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Casa Miralago

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This superb two bedroom apartment, sleeping 4, looks out onto Lake Orta from the upper two floors of a period villa.  The building dates from the 1920s, and was originally a hotel, now fully renovated and converted.  The name "miralago" says it all: mira (admire), lago (the lake).  Every room has a splendid view of the lake and island.  A swimming pool (9 metres by 5 metres) in the well-kept grounds completes the facilities of this lovely apartment (pool open from around 9th June to around 15th September).

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Casa Miralago is in a superb (almost unique) setting in the village of Vacciago on the east side of Lake Orta.  The house is located on the wooded slopes below the village, about 200 metres above the lake, with a completely unobstructured view of Lake Orta, the island of San Giulio, the Madonna del Sasso, and Monte Rosa.  Being situated at 500 metres altitude, the air is noticeably clean and very pleasant.  In the height of summer when it can get rather hot in many parts of Italy, in Vacciago there is a gentle and welcome breeze of mountain air!

Vacciago is 2 miles (3 km) from the local centre of Orta San Giulio.  There are many places to see in the local area, excellent walks (many from your front door!), and several beaches nearby.  Like all our apartmnents, it's a great base for day trips.

The village has one shop (La Bottega) which is five minutes on foot and supplies virtually all provisions, and a newly opened (2015) bar La Ca Buiota is about 8 minutes walk from the house.  There are several great restaurants within a mile (1.5 km) of the apartment, and a wide choice of mouth-watering restaurants, pizzerias, and trattorias of all descriptions within 3 miles (5km).  We provide a list of recommendations, but you really can't go wrong, and prices are very reasonable too!

Aerial view of Vacciago July 2012 (arrow marks Casa Miralago)

Aerial view of Vacciago, the arrow marks Casa Miralago

At a glance

Accommodation 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 adults.  Accommodation approx 83m2
Position Second floor, reached by two flights of stairs.  No lift.  Studio room under the eves on 3rd floor, reached by spiral staircase
Location On wooded slopes 50 metres below the village of Vacciago on the east side of Lake Orta.
Views Open and unobstructured west-facing lake and island view, possibly the best from anywhere in the area, framed by a majestic and centuries-old strobus (pine) to the side.  Fantastic view of Monte Rosa (clear day required), the 2nd highest mountain in the Alps, and the Madonna del Sasso.  Unbelievable sunsets.
Furnishings Mixed contemporary and classical styles.  Wooden floors, exposed wooden beams, tiled bathroom floor, modern wooden flooring in the upstairs studio room.
Master Bedroom Queen sized double bed, small balcony (large enough to sit on), with panoramic lake view.  Two folding balcony chairs are provided.  Wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Upstairs studio room Twin beds.  Two velux skylights.  Reduced height on three sides of the room (down to approx 1 metre).
Bathroom (on same floor as master bedroom) Bath with shower attachment and curtains, washbasin, loo, bidet, washing machine.
Living Room and Dining Area Angle leather sofa seating for 4 adults.  Rocking chair.  Round dining table for 5 adults.  Another small balcony (large enough to sit on), with panoramic lake view.
Kitchen area Open with living area.  Fully equipped contemporary kitchen.  Large fridge with large freezer compartment.  Four gas rings.  No oven.
Pool area (shared with 8 other apartments) Sunshade and four aluminium and white plastic fabric sunbeds (for your private use).  4 folding green metal chairs with small matching round table (for your private use).
TV and DVD Local Italian television and combined DVD player.
Telephone Private telephone for local and incoming calls only.
Internet Wifi Internet access based on fixed line ADSL service.
Car Car is necessary for stays in this apartment.
Road access and Parking Access from Vacciago.  Private off-street parking in grounds (behind locked gate) for one car only.
Children Not suitable for children under 7 because of the pool.
Wheelchair access Not suitable as there are 2 flights of stairs and the internal spiral staircase.
Pets Not allowed
Smoking Not allowed
Key features Beautiful apartment with absolutely stunning lake views, and lovely setting in wooded hills, and sunbathing around the pool, local shop in Vacciago reachable on foot (10 mins walk up steep slope) for fresh provisions.  Other residents are almost all Italians with summer apartments so it is generally very quiet away from July and August.  In peak period best if you prefer to have italians around you at the pool rather than other non-Italian holidaymakers.  Not suitable for disabled people or anyone uncomfortable with 2 flights of stairs or the spiral staircase to the studio room.  Stay in Casa Miralago for the superb west-facing aspect with panoramic lake views in comfortable accommodation.

Lakeview Living

Casa Miralago is a beautiful two bedroom apartment, located on the second floor of the building.  There is a comfortable living room and open plan kitchen, with views both to the entrance and parking area, and of the lake, with dining table (from where you can see the island!).  The master bedroom has a double bed, the bathroom has bath tub with shower attachment, and the washing machine.  A spiral staircase leads up to a studio room with two single beds, with modern (December 2007) wooden flooring (see pictures below).  It is fully furnished to a high standard, sleeping four comfortably.  The apartment is fully equipped with everything you need for your vacation rental.

The grounds (fully enclosed with locked gate) and swimming pool are available for the shared use of Casa Miralago and other apartments in the building.  The house is away from the main road. Off street parking is inside the grounds.

The apartment is fully equipped with everything necessary for your stay, including linen, blankets, crockery, cutlery and kitchen equipment, a large fridge with freezer compartment, gas cooker hob, microwave oven, electric kettle, tea towels, table cloths and serviettes, automatic washing machine, vacuum cleaner, electric iron and ironing board.


There's a combined TV and DVD player in the living room, with a selection of English language DVDs.

Telephone and wifi internet via fixed line ADSL in Casa Miralago

Wifi internet and a telephone for incoming and local outoing calls are now provided in Casa Miralago (installed March 2014).  The internet is via a fixed line ADSL service so is sufficient for general purposes including short video clips.  The telephone also allows calls to Italian "numero verde" freephone numbers starting 800, so if you purchase a prepaid Italian phone card you can make national and international calls using the balance on your phone card.

Casa Miralago - you can even see the island from the living room table!!   Casa Miralago - the mature pine tree from your balcony (wide angle photo - it's tall!)

Getting there

The house is easily reached by road, and full directions will be provided.  For details of air, road and train transport to the Lake Orta area see Tell Me About getting there.

Your stay at Casa Miralago

Season Pool Period Cost per week
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 closed 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 fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, towels and linen.  Minimum stay is 7 days from the beginning of May to the end of September.  Minimum stay is 5 days.for October through April.  See short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.

Because of the swimming pool, Casa Miralago is not suitable for families with small children aged less than seven years.  Pets are not allowed.

Arrivals (from 4pm to 7.30pm) and departures (from 7.30am to 10am) are on a Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of September.  Outside this period arrival and departure days are flexible.

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