (90min). The Locarno railway station with its frequent train connectivity to Zurich and Lugano is just 10 minutes walk away from villa. The parking spaces available outside make even travelling with a private car easy. **For you 2010**
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Locarno is located at an altitude of 200m above sea level at the heart of sunny Ticino and impresses visitors with the same charm in both summer and winter. Spend your holiday at the shores of Lago Maggiore in a mild, subtropical climate with a lot of sun. Enjoy the wholesome Ticino cuisine and Mediterranean wines, wander through the pristine valleys, swim or surf in Lago or ride with the panoramic lift in to the hiking and skiing regions of Alp Cardada on top of Locarno. Diverse attractions like the International Film Festival, 'Moon and Stars' Music Festival with international pop artists or Jazz Festival in Ascona nearby make Locarno the cultural centre of the region.
Golf: Visit the golf club Patriziale in Ascona, a beautifully maintained 18-hole course for golfers with the highest skill levels. Gourmet restaurant, pro shop, swimming pools, all in high quality. Handicap 32. Prices for 18-hole CHF 100-110, per day 150-170. Phone# 091-791-2132. About 5 min by car from the villa Locarno. *** A new 18-hole golf course, Golf Gerre, is also located there apart from Losone. A very interesting course with lots of water, bordered with natural stone. Surrounded by a wonderful panorama of the Alps. Handicap 36. Prices for 18-hole. CHF 90-110, per day 135, per week 590. Reachable by car in about 5 min. *** Practise course and 6 short holes on Lido from Locarno. No handicap or registration required. CHF 30 per round. *** The nearest golf course in Italy is located in Verbania, some what in the mountains. Affordable price, no handicap required. About 1 hour's drive from Locarno. Information from the owner.
Ski: The property can also be used as the starting point to the skiing area. *** Cardada/Cimetta is located on top of Locarno, a small ski region with 4 lifts (1400 up to 1670m). *** Within an hour's drive you can reach San Bernardino, 8 lifts, 35km slope up to 2500m height. *** Within 1hour 20mins you can reach Andermatt (through Gotthard tunnel), an original Swiss mountainous village with well developed downhill and cross country skiing opportunities. *** Alpine skiing: Areas of Gemsstock (2 gondolas, 3 lifts, up to 2963m) and Nätschen/Gütsch (4 lifts, up to 2344m). *** Cross country: 50km trail in Urserntal valley over Hospenthal valley up to Realp.