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Feedback from Previous Occupants 2006

Last revised 23-12-2006


The following feedback was received from previous occupants of the apartments.  If you wish to take up any of the people below as references, contact details can be supplied.
Yes, we had a great time,and also great weather at Orta. Now in Padua, and enjoying the North.

Y. & D. Rosenthal
Haifa, Israel
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, October 2006

Lake Orta is a truly lovely destination, and Casa Miralago was ideal for our needs, the best view I have seen for a while.  We all had a great time and were extremely lucky with the weather.

Mr & Mrs J. Rodway
Cheshire, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Miralago, October 2006

Please use me as a reference for anyone who wants to know about Villa Gelsomina.  I'm one of its biggest fans.  Can't say enough good things about our experience there, and with you.  Thanx everso.

Mr & Mrs J. Miller
Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.
Stayed in Panorama, November 2006

We really loved our stay in the apartment and absolutely hated to leave, I sincerely hope we will be back.

E. & M. Hawkins
Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, October 2006

Our stay at Lake Orta was a complete pleasurable success. You have a wonderful property in Italy. We just got home last night after spending a day in Milan and an overnight stay in Paris before our return flight.

We enjoyed meeting and having afternoon drinks with the two couples from England and the couple from Australia.

M. & G. Parascandola
New Mexico, U.S.A.
Stayed in Panorama, October 2006

We enjoyed a wonderful holiday. The apartment afforded all our needs and is in such an idyllic spot, yet close to so many different amenities. We explored Orta town, the island, the beach, a train trip to Milan but particularly enjoyed a day driving to Macugnaga. We will certainly consider another visit.

L. & J. Nicholls
Milton Keynes, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, September 2006

We really enjoyed our short stay at Lake Orta.

It was everything you said it would be and we will certainly be returning again, hopefully for longer next time!

Thanks for everything and best regards.

F. McGonigal
Tervuren, Belgium
Stayed in Cinque Terre, August 2006

Just returned from our third trip to Vacciago and it gets better every time. Casa Glicine provided an excellent base for the week. Unfortunately, our very basic Italian did not stretch to telling Edo how much we liked the apartment, so we'd be grateful if you could pass on our thanks.

We are missing our daily trips to La Bottega and wish we had a shop like that at the end of our road. The weather was fantastic and got better as the week progressed. We saw Monte Rosa every day (quite amazing since we only saw it once during our previous two-week stay) and the views from Mottarone were stunning. We were particularly impressed with the Vecchio Circolo restaurant in Lortallo - the food and service were excellent.

All in all, we had a fantastic week and didn't want to come home!

N. & D. Craine
Leeds, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Glicine, September 2006

Thanks for all your help, William.

We had a great stay and thoroughly enjoyed Lake Orta.

E. Colleran
Dublin, Ireland
Group of 13 who stayed in Punta Movero, Belvedere, and La Litarda, July 2006

You ask for feedback on our stay at Darsena...

Well it was as wonderful as anticipated.

You undersold it with the description, really. The 'Roof Terrace', the outside 'balcony' with chairs to swim from, seeing the fish and a water snake/eel?

As we are foody people in an ideal world we would have liked fuller cooking facilities - but the website was very clear and fair about this, so that's not a complaint!

We also think you undersold Villa Crespi for dining. We had an absolutely marvellous meal there. Really good, interesting food.  Very helpful and proper guidance on wine.  And one of the absolutely best cheese courses ever - again with helpful guidance through the amazing selection (asking for help and a serving of their chosen selection essential here!)

So many thanks for a wonderful holiday.

D. Howl & S. Clegg
Leeds, U.K.
Stayed in Darsena, August 2006

We had a wonderful holiday. What an exceptional place - so quiet and peaceful, despite being so close to Milan, and of course Orta san Giulio is completely captivating. The Cinque Terre was very comfortable and we couldn't fault it. We would certainly love to go back one day.

My wife is the novelist Denyse Woods / Denyse Devlin and the Casa sul Lago provided the perfect setting for research for her next novel, part of which is to be set on Lake Orta.

Many thanks again for all your help, and if we do go back at some stage in the future we'll definitely book it through you.

