Villa Splendente

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool
Wow Factor
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Walk to Village Romantic

Time seems to stand still as you gaze out to the views of Lake Como from this exceptionally beautiful and unique Lombardy home near Bellagio.

Contemplate the serenity surrounding this mid-century villa, set in private woodland close to a charming hillside village and enjoying panoramic vistas of the lake and mountains. Yet it’s not just the villa’s incredible setting that will inspire you – its vintage style also adds to the aesthetic beauty of this special place, originally designed by one of Italy’s most iconic 20th century architects.

Start off in the top floor living and dining space with 180 degrees lake views, also featuring an original 1960s bar, sunken lounge, mid-century dining table alongside designer fittings. The elegant kitchen includes bespoke interiors alongside contemporary appliances such as the two Smeg ovens and double fridge with ice-maker whilst doors lead to the prettiest of garden terraces where you can breakfast or barbecue beneath the shady pine trees.

Across the six bedrooms guests can expect 5* hotel quality beds and delicately embroidered linen whilst most of the five bathrooms feature original 1960s tiles. Two of the doubles lead to the mid-floor balcony, a wonderful spot for your morning coffee overlooking Lake Como at any time of year.

Indeed, you can follow the seasons at Villa Splendente from snow-capped mountains in the winter to azaleas and trailing wisteria in local villages as spring approaches. In the summer it’s a privilege to be able to escape the lakeside tourists and relax by your private pool surrounded by hydrangeas and idyllic lake scenery, then come October the estate’s woodland is breathtaking with autumnal tones as local restaurants serve chestnuts and good wine.

No matter when you visit, Bellagio is always full of such charm across its narrow, steep lanes, famous Salita Serbelloni and lakeside promenade, home to the historic Villas Melzi and Serbelloni. Only a 15-minute drive away, Bellagio is also home to summer lidos, a pretty public beach and watersports such as sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Alternatively, arrange a private boat excursion, the perfect way to explore this magical lake.

Ferries will whisk you away to other gorgeous lakeside towns including Varenna and Menaggio or head across the lake to Villa del Balbianello, a stunning 18th century house and gardens where scenes have been filmed from Star Wars and James Bond movies. Of course, away from the glamour there are ample opportunities for long hikes, bike rides, swimming from pebbled beaches followed by long lunches in authentic osterie – there are so many experiences to appreciate during your time at Lake Como.

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What you should know…

  • 12 guests are accommodated across six bedrooms. If booking for 13 guests, a chair-bed can be added to the triple room on the middle floor, on request and subject to an additional fee.
  • If travelling with young children or guests with restricted mobility, do note the many steps and terraced/sloping levels as this villa and its beautiful grounds have been built into a cliff.
  • Air-conditioning is on request and subject to an extra charge, based on usage.
  • The caretakers live on-site in a self-contained apartment.

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Hairdryer TV Sauna/Steam Indoor Games Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Villa Interiors

Top Floor

-    Main entrance
-    Living room with sunken lounge and fireplace, sofas near lake-view windows, 1960s original bar and dining area
-    Kitchen, fully-equipped including Smeg ovens, two sinks, hob, microwave, dishwasher, double fridge, ice-maker and doors leading to garden terrace and barbecue
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed (200x200cm), doors leading to lake-view top balcony and en suite 1960s bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, bidet, WC and two sinks
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed (can be made into twins) and en suite 1960s bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, bidet, sink and WC

Middle Floor

-    Open-plan living and dining area with small side kitchen including fridge, microwave, sink, two hotplates
-    WC
-    Bedroom with a king-size bed (can be split into two singles), a single bed, seating area, doors leading to lake-view mid-floor balcony and seating area and en suite 1960s bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, bidet, WC and dressing room*
-    Bedroom with double bed (140x180cm) and door leading to lake-view mid-floor balcony and seating area
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed (180x200cm, can be separated into twin beds)
-    1960s bathroom with bath/shower, bidet and WC
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed, door leading to gardens, small room with large portable TV (that can be wheeled into the mid-floor living area) and en suite bathroom with walk-in shower and WC

