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Palazzo dei Leoni - 17th Century Mansion - 600 sqm - garden -spa
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Palazzo dei Leoni - 17th Century Mansion - 600 sqm - garden -spa
Lounge on first floor: 40 sqm entertainment area (satellite tv,home theatre, vd,wi-fi) Indoor heated pool (10 m.),waterfall,hydromassage,chromotherapy,turkish-bath,2 showers,bathroom
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Palazzo dei Leoni - 17th Century Mansion - 600 sqm - garden -spa
Lounge on first floor: 40 sqm entertainment area (satellite tv,home theatre, vd,wi-fi)
Indoor heated pool (10 m.),waterfall,hydromassage,chromotherapy,turkish-bath,2 showers,bathroom
Garden is a romantic and private place for intimate lunch and dinners
Dining room
Dining room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Studio
First floor: Bedroom One
En-suite bathroom One
First floor: Bedroom Two
En-suite bathroom Two
Second floor: Bedroom Three
Second floor: Bedroom Four
View from bedroom Four
View from the porch
The garden
Garden
View from the library
View from the library
Main entrance and back entrance
Orta San Giulio, the lake and San Giulio Isle
The Isle of San Giulio
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4 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Orta San Giulio, Province of Novara, Piedmont

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RobynPrat...
Island of Malta, Malta
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Truly fantastic villa - perfect for celebrating special moments in your life”
Reviewed March 5, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
3
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We chose Villa Leoni to celebrate our friends 50th birthday. From the moment we arrived we were impressed with the level of professionalism shown to us by the Villa Owner - Giovanni. The attention to detail in this villa is second to none from the luxury bathroom amenities in each room to the design detail throughout the villa. The spa area is fantastic and ideal for relaxing after a busy day of skiing or sight seeing in this magical location. With the friendly store owner next door we were able to easily cater for ourselves and enjoyed sitting and talking in the cosy kitchen or around the table in the garden. Sometimes in these types of places with a group you can feel that everyone is on top of each other but in Villa Leonie there are so many areas to go and escape whether it be to curl up to watch Rugby in the large TV room, sit around and chat in the beautiful dining area or relax in one of the beautifully appointed bedrooms which are all spacious and each with it's own ensuite. The Frette linen and towels add to the feeling of comfort and luxury.
Our group are all well travelled and we all agreed how beautiful our experience was this past weekend and will definitely recommend this Villa as a place to stay in Lake Orta. Congratulations Giovanni and team on turning this Villa into such a special rendezvous. You deserve much success. We look forward to returning in the future.

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Liked best: Attention to detail everywhere you turned.
Liked least: That we had to leave
Travelling group: Friends
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Lunden104...
East Hampton, New York
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“The Absolute BEST Travel Experience EVER”
Reviewed October 2, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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If you are looking to discover the REAL Italy, you need to stay at this property. It's a classic, old Italian building next to a lovely local church. Downstairs, there's a small market that has all the food, wine, and essentials you need to live in a wonderful, rural, Italian town. The third floor has a spectacular view of Lake Orta.

I know you often wonder if the pictures do a property justice...but in this case, this property was BETTER than the photos. The atmosphere...the feeling of history...with MODERN conveniences..all made this a fantastic vacation for our family. We traveled in the Summer with our teenage daughter because her sister was rowing in the world championships in Varese. The building itself is an immaculate restoration of a centuries-old building. Each room has a unique character...with comfort. The kitchen is delightful, and our mornings were spent shopping at the market for fresh fruit, bread, milk, and cheese...and everything we needed. The market owner speaks NO English but was extremely helpful and charming. Our "point-and-hope" shopping technique was rewarded with a smile, and even better suggestions.

The property is about a 15-minute drive from Orta San Giulio and the lake front...but you get a sweeping view of the lake from the top floor. Orta San Giulio is charming and not too touristy. Day trips to Milan were an easy 45-minute drive, so you get the best of Italy: The mountains, the lakes, the history, and the fashionable modernity of Milan. Lake Como is an easy trip as well, and worthwhile...though quite touristy. It's smart to spend for a private boat tour of the lake...it was worth every penny (price negotiable).

The owner was extremely helpful, and Manuela (his assistant) spoke perfect English and explained everything we needed to know. They have a cleaning lady who can come as often as you need, and it is all very convenient. After a long day traveling in Italy, it really felt like home when we returned to the property. The church bells were lovely and not too loud...just perfect atmosphere. I wish we could give the property six stars!

One suggestion: When you rent a car...do NOT take a giant SUV like we did. The roads are very narrow! We managed quite well and did not scratch our lovely SUV. But it is much wiser to rent something compact for these old roads. It will make the driving much easier. The Villa, by the way, has a convenient parking area only a block away from the property--which was very convenient.

We would not hesitate to rent this property again, and highly recommend it to anyone who will be in this region...at any time.

