A 17th-century Villa in Franciacorta
The mansion is a seventeenth-century stately villa immersed deep in the countryside. It is located in Erbusco, close to the Milan-Venice motorway between Lake Iseo and Lake Garda and is positioned right in the heart of the Franciacorta vineyards with their renowned wineries (Ca' del Bosco, Bellavista, to name but a few). Neighbouring art-filled cities such as Bergamo, Brescia, Parma, Piacenza, Verona, Mantua, Padua and Venice are easily accessible from the Palazzo. The Villa is accessed through a private gate that leads to a large open space, bordered by flower beds of hydrangeas and roses in front of the porch of the house, which has a panoramic view right over the estate’s vineyard. The private swimming pool (15m x 7m long) is located in the rear grounds of the villa, which is arranged on three floors. On the first floor, overlooking the porch and the back garden, there is a spacious living room, a library, two adjoining dining rooms and two living rooms/studies. The rooms are decorated with antique furniture, bookcases and a piano, and all have large fireplaces. Completing this ground floor is a capacious kitchen containing a wide variety of crockery, pots and pans, cutlery, glasses and appliances, including a dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker and everything guests who are staying at the home may need to prepare their meals. Last but not least, there is also a laundry room fully equipped with a washing machine, iron and ironing board, and a service bedroom with its own bathroom.
The sleeping area, consisting of three double bedrooms and two twins, is located on the first floor of the Villa. Two of these five bedrooms have a connecting living room with an additional sofa bed, making a total of 12 beds in all. There are four bathrooms, which are accessed from the corridors. On the floor above there are four more bedrooms and two bathrooms, for a total of eight extra beds. A plentiful supply of bedlinen and towels is provided in every room. Palazzo Milesi is an ideal venue for both vacation stays (bookings for a minimum of one week) and business travellers (stays for no less than three nights). The Villa, which the original owners still periodically inhabit, is not available between May 15 and July 31, and from September 15 until October 31.
Wine Cellar and Vineyard
In addition to the estate vineyard, the residence also boasts historical wineries where the Milesi family has produced and conserved their signature Franciacorta brut sparkling wine throughout the generations. Unembellished and linear, it is characterised by three short staircases in sandstone and moraine pebbles, leading to the portico, delineated by three fornixes with lowered arches and Tuscan columns.
The History (of Palazzo Milesi)
The main facade of the building, facing South towards the large basin of Mount Orfano, opens onto the entrance courtyard. The façade is unembellished and linear, enhanced by three short stairways in sandstone and morainic pebbles which lead into a portico delineated by three fornices with lowered arches and Tuscan columns. The complex compositional layout of the building suggests that restoration work was probably carried out several times during the course of the centuries.
The building is characterised by a severity of lines and a simplicity of layout which give the property a tone of elegant austerity typical of the Lombard patrons of the time, together with the decorative and aesthetically pleasing use of Sarnico grey stone for the façades, which is so distinctive of the architecture to be found in the areas around Lake Iseo. The entrance portico leads to vaulted rooms, which have preserved their original 17th-century structure and imposing fireplaces. The wooden structure of the attic is also excellently preserved and protected.