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17th C Villa on San Giulio Island, Lake Orta, waterfront garden, boat & garage.

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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
10 guests
3 nights minimum
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Sleeps 10. 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa on San Giulio island, Lake Orta, Northern Italy. Villa Monziani is a 17th C Villa, one of the oldest houses on San Giulio Island, lakeside, at water level, with full view of the lake and mainland Orta. On the ground floor there is the garden, which stretches the length of the house (1/3 in the shade of the bower and 2/3 in the sun), the kitchen and a small lounge, which both open onto the garden, and a bathroom. The boathouse is adjacent to the garden and has an outdoor hot shower. You can also find water sport amenities like a surfboard, flippers, lie-lows etc. There is also a lakeside wooden jetty useful as a sundeck for late afternoon sunbathing and accessible by the local larger taxi-boats. On the ground floor there is also a new bedroom with en-s...Sleeps 10. 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa on San Giulio island, Lake Orta, Northern Italy. Villa Monziani is a 17th C Villa, one of the oldest houses on San Giulio Island, lakeside, at water level, with full view of the lake and mainland Orta. On the ground floor there is the garden, which stretches the length of the house (1/3 in the shade of the bower and 2/3 in the sun), the kitchen and a small lounge, which both open onto the garden, and a bathroom. The boathouse is adjacent to the garden and has an outdoor hot shower. You can also find water sport amenities like a surfboard, flippers, lie-lows etc. There is also a lakeside wooden jetty useful as a sundeck for late afternoon sunbathing and accessible by the local larger taxi-boats. On the ground floor there is also a new bedroom with en-suite bathroom. On the first floor there is a very large lounge with a fireplace and a 2nd master bedroom. The balcony on the first floor runs the length of the house and an outdoor stone staircase leads to the garden below. On the mezzanine there is the 3rd bedroom with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. On the second floor there is the 4th bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a small lounge area. Also on the second floor there is the 5th bedroom, a studio with a divan bed and a spectacular view of the lake. The house has been completely refurbished and modernised bearing in mind its past history, respecting its original plan. The ceilings are all original and designer furniture and illumination enhances the traditional settings, giving a sense of discrete luxury and homeliness. The garden is manicured and from the garden wall you can dive into the water, whose cleanliness is certified, or enter walking through the boat house. In the garden you can find a variety of spices which you can use to garnish your cooking. There is also a Weber BBQ. A very magic atmosphere surrounds this island. The green hills of the pre-alpine lake and the small villages dotted on its shore give a feeling of tranquillity. Orta's very attractive 18th century houses, make a colourful backdrop to its square, which is like a parlour with cafés, benches under shady trees, arches hiding shops and the full view of the fascinating island of San Giulio. A stunning view of the lake, of the town of Pella and of the Madonna del Sasso Church can be had from the Sacro Monte Franciscan Church above Orta. It is fascinating to stroll in Orta's narrow, cobbled streets and admire the Baroque houses that line them. To reach the island (a mere 400m) guests can use our boat, included in the price, with or without engine, or use the public taxi boats. The boat is an aluminium unsinkable 8HP outboard engine (no license needed). It is simple to use and we will show you how to use it. We also have a larger 40HP (electronic ignition/steering wheel) available for rent. You can park in our locked garage on the mainland, also included in the price. We have a second covered space in the same garage for an eventual second car. We meet our guests in Orta in the main square in front of the docks, show them the location of the garage nearby, take them across to the island in our boat, show them the house, answer any questions and leave. We return the day of their departure. A small apartment on the top floor belongs to my cousins. They are completely independent. They use the back entrance to the house and the central staircase to get to their flat. As for us, the house is their second home, so they might be or might not be there. They are very nice people to get on with and do not intrude. They can share 1/6 of the garden. More
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Andrew B
Languages spoken:English, Italian, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2012
Interaction with guests
We meet our guests in Orta in the main square in front of the docks, show them the location of the garage nearby, take them across to the island in our boat, show them the house, answer any questions and leave. We return the day of their departure.
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Reviewed 23 January 2015

Orta, and this house are truly one of a kind. Our immediate family stayed for a week during the spring of 2013 and it was an unforgettable experience. The house is spacious with spectacular views throughout, old world charm meets modern amenities and well selected...More

Date of stay: April 2013
Thank Sara A
Management response:Responded 7 February 2015

Thank you very much, we strive to modernise within our possibilities as much as possible, guarantying as much personal comfort as possible, renovating the linen and bedding, adding extra luxuries such as bedwarmers for the colder months and heaters for the toilets all year round,...More

