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Exclusive 17th C Villa on the Island of San Giulio

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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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About the Owner
Andrew B
Languages spoken:English, Italian, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2012
Interaction with guests
Malpensa Airport is the closest airport to Orta (46 km, a 50 minute drive on the A26 motorway, exit at Arona and then take the state road SP299 to Orta San Giulio). The road network in the area is good. One can also arrive by train, or by bus.The way to cross from Orta to the island and vice versa is by public transport motorboats or guests can use our boat which gives them full flexibility. It is a Canadian aluminium boat that takes 5/6 people and is unsinkable. Our guests can chose between using the motor or the oars. They can also use our garage which is on the mainland. We meet our guests in Orta square to facilitate their settling into the house. To sight-see the region one needs a car. The local area has good bus services.
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Reviewed 10 February 2015

This Villa on the Island of San Giulio allowed me the experience of old times Italian aristocracy. The furniture and paintings are exquisite, same the big chimney. In the same time, the house is equipped with all the necessary facilities for the current times. I...More

Date of stay: September 2013
1  Thank Ramona M
Management response:Responded 10 February 2015

Thank you for coming. The fireplace is indeed a pride, in the old days (before the independent central heating in very room we have now) it was large enough for two people to sit inside, there are two small ledges, and on one side there...More

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 8 February 2015

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Date of stay: September 2014
Management response:Responded 10 February 2015

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Ceiling Fans
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Secure Parking
Garage
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Sauna
Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Boat Available
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
Deck
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About the neighbourhood
There is a market in Orta 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 the northern end of the lake. North West Italy is renown as the lake region, apart from Lake Orta there is also Lake Maggiore with its 3 beautiful islands, Lake Varese, Lake Lugano and Lake Como. The arch of the pre-Alps and the massif of Monte Rosa are the backstage of this region. Short excursions around Orta: Walk to the Sacro Monte for a good view of the lake. Start from the square, take via Motta, flanked by 18th century buildings, and follow the path by the main church that winds to the top of the h
Getting around
Ideally by car, or there are local buses on the Novara/Domodossola route, plus a train station at Orta Miasino (2km). One suggestion is that you use the local taxi/minicab drivers who are economical. Details provided in our info pack on booking.
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