Villa Peduzzi is an architecturally designed villa that’s been renovated to a luxurious standard and boasts unforgettable views of Lake Como.
What was the inspiration and story behind Villa Bellagio?
We spent four years looking all over Italy for a house with frescoes to purchase. Eventually, we found a property near Rome and waited nine months for the settlement, only for something to go wrong at the last minute, resulting in us losing the deposit. To make ourselves feel better, we decided to visit this house the following day, although we’d decided it was too expensive when we’d seen it a couple of years earlier.
It was in fairly bad condition and didn’t look as good as the photos suggested… but the view! The villa was still too expensive for us, so we asked another Australian couple if they wanted to go in with us and they agreed. It was completely different from what we’d been looking for (there were no frescoes) but we knew the view would always be there.
During the renovations, we spent far more than we thought we would, which was the impetus to rent it out. We established a swimming pool on a reclaimed piece of land next to the house and opened the villa up for guests.
The villa was designed by architect Gio Ponti, an influential designer and the founder of the architectural magazine “Domus”. He was a friend of the Milanese family who commissioned the villa as a holiday home and worked on it with two of his proteges (we have the original design framed in the entranceway). He always designed buildings to maximise the natural sunlight and was inspired by transatlantic ships, which is evident in the interior of Villa Bellagio.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Villa Bellagio?
Every day the view is different, and always instagrammable. Even after seeing the photos on our website, everybody who walks in the door is bowled over by reality and immediately starts taking photos to send to their family and friends. You feel like you’re on the top of the world or floating on a cloud, with snow-capped mountains all around.