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Casa Bartula is a spacious one-bedroom house, sleeping 3 to 4 people over two floors, in a traditional "balconied" style house typical of the local area, with great views to the south and west.
The house is located in the village of Bolzano Novarese (which means "Bolzano in Novara province", to distinguish it from the larger town of Bolzano in the Dolomites), which has a few shops and a popular pizzeria (Pizzeria Sirena) just 2 minutes walk from the house. Bolzano Novarese is three miles by road from the local centre of Orta San Giulio. The house has pleasant views of the local church spire and three other local landmarks: the twelfth century Tower of Buccione, the Madonna del Sasso church perched on a granite cliff on the other side of Lake Orta, and (on a clear day) the great snowy mass of Monte Rosa, the second highest mountain in the Alps.
The downstairs living space has modern kitchen (4 ring gas cooker hob, microwave, large fridge, dishwasher, but no oven), dining table with 4 chairs, comfortable double sofabed, original ceiling beams and original stone fireplace. The master bedroom upstairs has king size double bed, an extra single bed, large wardrobe, and great views of the church and village.
The living room has 21" flatscreen colour TV (local television only). Wifi internet is available in Casa Bartula (fixed line ADSL service).
Casa Bartula has a handy outside eating area in the garden area in front of the house, and convenient off-street parking.
Lake Orta is the most westerly of the Italian Lakes, situated in the foothills of the Alps. Quieter from a tourist point of view than the other lakes, this little gem is the "little sister" of Lake Maggiore. There are several small beaches on Lake Orta, including Miami at the south end of the lake, lots of local sightseeing, great country walks, super lake sports, and fantastic local food (recommendations provided).
Set in the foothills of the Alps, at the south end of the lake there are low hills, whereas at the north end the mountains are higher (the Mottarone is nearly 1500 metres) and the distant Alpine peaks can be seen, making a gentler - and more inviting! - landscape compared with the larger alpine lakes. There is great local walking (we provide a set of walks).
Casa Bartula offers an excellent base at a very reasonable price to explore Lake Orta with easy access to good local restaurants.
See our table of flights to the region. There are many scheduled flights into Milan Malpensa airport, the closest airport just 40 km (24 miles), also Easyjet flies to Milan Malpensa (Terminal 2). Ryanair flies to Milan Bergamo and Turin Caselle airports (both 90 minutes drive). There are all the main car hire companies at all these airports. From the UK, it's an easy two day drive just 670 miles from Calais - closer than the south coast of France, and just two-thirds of the distance to Tuscany!
The cost, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, towels and linen is:
Short stays are welcome (minimum 3 days), see short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.
Arrivals and departures can be any day of the week. Arrivals should be after 4.30 p.m., departures before 10 a.m.
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