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
  • Jan13 Jan20
    221 € 222 €
  • Mar23 Mar31
    200 € 320 €
  • Apr1 Apr14
    290 € 440 €
  • Apr15 May12
    250 € 360 €
  • May13 Jun30
    350 € 540 €
  • Jul1 Jul7
    460 € 690 €
  • Jul8 Aug18
    500 € 750 €
  • Aug19 Sep1
    460 € 690 €
  • Sep2 Oct13
    350 € 540 €
  • Oct14 Oct29
    250 € 360 €
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.
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  • 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


Discover the surroundings around la DARBIA:
a treasure chest between lake and mountains

The top five of Lake Orta

Five favourite places around Lake Orta. Five essential destinations. Five places capable of making a holiday unforgettable.


I don't like making lists or giving rankings, but I understand that sometimes a selection of unmissable places really has to be done. To pay homage to the most beautiful places, those that deserve our time because they are capable of transforming it into authentic joy and renewed energy.

Orta San Giulio is naturally in first place, with its romantic medieval village, the alleyways that emerge onto the lake, the Piazza Motta with its crowded cafes. And then the elegant Palazzotto and the piers that stretch out towards the horizon. Let me tell you, one of the most beautiful places in the world, with the enchanted island emerging from the water, revealing the suggestive profile of the Benedictine monastery. Medieval legends surround this magical place, a mystical symbol of the whole lake. And if a boat ride or a romantic aperitif in the square cannot be missed, even a visit to the Sacro Monte will enrich our day with beauty. Built in the 16th century and dedicated to Saint Francis, it dominates the old village of Orta and offers a breathtaking view. I suggest a walk at sunset, when the evening lights make the lake sparkle, while the tolling of the bells fills the sky.


We remain on Lake Orta and relish the experience of gazing out from a natural terrace and looking down, embracing the delightful profile of Cusio with our eyes. A real balcony overlooking the lake, the imposing Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso was built on a granite spur and dominates the western shore of the lake. Sometimes it appears dazzling, a bright spot kissed by the morning sun; at other times it emerges wrapped in lake mists… Always a fairytale scenario!


Stresa is the real pearl of Lake Maggiore, with its elegant Art Nouveau hotels and the three Borromeo Islands that seem to float effortlessly on the water. 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 names to these places so full of charm. A visit to the sumptuous palaces and elegant gardens of Isola Bella, a lunch in the small restaurants of Isola Pescatori or a walk in the park of Isola Madre are a panacea for the soul, a spiritual nourishment of pure beauty.


And within our "top five" mount Mottarone cannot really be missing, synonymous with relaxing walks along paths bordered by broom, alpine huts where you can savour polenta, winter skiing along snow-covered slopes. But also walks in the woods in search of fine porcini mushrooms, snacks based on salami and slices of cake, happy pedaling, perhaps on an e-bike.
From the summit, the view extends as far as Monviso, the Monte Rosa massif, the Swiss Alps, up to the Po Valley.
The most entertaining attraction? The Alpyland park with its bobsleigh track. Don't be afraid, buy a ticket and release all the adrenaline in your body!

So, in conclusion, if our selection has satisfied you, it's time to plan a holiday in our area. And enjoy the «top five» of the heart live.

White horizons

The mountains of the Val d'Ossola, not far from La Darbia, preserve suggestive scenarios between snow and silence.  Authentic itineraries for slightly wild hearts.


Expanses of white snow that fill the eyes with light.  Along with clear skies, larch woods, paths winding through wild blueberry bushes.  And rocky walls where ice stalactites cling and thunderous waterfalls flow.  For those who love great snowy silences and excursions in solitary valleys, this strip of Piedmont which is wedged between the Swiss mountains represents a true paradise.

In Ossola, nature puts on a spectacular show and offers fairy-tale landscapes, even in winter, when temperatures drop and the sun's rays delicately caress the mountain peaks.  There are idyllic places just waiting to be admired such as the plain of Alpe Devero, the iconic little church of Sant'Anna in Riale or the village of Crampiolo with its fairytale houses and the picturesque Lago delle Streghe. But also the fascinating Orridi di Uriezzo, a true marvel of geology, and the majestic east face of Monte Rosa which can be admired in all its splendor from the town of Macugnaga.



