Dating back to the 16th century, this impressive palazzo sits peacefully on the shores of Lake Como
Located on the western shore of Lake Como, Villa Balbiano is a luxurious estate designed to meet the desires of the most discerning guests. With almost three acres of lawns and gardens, it is the ideal venue for a memorable destination wedding or other special event.
The property sits on almost three acres of perfectly-manicured gardens and lawns. Upon entering the grounds, rows of cypress trees and tall hedges frame the villa, with the green mountains behind creating the perfect backdrop.
In addition, there is a stunning rose garden, an organic vegetable garden, a large ornamental pool, pergolas draped in wisteria and jasmine, and a range of impressive mature trees dotted throughout. Charming statues and water features are secreted across the expansive gardens, adding character and charm to the different areas.
Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or take a boat trip on the lake directly from the villa’s private pier. Moreover, there are plenty of areas to enjoy al fresco living and dining or host stunning outdoor events.
The villa itself has a long history. It was once the home of Cardinal Durini, a well-known collector of art, whilst, in the 18th century, the residence hosted banquets, dances, concerts, and literary discussions.
Many original architectural features remain, with the interior details restored to their former glory. Throughout the villa are marble floors, 17th-century Baroque frescoes, period furniture, crystal chandeliers, and beautiful antiques to admire.
On the ground floor, a series of interconnected living rooms, a grand lobby, and a sun-filled winter garden with lake views offer plenty of spaces to relax and entertain. The elegant dining room with a 17th-century feel is perfect for dinner parties. Plus, for true relaxation, guests can enjoy a luxurious indoor pool.
Accessible via a stunning marble staircase, the first floor features another opulent lobby with a grand piano and plush furnishings. The lobby leads onto a large gallery, where light floods in through floor-to-ceiling windows, offering spectacular lake views.
Six luxuriously-appointed bedrooms sit over the first and second floors. All bedrooms boast king-size beds and en-suite marble bathrooms, while the impressive master suite also features a private study, a dressing room, and an expansive private terrace.
With impressive grounds, grandiose interiors, and stunning lake views, Villa Balbiano is ideal for a luxury holiday with loved ones, a memorable event, or a truly spectacular destination wedding.
- Landscaped Gardens
- 2 Swimming Pools
Master Suite – king-size bed, sitting area, private living room/study, dressing room, en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate shower, and private terrace with lake views
VIP Guest Bedroom – king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe, and en-suite bathtub & separate shower
Guest Bedroom 2 – king-size bed, sitting area, and en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate shower
Guest Bedroom 3 – king-size bed, desk, and en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate shower
Guest Bedroom 4 – king-size bed, sitting area, desk, and en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate shower
Guest Bedroom 5 – king-size bed, desk, and en-suite bathroom with shower
NB: Guest house for up to eight additional guests available on request.
- Indoor swimming pool
- Massage room
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Coffee machines
- Wine cellar
- Integrated audio/visual systems
- Security system
- Artworks & antiques
- Air conditioning
- Lake views
- Direct lake access
- Private pier
- Swimming pool (16 x 8 m)
- Landscaped gardens
- Outdoor lounge areas
- Outdoor dining
- Vegetable garden
- Water features
- Outdoor showers
- Boat house
- Event spaces
- Villa manager
- Concierge service
- Daily housekeeping service
- Private chef
- Wines from cellar
- Airport transfers
- Helicopter transfers
- Car hire
- Driver service
- Daily linen change
- Laundry & dry cleaning services
- Additional staff hours
- 24/7 security
- Beauty & spa treatments
- Personal trainer
- Activities & excursions
- Events (>200 guests)
Villa Balbiano is in the town of Ossuccio-Lenno, approximately 20 km north of Como. Guests can fly either to Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate, both a one-hour drive away. For private jets, the closest airport is Lugano in Switzerland (45 minutes away). A boat can be rented and parked in the private garage.
There are plenty of recreational activities to enjoy in the area, from yachting, water skiing, and wind surfing on the lake, hiking, rock climbing, and canyoning in the surrounding mountains, and golfing at Menaggio or Villa d’Este. Wine and oil tasting and cooking lessons are the perfect activities for foodies.
Perfect for days trips and sightseeing, Como, Milan, and Lugano are all within two hour’s drive.
Bellagio – 15 minutes’ drive
Nearest golf course (Menaggio) – 15 minutes’ drive
Como – 50 minutes’ drive
Lugano – 1 hour’s drive
Milan – 1.5 hour’s drive
St Moritz – 1.5 hour’s drive
Disclaimer: the location on the map may be approximate due to privacy reasons.