1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 4 Sleeps
Nina Volles Bird
- french, german, portuguese, italian
About Nina Volles Bird
We are an American-Swiss-German family with a teenage daughter and a cat (one of many in Gandria). We bought the Casa 1659 with the Appartamento Cortiletto and the house next door (Casa Parrucchiere) in 2007. The house was the home and atelier of the Swiss artist Fritz Meijer for many years. It was in complete disrepair when we bought it – the renovation happened in two different phases and definitely was not a project for the faint-hearted ...Then we did some more renovations in 2016. Nina currently works on a development project in Africa, but Lucia (who live right next door) will great guests.
Nina Volles Bird purchased this Guest House in 2007
Why Nina Volles Bird chose Gandria
The Casa Parrucchiere ("hairdresser's house") is located in the middle of Gandria's most picturesque spot right across from the San Vigilio Church. But why do we call it "Casa Parrucchiere" (hairdresser's house). If you look carefully, you can still see the writing “Parrucchiere” over the entrance door. 100 years back, the little house hosted the village’s hairdresser. In 1939, it became the atelier of the artist Fritz Meijer (1900-1969). After his death his family continued to sell his paintings and postcards leaving the atelier unchanged for 50 years. When we bought the house nextdoor (residence of Fritz Meijer) we fell in love with the magical atmosphere of the village and the atelier of the painter. After one-and-a-half year of extentive renovations, the Casa Parrucchiere was ready to accomodate guests. We tried to equip the little house with everything we would like to find in a vacation home, reaching from a well-equipped kitchen with good cooking utensils and a dish washer to internet connection and a washer/dryer.
What makes this Guest House unique
Staying at the Casa Parrucchiere will allow you to experience real village life and live like a local.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:18
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Unique and very special! Absolutely loved the apartment and the area!
My husband and I cannot say enough wonderful things about this cozy, super clean, cheery, updated and efficient apartment that offers a washer and dryer! This two story apartment, with an amazing history of it’s own, is located in the beautiful and historical setting of Gandria, on Lake Lugano in the Ticino area of Switzerland. There are several excellent restaurants in Gandria that overlook Lake Lugano and offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Although the eateries are only a few minutes’ walk, the apartment offers everything needed to prepare any meal desired if one chooses to stay in. The beautiful city of Lugano is approximately 15 minutes by mini-bus or cab. One can also take the ferry from Gandria to Lugano to enjoy the outside cafes, shop, buy groceries, or simply walk along the boardwalk, etc. Nina, who owns the property, is personable, helpful, easy to communicate with and offers a very complete information packet to help one organize their stay. Staying in this charming apartment that is located in such a special place has been a highlight of our travels, and we are planning to return as soon as possible!
Magical place from another time, a little off the beaten path but with modern conveniences
My husband and I spent 5 nights in Gandria on Lake Lugano in this perfect but unique apartment. From the outside the apartment is very old and part of the hillside town of Gandria where everything is up or down on stone steps. On the inside it is totally contemporary with all the amenities. The bedroom and bathroom are down steep stairs and the there are lots of "town noises" during the day-the church and its bells are next door, all the restaurant deliveries must come and go via the stone steps etc. At night it is quiet. The owner is very organized and provided written information in English for everything needed. Information on appliances, services, restaurants, shopping, sightseeing etc. The parking is uphill and a bit of a walk but loading and loading of the car can be done about 50 meters from the apartment with only a few steps to negotiate. We also spent time in an apartment on Lake Como and much preferred this location. There were fewer tourists and a much better view of the lake. Lugano, a sophisticated Swiss resort city is about 15 minutes away by car, bus or boat. Several restaurants are located in Gandria and we especially enjoyed Le Bucce de Gandria (reservations recommended).
Idyllisches, sehr fein hergerichtetes Ferienhaus(Baujahr 1659),Inneneinrichtung sehr modern und als Ferienhaus praktisch eingerichtet. Endlich mal ein Ferienhaus, in dem man richtig kochen kann mit mehr als zwei Tellern und Tassen sowie mehr als zwei Kochtöpfen!
Der Tessin spricht landschaftlich für sich........Super!