W. Merivale and D. Woods
Co.Cork, Ireland
Stayed in Cinque Terre, July 2006

Thank you for your prompt request for bank details to repay our deposit; it is a pleasure doing business with you. As for your villa, we had a super time. It was a delight to see that the apartment and everything in it was brand new and of good quality - we especially appreciated the feather pillows, the washing machine and the iron. We made the correct decision to choose Ciao Italia as the pool made such a difference to our holiday.

T. & L. McWilliams
Weil im Schoenbuch, Germany
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, July 2006

We had a great week - managed walks 1, 4, & 5.  They were great, even the kids enjoyed them!  The view is spectacular - an experience we won't forget.

H. Sturgiss
O'Connor, ACT, Australia
Stayed in Dolce Vita, June 2006

Thank you very much for all the detailed information. It is so well laid out and informative and makes it very easy to follow the instructions and directions.

I have to say that it is very refreshing to deal with someone so organized and pleasant.  I know we will have a great holiday at your beautiful villa.

W. Carew-Reid
Mosman Park, Western Australia
July 2006

We recently returned to Australia after finishing our holiday in Italy.

This is just a brief note to thank you for your assistance re accommodation at Lake Orta. Jenny and I and the other couple we travelled with had a wonderful time at the Lake and found your accommodation very comfortable, spacious and well appointed. We enjoyed the pool, found Rachel very helpful and approachable and the location very convenient.

We would be more than happy to recommend your apartment to others travelling to the Lake.

D. and J. Chen,
Lenah Valley, Tasmania, Australia
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, June 2006

Thank you for all your help and advice in making our holiday a great one! We had a wonderful time and the villa itself was to a very high standard.

C. & P. Mace, part of a wedding group of 15 people
London, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, Paradiso, Ciao Sole!, and Ciao Italia!, June 2006

We had a wonderful time at the Villa Gelsomina and will definitely go back again. Everything about the villa was perfect and Karen and I enjoyed ourselves very much We really should have booked the two weeks... All your detailed instructions and directions where first class.

Regarding the telephone card: I bought a card (last year) in a small shop on Lake Garda for a cost of only €5 euros which I did not use at the time. The card was called Europa and was issued in Italy by Vectone (see www.vectone.com - UK Company). The phone in the villa worked perfectly, we called an Italian free phone number and then used a pin. We must have made at least 10 calls to the UK and two to America and we still had minutes left when we left!

K. & K. Spencer
Warrington, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, June 2006

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Gelsomina.  It is wonderfully appointed with a wonderful view and we had a week we will all remember.

T. & J. Payne
Mpumalanga, South Africa
Stayed in Paradiso, May 2006

We had a really excellent time around Lake Orta last week, helped by your very comfortable apartment and the support of Marco. The descriptions on your web site and in the material that you sent to us were entirely accurate; we just didn't realise how quiet an Italian village is!

We met some lovely people, including the shop owner (he tried to teach us some Italian - some success with my wife but I remain resolutely uneducated in this area!). Also the man who kindly offered to lead us back to the right road when we'd got badly lost coming out of Linate; he said it wasn't much out of his way, but I think he was being generous!

Sandie put some notes in your visitor's book and my mother has asked whether you have any apartments in other areas. She particularly liked the garden area.

B. & S. Parfett
Sheffield, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Bella, June 2006

Thank you for the information [pack]...

Anyway, thanks for your great service - best I have ever come across and I am (sort of ) in the business.

R. Annells
Melbourne, Australia
May 2006

I would just like to say what a wonderful time we had in Italy at Lake Orta; the apartment was really nice and the setting was lovely. We would definitely recommend it to our friends and would go again. We did a couple of the walks you sent us and we also went to Stresa for the day.

Many thanks

M. Gunster
Worcester, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, April 2006

Thanks so much for returning the deposit. (I just got back last night, and am sitting down to the computer for the first time.) Yes, we enjoyed both Lake Orta and the apartment VERY much We made the mistake of making the trip to Lake Como, and immediately fled back to the peace of Orta. Thank you again.

J. Warren
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Stayed in Casa Bellavista, May 2006


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