Il Vallone B&B

Gattico, Novara
Bed & Breakfast

A charming family suite in a peaceful village B&B with Scottish-Italian hosts. A fantastic base for exploring the best of Piedmont


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 4


A peaceful B&B perfectly placed for exploring Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. In fact the whole of Piedmont is at your feet – although you’ll need a car – and Milan, Turin and Switzerland are all only an hour’s drive. Scottish owner, Gillian, also runs a B&B in Milan and she knows just how to make guests feel at home: buffet breakfasts of pastries, homemade jams and fresh juices, served on a sunny patio; an abundant flower and tree-filled garden to wander; toys and a dressing up box for kids and plenty of books for grown-ups to borrow. Your family suite in this village farmhouse is light and spacious, with exposed stonewalls, beamed ceilings and practical pine furniture. Gillian has filled her home with interesting bits and pieces: local art, a telescope for star-gazing, ceramic wood-burners. There’s a sweet little twin room for children, a squeaky-clean bathroom and you can access your rooms up a flight of stone steps from the garden. Hike Mottarone and Monte Rosa, head to La Madonna del Sasso for breathtaking views over Lake Orta then back for a chilled glass of wine on the porch with the fire pit blazing. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Welcome hamper: glass of red wine+ local cheese & cold cuts+ little cakes for children.

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights; 3 nights in high season. Parking on-site.
Restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €200
Extra double bed available €30 per person, adults only.
1 Family room for 4
From €200


We had a wonderful stay at Il Vallone. It was a lovely peaceful and comfortable room and in a great location for visiting places including Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore. Milan is not far away either, including by train. Gillian was a wonderful host - she was very thoughtful and it was a delight to meet her. Her breakfasts were great too and really set us up well for the day. We hope to be able to return before long.

Mark, Letchworth garden city

Outstanding We very much enjoyed our three night stay at Gilians' B&B. All effort was made for a welcoming stay. Gilian hosted us graciously and was a lovely person to meet and speak to. She provided us lots of information about things to visit in the area. Gilian's breakfasts were scrumptious and very satisfying with homemade fruitsalade and various proposals every day. Our room was beautifully appointed, comfortable and very very tidy. The location provides easy access to all the nice places to visit around Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore.

Jan, Brussels

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gillian Reekie

  • Lake Maggiore is just 10 minutes by car fromArona, Stresa, the beautiful Borromeo islands , shopping in the small narrow streets are must with all the local ceramics and local products. Sitting in the square ,a glass of prosecco at the end
  • If you enjoy the open air " mottarone" has the most beautiful walks and on a perfect day you can see the the 7 lakes. Breath taking view.
  • Close to home, open air markets on Tuesday Arona and on Friday Borgomanero
  • Lake D'Orta is a little gem, leave your car and walk around this intriguing place full of history and enjoy a meal at one of the many restraunts situated on the lake , swimming in the lake is allowed of course at the appropriate beaches and resorts. Enjoy.
  • Villa Taranto Palanza Verbania is a must for flower lovers.
  • A family outing on the Lago Maggiore express is really nice especially with children, first by train then hop onto the boat and just cruise until you have a stop off at Locarno Switzerland then back to Arona. A really relaxing day well worth a try.