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1 bedroom ground floor apartment, large terrace, mountain views, lakes region

Bedrooms 1
Space 462 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Ground floor self catering holiday accommodation with an outdoor terrace,

The Rental Agreement shows any costs payable to the housekeeper on arrival. You see the link to this when booking.

Welcome to autumn 2018! Now's a great time to book a last minute holiday in the lakes and mountains of Italy. In good weather you can enjoy breakfast on the terrace. This lovely holiday accommodation is part of a recently restored old building. It can found in the beautiful village of Dumenza, which is nestled in the Italian mountains which are beautiful at all times of year, including winter, spring and autumn.

It is suitable for all ages from young couples with children to older people as it is on the ground floor with its own large terrace. Double bedroom has a king size bed and wardrobe. The lounge/diner/ kitchen has a double sofa bed, a table with seating for four. There is also TV & radio/CD. The kitchen area has a four-ring hob, a fridge and microwave. This room opens to the terrace has an outdoor dining table seating four. This is ideal for al fresco dining and sampling Italian wine on long summer evenings. There is parking in the piazza outside the flat.

The supermarket is walking distance from the flats. There are a couple of bars and restaurants in Dumenza. Luino on Lake Maggiore is 10 minutes drive, where there are more bars and restaurants. From here you can take inexpensive boat trips to all parts of Lake Maggiore including Borromean Islands, Cannobio and Cannero Riviera in Italy, Locarno and Arona in Switzerland.

It is an easy drive to both Lake Maggiore in Italy and Lake Lugano in Switzerland. As the area is so beautiful we are confident that you will enjoy your stay. There is plenty for you to do. We will send you plenty of ideas for things to do an places to visit.

There is still availability for your holiday. Both our properties in Dumenza can book quickly. Now is a good time to enjoy a last minute break or a longer holiday in the Italian Lakes and Mountains. Our guests regularly tell us how they enjoy everything there is to do and see do in the region.

Now is the time to plan your holiday for this year and next year. We hope that you are already looking forward to your holiday in Italy. Make it a memorable year for holidays.

Every time of year is a beautiful time of year to stay in Dumenza and Lake Maggiore.

Things to Do : Borromean Islands - these are found on Lake Maggiore and you can buy a tourist ticket (biglietto turistico) from about €18 per person, including the return.

Maccagno - is a short drive from Dumenza and our holiday rental. It has a beach on the shore of Lake Maggiore & beautiful views.

Luino Market, every Wednesday, has over 300 stalls, making it one of the biggest weekly market in Europe. Luino is the nearest town to hour holiday letting.

Lake Como - Menaggio, on the shores of Lake Como, is just over an hour's drive from our self catering in Dumenza Bellinzona - Bellinzona, Switzerland, has with 3 castles, only 50 minutes drive from our accommodation Dumenza, Italy

Zoo Magliaso - The small zoo is in the Swiss village of Magliaso, about 20 minutes from Dumenza near Lake Lugano

Schokoland - Swiss chocolate factory near Lake Lugano. Alpenrose chocolate is made here. Another short drive across the Swiss Border.

More things to do : Centovalli Railway - This railway line in Ticino is the of Switzerland’s most scenic rides.

More Details

Property Manager
Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest

We love the lakes and moutntain

Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Stephen Priest & Sylvia Priest chose Dumenza

It is in a beautiful village in the Italian mountains between Lake Maggiore in Italy and Lake Lugano in Switzerland. The is easy access by road and the is plenty to do and see.

What makes this apartment unique

It has a large terrace and it is on the ground floor.


Dumenza Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 462 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Large double bed and wardrobe
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

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1 bedroom ground floor apartment, large terrace, mountain views, lakes region
average rating of 4.7014923 based on 67 reviews

Very clean, quiet location, well placed

  • 4 of 5

Adriana was very helpful (housekeeper) when we arrived. The apartment was very clean and although small, very well equipped.

The location is quiet and if the weather is nice and sunny (though not while we were there), there is a good sized veranda to sip wine. The Veranda gets sun only in the late afternoon.

2 mins walk to a supermarket which was also quite well stocked with essentials so fantastic for that just arrived shop. The route down the mountain to Luino was like doing the Monte Carlo Ralley one way but our sat nav also took us on a more sedate route with less bends and turns. There is a Carrefour in Luino for the major shop (only 10 mins away from the apartment). We tried to visit the Chocolate factory in Caslano (CH) but were told only open May to September. We then visited the small 'zoo' nearby which was quite a disappointment. High admission fee for an extremely small zoo with only monkeys, ducks, turtles, birds, guinnea pigs and one lion and his lioness. It took us all of 30 mins to do the rounds, feed the animals and then leave.

Unfortunately, the majority of our stay was wet and dull but I would imagine on a nice sunny day, walking along the front of Lago Maggiore would be lovely.

9 out of 10 for the accommodation though (apart from the upstairs neighbour who liked to leave at 7am and slam the heavy front door as hard as possible it would seem, making getting a holiday lie in impossible!!).

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The mountains road to and from Dumenza are not narrow . They are not difficult to drive. Thank you saying that it is very clean, quiet location, well placed Guests are always happy to know that the flat was very well equipped. We acknowledge that the housekeeper is very helpful Other guests have enjoyed using the terrace. We are often told the nearby supermarket is well stocked.
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It was lovely clean flat

  • 5 of 5

Will surely visit again

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will pass you positive comments to the housekeeper Guests are always happy to know that it is lovely clean flat We look forward to you staying as a guest in future
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Beautiful Location on the border of Italy and Switzerland

  • 4 of 5

The property is small, clean and compact but large enough to squeeze in 2 adults and 2 teenage girls. The balcony is large and west facing, so benefits from shade in the morning and the warm afternoon sunshine.

