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Lake Como

Villa Il Balbiano

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Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como exterior view
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Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como ground floor lobby
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como ground floor lobby with sofas
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como winter garden with sofas
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Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como indoor swimming pool
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como first floor lobby with piano
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como gallery on first floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como view of lake from first floor gallery
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como master bedroom with king-size bed
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como master bedroom lounge area with TV
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como double bedroom on first floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como en-suite bathroom on first floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como double bedroom on second floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como second double bedroom on top floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como en-suite bathroom on top floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como third double bedroom with wardrobe on top floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como third en-suite bathroom with tub
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como fourth double bedroom on top floor
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como fourth en-suite bathroom
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como double bedroom
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como archway in garden
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como outside swimming pool facing lake
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como pool and garden
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como front garden
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como wedding venue in front of villa
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como boat dock
Villa Il Balbiano Lake Como aerial view
  • Sleeps: 12 + 8
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  • Bedrooms: 10
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  • Price: On application

An exceptional 16th century palazzo on the shores of Lake Como with beautiful gardens and magnificent Baroque frescoes.


  • swimming pool
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  • gym
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  • boat house

Situated on the western shore of Lake Como in the town of Ossuccio, approximately 20km north of the town of Como, is Villa Il Balbiano, a 16th century historical palazzo. One of the largest properties around the lake, the villa was built by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio at the end of the 16th century and sold to Cardinal Durini in 1787. He enlarged both the house and gardens, erecting statues, fountains and opening new avenues between hedges and pergolas. Over the years the villa has hosted many festivals, banquets and dances making it an excellent venue for weddings, events and family holidays.

Newly restored by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, the interiors feature the original marble floors and Baroque frescoes from the 17th century.

The main entrance on the ground floor opens into the magnificent main lobby with frescoes and spiral columns framing the arms of Galio and representing the four busts of Strabo, Virgil, Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. Antique pieces, luxuriously upholstered seating, ornate gilt-edged mirrors and crystal chandeliers furnish the sitting rooms, library and dining area creating exquisite surroundings in which to relax, socialise and dine. Doors open onto the “Winter Garden” terrace overlooking the lake and giving access to the gardens and there is a covered outdoor dining terrace with fireplace. The large, fully-equipped kitchen is also on this level.

From the first living room guests have direct access to an indoor swimming pool and study area. Upstairs is a second lobby and a gallery which is flooded with natural light from three picture windows overlooking the lake.

Six beautifully furnished en-suite bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors. The master bedroom and guest bedroom, complete with walk-in dressing rooms, private terraces and panoramic lake views are on the first floor and a marble staircase leads up to four double bedrooms with marble bathrooms overlooking the central living room. If further accommodation is required there is an independent Villino for eight guests.

Within the magnificent gardens is an outdoor swimming pool facing the lake and private lakeside access. There is also a boat house, gym equipped with the latest Precor equipment, massage room with shower and secure parking for 10 cars.

An elevator gives access to all floors.

Guests can enjoy many activities in the area from water-skiing and windsurfing to wine tasting and golf.

Services and Pricing


All linen and utilities
Bathrobes and slippers
Luxury toiletries
Hairdryers
Daily cleaning
Linen and towel change twice per week
Welcome basket
Fresh flowers on arrival
Private chef
Villa Manager
Housekeeper(s)
Villa staff
Concierge service
All food and beverage will be charged at local cost

Pricing and availability for this property is available on request. Please call us on +44 (0)203 004 8750 or email us .


Location

Situated on the western shore of Lake Como in the town of Ossuccio, approximately 20km north of the town of Como.


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