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Feedback from Previous Occupants 2009

Last revised 23-10-2009

The following feedback was received from previous occupants of the apartments.  If you wish to take up any of the people below as references, contact details can be supplied.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay the accommodation was excellent and the garden lakeside terrace was superb.

We will return.

D. W.,
Dover, Kent, U.K.
Stayed in Villa Giovanetti

The holiday was fantastic, loved everything. Hope to do it again at later date. Accommodation very acceptable the family most helpful but a car is essential.

J. & J. Woolridge
Cheshire, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Bartula, September 2009

The booking management was professional and the range and quality of supporting information you provide is exemplary.

P. & S. B.
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, U.K.
Stayed in Villa Giovanetti

We did have an awesome week thank you, the apartment was perfect and a good size as well. We made friends with the owners of the resturant on the lake (can't remember the name of it) and they let us take the pedalo round to the private beach, which was really nice. The lake was so picturesque and the water was beautiful to swim in! Very relaxing, just what we needed.

H. Clark & J. Edwards
Guildford, Surrey, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Fiori, September 2009

Just wanted to drop you a line to say what an amazing time we had in lake orta and at la calla.....absolutely wonderful, the place was clean and perfect....the guys in the shop were very helpful.

R. Bailey
W. Sussex, U.K.
Stayed in la Calla September 2009

We have had a wonderful stay in Dolce Vita.

Thanks for a great 4 days at Lake Orta, and we hope to return one day. Breakfast on the balcony was just the best view in the world!

D. & J. Banfield
Worcester, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita September 2009

We really enjoyed the week - the view couldn't be bettered and the apartment was very comfortable.

C. & N. Grogan
Stratford upon Avon, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita August 2009

All of our party were impressed with the accommodation, location and especially your personal touch.  I would like to thank you on behave of our entire party for a fantastic holiday.

G. Shackleton
Leeds, U.K.
Stayed in Paradiso September 2009

We had a great time staying in the apartment. It was really well equipped, spacious and comfortable. And the views are amazing! If we want another holiday on Lake Orta we will certainly not need to look any further for our accommodation than Panorama.

J. & V. Lowe
Herefordshire, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama September 2009

It was delightful to stay at the villa. It was very spacious, well designed and ideal for our age with shops and restaurants near to hand. We were pleasantly surprised to find how near the villa was to the wedding venue at the San Rocco hotel. The scenery of the hills, Isle of Orta and the views from the walkway to the garden were breath taking. All four of us had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay and would recommend to others.

K. & M. C.
Thornliebank, Scotland, U.K.
Stayed in Villa Giovanetti

We have just returned home from our stay at Dolce Vita and wanted to thank you for everything. The location is stunning and, given that the pictures on the web make it look so fantastic that you cannot believe that it is going to be that good, I have to say that the real thing is 10 times better. All the taxi arrangements that you made for us worked perfectly and Rita was an absolute gem. She could not have been more pleasant or more helpful - even taking us to a supermarket on the way from the airport to the villa.

All the info that you sent by email re the apartment, shops, walks etc was really useful and so easy to follow. We walked along to La Bottega for supplies several times and enjoyed being amongst the locals with not another tourist in sight!

Thanks for all your help. Villa Gelsomina is a very beautiful place and our only regret is that we only had 4 days there. However it gives us the perfect excuse to return again and we hope to do so soon.

S. H. Moncrieff
Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita August 2009

We had a very pleasant stay in your wonderful house. And we enjoyed the view from the terrace of Dolce Vita every day/night.

I hope we shall return another for another holiday. And thanks for all your informations, they were very useful for our stay.

Thank you, William, we will recommend your apartments to our friends.

P. Gyldholm & L. Eriksen
Esbjerg, Denmark
Stayed in Dolce Vita July 2009

We had a wonderfull holiday in the beautiful apartment with view on the lake.

Everything fantastic !

J. & G. Kusters
Gennep, Netherlands
Stayed in Casa Fiori July/August 2009

We had a very good stay at Casa Bartula. A nice little place, a gorgeous view (on clear days Monte Rosa could be seen) and friendly people (in order to communicate some Italian language knowledge is necessary however). A good starting place for many beautiful trips in the surroundings. A place to be recommended!

Thank you for your close concern.

