Villa Gargnano is a stately home on the western bank of Lake Garda, in the vicinity of cities of great artistic interest such as Verona, Milan and Venice. This private parkland looking over the lake is noteworthy for its old lemon-houses, magnolias, cypress trees, olive groves and Italianate gardens. Guests can relax and play in the swimming pool, where home-made ice creams are also served, or perhaps just take it easy and enjoy the afternoon breeze, and a good book, on the private landing stage. You may also decide to board our launch, Riva, for an excursion to the various lakeside sights of interest. Guests at Villa Gargnano have many treats in store for them. The family commissioned the villa in 1892 as a retreat providing an escape from the heat of the summer in Milan.
It was constructed in the neo-Gothic style by architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgioioso. The decor of this summer retreat includes fine wood panelling, wood inlay ceilings, stained glass windows and delicate frescoes. Villa Gargnano was restored in 1997 and transformed into a deluxe hotel by the famous hotelier, Bob Burns, the founder of Regent International Hotel. Guests seeking respite from the hectic rhythm of today's life can now enjoy the timeless charm of the location and premises of Villa Gargnano. The restoration work was conducted in a manner in keeping with the original structure, fully conserving the refined elegance of the interiors and highlighting the crafted decor work. Villa Gargnano is timeless, like the stupendous craftsmanship we find in the decor. A timelessness reflected also in the homely welcoming atmosphere that one might expect, like in a private home.
It's a joy just to wander through the rooms, admiring the antique Venetian mirrors, the marble stairways and many, many other details attesting to the grandeur of an age gone by. An age re-evoked, however, also in the courtesy of the staff, and the attention they pay to your every need.The villa stands amid fabulous gardens. The guests shall delight in the marvels of this natural setting, the fragrance of citrus fruits and the many spring flowers and tree-lined avenues. They may wish to play croquet just a few yards away from the lake, under the shade of magnolias and cypresses, or dine on board the Contessa. The location can accommodate up to 40 people for small intimate weddings.