Villa I Platani Lake Como
Villa | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Villa I Platani is one of the most prestigious waterfront 19th-century Villas on Lake Como, elegantly furnished with a blend of antique pieces and up-to-date appliances, with one of the largest lakefront parklands on the lake strewn with mature trees, such as Europe's tallest plane tree (or, for the Americans, sycamore).
Brimming with old-world charm, Villa I Platani has been preserved and updated to the highest standards. The mansion has just become available for holiday rentals for the first time since the 1930s.
The location is absolutely outstanding, as the Villa faces the lake with unobstructed views on all sides, surrounded by an extensive level garden in the English romantic style punctuated by exotic mature trees and shrubs. On the grounds are also a boathouse – half of which dates back to the 18th century – a green-house, terraces and shaded areas for al fresco dining and relaxing, and a lakefront landing that gives private access to the lake.
The Villa is fenced in by high walls and hedges for both privacy and security. A smaller house (not for rent) is for the custodians who take care of the Villa and its grounds. The property is equipped with an alarm system directly connected to a security company, and in turn to the Carabinieri.
The entrance to the Villa is through the main floor via an elegant foyer, a central, high-ceilinged fabulous living area with working fireplace and lake views, two separate living areas with piano and TV, a separate, large dining room beside the living area, a large kitchen, a breakfast nook (all with direct access to the garden), and a powder room.
The massive stone walls on the main floor are decorated with silk wallpaper; the ceilings are paneled, while all the windows are glazed with small panes of glass separated by lead glazing bars. The walls of the foyer and the living room are wainscoted. The fireplace in the living room is made of natural local stone, while the one in the piano room is in marble. The dining room walls and ceiling were frescoed by a local artist with motifs inspired by the villa and its grounds. The combination of all architectural elements with sumptuous pieces of furniture and paintings creates an atmosphere of old-world luxury.
On the first and second floor are 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, in addition to a maid's room with en-suite shower and laundry facilities.
The first floor is accessed by an elegant stone staircase (a stair lift is also available if needed). On this floor are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, all with amazing lake views: 1 single bedroom; 1 central double bedroom with terrace; 1 double bedroom with terrace with both garden and lake views as well as an en-suite bathroom with bathtub; 1 bathroom with bathtub and double sink; and 1 bathroom with shower. This floor can accommodate 4 to 6 people.
The second floor is accessed by the same staircase (and also by a stair lift). On this floor there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; 1 maid's room with its en-suite bathroom with shower and laundry facilities. This floor can accommodate 7 persons in 2 bedrooms with twin beds and another one with twin beds plus an extra single bed for a child. All such bedrooms afford amazing lake views.
The villa comes with:
- Film library
- Satellite TV
- Stereo and CDs
- Bespoke linens
- Outdoor parking spaces
- Electric shutters in the living area
- Alarm system
- Ceiling fans and one air-conditioning unit
- Outdoors furniture
The Property provides the following facilities:
- A tennis table, located on top off the boathouse terrace
- Foosball table
- Croquet lawn
- Badminton rackets
This private luxurious villa is organized as private luxury hotel with the possibility of a professional chef and maid.
Prices include the daily cleaning of bathrooms and kitchen, and bed-making, as well as the cleaning of the property once a week.
Extra services available on request:
- Personal trainer
- Specialized Massage treatments and spa treatments with the best professionals of the area.
- Seaplane tours above Lake Como, Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore and possibility of transportation to Venice for one or more days.
- Horse trails in the local mountains
- Sailing lessons
- Boat tours
- Hiking tours with expert local guide
- Shopping in Milano and Lugano with an expert guide
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpensa 80 km, Nearest railway: Como 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 3 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Lombardy region
The village of Mezzegra lies on the western shore of Lake Como , 30 km (20 miles) from Como and from Lugano, and 80 km (50 miles) from Milan. You will be staying just 10 minutes for the well-known village of Lenno, with its famous " Villa del Balbianello ", where, among other things, scenes for "Star Wars" and "A Month by the Lake" where shot.
Other nearby attractions are Villa Carlotta , in the neighbouring village of Tremezzo , and, across the lake, the villages of Bellagio and Varenna . You will be able to reach Bellagio and Varenna by ferry (departures from Menaggio and Cadenabbia, cars can be taken on board).
In the Lake Como area you will find a wide range of tourist services: fitness center, squash facilities, mountain bike rentals, tennis courts and gyms. Water skiing is also available, and there is an golf course 30 minutes away.
The closest airports are Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate and Bergamo Orio al Serio.
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23 Dec 2013
"Enchanting Water front Villa on Lake Como!"
My family and I spent 5 nights at Villa I platani in the second week of December 2013. The place is absolutely wonderful, the property is just a great mixture of history and exclusivity into a charmi… More
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