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Liked best: The sense of history with modern convenience
Liked least: Narrow roads for a big SUV...rent a compact!
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Henny F
Geneva, Switzerland
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“luxe, calme et volupté”
Reviewed September 30, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We spent 3 days and nights at the palazzo and everything was just perfect.
Manuela, the manager, welcomed us with her charming French and did her best for us. We enjoyed the amazing pieces of design in this historical place, we had great weather, so we could eat in the courtyard every day.
This is THE perfect place to relax ( the spa is very special ) and fare niente except enjoying the place and the people you are with.
We will definitely come back at another season

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Liked best: no ostentation , everything was special but still easy to live with
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
7 Oct 2013
Dear Guests,
we thank you so much for your review.
Hope to see you again in the future!
Best wishes,
Manuela and Stefano
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gurupushu...
new york
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Spectacular!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Palazzo dei Leoni is truly spectacular. As unique as you can get and so irresistibly chic!
A great location to start: nestled in the centre of Vacciago, an untouched baroque village overlooking lake Orta and San Giulio island, Palazzo dei Leoni embodies the typical structure of the Italian aristocratic mansions built during the 17th century by the wealthiest Milanese families to escape from the plague. The palazzo is all you can imagine and more: porches, arches columns and a cute and a magical inner courtyard.
The mansion has been recently tastefully restored by the new owners and what an amazing job they did, no expenses spared!
My husband and I spent there 5 days with my sister, brother in law and nephew. We had great fun cooking (the kitchen is state of the art) and we rotated between setting up dinner in the elegant dining room or in the beautiful private garden.
All en suite bedrooms, tastefully and appropriately decorated, have gorgeous travertine bathrooms (squeaky clean!) equipped with Frette towels (same brand of the linens) and all necessities. Each room has hidden high quality speakers and regulators so that you may play your best Ipod music selection without disturbing you bedroom neighbor! (speakers even in every bathroom!).
The SPA is simply gorgeous. We could rest after our hectic days and enjoy the highly technological Turkish Bath (highly recommended).
During the day it was quite hot but luckily the spa had a wonderful pool and the temperature fell quite a lot at night felt so didn’t miss the AC!
Within the village we visited Fondazione Calderara, featuring a small but very precious collection of paintings and sculptures, set in a beautiful palazzo.
The most amazing deli shop ever is just few steps away from the house: from newspapers and cigarettes to cold cuts, best local cheeses, fresh vegetables, fruits and staples.
Away from the pretty crowded village of Orta, however a must to see, it’s been the perfect location for us to discover the lake and it has to offer.
Manuela, the property manager, was extremely and courteous professional. Thank you Manuela and Palazzo dei Leoni, we we definitely come back!

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Liked best: the spa is amazing
Liked least: the village is tiny
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
29 Sep 2013
Dear Guest,

Thanks a lot for your review.
It was really kind of you.

Hope to see you again in the future.

Best,

Manuela and the Team.
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Clive R
CPT
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great service in a great location.”
Reviewed August 14, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Great service in a great location.

My boyfriend and I spent 4 days together with our Australian friends in this beautiful mansion..

The first day it was raining and we couldn't really understand our location.

But we found our way around easily , the next day .

We were captivated by the beauty of the Villa.
The amazing way it was renovated, the decor, the details.
We were like children walking around astonished by the beauty of a place like magic.
We expected the house was closer to the lake but realized after few days that was better to be there rather in the village of ORTA, right on the lake but so overcrowded with tourists.
The perfect location for a quick holiday.
Great service as well.
Thanks to Manuela, we could rent a sailing boat on lake MAGGIORE, we could hire a private chef for the most unforgettable dinner and we could get the best tips for the best spots away from the crowd.

Amazing holidays , We cant wait to return.

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Liked best: The ambience
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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Management Response
25 Aug 2013
Dear Guest,
thanks a lot for your review.
We are glad you enjoyed your holidays!
Hope to see you in the future.
The Team.
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melvin199...
London
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Luxury at great value”
Reviewed April 4, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

This ancient courtyard house has been renovated with an imaginative and tasteful mix of modern and old. The kitchen, for instance, has the most modern equipment with a massive old fireplace dominating one wall and a door opening into a charming private courtyard.

The ceilings in this house have been expensively and painstakingly restored to their ancient beauty. The painting clearly took many, many hours to bring out the filigrees and curlicues of the original craftwork.

Each of the four massive bedrooms has its own well-equipped bathroom with very modern plumbing. You could almost play basketball in the sitting room though you'd be afraid of damaging the stunning ceiling seven feet above your head.

We were the first people to stay here following what must have been a ruinously expensive renovation. We pointed out a couple of missing items -- a colander, salt & pepper shakers -- and they arrived the next day.

There is a charming shop one minute away on foot where no English is spoken but gestures and smiles are enough to secure what you need from the wide stock of provisions available.

Downsides and drawbacks to our stay? Easy to say: we had to leave at the end.

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Management Response
9 Apr 2013
Dear Guest,
we couldn't think of anybody better than you and your Family to spend the first holiday at Palazzo dei Leoni.
Thanks a lot for your lovely words.
All the best,
Manuela and the Team.
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