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Feedback from Previous Occupants 2011

Last revised 31-10-2011

Testimonials from previous occupants.  To take up any of these as references, please ask for contact details.
We had a superb week at Paradiso, where we found the beds the most comfortable we have ever encountered at a holiday property anywhere.  This was the first time that we had stayed other than in Orta SG town centre, and did rather miss the after dinner saunter to the bars.  However, waking up to the view was stunning.  Ironically our favourite restaurant, Antico Agnello, has decamped from Orta to Miasino, so we would have have to have driven to it anyway.  It is still superb, as is its setting in Villa Nigra.  Everything at Paradiso was right for a party of 4 adults (my wife and myself, plus our son and daughter in law), in Autumn.  I think that it will be fine for more in the summer, when most living will be on the balcony (or by the pool) but could be a bit cramped on the one sofa if forced indoors.  Overall fine.  Now we have to decide whether to go back to the town or have the view!

L. & V. Hall
Gloucestershire, U.K.
Stayed in Paradiso, October 2011

Wonderful apartment & location & lucky with the weather - wall to wall sun.  Information pack very well detailed and useful.  Would only add that some of the walks were more challenging than described - not an issue for us but could be for others.  Managed all the walks, our favourite being the three mountains - fabulous.

P. & J. Cowling
Rotherfield, E. Sussex, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, September 2011

We had a good stay at Lake Orta, done a couple of your local walks and enjoyed the whole experience immensely.

P. & P. Utteridge
Chelmsford, Essex, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, September 2011

The appartment was amazing, definitely the best out of all the appartments rented by our wedding guests.  Location was unbeatable, and appliances and interior flawless.  Thanks a lot.

S. Espouy
Hawally, Kuwait
Stayed in Venere, September/October 2011

Many thanks for your wonderful apartment, we found it in superb condition and in a really beautiful area.  We really enjoyed our stay and many of our wedding party hope to return to the area in the future.  I will certainly recommend your accommodation to anyone I meet who may be holidaying near Lake Orta.

O. Murphy
Athlone, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Group of 9 staying in Giove and Venere, August 2011

Yes, we had a marvellous week at Casa Fiori, perfect in every way, and I have just been flicking through our holiday photos with nostalgia!

We'll be in touch again all being well.

S. & R. Todd
Buckinghamshire, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Fiori, August 2011

A truly beautiful setting and a lovely apartment.

R. Benad,
Northamptonshire, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, September 2011

Had a great time at your beautiful apartment, the wedding went really well without any problems and Louise looked fantastic.  Thanks for your help we will pass on your details to any one visiting Italy.

P. & J. Conboy
West Sussex, U.K.
Stayed in Paradiso, September 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Gelsomina. We have had a lovely time and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. We will come back!!

We brought our car to the mercedes garage at Borgomanero where we had great service. Thanks again for your help.

S. & T. van Geem,
Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands
Stayed in Ciao Sole, August 2011

Thank you for letting us into your world of Lake D'Orta.  We had a fabulous week in your beautiful, well-equipped apartment, you really have thought of everything.  We followed your walks - timed to perfection!  We used the binoculars every night!  And what joy to see a cupboard full of matching crockery and a teapot!!  The visitors book was a great idea to get information, and the guide to restaurants was invaluable - oh, the food was amazing!  It really is a special place - hopefully we will return.

Many thanks.

K. & M. Llewellyn
West Berkshire, U.K.
Stayed in Paradiso, August 2011

Back to earth with a bump after a wonderful time at Lake Orta - the weather here is more like late Autumn, with cold winds and showers !

Just writing to thank you again for a lovely apartment, and your suggestions for places to visit and eat.  We have had more than one memorable meal and lots of opportunities to practice our rather poor but improving italian.

P. & B. Bateman,
Derbyshire, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, August 2011

We had such a fantastic week thank you.  The apartment was more than we could haved hoped for, including John Lewis duvets.  You have done everything so well and still at an affordable price.

We all loved the beach at Lagna and went there three times.  It's good to know those peaceful, beautiful places still exist, if you seek them out.

I am very jealous of you being there this week, but also vety grateful for you helping us also experience it.  We tend to keep seeing new places, but in this case we might make an exception!

K. & F. Small
Guildford, Surrey, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, July 2011

Just wanted to say thankyou - we have had a super week here and the villa has been an absolute delight.

R. & J. Dewey
Sevenoaks, Kent, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, August 2011

Many thanks for a wonderful holiday.  The local information you provided, especially the many walks, made our stay much more enjoyable.  The WiFi was also a great bonus.

