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Cascina Cesarina B&B
Ranked #1 of 3 Borgo Ticino B&B and Inns
Basel, Switzerland
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4 reviews
“Great place to chill out for a long weekend”
Reviewed 16 October 2011

After some difficulty locating the house tucked away under an archway we were delighted to discover this enchanting family friendly B&B. Lorraine, Franco and Matteo were charming and generous hosts and our girls age 5 and 3 immediately fell in love with the dogs, cats and garden. In fact we had to drag them away to explore the stunning Lake Maggiore and surrounding areas. Lorraine was a font of local knowledge and helped us plan our tours so that there was something for all the family.
Overall we had a delightful break, enjoyed great food(including Franco's home made jams) and local ice-cream. We would certainly revisit this beautiful part of Italy and would recommend Cascina Cesarina to families especially with small children.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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PuravidaPlaya, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 18 October 2011
So glad you enjoyed your stay - and the weather proved you made a great choice - the summer season is getting longer and longer, and you really enjoyed seeing the Lakes with all the sunshine but less of the crowds! We loved having you too, and your children were really delightful. Apologies for the animals - they are always so popular (together with the swimming pool in high summer) that it makes getting away to go touring more difficult than if you were staying in an anonymous hotel.... but then, taking things easy is part of what holidays are about. Come back again and see the Borromeo islands that you didn't manage to see this time around - guaranteed the children will love the silver peacock chicks, even if they are still young to appreciate the incredible history of the Palace and its beautiful ballroom, furniture, paintings etc....
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

We stayed here for 10 days and loved it! We had some delicious home grown food made by Lorraine (the host) and also enjoyed trips to local pizzeria's and ice cream parlours. Great location to visit the beautiful island of Orta, and also close (driving) to Milan and Lake Maggoire.

Overall perfect holiday, made special by the hosts and house.

Steph and Neil

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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lorrainebb, Proprietario at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 5 September 2011
Thanks for your kind words. We're always pleased to give advice on local eateries as well as unmissable sights, and happy when our home-grown organic fruit and vegetables are appreciated. The last few days have been less manic than August, and we have been able to dedicate time to preparing delicious fig and chocolate jam, as well as melanzane alla parmigiana, which I remember you really liked (into the freezer for autumn guests now!) and today it's peach jam time..... they'll be waiting for your next visit!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

Cascina Cesarina is conveniently located less than 30 mins from Milan Malpensa airport. I really did not expect how pretty it would be, its got a very rustic feel to it and the minute you get there its impossible not to relax. The house itsself is great, with a large kitchen and 2 floors of bedrooms with balconies, but its also amazing because of the woodland grounds and of course, the swimming pool and basketball hoop area. The room was also very nice and comfortable with a more-than-decent en-suite bathroom. I would definitely recommend this place and would love to come back for another stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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lorrainebb, Proprietario at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 26 August 2011
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. This year, in addition to our 'standard' tourist, here to visit the Italian Lakes (and enjoy some sunshine and good food), we have noticed an increase in British guests whose primary objective is 'chilling', enjoying everything Cascina Cesarina has to offer, interspersed with trips to the Borromeo Islands and the rest of Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, or to nearby mountain/wilderness areas for short hikes. Glad you enjoyed yourselves and yes, come back anytime - budget airlines make it so easy even for a long weekend!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

We stayed for a few nights at Cascina Cesarina and loved every minute of it. Lorraine and Franco, the owners, are so friendly and welcoming. Our room was an excellent size and very clean with tea and coffee facilities and a TV. We ate there one evening and had three fabulous courses with very authentic italian food. All of the vegetables came from their own garden so the food was very fresh. We rented a car at Malpensa airport and only took about 20 minutes to drive to the B & B. The nearest town, Arona, is beautiful with great views of the lake and lots of lively bars and restaurants. There is also the best ice cream shop I have ever been to nearby! Highly recommended to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 23 August 2011
I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us - and that our food went down so well. After years of people thinking we were a bit mad to be so keen on organic food and growing as much of our own food as possible, and buying the rest from local producers, it is nice to see that we were really just ahead of the city-dwellers' fashion! You are one of several guests who have mentioned how excellent the new ice-cream place in Arona is - I now have favourite gelaterias to suggest in Arona, Castelletto, Sesto Calende, Orta San Giulio..... and a mean selection of home-made fruit ice creams appear according to the season's production at Cascina Cesarina.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

