Villa Crespi

Location Orta San Giulio

Postcode 28016

Telephone +39 0322 911902


Why we love it...

An Arabian palace in the heart of Italy

The Place

Astonishing … a Moorish palace (with a two-star Michelin restaurant) by a northern Italian mountain lake, authentic down to every detail, built in the 1870s by an Italian cotton merchant named Crespi. It brings a little of Baghdad to the heart of Europe.
The outside is eye-stoppingly encrusted with Moorish style plasterwork and a banquet of harmonious pastel colourings. Reception is in a superb atrium, rising to a first-floor gallery, with more fine plaster work. Floors throughout are beautiful inlaid wood. The ground floor public spaces include several connecting rooms devoted to the restaurant (choose the impressive blue room if possible). People come a long way for the celebrated food of chef-owner Antonino Cannavacciuolo. A cool, contemporary mirrored cocktail room and outdoor terrace complete the ground floor.
The staircases – lit by large, circular windows, encased in delicate filigree artwork – are an event in their own right. Upstairs colour schemes in the bedrooms are rich blues, red and golds. Ceilings are high, and all the bedrooms are graciously spacious. Six of the bedrooms on the top floor have Lake Orta views, four partial lake views, but to be accurate, the villa is some way back from and above the lake, which is mostly screened by trees. The building’s fabric is of such high quality that it would take another few million euros to furnish it with appropriately fine pieces – so instead the owners have done their best.
The garden is smallish but pleasing with fleeting glimpses through trees to the lake. There’s a large tent for functions – it’s popular for weddings. Lake Orta is calmer, not such a tourist trap as its bigger neighbours.

The Essentials

Price Band €€€€
Rooms 14; 8 period suites and 6 doubles; many with four-poster beds, satellite TV, phone, minibar, safe and air conditioning
Food Breakfast served every day; lunch (Wednesday-Sunday); dinner (Tuesday-Sunday)
Facilities wellness suite with Ayurvedic massages and rituals, garden, breakfast & room service, laundry service, elevator, wifi, hiking, skiing, excursions on Lake Maggiore
Children very welcome
Accessibility access difficult
Pets very welcome

To Book

Contact Cinzia Primatesta and Antonino Cannavacciuolo
Call +39 0322 911902
Fax +39 0322 911919

Good To Know

Address Via Fava, 18, Orta San Giulio, Novara, Italy 28016

The Location

Find this place: In the heart of Piedmont, close to Lake d'Orta, amid lakes and snow-capped mountains with links to nearby Switzerland. Ten-minute walk to Orta San Giulio below.

What's nearby: Orta San Giulio, Lake d'Orta, Malpensa airport

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