Elegant understated luxury Villa sleeps 10. 5 Bedrooms. 5 Baths, AC & Pool
Gretchen Romig Crosti
- english, french, italian
About Gretchen Romig Crosti
I grew up in Kansas and met Luigi when the bank I worked for transferred me to Milan. The home has been in Luigi's family for generations. We used it a lot when our children were young but now that they are living abroad we are pleased that others might share and enjoy this beautiful place. I love to cook and both Luigi and I enjoy sharing meals with friends, so when we decided to refurbish the kitchen, we joined 3 smaller spaces into one large gourmet kitchen and informal dining space, with plenty of space for sous-chefs and conversation groups, and all the utensils needed to facilitate a great meal. Over the years the house has been used for innumerable family gatherings, musical evenings, holiday parties, charity tea parties and family weddings. We love having the opportunity to share the beauty of Poggio Verde with our three children, all of our extended families and with friends.
Gretchen Romig Crosti purchased this Villa in 1897
Why Gretchen Romig Crosti chose Barzanò
With a deed dated November 1897, our great uncle Carlo Bondonio became the owner of Poggio Verde 'Green Hill', an 8-hectare property consisting of a farmhouse, a house with a barn, and a country house. The date of construction of the country house is uncertain but parts of the old farmhouse likely date from the 1500s. Photos from the early 1900s show that Poggio Verde was similar to its current appearance, but surrounded by oak forests and with a few cultivated fields. At the beginning of 1900, uncle Carlo built two farmsteads for dairy cows and pigs. Milk and butter were produced under the Bondonio brand as well as silk cocoons and wine. Uncle Carlo also installed two cannons. They fired when there was risk of hail and neighboring counties replied with the sound of bells. Any narrow escape was celebrated with copious libations. When uncle Carlo died in 1936 his daughter Fanny inherited Poggio Verde. She used to spend summers here where her husband, Gabriele Santini, director of the Opera of Rome, prepared his concerts playing the 1905 Schiedmeier piano still in our living room. Many artists visited Poggio Verde, including Arturo Toscanini. But with the outbreak of the war, Fanny took the decision to sell. Poggio Verde was then purchased in 1941 by her cousin and our grandfather Luigi, who had spent wonderful periods of his childhood in Poggio Verde. When the World War II bombing began, the family moved to Poggio Verde. Here domestic life was quiet; farmers cultivated the land, kept cows, chickens, turkeys, geese, silkworms and made wine in the Tinera. With the end of the war began the great transformation of Poggio Verde. A garden, a stone porch and an Italian garden were built. In the porch, grandfather Luigi, a passionate Latin scholar, had two stone plaques placed with quotes from Horace’s Satires. Like Horace, grandfather Luigi saw in Poggio Verde the fulfillment of his dreams and the hope of a peaceful old age among his affectionate family, friends and books.
What makes this Villa unique
Less than an hour from Milan yet immersed on a quiet green hill, this 18th c. villa gives visitors the pleasure of enjoying all the riches of the northern Italian countryside and cuisine, including a Michelin starred restaurant and several micro farm producers in the neighbourhood, with a kitchen that just invites experimentation and a stunning outdoor dining space, while at the same time giving easy access to the myriad of cultural riches of Milan and the cities of Bergamo, Lecco and Como, just to name a few. Biking along the Adda river in a charming state park is just 30 minutes away, the same distance as one of Italy's top golf courses where the Italian Open will be held in 2015. Mountain climbers need drive only 40 minutes to reach the Italian Alps, and a luxury Spa treatment is merely 10 minutes away. Monza's royal treasure, including the iron crown with which Napoleone famously crowned himself, is right in our neighbourhood. And of course, you can simply stay home and enjoy our lovely park, challenge fellow travellers to croquet or badminton or enjoy a book in the cozy Roccolo surrounded by trees. Indoors there is an excellent grand piano that was played by Toscanini, a Bose large-screen home cinema and several quiet spots to take a book. The house features air conditioning, high-speed internet throughout and an elevator.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We and all of our guests were totally impressed with the Villa itself. And even more so with thevhelpfulness and responsiveness of the owner. Our friends were so thrilled that they will tecvomend it to theorvfriends
We had a superb holiday, Gretchen a wonderful host and the place is calm and well organised. Highly recommend.
