Own a Slice of Italian Art History on Lakes Maggiore

Standing tall, above the breath taking views of Lake Maggiore is a triumphant home once owned by Milanese entrepreneur, Dino Cardarelli. As the economic life boomed between the First and Second World War, young men like Dino were shaping the business industry in Italy, sharing ideas and building on strong relationships.

But it was away from bustling working life, on a trip with friends in 1925, where Dino first came to visit the town of Premeno on the western shore of one of Italy’s largest lakes. Like many of the wealthy businessmen and artists that converged there before him, he was so taken back by the backdrop Lake Maggiore presented that he set to it, finding a unique spot on top of a hill to build his home that would blend nature with award-winning architecture and plenty of artistic licence.

Villa Cardarelli was completed in 1930, spanning 1,200 sq. m over four floors, and with 21 rooms it was Dino’s castle that could offer privacy and tranquillity, surrounded by centenary-old parklands and ancient trees. He leveraged the support of Italian architect, Barbieri, an Applied Architect of the Ministry of the Royal Household, along with specialist wood and stone builders.

The drive through to the main property includes plenty of land, some 10 hectares, and a selection of cottages. Its large entrance with far-reaching lake views open up into a dining room and kitchen, with access to a cellar. On floors above, seven bedrooms all have access to the views of the water, with large ornate windows and intricate wood balconies. Up to the attic room there is a library, a place for reflection for any entrepreneur, offering panoramic views of the tree tops and down to Premeno, from its floor to ceiling windows that. Inside the villa many historic details still remain intact including iron balustrades, high ceilings and original radiators and fireplaces.

The creative talent continues on the exterior walls of Villa Cardarelli, where Dino invited many artists such as Carlo Fornara and Serge Belloni to contribute their own high value paintings. Among them includes ‘Madonna of Births in fresco’ by Italian painter and sculptor, Ferruccio Ferrazzi that remains intact on the building today.

The property includes its own pathways leading up to the large parkland that surrounds it offering a bounty of views across the quaint town of Premeno and out across Lake Maggiore that offers captivating views be it at dawn or dusk. The property is now for sale through Italy Sotheby’s International Realty. Price on application.


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