Dating back to the 16th Century, this palazzo sits peacefully on the side of Lake Como
With almost three acres of lawns and gardens, private access to the lake and two swimming pools, this luxurious estate is designed to meet the desires of the most discerning guests and is the ideal venue for weddings or other special events.
Secreted in the garden – one of the largest in the area – are charming statues and fountains. The villa itself has a long history: it was once the home of Cardinal Durini, a well-known collector of art and in the 18th century, this residence was used to host banquets, dances and concerts or literary discussions. The property displays many of the original architectural details, and much has been restored to its former glory, such as the baroque frescoes from the seventeenth century and its beautiful antique furniture.
The property is set over three floors and hosts six luxuriously-appointed bedrooms, fully renovated by the French decorator, Jacques Garcia.
From the main entrance, guests enter the large opulent lobby with original frescoes. From here they have access to the dining area, the library, winter garden and three salons. All the spacious rooms still retain the original frescoes and marble floors. Also located on this floor are the kitchen and a covered terrace with working fireplace for outdoor dining.
Going up to the first floor, guests will be able to enjoy impressive views of the lake. On this floor, there are the studio, the master suite and the guest suite as well as the central salon. The second floor is accessed by a marble staircase, where there are four luxurious en-suite bedrooms with marble bathrooms.
FIRST FLOOR Master Suite – king-size bed, sitting area, living room, walk-in wardrobe/dressing room, en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate shower, and private terrace with lake viewsVIP Bedroom – king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathtub & separate shower, and lake views
SECOND FLOORBedroom 2 – king-size bed, sitting area, and en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate showerBedroom 3 – king-size bed, desk, and en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate showerBedroom 4 – king-size bed, sitting area, desk, and en-suite bathroom with bathtub & separate showerBedroom 5 – king-size bed, desk, and en-suite bathroom with shower
NB: Guest house for up to eight additional guests available on request.
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.
Distances (approx.):Bellagio – 15 minutes’ driveNearest golf course (Menaggio) – 15 minutes’ driveComo – 50 minutes’ driveLugano – 1 hour’s driveMilan – 1.5 hour’s driveSt Moritz – 1.5 hour’s drive
Disclaimer: the location on the map may be approximate due to privacy reasons.
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