|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Apartment A. First floor apartment (ground floor from entrance side) with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2 to 4. Balcony along the entire length of the apartment, with 2 private sun-loungers, second dining table and superb panoramic views of Lake Orta. Living room has large (3.6m) sliding doors opening onto the balcony. Master bedroom has king size double bed, sofa-bed in living room converts to two full size single beds. Master bedroom has french windows onto the balcony. Newly furnished (2005) to a high standard. Beautiful garden with palms, magnolias, azaleas and fragrant climbing jasmine. No stairs to enter or within the apartment (slope in garden down to pool). Stay in Panorama for the outstanding views, quality accommodation, great al fresco dining and wonderful balcony.
Villa Gelsomina is a superb traditional-style villa in a quiet and idyllic setting above Lake Orta, the most enchanting of the Italian Lakes. All apartments have their own outside space with second dining table for al fresco dining and have wonderful views of Lake Orta, with its ever changing hues by day and by night. All apartments beautifully furnished in contemporary style and very well equipped. Large swimming pool (14 x 5 x 1.5m) from 18th May 2013 to 21st September 2013. Outside chess set on giant stone chessboard! Convenient parking right in front of villa. Great base for the entire lakes region. Come to Lake Orta for the beautiful scenery, wonderful local villages, wide choice of very reasonably priced local restaurants and great local walks (we supply descriptions). Stay in Villa Gelsomina for the stunning panoramic views of Lake Orta, the peace and tranquility, quality accommodation and wonderful outside space and pool.
Getting there: Villa Gelsomina is just 25 miles (40km) from Milan Malpensa airport, for Easyjet, British Airways, Alitalia, and many long haul flights. More flights to Milan Linate (60 minutes). Low cost flights with EasyJet to Milan Malpensa and with Ryanair to Milan Bergamo (90 minutes drive from Lake Orta). There are all the main car hire firms at all these airports. By car from the UK, it is an easy 2 day drive from Calais over the the Alps, ask for details.
Holiday Homes at Lake Orta: We only rent accommodation at Lake Orta, and have many other apartments in this wonderful area. For details of all apartments, please email or telephone William for more information, or find us searching for Holiday Homes at Lake Orta.
A little bit of an exaggeration, but the views from the terrace of Villa Gelsomina are truly stunning.
We have now stayed in the Dolce Vita apartment, which is on the top floor of the villa, three times and are returning for a fourth time in the Spring of 2010. The apartment is lovely - clean, well maintained and equipped with everything you will need. William, the owner, is exceptionally friendly and helpful - the information pack that he provides is excellent.
Lake Orta is beautiful and the little town of Orta San Gulio is charming. There is plenty to do and see in the area and there is a wide choice of restaurants to suit every taste and pocket.
What more recommendation can we give than 4 visits in consecutive years - who knows, we might even go twice in 2010!
I booked Panorama and Paradiso apartments in Villa Gelsomina for one week for a family holiday and to attend a wedding.
From my first contact with William he responded very quickly and efficiently and the booking process was really easy. The information pack we received prior to arrival was excellent and when I got in touch with William to ask for advice he was most helpful each time.
We arrived on an evening just as the sun was setting and were really happy when we saw the well kept garden. We knew the view was going to be good but we were delighted when we walked around the villa to collect the keys and saw the view across the lake, it was absolutely beautiful! Our apartments were lovely, clean and stocked with everything we needed and more. They were next door to each other so we could share the whole balcony around the villa.
We enjoyed spending time in the pool and there was plenty of room for us and the other families staying there. We were really grateful to have all the information about the surrounding areas, restaurants, walks and local taxis (Rita was a very entertaining lady!) We visited Orta San Guilio for food several times and spent a couple of hours exploring the Island which was really interesting with some beautiful buildings and views. We drove up to Mount Mottarone and had great fun on the bobsled run down the mountain.
The wedding we attended was held in the town hall and after a boat ride around the lake the reception was in Palazzo Gemelli in the town. It was beautiful there and the food was amazing.
At Villa Gelsomina we particularly enjoyed sitting out on the balcony together having long leisurely meals and just enjoying the view which I don't think you would ever tire of!
I would definitely recommend this villa to friends and family.
We had a lovely stay at The Dolce Vita apartment at Villa Gelsomina. The apartment is well equipped for a comfortable stay but the real star of the show is the view over lovely Lake Orta. William was very helpful, providing lots of information ahead of the holiday so you can already start making plans! Unfortunately as the weather was somewhat cloudy for much of our stay, it was March after-all, we didn't do as many walks as we would have liked to. However the local walks we did were good and I would particularly recommend exploring around the the Orta San Giulio peninsular walking up the Sacro Monte, interesting with lots of lovely views, even in the cloud! The little cafe in Vacciago is lovely, run by a sweet lady. We enjoyed several carefully made brunches there. Also lunch at locanda del buon Riso was superb. All in all the whole experience was highly recommendable.
The third stay by ourselves but the fourth by members of our family. A modern Villa carefully designed and constructed with top quality materials and divided to provide generous sized apartments of different sizes depending upon the size of the group occupying. Each apartment (we have stayed in three different ones) are best described as similar to a generously large suite (but with a modern kitchen) in a modern 4 *or 5 * hotel although with rather greater attention to detail than one finds in most good hotels and of course with a very much greater sense of privacy and peace than in a hotel and with views that most hotels could only wish for. Apart from great design and construction the Villa has nice grounds and both grounds and apartments are constantly maintained (under the direct supervision of the English owner who appears to fly out for that purpose most week ends) as they would be if one was staying in a top quality hotel that was staffed and managed as one might hope.Gardeners were on duty even though it was late Autumn when we last visited and the Villa only partly occupied because of the season Its worth reading the description of this villa carefully to give you some preliminary idea of quite how good it will be but realise that your stay is likely to be very much better than you think from the description given.
This was our ninth stay in Apt Dolce Vita in Villa Gelsomina - doesn't that say it all? As usual, the apartment was as described and William, the owner, as helpful as ever. This is a superb apartment in a fantastic location - that's why we keep going back year after year.
Fantastic views and location, well equipped and comfortable apartment and very informative information pack provided by owner. Listing was very accurate would certainly recommend property to friends.
Villa Gelsomina is just 3km from the lakeside village of Orta San Giulio, where there are mouth-watering restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, trattorias and gelaterias (particularly good!) catering for all tastes and ages. There is also a great local restaurant in walking distance (400m). Many wonderful day trips can be made in the area, at Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, and in the mountains. We provide descriptions of a series of favourite local walks, most of which start from your front door! Great beach with all facilities (sunbeds, pedalos, canoes, cafe etc.) at Miami at the south end of the lake, lots of other places to swim. Boat trips on Lake Orta, rowing boats for hire at Orta San Giulio. 1 hour's drive from Milan, just 90 minutes from Turin. Skiing locally on the Mottarone, Val Vigezzo, or Macugnaga.