Dear John it was really great having over guests who appreciate our area and home. You are and your family are most welcome to come back any time! Warm wishes. Gretchen
Gorgeous estate, convenient location
We highly recommend staying at Poggio Verde. The home is spacious and beautiful, with every amenity we needed for a restful stay. The secluded hilltop setting offered a stunning view of the surrounding area, a large private patio, grill, and gazebo, and a large pool. We did our grocery shopping in the town 5 minutes away and went out for gelato to two different shops in nearby towns. We ventured out during the days about one hour in every direction for hikes, lakes, “canyoning”, castles, and Milan, not to mention the beautiful drives along the way. Gretchen and her staff were so attentive and personal, offering tips and suggestions for every aspect of our stay.
Thank you Jim, it was a pleasure to have you and your family with us. I’m very happy you all took such advantage of all the interesting things to see and do around us, and thank you for checking out the canyoning, giving us the chance to recommend it to other guests.
Warm wishes and hope to welcome you back one day.
Exceptional house on a very beautiful location
Ideal location to visit Milan, Bergamo, Lake Como - Bellagio, Lago Maggiore Borromean Islands. Very friendly welcome. View from the house over the valley is fantastic, exceptional garden with swimming pool. Very quiet area. Very beautiful rooms, all with their own bathroom.
Thank you Jos it was great to have you and your group with us! We would love to have you come again. Gretchen
Amazing Italian Villa!
Highly recommend staying at this villa! The property and house exceeded all of my expectations (which are high) and Gretchen was beyond helpful with reservations at local restaurants (all of which were amazing), private chefs and car service. The grounds of the property are beautiful (even better than the pictures show), the house is historical but also with updated amenities and the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen were all excellent. I would come back to stay again and plan to next year with my family. Highly, highly recommended!
Elegance in Italy
Poggio Verde is an utterly charming residence, furnished in classical Italian style, set in stunning parkland and with views as far as the snow-capped alps. There are wonderful restaurants, patisseries, farm shops and wine makers nearby. But with three dining rooms and a fully equipped kitchen, barbecue and loggia you will have to tear yourself away to try all these things. Gretchen is a wonderful host, full of information about what to do in the area - a thoughtful and warm welcome awaits. There is a huge shared pool, and family live on the estate so you aoon find yourself swept up into a real-life Italian dream. We were blown away. Thank you.
Nicola, we thoroughly enjoyed having you and your gracious family and friends at Poggio Verde and it was great that you took advantage of what we had to offer right at home.
You are your family are welcome you back any time!
This lovely Italian country villa is ideally located for visitors wishing to explore northern Italy, from fashionable Milan just 50 minutes to the south to the parks and lakes in the foothills of the Alps just minutes to the north. The home and surrounding park is located in Barzanò, 20 minutes (12 km) south of Lago di Pusiano, a great favorite of fishing fans and naturalists. This pretty, largely undiscovered lake is protected as it is located inside the Parco Naturale della Valle del Lambro, visible in the distance from one of the terraces of the house.
The drive to Milan is 50 minutes and to the Lago di Como in Lecco 30. When our guests go to Milan, we do recommend that they drive 20 minutes to the Cernusco Merate train station and then take the 30-minute train ride into Milan where they will arrive at the Garibaldi station, right next to all the shops and attractions in the Corso Como area.
The other alternative for travelling to Milan is just to drive to Cascina Gobba parking lot, right next to the Green Metro line, Cascina Gobba stop, and then get into Milan with the underground. Once you are on the green metro line you can get anywhere: take it to the central station and switch to the yellow line to get to the Duomo. The Cascina Gobba parking lot is just off the highway Tangenziale EST (the exit indicates this name) and you will have to pay a toll (pedaggio) of €1,80. You can pay by credit card but be sure to get into the line that let's you use your card. Don't get into the line for "telepass".
We are located right on the edge of another beautiful but little known Regional Park, Parco Regionale di Montevecchia e della Valle del Curone and the adorable hill town of Montevecchia favorites of photographers, mountain bikers, hikers and mushroom-gatherers.
For gourmet food lovers, there is a large gourmet kitchen and the home is within walking distance of the one-star Michelin restaurant Pierino in Viganò.