This difficult to find place would be ideal If you want to be out of Stresa and away form noise. However not being able to access local amenities such as restaurants easily makes its location awkward. Being B&B only the nearest evening meals are back into Stresa. According to our host Stresa is 15 minutes walk from the hotel down the hill but a 1 hour slog back up. If you have a car and someone willing to sacrifice alcohol consumption for an evening then this is made easier, however parking in Stresa is not convenient or cheap during the high season. We were allocated the rooms in the basement that have no bedroom windows and felt dank and fusty. Breakfast was disappointing with no fresh juices or quality breads. Unfortunately despite being up a steep hill the views were obliterated by trees and hedges that surround the property.
While the property is clean, we had a lot of problems starting with driving up and down the perilous mountain road for an hour and a half trying to find the property. There is no sign visible from the road and we finally had to ask at the Fire Deparment and they said that it wasn't even in Stresa but in the next village up the mountain. We were given the attic room in which you can't stand up in parts including the bathtub/shower. My husband hit his head 3 times on the beams causing nasty wounds. Moreover our toilet did not flush the first two days of our stay (very nasty) so we finally left two days early. Massimmo didn't seem particularly concerned and the maid said the pipe were not angled properly so this is not new. The room had a nice patio but the chair was broken. There were no fire alarms that we could see and with the very inconvenient location where you cannot really walk to town without risking your life, this place was not for us. In August it is very very difficult to find parking in Stresa so it would be better to find a place in town that has parking. The breakfast, croissants and rolls and good coffee was fine and there are nice lake and tree views from the property. The wifi was slow so the tv didn't work properly which was a shame because the Olympics were on. Finally it was my understanding of B&Bs that the owners need to live on the property. Massimo is a hired manager and needs to do a better job of paying attention to problems. He did make good restaurant recommendations though.
We stayed in July 2015 and I must say I wasn't expecting the long hike to town. My son and I are in good shape so it wasn't a problem, also able to burn off the wonderful meals and gelato! Massimo was helpful with giving us directions to a shortcut down to town, also with recommendations for restaurants. We were a little disappointed that our room was in the basement, but it had a nice walk-out and large living area. The internet was spotty and had to use in the communal area. The breakfast was really good and served on the beautiful terrace.
Our group (6 of us) had a very unfriendly welcome from Massimo. Nothing specific, but he barely said hello. I asked him for help making a reservation at a restaurant (I told him which one) and he said he would bring me the number, instead of offering to make the call himself - and he never brought me the number.
The wifi did not work. At all, not just in the bedrooms as per other reviewers. When we pointed this out to him, he replied "Don't you think I know that?" and just grunted when asked if he was doing something about it.
The worst part was it was COLD (Sept 23)! He said it was against the law to turn on the heating before October. When we asked about this in town, they laughed and said Massimo "had short arms" meaning he was just stingy.
We were supposed to stay 2 nights, but left after the first night, even if we had paid already. If Massimo had at least been friendly, and shown he was trying to sort things out, I would have not had a problem staying, but he seemed incredibly grumpy.
Also, other things that have already been mentioned in other reviews: you are far from Stresa by foot, some of the rooms are in a semi-basement with no windows, no private bathrooms, but might be OK for families. Breakfast was just OK compared to other places.
We stayed 2 nights in the B&B while visiting Stresa and its surroundings. The room is clean and confortable with a large separate bathroom. However, as the "guest" area is located in the basement, the room and bathroom windows overlook a concrete wall. The common area (living room) is also ver large and includes a kitchen. We appreciated the warm welcome of the owner and his advice during our stay. The breakfast was good with homemade cakes.