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Feedback from Previous Occupants 2016

Last revised 31-12-2016

Testimonials from previous occupants.  To take up any of these as references, please ask for contact details.
We appreciated a lot our stay on the Lake Orta.  Quite particularly your discreet welcome but always obliging.

The location of the house, the lake, the arrangement, everything is really combined to have an excellent stay.

We shall not hesitate has to return!

V. & P. Cureau
Lyon, France
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, October 2016

This apartment has one of the best views in the world in a fabulous location.  The apartment was comfortable and spacious and being located on the top floor is worth the climb with your bags for the views.  To see the area around Orta San Giulio it will be best to get access to a car.  We were made to feel very welcome by everyone we met.

P. & J. Rinaudo
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Stayed in Venere, December 2016

Our stay at Giove apartment was everything we had imagined.  The location and the view across the lake to Isola San Giulio was just magic and very hard to leave.  Thank you William for your very comprehensive information pack that had absolutely everything we needed for a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

M. Willis & T. Coutts
Berowra Heights, New South Wales, Australia
Stayed in Giove, October 2016

L'appartement était parfaitement conforme à la description, très confortable, bien équipé, idéalement situé.  Grand séjour lumineux avec vue unique, salle de bain spacieuse, chambres calmes, nombreux rangements très fonctionnels.  Epicerie bien pratique au pied de l'immeuble.  William est soucieux du bon déroulement du séjour.  Nous garderons un très bon souvenir d'Orta !!

V. & H. Gaucher
Nancy, France
Stayed in Venere, October 2016

Excellent séjour dans un endroit exceptionnel.  Merci à William pour sa disponibilité.

N. Chevalier
Vif, France
Stayed in Giove, October 2016

What an amazing find this apartment turned out to be in truly one of the most beautiful places in Italy!  Look no further if you want an apartment that covers all the bases, clean, comfortable, roomy, and a jaw dropping view!  William was a wonderful host, attentive, responsive and completely thorough in every respect.  I loved my visit to Orta San Guilio and hope to return someday!  Thank you William for making this a wonderful experience in my Italian adventure.

R. Scharmann
Ogden, Utah, U.S.A.
Stayed in Giove, September 2016

Stunning villa, glorious views.  Information package supplied by William accurate.  Taxi service from Rita second to none (one of our party wheelchair bound, provided no problems).

M. & J. Whitfield
Hornchurch, Essex
Stayed in Panorama, September 2016

Dolce Vita is a lovely apartment with everything (and more) you might need.  The views from the terrace are stunning and the surrounding area is beautiful with something for everyone.  The owner is both interested and helpful with lots of good suggestions for things to do and see, places to eat and local shopping.  We've been coming here for 10 years now - what better recommendation than that?

A. & L. Brown
Melrose, Scotland
Stayed in Dolce Vita, September 2016

What a fantastic apartment, right in the middle of the main square.  It was absolutely immaculately clean, with all the facilities you need and the most amazing view of the lake.  William was in touch with us during our stay to make sure everything was ok and if we needed anything at all.  Can not fault the apartment, and the service from William.  The welcome pack we received had everything you could possibly imagine detailed within from restaurant recommendations to transport.  A fabulous stay in the most beautiful place - Orta.

The pictures of the apartment were exactly as the apartment is, modern clean, fresh and a very good price!  I honestly have no negatives.  Your welcome pack was the best help we could have hoped for!  Thank you.

K. & S. Horn
Renfrew, Scotland
Stayed in Giove, September 2016

We all returned back to Germany safely and once more say "thank you" for 14 fantastic days at "Panorama" in Villa Gelsomina.  Especially your detailed preparation and the excellent "location pack" were very much appreciated.  Everything - including the weather - was perfect and we certainly will come back sometimes in the future.

B. & M. Weller
Altenholz, Germany
Stayed in Panorama, August/September 2016

We had a great stay at Villa Gelsomina.  We left a tip in the visitors book about the drive to The 3 Mounts Walk and the Wooden Spoon farm to table dinner.  Beautiful area.  Grounds and apartment were lovely.  Pool as well.

