One of the most historically significant houses on Lake Maggiore set amidst a beautifully planted private garden with 500 metres of lake frontage.
This beautiful historic property is unique for the eclectic and post-romantic style that dominates both the villa and garden.
The main villa sits within its own parkland which extends to around 10,000 square metres. The garden, beautifully planted and dotted throughout with statuary and other artistic elements, has approximately 500 metres of lake frontage. The garden is completed by a swimming pool, tennis court, greenhouses and, to make the most of the lake frontage, a large dock, and two small ports. Also notable is a magnificent mosaic floor in the lake-facing courtyard bordered by a nymphaeum and statues from the seventeenth century.
Towards the southwest corner of the parkland is another large property which could be used as a guesthouse or staff accommodation as required. The villa and grounds are southeast facing, enjoying sun exposure for much of the day. This aspect also allows for glorious views over Lake Maggiore to the opposite shore.
The name L'Eremitaggio underlines the original owner's desire to create a secluded place away from the noise of the world. The scale of both the villa and gardens, as well as the majestic views over the calm blue waters of Lake Maggiore, really help to foster this vision.
The villa has several reception rooms all unique in their style. Some feature beautifully frescoed ceilings and each is adorned with stunningly crafted furniture,statues and art. Each room is a testament to the original owner's wish to bring together intricate and ornate styles from across Europe.
The main part of the villa consists of four floors and was created through the transformation of a pre-existing nineteenth-century building to which a floor has been added. This main villa is surmounted by a small roof terrace or belvedere.
The central building, lower in height than the main villa,is composed of a loggia formed by four arches resting on coupled columns. Finally, the loggia leads to the pavilion, which is smaller than the villa, and covers two floors. It is decorated in the same exquisite and eclectic manner as the villa and loggia and offers stunning views over the mosaic courtyard to Lake Maggiore.
The care and attention of the original owner can be seen in every minute detail of both the historical villa and the sprawling lakefront gardens.Tom Vickery