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VILLA GELSOMINA | Overview of the apartments | summer

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We are delighted to offer five beautiful apartments in Villa Gelsomina, which we designed and built, based on our understanding of holidaymaker needs from our extensive experience of renting in this area.  The apartments in Villa Gelsomina are Panorama (sleeps 4), Paradiso (sleeps 6 to 8), Dolce Vita (sleeps 2 to 4), Ciao Sole! (sleeps 4 to 6), and Ciao Italia! (sleeps 4).

Villa Gelsomina was built to a high standard in the local style, and specifically with holiday rentals in mind, so all apartments have a view of Lake Orta, with a terrace, patio or balcony where you can eat outside.  There is a 14 metre (46 foot) swimming pool (open 21.5.2016 to 17.9.2016) in the well laid out and now well stocked grounds, and an outside chess set.

Villa Gelsomina is in a quiet no-through-road and has convenient parking spaces on the road directly in front of the villa.

Location  Click to see the location of Villa Gelsomina on Google Maps (opens satellite view in a new window)

Villa Gelsomina is situated in Lortallo, in a superb setting on the brow of the ridge running along the east side of Lake Orta, and enjoys absolutely stunning views.  In fact nothing you read or see on this web site will prepare you for the intense natural beauty of the setting and its contantly changing colours.

The villa is surrounded by protected natural parks.  Behind the villa lie the wooded slopes of Monte Mesma with Monte Mesma Convent on the summit (one of the walks we provide is a circuit taking in Monte Mesma), and to south west is the natural park of the Tower of Buccione, with the distinctive medieval watch tower at its summit.

The villa is set on the wooded slopes above Lake Orta in a peaceful location, some 100 metres from any traffic (access is via a quiet no through road).  The villa is complete with beautiful grounds, a large pool, barbecue, giant chess set, and all the apartments are very well furnished in contemporary style, and fully equipped with everything you need a comfortable stay.

Local Facilities

Villa Gelsomina is 3 km by road from the local centre of Orta San Giulio.  There are several small beaches on Lake Orta (as Holiday Homes at Lake Orta clients, you are entitled to a 25% discount on the entrance to Miami beach).  The whole area is well serviced by shops.  There is a great restaurant (the Vecchio Circolo - web site just 5 minutes walk from Villa Gelsomina (without going on the road!), and we provide a long list of recommended local restaurants in your location pack.  There are many places to visit in the local area, lots of wonderful places for day trips for adults and children, great walks (we provide in your location pack five favourite local walks for you to try), and a good selection of sporting and other local activities are available.

Lake Orta

This wonderful little lake (Lago d'Orta in Italian, Lacus Cusius in Roman times) is still little known outside Italy, even though it is the "next lake along" from Lake Maggiore.  It lies in the foothills of the Alps, with low hills at the south end of the lake, but higher mountains at the north end (the Mottarone, which lies between Lakes Orta and Maggiore, is just under 1500 metres - great view of seven lakes, by the way!).  The scenery of Lake Orta is gentle - and inviting! - just as the local people are warm and hospitable...

Villa Gelsomina - the barbecue area under the oak tree - taken June 2009

Getting there

Many clients arrive by air at one of Milan's airports - the nearest, Milan Malpensa airport, is just 24 miles (40km) away - and pick up a hire car, often taking advantage of the cheap flights that are now available. See our table of flights for information on airlines flying from the U.K. to the region.  For U.K. holidaymakers who prefer to drive, it's an easy two day drive.  For full details of air, road, and rail transport to the area, click here.

Comparison of costs of apartments in Villa Gelsomina

Season Pool Period

sleeps 2-4

sleeps 6-8

Dolce Vita
sleeps 2-4

Ciao Sole!
sleeps 4-6

Ciao Italia!
sleeps 4

A.  Low pool closed before 26-3-2016,
after 8-10-2016






B.  Low+ pool closed 26-3-2016 to 21-5-2016,
17-9-2016 to 8-10-2016






C.  Mid pool open 21-5-2016 to 11-6-2016






D.  Mid+ pool open 11-6-2016 to 25-6-2016,
10-9-2016 to 17-9-2016






E.  Int pool open 25-6-2016 to 9-7-2016,
3-9-2016 to 10-9-2016






F.  Int+ pool open 9-7-2016 to 23-7-2016,
27-8-2016 to 3-9-2016






G.  High pool open 23-7-2016 to 6-8-2016






H.  Peak pool open 6-8-2016 to 27-8-2016






Costs are for the apartment per week, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, bed linen, and standard size towels.  Shorter stays are accepted for October through April (minimum 4 days for Panorama and Dolce Vita, minimum 5 days for Paradiso, Ciao Sole! and Ciao Italia!), see short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.

* Variable pricing: An additional charge of £50 per person per week (£8 per person per day for stays shorter than a week) applies for more than 4 people in Ciao Sole!.

Because of the swimming pool, the apartments in Villa Gelsomina are not suitable for families with small children aged less than seven years. Pets are not allowed.

Arrivals (from 4pm) and departures (by 10am) are on a Saturday in the period from the beginning of May to the end of September.  Outside of this period arrival days are flexible.

The giant chess set in the grounds of Villa Gelsomina

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