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Feedback from Previous Occupants 2012

Last revised 3-11-2012


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 ourselves in Dolce Vita and its surrounding restaurants and are slowly recovering from the excesses.  We have no complaints and found the apartment both wonderfully sited and a pleasure to be in.

Our only comment is that on the odd occasion, when we attempted to watch TV, we miserably failed to get any channel other than one that appeared to be beamed in from Lebanon or possibly Egypt.  It made interesting watching for a while, but when on the summit of Mottarone and I could see the house through the binoculars, I could not understand why Mr. Berlusconi and at least one of his TV masts could not have provided us with something a little more entertaining.  [HHLO Response: we're aware that the satellite channel choice is now somewhat disappointing, and are looking into how we can increase the satellite channels that are available. Update 2013: this is now sorted, see our 2013 News]

That said, I congratulate you on your wisdom in creating Villa Gelsomina, as we did not really need TV at all, it was sufficient to sit or stand on the terrace and imprint the extraordinary view into our memories to rekindle whenever peace, quiet and beauty are needed.

G. & E. Cowen celebrating their Golden Wedding
Maidenhead, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, September 2012


E. McConville & A. Douglas
Crouch End, London, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, October/November 2012
We had a marvellous time at Lake Orta.  The accommodation was excellent, offering everything we needed for a relaxed stay.  The location was first class and the view of the island, especially at night, was breathtaking.

The family wedding went off without a hitch and was undoubtedly the best wedding that we have ever attended.

Thanks again for your help.

Mr & Mrs N. Forbes-George attending their son's wedding
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, U.K.
Stayed in Venere, September 2012

We had a fantastic stay at Lake Orta and are looking forward to returning in the future.  The accommodation was perfect for us and was a pleasure to use.

Mr & Mrs J. Bassindale on their honeymoon
Bath, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Fiori, September 2012

We had a great stay and would recommend it to anyone.

G. Dunn & A. Balmforth
Manchester, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, September 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Lake Orta which was thanks to your information pack which helped us enormously in exploring the area.  We're very grateful for all your help.

L. & R. Platt
New Eltham, London, U.K.
Stayed in Giove, September 2012

We had a great time in Lortallo, good area for cycling and for good food. It is definitely a come-again.

B. Wittenberg, Leusden, Netherlands
Part of a group of 6 cyclists from Amersfoort, Delft, Haarlem and around the Netherlands
Stayed in Paradiso, September 2012

We loved lake Orta!  We found the whole area enchanting and took every opportunity to explore its treasures.

The apartment is wonderfully situated and I would like to think that we benfited from the strenous walk down to the lake and the even more strenuous walk back!  It was quite magical to watch the sun coming up over the island and enjoy spectacular views throughout the day and evening.  Gabriele was an excellent source of information and provided some great ideas for excursions.  We enjoyed the house and pool.  It was extremely hot on several days and an additional fan would have been welcomed.  We got used to the quirkiness of the bathroom and sitting side saddle had the compensation of enjoying wonderful views!

I am quite sure that we will return in the future.

J. & R. Evea
West Sussex, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Miralago, August 2012

Yes we had a wonderful time in Lake Orta, it was truly amazing.

Thanks for your help and assistance with regard to accommodation and extra information.

L. & D. Martin
Hyde, Cheshire, U.K.
Stayed in Giove, August 2012, attending family wedding

We really enjoyed our stay in Villa Gelsomina; Panorama. The app has everything we needed and the views and area are very beautifull. We are sure this will not be our only visit to Lake Orta...

Fam. Beukeveld
Assen, Netherlands
Stayed in Panorama, August 2012

Just to let you know that our apartment was perfect and well located.

A. Bushell & R. Stewart
Esperance, Western Australia
Stayed in Isola, August 2012

Our stay was indeed magnificent and memorable.  We enjoyed both the beautiful apartment, with its splendid views, and the surrounding villages, restaurants and sights.

We will indeed keep an eye on your website and look forward to staying again in the future, inshallah.

L. & A. Rist,
Honeymoon couple from Kent, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, August 2012

We had a wonderfull stay in Villa Gelsormina!  Thank you very much for your helpful informations and the good assistance.

M., K. & S. Groner
Dornstadt, Germany
Stayed in Panorama, August 2012

We had a very good time on the piazza Motta, a great apartment, no recycled furniture from the seventies! but a tasteful interior, everything present.

Astonishing view on the lake and island, right on the middle of the square with all possible restaurants, boats and other facilities like gelaterias, (ha!) at minutes walking distance.

We appreciate Orta much more in comparison with Maggiore, because of its simplicity, it is not over commercialised, people still friendly etc.

All in all, a wonderful stay, we will recommend Venere. (The woman who runs the store was friendly, say hello please).

