This elegant villa on the shores of Lake Como is a living museum, with trompe-l'oeil artworks by two pupils of Tiepolo and a historic weaponry collection among its many treasures. Its frescoed rooms, ornate stucco work and antique furniture all reflect the exquisite taste of Villa's architect and the noble families who resided there.
Villa di Sole was the beloved summer residence of the Serbelloni Duke and passed on to the Counts of Cabiati who's heirs still own the villa today.
The Villa was built in the 15th century, the time of Baroque style, and the north and south wings completed in the 16th century. Sitting majestically among the formal four part partierre gardens, the pearl grey stone and stucco is trimmed in beautiful blue shutters and doors, and curved balconies. The original family motto above the door still describes the sense of this estate. Villulae Quietem , quiet villa, sums up warm summer days relaxing under the shade of the large trees that were planted 500 years ago.
The villa has a large parking area and a helicopter pad, but the most impressive arrival is from the lake. The boat dock has a double staircase with grey stone balustrade leading up from the water to the large black and gold wrought iron gate topped with the Duke's crown and surrounded on both sides with stone columns which sits mythical figures and animals reminiscent of an enchanting fairytale.
Beyond the gate, you cross the lake road and enter the four parterre flower gardens laid out in formal Italian style.
Enter from the parking area into a a foyer. To the left is a staircase leading up to the south wing bedrooms beyond the staircase is the kitchen To the right are two living rooms on with TV and hallway with two queen bedrooms with en suite baths with tubs and at the end of the hall way a smaller staircase that leads to the north wing bedrooms. Straight ahead from the foyer is the main formal living room with doors leading out to the lake side gardens. Also facing the lake is the formal dining room and another living room.
Twin Bedroom with en suite bath with tub and shower stall and queen bedroom with en suite bath with shower stall. There is also a small office with desk, fax machine and ADSL internet connection.
Twin Bedroom with en suite bath with tub and queen bedroom with en suite bath with tub and shower stall
Enter from the road through the private gate that leads to the villa's foyer, or land on the villa's helicopter pad, or arrive at the boat dock and through the gardens into the living room. Any way you arrive is a grand entrance.
There is a private park accessed through private gate where you can walk the many paths through the woods, flora and fauna. Here also is the swimming pool and pool house cottage with dressing room, bathroom with shower and small kitchen and an outdoor shower.
The lakeside gardens include a formal flower garden laid out in parterre style but with some flowers, across the street is a private boat dock. We can arrange a boat rental with or without captain
6 Full Baths
1 Half Baths
Queen Bedroom with en suite bath with tub and hand held shower
Queen Bedroom with fireplace, en suite bath with tub and hand held shower is reached by five steps
2 Twin Bedroom ( cannot be joined) with en suite bath with tub and shower
2 Queen Bedroom with en suite bath with tub and shower
2 Bathroom with Tub (includes either handheld or wall mount shower)
1 Half Bath
4 bathrooms with tub and shower
Washer and Dryer,
Satellite TV with English Speaking Channels,
Wall Safe and Fans in each bedroom
Nespresso Coffee Maker
Juicer, Blenrders, Food Processor
Daily English Speaking Housekeeper 8 hours per day, 7 days per week
Mid week bed linen change
Daily bath and pool towel change
Luxury toiletries in each bathroom
Fresh flowers from the estate's gardens
Basic Household Supplies include herbs and seasonings, paper products, candles, detergent for dishwasher and washing machines ( washer and dryer are to be used only by the housekeepers.
Nightwatchman patrols the grounds twice each night
Satellite TV with SKY movies
DISTANCE TO PARKING: on site Parking Lot and Hellicopter Pad
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NEAREST AIRPORT: Milan Malpensa 55 minutes,
NEAREST BUS STOP: Bolvedro C 10 ,
3 minute walk
CITIES AND TOWNS: Menaggio 20 minutes by car
Bellagio and Cernobbio 30 minutes by car
Como 40 minutes by car
Lugano Switzerland 50 minute by car
SERVICES: Ferry, shopping restaurants, bank 5 min walk
Golf, tennis, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, horseback riding, biking, trekking, seaplane flights over the lake all nearby
Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi, Villa Olmo, Villa del Balbianello, Villa Erba, Isola Comacina and the Cathedral and Silk Museum in Como
To tour the Lake, the lake ferry service connects to all the lakeside towns; alternatively boats and motorboats with a private crew may be hired.
The villa is has additional rooms that are not available to guests.The upper floors are the family's private museum and are not open to the public. A private tour can be arranged during your stay
The staff lives on the premises in another part of the villa.