Castello Dante in Stresa, Italy (Lago Maggiore)

Known for being the most beautiful villa in the Lago Maggiore region, Castello Dante has stood as a proud landmark of Stresa for the past 100 years. Not only is Stresa a favorite vacation destination for the rich and famous of Milan, even Ernest Hemingway was fascinated with this enchanting town. It was here in Stresa that he based much of his novel A Farewell to Arms.

Castello Dante will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into an Italian fairy tale. Yet this extravagant palace offers all the modern conveniences of today. Set on a huge private garden and park, you’ll feel like you’re vacationing in your very own private resort. A large wrought iron gate will welcome you with a circular driveway to the main entrance. There is also another entrance to the 5-car garage and additional parking spots.

On the main floor, you’ll find the foyer with original mosaic floors, a classically designed office, a huge living room/dining room combo fit for a king, dinner seating for 8 people, large 65-inch flat screen TV for your entertainment pleasure, guest bathroom and a specious fully equipped eat-in kitchen, should you desire a more casual meal. The kitchen opens directly to a large terrace and to the swimming pool area. There you will find the comfortable patio furniture and lounge chairs along with sun umbrellas. There is also a custom-built grill, an outdoor shower and a storage building for the garden equipment.

The basement offers a full bathroom, a fully equipped gym with the latest Technogym equipment, including treadmill, a wine cellar for about 8000 bottles, large billiard table, ping pong table, foosball table and electronic darts. A corridor through the basement leads to the 5-car garage and guest apartment, designed with modern furniture and a large flat screen TV.

On the first floor of the villa you will find the master suite, with a separate dressing room and two bathrooms, as well as a 55-inch flat screen TV. (This Master suite can also be used as two separate bedrooms). Each room has a large terrace and there is also a small closed-in winter terrace. There are two additional bedrooms with terraces and bathrooms on this level. All three rooms have brand new air-conditioning system installed. There are gorgeous lake-views from just about every window and terrace.

The 2nd floor can be used as another separate guest area with a living room, kitchenette, large roof terrace and a smaller covered terrace, large built-in wardrobe, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with an additional reception/sitting area. The view just keeps getting better and better, the higher we go. Enjoy the incredible views both night and day from every window and terrace.

The 3rd floor brings you to a small landing area, which gives access to the attic and to the highlight of the villa, an incredible tower, from where you will enjoy 360 degree views of the entire area. This is the perfect place to enjoy the various fireworks around the lake each summer or to share a romantic glass of champagne during sunset.

Guest or staff apartment: A corridor through the basement of the villa leads to the 5-car garage and guest apartment which could also be use for your staff. It comes with a fully equipped kitchen, large furnished living room and bedroom and modern bathroom. From its covered veranda there’s a beautiful view to lake Maggiore. Outside the garage there is an additional parking area for 4 cars. The road leading up to the garage, as well as the circular driveway in front of the villa was recently built using long-lasting granite “porfido” stones.

We have worked hard to maintain many of the original features of the villa, which was built in 1914 in Liberty style. From the granite staircase, to the wrought iron railings, to the stained glass windows and Art Deco style chandeliers, you’ll be taken back in time but without having to compromise any of the modern conveniences. You will enjoy the endless lake-views from just about every room in the house as well as the original art gracing the walls.

This is a truly one-of-a-kind property that will provide the luxurious setting and amenities for you, your family and friends. Please don’t forget to check out the picture gallery with dozens of photos.


If you are interested in this property, please contact the owner Mrs. Hardy directly at +41 79 848 2934 or by email: You may also use this online form