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Exclusive 17th C Villa on the Island of San Giulio with boat and mainland garage

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Villa Monziani, 17th C lakeside villa on island with boat, mainland garage. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Giuseppe Tornatore, Jeremy Irons & Olga Kurylenko chose us for R&R (3 weeks) during filming. 2016
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5 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
10 guests
1 night minimum
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Villa Monziani is a 17th C Villa that sleeps 10 (5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms) on San Giulio island, Lake Orta, Northern Italy. A registered holiday home, one of the oldest houses on San Giulio Island, lakeside, at water level, with full view of the lake, 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. There is a new bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The boathouse is adjacent to the garden and has an outdoor hot shower. 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 m...Villa Monziani is a 17th C Villa that sleeps 10 (5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms) on San Giulio island, Lake Orta, Northern Italy. A registered holiday home, one of the oldest houses on San Giulio Island, lakeside, at water level, with full view of the lake, 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. There is a new bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The boathouse is adjacent to the garden and has an outdoor hot shower. 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. A very magical atmosphere surrounds this island. The green hills of the pre-alpine lake and the small villages dotted on its shore give a feeling of tranquility. 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 or the public taxi boats. We meet our guests in Orta, show them the location of the garage, take them across to the island in our boat, show them the house, answer their questions and leave. We return the day of their departure. Prices for the property include use of private motorboat ('canadian' 8HP outboard engine - no license required), private boathouse next to island villa, mainland locked garage with badge entrance. We have 2nd larger 40HP boat/8 seater and a 2nd covered space in same parking garage, both for an extra fee. Extra: €120.00 for cleaning. We do not rent rooms separately. Please inquire for further information. If less days are required please ask, perhaps can help. 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 1/6th of the garden. Recently the Town Council of Orta require that holiday homes are required to pay a guest residency fee €0.5 pp per day (excluded up to 10 year olds). More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
We have a septic tank so please do not put solid waste down the toilets but use baskets, we supply ecological soap/powders ecc. Make sure you do too. Any damage to the boat or the engine, caused by your mismanagement, must be paid for on receiving bill from our boat-yard company Cusionautica. Any damage to furniture, light fixtures ecc. must be compensated. We do not charge for breakage of crockery and glasswear but please inform us.
Bathrooms
3 Showers, 1 Full bath
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Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of stay: September 2017
1  Thank MichaelFlondob
Management response:Responded May 10, 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...More

Reviewed July 31, 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...More

Date of stay: July 2017
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Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

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...More

Date of stay: August 2016
2  Thank libbygabby
Reviewed August 5, 2016

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

Date of stay: July 2016
1  Thank IestynapG
Reviewed November 18, 2015

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...More

Date of stay: August 2015
1  Thank Jim K
Management response:Responded November 24, 2015

Too kind, thank you so much!

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Reviewed February 15, 2015

I have been in this villa twice in my life. First time for curiosity, second time because I missed it too much! Lovely, romantic, silent. Time flows on a very italian style while you are in there. Private dock, all comforts, elegant italian furnitures, great...More

Date of stay: October 2013
1  Thank SofiaStella
Management response:Responded February 18, 2015

Thank you very much, it's always a pleasure to have you. We are graced in having the Sacro Monte's many small chapels with wooden sculptures, situated on top of the hill above Orta overlooking the island, become a UNESCO heritage site. Closer to home, the...More

Reviewed February 8, 2015

a brilliant experience in an amazing place... lovely structure in the middle of the Aorta'lake.....really to try once in a life!!! unforgettableMore

Date of stay: June 2014
1  Thank Haydeh B
Management response:Responded February 10, 2015

Thank you very much. Isola San Giulio is unique in that it's the only island on lake Orta (and one of the few in all considering the other Italian lakes) and our house at the moment is the only one being rented, ensuring you a...More

Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had a lovely easter holiday with our friends enjoing late breackfasts in the garden in the spring morning sun. The best moments were talking in the beautiful and suggestive lounge in front of the big fire in the evening and going for a walk...More

Date of stay: April 2014
1  Thank Cristina F
Management response:Responded February 10, 2015

Thank you very much, it is in fact a very special moment when in the early evening most of the activity of the boats stops and suddenly the lake becomes extremely quite and peaceful and the birds, especially the swallows - some of whom nest...More

Reviewed May 11, 2019
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Date of stay: July 2018
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Balcony
Grill
Blender
Boat Available
Books
Ceiling Fans
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Garage
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Porch
Private Fishing Lake/River
Private Garden
Sauna
Secure Parking
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
A Winter Sun Getaway
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About the neighbourhood
One day excursions:Drive via Omegna to Stresa and visit the 3 islands. Drive North to Verbania, Cannero e Cannobbio and return home via Omegna. In Stresa you an get the lift to Mottarone and back. Drive to Como and after having visited its centre, drive along the left shore of the Lake to Cadenabbia and take the boat to Bellagio. Cross back to Cadenabbia and return to Orta. Drive to Omegna, Gravellona Toce, Ornavasso, Piedimulera. Macugnaga e Pecetto. Walk around, it's beautiful, Take either lift to the base of the Glacier of Monte Rosa or to the opposite Monte Moro and walk to Rifugio Oberto where there is a further away but larger view of the glacier in its magnificence.
Getting around
You can tour the lake by using our private boat or by taking the large public boat that everyday visits all the local lakeside towns on all the lake including Omegna, the main town. To visit onland locations its recommended you use your car or hire car. Otherwise you can hire a taxi minicab/bus locally - there are 3 local companies that have good prices. For example Malpensa Airport/Orta is around €80. There are also local buses and a train station at Orta Miasino.
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