Last revised 16-11-2010
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.
|The view from the apartment is so stunning day & night.
I actually insisted on having breakfast on the patio, but that involved
2 jumpers + coat, no regrets though.
Wonder if you're interested in our restaurant find. A really nice one less than 15 mins drive away. It's the restaurant in Villa Crespi www.villacrespi.it . It's a place for special occasion. Excellent food and service, rather pricey but really worth it. It was unfortunate we went there for lunch on our first day. That sort of set our standard which was so hard to meet. So we went back there for dinner on our last evening, that blew our budget..
Another good one is Ristorante Casabella www.isola-pescatori.it . We were fortunate to get the last available table during an island hopping tour. We were expecting some really tourist type food, but this one surprised us. I think it will be fantastic in the summer when you can sit outside on the deck. Anyway, just the thought makes me miss the area already.
|We wanted a special holiday to celebrate our 30th Wedding
Anniversary and we could not have made a better choice than staying at Dolce
Vita for the fortnight. The views and scenery were amazing. From
waking up in the morning and looking at the sun shining on Monte Rosa whilst
lying in bed, to watching the sun go down whilst enjoying dinner on the terrace.
The apartment was perfect - light and airy with plenty of storage space.
We are very grateful to you for the comprehensive guide you provided before we arrived. It was extremely useful to have reviews of the local restaurants so we could have an idea of the type of meal we could expect when we ate out. We really appreciated the walks and the details were very helpful - Mark followed the map and Gill followed the instructions! We particularly enjoyed the walk on the other side of the lake.
We enjoyed visiting the local church Madonna della Bocciola at Vacciago. Other guests may find it useful to know that the time of the Sunday mass during the summer is at 10 o'clock and that the church is only 6 minutes drive away. We tried to find out about local churches and mass times before we left England without success.
Guests may be interested to know that a good holiday book to bring with them is Other People's Secrets written by Louise Candlish just recently published. It is set in San Giulio. I was lucky enough to discover this book and read it whilst on holiday. [HHLO response: Louise Candlish booked through us, and stayed in Orta San Giulio in June 2009. Click here for the book on amazon.co.uk].
Thank you once again for all your help and for providing such lovely accommodation. We can't wait to come back!
G. & M. Botting
|Villa Giovanetti is an excellent location for this lovely town
and area, with the bonus of a lakeside garden facing the very pretty island
in the lake. The Rough Guide to the Italian Lakes puts Orta San Giulio as
number 1 of their '15 things not to miss', and we would definitely agree.
Although touristy, it is not overly so, nor burdened with excessive numbers
of visitors (the vast majority of whom seem to leave by about 5pm). The tourists
do mean that there is a wide choice of restaurants and bars, all within easy
walking distance of the apartment.
The Villa provides good sized, well decorated rooms and well appointed bathrooms. The small kitchen was fully stocked, except that the toaster was missing when we visited (had we really needed one, our text to the agent produced a rapid response that we'd be reimbursed if we picked one up at a nearby supermarket). The beds were comfortable although, for us at least, the pillows were on the soft side. For a quiet day or evening, there were plenty of games, DVDs and English books. There was a little noise from the road next to the villa, although it was generally quiet overnight.
Lots of information was provided about places to visit and to eat, and we were particularly impressed with the detailed descriptions for enough walks to last the whole week. Be warned, though, the paths can be steep - repaid by some beautiful views or just a quiet beer in a local cafe.
If this sounds a bit like an advert, it just reflects how much we enjoyed the villa and our holiday.
G. & S. T
|Thank you - I had a great birthday at Lake Orta. The view from our apartment
window was beautiful. A very relaxing place to be.
|We had a lovely stay at Villa Gelsomina. Were blown away by the views
from our apartment. The apartment was lovely and ideal for our stay, the
children loved Miami beach and we did 3 of your walks, particularly enjoying
the Tre Montagnette and getting back before our teenage daughters were up.
S. & M. Davies,
|We had an excellent time in Orta, made even better by the top class
accomodation at Villa Giovanetti which was not only excellently positioned,
it is also incredibly well appointed and the garden must rival the best in
the whole town. We may well be back!
|After such an enjoyable and relaxing holiday it has been quite
difficult readjusting to "normality" back here in Bucks. We loved the area,
and never felt the need to travel very far from Pella. Casa Fiori was very
clean and comfortable - everything we could possibly want, and our teenage
son very much enjoyed having his own area on the first floor.
The information pack was very helpful, and during the course of the week we discovered some great places to walk/bathe/sit and watch the world go by. People we met in the locality were friendly helpful. We spent much of our time enjoying the views, the weather and savouring the Italian way. Even got to a concert on our last evening which was an unexpected treat.
Thank you very much, we are already thinking how good it would be to go back.
