A historic Italian home, Villa Sola Cabiati on Lake Como, which dates back to the 16th century, is now available for overnight stays. The spectacular property, which includes an impeccable front lawn and an expansive back garden with a private swimming pool is near the luxurious Grand Hotel Tremezzo. The hotel, which manages the property, allows guests of the villa to use its amenities, including its two limousine boats.
“Our family has always been in touch with the noble family that owns the Villa,” says Valentina De Santis, CEO of Grand Hotel Tremezzo. “Last year, while chatting with a good cup of coffee we started evaluating a collaboration with the focus of giving Villa Sola Cabiati a sort of revival.
“We are trying to bring the villa into the 21st century, adding all the comforts that upscale guests nowadays require, such as air conditioning, heating, and Wi-Fi, followed by some general lifting and updating of the guest rooms.”
In the past, the villa was only available for private events like weddings, but as of this summer, it can be rented for a unique, time-traveling experience for three days or more. The home sleeps twelve guests, who can enjoy the entire property, which includes six suites and extensive living areas. The property features a private chef, butlers, and housekeeping staff, which are included in the price.
The villa, which is still privately owned, houses endless antiques, frescos, and fine art, which date back to the Serbelloni family, who lived at Villa Sola Cabiati in the summer. There are numerous black and white photographs of the family and close friends on the property.
Guests will have access to the ground floor, however, the upper floor houses priceless pieces that must be viewed under supervision. These include a magnificent wood-carved bed used by Napoleon in 1796. The bed, which was originally kept at the family’s palazzo in Milan, was transferred to the villa during the bombings of WWII. At the foot of the bed, you'll find Napoleon’s iconic bicorne hat. The room also contains a china set given by Napoleon to the Serbelloni family as a thank you gift for hosting him.
The upper floor also features a grand room decorated in light blues with immense frescoed ceilings. The room can be used for private dinners, which can be prepared by the personal chef, who often uses produced sourced on the property. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a backyard barbeque or a picnic. The villa can be rented for a week for $39,000.