A relaxing holiday in an old farmhouse

Tucked away on the Novarese hills, you will find a a corner of the world where you can immerse yourselves in the regenerative silence of the countryside, let time flow lazily with the slow rythm of bygone times. 

Cascina Visconti is in the village of Agrate Conturbia, 10 minutes away from Lake Maggiore, 20 minutes from Lake Orta. 

Rent it for a week or a whole month

The farmhouse is available to guests with a short rental formula for tourist use. It is the ideal solution for large families or groups seeking independence and want a structure with comfort and plenty of space.

The farmhouse

The building measures 400 square metres, on three floors, in the centre of the village. The oldest part of the building was present on the local cadastre maps in 1700, while the main body was built in the early 1800s. The house is surrounded by 1 hectar of land; it was at the heart of a rural community and still today -or so our guests have told us- you can breathe its special charm. The guests have many spaces to use, such as the library, the dining room, the portico and the garden. The entire building is available for short-term rental for tourist use.


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The rooms

There are three rooms for guests, each one with an exclusive bathroom.


Enrichetta is a room that families will love, very light and with plenty of space for additional beds. 

Teresa is the old master bedroom, airy and elegant.

Caterina is the most private and intimate room, tucked away and separate from the rest of the house.


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The farmhouse offers spaces to organize events, such as weddings, ceremonies, private parties and office and team retreats, workshops and trainings. 

Inside the house, there is a reception room of 100 square metres, with a marvellous vaulted ceiling. Formerly these were the stables and cellars. It can comfortably seat up to 70 people. 

Outside, there is a large fenced garden – a space which is safe for children- with an old well at the centre, a testimony of old times. The portico offers shelter in case of rain and is a perfect area for buffet tables when the weather is hot. The old hay barn is now a terrace and can host up to 30 people. Outside the garden walls, there is ample parking and a woodland area. 


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The village and what to do

Agrate Conturbia is a holiday location away from busier places. Staying at Cascina Visconti, you will appreciate the quiet atmosphere of this little village, and while taking a walk you will experience the friendliness of a small community of 1.500 people. Such a place offers many experiences to treasure and remember and we hope you will take our suggestions on things to do and see. 


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The lakes and other places to see

We are located between two beautiful lakes. To the west, you will find Lake Maggiore and the Borromeo islands, that from Switzerland runs southwards, along the boundary between the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont. And then there is Lake Orta, romantic and inspiring, a repository of culture and mysterious legends, a beloved destination for great artists such as Nietsche, Goethe, Balzac and Enea Silvio Piccolomini. All around the lakes, there are many extraordinary places to discover and explore. 


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Whom you will meet upon arrival

Here are the people who are working to make your stay pleasurable and who will meet you when you arrive at Cascina Visconti, ensuring your stay is easy and fun.  We will be happy to provide advice on places to visit and things to do in one of the regions of Italy which provides a wealth of treasures and surprises. 



The house has always belonged to her family. It has been part of her life and memories since childhood, when she used to come here during the summer holidays to join her grandmother, great-aunt and her cousin Fulvio. For her, living in Rome and spending much of her time travelling around the world for work, the house in Agrate is the place of the heart, that brings back happy memories and a thousand emotions. She has decided to share these by opening the house up for guests who are able to appreciate a holiday outside the usual places. ‘’This is how’’ she says ‘’this house will carry on being alive’’. 


She speaks italian, english, french and russian 


Cascina Visconti has been a coup de founder. The first time she set foot in the house – it was on a summer evening- she immediately felt all the positive vibes that still accompany her.  ‘’The house talks to me’’ she often repeats ‘’it smiles and me and thanks me for the attention I give to it and for bringing out its antique grace, taking care of its needs’’.

In the rooms of the house, there is much of Katia’s style and her passion for old furniture and objects and the pleasure she takes in combining them.


She speaks italian and french


Agrate Conturbia is the place where he grew up and where he has decided to stay, a place that provides energy and inspiration. ‘’I like it here because it’s a very human dimension’’ he explains. ‘’Here you have the priviliege of living in a landscape that is very green and not too crowded, where nature provides the back-drop for strong social relationships. And at the same time, you can benefit from all the opportunities of large urban centres: Milan is just half an hour drive away and in just over one hour you can reach Turin and Genoa’’. 


He speak italian and english and many words of the local dialect.