Happy Holiday Homes provides a professional property rental service across the Swiss and Italian Lakes (Lake Lugano, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como), the Ligurian coast, Tuscany and the ski resorts of Livigno, Mont Blanc and La Tzoumaz.Based from their head office in Lugano, Switzerland and with a network of dedicated regional offices, our Property Managers and team are on hand to provide a start-finish service for holiday guests. Happy Holiday Homes is proud to offer a diverse range of holiday homes; from romantic couple-friendly studios and slick city pads to beautiful mountainside retreats and exclusive 5* family villas.
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Looking to soak up a luxury lake view 3 bed in an authentic setting close to Lugano city? The search is over, with this gorgeous Gandria retreat! Nestled amongst the idyllic charms of this picturesque lake village, this slick and contemporary retreat for 6 offers effortless lake view living, just 12 minutes’ drive from Lugano. Reached by a series stepped pedestrian pavements from its road level parking space above, the home is rooted within the heart of gorgeous Gandria. On the doorstep of the beautiful ‘Olive Trail’, with a host of delectable Italian restaurants and a scenic ferry service to hand, the authentic setting of this beautiful home allows you take in the tranquillity and beauty of the Lake at any time of year. Fully-modernised throughout, the 3rd floor holiday apartment is fully-equipped for 21st century living. Benefitting too from a private portico terrace with romantic lake views, the carefree setting and stylish interior create an inviting and flawless ambience for holiday entertaining. A chic fully-equipped Kitchen Diner features in a spacious open plan space, with terrace access and a contemporary sitting area with rustic open fire and a large SAT TV to hand. Three Double lake view bedrooms (2 with terrace access) provide the perfect restful retreat for 3 couples or a grown-up family looking to stay, whilst a baby cot offers added flexibility. The two bathrooms boast a sleek contemporary finish, for an indulgent moment of spa-like serenity. Complemented by an alfresco dining area, private laundry facilities and a parking space, the retreat promises a home-from-home smile in any season. Gandria is home to many fascinating ancient townhouses, churches, authentic eateries, lakeside restaurants and a frequent passenger ferry service. The village is also the starting point for the 7km lakeside Olive Trail to Castagnola (which passes through the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Heleneum and the Museo delle Culture). Gandria also offers close proximity to the golf and tennis facilities of both Lugano (12 minutes’ drive) and Menaggio (34 minutes’ drive), as well as a treasure trove of hiking routes (Monte Bre is just 16 minutes’ drive) and water sport activities (Porlezza is 14 minutes’ drive away). A host of local visitor highlights also await, with Villa Fogazzaro 6 minutes’ drive away and Lugano close by for cosmopolitan day trips and fun nights out (12 minutes’ drive/ taxi ride away). Lugano is home to world restaurants, designer shops, cultural museums, art galleries, sport activities, a buzzing nightlife and visitor attractions, as well as Lugano airport which is just outside the city (23 minutes’ drive away). These fantastic year-round amenities are complemented by many more Ticino tourist attractions, as well as the nearby ski resorts and timeless delights of neighbouring Lake Como (34 minutes’ drive). Relaxing Open Plan Living room • A beautiful lake view living space, furnished with a stylish sitting room and dining area • Benefits from a large flat screen SAT TV and an open ambient fireplace • Features floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which lead out to a romantic portico lake view terrace Eating In Fully-equipped Kitchen • A modern and sophisticated Kitchenette, fully-equipped for carefree meals-in • Features an induction hob, oven, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine, electric kettle and fridge freezer • Complemented by a contemporary glass-topped dining table for 4-6 • Outside the covered portico terrace features an ambient lake view dining area, perfect for year-round entertaining and alfresco summer parties • For added luxury, a private Chef or Italian Mama cooking experience can also be enjoyed (subject to availability and an extra cost) Sleeping The 3 bed apartment is ideal for accommodating three couples, grown-up families of 6 and also flexible family groups. Bedroom 1 • A generous sized lake view bedroom with Double bed, a wardrobe and terrace access Bedroom 2 • A romantic lake view bedroom with Double bed, a wardrobe and terrace access Bedroom 3 • A spacious lake view bedroom with Double bed, overhead storage and optional baby cot Extra • For an additional charge extra baby cots and adult single camp beds can also be hired Bathing Bathroom 1 • A contemporary fitted suite with a bath tub, shower tap, wash basin, WC and bidet Bathroom 2 • A sleek contemporary suite fitted with a wash basin, WC, bidet and a chic shower cubicle (elevated above the rest of the suite and reachable by 4 steps. Additional The luxury apartment further benefits from cosy central heating, a hairdryer, private laundry and ironing facilities, a child-friendly layout and the option to hire a WIFI device (EU 35). The 3rd floor apartment features 24 internal steps and is reachable by 126 external steps. Please note that to reach the property guests must walk down a series of stepped pavements from the road level above. Due to this fact, the home is not advisable for those with very young children, the disabled or the elderly. Parking A private parking space features to a designated road-level space above the village centre. From the road-level parking space, the home is reachable via a series of stepped pedestrian pavements. Location Oozing lake view romance and timeless holiday magic, the centrally-located residence places guests on the doorstep of beautiful Gandria. Here charming gift shops and lake view eateries jostle alongside ancient churches, cobbled stepped streets and timeless pastel town houses which are home to cascading window boxes and friendly locals. The peaceful lakeside village is also home to a frequent passenger ferry service and the 7km Olive trail from Gandria to Castagnola. Active guests can enjoy taking in the beauty of the lake and surrounding area along this walking trail, which leads through the village and along the lakeside past olive trees, quaint backwaters and the famous Villa Heleneum botanical gardens and Museo delle Culture. Water-based fun also awaits, with boat and SUP rental, lake beaches and Lidos all within a 14 minutes’ drive away. Tennis fans and golfing buddies will also be kept amused, with the prestigious clubs of Lugano and Menaggio within easy reach. The peaceful serenity of the location is complemented by the contrasting year-round buzz and convenient amenities found in the fashionable Swiss lake city of Lugano (12 minutes’ drive away). Featuring a popular Lido, the beautiful lakeside Parco Civico with Art Museum and a throng of boutique designer shops, world restaurants, fashionable bars and cultural attractions, the city provides a beautiful back drop to that perfect day trip destination or glamorous evening out. A shopper’s paradise, Lugano also boasts designer shopping boulevards, antique shops, traditional markets and modern malls. Popular attractions and pastimes also include a trip to the Museo Civico di Belle Arti, the Museo Cantonale d’Arte, the Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale, the family-friendly Lido di Lugano, the tennis club, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and treasure trove of surrounding walks (including Monte Bré and along the ambient Olive Trail from Gandria. Lugano’s charming cafe-lined piazzas, idyllic lakeside promenade, panoramic vistas and scenic boat trips also provide an added dose of Italian-style romance too; for a truly unique and relaxed Swiss lake city stay. Lugano is very well-serviced by ferry, bus, road and train and airport links. The holiday home is located just 23 minutes’ drive from Lugano airport, whilst Malpensa is just 70 minutes’ drive away. Perfect for enjoying the surrounding delights of the Ticino region as well as the attractions of nearby Lake Como (37 minutes’ drive), your perfect year-round lake escape awaits! Please note: Magic Gandria is a peaceful place, so absolutely no noise is allowed at night, from 10:00pm until 8:00am. The terrace cannot be used to make dinner or party.