History

Villa Adelaide was commissioned to be built in 1836 by the ancestors of the current owners, adding to a previous existing rustic farmhouse, stables and barns where farmers dedicated their time to the breeding of silkworms, an activity common to the surrounding area of the Lake Como. The villa is a typical XIX century Lombard country house designed for spending “la villeggiatura”, the summer months away from the stressing city life. In the 1800s the ladies of the family hosted tea parties and spent much of their time painting, embroidering and playing the grand piano Tomaschek, the piano preferred by Giuseppe Verdi! Children enjoyed spending their days in the fields with the farmers, in the barn learning how to milk the cows, going with a cart pulled by “Pino” the beloved grey donkey, to collect the cut grass, or going into the their woods to pick blueberries or to the henhouse in search of eggs so fresh they were still warm to the touch. Today there are no longer farmers who work the land but the passion for the countryside is still alive: the owners are working hard to maintain the garden, the orchard, the young olive grove and the vegetable garden, all strictly organic!

Over the years, the house has undergone few structural changes other than a few additional bathrooms. The ground floor has seven French doors that are always wide open, inviting you to move freely between the living room and the pebble garden where chaise lounge and two dining tables allow you to fully enjoy the summer months and beyond. Going up the two flights of stone stairs, you reach the first and second floors with the bedrooms, all with precious marbled terracotta floors typical of Lake Como and many of which offer a magnificent view of the city of Como, the first basin of Lake, the hill of Brunate and the lone Montorfano which translated means Mount Orphan. The four rooms of the B & B are on the second and most beautiful floor offering the best views!

The garden around the house has an impressive collection of century old camellias, azaleas, roses and osmanthus. Close to the pavilion covered by a huge lilac wisteria above a small fountain, a gate opens up on to the rustic garden consists of large bluffs bordered by fruit trees, a young olive grove and flowering shrubs depending on the season. A long pergola covered with grapevines leads to the viewpoint “al bersò” , a small pavilion with wrought iron and stone table and seats from which to admire the branch of Lake Como and Cernobbio unwinding from Blevio and Cernobbio to Torno and beyond surrounded by the Pre-Alps which in the winter and spring months are cloaked in snow.

The Atmosphere

Place of delights : Villa Adelaide, more familiarly known as “Cardano”, is a house full of happy memories, where generations after generations of children , adolescents and adults , have spent their summers among relatives and friends visiting for a lunch in the garden, for a short stay, for a party or a special occasion, a debut, a wedding. Cardano has been a joyful witness of the sequence of family events.

In 2013 we opened the B&B Villa Adelaide with the desire to maintain the special spirit of Cardano and to share with guests who want to explore Lake Como and get to know the region, while enjoying the atmosphere of a private home and its romantic history. For the comfort of our guests, four double rooms at the bed and breakfast have been renovated and equipped with wifi, maintaining the original furnishings: the beautiful headboards from the 1800s in walnut have the added comfort of new beds and mattresses: single 90x200mt and double 180x200mt. The bathrooms with shower are adjacent to the rooms , and are all new. From the comments of our guests we can say that we have reached our goal: peaceful sleep , cosy atmosphere and our more than welcome hospitality.

Villa Adelaide is one of the best b&b Como, the right solution for your romantic or business accomodation in Lake Como, Italy. For your Lake Como holidays try our luxury, “de charme” hospitality…

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