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Free wifi internet in Ciao Sole!  free internet access in this apartment

We are delighted to offer Ciao Sole!, a beautiful and comfortable ground floor apartment in Villa Gelsomina, our purpose-built holiday accommodation at Lake Orta (completed 2005).  The two bedroom apartment with two bathrooms sleeps 4 to 6 in a high standard of comfort, and has a large patio in front of the apartment with outside dining table and easy access to the pool.

At a glance

Accommodation 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4 to 6.
Position  Ground floor
Views Panoramic views of Lake Orta
Furnishings Contemporary style, very high standard, new (2005).
Master Bedroom King size double bed (200x170cm)
Second Bedroom Twin Beds (190x80cm)
Living Room Sofabed converts to twin full size beds (190x80cm and 185x75cm)
Kitchen Open plan with living room; fully equipped; 4-ring gas hob; microwave; washing machine.
Family Bathroom Shower (the shower tray is 80x80x10cm with a lip, with folding door on one side only), washbasin, loo
Ensuite Bathroom Large corner bath (135x135cm) with shower attachment for hairwashing, 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 with 4 other apartments).
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 52m2 (92m2 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 on the quiet no-through-road.
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 Sole! for the wonderful outside patio and surrounding garden, the twin bathrooms, and for the particularly convenient access to the pool.

Villa Gelsomina

The Ciao Sole! is one of five wonderful apartments in Villa Gelsomina, which is 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 our own 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 Italia! (sleeps 4).


Ciao Sole! sleeps 4 to 6 adults comfortably.

The master bedroom of the Ciao Sole! has a comfortable king size double bed, and double doors onto the patio.  The ensuite bathroom has large corner bath, WC, and washbasin.

The second bedroom has two single beds, and views of Monte Rosa.  The living area has a sofabed which converts to two full size single beds.  Inside dining table and chairs for 6, and French Windows to the patio.

The living room is open plan with the kitchen area, which is fully equipped with 4-ring gas hob (no oven), large fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, toaster, george foreman grill, washing machine, and all utensils, pans, crockery and cutlery.  The main bathroom has shower, WC and washbasin.

Plan of Ciao Sole!

The patio has a second dining table for 6, and two sun-loungers.  The colours of the lake are forever changing, and it is very easy to while away the time watching the sunset, 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 3km 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 water sports and other local activities available locally.

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 or 40km) and pick up a hire car, often taking advantage of the cheap flights that are available.  See our Flight Table for 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 Getting There.

Your stay at Villa Gelsomina | Ciao Sole!

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, for up to 6 preople, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, bed linen, standard size towels, and a small toiletries pack.  Ask for quotes in other currencies.  Shorter stays are accepted for October through April (minimum 5 days for Ciao Sole!), 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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