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VILLA GELSOMINA | PARADISO


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We are delighted to offer Paradiso, a beautiful three-bedroom two-bathroom apartment on two floors (1st and 2nd floors) in Villa Gelsomina, our purpose-built holiday accommodation at Lake Orta (completed 2005).  This spacious apartment sleeps 6 to 8 in a high standard of comfort, and from the great balcony (as from every main room of the apartment!) you can enjoy the amazing view of Lake Orta and the Isola San Giulio, with their ever changing hues.

At a glance

Accommodation 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6 to 8
Position  1st and 2nd floors (ground and 1st floor from the entrance side)
Views Out-of-this world panoramic views of Lake Orta
Furnishings Contemporary style, very high standard, new (2005).
Living Room Corner Sofa Unit, dining table for 8 people
Master Bedroom On 1st floor: King size double bed (200x170cm)
Bedroom 2 On 2nd floor: twin beds (190x80cm), and sofabed which converts to twin full size beds (190x80cm and 185x75cm); small balcony
Bedroom 3 On 2nd floor: twin beds (200x90cm); small balcony
Kitchen Open plan with living room; fully equipped; 4-ring gas hob; large fridge; microwave; washing machine.
Downstairs Bathroom Shower (the shower tray is 80x80x10cm with a lip, opening on one side only), washbasin, loo
Upstairs Bathroom Shower (the shower tray is a quarter of a circle, with lip), washbasin, bidet, loo
Outside Space Balcony (12m x 2.2m) along the entire length of the apartment, accessed from sliding doors (3.6m wide) from the living room, and from French Windows in the Master Bedroom, with second dining table, sun-loungers, and stunning view.
Private balconies from bedroom 2 and from bedroom 3, outstanding views.
Beautiful garden around the house.
Swimming Pool 14 x 5 x 1.5 metres deep throughout (shared use).  Available 17th May to 20th September 2014.
TV/DVD 22" LCD widescreen TV.  Local and Satellite channels (receives main UK channels), with combined DVD player.  Selection of mainly English language DVDs.
Telephone Private telephone (local and incoming calls)
Internet Wireless internet access.  Two wireless routers, one for each half of the villa.  ADSL, download speed rated 800 kbps.
Size Total floor area 82m2 (116m2 with balconies)
Apartment access Separate entrance at ground level.  Spiral staircase within the apartment up to bedroom 2 and 3 .
Road access Quiet no-through-road, 100 metres from main road
Parking Parking bay on the quiet no-through-road directly in front of house
Children Not suitable for children under 7 because of the swimming pool.
Wheelchair access Wheelchair access to ground floor only (living room, main balcony, and master bedroom).  No wheelchair access to bedrooms 2 & 3 because of the spiral staircase.  Gentle ramp in the garden, three steps down to the 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 Paradiso, our largest apartment with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, for the stunning views, the quality accommodation, and wonderful balconies.

Villa Gelsomina

Paradiso 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.  Nothing we can say on this web site will prepare you for the beauty of the amazing sunsets and stunning views that Villa Gelsomina offers!!  The mesmerising view changes throughout the day, and with every nuance of the weather conditions.  It's not just the superb vantage point over the expanse of water 200 metres down, it's a carefully framed picture full of points of interest, near and far.

We built Villa Gelsomina ourselves (completed 2005) to a high specification, 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 14 metre (46 foot) swimming pool in the well laid out and now mature grounds, and an outside chess set.  Villa Gelsomina has ample parking space on the quiet no-through-road, in a parking bay directly in front of the villa.

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

Plan of Paradiso - Ground Floor

Accommodation

Paradiso sleeps 6 to 8 adults comfortably.  The living area has a corner leather sofa unit, and a dining table and chairs for 8 people, and sliding glass patio doors (3.60m wide) which open onto the balcony.  The living room is open plan with the kitchen area, which is fully equipped with 4-ring gas hob, large fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, George Foreman grill and washing machine, and all utensils, pans, crockery and cutlery.

The balcony has a second dining table for 8 people, and four sun-loungers are provided for the apartment (plus shared sun beds in the grounds).  The apartment offers amazing views of the Island of San Giulio, the Madonna del Sasso on the other side of the lake, and Monte Rosa, the second highest mountain in the Alps.  The colours of the lake are forever changing, and it is wonderful to be able to stay a while on the balcony just admiring the view and watching the sunset....

The master bedroom of the Paradiso has a comfortable king size double bed, and hinged glass doors opening on to the balcony, and a window to the front of the villa.

Upstairs, Bedroom 2 has twin beds plus a twin sofa bed (sleeping 4 in total).  Bedroom 3 has two single beds.  There are two bathrooms, one on each floor, each with shower (there are no bath tubs in this apartment).

Plan of Paradiso - First Floor

Villa Gelsomina - Paradiso - upstairs large bedroom - August 2009   Villa Gelsomina - Paradiso - twin sofabed in upstairs large bedroom - August 2009
Upstairs Bedroom 2, with twin beds and a twin sofa-bed (sleeps 4 in total!) - and stunning lake view!!

Upstairs bathroom of Paradiso (taken August 2009)   Skylight at top of the spiral staircase
(left) Upstairs bathroom of Paradiso and (right) Skylight at top of the spiral staircase

Villa Gelsomina - Paradiso - small upstairs bedroom - August 2009    Villa Gelsomina - small upstairs bedroom - August 2009
Bedroom 2 of Paradiso with two single beds - and stunning lake view!!

Villa Gelsomina - small upstairs bedroom - August 2009    Amazing view of the island from the upstairs balconies

Entertainment and Services

The television has local Italian television and Satellite TV, which picks up the main UK channels including BBC and ITV, plus Channel 4, Film 4, and E4 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 provided by two routers, one in each wing of the villa - this is fixed line ADSL service sufficient for general purposes including short video clips.

The private telephone in the apartment is for incoming and local outgoing calls.  The telephone also allows calls to Italian numero verde freephone numbers starting 800, so if you purchase a prepaid Italian phone card you can make national and international calls using the balance on your phone card.

The apartment has independent gas central heating 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 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 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 | Paradiso

Season Pool Period Cost per week
A.  Low pool closed before 19-4-2014,
after 4-10-2014

£590

B.  Low+ pool closed 19-4-2014 to 17-5-2014,
20-9-2014 to 4-10-2014

£640

C.  Mid pool open 17-5-2014 to 7-6-2014,
13-9-2014 to 20-9-2014

£750

D.  Mid+ pool open 7-6-2014 to 21-6-2014,
6-9-2014 to 13-9-2014

£810

E.  Int pool open 21-6-2014 to 5-7-2014,
30-8-2014 to 6-9-2014

£940

F.  Int+ pool open 5-7-2014 to 19-7-2014

£1060

G.  High pool open 19-7-2014 to 2-8-2014,
23-8-2014 to 30-8-2014

£1190

H.  Peak pool open 2-8-2014 to 23-8-2014

£1250

Costs are in pounds sterling for the apartment per week, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, bed linen, and standard size towels.  Ask us for quotes in other currencies.  Shorter stays are accepted for October through April (minimum 5 days for Paradiso), see short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.

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 (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.

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