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Villa Gelsomina with Large Pool and Stunning Views of Lake Orta. - Panorama

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking




Apartment A. First floor apartment (ground floor from entrance side) with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2 to 4. Balcony along the entire length of the apartment, with 2 private sun-loungers, second dining table and superb panoramic views of Lake Orta. Living room has large (3.6m) sliding doors opening onto the balcony. Master bedroom has king size double bed, sofa-bed in living room converts to two full size single beds. Master bedroom has french windows onto the balcony. Newly furnished (2005) to a high standard. Beautiful garden with palms, magnolias, azaleas and fragrant climbing jasmine. No stairs to enter or within the apartment (slope in garden down to pool). Stay in Panorama for the outstanding views, quality accommodation, great al fresco dining and wonderful balcony.

About the property

1, 2 and 3 bedroomed apartments, each sleeping 4 to 8 people.

Villa Gelsomina is a superb villa in a quiet and idyllic setting above Lake Orta, the most enchanting of the Italian Lakes. Apartments have their own outside space with second dining table for al fresco dining and wonderful views of Lake Orta, with its ever changing hues by day and night. Out of this world sunsets. Wake up to the best view in the world.

Beautifully contemporary furnishings, full inventories. Large swimming pool (14 x 5 x 1.5m) open 19th May to 22nd September. Mature grounds, outside chess set on giant chessboard, plenty of sun beds. Convenient unrestricted parking directly in front of the villa. Great base for the entire lakes region.

Come to Lake Orta for the beautiful scenery, wonderful local villages, fantastic food, wide choice of local restaurants, water sports, great local walks (we supply descriptions).

Stay in Villa Gelsomina for the stunning panoramic views of Lake Orta, peace and tranquility, quality accommodation and wonderful outside space and pool.

Getting there: Villa Gelsomina is just 25 miles (40km) from Milan Malpensa airport, with direct Easyjet and other flights (including long haul) from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Oslo, Stockholm, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and other cities. Flights also to Milan Linate (60 minutes) and Milan Bergamo (90 minutes). All the main car hire firms are at local airports. By car from the UK, it's an easy 2 day drive, full details provided.

Holiday Homes at Lake Orta: We only rent accommodation at Lake Orta, and have several other apartments in this wonderful area. For details of all apartments, please email or telephone William, or find us searching for Holiday Homes at Lake Orta.

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William Schwitzer
Member since: 1998
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2018

About William Schwitzer

We have more than 25 years experience of renting holiday accommodation at Lake Orta, we know all our apartments and the local area intimately. We believe in Lake Orta as an absolutely wonderful holiday destination, and our aim is to share our love of Lake Orta with you.

Why William Schwitzer chose Province of Novara

Villa Gelsomina is unique in that we built it ourselves as holiday rental accommodation, based on our understanding of what holidaymakers need, from our many years experience of renting holiday apartments. The attention to details shows, as many of you have commented. The villa is very comfortable, stylish, with quality fittings, furnishings, bedding and linen. We are touched that so many of you choose to come back to Lake Orta, the record is currently held by a Scottish couple who have stayed with us 11 times.

What makes this apartment unique

The views from Villa Gelsomina are absolutely stunning, and it is almost impossible to convey the impression the commanding and unrestricted views of the lake make, full of multiple points of interest. There are several beautiful photos of the views on this entry and elsewhere in different light conditions, but nothing will prepare you for the real thing. Every day is different. Every sunset is different. Dawn is an unbelievable spectacle you must set the alarm for at least once. And when you open the shutters in the morning... wow!!

Available Rentals

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Saturday to Saturday rentals May to September. Flexible arrival/departure days (minimum stay 5 nights) outside this period.
Rates fully inclusive of gas and winter heating (reasonable use policy), water, electricity, linen, towels.
Returnable security deposit 100 pounds sterling (or eur 120, or USD 150).
Swimming pool available 20th May 2017 to 16th September 2017, and 19th May 2018 to 15th September 2018.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Province of Novara in Piedmont

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • For rentals in May to September, children must be able to swim well without swimming aids. Not suitable for children under 7 years.
  • We will send you a comprehensive Location Pack with everything you need for your stay.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Because of the pool, children should be at least 7 years old, and able to swim.


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Melrose, Scotland

The best view in the world?

  • 5 of 5

A little bit of an exaggeration, but the views from the terrace of Villa Gelsomina are truly stunning.

We have now stayed in the Dolce Vita apartment, which is on the top floor of the villa, three times and are returning for a fourth time in the Spring of 2010. The apartment is lovely - clean, well maintained and equipped with everything you will need. William, the owner, is exceptionally friendly and helpful - the information pack that he provides is excellent.

