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Ilaria Pegorin

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian

La Darsena at Lake Orta for an incomparable relaxing vacation

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Orta San Giulio Villa Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, sleeps 4

This is a rare, romantic small Villa directly on the water of Lake Orta, one of the most beautiful Lakes in Europe. The Villa is situated on a private road at the waters edge, close to the town of Orta san Giulio, the small “capital” of the Lake. Completely renovated inside last year, there is a spacious master bedroom, a large living room with sofa beds and dining area, separate small kitchen and bathroom with tub/shower. The Darsena best feature is the terrace, which feels like a balcony on a cruise ship. The terrace is equipped with table and chairs ideal for breakfast in the sun and romantic evening dining. The nice garden, and the private harbour gives you immediate access to the Lake for swimming and boating. Far away from the crowds of tourists, La Darsena has been tailored made for individual travellers looking for an incomparable relaxing vacation and a breathtaking panorama.

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Ilaria Pegorin (Property Manager)
Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german, italian


based on 18 traveler reviews

La Darsena at Lake Orta for an incomparable relaxing vacation
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 18 reviews

Everything you need for a relaxing time

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week during May 2009 at La Darsena. The property description is very accurate, it was clean and the customer service was excellent. The location is indeed rare and peaceful, the view is beautiful and the house has all the facilities needed for a comfortable holiday. We particularly enjoyed the privacy and the possibility to make a barbeque. The walk along the lake to the town of Orta San Giullio is a pleasure and enable you to admire the beautiful villas. We will surely be back!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful, peaceful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at La Darsena for our honeymoon in August. The situation of the property is beautiful - so quiet and peaceful. We would definitely recommend staying here. llaria was really helpful and went above and beyond to help with our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great position, but with shortcomings

  • 3 of 5

First things first: We were unlucky. Two weeks in June and it rained for eleven of them, often very heavily, so we had a chance to spend some time in the property. The overhang on the balcony meant we could actually sit out when it was raining, which was good.

The welcome was warm if the weather wasn't and the property matched the pictures and description. Having the ability to park outside the property is a godsend, saving 10 Euros a day, even if you have to negotiate a steep path down and park in a field. It was clean and there were plenty of towles etc. A few disappointments. We experienced four powercuts while there; short but annoying. One of them blew a bulb in the living room. There were three remotes for the TV, video etc, but only one had batteries that worked. And there were ants. One morning we entered the kitchen and found hundreds of them on the work surface. Unsurprisingly, there was a can of ant-killer under the sink so a small massacre followed. Talking of the kitchen, it was the smallest I have ever encountered in a rental property. At its narrowest point it was only 14" (35cms) from the door frame to the cupboard handle opposite. I'm not a big person and found it a squeeze. Also, it's not mentioned, but the accommodation is above a boat-house, so when it's windy or raining you have the amplified noise of a boat repeatedly banging against the dock and the water slapping against the walls. Sleeping was difficult on the first few nights. However, when the weather is calm it's not a problem. We were surprised when the owner turned up, let himself and a friend in and took the boat fishing.The location is great and the walk around the lake to Orta San Gulio is pleasant. The path would never be allowed in the UK for Health & Safety reasons. It's stone, about three foot across and has no barrier between you and the lake. And it gets slippery when wet, believe me. The town itself is lovely and has some good bars and restaurants with friendly staff. We ate well wherever we went. Stresa on Lake Maggiore is a short distance away and is well worth a visit, as is Mottarone, the mountain from where you can see seven lakes spread around you. My wife would recommend La Darsena to her friends for a long weekend or week, but I would have my reservations despite the obvious charms of the lake and its surroundings.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry to read all this here in a review because I always ask to my guests if everything is ok and I always tell them to contact me anytime for any question or problem but you did not tell me any of this. Yes, you were definitely very unlucky with the weather. This is just bad luck...noone can do anything about it but I am sorry because I understand this can be annoying. Considering the bad weather, powercuts may happen. This happens to the entire village/villages but as you said they don't last too long because there are workers ready to fix the power city lines. About the remotes...remember that we met by chance in Orta San Giulio and you asked me if I had batteries? Of course i didn't have any with me in that moment so i asked if you could buy them the first time you would have shopped and i would have refunded you their cost. You said it was should have told me it was not OK ad I would have bought and brought batteries to you. About ants...La Darsena is in a green area near the centre of Orta san Giulio. This means the presence of little insects like ants (but also like lovely ducks, swans, etc). Ants appear in every house of this area when rainy days arrive. Ants are smart and they enter the houses to have a roof above. That is why we prefer to leave an ant-killer spray under the sink. Kitchen is tiny and it is written in every description but I think nothing is missing to have the possibility to cook at home. La darsena in Italian means boathouse...I really want to underline that the house is an independent one family house and NOONE will ever enter in the apartment (not the owner and me neither). The bottom part of the house is a boathouse accessed from an outside door. Owner might come sometimes to check on its boat and he will enter from downstairs and he will not disturb anyone. About the path you should discuss with the mayor... ;-) but this is the very first time I hear that Orta path is dangerous...there are joggers, moms with babies and strollers, old people, etc but I never heard of someone hurt or worried about this charming lake path..........
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Northern Ireland

