If you are looking for that 'secret escape', with a genuinely authentic feel then look no further. I spent 10 days at Cascina Cesarina restoring my spirits and it worked!! Peace and tranquility, lovely food from homegrown organic produce, woodland walks, swimming in the pool and good conversation with the hosts Lorraine and Franco - wonderful. And when the relaxation just gets too much to bear a quick hop into Arona for all sorts of delightful boat and train excursions to some stunning spots ( and islands) on Lake Maggiore not to mention the narrow gauge railway through the mountains to Locarno ( Switzerland). A stunning part of the world - I would thoroughly recommend the whole experience.
Staying here last weekend was a great experience. a Beautiful setting only 30 minutes drive from Milan Malpensa, and a short drive to Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, Cascina Cesarina is a real gem.
The hosts are wonderful and the scenery is beautiful. Franco's homegrown vegetables are also a real treat.
The swimming pool, basketball court and hammocks are an excellent way to spend a super relaxing afternoon, and the ease in which the lakes are accessible makes it the perfect holiday.
A large group of us went to Cascina Cesarina over the summer, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The house itself is beautiful. The rooms are great - very clean but really have that rustic feel so it feels like a unique experience. The hosts were so welcoming - we really felt at home. Plus, Lorraine is a native English speaker, so that really helped. During out time there, we enjoyed home cooked, meals made out of fresh local ingredients. The hosts also organised a bbq for us, which was great fun. There is a pool and a basketball court at the back, perfect for whiling away your days. Basically, this was an amazingly relaxing experience...enjoy!
Family holiday to the Lakes, our first time to Lake Maggiore, a beautiful part of Italy with so much to offer. Our hosts Lorraine and Franco at Cascina Cesarina were absolutely lovely, Lorraine is multi-lingual which is so helpful to us Brits with no language skills! She will provide delicious, organic home produced meals if you wish or you have the choice of eating out locally of course. Lorraine's knowledge of local eateries is very useful as is the choice to eat at Cascina Cesarina or find a restaurant, especially after a long day travelling! Our hosts extensive knowledge of the region and Italian culture not to mention travelling tips really were so valuable, not something you would get at an average B&B that's for sure. The rooms are lovely and the child-safe swimming pool was much enjoyed by us all. We can thoroughly recommend Cascina Cesarina as an outstanding B&B with a warm welcome and very engaging hosts.
Clare, Howard, Emily and Benjamin
English family with 2 boys. We stayed with Lorraine and Franco for 2 nights. They kindly cooked us lovely evening italian meals with warm and friendly discussions whilst entertaining our boys as well. The pool, garden and bonus basketball court are all ideal for kids and relaxing (after a long drive). The bedroom/en suite bathroom was clean and full of nostalgia... but a tight squeeze for a family of four.
Their home is a little bit off the main roads... but well worth the extra few miles.