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Cascina Cesarina B&B
Ranked #1 of 3 Borgo Ticino B&B and Inns
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
1 review
“Warm welcome”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

I received such a warm welcome from Lorraine and Franco, nothing was too much trouble. Very comfortable room and lots of excellent food and wine (all the fruit and vegetables are home grown, foraging for mushrooms with Franco is a 'must do'). Plenty of interesting places to explore and the combination of mountains and lakes is intoxicating. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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lorrainebb, Proprietario at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Thank you for your kind words. You were a wonderful guest, so interested in everything nature has to offer even in the off-season (off-season for tourists, certainly not for mushroom-lovers). I am glad you managed to catch the final days in which Villa Taranto gardens were open, and thank you for sharing your magnificent photos. I particularly liked the one of the water lilies, but they are all spectacular. We hope you will come back in future, to see some of the sights you couldn't cram into a few autumn days.... and the fruit and vegetable change with the seasons too - if you liked our pumpkins and quinces, next time you must sample the 'melanzane alla parmigiana' or our fresh forest fruit salad and ice cream. Plus same lazing by the pool to contrast with the intense rhythm of touring and exploring the local markets..... come try our fabled summer barbecues!
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Bowral
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Really loved the fresh vegetables and fruit from the large garden. Rooms comfortable and clean, although hot water pressure a problem! Lorraine and Franco are a very interesting couple making the experience well worthwhile.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thank you for your kind words. You visited when our 'forest fruits' were at their very best, so we could offer you a fruit salad made of freshly-picked raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, red and white currants, red and green gooseberries, with home-made gooseberry ice cream... as well as all the vegetables Franco lovingly tends all season. It is a shame you could not stay longer to see more of our area and to try more specialities. I am sorry to learn now that you had problems with low water pressure - it will have been due to a dry spell and your trying to shower just when the whole village (100 metres below us) was also showering or watering their gardens... this is a rare occurrence but can be remedied by having morning showers (maybe a dip in the pool in the evening) or by using another bathroom on the ground floor, which naturally has greater pressure. The quantity of hot water is never an issue, as we have very efficient solar panels heating 450 litre tanks, boosted by gas when sunshine is lacking. Hope to see you again !
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

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!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 12 December 2012
Thank you for your kind words. It was great to have you here again, and to meet the new friends you introduced us to. Most of our guests are so busy touring the beautiful surroundings that they don't always take the time to relax and enjoy the pool, barbecue, basketball, ping pong... or relaxing in the hammocks and enjoying the weather, so I'm glad you enjoyed the dolce farniente as well as visiting the lakes and the Borromeo islands. After two summer visits, you could make a change and come in the Spring next time - enjoy the wonderful gardens in the area and we can also point you to some hot water springs where you can enjoy spa treatment and outdoor pools surrounded by snow - an experience you'd never get in the UK!
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

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

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 18 September 2012
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you all had a great time - though I know you parents sometimes needed all your persuasion skills to get the children to abandon the dogs and the swimming pool to go touring! But I'm glad the weather was great throughout your stay, so you could get in swimming in the lakes too, between monuments and churches! And I'm glad you all enjoyed our home-cooked meals, as well as the restaurants and pizzeria I pointed you to - we try hard to meet everyone's tastes, as we know from experience that even within a family of four, there are likely to be widely varying preferences. We'd love to have you again - next time you could fit in the Lago Maggiore Express tour you had planned but in the end didn't make, and an organized walk in the mountain wilderness area where we know a guide...... there is always lots to tempt people back!
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Findhorn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 4 September 2012
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you all enjoyed your stay with us - Italian dinners and English-style breakfasts are usually highly popular all round! The boys certainly found plenty to keep them busy between basketball, swimming and playing with the dogs! And that was without trying out the ping pong table, bowls.....etc!
I am sorry you found the room "a squeeze" - guests using the divan bed as well as the main double bed and the single usually like to close the former each morning for extra space - and they don't spend much time in the bedroom anyway, as there is so much to do outdoors and so many sights to see. We think the room has really gained by having a new ensuite bathroom rather than sharing, as was previously the case, even if this has meant losing a little floor space. Again, we kept the wardrobe and chest of drawers so all clothes/toys can be put away and no-one need 'live out of a suitcase' while with us. We hope to see you again, maybe for a longer stay and not just a 'stopover'. For longer stays, some families like to take both bedrooms, so sleeping next door to one another, but each with their own space.... and we do very special deals for 7-day bookings of both rooms, even in high season!
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Grenoble, France
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

Even though we had a short stay it was altogether wonderful:
the location is beautiful - with the forest just at the door of the B&B
- and with the swimming pool in it!

The warmth of the owners, and therefore of the general atmosphere is
very welcoming and put us at our ease immediately. An exemplary B&B.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 3 August 2012
Thank you for your kind words. You were also very pleasant guests - good practice for my French too! I am glad you enjoyed dinner with us, and discovering vegetables new to you, such as our 'spaghetti' or 'kilometre' green beans - I was especially proud of the outcome of my dessert experiment with forest fruits topped by three different-flavoured mousses, using more of our own ingredients, which everyone loved - hoped you had photographed that too. Will have to repeat and photograph myself for our Facebook page! Now you have 'discovered' us as a useful stopover before early flights out of Milan Malpensa, we hope to see you again as Lake District tourists - there are so many beautiful things to see that you did not have time for!
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London
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

I really enjoyed my stay at Casina Ceserina over the Summer, the house is beautiful, cosy and has a wonderful home-like feel. The host, Lorraine is very friendly and pointed out some fun things to visit in the area. I particularly enjoyed the train trip through the mountains to Locarno, Switzerland which ended with a wonderful three hour boat ride back down Lake Maggiore to Arona. Ceserina is only a 30 minute drive away from the airport and is very close to Lake Maggiore and Orta. Lorraine's home cooked Italian food is amazing, and I particularly love the fact it is all made from their own home-grown organic vegetables. This place is special and I would definitely return again. Thank you Lorraine and family.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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lorrainebb, Owner at Cascina Cesarina B&B, responded to this review, 29 April 2012
Thank you for your very positive feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us, and that my tip to go for the Lago Maggiore Express tour of the lake by scenic railway and boat has created a lasting memory - great for photography enthusiasts such as yourself, too. We hope you will return in future - you could try late autumn for special colours and our polenta with mushrooms from our woods cooked over the wood stove, or Spring to enjoy the azaleas and rhododendrons in our garden but especially in the many gardens around the lakes which are open to the public.
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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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