P. Broekel & M. Rovner
Natick, Massachussets, U.S.A.
Stayed in Paradiso, September 2016

Thank you for a beautiful apartment, overlooking lake, island and montains till Monte Rosa in the distance.

F. Lehnertz
Neuss, Germany
Stayed in Casa Miralago, September 2016

We had a great week at Dolce Vita, with beautiful weather, good food and an unbelievable view from the terrace.  Your instructions are very helpful and we used some of it.

For sure it was not our last holiday at your Villa.  We are already thinking of next year ...

F-J. & E. Jäger
Rüsselsheim, Germany
Stayed in Dolce Vita, September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Casa Fiori.  The apartment is spacious, comfortable, well-equipped and in a great location.  For those who haven't yet discovered Pella, they are missing a treat.  Much quieter than Orta San Giulio, but still very pretty.  There's a small grocery in the village, but more shops & a supermarket 5 minutes drive away in San Maurizio d'Opaglio.  An excellent coop hypermarket is just 15 minutes drive in Briga Novarese.

We ate 3 times at Imbarcadero.  Marvellous food, excellent service, great value & right on the lake shore.  There is also a pizzeria & a gelateria.  A fairly energetic, but worthwhile, walk up to Alzo di Pella brings you to the delightfully rustic Al Caffe dell'Osteria where they do a superb 2 course, fixed-price, lunch.  They do dinner too, but not sure we'd risk the walk in the dark!

Lago d'Orta ferries call regularly at Pella, taking you to the island, to Orta San Giulio or, on Thursday to Omegna & its extensive market.

Case Fiori suits us very well - we'll be back!

J. & J. Dunlop
Lancashire, U.K.
Stayed in Casa Fiori, August/September 2016

We arrived home last night.  Very sad to leave Italy, but thank you for providing us with the most wonderful apartment to enjoy Lake Orta from.

G. & A. Blaney
Wimborne, Dorset, U.K.
Stayed in Paradiso, August 2016

We are safe and sound and back in England, our stay in Lake Orta was magical and your help, assistance and information pack were invaluable, thank you.  The only issue was we wished we could have stayed a little longer.

A. & S. Brooks
Bournemouth, U.K.
Stayed in Venere, August 2016

The accommodation lived up to our expectations (small family).  The view is to die for and was more than we expected.  The apartment was clean and of an ideal size.  I cannot thank the owner (William) enough who was extremely helpful throughout our stay.  He is a true gentleman.  Anyone booking this apartment will not be disappointed.  Many thanks for the memories.

B. & J. Scott
Rickmansworth, Hertforshire, U.K.
Stayed in Ciao Sole!, September 2016

We had a marvellous visit & adored Orta San Giulio.  The whole experience was most professionally & thoughtfully executed by William, with every attention given to the last detail.  The spacious apartment was exactly as described with sensational views & the location was perfect for our four night stay (any longer we would have needed to hire a car to further explore the region).  We ate & drank some sensational food/wine from wine bars, trattorias to Michelin starred restaurants.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the apartment or beautiful Orta San Giulio!

What I loved most:  Orta San Giulio: food, wine & scenery.  Spacious apartment in excellent location.  Huge amount of wardrobe space & copious coat hangers a rare find & so important & most welcomed.

S. & L. Magor
St. Ives, Cornwall, U.K.
Stayed in Giove, August 2016

Wow, fantastic, paradise !!!

We loved our stay at Villa Paradiso.  If only I could wake up to views like that every day.  We have travelled all around the world over the years and stayed in some lovely hotels but I dont think I have ever been so speechless when standing on the balcony admiring the views before.  Nice apartment, had everything we needed, nice and clean and comfy beds, quilt and pillows.  Lake Orta is a hidden gem and you must visit, San Giulio was gorgeous with cobbled streets and quaint shops.  William provided lots of info on area and where to visit.  Thanks for a great stay, Sonya from Staffs.

S. Phillips
Staffordshire, U.K.
Stayed in Paradiso, August 2016

Our stay was perfect.  The view from the apartment is amazing and the area is superb.  We will come back.  Thank you for your holiday guide which was very helpful to know the good addresses.

C. & F. Serot Almeras
Nantes, France
Stayed in Dolce Vita, August 2016

We had a lovely time.  Thanks for taking care of everything and ensuring all was well.

