Villa Peduzzi is an architecturally designed villa that’s been renovated to a luxurious standard and boasts unforgettable views of Lake Como.
What is the story behind Casa Brienno, what was your inspiration to create it?
We lived in Italy for eight years and our children grew up there. When we returned to Belgium, we wanted to leave some roots in Italy so our children could come back and visit their friends. We wanted to find somewhere near Lake Como that we could block out for several weeks of the year to use ourselves and rent for the rest of the time.
Unlike in Belgium where there are websites listing all of the real estate properties for sale, in Italy there are lots of small agencies and people selling directly. So we researched by driving around and writing down the numbers for properties we saw for sale.
But this property came through word-of-mouth. I had just completed working as an interior architect at a store and told my colleagues that I was looking for a small place. One of my friends who knew my style told me about a house that she was considering buying and how it was perfect for me. She made an appointment for us with the real estate agent and we bought it that day. We first opened to guests in May 2013.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Casa Brienno?
The house is very old and we bought it from an Italian guy who grew up here and had completely renovated it. He was a professional restorer of wooden furnishings and buildings, so we didn’t have to do a lot of work or break any walls down. We added new flooring and the roof terrace, as well as separating one of the bathrooms into two.
During his restorations, the former owner found Roman plates under the house, which he had plastered in a corner of one of the rooms. He retained the old beams in the living room and the wooden floor upstairs, as well as adding a lot of beautiful old doors with sliding latches.
The interior design features a lot of white, wooden details and modern furnishings — I would describe it as cosy and warm.