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We are delighted to offer Ciao Italia!, a beautiful ground floor apartment in Villa Gelsomina, our latest purpose-built holiday accommodation at Lake Orta (built 2005).  The two bedroom apartment sleeps 4 in a high standard of comfort, with wonderful large patio in front of the apartment with outside dining table for al fresco eating and easy access to the swimming pool.

At a glance

Accommodation 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4.
Position  Ground floor
Views Panoramic views of Lake Orta and the Island of San Giulio
Furnishings Contemporary style, very high standard, new (2005).
Master Bedroom King size double bed (200x170cm)
Second Bedroom Twin Beds (190x80cm)
Living Room Double Sofa
Kitchen Open plan with living room; fully equipped; 4-ring gas hob; microwave; washing machine.
Bathroom Shower (the shower tray is 80x80x10cm with a lip, with folding door on one side only), washbasin, loo
Outside Space Private patio (40m2) accessed from French Windows in the living room, and from the Master Bedroom, with second dining table, sun-loungers, lake view.
Beautiful garden around the house (shared use).
Swimming Pool 14 x 5 x 1.5 metres deep throughout.  Available 18th May to 21st September 2019.
Pool particularly convenient for this apartment, set just below your private patio.
TV/DVD 22" LCD widescreen TV.  Local digital television services.  All main UK television channels from Astra 28.2° East satellite services.  DVD player (built-in to television).  Small selection of mainly English language DVDs.
Telephone There is no telephone in the apartment
Internet Wireless internet access.  Two wireless routers, one for each half of the villa.  ADSL, download speed rated 800 kbps.
Size Total floor area 48m2 (88m2 with patio)
Apartment access Steps down to separate entrance, on opposite side from road.  No stairs within the apartment.
Road access Quiet no-through-road, 100 metres from main road
Parking Parking bay in front of house
Children Not suitable for children under 7 because of the swimming pool.
Wheelchair access Gentle ramp at the side of the house to access the apartment, no steps within the apartment.  Three steps down to swimming pool.
Key features Come to Lake Orta for the beautiful scenery, wonderful local villages, and wide selection of local restaurants
Stay in Villa Gelsomina for the outstanding setting above Lake Orta, the peace and tranquillity, and swimming pool.
Stay in Ciao Italia! for the wonderful outside patio and surrounding garden, and for the particularly convenient access to the pool.

Villa Gelsomina

Ciao Italia! is one of five wonderful apartments in Villa Gelsomina, situated in the village of Lortallo, in a superb setting on the brow of a ridge running along the east side of Lake Orta, some 200 metres (in altitude) above the lake.  See Villa Gelsomina on Google Maps (opens satellite view in new window)  Villa Gelsomina was built to a very high specification in 2005, in the local style, and with holiday rentals in mind.  All apartments have a view of Lake Orta, and all apartments have a terrace, patio or balcony, where you can eat outside.  There is a swimming pool in the well laid out grounds.  Villa Gelsomina has ample parking space on the quiet no-through-road, in a parking bay directly in front of the house.

The other apartments in Villa Gelsomina are Panorama (sleeps 4), Paradiso (sleeps 6 to 8), Dolce Vita (sleeps 2 to 4), and Ciao Sole! (sleeps 4 to 6).


Ciao Italia! sleeps 4 adults comfortably.  The master bedroom of Ciao Italia! has a comfortable king size double bed, and double doors onto the patio.  The second bedroom has twin beds, and views of Monte Rosa.

The living area has a sofa, dining table and chairs for 4, and French Windows on to the patio.  The living room is open plan with the kitchen area, which is fully equipped with 4-ring gas hob (no oven), gas cooker, large fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, kettle, toaster, George Foreman grill, washing machine, and all utensils, pans, crockery and cutlery.

The bathroom as a shower, loo and washbasin.

Villa Gelsomina - Ciao Italia! - Plan of the apartment

The patio has a second dining table, and two sun-loungers.  The colours of the lake are forever changing, and it is easy to while away the time staring at the view, watching the sunset, and sitting out on the patio after dinner on the warm summer evenings....

The television has local Italian television and Satellite TV, which picks up the main UK channels including BBC and ITV, plus Channel 4 and more!  These are all the UK freeview channels available from the Astra satellites at 28.2° East.  This is all in addition to the local digital TV channels that are available!  The television has a built in DVD player, and there's a selection of English language DVDs for all age groups.

Villa Gelsomina has wifi internet (two routers, one in each wing of the villa) - this is fixed line ADSL service sufficient for general purposes including short video clips.

The apartment has independent gas central heating system for winter use (reasonably use policy: no charge is made provided usage is reasonable, details here).

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 extremely well serviced by shops and restaurants (we provide a list of recommendations 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 some 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!), and with views of the more distant Alpine peaks.  The scenery of Lake Orta is gentle - and inviting! - just as the local people are warm and hospitable...

Getting there

Most of our holidaymakers arrive by air at one of Milan's airports (the nearest, Milan Malpensa airport, is just 24 miles 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 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, see Tell Me About getting there.

Your stay at Villa Gelsomina | Ciao Italia!

Season Pool Period

Cost per week

A.  Low pool closed 12-10-2019 to 4-4-2020
after 10-10-2020


B.  Low+ pool closed 4-4-2020 to 16-5-2020
19-9-2020 to 10-10-2020


C.  Mid pool open 16-5-2020 to 6-6-2020
12-9-2020 to 19-9-2020


D.  Mid+ pool open 6-6-2020 to 20-6-2020
5-9-2020 to 12-9-2020


E.  Int pool open 20-6-2020 to 4-7-2020
29-8-2020 to 5-9-2020


F.  Int+ pool open 4-7-2020 to 18-7-2020


G.  High pool open 18-7-2020 to 1-8-2020


H.  Peak pool open 1-8-2020 to 29-8-2020


Costs are in pounds sterling for the apartment per week, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, bed linen, standard size towels, and a small toiletries pack.  Shorter stays are accepted for October through April (minimum 5 days for Ciao Italia!), see short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.

Arrivals (after 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.

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.

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