There are many things about this wonderful authentic B&B that make it special but the one element that really made CASCINA CESARINA stand out for me were the hosts. And the food. Also, the fact that I think I might have actually discovered shangri la and it's in Italy.
A genuine family run business, you feel more welcomed than if you were to stay with your own relatives. I was greeted with the friendly Ciao! but fortunately they recognised the confused look on my face which resulted in the conversation switching to immaculate English.
Supper was always the ultimate treat. I have eaten well in my life, dining at fancy restaurants and in expensive hotels but genuinely nothing compares. Nothing! Truly the most magnificent home grown, seasonal and local ingredients came together in sumptuous Italian recipes to form dishes which made me think I had died and gone to heaven. A typical meal might consist of pasta arrabatia for starters, a fat trout caught hours earlier from an alpine river served with a mind meltingly delicious and home grown salad for the main, all finished off by a home made home grown summer fruit tart. Amazing!
During the day we had great plans to explore the area, being close to Arona, Lake Garda and Milan but we were a bit exhausted at this stage so spent a lot of time sunbathing by the pool or playing a little basket ball/table tennis. But mainly I lounged around in one of the hammocks pretending to read whist I actually snoozed the afternoon away waiting for the first glass of wine, board and card games to begin. Nirvana.

Difficult to find flaws really, I just wish we could have stayed longer.

Room Tip: Noise is so not an issue and the Italian countryside was beautiful in every direction
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 23 August 2011
I try to answer all reviews, also to show I do take the time to read them and keep track of any suggestions guests may make.... but this time I confess I am lost for words: your review is so complimentary as to be quite embarrassing! Thanks so much. I am glad you and your friends had such a good time - there seemed to be a continual flurry of competitions and tournaments you organized in between your dips in the pool!
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

My husband & I stayed at Cascina Cesarina & will definitely be back again, more than once I'm sure! The hosts (Lorraine & Franco) have so much knowledge about the local area, and seemingly the whole of Italy! They were only too happy to point us in the right direction when we were looking for places to explore, whether to nearby places such as the beautiful Lago Maggiore or day trips slightly further afield. The food at Cesarina was simply delicious - all freshly prepared, much of which used produce from their own land. It is located approximately a 30 minute drive from Malpense airport, which is close enough to be very convenient, but is in a lovely quiet setting, just made for relaxation, and having a pool onsite is a definite bonus! We look forward to visiting again!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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lorrainebb, Proprietario at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 11 June 2011
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to share our love of the Italian Lake District with you. What a lovely photograph you took of the silver peacock at Isolabella - I think we should launch a photographic contest amongst our guests - there are so many photogenic sights to see!
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

Everything about Cascina Cesarina is great & more, any assistance you may need to help make your stay more enjoyable is there. The food is second to none 5*****. & lots of it, if you are on a diet its not the place for you, having said that that I am sure Lorraine could conjure something up that would be fine.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 7 June 2011
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you and your wife here for a week, and to see how you enjoyed Italian cooking more each day - and how happy you were that on the last evening your wife persuaded you to try out the 'Ossobuco con risotto alla milanese'! As for dieters, no problem - you were tactful enough not to mention that I rarely ate the pasta and rice dishes I prepared for you, but joined in heartily with the home-produce-only 14-veg minestrone!
You came at an excellent time for our fresh fruit salads, too, packed with raspberries and strawberries, as well as mulberries and wild strawberries and the very first blueberries of the season. We hope you will return to see more of the Borromeo Islands and maybe try the Lago Maggiore Express trip right round/across the lake by boat and train. Franco and I compliment you on your 'off the beaten track' approach to our area. You are some of the few people who go out to discover the beautiful small villages away from the main tourist attractions, and to see how the locals live.
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Property: Cascina Cesarina B&B
Address: Via Dei Cesari 32 | Frazione Gagnago, 28040 Borgo Ticino, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Novara > Borgo Ticino
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Borgo Ticino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our country house (Dinner), Bed and Breakfast is strategically placed for touring the Italian Lakes, for overnight stays on arrival at or before departing from Milan Malpensa airport. Also convenient for business travellers to Milan or Milan trade fairs. Our two guest bedrooms with private bathrooms were restyled in April 2011 and both offer comfort in antique style. Our meals use fruit and vegetables we grow ourselves and we shop ethically at local organic farms/through fair trade etc. Italian and international cooking, vegetarian, gluten-free specialized... we'll do things just how you want them! We also love making super-healthy juices and smoothies, as extra snacks or as meal replacements - with our own fruit and veg and/or with exotic and superfood additions. Children welcome, as are well-mannered pets. We speak English, Italian, French and Spanish. ... more   less 
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