S. & R. Todd,
|Yes we really did have a wonderful time at Lake Orta. We enjoyed our
stay very much. We liked the appartment, in a more than amazing environment,
and the contact with our neighbours was more than good. Thank you for your
We visted Torino and the Sacro Monti of San Giulio and Varallo.
|We would like to send our thanks for such a fantastic appartment and
location, the views were stunning and the comfort in the appartment one of
the best we have ever stayed at.
Thank you again for making our holiday so pleasant.
N. Finnemore & S. Allen,
|We did enjoy our holiday despite some stormy weather. Casa Bartula together
with Giampiero and Paola were excellent hosts and we did not lack much. The
best part was the tranquillity of the area and of course the view from the
bedroom balcony. Lake Orta is our lake and we loved the boat trips on it.
We hope to visit the region again.
B. & A. Nicolls,
|We have just come back from our trip to Italy. We thoroughly enjoyed
our stay in your appartment. My compliments for the way you set up the place,
so modern and spacious!
Needless to say the view was spectacular.
We will certainly recommend your place to friends visiting the region.
E. & R. Wijmer,
|We have just returned from Italy via France. We had a wonderful
time at Lake Orta and enjoyed staying in the apartment very much. We found
it most comfortable and very thoughtfully equipped.
I'd like to have let other apartment users know about the nearby dairy/farm outlet we discovered but I forgot to mention it when we wrote our feedback in the visitors book at the apartment. When you turn right on to the road by the shrine, the dairy is on the left a little way down the road [just before Bolzano Novarese]. We bought some lovely yoghurt and cheese there, and it's convenient for milk too. The people are helpful and pleasant and deserve a mention if you wanted to support local enterprises. [HHLO response: as a result of you pointing this out, we have now added this to our shops page, our new page on local food, and to the location packs for Villa Gelsomina, Casa Miralago and Casa Bartula, all with links to the dairy's own web site, so many thanks!]
Your ideas for day trips were great; we did the Monte Rosa funicular, the little railway to Santa Maria Maggiore and the Isola Bella. We found the Miami Beach by doing Walk One, but it was very crowded so we didn't actually use it. The Wooden Spoon was fantastic and we also enjoyed eating at the Venus restaurant in Orta S G - the pizzas were good and the view of the lake and the ducks and boats was even better.
V. Richardson & P. Thomas,
|We had a lovely time in Orta and really enjoyed the three concerts
[at the annual Festival of Musica Antica]
we went to during the week. The flat was very comfortable and
it was lovely experiencing more of the every day life of the village. There
was a very nice grocer just along the way from our flat and the service at
Il Buon Gustaio, a delicatessen, by Piazza Ragazzoni was excellent.
I. & R. Marchant
|We had an absolutely fantastic time at Lake Orta. The weather was beautiful.
The people were lovely. And the place was like a little piece of heaven on
earth. Our accomodation was perfect.We loved it. It was ideally located,
comfortable and had great character. It suited us perfect. We will definitely
be going back to this beautiful part of the world. Thanks for everything
|We had a wonderful stay at Lake Orta. It was a perfect place for relaxing
and having a lovely honeymoon.
The apartment we very comfortable with the most fantastic view of the enchanting island.
K. Pine & L. Karlsson,
|We are so pleased to have discovered lake orta it was beautiful and I
am sure we will go back.
Thanks once again.
Miss J. McIntosh
|We had an excellent time and found the apartment certainly lived up to
its description and name.
Many thanks for giving us such a good holiday opportunity.
M. & J. Whinney,
|We really enjoyed our stay and sampled many of the restaurants and walks
which you recommended. We will not need another wedding invitation to encourage
us to return.
A. & G. Carr
We had a fantastic time at the lovely Villa Giovanetti. Weather turned out good despite some bad long range forecasts before we left. Wedding went well and just about all of the wedding guests came to have a look at house and wonderful gardens at some time or another. All were very impressed and felt it was excellent value for money, so hopefully you may get some more bookings as a result!!
So thanks again for a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and we will hopefully use the house again in the future.
B & D
|My daughter and I had a really wonderful holiday at Lake Orta. We had
stayed in San Giulio 8 years ago and were delighted to find that it has remained
just as we remembered it - a little paradise! The apartment suited us perfectly
- it was a great base, spotlessly clean and the lovely view was a surprise!
Max and his son were very helpful too.
... And the information you provide on your website and welcome pack are excellent!
I'm sure we will be returning!
|We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in both Ciao Italia and Panorama in April.
Both apartments were very well appointed and the views are magnifico!
H. & K. Weir,
|We had a fantastic time at Orta San Giulio. The scenery, weather and
the people were excellent. The Villa was ideal and well placed for easy access
to the town and all its Cafe/Bars. We completed two of the walks you provided
and were not disappointed with the views that they gave us. A place I would
certainly revisit or recommend to my friends.
|Hemos estado muy bien en Villa Gelsomina, un sitio encantador, y todo
muy bonito, muchas gracias y esperamos volver pronto, un saludo afectuoso.
A. Tomas and J. Santos and friends,
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