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VILLA GELSOMINA | Overview of the apartments | winter

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Villa Gelsomina 16/2/2012
Villa Gelsomina in Winter, with the balcony of Paradiso (taken 16/2/2012)

Isola San Giulio from Villa Gelsomina - December 2008
Winter view of the island and Lake Orta, taken from Villa Gelsomina on 26/12/2008

Monte Rosa from the balcony of Paradiso
Monte Rosa from the balcony of Paradiso

Stunning soft colours of winter sunset, taken from Villa Gelsomina on 1/1/2012
Soft colours of Monte Rosa, the Island of San Giulio, and Lake Orta - winter sunset taken from Villa Gelsomina on 1/1/2012

Winter Holidays at Lake Orta

Lake Orta is great in winter.  The area offers exhilarating walks with fantastic clear mountain air (we provide two packs of walks to get you started!).  In winter time, you can drive up to Macugnaga (international skiing resort) or Santa Maria Maggiore for a day's skiing or sledging, or ski on the nearby Mottarone with has some 7 lifts, 10 pistes, all hire facilities, and several restaurants.  To reach the Mottarone, you can drive up from Armeno, or take the cable car up from Stresa.

The villa is open throughout the year, and is very well built with full insulation and double glazed windows throughout, and independent gas central heating in each apartment.  Villa Gelsomina is ideal for a mixed holiday with some walking, some skiing, snowboarding and sledging, and of course great local restaurants and lovely local villages...

Villa Gelsomina in winter
Villa Gelsomina in winter

Villa Gelsomina

Villa Gelsomina is situated in the village of Lortallo, in a superb setting on the brow of the ridge running along the east side of Lake Orta, some 200 metres (in altitude) above the lake.  Villa Gelsomina was built to a very high specification in the local style, and with holiday rentals in mind.  All apartments have a view of Lake Orta.  Villa Gelsomina is in a quiet no-through-road and has parking spaces in a parking bay directly in front of the house.  The local Comune keeps the local roads completely clear of snow, and we keep all the paths in the grounds open at all times.  

The apartments in Villa Gelsomina are Panorama (sleeps 4), Paradiso (sleeps 6 to 8), Dolce Vita (sleeps 2 to 4), Ciao Sole! (sleeps 4 to 6), and Ciao Italia! (sleeps 4).

Villa Gelsomina in winter
Villa Gelsomina in winter

Villa Gelsomina in winter
The balcony of Paradiso, with superb view of Lake Orta

Local Facilities

Villa Gelsomina is 3 km by road from the local centre of Orta San Giulio.  The whole area is extremely well serviced by shops.  There is a great restaurant (the Vecchio Circolo - web site ) just 5 minutes walk from Villa Gelsomina (without going on the road!), and we provide a long list of recommended local restaurants in your location pack.  There are many places to visit in the local area, lots of wonderful places for day trips for adults and children, great walks (we provide in your location pack five favourite local walks for you to try), and a good selection of sporting and other local activities are available.

Winter picture of the villa (we are open all year round!) - taken December 2008
Villa Gelsomina in winter

Monte Rosa, island, and bamboo in the grounds of Villa Gelsomina
Monte Rosa, island, and bamboo in the grounds of Villa Gelsomina

Lake Orta

This wonderful little lake (Lago d'Orta in Italian, Lacus Cusius in Roman times) is still little known outside Italy, even though it is the "next lake along" from Lake Maggiore.  It lies in the foothills of the Alps, with low hills at the south end of the lake, but higher mountains at the north end (the Mottarone, which lies between Lakes Orta and Maggiore, is just under 1500 metres - great view of seven lakes, by the way!).  The scenery of Lake Orta is gentle - and inviting! - just as the local people are warm and hospitable...

Monte Rosa from Villa Gelsomina
Monte Rosa from Villa Gelsomina

Getting there

Many of our clients arrive by air at one of Milan's airports (the nearest, Milan Malpensa airport, is just 24 miles away) and pick up a hire car, often taking advantage of the cheap flights that are now available. See our table of flights for information on airlines flying from the U.K. to the region.  For U.K. holidaymakers who prefer to drive, it's an easy two day drive.  For full details of air, road, and rail transport to the area, click here.

Villa Gelsomina in winter
Villa Gelsomina in winter

Comparison of costs of apartments in Villa Gelsomina

Season Pool Period

sleeps 2-4

sleeps 6-8

Dolce Vita
sleeps 2-4

Ciao Sole!
sleeps 4-6

Ciao Italia!
sleeps 4

A.  Low pool closed before 8-4-2017,
after 7-10-2017






B.  Low+ pool closed 8-4-2017 to 20-5-2017,
23-9-2017 to 7-10-2017






C.  Mid pool open 20-5-2017 to 10-6-2017,
16-9-2017 to 23-9-2017






D.  Mid+ pool open 10-6-2017 to 24-6-2017






E.  Int pool open 24-6-2017 to 8-7-2017,
9-9-2017 to 16-9-2017






F.  Int+ pool open 8-7-2017 to 22-7-2017,
2-9-2017 to 9-9-2017






G.  High pool open 22-7-2017 to 5-8-2017,
26-8-2017 to 2-9-2017






H.  Peak pool open 5-8-2017 to 26-8-2017






Costs are for the apartment per week, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, bed linen, standard size towels, and a small toiletries pack.  Heating costs (reasonable use policy) are also included.  Shorter stays are accepted for October through April (minimum 4 days for Panorama and Dolce Vita, minimum 5 days for Paradiso, Ciao Sole! and Ciao Italia!), see short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.

Arrivals (after 4pm) and departures (by 10am) are flexible throughout the Winter period.

Isola San Giulio from Villa Gelsomina taken 16/2/2012

Monte Rosa and the Isola San Giulio from Villa Gelsomina taken 16/2/2012
The superb view of Monte Rosa and the Isola San Giulio (taken 16/2/2012)

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