In the Ossola valleys, many artificial lakes and imposing dams, such as the Morasco Dam and the Sabbione Dam, feed hundreds of hydroelectric plants, both large and small, the buildings designed by the architect Portalupi in the first half of the twentieth century.  At the beginning of the last century, in fact, the exploitation of hydroelectric energy played a primary role in industrialization, so much so that the water which fed the first factories was called "white coal".

The large "stone cathedrals", as the plants were called, were built using local materials and with particular attention to the architectural aspect, which mixes neoclassical and Baroque elements.



Winter in Ossola truly offers mountain enthusiasts the most varied opportunities for fun, from trekking to snowshoeing, from cross-country skiing to alpine skiing facilities.  Alternatively, those who love to sit at the table and try the authentic delicacies of the area can stop by one of the many farmhouses that offer polenta with venison, Walser pasta, homemade desserts such as ricotta cake or panna cotta with caramelized chestnuts.

And when you go down to the valley after a day of nature and sport, a well-deserved rest can be sealed with a visit to the Premia spa and a few purchases of the famous local gastronomic products, first and foremost the prized Bettelmatt cheese.

But I would also suggest an aperitif of the famous Crodino, a non-alcoholic aperitif produced and bottled right here in the town of Crodo which gives it its name.  Or a toast with the native wines of these lands, such as Prunent, Cà d'Maté and Munaloss, made from an ancient noble Piedmontese vine.


These mountains are steeped in history, nature, culture and art.  The Walser villages, the pastures and alpine huts, the enchanting landscapes and the typical cuisine all tell of an authentic territory that does not give in to the fashions of the moment.

A hermitage overlooking the water

The old “Santa Caterina del Sasso” monastery, built high above Lake Maggiore, offers breathtaking views.

credits: @furioincolto

The hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso has been defined as “one of the places worth visiting at least once in a lifetime”: this ancient building erected on the Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore, far removed from the din and bustle of everyday life, emanates a spiritual and romantic atmosphere.

credits: @lorenzomasotto

You can easily imagine the pilgrims of bygone days heading for the convent either to be present at a religious service or to fulfill a vow, eager to share in the austere life led by the monks in fairytale surroundings. Perched atop a rocky spur which plunges into the water, the hermitage has an air of timelessness, a magical, majestic dwelling, isolated and composed, whose charm provokes strong emotions. When visitors behold this delightful panorama, they are immediately invaded by a feeling of beatification.

The hermitage of Santa Caterina is traditionally believed to have been founded by Alberto Besozzi, a wealthy, local businessman who, having miraculously survived a deadly thunderstorm, pledged penitence for his sins and decided to make the most impervious shore of the lake his retreat where hw would live the life of a hermit. Therefore, the chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina of Alessandria and the two churches in honour of San Nicola and Santa Maria Nova and building began as far back as the twelfth century. The attractiveness of the whole complex is intensified by the Renaissance cloister, a 15-metre high bell tower and a series of frescoes (attributed to one of Bernardino Luini's sons).

credits: @lorenzomasotto

The charm of the monastery is further enhanced by a particular miracle: it is said that some enormous rocks tumbled onto the church at the beginning of the 1700s, but incredibly got stuck in the vault of a chapel and remained suspended there for over two centuries, with the result that no serious damage was caused.

The hermitage, which has also served as film settings, for example, “La stanza del vescovo” (The Bishop's Room), directed by Dino Risi, is one of the most interesting places on Lake Maggiore. The ideal option would be to go there by boat (it is only a fifteen minute crossing from Stresa) because the view on the journey over the lake is extraordinary: the building is camouflaged by the rock face and the surreal stillness immediately transmits a sensation of tranquility and restfulness.

If you wish, the hermitage may also be reached on foot by leaving your car in the overhead square and descending a scenic flight of 268 steps. A modern, convenient lift excavated in the rock has been operating since 2010, which makes it much easier to undertake the route.

credits: @alessiofuse

Therefore, dear La Darbia friends, I hope I have given you some helpful advice: it is worth going where lake and rock merge, where art and spirituality meet… to feel at peace with the world.

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