Venise, Vénétie, Italie
Restored by masters and polished to perfection, an outstanding first ‘piano nobile’ in one of the most impressive Grand Canal palazzi in the entire city, offering exceptional levels of style, service and luxury coupled with breathtaking Grand Canal views stretching from the ‘volta del canal’ at Ca’ Foscari to the Accademia Bridge and beyond.
Located in the Dorsoduro area in a wonderfully commanding position opposite Francois Pinault’s Palazzo Grassi Museum of Modern Art and between the Accademia Bridge/Academy of Fine Arts and the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum of 18th Century Art, the apartment lies within the glorious family-owned 15th Century Gothic ‘Palazzo Loredan Dell’Ambasciatore’, the birthplace of not one, but two ancient Doges of Venice – Leonardo Loredan (1501-21) and Francesco Loredan (1752-62).
After sitting patiently in wait for the completion of a meticulous two year restoration which skillfully recaptures all of its original splendour, this once hushed space once more rings aloud with the happy chatter of delighted guests captivated by its very special ambience, exquisite décor, unparalleled comforts and fine sense of history.
Offering memorable accommodation for up to nine guests, Ca’ Cerchieri Piano Nobile Nuovo is on the first floor and has a Grand Canal water entrance for smooth as silk arrivals, departures and sightseeing trips by water taxi.
Furnishings throughout are a much-loved miscellany of 17th-19th Century family antiques intelligently integrated alongside modern and classic pieces and decorative features, many of them specially designed for the palazzo by the highly respected Florentine company ‘Archflorence’ (experts with impeccable credentials, whose work graces some of Italy’s finest properties). Sofas crafted by Florentine artisans are upholstered using traditional Venetian cloths while the description of room finishes reads like a Who’s Who of the very best in international interior design in which gorgeous Zoffany and Brunschwig wallpapers rub shoulders with sumptuous Fortuny fabrics and Farrow & Ball paints.
On entering the fully air-conditioned apartment, guests arrive at the capacious light-filled space of the formal ‘salone’ where Venetian terrazzo flooring and the lofty beamed ceiling provide a fabulously jaw-dropping framework to intricate 18th Century gilded wall sconces , twinkling Murano chandeliers hung high from above and one of the most priceless features of the piano nobile, if not the entire palazzo – the stunning fairy tale Venetian Gothic windows opening directly onto a long marble balcony overlooking the Grand Canal. Come play Doge of all you survey…
o the right of the salone and also overlooking the Grand Canal sits a regal yet comfy and tall ceilinged sitting room bedecked in antiques and rich golden fabrics and where 18th Century Venetian mirrors in gold leaf (a fashion of that bygone age and crafted by one of a select number of ‘Lacador’ artisans) sit beside plump teal blue velvet-soft sofas and two intriguing collections – one of antique wax seal stamps sourced at auction in London and the other a cherished family treasury of silver boxes from Russia and China, all cleverly displayed within a handmade Roman crystal glass table.
To the left of the salone sits the main dining room also fronting the Grand Canal – a vision of Venetian poise and elegance where the formal table for twelve, perfectly attired in custom-made Chiarastella Cattana linens, requests the pleasure of your company within the rich deep red walls hung with graceful gilded sconces and a ‘capriccio’ of carved wooden Roman churches collected during family travels to Marrakech.
The breakfast room beyond seats eight and is perfect for more informal dining and light snacks during your stay, while adjoining it lies the beautifully designed deluxe contemporary style kitchen where bespoke brushed oak units, smart matt black marble work surfaces plus a central free-standing wooden butcher’s block sit alongside a major new discovery within the palazzo – an original 15th Century fireplace lain hidden for centuries and uncovered to the delight of all during the recent restoration (an amazing find now protected and displayed for posterity behind a transparent screen). There’s a professional Viking double oven with 8 gas burner hob for aspiring chefs (or, should you wish, our own in-house chef ), an American style fridge freezer with ice machine for keeping those cocktails nicely chilled, as well as further appliances by Miele.
At the rear of the piano nobile lies a further sitting room overlooking the lush and leafy west-facing garden (a grassy inner-sanctum in a watery Venice) and a classic, cosy and familiar counterpoint to the impressive formal salone.
one side lies the double master bedroom with a romantic four poster king size bed in a soothing blend of soft Wedgewood blues and milky whites with ruby red and velvet button back chaise-longue and its own luxurious bathroom with bathtub and shower over.
And to the other, the equally lovely second double bedroom in a fanciful bird and blossom print with a tester style king size bed and an en-suite luxury bathroom with shower.
Calm, welcoming and supremely relaxing, both bedrooms also overlook the garden.
To the centre of the apartment are two further bedrooms – a double and a twin. The first, understated and gorgeous in delicate dusky pinks and ivories with a king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with beautifully tiled shower, and the second, a Marco Polo fantasy of oriental Toile de Jouy, objet d’art and Chinese blues and lacquer reds in which two single canopied beds sit beneath a pretty vaulted ceiling and off which is a ‘secret’ corridor leading to its own private luxury bathroom with twin sinks, bathtub with shower over.
Near the kitchen is a further bathroom with shower while completing the accommodation (and accessed via a staircase from the kitchen) is a self-contained mezzanine suite – simply furnished with a single bed and with a separate spacious bathroom with shower. All bathrooms are fitted with soft lights, quality fittings and white Egyptian stone and feature deluxe Cattana bathroom linen, luxury soaps and excellent water pressure.
Daily maid service and 24hr butler service on request.
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