The Villa Napoleon I, a luxury villa rentals in Lake Como, is a national monument for Italy. It was constructed in the 1700’s by Count Passalacqua who had been granted the property by the Odescalchi Family—a Northern Papal family.
It’s most famous long term visitor was Vincenzo Bellini who lived here from 1829-1833 and wrote his most famous operas here (Norma and Sonnambula). The Swiss architect, Felice Soave, designed the house to have a simple symmetrical façade with a richly elaborate interior. The ceilings on the public rooms as well as the bedrooms are ornately decorated and painted. The floors are a beautiful mixture of Cotto Lombardo, Seminato, and dark antique wood.
The Villa is filled with beautiful paintings, sculptures, rugs, tapestries and Venetian chandeliers. The Villa ha also a smaller sister house, Villa Josephina. The Kitchen is large and airy with subzero refrigerators and wine coolers, Viking and Gaggeneau ovens, grills and ranges, 4 disposals, 2 dish washers, a vegetable and fish steamer and a fryer. The counter tops are made of Verona marble and the cabinetry is richly decorated, hand-carved wood.
The most prominent feature of the kitchen is two 8 foot high stone fireplaces that are original to the Villa and bear the family emblem. The Dining Room is an oval shaped room with 16 marble columns. The most important fresco in the Villa sits above the dining room table. It is a fresco by Andrea Appiani who was Europe’s foremost neoclassical artist at the turn of the 19th century. The Tuscan Dining Room is more casual and filled with period Tuscan furniture.
Here there is a separate sitting area with marble fireplace and television for relaxing and enjoying the views. On the ground floor is a beautiful den, with a computer and internet connection. There is also a Billiard Room with a hand-carved English Snooker table. For nights when our guests want to stay in, there is a cinema with a large screen and cinema quality sound system. The cinema houses one of the Villa’s most incredible fireplaces and an exquisite mahogany bar. On the first floor is a beautiful workout room.
It has gorgeous views of the lake and the mountains in the back of the Villa. There is a stereo system, television, weights, Glidex, Stair stepper, Punching Bag and numerous exercise DVDs. The floors are antique, decorative wood and the ceiling is richly carved. There are eight suites (in the Villa that average over 1,300 square feet. They are all unique and beautiful. They all have high and carved ceilings, antique floors and spectacular bathrooms. The rooms are filled with antique furniture, Persian rugs, Venetian chandeliers and beautiful art.
Some of the bathrooms have Philippe Starck designed wash basins, bathtubs and W/Cs while others have antique French and English large trough bathtubs and ornate wash basins. There is a beautifully restored antique Bluethner piano that once sat in the Leipzig Concert Hall. It rests in the Music Room which is a spectacular room with 30 ft. high ceilings, Albertolli frescoes and stunning views of the lake. The Villa Napoleon I is children friendly.
In the back garden next to the kitchen is a wonderful outdoor play area with beautiful wooden slide, swing set and rope climb. There is a large children’s play room on the first floor next to the music room and a small children’s play room next to the kitchen. The Gardens The gardens of the two villas are considered some of the most historic and beautiful on Lake Como. Guests will enjoy the fresh flowers that come from the Cutting and Rose Gardens.
There is also an extensive Vegetable Garden and Orchard so that our guests can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables during their stay with us. The Swimming Terrace is spectacular. The terrace is filled with lemon and Olive trees. The views of Lake Como are stunning from the Swimming Terrace which is the warmest part of the garden. Overlooking the swimming pool is Sant’ Agata’s 12th century bell tower. There is also a beautiful 200 year old greenhouse on the terrace.
There are 11 working fountains on the property that add cool freshness and sound to the hot summer afternoons. The property ends at the lake’s shore. The dock area is beautiful. It is encased in antique Moltrasio stone both on the walls and on the steps leading to the water. The dock area is filled with roses, creeping jasmine and oleander. Services Included in the price for both villas are all the utilities, daily maid service (Monday through Saturday) and linen and towel service every third day.
The Villas have monikered towels for the bathrooms and the swimming pool and we use only the finest Italian cotton sheets. We also only use the highest quality goose down pillows and comforters.
4 European king sized beds
3 European queen sized beds
1 Set of twin beds
3 Single beds
Subzero refrigerators and wine coolers
2 dish washers
Two 8 foot high stone fireplaces
Computer and internet connection
Children’s play room
weekly rates for 12 people
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A non-refundable deposit of thirty percent (30%) of the total rental cost has to be paid to us to secure the reservation, within 5 days of confirmation. Once we receive the deposit, your provisional reservation will be a definitive reservation. (For bookings of Chalets in Zermatt or Villas in Greece and Bali the deposit to pay is 50%).
The balance of the total rental cost must be paid not less than eight weeks prior to the arrival at the villa.
