The residence

Overlooking the most romantic lake in the world, La Darbia is the ideal place for an unforgettable holiday.

The residence
Having started life as a small rural settlement, La Darbia is today an elegantly restored village, suitable for the most authentic welcome and hospitality.
  • The residence
  • The residence
Located in the heart of a centuries-old forest, the property overlooks the lake with private gardens, a large swimming pool and a wonderful vineyard. The large park also houses the restaurant and vegetable garden, true havens of delights.


Spend your stay on Lake Orta in an apartment
with garden or terrace.

The accommodation consists of two or three-room apartments, furnished with every comfort and all necessary equipment.
Everyone has a wonderful view of the lake, the island of San Giulio and Monte Rosa
  • Apartments
  • Apartments
  • Apartments
  • Apartments

Between mountains, sky and lake

All apartments have a private outdoor area. On the ground floor they have covered porches and a garden bordered by hornbeam hedges. The first floor apartments have a large panoramic terrace.
  • Breakfast basket every morning in your apartment
  • E-Bikes on request and availability, with GPS routes
  • Salt water heated pool
  • Electric car charging stations (Tesla and hybrid)
  • Food and wine tasting of typical local products in the Cantina of La Darbia
  • Pool towels on request
  • Change of sheets and towels twice a week
  • Air conditioning from June to September
  • Wi-Fi connection in all apartments and swimming pool area
  • Apartment cleaned (every 7 days)
  • Bathroom courtesy set
  • Laundry room
  • End of stay cleaning service
  • Cot and high-chair
  • Hairdryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Play area
  • Reception/concierge service
  • Car parking on the grounds
The prices are per day and per apartment. For any information you may require, please use the CONTACT form or the BOOK form
  • Mar24 Apr8
    170 € 230 €
  • Apr9 May6
    250 € 350 €
  • May7 May20
    190 € 260 €
  • May21 Jul1
    280 € 390 €
  • Jul2 Jul8
    390 € 530 €
  • Jul9 Aug19
    420 € 590 €
  • Aug20 Sep2
    390 € 530 €
  • Sep3 Oct14
    280 € 390 €
  • Oct15 Oct30
    190 € 260 €
Stainless steel sink, fridge, dishwasher, two induction plates, microwave, cleaning set, detergents, rubbish bags, dinner, soup and side plates, salad bowl, teacups and coffee cups, glasses, wine goblets, cutlery and knives of various sizes, ladle and wooden cutlery, tin opener and corkscrew, pots and pans, Moka coffee maker, chopping board, washable placemats, tea towels, toaster, kettle.

Ware, utensils and kitchenette must be left clean at time of departure.
At the moment of reservation a deposit of 20% of the amount due is requested and may be paid by bank transfer (the email reply to the request will contain all the information necessary to make the payment). As an alternative to the bank transfer, the client has to communicate the data of his credit card as a guarantee of the deposit. When the deposit has been received, confirmation of the reservation will be sent by email. The balance must be paid upon arrival.
Cancellation of a reservation must be made in writing either by email or registered post. In case of cancellation :
• up to 30 days before the date of arrival, no penalty is charged and the deposit will be given back;
• from 29 to 15 days before the date of arrival the deposit will be kept;
• in the 14 days prior to arrival the entire amount for the stay will be charged.
Check-in: from 3pm to 7pm
Check-out: before 10am


We provide the best ingredients for your breakfast every morning, directly to your door.

Typical products of our territory, genuine and very fresh, strictly Km zero.
A magical moment to enjoy lazily on the terrace or in the garden, to share with the family or to enjoy in the quiet of the morning. Enjoying the spectacle of the lake and the view of Monte Rosa.

La Cucina

The territory is the essence of La Darbia and the heart of its restaurant.

La Cucina
We are not interested in fashions.
Starting from the products of our lands we look for new ways to enhance the taste of tradition.
We like to think of it as a country restaurant.
Original, simple and genuine.
He has just turned thirty, but can already boast of numerous important experiences, including starred restaurants and prestigious resorts. Matteo Monfrinotti dedicates himself with passion to a local cuisine by combining the most innovative techniques with traditional flavors. His most interesting feature? The tenacious curiosity that led him to search for small local producers, to find genuine and unique artisan ingredients.
The restaurant is open to all, both to guests of La Darbia and to anyone who wants to try an exciting gastronomic experience on Lake Orta.

We are open from Monday to Friday (for dinner only), Saturday and Sunday (lunch and dinner). Wednesday is our weekly closed day.


