Villa San Remigio’s owners have recently changed. The new owners allow to make use of the villa only when they don’t use it. Because of the affection they feel for their ‘nest’, they would like to accommodate a limited number of guests. To make the property even more comfortable, the new owners are gradually improving the Villa personalizing it.
Villa San Remigio is located in the most beautiful area of Lake Maggiore, ‘the Castagnola promontory’, just north of the Borromeo Islands, where the view encompasses the entire lake from north to south. Because of its size, location and historical importance, Villa San Remigio is perhaps the most important mansion of Lake Maggiore. It was built at the end of 1800 to live the dreams of love between the Marquis Silvio della Valle di Casanova, poet and musician, and Sophie Browne, painter, who wanted to build here “the garden of dreams”.
Unfortunately, the actual villa was acquired by the Italian State in the 60’s and is now inaccessible, hosting only bureaucrat’s offices.
Only the waterfront portion of the park with the old private chapel of the villa, overlooking the lake, remained private and was transformed into a unique modern house of great charm. The garden has been renewed recently, after decades of neglect and is now a small botanical garden, inspired by the atmosphere of the adjoining Gardens of Villa Taranto, the greatest Italian botanical gardens, neighbouring with San Remigio.
Living in villa San Remigio means embracing the lake from all the windows of the house, walking through a park full of fragrant trees and flowers, which runs for 300 yards on the lake shore; bathing and sunbathing on the private beach; relaxing in the Finnish sauna or in the steam room indoor; breathing the pure air of Villa Taranto and Villa San Remigio parks, over 74 acres of greenery, the only landscape displayed from the house, together with the lake and the Alps.
You can enjoy a lunch in one of the three outdoor picnic areas, actual open-air dining rooms; you can read a book or listen to music on the shore of the lake, or by the water lily pond sitting on a large circular stone seat where the Marquise Sophie loved to spend her time in contemplation of the lake.
You can rent for short periods our lakefront property, fully equipped and organized. Your holiday will be much more comfortable, unique and fascinating than in one of the best luxury hotel.