W. & C. Groot
Zvollen, Netherlands
Stayed in Venere, August 2012

Well, we enjoyed these days at Lake Orta very much, everything was so pleasant and we want to thank you for all the details, you sent to us.

The time was too short, a reason to come back again.

H. & D. Wagner
Frankfurt, Germany
Stayed in Panorama, July 2012

Have been meaning to write to say how lovely our holiday there was. It was a great apartment and we loved every minute of it.

A. Chesterman
Sydney, Australia
Stayed in Giove, July 2012

We had a lovely time, thank you. Lake Orta really is a special place. The apartment was great.

Hope to return one day!

K. Stock
Brentwood, Essex, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, July 2012

Lake Orta was beautiful, we enjoyed wonderful weather so swam everyday from small pontoons at the waterside in Ronco.  We found the local people running the bars, restaurants, water taxis etc to be very friendly and in all cases helpful.  The two principal restaurants in Pella were good, simple pizza in one and great steak and wine at the other.  The apartment was spacious in a good location and largely well equipped.

J. & P. Fuller
Southwell, Nottinghamshire, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Fiori, June 2012

We spent such a good time in Italy.  Villa Gelsomina is a very nice place.

V. Homer & W. Ristorto
Mougins, France
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, July 2012

We had a lovely stay in Lake Orta, very pretty and unspoilt just as we had hoped.

D. & M. Le Pelley
Aylesbury, Buckinhgamshire, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Bartula, July 2012

We had a wonderful time.  The villa is beautiful!  We found the appartment very clean and cosy.  The view is breath-taking!

We are recommending staying at the Villa Gelsomina to all our friends.  And we hope to be back soon ourselves!

V. & A. Oliveri
Geneva, Switzerland
Stayed in Dolce Vita, May/June 2012

We had a fabulous stay at Villa Gelsomina in Apartment 'Ciao Italia'.  It was our last holiday before our first baby is born and was wonderfully serene and peaceful - just what we needed!  The setting was wonderful and the apartment itself was very clean and well-presented.  I would highly recommend a stay here to anyone.  The location pack which was provided before we left was really useful in planning activities and making sure we had everything we needed for a stress-free stay.

M. Fogg
Marlborough, Wiltshire, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Italia!, May/June 2012

We had a great time, and the apartment was superb.

C. McLeod
Telford, Shropshire, U.K.
Stayed in Venere, June 2012

I'm sure you will be pleased to know that we had a very pleasant week (despite the thunderstorms).  Casa Bartula was a charming little house with lovely views across the village to the distant mountains.  The information you provided was very helpful and I think we made the most of the area.  It really is a delightful part of the world and I fully understand why you have come to love it so much.  Paola and Giampiero were very pleasant and helpful.  Unfortunately our Italian is basic in the extreme and it would have been nice to have moved beyond hellos and thankyous.  I would be grateful if you could let them know how much we enjoyed staying in their house.

At a more general level we would be more than happy to holiday with you again and will have no hesitation in recommending you to our friends.

T. Davies
Otley, W. Yorkshire, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Bartula, June 2012

We would just like to say how wonderful our stay at Giove was.

The apartment was just delicious and the VIEW....... to die for!

Everything was as it should be and we enjoyed every minute of our time at Lago Orta.
I even took to standing at the window and just watching the world go by beneath us.

We had travelled extensively through France and Italy by car for 5 1/2 weeks, before we got to Lago Orta, so it was a welcome sight that greeted us at the apartment and the Piazza.

We chatted to Signora Irene on varios occasions and bought some wonderful cheese, wine and bread from her delicatessen,we found her a delightful person and enjoyed saying hello to her as we left the apartment each day.

We hope to return in a couple of years to explore more of Italy and France, and hope to return once more to Orta San Guilio.
Thank you for helping make our last days in Italy unforgettable.

C. & B. Muller
Rowville, Victoria, Australia
Stayed in Giove, May 2012

Thank you we did indeed have a very beautiful and relaxed holiday in Pella and around, the accommodation played a big part in that, really a very nice place to stay.

D. & N. Holm
Fortrose, Highlands, Scotland
Stayed in Casa Fiori, May 2012

We arrived home last night after an epic journey of 1,660 miles!

To say that we had a good time would be an understatement and our only reservation would be that one week in Lake Orta was not nearly enough!

We would be delighted to give you and Lake Orta a testimonial and will do so as soon as we recover from the journey.

Many thanks once more.

Grazie mille.

I. & J. Paddy
Longfield, Kent, U.K.
Stayed in Dolce Vita, May 2012

Dear William,

we did have a wonderful week, "paradisefound" is a good word for Villa Gelsomina. Thanks again for your very good description of everything.  We managed to get the kids up to the "Tre Monte" and had a great view over Lago Maggiore.

We hope we will come again and we will surely recommend Villa Gelsomina to friends.

C. & U. von Streit,
Tübingen, Germany
Stayed in Panorama, May/June 2012

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