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Feedback from Previous Occupants 2018

Last revised 30-09-2018


With so many online feedback forums now, we don't get so much direct feedback.  Here are messages received from previous occupants.  To take up any of these as references, please ask for contact details.
Hi William, thank you very much for letting us stay at Panorama.  Both the apartment and area have exceeded our expectations by a very long way!  We've done all five of your walks, one twice, and your information has been invaluable, plus weather has been perfect.  Our favourite was the three little mountains walk which we did yesterday when everything was crystal clear.  We have a lot more to do and explore so hope to return.

Text from C. & P. Popham
Honiton, Devon, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, September 2018

We had a wonderful time, as you know and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.  We loved everything, the view, the pool, the well equipped kitchen and especially all the advice you give about places to eat and things to do.  Your walks are second to none and the main reason I think why we enjoy ourselves so much as they really take you off the beaten track to places you wouldn't otherwise see.  Thanks to your recommendation, we went home via Cannobio and fell in love with it too.  So now we'll have to come back again, though probably not next year to be honest.

J. & A. Sapir
St. Albans, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, August 2018

We all returned back home safely and once more say "thank you" for 14 very relaxing days at "Panorama" in Villa Gelsomina.  We enjoyed our second stay as much as the first one.  The lake view with Monte Rosa in the background (most of the days in the morning) is fantastic and will never be boring.  Especially your detailed preparation and the excellent "location pack" were very much appreciated.  Everything was perfect and we certainly will come back sometimes in the future.

M. & B. Weller
Altenholz, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Stayed in Panorama, August/September 2018

Our apartment on Lake Konstanz is well equipped but not to the standard set at Villa Gelsomina.  You have set a new benchmark to be referred to by us on all future holidays as the "William standard".  Thanks again.

Text from D. & S. Nicholls
Leamington Spa, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, July 2018

We had a fantastic stay.  Thanks so much for all your detailed guidance and tips, we followed many and had some fabulous trips.

Text from I. & N. Newbury
Nuneaton, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, August 2018

I stayed at Villa Gelsomina with a group of friends for a week in May, and had the perfect getaway holiday.  The apartment was immaculate and exactly as described, with all of the amenities we needed for our stay included.  A large supermarket was a short drive away, which meant we could easily buy anything we needed.  Our favourite part was the large swimming pool, with incredible views of the lake!  William also gave us some fantastic recommendations for where to eat, which meant every meal we had was delicious and great value.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Villa Gelsomina to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway!

B. Athanasiou
London, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, May/June 2018

Beautiful and peaceful   Rating - 5 stars

We loved spending time at the apartment.  Relaxing on the balcony, with ever changing views of Lake Orta, Isola San Giulio and the snow capped Monte Rosa range was a highlight.  And the well kept gardens and pool were made even more enjoyable by those views.  The apartment was clean, comfortable, well maintained and provided everything we needed.

William's helpful information pack included suggestions for trips out, eating, local walks etc.  William was very helpful and efficient in all his dealings with us.

It is a beautiful area with plenty to do.  And the peace and beauty of the Lake Orta location made it perfect to return to after time spent on the nearby, slightly busier, Lake Maggiore.

We would not hesitate to recommend the apartment to friends and relatives.

S. Tier & T. Beeton
London, U.K.
Stayed in Paradiso, June 2018

Villa Gelsomina is beautiful, Lake Orta is glorious, and we shall be back, without a doubt!

We loved the apartment; it is comfortable, well equipped, and the view across to Isola San Giulio and to the mountains beyond is, indeed, perfection!  For Ian, the icing on the cake came on our last morning when we could actually glimpse Monte Rosa for the first time.  Such a treat!

We were truly impressed with the organization which makes a stay at Villa Gelsomina such a pleasure.  You have cracked it, William, that's for sure!

G. & I. Strachan, and B. Drew
Bayac, France
Stayed in Paradiso, April/May 2018

From the moment you open the shutters and take in the view, you can't help but smile.....it's a fabulous.

We stayed in apartment Panorama, it's extremely well equiped, the kitchen has plenty of cooking utensils (I like to buy local food and cook supper on some evenings).  It was very clean and had everything we needed.  The balcony is big and has plenty of room for the table and chairs, plus both sun beds.

The pool is a really good size, especially if you like to actually do lengths (my husband and I like to get up early and swim every morning).  The Villa is situated along a very quiet road, off the main road through Lortallo.  From the Villa we did lots of lovely walks, most were easy and well signed.  We have stayed in lots of villas & apartments over the years and this has to be one of our favourites and it's highly likely that we will return soon.  Lake Orta is very quiet, not as 'touristy' as some of the other Italian Lakes.  It's easy to get around, quite literally we drove around the Lake in one day stopping at different spots, returning later in the week to our favourite places.

Wonderful find, can't wait to return.

H. & P. Benwell-Lea
Flintshire, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, June 2018

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