About William Schwitzer
We have more than 25 years experience of renting holiday accommodation at Lake Orta, we know all our apartments and the local area intimately. We believe in Lake Orta as an absolutely wonderful holiday destination, and our aim is to share our love of Lake Orta with you.
Why William Schwitzer chose Ameno
Villa Gelsomina is unique in that we built it ourselves as holiday rental accommodation, based on our understanding of what holidaymakers need, from our many years experience of renting holiday apartments. The attention to details shows, as many of you have commented. The villa is very comfortable, stylish, with quality fittings, furnishings, bedding and linen. We are touched that so many of you choose to come back to Lake Orta, the record is currently held by a Scottish couple who have stayed with us 11 times.
What makes this Apartment unique
The views from Villa Gelsomina are absolutely stunning, and it is almost impossible to convey the impression the commanding and unrestricted views of the lake make, full of multiple points of interest. There are several beautiful photos of the views on this entry and elsewhere in different light conditions, but nothing will prepare you for the real thing. Every day is different. Every sunset is different. Dawn is an unbelievable spectacle you must set the alarm for at least once. And when you open the shutters in the morning... wow!!
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Lovely location wonderful views
Comfortable apartment, exceedingly well equipped kitchen ! Best set of pans we’ve ever had in a holiday home.
The terrace is the best feature, it’s huge with wonderful views of the Orta lake. The garden is pretty and The kids loved the pool!!
Only minus was a neighbor who played music very loudly in his garden in the weekend. Happily he wasn’t around during the week so we had a lovely week and left the apartment rested a week later..
Great location, stunning views, lovely villa
Villa Paradiso was a beautiful place, well equipped with stunning views of lake Orta. The pool was lovely, again with views of the lake. Booking through William was simple, who sent a detailed pack of local amenities and details. Would recommend to anybody wanting to visit the area.
Comfortably furnished apartment, magnificent view!
We enjoyed our stay at Lago d'Orta. We will hold the impression of the lake from the terrace for ever in our minds.
But we also explored the surrounding area thanks to the very, very useful information package: Orta, from Stresa to Isola Bella and Isola Madre, Milano (we used te parking of Lampugnano like suggested), Torino, Valstrona, the magnificent garden of Villa Taranto, climbing the Mottarone by bicycle, ...
We found out that in the MD market there is a bakery with fresh bread. The self-made sauces of Edoardo in his Bottega are delicious. Also delicious: a supper in Antico Agnello.
Superb setting and well appointed
Well equipped apartment with superb views of Lake Orta and, if clear, the Alps beyond. Excellent set of notes and instructions provided by William including local walks, places to visit, shop and eat. Local restaurant within 5 minutes walk is very good if you don't want to cook. Lake Orta area not obviously touristy which was gratifying.
After enjoying one weeks stay at Villa Paradiso we highly recommend this house with several apartments. It's a good starting point provided you have a car, to see the surroundings of Lake Orta or just stay at the house and enjoy the amazing view!
The apartment is fully equipped and has everything you need, even for a evening at home.
If you wake early, there is a small bakery (mini store) within walking distance of the house - directions with map are provided in the house.
The charming wine bar in San Guilio, Al Boeuc, is really worth a visit.
We will definitely stay at Villa Paradiso next time we come to visit.
Perfect villa, location and area!
We enjoyed our stay very much. The villa was well equipped, good located and with a fantastic view. Everything was well organised and we will be back, for sure!
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.