Fundraiser: Lake Como is Calling

Home / Fundraiser: Lake Como is Calling

Online auction goes live on December 1st!

Are you looking for a special gift for the holidays? Are you yearning to travel to someplace beautiful? If so, the Bidwell House Museum has a GREAT opportunity for friends to support the Bidwell House while also bidding on a stay in ITALY!

Our friend, Judy Veale, has offered her home on Lake Como, the Penthouse Mansarda, for a week-long stay in 2023.

This beautiful property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a lakefront living and dining room. The apartment takes up the entire 3rd floor of the building and sleeps eight.  Two of the bedrooms have a lake view.

The normal cost to rent this penthouse is $6,375 a week. However, Judy is willing to allow the Museum to sell multiple weeks at a much-discounted price as a part of our fall fundraising activities!

Bidding on this amazing stay in Lake Como will begin at $2,999 for the week. All amounts over $2375 will represent financial support for the Museum.

Recent guests who stayed at the Penthouse Mansarda have raved about their trip!

Museum member Linda Saul-Sena, who stayed there this past summer, says:

Our stay at Sogno Terrazzo, Judy Veale’s villa, was a delight!  We shared the week with our two daughters and their husbands and there was plenty of room and privacy for us all.  The views of Lake Como were gorgeous, and this apartment sported two balconies which allowed us both a coffee spot and a wine-drinking terrace. 

As a historic preservationist, I reveled in the quality of design, materials, and maintenance of this fine, stone building.  When we had dinner at home, we were impressed by how well the villa was stocked with everything we needed to cook and entertain.  We were there in August which allowed us to swim comfortably in Lake Como.  The town of Menaggio was completely walkable and we loved exploring it!

Museum member Maggie Barkin also loved her stay there. Here is what she had to say:

Menaggio is perfectly located, and you can take a ferry from the town of Como up the lake when you arrive in Milan. The town has enough restaurants to enjoy a different one every night and the apartment was steps away from the main square and the waterfront.  There were 6 of us traveling together and we all found many ways to see things that interested each of us. Our host made sure the accommodations were very comfortable and provided plenty of tour books and menus to make our stay easy and varied. Highlights – the Villa del Balbianello, the Vezio Castle and the waterfront in Menaggio which is lively every day.

The penthouse is available for the following dates in 2023, each of which is listed separately in the auction:

April 8-15

May 6-13

June 24-July 1

August 5-12

September 30- October 7

October 28-November 4

Note: the apartment is on the 3rd floor and visitors have to be able to walk up and down two flights of stairs.

The item you are bidding on is a week-long stay at the Penthouse Mansarda. The winning bidder will be responsible for a $175 cleaning fee to be paid at the end of their stay and all other costs (including airfare) are the responsibility of the bidder.