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Luxury travel news

20 Dec 2018

BY Olivia Rook


Grand Hotel Tremezzo acquires Lake Como villa

Seventeenth century Villa Passalacqua will have a makeover before its launch in 2019, following a takeover of the property by the Italian hotel.


The property is in the village of Moltrasio and located on seven acres of land stretching down to Lake Como’s shoreline.


Villa Passalacqua is the second historic villa to be unveiled for private hire by guests of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, alongside Villa Sola Cabiati, which was acquired in 2017.


The villa will see guests “live like a Clooney” as they discover secret passageways and a 200-year-old glass greenhouse hidden in an olive grove.


George Clooney and his wife Amal own a summer home in Laglio on the western shore of Lake Como. Since purchasing Villa Oleandra in 2001, Clooney has reportedly entertained guests such as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, while Richard Branson and Madonna have also owned property in the area.


The villa was one of the most expensive private homes in Europe to be sold at auction earlier this year and boasts Winston Churchill and Napoleon as former visitors. The villa is even home to frescoes created by Andrea Appiani, Napoleon’s chief artist.


Further privacy is assured with guests able to access 11,000 square feet of catacombs and tunnels beneath the main house, providing a secret route to the private marina.


Villa Passalacqua has nine suites and sleeps a maximum of 18 adults with daily rates starting from $8,000 (including full board, a 24-hour butler service, private chef and private housekeeping); high season runs from May 3 until October 6.

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