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Villa Monziani, 17th C lakeside villa on island with boat, mainland garage. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms The magical island of San Giulio, the gem in Lake Orta's crown. Accessible by private & public boat
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Villa Monziani, 17th C lakeside villa on island with boat, mainland garage. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
The magical island of San Giulio, the gem in Lake Orta's crown. Accessible by private & public boat
Sunny side of the lakeside garden, ideal for sunbathing, eating and swimming.
The shade of grape bower with another stone table for eating outdoors.
Long cushions, outdoor chairs, table cloths and plastic tableware available.
The small garden, borders the lake, you can dive off the wall to swim or access by the boat house.
The manicured garden has two stone tables for eating outside, lamps are provided.
Chaise-longue with cushions & various hammocks available for perfect relaxation.
Weber Master Touch BBQ & pit area with a view, many accessories incl. chimney.
Private dock&wooden jetty next to garden with 8HP private boat. Sandy water entrance.
New 40HP boat with electronic starter & steering wheel (no license required) - extra fee required.
New wooden front lakeside jetty, also for late afternoon sunbathing.
Jettuìy can be used for direct access to villa by the larger public taxi-boats.
Covered part with hot outdoor shower on the left, sports amenities kept here.
Arched glass door of the kitchen leading to the garden & next to boat entrance.
View from kitchen leading onto the cemented area under bower with stone table
New kitchen with all mod.cons including fridge, freezer, microwave & crockery.
Extractor, gas hob, electric stove, toaster & water boiler. Basic necessities.
Microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, pots, pans, cutlery & cleaning products.
Antique wash basin and old copper utensils from the past.
Antique fresco above door leading to small lounge showing San Giulio's arrival.
View of expandable kitchen table, seats 10 people, many chairs available.
Lounge on ground floor with utility room, writing desk, sofa & small wine cellar.
Lounge next to the kitchen with access to the garden, utility closet and ground floor toilet.
Ground floor lounge, towels for sunbathing and swimming provided, also cushions.
Selection of local wines for your convenience at shop prices, to be paid for.
Ground floor bathroom with shower, situated next to small lounge & utility room.
Antique rare Gozzano marble washbasin. Towels and biological soaps provided.
Internal wooden mountain style stairs leading up to 1st floor large lounge.
View of ground-floor lounge and internal staircase from 1st floor lounge.
Wooden safety trapdoor that closes staircase opening. Guest library area.
Corridor leading to garden, small lounge & main Island entrance door.
Ancient key...
Ground floor bedroom with double bed, writing desk, wardrobes & fireplace. All rooms have fans.
Ground floor master bedroom with internal shower & en-suite bathroom.
New ample ground floor bedroom wardrobe.
Towels and ecological soap provided, including toilet paper & hair dryer.
Antique stone washbasin in en-suite toilet including ventilation & small window.
Stairway to the first floor.
The large 1st floor lounge with fireplace, all windows overlooking the garden and lake.
Particular of lounge with bookcase and stereo, original 17th C wooden ceilings.
Oak parquet, 3 divans, designer lighting and a very comfortable ambience.
View of the garden and lake from the lounge. Exit to the balcony which runs the length of the facade
The Barrow Cup, to be awarded to all guests who swim the 650m around the Island.
Key holders to all bedrooms, each of a different size.
Master bedroom on 1st floor next to lounge, wardrobe & drawers. Linen provided.
1st floor bedroom overlooking garden & lake, access to balcony.  Original fresco
1st floor baloney that leads down to the garden via stone staircase.
Fresco on window of mezzanine bedroom accessible by central staircase.
Bedroom on mezzanine floor, 2 single beds with en-suite bathroom.
Mezzanine bedroom widow overlooking central corridor.
Wardrobe of mezzanino bedroom and window overlooking the vicolo.
View of Mottoarone mountain from mezzanino bedroom window.
Bathroom ensuite to mezzanine bedroom, with shower/bath. Towels & eco soaps.
Stairway to the 2nd floor
Entrance to master bedroom loft on 2nd floor with en-suite lounge & bathroom.
Entrance to lounge on the 2nd floor with en-suite bathroom, ample storage space.
Another view of the 2nd floor small lounge
Decoration surrounding the door to the mezzanine bedroom.
Staircase to the loft masterbedroom
View of 2nd floor small lounge from loft bedroom. Guard rail since installed.
Loft master bedroom with ample wardrobe & chest of drawers and small living area with divan.
Detail of loft master bedroom with two Velux skylights, divan & library.
Adjourning bathroom to loft master bedroom, with sauna shower, WC, bidet & washbasin.
En-suite sauna/shower bathroom to 2rd flr master bedroom, bidet and view of lake
Studio bedroom on 2nd flr., with modern large divan - 18cm mattress, great view of garden and lake.
Studio divan bed open. 18cm foam mattress and wooden slated underframe. Very comfortable
Other details of the 2nd floor studio bedroom.
Detail of chest of drawers of studio bedroom on 2nd floor.
View of the lake from the studio bedroom with its small balcony.
Large beach towels available. Garden has many types of spices usable for cooking
Another view of the island from Sacro Monte, a UNESCO heritage site, a short walk from Orta
View of mainland Orta from the house. The water is very clean & safe to swim in.
Dumb-waiter to help relaxtion. Find in lounge, spirits at guests' disposal!
San Giulio Island by night. Lake Orta is generally calm, a light breeze descending in the evening.
The Island of San Giulio from mainland Orta. Public boats or our private aluminium boat available.
A frequent visitor to the island along with many other birds and wildlife
Breakfast in the morning at Venus with a brioche, cappuccino and a newspaper, great start to the day
The main square of Orta with its shops, restaurants and characteristic 18th C charm and grace.
The northern façade recently rennovated
The front door leading to the circular walkway of the Island.
The vicolo, also used for a scene from the film 'The Corrispondence' with Jeremy Irons by Tornatore.
Map of the Orta peninsula showing access to main square for unloading and route to garage.
The magic of the island at night, immersed in its peaceful, ancient heritage.
bird's eye view...
Giuseppe Tornatore, Jeremy Irons & Olga Kurylenko chose us for R&R (3 weeks) during filming. 2016
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1 review
“A phenomenal holiday”
Reviewed 8 May 2018 for a stay in September 2017

