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Lake Como Villa 9485 is a stunning guest house sitting atop Lake Como.
It is beautifully constructed of Moltrasio stone and wood to blend in with the three hundred year old walls and gardens that comprise the Villa 8802 property. Considered the Dependance of Villa 8802, thsi villa 9485 can be rented together with the large Main House 8802 or separately for small groups needing a smaller place. Privately situated on the Estate, guests here will share only the swimming pool if guest are at the Main House.
Villa 9485 faces the lake and the views of Lake Como are breathtaking. The villa is 450 square meters or approximately 4,000 square feet.
There are four double bedrooms and two single bedrooms. All of the bedrooms have their own bathroom and three of the bathrooms are large comprising both a shower and bathtub.
The Master Suite is beautiful with gorgeous wooden floors and elegantly designed modern furniture from La Cicala (one of Italy’s top furniture designers). The Master Suite has striking views of Lake Como and the Village of Torno across the lake. The master bathroom is very large with marble floors and walls and designer sinks, tub and shower.
The villa contains beautiful hardwood floors through out that provide a feeling of warmth and comfort. The furnishings are an exsquisite combination of modern and antique. The antique furniture comes from various parts of Italy and the modern furniture is all from well respected Italian design houses.
The kitchen is one of the special features, it is elegantly designed with stainless steel cooking units and refridgerator. Guests can dine informally in the kitchen or more elegantly in the dining room.
The outdoor patio is situated above Lake Como with beautiful views of the Lake to the North and South. There are several areas within the gardens for outdoor dining or just relaxing while taking in the views.
In the park of the villa there is a beautiful swimming pool with views of the lake and the neighboring villages. The guests can use the swimming pool of the villa. The swimming pool is situated next to the famous and beautiful 12th century church, Chiesa di Sant’Agata. The church tower rises above the swimming pool and provides beautiful viewing from the pool area. The pool is heated and is used in cooler months.
The setting of the villa is beautiful, with 6 acres of manicured gardens. The garden contains numerous themes: kitchen garden, ornate Tuscan garden, rose garden, olive tree grove, orchard, golf green and flower cutting garden. There are 11 original and functional fountains on the property that add sound and freshness to hot Italian summer days.
There are spectacular green houses on the property that are original to the villa. The stone walk way runs from the main doors and winds down to the gates below where underground passages lead to the lake.
Moltrasio is one of the more beautiful villages on Lake Como. It melts down the Bisbino Mountain to the lake shore below. After rain fall, water running off the mountains cascades through Moltrasio filling the village with cool breezes and the sound of running water. This waterfall and Moltrasio in general were particularly loved by Vincenzo Bellini, Moltrasio’s adopted son. In excavations performed in the early 1900’s ancient Roman pavement was found and other artifacts that suggest that Moltrasio was inhabited in pre-Roman times.
Moltrasio is the next village up the lake from Cernobbio which is the home of the Villa D’este, one of the world’s most famous and luxurious hotels. The Villa is three minutes up the road from the Villa D’este. Prominent villas of interest in Moltrasio include Villa Versace, Villa Pizzo and numerous other spectacular villas that were built around the same time as this one.
The lake offers many activities. The Villa D’este Golf Club (not associated with the hotel) is one of Europe’s finest and is 20 minutes away. Bike riding along the lake is great fun. Guests enjoy the many hiking trails within walking distance of the villa. Water skiing, swimming and boating on the lake is also available. A boat and driver can be arranged for guests who like to stay on the water. A nice day is to tour along the lake by boat and stop at the Isola Comacina for lunch. It has a dock for the boat and you dine al fresco on an island in one of the beautiful parts of Lake Como. There are numerous quaint villages along the lake that are fascinating to visit: Bellagio, Menaggio, Argegno are a view of the more known but there are many others. Lugano, Switzerland is 20 minutes away and also has a nice golf club. Milano houses elegant shopping districts and great trattorias and restaurants it is 40 minutes from the villa.
The Estate is staffed with a full time gardeners and a maid that comes four hours a day.
The Main House (Villa 8802) is one of the most beautiful and historical villas on Lake Como. The original house was build by the Oldescalchi family and was passed on in the 1700’s to Count Andrea Passalacqua. The Count hired the prominent Swiss architect, Felice Soave, to add on to the villa creating one of the larger villas on Lake Como (3,000 square meters). The villa has numerous important works of art internally, the most significant of which are the frescoes painted by Andrea Appiani. Appiani is considered one of the most influential neo-classical artists of Europe and one of his most acclaimed works is found in the Villa (Madonna and Child painted in 1790). Appiani’s talent and acclaim lead him to become the official painter of Napoleon upon his arrival to Milan in 1796.