The vegetable garden, aromatic herbs, perfumes and colors. Nature all around you.

Enveloping and relaxing, among the colors and scents of vegetables and aromatic herbs, our garden is the ideal setting to sip an aperitif whilst letting yourself be thrilled by the spectacle of the sun setting and making the waters of the lake sparkle with its light.
  • Orto
  • Orto
  • Orto

La cantina

Savor all the friendliness and warmth of Lake Orta

La cantina
In our cellar every week Matteo and Giancarlo will welcome you for a free tasting of the wines and products of our Piedmont in a scenographic and convivial environment, being together is a pleasure with a glass of good wine and inviting tasting boards.
  • La cantina
  • La cantina


Exploring the surroundings of Darbia:
between the mountains and the lake


A week of delights, the seven best things to do and see around La Darbia.

I was asked recently what are the best destinations around our Lake d 'Orta, such as the most suggestive itineraries, the most interesting places and the activities not to be missed. Believe me, art, good food, nature, landscape, sport, there is an embarrassing amount to choose from!

Here is a list of my favourites:

  1. The island of San Giulio
  2. The medieval village of Orta
  3. The Sacro Monte dedicated to Saint Francis
  4. The sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso
  5. Stresa with the Borromean islands
  6. Mount Mottarone
  7. The gardens of Villa Taranto

The island of San Giulio and the ancient village of Orta
One of the most beautiful places in the world, an enchanted island that emerges from the water with its wonderful Benedictine monastery. Medieval legends surround this magical place, the mystical symbol of the whole lake.

Orta San Giulio

Right in front of the island, the village of Orta is destined to capture the visitor with narrow streets, palaces, churches and alleys that glide towards the lake. A romantic aperitif in the small square, not to be missed!

The Sacred Mount of Orta

Built in the 16th century and dedicated to Saint Francis, the Sacro Monte dominates Orta and offers a breathtaking view. I suggest a walk when the lights of the sunset make the lake sparkle, while the ringing of bells fills the sky.

The Madonna del Sasso

A true balcony overlooking the Cusio, the imposing sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso built on a granite spur, dominates the western shore of the lake. Sometimes it appears dazzling, kissed by the morning sun, or it emerges wrapped in the lake fog, it always evokes a fairytale scenario.

Stresa and the Borromean Islands

Stresa is the true pearl of Lake Maggiore, with its elegant liberty style hotels and the three Borromean islands that emerge from the water and offer enchanted views. It is no coincidence that great artists of a not too distant past (from Hemingway to Flaubert, from Lord Byron to Stendhal) have linked their name to these places so full of charm.

Mount Mottarone

Mottarone is synonymous with relaxing walks along broom-bordered paths, alpine huts where you can taste polenta, winter skiing along snow-covered slopes. The funniest attraction? The Alpyland amusement park with its rail bobsleigh track.

The gardens of Villa Taranto

Everyone should give up a couple of hours visiting the famous gardens of Villa Taranto, overlooking Lake Maggiore, especially in spring when the park offers an incredible spectacle with thousands of flower beds and a blaze of colourful tulips.

Before saying goodbye, I would also like to remind everyone of the many fun activities that our lake offers, from SUP to canoeing, from boats to daring dives (have you ever tried the great high dive board at Gozzano?) And again: the acrobatic courses at the Adventure Park and bicycle rides (maybe electric ...) through woods and paths.

Maybe, maybe a week is not enough...

Cherries. One pulls the other

Red, cheerful and greedy. True symbol of summer and the countryside, cherries are a simple but irresistible pleasure.

I just bought a basket at the market and I already feel happy: an intoxicating scent of summer invades the house, while the cheerfulness of the intense red makes me think of the holidays.
Have you ever noticed? In May, when the cherry trees bloom, our mood changes too: the dense and fluffy flowers, white or pink, remind us, with their joyful explosion, that the summer is upon us. As the days get longer and the light becomes more intense, clusters of sweet and fleshy fruit ripen on the trees, promising a carefree season.

As children we used to steal them by adventurously climbing over walls and nimbly climbing trees, which is why cherries take me back in time and make me think of the flavours of the countryside and life in the open air. Even in the large park of La Darbia, between May and June the cherry trees in front of the vineyard seem to explode with luxuriant blooms. So, while I think of delicious jams or soft tarts, I ask chef Monfrinotti to explain some simple and delicious recipes to make the most of this summer fruit.