Just what me and my friends were looking for, a great place for a relaxing and peaceful time. The location is superb, the villa very elegant and comfortable, very clean and extremely well taken care of. Our host Andrew was kind and helpful and made us feel at home. His welcoming package with local wine and cheeses, cold-cuts and hand-made jam from the grapevine made for a perfect arrival. The water was warm and we swam often, even in the evenings, and we used the boat to tour the lake. The local restaurants and wine bars were good and well priced, so much so we hardly ate at home, but did make use of his bbq in the garden. His cousins from Rome were there but we hardly ever saw them. It’s a magical place and we look forward to returning.

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Management Response
10 May 2018
Thank you very much, so glad you enjoyed it, appreciate you taking good care of the house and the boat. So happy you want to become many of our return guests. Look forward to seeing you soon, like I said "we haven't been going anywhere since 1637!" All the best Andrew
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“Amazing Villa and Great Host”
Reviewed 31 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017

We can't believe it was real. The kids jumped into the water every day while we read our books in the garden. The villa is amazing, the lake is beautiful, the town across the way is enchanting. We spent the month traveling across Europe and all six of us agree this was our favorite place and time spent. Thanks so much for sharing this piece of heaven.

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“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed 26 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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I'm loathe to write a review because I don't want too many people coming here. No wifi, no tv, intermittent phone signal - our days consisted of watching the aerial acrobatics of the swallows morning & evening, and feeding the fish and ducks during the day. It was the most blissful switch off.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Delightfully relaxing”
Reviewed 5 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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What could be more fun - an island, a lovely garden so you can throw yourself into the lake or just sit sunbathe and read, a lovely historic home and a lovely Italian village 400 m away on your little boat. Perfect

Travelling group: Extended Family
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“An enchanted place”
Reviewed 18 November 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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No words can express how beautiful and magical it is to stay in this ancient house on the island of San Giulio. We enjoyed everything. The owners welcomed us with great hospitality and showed us around. The house has everything you could possibly need and is furnished in a pleasant antique style - you must make some allowances for the extreme age of the building, for example, steep stairs.
We made some wonderful trips out including motoring around Lake Orta itself in the boat which comes with the house; visiting Lake Maggiore and its islands and making a mammoth trip into Switzerland (by boat, car, train, funicular railway, cable car and chair lift). The lovely little town of Orta makes for a delightful interlude with its cobbled streets, mediaeval buildings and precious faded frescoes. We were also lucky enough to be able to take in a concert in the basilica on the island. Would you believe that many 'day trippers' come across on the boat and don't even look at this church. It is certainly well worth visiting.
The terrace by the lake is a good place for a few glasses of wine and nibbles or for a barbecue. Sitting out there enjoying such a beautiful view you can think you've died and gone to heaven!
Every day we swam in the lake. The water is glassy clear and clean and you can see hundreds of fish. In August it was really warm. Athletic people can jump off the wall into the water - be sure to jump well out though - and others can walk in from the boathouse area.
When you visit take the boat out around the island for some photos.
The little pathway on the island is also a pleasure, especially after all the other visitors have gone away. In one direction it is the 'Path of Silence' and in the other direction becomes the 'Path of Contemplation'!
We enjoyed a couple of meals at the restaurant on the island. It's particularly worth visiting on Sunday after the church service is over and it's packed with locals. Restaurant Venus just opposite the island is also very good and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. There are some pretty good Ice Cream parlours too.
August was hot and quite humid and there were one or two storms - quite spectacular to watch from the house as the thunder rumbled around the mountains and the forked and sheet lightning lit up the sky. Bear this in mind though and maybe take an umbrella just in case.
If you go and stay here you are sure to be enchanted.

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Liked best: Location, location, location!
Liked least: Hauling the boat up outside the Restaurant Venus!
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Management Response
24 Nov 2015
Too kind, thank you so much!
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