Lombardy’s opulent Villa Berla is for sale for €2.75m

Romantic interiors await

Baroque drama imbues the rooms of Lombardy’s Villa Berla which has been expertly restored by creative dream-team Enrico Caminoli and Marta Nowicka and is now for sale for €2.75m.

The 16th-century mansion is located an hour outside of Milan, next to the town of Azzate, and is named for its previous owner, Riccardo Berla – director of the Olivetti company. This region of Northern Italy has experienced a resurgence of interest, piqued by films such as Call Me By Your Name, which offered a window into the region’s unique heritage of industrial and country living.

Villa Berla is a patchwork of this culture, wrapped around a U-shaped courtyard as a series of interconnected buildings. Carminoli and Nowicka have reorganised its floorplan for modern living, to create a five-bedroom main home and a smaller rental apartment which is available to rent from Norwicka’s Dom Stay & Live.

Norwicka took a light decorating and styling the interiors as to blur the line between eras and keep the emphasis on the villa's original selling points
Photography: Voytek Ketz

Pared-back interiors let original 16th-century features – restored, reinstated and full of character – take on a starring role. These include intricate, colourful gilded frescoes, coffered wooden ceilings, windows and colossal stone fireplaces.

The Lombardy property is for sale via Broker Immobiliare Srl, with the potential to earn its keep as a holiday let. Interested parties can ‘try before you buy’ and book a stay at the villa, which is available from £250 a night.

Baroque friezes play a starring role in the new interiors
Photography: Voytek Ketz
Vilal Berle's dining room featured painted ceilings and walls friezes as well as a restored marble and stone fireplace
Photography: Voytek Ketz
The living room features one of many large stone fireplaces which have been restored as part of the building's renovations
Photography & styling: DOM Stay & Live
Bedrooms feature coffered timber ceilings and tiled floors. Furnishing are an eclectic mix of period and modernist pieces than span many eras
Photography & styling: DOM Stay & Live
Villa Berla lets guests experience Baroque style in all its glory
Photography & styling: DOM Stay & Live
Villa Berla's gardens and outdoor terrace
Photography & styling: DOM Stay & Live

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