Villa Orlando, Bellagio

A prestigious 19th-century villa on the shores of Lake Como offering levels of luxury and views that will stay forever in your heart

Sleeps Up to 22 Guests

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Kissing the lake’s gently rippling azure waters and gifting guests with astonishing lake and mountain views, VOV Collection brings you this ‘villa with few equals’ now opening its private doors to the privileged few.

Set in idyllic manicured grounds beside Villa Melzi d’Eril, and necklaced with a botanical garden replete with rare and mature trees, the luxurious 3-storey villa is but a 10 minute walk into Bellagio for chic-boutique shopping and dining out with ease.

Offering first-class accommodation for up to 22 guests* and directly accessible by water taxi or alternatively by car**, this ultra-refined villa boasts a wonderful heated swimming pool, tennis court and 2 private boathouses that can be used for water sports.

Gazing towards the famous Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello on the opposite shore and with a separate house at 50 metres for its 6 dedicated members of staff, Villa Orlando is home to 19th and 20th-century Italian paintings and furnishings, and a curated collection of objects and artifacts from all over the world.

Remarkable in location, layout and content and offering guests all the privacy and exclusivity expected of such an address, its extensive and supremely comfortable accommodation comprises:

  • Rhythmically caressed by gently lapping water and reached by stone stairs rising up on either side, the villa’s main front entrance on a long and broad furnished terrace shaded by a retractable awning for sleepy siestas and edged by creeper-clad porticos opening into the:

Ground Floor, where, taking a tour of the villa in an anti-clockwise direction, we find:

  • 2 magnificent sitting rooms – spacious, elegant and with one leading into the next – the first with enormous windows facing the lake and an imposing marble fireplace, the second with a Bechstein grand piano, and both boasting wooden parquet flooring, lofty walnut-coffered ceilings lit by twinkling chandeliers, a wonderful collection of antique furniture and paintings and ample seating for every member of your party
  • A library / games room to the side offering superb lake and mountain views which in turn leads into
  • A south-facing library with spectacular full-height glass windows / door looking towards the long avenue of trees edging the path to the villa’s boathouse and TV room / comfortable snug with separate guest bathroom (w.c. and wash hand basin)

And on the opposite side of the ground floor:

  • A traditional style kitchen / breakfast room to the rear with modern units, inbuilt appliances and a modern kitchen table for 6
  • A grand formal dining room seating 20 looking onto the villa’s botanical garden on one side and with a marvellous Venetian glass window facing the ‘salone’ on the other. A super-characterful space lit by an Art Nouveau chandelier, richly bedecked in dark oak ‘boiserie’ panelling ­(typical of the Gabriele D’Annunzio early 20th-century romantic style) with still life paintings
  • A further spacious reception / sitting room with ample seating and dressed in the manner to which you’ll soon become accustomed, which in turn leads towards a final ground floor sitting area overlooking the villa’s terrace to the front

And finally on the ground floor:

  • The finely decorated‘salone’ with Genovese marble flooring and Venetian silk-covered walls with collections of antiques and rare crystals exhibited in an 18th-century display case plus a grand spiral staircase rising up to the:

1st Floor, where we find:

  • An impressive oak-lined library of almost 10,000 rare, collectable and antiquarian books embracing countless subjects (please note that use of these books is only permitted upon request)
  • 4 opulent master bedroom suites, each with their own en suite bathroom. 2 of these master suites enjoy uninterrupted lake and mountain views – one opening onto a large terrace, and the other with a large writing desk and dual-aspect windows and a large writing desk plus a gorgeous sitting room with tall arched windows adorned with potted palms to its side.

Stairs rising to the:

2nd Floor, where we find:

  • Used in the past as staff / service quarters and recently restored and adapted to provide 6 further delectable bedroom suites each with a private bathroom (5 en-suite) and 5 boasting panoramic lake and mountain views
  • A comfortable TV room where you can wind down during your lakeside sojourn
  • And completing Villa Orlando’s extensive accommodation, a feature utterly unique to this exclusive private home:
  • 2 spacious rooms displaying the many collections and items used by the villa’s owners during the last century – a testimony to 20th–century luxury and style forming, under one roof, the villa’s private museum

* In 9 doubles and 1 quadruple, each with their own bathroom

** The villa provides ample hidden private parking

OUR COMMENT

An exceptional lakeside property breathing character and prestige with manicured grounds, a heated pool, a tennis court, awe-inspiring views and a museum!

Situated just 30 minutes by car from the renowned Menaggio Golf Club, 50 minutes drive from Villa D’Este Golf Club and within 90 minutes drive of Lugano Airport and Milan’s Malpensa and Linate Airports.

HISTORY

Built in this idyllic location by the Marquis Eugenio Besana in 1891, and specifically positioned and innovatively designed to take full advantage of the glorious, sun-dappled panoramic views, Villa Orlando was purchased in 1920 by Cav. Ing. Luigi Orlando who established the family as one of Italy’s most important industrial dynasties. To this day the villa remains in the hands of the Orlando family and is still used as a private residence.

All four Orlando generations occupying the villa during the last hundred years have been inspired by their passion for culture, luxury and style; a dedication culminating not only in the establishment of the unique botanical garden surrounding the estate – which in autumn transforms into an artist’s palette of intense colour – but also in the 19th and 20th-century Italian furniture and paintings and other rare collections on display within the villa, particularly the 2-room museum found on its 2nd floor.

More recently, the villa has undergone an impressive refurbishment, which has succeeded in combining the grandeur of its glorious 20th– century ‘Liberty’ style with the high-level luxury and services one expects today.

Concierge Service

Villa Orlando, Bellagio offers a wonderful range of complimentary services for your comfort and pleasure

Complimentary Services

  • Concierge service & support
  • Introductory tour of the Villa by our Concierge
  • Daily Morning Maid service
  • Luxurious Italian toiletries

Extra Services

  • Transfer from and to the airport to the Villa
  • Welcome drink on your arrival
  • Butler service
  • Laundry & pressing service

Our Concierge will also be delighted to organise brunches, cocktails and dinner parties according to your wishes and exact specifications within the setting of the Villa or to discuss any special events or ideas you have in mind – whatever your choice, we’ll be delighted to be of service.

An Exceptional ‘Liberty’ Estate Kissing the Waters of Lake Como…

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