The exclusive 16th-century Villa F offers 11 self-contained luxurious suites in what was once one of Venice’s chicest addresses and […]

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The exclusive 16th-century Villa F offers 11 self-contained luxurious 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 decorated with impeccable style, creating a world class residence of understated luxury beyond anything else in Venice.

Villa F is location on Giudecca Island, known as “the Soho of the Lagoon”, a well kept secret frequented by artists and those in the know. It provides a welcome escape away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds swarming Venice, all the while remaining a short trip to the city’s centre for shopping, restaurants, and museums. It is facing San Marco and thus offers exceptional views of it as well as the famous square and the Santa Maria della Salute church. These are 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 the sister Bauer Hotels at San Marco. The Villa’s conciergerie can also organise custom water transfers to and from the airport as well as tours to other islands of 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 in the family of Ms. Bortolotto Possati, a native Venetian and director of the Save Venice Foundation. This 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 like wall frescoes and Italian and Venetian ‘Terrazzo’ floors while adding in 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 varies in size. For example the larger Residenza F has two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, large closets, a powder room and a living room with eight north-facing windows featuring stunning views of San Marco and eight more facing south onto the garden. It also has a custom designed kitchen and pantry room. Another two bedroom, the Residenza Acqua Marina 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 whereas the 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 which have a beautiful meditation pool. They also have access to the facilities of the nearby Palladio Hotel & Spa, access to the De Pisis Restaurant at the Bauer Palazzo Hotel.

Villa F has transitioned gracefully from the home of a number of Venetian noble families to a new concept in Venetian hospitality, catering to sophisticated, modern travelers who wish to experience Venice as a local.

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