I. & J. Jordan
Chippenham, Wiltshire, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, July 2011

We had a perfect holiday at your apartment and Lake Orta.  We enjoyed the terrasse with the most wonderful view we have ever had, and it was a nice and silent place. Everything was ok!  We would like to come back sometime to experience more of "Williams walks" :) we only tried one, because we couldn't get our bodies to move away from the pool and the beautiful view at Villa Gelsomina :))

Thanks for the very good service you provide.

P. & J. Petersen
Herning, Denmark
Stayed in Dolce Vita, July 2011

We had a good journey back home yesterday.  We departed around 6am and were in Velp (Arnhem) around 9pm.  Thanks a lot for your patients and help.  I appreciated your help very much!

Our stay at Ciao Sole was excellent.  The view from the house, especially during the mormings when we could see Monte Rosa, was stunning.  The children played a lot of chess in the garden and enjoyed themselves in the swimming pool.  The dvds were useful for the few rainy afternoons.

The information you sent about walks and restaurants was very useful.  Parking tip for visiting Milan was also useful.

Walk 3 "the three little mountains" was a very nice walk, instructions were clear.  We divided Walk 2 in two short walks, one to Vacciago and one round Orta.  With Walk 4 we had a problem finding the start at map "Monte Mesma" number 6 and 7, opposed restaurant Vecchio.  Walking the other way around was also not easy because the start (or end 23) was also not clear.  Finally I found the first Via Crucis and started the walk.  At the end I missed a turn and ended up in Ameno and walked back to Vacciago, still not knowing what the startpoint was.  Maybe you could look into that.

Orta San Giulio is a beautiful village not as touristic as other villages around the bigger lakes like Como or Garda.  We had a fantastic dinner at restaurant Venus at the main plaza at the lakeside.

In conclusion: a very nice holiday.

G. & M. Essink
Velp, Netherlands
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, July 2011

Thank you for your note.  We had a FABULOUS time!  All the people were very friendly and helpful and made our stay special.  We had dinner at [Ristorante] Olina one night, having introduced ourselves to Daniela.  I've had many steaks in many places around the world however the one I had there with a beautiful sauce has, I think, set a new benchmark!  We were able to use WiFi whilst we were there however, generally, we used the WiFi at Ristorante Venus, which was very good and the people very helpful and attentive.

We are now in France (Vezelay) where the weather is what we Australians might consider Winter-like rather than Summer!  Compared to Orta, it is just a different aspect to our holiday but nonetheless enjoyable!

We will certainly recommend Orta to our friends!

A. & F. Tisdall Blake
Mosman, NSW, Australia
Stayed in Giove, July 2011

We enjoyed our visit very much and attended three very enjoyable concerts on the island during the festival.  It was a fantastic experience having a window seat watching the changes in the character of the lake and island during a variety of weather conditions over the course of our stay at l'Isola.  I managed to take some very atmospheric photographs.

I. Marchant
London SE5, U.K.
Stayed in Isola, June 2011

We had a fantastic stay at Lake Orta and the apartment was ideal.

I would definitely recommend both to anyone.

S. Dolan,
Manchester, U.K.
Stayed in Isola, July 2011

We had a wonderful time at Casa Bartula!  The house was even better than expected, and thanks to you, Paola and Giampiero, the whole process of finding our way to/around the house, and checking in and out, was so easy and relaxed.  The information pack you provided was really excellent, the best I have ever experienced for a holiday let, and the walks were particularly appreciated (beautiful maps!).   We hugely enjoyed exploring Orta and the local area.

K. & J. Havelock
London SW16, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Bartula, July 2011 

Thank you that we may rent this nice house from you we enjoyed it very much. And the weather was friendly we could see Monte Rosa 5 of the 7 days so not bad at all.

The apartment has all you need during your stay and even more and the beautiful view over the lake is wonderful every day and changing during the day.

Also many thanks for your very kind and quick help with the light problem in the hall, this was fixed within 2 hours.

We also saw the other accommodation’s on your web page and next year we hope to come back in one of them.

A. & R. Graus
Ridderkerk, Netherlands
Stayed in Casa Miralago, June 2011

We had a lovely holiday in Orta.  The apartment was very comfortable and we enjoyed exploring the lake and island.  The taxi transfers worked perfectly and Irene was very welcoming and helpful.  Even the weather was kind!

Thank you for helping us to have such a relaxing and enjoyable time.

F. & V. Albrighton
Birmingham, U.K.
Stayed in Giove, June 2011

Thanks again we all had a wonderful time in your Villa and surrounding area.