Hope to return to Orta someday.

J. & A. Gottschalck
Hamburg, Germany
Stayed in Casa Fiori, August 2016

We loved Orta...just to look out of the apartment window was magical.

The apartment was just what we nèeded and appealingly stylish and simple.  We swam from the little beach at Ortello several times and loved being able to walk to restaurants for dinner.

It might be useful for others to know that if you go in search of kayaks at Pella, you walk up from the quay, turn right, pass the campsite entrance and find a boatyard down the next driveway.  Delightful owner only has 3 kayaks but he hired those to us, and his 2 paddle boards and we had lots of fun attempting to paddle board and falling in to the water which is very warm.  [HHLO note: this is Domenico at Pella Marina]

We were persuaded to buy 3 bottles of special balsamic vinegar by the trilingual guy in the grocery who gave us endless tastings of good things.

We'd love to come back and do more walking when it's cooler so will certainly follow you on twitter to keep up to date.

Thanks again for all the information you provided which made things very easy.

K. & P. Gibson
Kingston upon Thames, U.K.
Stayed in Venere, July 2016

We had a great time at Lake Orta.  Isola is a lovely spacious apartment, with an absolutely fantastic roof terrace, and stunning views onto the lake and the hills and mountains beyond.  The central location is also perfect for popping out for an evening aperitivo in Orta San Giulio, before heading for dinner in one of the many delicious local restaurants.  The lake itself is wonderful for swimming, with beautifully clear and calm water.

Thanks for a great stay!

C. Dale-Harris & E. Richards
Peckham, London, U.K.
Stayed in Isola, July 2016

We are safely back in Dublin after an incredible stay.  Thank you for everything.  The apartment was amazing.  The view is magical!

Text from E. & J. Kirwan
Dublin, Ireland
Stayed in Venere, June 2016

Thank you for a wonderfull stay at Villa Gelsomina.

We will come back :-)

T. & H. Kirkegaard-Thomsen and 2 children
Nivaa, Denmark, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, July 2016

[The apartment] on the square is just as described.  Perfect location, clean, historic with modern decor.  And VIEWS to die for!!  We will be back, hopefully for a longer stay next time.

P. & D. Caldwell
Oakland, California, U.S.A
Stayed in Venere, July 2016

This was our first visit to the Italian lakes.  We stayed in the Panorama Apartment in Villa Gelsomina; everything was perfect and exactly as described and as we hoped.  The views over Lake Orta are stunning.  Highly recommended.

K. & P. MacDonald
Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany
Stayed in Panorama, May 2016

We can't begin to recommend Lake Orta Holiday Homes enough.  We found William very easy to deal with and very responsive, before, during and after our stay.  We stayed in Giove, a two bedroom apartment overlooking the main square of Orta San Giulio and with a spectacular view to the Isola San Giulio.  The apartment was perfect for our family of five - large, clean and well equipped including with some basic supplies and a coffee maker (which always makes us happy!).

D. Sharma & R. Lord
Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia
Stayed in Giove, May 2016

We had a wonderful time at Villa Gelsomina and look forward to an opportunity to return before too long.  Definitely missing the view!

While its true what they say about location, location, location, you have clearly put a lot of thought and attention-to-detail into the villa, its inventory and the location pack.  You seen to have thought of everything.

We made good use of the various recommendations and thoroughly enjoyed the walks.

With many thanks and best wishes.

H. & P. Jarman
Knutsford, Cheshire, U.K.
Stayed in Panorama, June 2016

We had a fabulous stay at Villa Heureka, everything was as described, location was perfect, views were amazing.  The only thing that we didn't like was that we had to leave!

R. & R. Layden
Roxboro, Quebec, Canada
Stayed in Villa Heureka, April 2016

A great apartment right in the midst of all the action in the piazza.  Waking up each morning and looking out the window at Isola Di San Giulio is an absolute experience and one that we struggled to say good bye to when we left.  We took William's recommendation and did walks 1 and 4.  Walk one [the circuit of the Orta peninsular] is a must and walk 4 [the circuit from Pella to Ronco] is well worth it if you have the time.  It was exactly 3 hours as predicted and it ended with the best meal of our visit at Imbarcadero in Pella directly across the lake.  This restaurant is well worth the visit on the ferry.