Reviewed 22 January 2015

The Villa is located on an island in Lake Orta. It is quite, peaceful, and set in one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. The Villa has so much character and is right across the water from a great town with so...More

Date of stay: March 2013
Thank LCee88
Management response:Responded 7 February 2015

Thank you so much, not only is it a perfect place to relax after a wedding, it's now becoming a popular location for weddings, especially among foreigners, ever more often do you see couples in the main square having their photograph taken with the island...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2015

I have stayed at this Villa a few times and each and every time is just as magical as the first! The house is so charming and afternoons spent reading in the garden or fishing or just having a glass of prosecco and chatting with...More

Date of stay: June 2013
Thank GoneGator22
Management response:Responded 7 February 2015

Thank you very much. We're so glad you appreciate the amenities that Orta now offers, over the years the quantity, quality and range of shops has improved enormously, after all the region is famous for its gastronomic specialities and improved catering is symptomatic of progress....More

Reviewed 22 January 2015

I'm almost afraid to write a review as I don't want it to be booked when we want to return! The sun shimmering off the lake in the morning, sitting in the garden drinking my lavazza coffee listening to the church bells ringing is a...More

Date of stay: July 2013
Thank Wimblebean
Management response:Responded 7 February 2015

Thank you so much. We are so pleased that the boys enjoyed the lake, it is a vaunt that the water is so clean now, after the definitive depuration interventions in the 80s. There are lots of fish, so much so that on Sundays many...More

Reviewed 22 January 2015

I have stayed at Barrow residence on Isola San Giulio for 16 years. I have taken family and friends at many different times of the year and we always feel like crying the day we leave. It is a private residence with lovely garden with...More

Date of stay: September 2014
Thank GerriHayes
Management response:Responded 7 February 2015

It's always a great pleasure to have you, the house has become your home too over the years and we treasure the useful objects you've left behind to help enhance the facilities. We have always made jam from the grapes and the figs from the...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Garage
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Sauna
Private Fishing Lake/River
Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Water Views
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Good Nightlife
Microwave
Boat Available
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
Additional amenities & feature info
Next to the fully furbished kitchen on the ground floor there is a small lounge with a wickerwork settee, armchair and a table. The bathroom adjacent to the lounge has a shower, wash-basin and WC, shelves and cupboards. The utility room is also the ground floor adjacent to the bathroom. It contains the ironing board, iron, vacuum cleaner, brooms and mops, garden lamps and First Aid Kit.There is an internal wooden staircase that connects the small lounge it to the large lounge on the 1st floor. The large lounge is furnished with 2 settees, 2 leather armchairs,1 large & 2 small tables, bookcase, writing desk, design illumination, CD player & radio and a fireplace. Its French windows open onto the balcony and offer a beautiful view of mainland Orta. The 1st Master Bedroom on the 1st floor has a double bed, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables and armchair. Both the 1st master bedroom and the large lounge have a balcony that leads to the garden down a stone staircase. Bedroom 2, on the mezzanine floor, has twin beds, wardrobe and chest of drawers, bookcase, writing desk, armchair and en-suite bathroom. The bathroom on the mezzanine has a bath/shower, wash-basin,WC and cupboards. Bedroom 3 on the 2nd floor is a studio with a divan beds (sleeps 2 comfortably) has a table, chairs and a wardrobe. From its small balcony there is a fantastic view of the lake. Bedroom 4, also on the 2nd floor is a loft apartment with a small lounge, en-suite bathroom and master bedroom linked with wooden staircase. The lounge has two armchairs, table, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers. The bathroom has sauna shower, bidet, WC and cupboards. All bathrooms have heating systems and have hot water from independent boilers. The property is cleaned before each new guest.
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About the neighbourhood
The town of Orta, on the lake shore in front of the island, with its 18th century houses is like a parlour with cafés. There are benches under the shady trees, arches hiding shops and a full view of the fascinating island of San Giulio. To reach it (a mere 400 metres) guests can use our boat, with or without engine, using oars, or the public transport boats (9am till 7pm). There is a market in Orta square every Wednesday. An English poetry festival takes place in Orta in September and a festival of classical music in June and September on the island at Villa Tallone. Fireworks in August are famous in Omegna, at northern end of the lake. There are no shops on the island, just a restaurant/bar and a souvenir shop, but Orta offers a large variety of food shops, restaurants of all levels, ...
Getting around
A car is useful if you plan to travel a lot to visit the other nearby lakes like Lago Maggiore or Como. Otherwise there is a train station at Orta Miasino (2km) or bus services from Novara/Domodosola. Many guests have recently used local taxi/minibus services to go to and from Malpensa airport (costs around €80 one way) or to visit nearby shopping centres or places of interest.
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