Once for Royalty, Now for Rent

Courtesy Cedric Reversade

Unique Properties & Events offers password-protected access to a portfolio of the world’s great private homes.

For seven centuries, the castle in Grazzano Visconti, Italy, was home to the lords and counts of that noble Milanese family. Enter Unique Properties & Events (packages, from $20,080 a week; 44-20/7788-7815; cedricreversade.com), which began renting the privately owned hideaway (it was originally a fortress) late last year. “We would never offer a house that’s been available to the public,” says co-owner Cédric Reversade. “Ours all have special owners, who want clients of the same world.” He and his partner, Paul-Maxime Koskas, built their collection of one-of-a-kind homes using relationships forged from their previous venture: running one of Paris’s first luxury concierge services. The nine-bedroom castle is one of 120 residences around the world in the company’s portfolio, all of which can be viewed using a client-specific password that expires after one month. Also available: an open-air, cliffside villa overlooking Capri’s iconic Faraglioni rocks, and a rustic Tuscan farmhouse (think wood-beamed ceilings and brick porticos), modernized with a heated infinity pool and offering 360-degree views of the expansive Val d’Orcia. And there’s more to these properties than location, size and history. “Our focus is on the details, from the house linens to the china,” Reversade says. “For all our homes, style comes first, price comes second.”