*An extra chair-bed can be added to this room on request, subject to an additional fee

Outside Grounds


-    Swimming pool (12x4m, depth: 1.1m) and children’s pool (2x4m, depth: 1m), both open approximately June to September
-    Sun-loungers (x8) and lounge chairs (x5)
-    6-person sauna and dressing room
-    Lawn
-    Terrace with lake views
-    Garden terrace with al-fresco dining table (for 6) and barbecue 
-    Mid-floor shaded balcony with al-fresco dining table (for 6 – more chairs possible) with lake views
-    Bocce court (25x2.5m)
-    Organic vegetable garden
-    Private grounds/forests (3 acres)
-    Access to shared tennis court
-    Parking

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning (on request)
-    Heating
-    Sauna (with dressing room)
-    Shared tennis court
-    Bocce
-    Indoor games
-    Hairdryer
-    Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Splendente
Walk to Village Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Boat Trips
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Enjoy magnificent Lake Como and mountain views from Villa Splendente, set on a hillside in private wooded grounds just outside a small village, around a 7km drive from the lakeside town of Bellagio. You can walk up the hill to the local village where there’s a cake shop and gelateria, a couple of café-bars and a small supermarket.

Bellagio is of course one of the most loved lakeside towns in Lombardy - it’s a joy to explore with its narrow lanes filled with charming trattorie and little shops including the much photographed Salita Serbelloni. Be prepared for lots of steps or head straight to the lakeside promenade and wander along the lake’s shore, admiring beautiful historic villas and their gardens such as Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni. Look out for lidos and watersports, especially around Pescallo where you will find sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

From Bellagio, take the ferry across to Varenna, an authentic and picturesque village with traditional colourful houses and pretty cobbled lanes. The most energetic can walk up the steep hill to admire the medieval Castello di Vezio where there’s the most stunning views of Lake Como.

Also accessed via ferry, take a stroll down the elegant lungomare in Menaggio or wander to the heart of the town and enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants. Explore the old quarter with its characterful buildings or head further inland to discover some of the magnificent walking trails through Parco Val Sanagra. 

18th century Villa del Balbianello is another beautiful gem on the shores of the lake with picturesque terraced gardens – many famous movies have filmed scenes here, including Star Wars and James Bond, and the backdrop is truly spectacular. Approach by taxi-boat or footpath from Lenno (take a ferry from Lezzeno or Bellagio).

One of the owner’s recommended restaurants, Trattoria del Segrino, can be found in the village of Canzo not far from the Parco Lago Segrino, a picturesque spot for walking following the trail around the small lake. This is just one of the many beautiful walking spots in this part of northern Italy, not to mention cycling opportunities, horse-riding and boat rental – all spectacular ways to appreciate the stunning landscapes around Lake Como.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergamo

(68km)

Nearest Airport 2 Milan Linate/Milan Malpensa

(70km/78km)

Nearest Train Station Canzo-Asso

(12km)

Nearest Village Local village

(600m uphill )

Nearest Bar/Pub Local village

(600m uphill )

Nearest Supermarket Small supermarket in local village

(600m uphill)

Nearest Town Bellagio

(7km)

Nearest Beach Lakside beaches near Bellagio

(Around 7km)

Nearest Golf Circolo Golf Villa D'Este

(29km)

Nearest Town/City Como

(33km)

Region

Nestled in the picturesque Lombardy region of northern Italy, Lake Como is a true gem, known for its breathtaking natural beauty, charming villages, and historic allure. This enchanting destination has long been a playground for the rich and famous, but its appeal extends far beyond the glittering surface. With its stunning Alpine backdrop and crystal-clear waters, Lake Como offers a mesmerising escape for all who visit.

Kids

Best Suited For: Children
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Families are always welcome in Italy and Lake Como is a lovely place to visit with children.

