The north of Italy has many well-known lakes, beautiful and very popular with holidaymakers for years… but hugely flattened. Time for a suitable alternative. Luckily, this summer I found a fairytale lake 1.5 hours’ drive from Milan where tourism is still mostly limited to Italians who have their country houses there. And it gets even better because I visited an amazing Hideaway there where everything is right and all 20 apartments have a view of the lake.
Brothers Matteo and Gian Carlo created a true paradise here with beautiful authentic building materials and surrounded by natural beauty. The apartments are cleverly designed so that you can stay there with 2 people as well as a family, all also have a balcony or terrace and a kitchenette. But to fully enjoy your rest and holiday, there is absolutely no need to cook! In fact, you will be spoiled in the morning with a large breakfast basket filled with delicacies, you can order room service or enjoy the fantastic cooking of chef Matteo Monfrinotti in the restaurant. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anywhere with such a beautiful view! The bar area also has a smaller bistro menu so there is plenty of choice. Many ingredients are obtained with the 0km policy and the vegetable gardens are a treat to see! Wine is also produced here on a small scale.
Relax on your own terrace or by the infinity pool. Again, spectacular views of the lake. There are yoga classes and free e-bikes to explore the area. Federico the sympathetic general manager is happy to tell you his insider tips!
A feast for the senses!
Lago d’Orta, Piedmont, Italy.