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Recent Reviews

  • Excellent location for experiencing and immersing yourself in Orta San Giulio
    4 of 5

    We had a lovely stay, the apartment is so central to Orta San Giulio that everything is within walking distance. Denise was so welcoming it was a joy. Apartment is through a wrought iron gate and up some stairs. Cars are restricted in the square so be aware, however this didn't affect us in anyway. Highly recommend this venue.

    Stayed: Sep 2018
  • Wonderful position on the edge of a charming town
    4 of 5

    Villa Pinin is about one hour's drive from Malpensa airport and it's easy to find. The owners greeted us, showed us how everything works and made us feel welcome. The main living areas are spacious and the beds are comfortable. The kitchen is adequate. There are 3 bathrooms, so no problem with queues for a shower. The ladies would have liked some full-length mirrors and the towels supplied were definitely due for replacement (hence 4 stars rather than 5). The best feature for us without doubt was the terrace and lawn. We liked its elevated, South-facing position with views over the lake. It isn't overlooked by other properties and the derelict half-finished hotel behind the property doesn't make its presence felt. A small beach and jetty (there's a canoe in the garage) are a short walk away and it takes only 10 minutes or so to stroll into the lovely town of Orta San Giulio. This can get busy, especially at weekends, but once the day trippers disappear it's a charming place to spend some time, with a good selection of restaurants and bars. Our favourite excursion by road was the Simplon Pass but probably the best day out we had was when we hired a small motor boat from a place in Pella and were able easily to see the entire lake in our own time. We also enjoyed the Alpyland ride at Mottarone -- it's closer to Orta than to Maggiore but you need to go to Stresa to catch the cable car, however the drive to Stresa across the mountains is beautiful and well worth the effort. The Sacro Monte above Orta San Giulio can easily be reached on foot; a weird place but we found it interesting. We were very lucky with the weather but if it had been cold or wet there were cards, games a TV and WiFi to keep us entertained (although the WiFi is a bit iffy and had to be reset once or twice most days). All in all, we were very pleased with Villa Pinin and would recommend it.

    Stayed: Sep 2018
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