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Charming Boutique Villa Between Milan and the Lake Como

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Elegant understated luxury Villa sleeps 10. 5 Bedrooms. 5 Baths, AC & Pool

Immersed in 5 hectares of rolling green gardens, the Villa has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and features antique furniture and paintings, marble and parquet flooring, high ceilings and a gorgeous park.

There is the possibility of 3 additional bedroom, being available in a adjacent part of the Villa.

The large Villa is spread over two floors and with over 500 square metres, makes up the lion's share of the building; 2 other small flats used by family members, and the caretaker's flat, all with separate entrances, are located in the same building. Please note that the photographs in this listing are of the rental property only!

A separate outbuilding, used only by our guests, has a ping-pong table and fireplace. The property is located on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. The locality is called “Poggio Verde” which means Green Hill. The current renovations have brought the parquet and marble floors to their original 18th c. lustre, and at the same time have added important creature comforts such as a new gourmet kitchen, air-conditioning, marble bathrooms and high-speed internet.

This lovely Italian country villa is ideally located for visitors wishing to explore northern Italy, from fashionable Milan just 50 minutes to the south to the parks and lakes in the foothills of the Alps just minutes to the north.

Visit the "Farmhouse Apartment" page for overflow villa guests or a smaller group: https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p4288803

More Details

Owner
Gretchen Romig Crosti
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2017

About Gretchen Romig Crosti

I grew up in Kansas and met Luigi when the bank I worked for transferred me to Milan. The home has been in Luigi's family for generations. We used it a lot when our children were young but now that they are living abroad we are pleased that others might share and enjoy this beautiful place.

I love to cook and both Luigi and I enjoy sharing meals with friends, so when we decided to refurbish the kitchen, we joined 3 smaller spaces into one large gourmet kitchen and informal dining space, with plenty of space for sous-chefs and conversation groups, and all the utensils needed to facilitate a great meal.

Over the years the house has been used for innumerable family gatherings, musical evenings, holiday parties, charity tea parties and family weddings. We love having the opportunity to share the beauty of Poggio Verde with our three children, all of our extended families and with friends.

Gretchen Romig Crosti purchased this villa in 1897

Why Gretchen Romig Crosti chose Lake Como

With a deed dated November 1897, our great uncle Carlo Bondonio became the owner of Poggio Verde 'Green Hill', an 8-hectare property consisting of a farmhouse, a house with a barn, and a country house. The date of construction of the country house is uncertain but parts of the old farmhouse likely date from the 1500s.

Photos from the early 1900s show that Poggio Verde was similar to its current appearance, but surrounded by oak forests and with a few cultivated fields.

At the beginning of 1900, uncle Carlo built two farmsteads for dairy cows and pigs. Milk and butter were produced under the Bondonio brand as well as silk cocoons and wine.

Uncle Carlo also installed two cannons. They fired when there was risk of hail and neighboring counties replied with the sound of bells. Any narrow escape was celebrated with copious libations.

When uncle Carlo died in 1936 his daughter Fanny inherited Poggio Verde. She used to spend summers here where her husband, Gabriele Santini, director of the Opera of Rome, prepared his concerts playing the 1905 Schiedmeier piano still in our living room. Many artists visited Poggio Verde, including Arturo Toscanini.

But with the outbreak of the war, Fanny took the decision to sell. Poggio Verde was then purchased in 1941 by her cousin and our grandfather Luigi, who had spent wonderful periods of his childhood in Poggio Verde.

When the World War II bombing began, the family moved to Poggio Verde. Here domestic life was quiet; farmers cultivated the land, kept cows, chickens, turkeys, geese, silkworms and made wine in the Tinera.

With the end of the war began the great transformation of Poggio Verde. A garden, a stone porch and an Italian garden were built. In the porch, grandfather Luigi, a passionate Latin scholar, had two stone plaques placed with quotes from Horace’s Satires. Like Horace, grandfather Luigi saw in Poggio Verde the fulfillment of his dreams and the hope of a peaceful old age among his affectionate family, friends and books.

