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Sleeps 2/8 - 4 bedroom villa on San Giulio island, Lake Orta, Northern Italy. Villa Monziani is a 17th C Villa, one of the oldest houses on San Giulio Island, lakeside, at water level, with full view of the lake, On the ground floor there is the garden, which stretches the length of the house (1/3 in the shade of the bower and 2/3 in the sun), the kitchen and a small lounge, which both open onto the garden, and a bathroom. The boathouse is adjacent to the garden. On the first floor there is a very large lounge with a fireplace and a master bedroom. The balcony on the first floor runs the length of the house and an outdoor stone staircase leads to the garden below. On the mezzanine there is the 2nd bedroom with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. On the second floor there is the 3rd bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a small lounge area. Also on the second floor there is the 4th bedroom, a studio with a divan bed and a spectacular view of the lake. The house has been completely refurbished and modernised bearing in mind its past history, respecting its original plan. The ceilings are all original and designer furniture and illumination enhances the traditional settings, giving a sense of discrete luxury and homeliness. The garden is manicured and from the garden wall you can dive into the water, whose cleanliness is certified, or enter walking through the boat house.
A very magical atmosphere surrounds this island. The green hills of the pre-alpine lake and the small villages dotted on its shore give a feeling of tranquility. Orta's very attractive 18th century houses, make a colourful backdrop to its square, which is like a parlour with cafés, benches under shady trees, arches hiding shops and the full view of the fascinating island of San Giulio. A stunning view of the lake, of the town of Pella and of the Madonna del Sasso Church can be had from the Sacro Monte Franciscan Church above Orta. It is fascinating to stroll in Orta's narrow, cobbled streets and admire the Baroque houses that line them.To reach the island (a mere 400m) guests can use our boat, with or without engine, or the public taxi boats. They can park in our garage on the mainland. We meet our guests in Orta, show them the location of the garage, take them across to the island in our boat, show them the house, answer their questions and leave. We return the day of their departure.
A small apartment on the top floor belongs to my cousins. They are completely independent. They use the back entrance to the house and the central staircase to get to their flat. As for us, the house is their second home, so they might be or might not be there. They are very nice people to get on with and do not intrude.
Villa Monziani is owned by Ludovica Barrow, a retired translator. The house was once owned by Ludovica's great-great grandfather and is one of the oldest on the island. The villa has been completely refurbished and modernised, respecting its antique character. We care and cherish it and hope our guests will enjoy it and appreciate its uniqueness.
Ludovica Soana purchased this villa in 1639
A unique location, voted one of the most characteristic in Italy.
We stayed at the house for 1 week. The house was well maintained and clean. We had a great time and would recommend it to everyone. We also spent quite some time at the Lago Maggiore which is quite close to Lago Orta.
This is a really amazing place to stay at. We have been going for many years and there is always something new to appreciate, whatever the weather.
A really amazing place to stay at. We have been going there regularly for many years and there is always something new to appreciate, whatever the weather. Highly recommended.
I have been many times to Lake Orta and each time is special like the first. Living on the island is a unique experience, very peaceful and comforting for the soul. The house and garden are beautiful and kept clean and tidy. The owners are very welcoming and make you feel at home.
My husband and I were priviledged enough to be invited to spend a beautiful weekend here during the summer. For those who have never been in this part of the world, Isola di San Giulio will appear a magical place. It all begins with a short private boat ride from Orta to the island, courtesy of the Barrow family. Once you arrive, it's like going back in time because everything around you is a piece of history. The villa itself is superb and beautifully located. It has a stunning garden terrace overlooking the lake, where the view is breathtaking. The villa has been looked after with love by the owners and there's great attention to detail to make the visitors feeling special and very comfortable. We loved the privacy which can be enjoyed in this beautiful, romantic get away. Would definitely recommend it for a romantic weekend, an intimate event and for simply spending a fun weekend with a special group a friends. Great place to be, to also explore the stunning locations around the lake.