G. & A. Hamilton
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Stayed in Venere, May 2016

We absolutely loved Lake Orta.  Without doubt, what made it more wonderful, was our apartment "Venere".  The views of the island, lake and main square from the living room window were jawdropping.  Even our young children, usually oblivious to a view, upon arrival stopped and stared in wonderment.  The apartment itself was large, bright, airy and incredibly clean.  It is located in the middle of the square, with restaurants and gelato stores all around.  You could not seek for a better spot.  We would recommend this place without reservation.  For the price, it is without doubt the best place we have stayed in Europe.

G. & M. Antaw
La Tour de Peilz, Vaud, Switzerland
Stayed in Venere, May 2016

We had a wonderful time in Italy.  The apartment was brilliant and there really was everything we might have needed there at our fingertips.  Your information package was most helpful and provided everything we needed to know during our stay.  The staff in the shop were very helpful and even ordered in some fresh vegetables for us upon request as they were not easy to come by in the village itself.

S. & C. James
Sint Joris Weert, Belgium
Stayed in Venere, March 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the beautiful lakeside village of Orta San Giulio.  The apartment (Giove) is well appointed with an amazing view of the small island in the lake.

Location: Superb - on the waterfront in the main square of this small medieval village with an amazing view.  The village is pedestrianised and therefore free from engine noise, so all you can hear from the front window is the quiet hum of local activity (which is very quiet).  A little market underneath provided everything we needed/wanted.  Some great small local coffee shops (including the odd "hidden" gem if you explore).  Some great restaurants within walking distance.

Apartment: Large and spacious - had everything we wanted/needed.  Well appointed, clean and comfortable, kitchen had everything we needed.

Area: Beautiful - lots to do in the locality (so you don't need to drive anywhere if you don't want to) but if you want to explore there's some great mountain/hill walking and lovely lakes.  This is a lovely area to take a well earned rest and we would recommend it.

M. & A. Williams
Truro, Cornwall, U.K.
Stayed in Giove, March 2016

We enjoyed very much our stay at the Villa Heureka.  So early in the year, over the Easter break the lake is more quiet and we have had beautiful weather over these days.  With this extraordinary view of the lake, we spent a lot of time in the Villa and on the balcony.  The additional heating with the fire wood in the living room was really an benefit, and sitting in the evening at the fire side and talking to another was relaxing.  The Villa itself with 3 bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms (one direct in the master bedroom) was big enough for 3 couples.  The combined kitchen and living room is big enough for all (100% surrounded by lake view).  To prepare breakfast and a small meal it is okay and suitable.

We made the mandatory visit to city of Orta and took a walk around it, as well we went to Borgomanero to the market which is huge.  I went to Ghemme and bought some very good vine at the Cantina Mirú which is right next to the church, in the middle of this village.  Great hospitality and wine tasting with the cellarmaster and owner Marco.  For me this wine will be on the same quality level like the wine coming from Barolo area.  We went to the Osteria San Martino in Crabbia for Easter dinner and it was very delicious.

So much to do and so less time, we really should have stayed longer.

Making business with you William was a pleasure and everything you mentioned was like you said, this will not be the last time we want to rent with you an accommodation.  The way of communicating with you and getting all this information was very helpful.

Many thanks.  And I'm looking forward for the next time

H. & K. Welker
Meckenbeuren, Germany
Stayed in Villa Heureka, March 2016

Lovely apartment in a magical location.  William is the most organized host we have ever known!  He prepared an informational packet that not only listed sites to see but had descriptions for us of long walks to take with detailed maps and drawings.  He reviewed all local restaurants and his descriptions were spot on (William, you could run Trip Advisor).  Although we never met, we felt his presence every day.  The apartment is clean and cozy, filled with all you need.

The staff in Orta Market downstairs are kind and volunteer info in English if you need it.  (Caveat: buy your wine elsewhere for a better price).  All in all a wonderful experience.

B. Hasson & D. Alary
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Stayed in Giove, March 2016

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