Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
17th C Villa at water level, with the full view of the lake, You can dive into the water from the garden wall or enter walking through the boat house. On the ground floor there is the garden, which stretches the length of the house,1/3 in the shade of the bower and 2/3 in the sun, the kitchen, a bathroom and a small lounge, which have direct access to the garden. The boathouse is adjacent to the garden. On the first floor there is a very large lounge with and a master bedroom. On the mezzanine there is the 2nd bedroom with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. On the second floor there is a third bedroom with a divan bed and a spectacular view of the lake.
A small apartment on the top floor belongs to my cousins. They are completely independent. They use the back entrance to the house and the central staircase to get to their flat. As for us, the house is their second home, so they might be or might not be there. They are very nice people to get on with and do not intrude.
A very magic atmosphere surrounds this island. The green hills of the pre-alpine lake and the small villages dotted on its shore give a feeling of tranquillity. Orta's very attractive 18th century houses, make a colourful backdrop to its square, which is like a parlour with cafés, benches under shady trees, arches hiding shops and the full view of the fascinating island of San Giulio. A stunning view of the lake, of the town of Pella and of the Madonna del Sasso Church can be had from the Sacro Monte Franciscan Church above Orta. It is fascinating to stroll in Orta's narrow, cobbled streets and admire the Baroque houses that line them.To reach the island (a mere 400m) guests can use our boat, with or without engine, or the public taxi boats. They can park in our garage on the mainland. We meet our guests in Orta, show them the location of the garage, take them across to the island in our boat, show them the house,answer their questions and leave.We return the day of their departure
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gozzano 4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpensa 60 km, Nearest railway: Orta Novarese 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The large lounge on the 1st floor is furnished with 2 settees, 2 leather armchairs,1 large & 2 small tables, a bookcase, a writing desk and a fireplace. Design illumination.Cd player and radio. Its French windows open onto the balcony and offer the view of Orta. The small lounge on the ground floor has a wickerwork settee and armchair and a table. It has an internal wooden staircase that connects it to the 2nd floor large lounge.
Bedroom one has a double bed, a built- in wardrobe,a chest of drawers,bedside tables and an armchair.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers, a bookcase, a writing desk and an armchair.
The bathroom on the ground floor has a shower, wash-basin and WC, shelves and cupboards. The en-suite bathroom on the mezzanine has a bath/shower, wash-basin,WC and cupboards. Both bathrooms have hot water from independent boilers.The utility room is on the ground floor adjacent to the kitchen. It contains the ironing board, the iron, the vacum cleaner, brooms and mops, garden lamp.
The property is cleaned before each new guest.
|Further details outdoors|
In the garden there are palm trees, a fig tree, a vine over the bower, an oleander and other small plants, which together with many flowers make it colourful and restful The garden has two stone tables, one in the shade and one in the sun.There are garden chairs and long chairs.Cushions and table cloths are provided and a portable BBQ. Our cousins, if present can share one third of the garden.
The view stretches from the shore and the hills in front to the pre-Alps in the North and to the South of the lake.
A large boat does the tour of the lake, stopping at small villages. An ideal way of splendiing a day on the lake.The lake is 14 km. long and 2.5 km wide. The distance between Orta and the island is 500 meters. A sandy beach with amenities can be found at the southern end of the lake at Gozzano, but seveal beaches as well as picnic areas are dotted around the shore.
The water is very clean and one can swim, windsurf, sail, row, waterski and fish. playing golf and horse riding can also be done in the vicinity. One enter the water via the boat house or the garden steps.
Our boat is docked in our private boat house (there is a winch to help pull it out of the water) and at the landing
or the public piers in Orta.
The house has a second entrance at the back, giving access to the circular path that circles the island.
Please contact us if you need extra details or information. Thank you.
The North West Italy region
The North West is a known as the lake region, there are lake Orta, lake Maggiore with its 3 beautiful islands, lake Varese, lake Lugano and lake Como.
The arch of the pre-Alps and the massif of Monte Rosa are the backstage of this region.
Short excursions around Orta:
Walk to the Sacro Monte for a good view of the lake. Start from the square, take via Motta, flanked by 18th century buildings, and follow the path that winds to the top of the hill. There is a restaurant/bar up there. There is also a viable road that takes up there.
Walk the path that skirts the peninsula on the left of the lake. Start from the Square and walk North skirting the lake. The path leads you back to the main road and you can descend to the square skirting the lake leaving the Hotel Villa Crespi on the left.
Drive to the to the Church Madonna del Sasso via Gozzano and Alzo for a view of the lake. Return to Alzo turn left and continue to visit Quarna Sotto and drive to Omega and back to Orta.
Drive to Mottarone (4,891) ft. on a clear day. Extensive view over lakes Maggiore, Varese, Orta , the Alps and Monte Rosa.
One day excursions:
Drive via Omegna to Stresa and visit the 3 islands. Drive North to Verbania, Cannero e Cannobbio and return home via Omegna.
In Stresa you an get the lift to Mottarone and back.
Drive to Como and after having visited its centre, drive along the left shore of the Lake to Cadenabbia and take the boat to Bellagio. Cross back to Cadenabbia and return to Orta.
Drive to Omegna, Gravellona Toce, Ornavasso, Piedimulera. Macugnaga e Pecetto. Walk around, it’s beautiful, Take either lift to the base of the Glacier of Monte Rosa or to the opposite Monte Moro and walk to Rifugio Oberto where there is a further away but larger view of the glacier in its magnificence
Two books in English at the house on the island which will be of great help. We will talk about the excursions, the shopping and so on when we meet you.
Orta San Giulio
The town of Orta, on the shore of the lake, with its 18th century houses, is like a parlour with cafés, benches under the shady trees, arches hiding shops and the full view of the fascinating island of San Giulio. To reach it (a mere 500 metrers) guests can use our boat, with of without engine, or the public boats.
There is a market in Orta square every Wednesday. An English poetry festival takes place in Orta in September and a festival of classical music in June and September on the island. Fireworks in August are famous in Omegna, northern end of the lake.
There are no shops on the island, just a restaurant/bar and a souvenir shop, but Orta offers a large variety of food shops, restaurants of all levels, clothes and antique jewellery shops.