L. H. Schnek
Vledder, Netherlands
Stayed in Casa Bartula, July 2009

Dear William,

Just wanted pass on our gratitude after our wonderful Lake Orta wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect and our accomodation played a big role in this. It was furnished exactly to our taste with everything you could ever need. The kitchen was kitted out with the best of appliances (all smeg) and plenty of crockery, pots, cutlery, glasses etc.

The full villa was perfectly cool at all times even on the hotest of days. Both showers were fantastic and the water pressure strong too - its nice to see that the water was as soft as it is in Scotland - great when washing hair! The bath towels were some of the best I have had home or abroad. The bedrooms were stunning with their very comfortable 4 poster beds and the bed linen was crisp and clean. The dining area was perfectly situated in the centre of the house next to the front door.

We really enjoyed the lake side private gardens, loads of room for sunbathing and the steps down were a great help. My husband swam lots on this holiday.

We were very happy to have read the welcome booklet at the begining - the reason being that when I had my hairdressers make up artist etc getting me ready for the wedding, our electricity cut out (too many appliances running!), thankfully you had mentioned this may happen in your welcome pack so we new exactly what to do!

The whole holiday was amazing and we are already looking forward to our next visit! We have already been recommending Lake Orta and the apartment to our customers and friends.

We miss Orta very much!

Thank you once again for the most fantastic, romantic, comfortable wedding holiday we could have ever imagined!

Kind regards,
A. and K. P. :-)
Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, U.K.
Stayed in Villa Giovanetti

We have had a delightful holiday with the extended family in Villa Gelsomina. We had excellent weather and everyone in our party was overwhelmed by the beauty of the lake and the views from the Villa.

The Villa is furnished and equipped to an unusually high standard and we were more than comfortable.

We will certainly recommend the Villa and indeed, a visiting friend complimented us on our choice of accommodation and indicated that they will also visit the Villa with their very large family, in the future.

Thank you again for a very professionally conducted transaction.

M. & K. Denman
Hurley, Berks., U.K.
Group of 22, stayed in all 5 apartments in Villa Gelsomina July 2009

We've had a wonderfull time at Casa Fiori. It's a beautiful appartment and we loved the stay at Pella. We've seen a lot of the area and the weather helped us with the lovely holiday.

K.-J. & M. Koenders
Warns, Netherlands
Stayed in Casa Fiori June 2009

Hello William!

We really had a good vacation at Villa Gelsomina and Lake Orta! Spectacular views and apartment was perfect. Also the weather was great most of the week.

T. & T. Kovanen
Haarajoki, Finland
Stayed in Paradiso June 2009

The peace and tranquillity at Dolce Vita was so much appreciated. It is wonderfully private there and so very comfortable and clean.

We watched the gardener working diligently in your garden a day or so before we came away. He really made a lovely job of it. The hydrangeas were a picture when we came away and the tulip tree flowers were really attracting the local bees! Lovely too to see your olive tree.

The two young men who brought our fresh bedlinen were most polite too. All these factors make one feel quite uplifted, and it is apparent that you work very hard to ensure this excellent standard.

Speaking to some of the "locals" in Orta San Guilio, is is apparent that the tourism is less this year. One local retailer said that the holiday coaches are only half full, and that her takings so far are fifty percent less on the same time last year.

We would be so very happy to return to Dolce Vita soon. There are still some beautiful church interiors and architecture we would appreciate seeing, and to be able to walk along the pretty lakeside again, then return to the villa to admire the view of the lake, the island etc... we could never tire of it.

L. & C. Edwards
Loughborough, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita June 2009

Where do I begin with regard to my recent stay in the Panorama apartment in Villa Gelsomina. My wife, son & I had an absolutely wonderful time. The view from the villa was simply quite stunning. Although the weather at the start was not great, it was more than made up for by the sunshine for the second part of the week.

Everything was catered for within the apartment. From the DVDs, games & books for my son to the excellent maps & details which you so kindly provided for myself.

The listings of local restaurants came in very handy & I must say restaurant Britain was so good I had to go back twice!!!!

We went to attend a wedding & were blown away by the sheer beauty of the lake. I am only recently married & but already I'm hoping that I may be able to spend my first anniversary back by the lake. Don't be surprised to hear from me in the next few months with a query regarding another booking!!!!!!!!!!

Can I also say thank you for the personal touch you provided on our stay. From the details I have mentioned above to the phone call on the day before we left, I can honestly say that we really did feel so warmly welcome.

Since I have returned home, I have done nothing but rave about the wonderful time we had.

