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The exclusive 16th-century Villa F offers eleven luxurious self-contained suites in what was once one of Venice’s chicest addresses and […]

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The exclusive 16th-century Villa F offers eleven luxurious self-contained suites in what was once one of Venice’s chicest addresses and served as a residence to a number of noble Italian families. The abandoned regal property has recently been completely renovated and redecorated with impeccable style, creating a world-class residence of understated luxury greater than anywhere else in Venice.

Villa F can be found on peaceful Giudecca Island, known as “the Soho of the Lagoon“, a well-kept secret adored by artists and those in the know. It provides a welcome escape away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds that swarm through Venice, although it is just a short trip to the city’s centre for sensational speciality produce and seafood restaurants, browsing the showrooms of local artisans, and must-see museums. Villa F faces San Marco and thus offers exceptional views of iconic sights including St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, as well as St. Mark’s Square and the Santa Maria della Salute. This iconic Venetian architecture is within easy reach thanks to Villa F’s private shuttle boat service, available daily, around the clock, for guests departing from its dock to all sister Bauer Hotels in San Marco. The Villa’s concierge can also arrange custom water transfers to and from the airport, as well as tours to other islands in the lagoon.

The historic property itself was extremely popular in the early part of the 20th century when it was an upscale pensione. During that era, the pensione catered to an eclectic clientele of painters, writers, and actors such as Gabriele D’Annunzio, Eleonora Duse, and Mabel Holland. It has been passed down through the family of Francesca Bortolotto Possati, a native Venetian and director of the Save Venice Foundation. Francesca’s position as an important advocate to preserve the cultural and historical livelihood of Venice compelled her to revive the formerly neglected family property.

After many years of careful restoration, the Villa F opened in February 2011 as is part of the Bauer Hotel group. Astute attention was paid to maintaining the palazzo’s original historic details, especially wall frescoes and Italian and Venetian ‘Terrazzo’ floors while incorporating contemporary luxuries, including bespoke pure linen and silk fabrics by Rubelli, Donghia & Jesurum, and kitchens equipped with wine cabinets by Brummel.

Each of the 11 residences is unique and they all vary in size. For example, the larger Residenza F has two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, large closets, a powder room. Eight north-facing windows in the living room present stunning views of San Marco and eight more face south, onto the sprawling garden. It also has a custom designed kitchen and pantry room. The Residenza Acqua Marina, another two bedroom suite, features a cosy living-room with a veranda, working fireplace, full kitchen and garden access. The smaller Residenza Turchese is a one bedroom residence with an en-suite bathroom and a living room with a dry bar cabinet and garden views. And Residenza Opale is a large one-bedroom studio with a working fireplace and wet bar cabinet.

All guests can enjoy the expansive three-acre gardens, in which nestles a secluded meditation pool, a rare find in Venice. Guests also have access to the facilities of the nearby Palladio Hotel & Spa and the De Pisis Restaurant at the Bauer Palazzo Hotel.

Villa F has transitioned gracefully from being home to a number of Venetian noble families to a completely new concept in Venetian hospitality, catering to sophisticated, modern travellers who wish to experience Venice as a local whilst staying in absolute luxury. 

 

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