We are entitled to treat the booking as cancelled if the payment fails the balance on time and the cancellation policy set out below will apply.
Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your booking by sending you a voucher. Please check this carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information which appears on the voucher seems to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later.
A binding contract between you and the Owner will come into existence on receipt of your deposit.
Once the rental charge is fully settled and the Booking Form fully completed, we send you the Accommodation voucher along with the Directions how to reach the property and the useful contact telephone numbers.
Methods of payment:
Payments are received in Euros, by Bank transfer and credit cards through Paypal with Visa, Mastercard & Amex. Please be aware if you pay with credit card you will be subject to a surcharge of 3%.
Alterations/Cancellations by the Owner
In the unlikely event of a significant change or cancellation of the booking by the Owner, we will inform the client as soon as possible. If requested and if available we will try to arrange alternative accommodation of a similar type, price, standard and location. Alternatively, the client will receive a full refund, but we will not be liable to pay cancellation charges on the travel arrangements or for any other loss.
Luxury Villa Rentals Italy acts only as agents for accommodations and assumes no responsibility for property loss or damage, nor liability for injury, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason or defect in any vehicle or the acts of any company or persons engaged in conveying the passengers to or from their accommodations. If for any reason beyond its control including force majeure, or the sale of the house, Luxury Villa Rentals Italy is forced to cancel the booking made by the client or his agent, best efforts will be made to offer another property of equivalent standard with which the client will be in agreement. If the price of the alternative property is less, the difference will be refunded to the client, but if the price is higher the client must pay the difference. If however, no agreement can be reached, both parties are entitled to cancel. Luxury Villa Rentals Italy will refund to the client only the rental price paid; no other amounts will become due.
Cancellations by You
Any cancellation by the client (for whatever reason) must be in writing (Including email or fax). The effective date of cancellation is the date we receive written notification. If the client cancels after the deposit has been paid, it will lose the deposit.
If the client cancels after the balance has been paid, it will lose both deposit and the balance.
We strongly recommend that the client takes out insurance to cover any cancellation.
All clients must be insured against holidays risks. Their signature on the booking form is a declaration that the client has a travel insurance and cancellation cover. On the Booking Form the client have to include the name and address of the insurance company and the policy number.
Security and Valuables
Any valuables left at the villa are left at own risk. Neither we nor the Owner are responsible for any loss. When provided, burglar alarms must be activated, safes used and proper care be taken against theft and burglary. It is essential and your responsibility to ensure all doors, shutters, windows are closed and locked when leaving the villa, or when by the poolside/in the grounds. No refund can be given should the client decide to vacate the property as a consequence of a burglary; unless it can be proven that the Owner has failed to inform the client of anti-burglary systems in the villa.
A security deposit is required to cover the cost of any damages or breakages to, or at the property, any additional cleaning, the cost of telephone and/or other services/utilities that are not included in the rental price. This amount will be payable by the client direct to the Owner in cash in Euros at the arrival.
The cost of utilities and/or other services used by the client or any damage caused by the client will be deducted from the security deposit and the remaining balance will be returned to the client by the Owner at the departure from the villa. If the security deposit paid by the client is not sufficient to cover the cost of such utilities and/or services or damage, the Owner is entitled to recover any additional costs from the client.
It is a client's responsibility to make sure the client deals with the arrangements for the security deposit. We can take no responsibility for any loss in relation to the security deposit.
The Owner reserves the right to make deductions from the security deposit for any extra cleaning, over the number of hours committed to departure cleaning, and to claim against the client for damage or loss, the cost of which exceeds the security deposit.
Rentals run from Saturday to Saturday (unless otherwise agreed):
- arrival times: between 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.. For late arrivals after 7:30pm hours there could be foreseen an extra charge of 50 Euros. After 22:00 hours it will be not possible to arrange a check in.
- departure times: before 10.00 a.m. (unless otherwise agreed):
- any delays or variations must be communicated at least 48 hours before arrival. No refund will be given if the guest is unable to take up residence of the property on the expected day or at the scheduled time owing to travel problems. The same rule applies to early departure
Cleaning and order
The houses must be delivered and left clean and in order. Crockery and other equipment of the house (chairs, blankets, etc.) must not be used or transported out of the house. Candles and oil burners are not permitted inside the house and must be used with great care on paved terraces. After delivery, repairs of breakdowns caused by the Clients and those of ordinary maintenance (plugging of toilets. and basins, damages to equipment and furniture and to the property, stains on mattresses and bed covers, broken crockery) will be charged to the Clients and the amounts will be deducted directly from the security deposit. In uncertain circumstances the person in charge will keep the whole of the security deposit and will return any balance together with receipts for the expenses met for repairs carried out after the departure of the Client.