P. Gordon
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Stayed in Panorama June 2009

We have had a very pleasant holiday in your beautifull apartment Ciao Sole at Lake Orta. The rooms including bathrooms were very good and so was the garden. We had nice weather too.

Among all positive remarks from our side, two tips:

- your appartment should be perfect if there was wireless LAN (internet). As a businessman I must keep in contact with my clients. So this time I was obliged to go to an internet point to read my e-mail.

- and my wife and daughter should like you to have a water jug for dinner.

Perhaps in the future we should like to rent your appartment again.

Laarhoven family
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Stayed in Ciao Sole! May 2009

Many thanks for the return of the deposit, received into our account.

Can't quite belive how quick the week went. We had a wonderful couple of days at Lake Orta followed by glorious weather in the south of Italy. Your apartment was just what we needed and I think most of the family were wishing they had done the same.

Best wishes for the rest of the season and the continued success for Villa Gelsomina.

S. & M. Passaro,
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, U.K.,
Stayed in Ciao Sole! May 2009

It is a very beautiful area and apt is comfortable with view to die for will email later with comments thank you for the lovely week.

(text from) J. & D. Davies,
Warandyte, Victoria, Australia,
Stayed in Casa Miralago May 2009

We had a brill time in lake Orta - the views are spectacular and people very friendly. We found Max a great help when we arrived etc.

The apartments were spot on as well - clean, warm, hot water and great location.

The weather was dreadful the first few days but picked up in time for our friends wedding. All in all we had a great time.

J. O'Malley
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Stayed in Calla and Orchidea, April 2009

Regarding appartment; it was great. The rooms were very spacious with quality fittings we felt really at home and relaxed which is what you need when you go for a short break. The garden, we enjoyed very much, it was so peaceful to go to with a nice glass of wine in the sunshine and soak up the views while feeding the ducks.

It has been a first class service from our first point of contact with you; also a excellent web site. We have given your details to friends of ours. We will be back in the future.

J. & G. B.
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, U.K.
Stayed in Villa Giovanetti

We had a quick and safe journey home. We enjoyed our stay at Casa Miralago very much! After the first 3 days of terrible rain the weather improved and stayed beautiful with lot of sun for the rest of the time. The appartment was very comfortable and the view fantastic! Never had such a nice holidayhome. The other neighbours arrived only for the weekend, except the couple down who came and settled for the rest of the summertime. So it was very quiet in the house. We made several walks in the mountains, and visited Turin and Milan. Your information was useful and good.

Thanks for that. Perhaps we return; you never know.

W. & N. Oosterhof
Zevenaar, Netherlands
Stayed in Casa Miralago, April/May 2009

Hi William,

We had a wonderful time at Lake Orta - we loved the garden and sitting out at the water and went on 2 of the walks that you had recommended.

The town was lovely and we were so happy to be there instead of at one of the larger lakes.

Really liked the Alessi touch in the kitchen as well.

N. & L. W.
Karlsruhe, Germany,
Stayed in Villa Giovanetti

Just to let you know we all had a lovely time in the apartments in Orta San Giulio.  We were on the second floor and my sister, her husband and our mum were on the first floor - this worked very well as our lounge was used as the communual breakfast and 6.00pm Prosecco aperitifs area!

We did the walks you recommended and the three mountains one was particularly lovely - we got to see snow in our shorts!

The little shop in the square served all our purposes - we didn't need the supermarket, and we would say all the local restaurants we tried were good but would give special mention to the Restaurant Olina which gave us a very special evening.

Thanks for all your help - it all went very smoothly.

S. & J. Roberts
Nottingham, U.K.
Two couples, stayed in La Calla and Orchidea, April 2009

Hi William,

Our stay at the villa was wonderful and the weather was perfect.  The landscape was beautiful with snow everywhere but it wasn't cold at all and we had sun every day.  The villa is in a truly wonderful location and we love Orta.

We did go to Mottarone and found it to be a lovely, low-key ski resort.  It was perfect for us as we were all beginners, apart from Kevin and Michael!  The prices are very reasonable too and the drive up there is gorgeous ~ we did notice that it got pretty busy towards the weekend though, whereas during the week it was fairly quiet.  We really enjoyed it and the whole week was perfect.

One thing that might be useful for other visitors to know is that if you drive from Stresa to Mottarone you have to pay a charge of 6 euros, whereas if you drive straight from the villa, via Armeno, there isn't a charge.

C. Culley and K. McMahon
Hastings, E. Sussex, U.K.,
Stayed in Paradiso, January 2009

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