in the centre of the town of Besozzo, at a junction of two roads, near the railways station, a cosy 2 bedroom + 2 bathroom house. Grade listed building representing the typical Lombardy style architecture. The flat has the original features restored to its splendor in 2013.
Besozzo is conveniently located in the centre of the 7 lakes region, with the train station one minute walk away. Trains lead to the centre of Milan or the Milan exhibition centre, to Switzerland and direct trains to and from Malpensa airport. Super convenient.
The house is fully furnished, with washing machine and dishwasher. The entrance of the house is at street level, going through a corridor and a stair with a handmade cast iron stair's bannister, you reach the first floor. Original floors throughout the property 100 years old. 1 bedroom with a double bed and a cast iron bed board (found in an antique market is use to be a Tuscan balcony railing). The second bedroom is en-suite with a single bed and a cast iron bed board (belonged to my family, used to be a gate dated late 1800). The sofa in the living room can be converted into a double bed. 5 people can sleep. The kitchen is fully accessorised (pots and pans, plates etc) Bedding and Towels all provided.
The carriage house origins, date late 1700, originally it used to be a stable and a carriage rest place where horses would be fed and horse shoes repaired. The farrier, would care for the horses, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves. There used to be a large oven where iron could be cast and horse shoes adapted. And the tradition and passion for cast iron stayed in my family since. Positioned on the original path the connected Major Lake with Varese Lake, The carriage house was the rest place half way between the 2 lakes. The property was purchesed by my grand grand parents in the late 1800, when the area was developed, the railways station built and the first electric tram built to replace the horse pulled tram that exited up until that time. In 1914, just before the first world war, the carriage house was transformed into a residential property where my great grandparents were living and in 1957 the ground floor was turned into a retail shop, at that time selling haberdasheries which was my family business for generations
Max's place in Besozzo is very nicely renovated and comfy. It is well-stocked with cooking equipment, bedding, a hair dryer, washing machine, etc. And, it's all new! It is very close (one block) to the train station...but that station is not very well-served. I recommend a car, which is an adventure in Italy, for sure, but makes this location great for the area. It is very close (30 min drive) to Lago Maggiore/ IsolaBella..., Lago di Varese and the town of Varese, and Malpensa (45 min to Milan proper). Parking on the street is easy and the pizza place across the street was the best one we tried in the whole region!
The only thing to note about the apartment is that it is a little noisy from a big road on one side and the train right near by. If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs; but that's just personal.
Max was a fantastic host. We didn't get to meet, but he was very responsive, friendly, and attentive by email and he has "people" in the area to help if anything happens. This is a great location for touring about the lake region and relaxing. Enjoy!