Have you ever thought about caramelized cherries? Or cooked in wine? Or again, in the filling of a strudel or spread on a brioche? Excellent in cheesecake or in the classic grandmother's cake, fantastic with cream or custard, also delicious in slightly spicy mustard. They are versatile and generous fruits, they go well with any dish. I like them for breakfast with local yogurt, but also in muffins and tiramisu. They are also delicious with eggnog, not to mention the varieties that are put in alcohol.
Herbal teas are also a real marvel, if you boil some water and dip a handful of dried cherry stalks into it, leaving them to infuse, you will get a delicious purifying drink within half an hour.

In Greek mythology, the cherry tree was consecrated to Venus, the goddess of beauty and love, while in the East this tree has always represented feminine beauty and prosperity. In Japan, the "sakura" is a true national symbol, legend has it that the colour of its petals and fruit is a reminder of the blood of the samurai who died in battle.
Cherry stones have also been found in some prehistoric sites, confirming that this juicy fruit was already appreciated by Neolithic men, while Pliny the Elder, in his "Naturalis historia" listed ten different varieties. We also admire them in some Renaissance paintings, which depict them on the tables of the nobility as a delicate accompaniment to game meat.

Here, now that I have told you so many beautiful things about cherries, I sit down at the table and enjoy their sweet taste. But first, honoring tradition, I make three wishes, as you should do the first time of the year when you taste these sweet delights ... I'm not sure if it works, but it's worth trying ... you never know!

About green

Golf, golf and more golf. How not to fall in love with this sport, aristocratic and elegant, ancient and ecological, a combination of healthy slowness and ingenious strategy?

I still juggle a little awkwardly between woods, irons and putters. I move between bunker and fairway, I train to improve my swing, I start from the tee and then slide on a green and soft green, gently accompanying the ball into the hole. I relax and enjoy it, spending time together with friends more experienced than me who have offered to teach me this aristocratic sport.
Of course, you will have understood, I'm talking about golf… a very trendy discipline. It is all a flourishing of fields and clubs around our lakes: those who want to play this noble game are spoiled for choice, amidst evocative views and modern, well-equipped clubs.

In an uncontaminated natural environment, among centuries-old oak and larch woods, on the hills above Stresa, the Golf Des Iles Borromées boasts an amazing panoramic view that sweeps from Lake Maggiore to the Simplon Alps and Switzerland. An 18-hole course winds its way through undulations and natural obstacles, offering moments of authentic serenity. Among the most appreciated services that the structure can offer to its visitors, we remember a well-equipped driving range, a well-kept putting green, a trolley and bag rental service, a well-stocked pro-shop.

The Golf di Bogogno is also located in a strategic position, between the enchanting views of Lake Maggiore and the nearby Milan-Malpensa airport. The design of the course was signed by the architect Robert Von Hagge: he had the idea of interpreting the various obstacles as real visual messages to suggest the most suitable game tactics. The design of the "Conte" route, framed by the peaks of Monte Rosa, recalls a link course, between large open spaces and flat areas, while the "Bonora" route winds through a wide hilly area surrounded by wild nature, with typical views of the Ticino Park.

Among the oldest Italian golf courses, the Castelconturbia Golf Club, founded in 1898 near a seventeenth-century castle, also belongs to an enchanting natural setting. The origin of this club is due to the passion for golf of Count Gaspar Flights - in love with this discipline following his frequent trips to Scotland - who managed to convince Count Avogadro di Collobiano to build a nine-hole course on his estate. The course, also frequented by the members of the House of Savoy, has been redesigned and rearranged several times, resulting in the creation of the three current courses.

I conclude my review by recalling the Alpine Golf of Stresa, one of the most renowned and important courses in Italy, characterized by the presence of excellent professional players and a course that extends over a natural terrace on the slopes of Mottarone. Built in 1924, thanks to the design of the architect Peter Gannon and the skillful direction of the master Pasquali, the Club gave life to the first Italian Open and has hosted national and international competitions over the course of its prestigious history. The club house is the beating heart of the structure, which is also remembered for a strong welcoming spirit and for a varied and suggestive itinerary.

Noble and sophisticated, golf has always conveyed the idea of a refined and elitist sport, even if it is not just a competitive discipline. It summarizes in itself physical exercise and ability to concentrate, the search for the perfect swing and an opportunity for harmony with nature. It seems healthy and wise to me, in these difficult times, to abandon ourselves, at least for a few hours, to a green experience, a true school of serenity.

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