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week in La Darsena and were really impressed. Lake Orta is a magical place and not overrun with tourists. La Darsena is perfectly located, with wonderful views directly over the lake and a short (15 min) stroll around the lake's edge to the village of Orta san Giulio, with its atmospheric piazza. The house is described accurately and is basic but clean and well maintained. The kitchen is very small and would not be suitable for anyone who wanted to do much cooking (there is no oven or grill). However, there are plenty of local restaurants. Being able to swim in the lake directly from the house is a great bonus and very refreshing, as the temperature averaged 33 degrees during our stay and there is no air conditioning in the house, so sleeping at night was a little difficult.

We received excellent customer service and would have no hesitation in recommending La Darsena. We certainly plan to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sertolovo, Russia

Best for family holydays

  • 5 of 5

We visited Darcena May 2008 with our child. We found the property right as it was described by the owner. The rooms were clean and the facilities are in the order. The place is really beautiful. Orta is rather antient city and very lovely. We visited isolated monastery on the iceland. There are a lot of nice restourants and cafes with friendly hosts. It was a pleasure to find one at the narrow streets of old city. We admire nice balcony right above the water. We spent a lot of time just sitting outside, drinking local wine and enjoing the nature. There are a lot of walking pathes around the lake and to nearby villages. There is a market at weekends with local fresh fish and cheese. We surely recommend the place to visit! Travelling by car, you will have a chance to see not only Orta but lago Maggiore as well and even see the Alps.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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London, England

I cannot wait to return

  • 5 of 5

I visited Darsena some years ago with my (then) teenaged sons. They absolutely loved it. They swam like fish, with the fish. I do not know if the rowing boat is still there, but they spent hours rowing out into the lake. I was able to sit and read and get a well-earned break.

Orta is simply beautiful. And not overcrowded, even in the height of August. Unless of course, many others have now discovered this jewel so beloved of poets.

The location and presentation of the villa is lovely - nothing pretentious, but everthing that you need (and this was before the renovation.) I have recounted stories of our stay there to anyone who will listen and genuinely cannot wait to return. It is so very special a place that I would only wish to share it with someone very close to me.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2003
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Milan Malpensa
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Orta- Miasino
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Arona or Borgomanero
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The ancient village of Orta possesses a charm and a fascination, that are difficult to describe, it is the pearl and the heart of the lake. The lack of cars together with old houses with granite portals and wrought iron gates, the small lanes, the inside yards and the small shops will take you back to the past. Orta is enchanting , largely unchanged for centuries with typical cobbled streets and archways with plenty of bars, and restaurants of all types. The pace of the village is slow and unhurried and is a perfect place to spend your holiday. Take a few minute stroll from the houses to the main square and enjoy a characteristic Italian dish or drink the excellent wine in one of the typical little restaurants which offer genuine food and hospitality. In this unspoilt corner of Northern Italy, the breathtaking scenery together with the artistic and cultural patrimony, will give you an unforgettable experience.


Rates & Availability

Orta San Giulio Villa Rental Rates

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Sep 25 2016 - Nov 5 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $39
Refundable damage deposit $112

I prezzi sono comprensivi di acqua,elettricità,lenzuola,asciugamani,pulizia finale.
RISCALDAMENTO COSTO EXTRA pagato a consumo solo se utilizzato.
Giorno di cambio in alta stagione è preferibilmente la Domenica.
I prezzi indicati sono settimanali, contattateci per preventivi personalizzati per soggiorni inferiori alle 7 notti.

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Orta San Giulio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Sofabed in the livingroom
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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