Close to the villa and near the heart of the local village, a little playground will appeal to youngsters where you can enjoy lake and mountain views. Then wander to the village’s gelateria for an ice-cream before strolling home.

Bellagio is just a short drive away – its winding lanes and little shops are sure to enchant all ages if they can manage the many steps. Enjoy a family walk along the lakeside promenade, admire historic villas and their beautiful gardens or partake in summer watersports with kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and sailing all possible near Pescallo. The Bellagio Express road train is a good way for tired legs to tour the picturesque town.

Of course, there are endless boat trips to enjoy whether it’s a ferry to nearby Varenna or Menaggio, a trip to Lenno and onwards to Villa del Balbianello (where scenes from Star Wars and James Bond movies were filmed) or a private tour with skipper on the magnificent lake.

You can also soak up the ambience at Italian lidos dotted along Lake Como’s shores or for a wilder experience, head to a beach such as the pebbly shores of San Giovanni, around a 20-minute walk from Bellagio.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Indoor Games

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Extras included at this property:

- Daily maid service (2hrs per day, except Sundays)

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra maid service (except on Sundays)
- Mid-week linen change
- Chef
- Catering
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting
- Local concierge service (booking of tours, restaurants, boat trips etc)

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Capture the magic of Lake Como at this stylish 20th century villa set in private wooded grounds with the most spectacular lake and mountain views, a simply idyllic venue for a wedding celebration.

Host an intimate event with a feast in the top-floor salon with its mid-century décor and stunning vistas, then head outside for dancing by the swimming pool. Alternatively, hire a marquee in the glorious gardens surrounded by summer flowers and landscapes of Lake Como all around you. Your guests will be as mesmerised as you by the captivating setting of this unique and beautiful home.

Indoor Capacity - 50

Outdoor Capacity - 50

Wedding Ceremony
There is a venue close to the villa that could possibly hold a wedding ceremony (and sit-down reception meal) whilst guests can make the most of the villa for pre-wedding cocktails and photographs. Another option would be to set up a ceremony inside the villa for an estimate of up to 50 people.  

Wedding Reception
A marquee could be set up in the grounds for an estimate of up to 80 guests. Inside the villa a more intimate sit-down meal could be hosted for up to 30 people in the top-floor living-dining area.

There is room inside for a small disco (80m2 space) or head outside for dancing by the swimming pool if the weather allows. Music should end by midnight outside.

Additional Fees for Events
The venue charges an additional set venue fee to be paid directly, please enquire for further details. Cost for extra services/catering etc is extra.

Wedding Planning
It is advisable to have a wedding planner and this can be discussed with the owner at the time of booking the event.

Catering
The owner can provide catering or clients may organise their own.

Wedding Packages
The venue provides extra cleaning on request, please enquire for details.

Where To Stay
The villa sleeps 13-14 people whilst the owner can suggest other villas close by. Bellagio is around a 15-minute drive away with a range of accommodation.

Venue Accessibility 
There is limited accessibility via public transportation, guests may need rideshares or taxis. The villa has car parking for up to 10 cars and there is public car parking in the village just up the hill. There is partial wheelchair accessibility with ramps, please enquire for further details.

Venue Back-Up
Indoor space available for backup.

Wedding Suppliers
The venue has a range of suppliers for clients to use, but clients are also able to bring their own suppliers.

Flexibility on Duration
There is a 4 night minimum stay during April and September. There is a one week minimum stay for all other months.

Children
Children are welcome, and the venue offers supervised childcare.

Noise Restrictions 
Noise should be minimised after midnight to respect neighbours.

Other Information
The owner is flexible on whether they provide what you need (at an extra cost) or whether a wedding planner should arrange this.

There are no restrictions on decoration and themes - bring your creative ideas!

There is limited security measures in place (as always, guests are responsible for their belongings).