Many beautiful lakeside towns are within easy travelling distance and Milan park and ride allows a full day out in the city without the hassle of city driving or parking.

We visited Lugano, Locarno Maccagno, Luino, Milan and Laveno. We enjoyed the scenery everywhere but nothing surpassed the spectacular views from the cable-car descent in Laveno -an adrenaline experience not to be missed!

Thank you for a fantastic and very memorable holiday.

Mears family from Wales - August 2017

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Future guests will be grateful to know that the balcony is large and west facing We agree that many beautiful lakeside towns are within easy travelling distance It is always pleasing when we enjoyed the scenery We are often told a fantastic and very memorable holiday Guests are always happy to know.large enough 2 adults and 2 teenage girls We look forward to you staying as a guest in future
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Bella mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week from 6-13 September 16. First impression was how clean and fresh smelling the apartment was, many thanks to Adriana.

During our stay we visited some of the recommended places, including Bellinzona and Maccagno.

We ate at the restaurant in the village, which was good, but also walked towards Agna to find the restaurant Smeraldo. It is about 1km away and can be accessed on foot, with care. Lunch was delicious.

A few basic Italian words are helpful as this is in the heart of rural Italy, which suited us perfectly.

We hope to return again for another trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are grateful that you hope to return again for another trip. We are often told that the location suits our guests perfectly. Other guests have said that they enjoyed lunch at the restaurant Smeraldo, Agna as well as the restaurant in the village. It is always pleasing when our guests visit they places we recommend, including Bellinzona and Maccagno. Future guests will be grateful to know that the apartment clean and fresh. We have passed your positive comments to the housekeeper. We look forward to you staying as a guest in future.
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Ideal location for exploring Maggiore and the Italian/Swiss pre-Alps

  • 4 of 5

Small but perfectly pleasant apartment ("Bijou"?) in good location in the hills close to the Swiss border. Ideal for exploring the less touristy parts of Lake Maggiore, the pre-Alps (such as Monte Lema and Monte Tamaro), or the Swiss canton of Ticino. Lugano is about a half-an-hour drive.

Luino, five minutes away, has all the amenities you could want, including a 24-hour Carrefour and large Coop. There is a small supermarket a short walk from the flat for anything you forgot.

The apartment is small, but big enough for us (mum, dad, and teenage son). Very nice to have alfresco evening meal on the terrace. The bathroom is clean and neat, and the kitchen has the basics. There's TV but no internet, but then you probably came on holiday to get away from all that :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great little apartment in a beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

I spent a very nice week in the apartment, which was just as it was described--very clean and nicely accessible on the ground floor. It's only a 10-minute drive from Luino but a world away in terms of the quiet and solitude. Parking was not always available at the door, but it was never a problem to find something within 100 yards. As I've become fairly dependent on the Internet, the lack of this in the apartment was manageable, given that Luino provides wifi access in all of its park areas, so one can just park nearby and catch up. The only real problem I encountered was the weather--half of the week was sunny and warm, and the other half was cold and wet, and this makes all the difference in whether you can take advantage of the beauty of the area. As I was traveling alone, the apartment was plenty spacious, and I'm sure it would be fine for two, but any more would be a tight squeeze. But, then, with warm weather, the very nice patio could be better used. I would not hesitate to stay here again, and I'd love to spend more time in the area.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Bar Sport
Nearest Ferry
640 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Piazza Marconi Luino, Italy
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Lugano South (in Italian speaking Switzerland)
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: recommended

Dumenza is in the heart of the Italian lakes and mountains, with parts of the village overlook Lake Maggiore. Lake Lugano in Switzerland and Lake Como are within an easy drive. Dumenza is in beautiful mountain countryside with easy access by road, including a bus service, a local supermarket, pharmacy, post office, as well as a couple of bars and restaurants. There are plenty of opportunities for walking. You can even walk up to the Swiss border. On Lake Maggiore you can bathe at Maccagno, and take boat trips from Luino. The nearest skiing resort is San Bernardino in Switzerland. Dumenza is 411m (1,348 ft) above sea level and it has great mountain views. It is just over 40 miles from Milan. Dumenza is the birthplace of Bernardino Luini, Italian painter who was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci. His works can be found in the Louvre and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. On either side of narrow streets of the adjacent village of Runo are many frescoes, dating from 1978


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

EXTRA COSTS payable locally in cash on arrival to the housekeeper:
End cleaning per flat: - this price also includes washing the bed linen
Up to 14 nights stay: €60 (euros) , dog cleaning: €15 (euros)
15 - 28 nights stay: €120 (euros), dog cleaning: €30 (euros)
Thereafter each additional 1 - 14 nights stay €60 (euros) extra, dog cleaning: €15 extra (euros)

The flat needs to be professionally cleaned to be fair to all guests. Therefore the cleaning price is not negotiable so please do not ask. The extra cost for stays of over 14 nights reflect the extra cleaning required. Cleaning is a direct arrangement between you and housekeeper.

Refundable deposit (in lieu of any damages)
Up to 14 nights stay: €200 (euros)
15 - 28 nights stay: €250 (euros)
Thereafter each additional 1 - 14 nights stay €50 (euros) extra

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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