Lake Como has to be seen to be believed, a vast inland body of water surrounded by steep, impossibly green hills, with towns and villages sprinkled along the line where the mountains meet the water.
This home on its shores was originally a farmhouse. By 1608, it had become a small convent, the ancient door of which still remains, and by 1700 it had been reincarnated again as a private residence. Today, it has been given a new lease of life by a local architect, with renovations completed in August of 2021. Its interiors have been divided to create four apartments, three of which are available to rent.
Located on a hillside overlooking the world-famous 16th-century residence Villa D'Este (and its remarkable 25-acre grounds), it's in one of the most prestigious residential areas on Lake Como. And, as you would hope with a home in such a prime location, it boasts dazzling views of the water from its charming terraces.
The owner has gone to great lengths to retain the original beauty of this vacation home for rent in Italy, preserving features like terracotta floors, wooden beams and stone facades. However, it has also been updated to feature modern luxuries like underfloor heating, air conditioning, Bluetooth sound systems, and wifi.
Traditional materials like Lombard terracotta have been used to augment the original features and blended with innovative new materials like resins in the bathrooms. This mixing of eras also shows in the furnishings, which are a coming together of antique and modern – case in point, the vintage chandeliers and the LED lighting, the delicately painted wall frescoes and the large modern canvases.
There are four residential units in the space, one of which is the owner's home. The other three are available to rent individually or together, with a total of 5 queen beds and 1 bunk bed, making it a great option for extended families, friends, and wedding groups.