R. & S. Mills, G. & L. Richardson
Clareville, New South Wales, & Claremont, Western Australia, Australia
Stayed in Panorama and Dolce Vita, May 2011

We really enjoyed our stay and apart from the minor issues I mentioned to you on the phone regarding the internet and the slight problem with the toilet flush we had no problems at all.  [HHLO Response: Telecom Italia restored the internet service on 3rd June.]  The view from Dolce Vita is fantastic.  It was even better in reality than the pictured on your website.  I took hundreds of pictures because I found the changing weather light conditions made it look very different.

The apartment itself and the equipment were excellent and we found your local information and guides very helpful.  We explored Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore which were both great in their different ways and we were very taken with Pella.  We did struggle a bit with the various possibilities when it came to boat trips on both lakes and in particular how much time to allow, so if you could add some guidance on this to your welcome pack perhaps it may be useful for others.  [HHLO Response: we will look into whether we can provide or point clients at boat timetables and other relevant info.]

We don't go back to the same place for holidays - there's so much to see in the world!  But if we did then Villa Gelsomina would be one place we would return to.

C. and B. Turner
Hungerford, Berkshire, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, May 2011

We had a lovely stay thanks and wish we had remembered to fill in the visitor's book to reflect the peaceful time we spent in the villa.  Villa Gelsomina is very nice indeed, we will return and urge our friends and family to stay with you if they travel to the Lakes.  The villa is very well designed, contains more than enough amenities and was spotlessly clean.  And of course your attentive, courteous and understanding approach to customers is a definite bonus.

J. Riseborough
Northumberland, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, May 2011

We had a wonderful time at Casa Miralago.  The views from the balcony were breathtaking and the location was perfect for us.  We will chose Miralago the next time we go to Orta.

S. & T. Brown
Bristol, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Miralago, April 2011

Thanks: we did enjoy Orta very much, and particularly appreciated some of the walks (e.g. the 'giro' of Vacciago).  The routes were very clearly described and we found the sketch maps quite sufficient on their own.  It might be worth adding a note indicating where one can find refreshments on the routes, e.g. we found a small bar attached to the petrol station in Miasino which provided welcome relief on a hot afternoon!  It might also be worth pointing out that your estimated durations for the walks assume a reasonably fast pace.

I had (perhaps wrongly) formed the impression from your notes that it was not realistic to travel between Orta and Malpensa by public transport, but it is in fact quite straightforward (at least at certain times of day) and, of course, much cheaper than taking a taxi.  There is a direct bus between Malpensa and Novara railway station (€7.00 which has a direct train service to Orta-Miasino (€3.30).  [HHLO Response: many thanks, we have now added this link to the Getting There page and to Location Packs.]

D. & A. Ogilvie,
Ely, Cambridgeshire, U.K.
Stayed in Apartment "Isola", May 2011

Our stay at Pella was fantastic.  Casa Fiori was a great apartment, no complaints at all.  The only improvement would have been that we stayed another 2 weeks.  Hope to return some day.

S. & P. Lawrence
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Stayed in Casa Fiori, April 2011

Yes, our stay was very pleasant.  Plenty of room in the apartment and a perfect location.  Thank you again for your assistance in securing this property.

M. & R. Collins
Como, New South Wales, Australia
Stayed in Venere, April 2011

The vacation and your appartment were great.  We enjoyed it.

Steenbeek family,
Oegstgeest, Netherlands
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, May 2011

We had a lovely time.  What a fabulous view from the balcony.  We enjoyed the surrounding area and did several of your walks (thanks for the routes - most useful).

C. Kasfikis & N. Muntz
Bristol, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, April 2011

The wedding was fabulous.  All over too quickly.  Donna, Mum, Debra and Cheryl are on the plane back to Sydney as I write this e-mail.  The apartment was amazing so clean and so much space.  The view was spectacular.  I would have no hesitation recommending this apartment to anyone travelling to Orta.

My mother said if Orta was closer to Sydney she would return every year and stay in Giove.

Thanks a million for your assistance.

F. Caheny
Dublin, Ireland
Family and friends stayed in Giove in April 2011 for her wedding

Yes, we had another wonderful holiday.  The acommodation is top rate and the location is ideal for a wide range of trips and activities.  I have already written a suitably positive review on the holiday rentals site following our previous stay.

One new development that proved very popular with our daughter was the 'bob-sled' ride at Mottarone.  So much so that they ended up giving us a discount!

Rennie family
Thames Ditton, Surrey, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, April 2011

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