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1500 charged to client’s credit card by the owner upon arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes, except air-conditioning (which is on request and payable locally, based on consumption).
Heating costs included? Yes, except in the winter (when it is payable locally, based on consumption, approximately €40 to €180 per day).
Linen & towels included? Yes. Towels are changed weekly.
Pool towels included? Yes, changed weekly.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and mid-stay cleaning for stays of 2 weeks or more also included. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash on arrival (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately June to September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Changeover day Saturday in June/July/August or flexible at other times.
Minimum stay 7 nights in June/July/August, 2-5 nights during all other periods.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs Caretakers live on-site in a self-contained apartment.
Other Ts and Cs 12 guests are accommodated across six bedrooms. If booking for 13 guests, a chair-bed can be added to the triple room on the middle floor.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £5,901 £8,852 £11,804 £14,755 £20,654
Jun 1st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 - - - - £22,828
Sep 14th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 £5,901 £8,852 £11,804 £14,755 £20,654
Christmas & New Year - - - - £22,828
Jan 6th 2025 - Apr 1st 2025 £4,141 £6,212 £8,284 £10,355 £14,494
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 - £7,765 £10,354 £12,943 £18,117
May 1st 2025 - May 31st 2025 - - - £15,529 £21,741
May 31st 2025 - Sep 14th 2025 - - - - £24,329
Sep 14th 2025 - Oct 1st 2025 - - - £15,529 £21,741
Oct 1st 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 - £7,765 £10,354 £12,943 £18,117

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €6,450 €9,676 €12,902 €16,128 €22,575
Jun 1st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 - - - - €24,952
Sep 14th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 €6,450 €9,676 €12,902 €16,128 €22,575
Christmas & New Year - - - - €24,952
Jan 6th 2025 - Apr 1st 2025 €4,527 €6,790 €9,054 €11,318 €15,843
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 - €8,487 €11,317 €14,147 €19,803
May 1st 2025 - May 31st 2025 - - - €16,974 €23,764
May 31st 2025 - Sep 14th 2025 - - - - €26,593
Sep 14th 2025 - Oct 1st 2025 - - - €16,974 €23,764
Oct 1st 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 - €8,487 €11,317 €14,147 €19,803

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $6,977 $10,467 $13,957 $17,446 $24,421
Jun 1st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 - - - - $26,992
Sep 14th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 $6,977 $10,467 $13,957 $17,446 $24,421
Christmas & New Year - - - - $26,992
Jan 6th 2025 - Apr 1st 2025 $4,897 $7,345 $9,794 $12,243 $17,138
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 - $9,181 $12,242 $15,303 $21,422
May 1st 2025 - May 31st 2025 - - - $18,362 $25,706
May 31st 2025 - Sep 14th 2025 - - - - $28,767
Sep 14th 2025 - Oct 1st 2025 - - - $18,362 $25,706
Oct 1st 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 - $9,181 $12,242 $15,303 $21,422

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
4.5 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The architectural design and view. 

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Villa Splendente was owned by the same family until it was sold to the present owners. It was designed in collaboration with famous Italian architect, Gio Ponti, a friend of the family.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do?
Go to Varenna.

Must eat?
At Trattoria Del Segrino.

Must see?
Villa Balbianello.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Don't choose a place to eat on the lake in Bellagio. Go for restaurants with a lesser view for better food and better value.

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Reviews

  • Stunning views!

    on 25/10/2023

    Nice, 70s mid century modern house with stunning views. Excellent communication from host and staff. I’m a snob for views and this place delivered. Pictures online don’t do the views justice.

  • Luxury in its finest form

    on 11/10/2023

    This is a place you will walk into and have your breath taken. It is spectacular. The view is so beautiful you will keep having to check it’s even real.
    The rooms are very well appointed, beautifully dressed and the beds the same quality as some of the best hotels in the world. We slept extremely well, sinking into the comfortable beds.
    The hosts went above and beyond for us!
    The sauna and pool overlook the stunning Lake Como as well. Such a treat.
    Luxury in its finest form. This is the place you will keep thinking of, returning to and telling your friends about.
    A must visit!

