Doubles 6 Bathrooms 6 Guest bathrooms 3
In 1500 the villa belonged to the noble family of count Giovio, the villa has had many vicissitudes, passing ownership to Cardinal Durini, who in 1600 enriched the interior with frescoes of famous painters of the time and extended the garden to the edge of the lake, enriching it with statues and fountains. The cardinal’s sensibility for arts and letters, patron and collector, made the villa an authentic place of delight.
In 1700 Villa Balbiano became a place of frequent visits of excellency and frivolous events, such as concerts, parties, social events of high society. But it was also a place for meetings between writers and thinkers.
Nowadays Villa Balbiano provides you with all the charm of the past, with its walls adorned with spectacular Baroque frescoes, and with all the modern comforts.
The palatial interior contains 6460 square meters, divided over three floors recently fully renovated by the French decorator Jacques Garcia.
The main entrance leads to the magnificent lobby decorated with original frescoes, surrounded by a dining room, a library, a winter garden and three salons. All these rooms have marble floors and original frescoes on the walls and ceilings. Adjacent are the kitchen and a covered terrace with fireplace for outdoor dining.
On the first floor, the lake view corridor leads to the studio, the master suite and the guest suites which surround the Cathedral ceiling Central Salon.
A marble staircase leads to the second floor accommodations, four luxurious en suite bedrooms with their marble bathrooms, overlooking the Cathedral ceiling Central Salon. Each bathroom is different from the other depending on the type of marble, coming from all parts of the world.
All the rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques of rare beauty and preciousness.
Admirable achievement of a timeless aestheticism of which recognize the universal rules, the garden is divided with green walls and smaller areas, where you can stand apart from the rest of the group and just relax by enjoying the view of the lake. One area is dedicated to the fine blue iris and another offers a vegetable garden available for guest’s use. Very few other Italian places offer such environmental variety. In a few kilometers one goes from the mountains to the lake, from alpine valleys to small hills.
A boat can be rented to enjoy the charms of the lake and can be parked in the private garage.
The nearest major international airports are Milan-Malpensa and Milan-Linate (both an hour drive away). For private aviation, the closest airport is Lugano in Switzerland (45 minutes away).
main villa sleeps 12
entrance, small chapel furnished with ancient paintings, magnificent lobby with original frescoes, sofa and piano, two salons with marble floors and original frescoes on the walls and ceilings, library, fully equipped kitchen with exit to the covered terrace with working fireplace for outdoor dining, spacious dining room, indoor heated swimming pool.
a lake view gallery leading to the studio.
bedroom 1: master bedroom with walk-in closet, ensuite bathroom with bath tub and shower, exit to the private terrace of the master bedroom.
bedroom 2: double bedroom with ensuite marble bathroom with shower.
Small kitchenette ideal for coffe or tea preparation.
bedroom 3: double bedroom with ensuite marble bathroom with bathtub and shower.
bedroom 4: double bedroom with ensuite marble bathroom with bathtub and shower.
bedroom 5: double bedroom with ensuite marble bathroom with bathtub and shower.
bedroom 6: double bedroom, walk-in closet, ensuite marble bathroom with bathtub and shower.
All bedrooms are overlooking the Cathedral ceiling Central Salon and are beautifully furnished with antiques.
Small kitchenette ideal for coffe or tea preparation.
outdoor swimming pool with lake view, fenced in garden and vegetable garden for guests’ use, shipyard and three guests bathrooms.
nearest restaurant 2 minutes by boat, activities available upon request: water skiing, windsurfing, boat rental, mountain rock climbing, walking & biking, sightseeing in Como, Milan and Lugano, shopping in Milan, cooking lessons and wine tasting. Golf course 10km/6miles.
each bedroom has a TV, pillows are from Yves Delorme (hollow fill/feather). The villa has beach/water access and walkable to a town. The villa is equipped with a lift therefore usable by wheelchair users, but at the entrance hall there are a few stairs, this can be solved upon request. Small pets are allowed upon request. Together with Villa Balbiano it is possible to rent Vilino nearby the villa; Villino has 4 double and 1 single bedroom, the bedrooms are more standard than those of Villa Balbiano in terms of décor and style.
- air conditioning/AC
- indoor pool
- wi fi internet connection
- i/Pod docking station
- satellite TV
- Sky TV
- home theatre
- stereo system
- sound system
- fax machine
- cd player
- security system
- alarm system
- fully equipped kitchen
- ice maker
- Nespresso coffee machine
- wine cellar
- washing machine
- iron w/Ironing board
- baby cot
- swimming pool
- outdoor showers
- private patio
- alfresco dining
- outdoor furniture
- lounge area
- golf course nearby
- parking area
- electric gate
- private dock
- helicopter pad
- vegetable garden
- aromatic garden
- outdoor swimming pool (8x15mts)
- indoor Jacuzzi (26sqm, hot and cold water)
- boat and boat mooring
- elevator from ground to 2nd floor
- small gym with weight bench, treadmill and step
- Note: deposit payment 50% required at the time of booking, balance 50% due 70 days before arrival.
Minimum 3 night stay during low season and 7 night stay during high season. One day rental is possible in case of wedding or special event.
From - To EUR USD * GBP ** Sep 29, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019 135,350.00 157,100.00 120,450.00 Jan 5, 2019 - May 10, 2019 132,300.00 153,650.00 117,750.00 May 11, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019 147,000.00 170,700.00 130,850.00 Sep 28, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020 132,300.00 153,650.00 117,750.00 Security deposit
to be paid by bank transfer along with the balance
35000.00 40,635.70 31,148.43
* For an indication of the weekly price in US Dollars please have a look to this reference rate: 1 EUR = 1.16102 USD
** For an indication of the weekly price in GBP please have a look to this reference rate: 1 EUR = 0.889955 GBP
Concierge service, change of towels nd linen on Saturday and midweek, final cleaning, heating, air conditioning, cooking service 8 hours per day, waiter 8 hours per day, porter service (upon arrival and departure), daily maid service (5 hours).
cost of the food and beverages: a deposit of minimum EUR 5.000 for the cost of groceries to pay together with the balance payment of the villa (based on receipts the property owner will give the remained amount in return), laundry service, extra change of linen and towels, telephone.
Ossuccio, Isola Comacina 3km/2miles (2min by boat), Menaggio 9km/6miles, Como 25km/16miles (20 minutes by boat), Milan 70km/43miles.
airports and trains
airports: Milan Malpensa 70km/43miles, Milan Linate 80km/50miles, both approx. 1 hour drive. For private aviation, the nearest airport is Lugano 45 minutes drive.
trains: Como 20km/12miles.