What makes this villa unique

Less than an hour from Milan yet immersed on a quiet green hill, this 18th c. villa gives visitors the pleasure of enjoying all the riches of the northern Italian countryside and cuisine, including a Michelin starred restaurant and several micro farm producers in the neighbourhood, with a kitchen that just invites experimentation and a stunning outdoor dining space, while at the same time giving easy access to the myriad of cultural riches of Milan and the cities of Bergamo, Lecco and Como, just to name a few. Biking along the Adda river in a charming state park is just 30 minutes away, the same distance as one of Italy's top golf courses where the Italian Open will be held in 2015. Mountain climbers need drive only 40 minutes to reach the Italian Alps, and a luxury Spa treatment is merely 10 minutes away. Monza's royal treasure, including the iron crown with which Napoleone famously crowned himself, is right in our neighbourhood. And of course, you can simply stay home and enjoy our lovely park, challenge fellow travellers to croquet or badminton or enjoy a book in the cozy Roccolo surrounded by trees. Indoors there is an excellent grand piano that was played by Toscanini, a Bose large-screen home cinema and several quiet spots to take a book. The house features air conditioning, high-speed internet throughout and an elevator.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa at Barzanò at Barzanò

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Marble bathroom all new. Rain shower, large window
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Marble bathroom all new. Rain shower, window.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Tile bathroom all new. Rain shower, huge window.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Very pretty, large tiled bathroom, oval window
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Convenient new bathroom and separate toilet next to kitchen
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Charming bedroom with beautiful park view & bath adjoining
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large bedroom with magnificent park and pool views & bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Lovely park view bedroom and bath suite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Comfortable courtyard view bedroom and bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , Private bathroom
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
Notes:
Additional services such as private chef, chauffeur, staff and housekeeping are readily available.

Reviews

Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)

Charming Boutique Villa Between Milan and the Lake Como
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
5

Beautiful place, gracious hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Our entire stay could not have been more perfect ( except for some rainy weather) . Your hosts are completely accommodating to your every need and tailor the trip to exactly what you want to do and see We were a bit skeptical about everything's being included but it is and first class at that. The hosts are fun, caring and very patient .She is American, he Italian fluent in English so language is no problem at all. Changes to your itinerary , which is completely up to you, can be made at the drop of a hat depending on weather , the situation or your whims. Transportation provided is superb. Lastly the villa is worth the trip alone. It and its grounds are a complete treat to visit .You feel as if you are on the set of the Medici tv series. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Charlie, I think every home away owner dreams of getting a review like that. Thank you so much. You and your group were terrific, so much fun to be with and actually, it's easy and pleasant when you get to be with guests who are genuinely interested in their surroundings and want to learn more. Just two more words: come back!
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5

A most wonderful adventure in every way.

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is a gracious home away from home, comfortable and welcoming. Wandering the lovely grounds in the late afternoon fall sun is spectacular . A very special place.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great villa and family gathering place

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the villa for a food and wine tour. We had a great time and the villa is beautiful! We can't wait to go back again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Denver, Colorado USA
5

An Exceptional Stay Near Lake Como

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Poggio Verde for a week and absolutely fell in love with the area. It is a beautiful place nestled near Lake Como and so many other wonderful places to go and explore. A relaxing environment and the food and wine is beyond this world. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wow! What a beautiful place. Hosts were exceptiona

  • 5 of 5

WE had a wonderful time. The rooms were great, all with attached bath. The property was beautiful. Food was exceptional as were our bus tours. We were treated like friends of the family. We were taken care of from pick up to send off. All of our friends want to visit here after we tell them about our trip. Our fellow travelers were so much fun.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Such a relaxing family feel at this beautiful Villa with extremely accommodating hosts. When you can -GO!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Linate (Milan)
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Kilometres
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Nearest Ferry
193 Kilometres
Genoa
Nearest Golf
14.6 Kilometres
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Nearest Train
9.9 Kilometres
Cernusco Lombardone
Nearest Motorway
19.2 Kilometres
A51 Tangenziale Est
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Kilometres
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Nearest Ski
34 Kilometres
Località la Piazza, 1, Barzio Lecco
Nearest Beach
199 Kilometres
Arenzano (Genova)
Car: necessary

This lovely Italian country villa is ideally located for visitors wishing to explore northern Italy, from fashionable Milan just 50 minutes to the south to the parks and lakes in the foothills of the Alps just minutes to the north. The home and surrounding park is located in Barzanò, 20 minutes (12 km) south of Lago di Pusiano, a great favorite of fishing fans and naturalists. This pretty, largely undiscovered lake is protected as it is located inside the Parco Naturale della Valle del Lambro, visible in the distance from one of the terraces of the house.

The drive to Milan is 50 minutes and to the Lago di Como in Lecco 30. We are located right on the edge of another beautiful but little known Regional Park, Parco Regionale di Montevecchia e della Valle del Curone and the adorable hill town of Montevecchia favorites of photographers, mountain bikers, hikers and mushroom-gatherers.

For gourmet food lovers, there is a large gourmet kitchen and the home is within walking distance of the one-star Michelin restaurant Pierino in Viganò.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa at Barzanò, Como - Lecco

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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3 night minimum stay
£1,937
for 3 nights
From
£590
£3,706
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £842.19
Cleaning charge £168.44

There is a cleaning charge of Euro 100 for the mid-week cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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