  • It's like home here

    on 07/10/2023

    Beautiful place, responsive hosts, historic Villa Splendente on the hill of Lake Como, wonderful scenic views of nature, I especially recommend it to those who like walking in the mountains. Loved the pool and sauna overlooking the lake.
    The Villa works on sustainability and green thinking. It's like home here. The service staff works seamlessly. We spent our holidays here for the third time, and I hope we will be back next year,
    Thank You so much!

  • Splendid stay

    on 07/09/2023

    Wonderful place. The view on the lake from the balcony and swimming pool is even more beautiful than you can imagine. Nice area to spend your days cycling, walking and visit the towns on the lake. Also visiting more by taking the boats and ferry.
    The house has several bedrooms, we slept very good in the bed. So if it is available don’t hesitate.

  • Amazing stay!

    on 01/09/2023

    We had an amazing stay in this Villa, in a beautiful and romantic room with a full view on Como Lake. The owner Chanel spoiled us since we were the only guests! Really grateful and I hope to go back sooner or later!

  • Location with superb view

    on 10/08/2023

    Location with superb view overlooking Lake Como. Unique villa restored to its late 1960's style and decor. Enjoyed a very relaxing, peaceful few days with short drives to local towns for great cuisine and walks. Thanks to our gracious host Barbara for a wonderful stay!

  • History and dream!

    on 25/06/2023

    Villa Splendente is simply stunning.. there are no adjectives to describe it! Every corner is a piece of history and dream.

  • Magic stay!

    on 01/05/2023

    Everything about our stay was amazing. To start with, everything was super clean and spotless!
    The house from the inside is beautiful, spacious and exquisitely furnished. As a content creator it made me want to film my videos in each and every corner of the house! I never make content during vacations but this house made me want to have as much memories of that house as possible. I also gave my followers in my stories a tour of the house inside and out which they loved and were in awe! I didn’t feel I need to drive anywhere for a change. I just wanted to spend all our vacation days there relaxing.
    You will have everything that you need there: toiletries, clean towels, large tissue boxes in every bathroom, all kinds of coffee making machines and water boiler. Also a dishwasher, washing machine and iron table. Free and fast wifi!
    5 bedrooms and two large living areas (one of them is a game room) with dining tables. There is also a large outdoors dining table on the kitchen porch.
    Also the kitchen drawers have some spices and herbs for those who would like to enjoy preparing their own meals there! You’ll also find olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the kitchen counter.
    From the inside you have a beautiful and breath-taking view from every room which are also very well lit during the day.
    The surrounding of the house is so green and magical! You have a view of the lake and the green green forest.
    I really can’t wait to come back again in summer to enjoy more of the view while spending time outdoors around the pool and use the sauna and jacuzzi.
    Not to forget how AMAZING Barbra is!

  • Unique atmosphere

    on 03/08/2019

    I just came back from my summer vacation and wanted to take my time in writing this review. This property was exceptional. Travelling as a big family around Europe, we could clearly say that this place was the highlight of our trip. The house had a unique atmosphere that can’t be found elsewhere.

  • Exceptional!

    on 06/07/2019

    Our experience with Villa Splendente was exceptional! from the initial communication until we left the house. We found the directions very easily with the guidance we got, everything was amazing.

  • Amazing!

    on 13/04/2019

    I didn’t dare to expect exactly what the pictures showed, but that’s what we got. An absolutely amazing house with a fantastic view and location over the lake! I will be back as soon as possible and won’t stop recommending this house and the host to others!

  • Views are breath-taking

    on 28/07/2018

    After living in many beautiful houses and resorts both in Europe and Asia, I could not expect to find such a gorgeous place in Italy. Villa Splendente has the most stunning view of Lake Como. I have to say, the views are literally breath-taking.

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