Lake Orta is beautiful and the little town of Orta San Gulio is charming. There is plenty to do and see in the area and there is a wide choice of restaurants to suit every taste and pocket.

What more recommendation can we give than 4 visits in consecutive years - who knows, we might even go twice in 2010!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: October 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning - again!

  • 5 of 5

It’s our second stay at Villa Gelsomia, in Panorama. The first time was perfect, and the second time was even better. The villa itself is perfect for a couple or small family, with a self contained bedroom, lounge/ kitchen, and bathroom. Outside there is a spacious terrace, enough for two sun beds, and a dining table. The apartment is well appointed with all the kitchen utensils required, a TV, games, and toiletries in the bathroom. Plenty of parking, spacious garden with chess board and swimming pool (which is closed off season).

Very importantly - William, the host, is an absolute pleasure to deal with. The pre-arrival information is extremely detailed, with excellent instructions on how exactly to find the villa (and this is true for his other properties too). His communication is excellent, sending a text message before, upon arrival and during the stay, as well as at the end. We had no problems during our stay, but one has the feeling that if we did, we would have immediate support from our host.

I would recommend this property in a heartbeat, and any which William lists on here.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous situation and villa ... fabulous holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed by the pack of information that William forwarded to us prior to the commencement of our holiday at Lake Orta, but even more impressed by the position of Villa Gelsomnia and by the quality of the accommodation. Add to this the help and assistance that were available in the case of problems and you have the formula for a perfect holiday....we had a perfect holiday!

Villa Gelsomnia has a wonderful position some 200m above the lake towards the southern end, with great views along the lake to Orta San Giulio and beyond, and over the hills that border the west side of the lake to the Monte Rosa massif ... a fabulous site on a clear sunny day from the extensive balcony of the Panorama apartment.

Included in the info. pack was detailed information on a number of local walks, put together by William himself: we tried three of them and were very impressed both with the navigational information, and with the goal(s) of the walks.

We had a problem with a faulty microwave in the apartment and reported this to William by text. Within minutes he rang us at the apartment, checked what the problem was, and within hours it was replaced! Amazing service!

The result of this excellence is that we shan't hesitate to rebook a holiday ar Villa Gelsomnia! Thank you William!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely gorgeous location

  • 5 of 5

Villa Gelsomina Panorama is one of the most beautiful locations we've had the pleasure of visiting. As far as the facility itself, everything one would want and need is anticipated. The weather was so beautiful we spent a greet deal of our time on the balcony enjoying the surroundings. It's peaceful and gorgeous. Watching Monte Rosa appear from time to time is fascinating.

We so enjoyed shopping at Le Bottega di Edo. It's such a typical small Italian food source and was fun to sample and purchase the fixings for many antipasta meals. We loved La Locanda del Buon Riso - food wand service was wonderful even with small language barrier. Best of all one would not want to miss Il Cucchiaiodilegno. A little understanding of Italian would be helpful but the staff is very good at helping and the food is so good one doesn't need much advice. Book early for this one.

As for day trips, all around the lake is lovely and we especially enjoyed Ente Botanic Garden of Villa Taranto. After a morning of strolling the lovely gardens, we lunched at the sight and it was a most enjoyable day.

William and his staff are very helpful. I highly recommend Villa Gelsomina.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Well managed site ,excellent location, views out of this world . The pool was excellent for cooling off . The apartment was well equipped ,every thing you needed for self catering, it was also in very good condition ,very clean and well maintained through out.Information and attention to detail from our host William was brilliant even a call on our last evening to asked if we had enjoyed staying at V illa Gelsomina . A very relaxing and

stress free week we will defiantly visit again . Thank you Elaine & Derek

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Super apartment- clean, bright, well equipped with the most beautiful view over the lake and mountains.

Wonderful walks from the door with excellent helpful instructions and ideas from the owner. A most peaceful area - we definitely recommend a holiday here.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Milan Malpensa
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Locanda del Buon Riso
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Car: recommended

Villa Gelsomina is just 3km from the lakeside village of Orta San Giulio, where there are mouth-watering restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, trattorias and gelaterias (particularly good!) catering for all tastes and ages. There is also a great local restaurant in walking distance (400m). Many wonderful day trips can be made in the area, at Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, and in the mountains. We provide descriptions of a series of favourite local walks, most of which start from your front door! Great beach with all facilities (sunbeds, pedalos, canoes, cafe etc.) at Miami at the south end of the lake, lots of other places to swim. Boat trips on Lake Orta, rowing boats for hire at Orta San Giulio. 1 hour's drive from Milan, just 90 minutes from Turin. Skiing locally on the Mottarone, Val Vigezzo, or Macugnaga.