We were my housband and I and friends celebrating our anniversary. We had amazing relaxing days discovering the beautiful places around the lake and unforgettable dinners in front of the massive fireplace in the enormous living room, with original beams and a lovely view of the lake by night from the windows. Even though it was cold outside the villa was very comfortable, and each room has an independent heating and the beds had electric warmers.
I would reccomend this place highly for romantic gateaways, very intimate and cosy.
Thanks again, we were made to feel really at home. We definately return.
There is a market in Orta every Wednesday. An English poetry festival takes place in Orta in September and a festival of classical music in June and September on the island at Villa Tallone. Fireworks in August are famous in Omegna, at the northern end of the lake. North West Italy is renown as the lake region, apart from Lake Orta there is also Lake Maggiore with its 3 beautiful islands, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano and Lake Como. The arch of the pre-Alps and the massif of Monte Rosa are the backstage of this region.
Short excursions around Orta:
Walk to the Sacro Monte for a good view of the lake. Start from the square, take via Motta, flanked by 18th century buildings, and follow the path by the main church that winds to the top of the hill. There is a restaurant/bar up there. There is also a viable road that accesses the splendid location.
Walk the circular path that skirts the peninsula alongside the lake. Start from the Square and walk left through the main street of Orta skirting the lake along a very picturesque walkway. The path leads you back to the main road and leaving Hotel Villa Crespi on the left you can descend again back to the main square.
Drive to the to the Church Madonna del Sasso via Gozzano and Alzo for a different view of the lake. Return to Alzo, turn left and continue to visit Quarna Sotto and then drive to Omega and back to Orta, basically circling the lake.
Drive to the Mottarone mountain (4,891) ft. on a clear day. Extensive view over lakes Maggiore, Varese, Orta , the Alps and Monte Rosa.
One day excursions:
Drive via Omegna to Stresa and visit the 3 islands. Drive North to Verbania, Cannero e Cannobbio and return home via Omegna.
In Stresa you an get the lift to Mottarone and back.
Drive to Como and after having visited its centre, drive along the left shore of the Lake to Cadenabbia and take the boat to Bellagio. Cross back to Cadenabbia and return to Orta.
Drive to Omegna, Gravellona Toce, Ornavasso, Piedimulera. Macugnaga e Pecetto. Walk around, it's beautiful, Take either lift to the base of the Glacier of Monte Rosa or to the opposite Monte Moro and walk to Rifugio Oberto where there is a further away but larger view of the glacier in its magnificence.
Two books in English at the house on the island which will be of great help. We will talk about the excursions, the shopping and so on when we meet you.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $53 per night, per additional guest|
A 50% deposit will secure booking. The balance is to be paid 60 days before arrival. You pay HomeAway, they pay us after your arrival.
We meet guests at Orta in the main piazza*, unload baggage by the docks and then park your car in the garage, then take them and their luggage across to the island in our boat, show them the house and leave. *Accessing the main piazza requires a special permit and can be accessed only on the day of guests arrival and departure. For the permit we require car make, model & licence plate - hired cars will have details taken on arrival. Guests must arrive between 3pm and 7pm, this is because in case of bad weather the taxi boats stop running after 7pm. This has never been necessary, but guarantees guest access to the island in the eventuality.
We return the day of their departure and meet them in the piazza to say good bye and receive garage badge & key (+eventual extra parking permit). Guests kindly depart by 11am. Earlier departures have to be coordinated and drop off point in the piazza arranged according to the time required.
Notes on prices:
Prices for the property are per week, for a minimum of 1 bedroom (2 people) during the off-season and for 2 bedrooms (4 people) during the Summer months. They include use of private motorboat ("canadian" 8HP outboard engine - no license required), private boathouse next to island villa, mainland locked garage with badge entrance, residents outdoor parking permit for eventual second car. Extra: €70.00 for cleaning Eventual extra nights have a 5% discount. We do not rent rooms separately. Please inquire for further details