The village of Brunate sits 660 mts above Lake Como. A tourist attraction since the 1800's, it is known as the "Balcony on the Alps".
This elegant estate conjures up the halcyon days when Italy's rich merchant families and their servants regularly abandoned sweltering town houses to reside in spacious Villas overlooking the lakes. Uniquely, the journey from the bustling historic town centre of Como to the breathtaking pastoral bliss of Brunate's, Villa Lanzani, is a mere 6 minute cable car ride. A little longer if you go by car.
The main property of the estate comprises a 19th century Villa of approx 1,000 sqm. All external facades of the main villa have been fully renovated. Internals are in need of conversion/renovation. In addition to the main Villa there is a 200 sqm gatehouse which is fully modernized.
The properties are surrounded by 7,800 sqm of land comprising gardens, an orchard and woodland through which little decorative pathways wend their way interspersed with ornate grottos creating a kind of scenic pan's labyrinth.
The main Villa has permission for conversion into self contained apartments. The edifice comprises 5 floors including a spacious attic and basement areas, the latter which opens onto the garden. The house is divided into 25 rooms.
The Gatehouse is fully renovated and ready to occupy. Located at the entrance to the estate, it comprises a 3 storey main building with a five storey tower attached. The building is split into two self-contained flats, one 3 rooms and the other 5 rooms. Each flat has a separate entrance while both flats benefit from a spectacular panoramic terraced view.
Particular attention should be drawn to the quality of renovation throughout the estate. Such high quality reflects a veritable labour of love intent upon recreating the Villa in all its original splendor. Roofs, for example, have been re-roofed not only in the original mountain stone from Valmalenco but also employing master craftsmen from the area. Paintwork tones have been specifically selected to capture the alpine light, in particular at dusk and dawn. Roof awnings have been decorated by Florentine School painters using as their theme flowers and plants particular to the estate gardens .
The property is gated and benefits from its own exclusive private drive. There is also a separate pedestrian gate which is a few meters distant from the cable car station which takes you down to Como, with its busy shops and restaurants.
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The Lanzani Estate, Brunate, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy