Located in Mezzegra on the Western shore of Lake Como and situated within 50 metres of the lake, this magnificent property known as Villa Merz consists of two detached Residences and a swimming pool with pool house set within 6.800 square metres of beautiful landscaped private parkland. The property dates back to the 1920’s and the present owner has painstakingly renovated both The Villa and La Depandance (The Annexe) maintaining much of the original layout and features.
The Villa: The villa has a living space of 330 square metres and contains 4 bedrooms. The main entrance of the villa faces the lake and is accessed from one of the properties two entrances – the lake road entrance. Upon entering the villa, the Reception area contains the original tiled flooring and opposite the entrance is the staircase again an original feature constructed from Carrara marble. The layout of this majestic villa is as follows:Layout: Lower Ground FloorBelow the imposing marble staircase is a door leading to the lower ground floor level which houses an impressive wine cellar with stone walls and vaulted brick ceiling. The ambient temperature ideal for wine storageGround FloorAdjacent to the staircase is a large office (originally a bedroom) which contains a window that overlooks the parkland to the rear of the villa.Either side of the Reception area is the kitchen to the right, and the living room to the leftThe kitchen runs the length of the villa from the front where there is a window overlooking the lake to the rear overlooking the parkland ensuring a light airy feel to the room.The stunning living room sweeps three sides of the villa from the front, the left-hand side and the rear and includes a combination of windows and patio doors which again provides natural light throughout the living space.In the Reception area between the office and the living room is an original fresco, below which is a WC with washbasin.First FloorAt the first floor level, there is a large striking en-suite bedroom to threes sides mirroring the layout of living room on the ground floor below. There is also a second large en-suite bedroom. In addition, there is a storeroom which houses the heating system for the villaSecond FloorThe second floor contains two substantial en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen area, a living area and a boiler room and so could be converted into a self-contained apartment. One of the en-suite bedrooms mirrors the footprint of the living room at the ground floor levelLa Depandance: The Annexe, situated 20 metres from villa, has been renovated to a high standard which would rival many villas within the area. This spacious Residence has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a WC with washbasin contained within a total living space of 185 square metres. There are two independent entrances; one towards the rear accessing the first floor of the Residence, the second at ground floor level. There is also a large patio area on the side of the Annexe (accessed from the lounge)The layout of this sumptuous Annexe is as follows:LayoutGround Floor: entering the Annexe at the ground floor level there is a fully fitted kitchen, a living room, a utility room, large bathroom, WC with washbasin, and a large room. This room could be used for a variety of purposes as: a second bedroom, a studio or possibly a gym, the latter would be ideal given its proximity to the bathroom and the second entrance to the Annexe.First Floor: at the first floor level there are 2 large bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom.The Annexe contains the original fixtures and furnishings from The Villa, including bedroom furniture and original cast iron radiators. The separate entrances and layout provides the opportunity for the purchaser to convert the Annexe into two superior quality apartments without having to undertake any substantial workExternal: the large and substantial extensive parkland lies predominantly to the rear of The Villa and the Annexe and contains manicured grassed areas, a variety of shrubs and trees including a selection of fruit trees.At the furthest point of the parkland situated in a secluded area is the pool (12 metres X 6 metres) surrounded by a large terrace and adjacent to the pool house which contains a kitchen area and bathroom along with the pool plant machinery.Opposite the pool and at the perimeter of the parkland is the main vehicle entrance to the property with parking space for several carsAdditional Information: This stunning property is steeped in history and the present owner has updated both buildings whilst maintaining many of the original features and fittings, outside the addition of the swimming pool secluded behind greenery does not detract from the parkland environment or historic buildings. This property is a truly exceptional and a jewel in our portfolio of Lake Como properties for sale.Location: Mezzegra has an array of shops and bars and is within 2 minutes drive of Lenno which is an important centre on the western shore of Lake Como and forms part of Tremezzina. Lenno is where a number historical treasures have been found by archaeological excavations which are of Roman origins, Attractions: The Church of St. Stephen and Baptistery, the Monastery of Acquafredda, so called from a source that springs in the churchyard, was built in the twelfth century and rebuilt in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Furthermore Villa Balbianello a beautiful eighteenth century villa owned by the FAI from 1988 is famed more recently as the location of Hollywood movies such as Star Wars, Ocean Eleven and Casino Royale.Lenno has many facilities such as restaurants and bars, boat rental facilities, two supermarkets, banks, shops and a beautiful lido overlooking the wonderful Venus Bay.Every Tuesday Lenno plays host to a very picturesque Market that runs along the lakeside offering a variety local products.