Villa to Rent: Como Chic
According to local records, Villa delle Delizie was originally built as a casine, or small barn. But after an extensive two-year renovation and with a weekly price tag of $100,000, this 19th-century, seven-bedroom estate is likely the most stylish—and certainly the most expensive—stable on northern Italy’s Lake Como. “Beautiful isn’t even the word to describe it,” says Cédric Reversade, of Unique Properties & Events. The London-based company, which Reversade runs with his partner, Paul Maxime Koskas, represents 120 rental villas worldwide, Delizie now among them. “There’s nothing compared to it anywhere on the lake,” Reversade says.
The main house is true to its rustic origins but has been modernized with luxe standards such as plasma TVs, Kaleidescape entertainment systems, and WiFi. Even more exacting concern has been shown with the choice of tactile creature comforts like Rivolta Carmignani linens, Chopard toiletries, and Bernardaud porcelain. Fine Italian art and antiques dot the home, and the on-site staff includes a full-time chef, a house manager, two maids, two gardeners, and an English butler named Steven.
Outside are landscaped gardens, terraces for dining and lounging, an artificial grass tennis court, and La Casseta, a smaller dwelling next to the heated swimming pool; it accommodates a cinema built for 12 or more and an exercise room with equipment by Technogym. “Because there is so much to do at the villa, it can be used year-round,” says Reversade. “During the winter, for example, skiing at St. Moritz is only a short helicopter ride away.”
Perhaps the villa’s most desirable and valuable amenity, though, is its seclusion. “The property is only accessible by way of a private boat or hydroplane landing at the shore; the cypress trees protect the grounds from public view; and there are no neighbors,” says Reversade. “Not even George Clooney’s house has that.” To book, call Unique Properties at 44-20/7788-7815 or go to cedricreversade.com.