BARNES International Meeting: from Paris the news 2023

Mary Baesso, Patrizia Canali, Angelina Malerba

The BARNES International Meeting took place on Friday 14th October in Paris in an atmosphere of great cooperation.
Mrs. Heidi Barnes received the directors of the venues with a warm virtual hug.

The BARNES International Meeting took place in the beautiful Les pavillons des Etanges.

Thibauld de Saint Vincent, President of BARNES International, presented the excellent results of 2021.
The BARNES Group is confirmed as a major player in the international high-end residential real estate sector.

It has consolidated its expertise in several departments and territories. It offers customised solutions in response to clients’ needs, with a broad vision of the prestige property market.

Thibauld de Saint Vincent shared his enthusiasm for the positive and steady growth situation. In 2021, the volume of commissions collected exceeded EUR 50 million.

Michele Malerba, Mary Baesso, Thibauld de Saint Vincent, Angelina Malerba, Management Partner Ceo di BARNES Como, Patrizia Canale
Michele Malerba, Mary Baesso, Thibauld de Saint Vincent, Angelina Malerba, Management Partner Ceo di BARNES Como, Patrizia Canale

Among the important innovations presented at the BARNES international meeting is the planned expansion into South America. The presence on other continents will also be strengthened.

Particular attention will be given to relations between the American market and our own.
This point will see us playing a leading role because the northern lake areas are of strong appeal to American customers.
From George Clooney onwards, Americans have been testifying and confirming their love for our lake for years.

In a past article, Rick Steves, American TV personality, USA Today journalist and travel expert, explains the Americans’ passion for our lake.

The Lario offers the best mix of accessibility, scenery, sightseeing and relaxation with a heady scent of old aristocratic times. Bellagio also attracts affluent American travellers for its luxury hotels and shops, as do the pastel-coloured houses, villas and parks of Varenna, which become a riot of colour in spring.

Angelina Malerba, Management Partner Ceo di BARNES Como, Thibauld de Saint Vincent, Michele Malerba

Thibauld de Saint Vincent, during the BARNES International Meeting, confirmed that the partnership with the USA will be even more consolidated.
There is also an interesting, as well as welcome, technological novelty.

This novelty does not only concern the operational aspect. It will be the tool to speed up the customer relationship and make it more efficient and functional.

Thanks to a specially developed and designed CRM, the BARNES Group will use a customised management system for storing and processing information and data.
This will streamline the bureaucratic and organisational side. The quality of customer relations will be optimised.
In addition, new BARNES locations will be launched in 2023.

BARNES is redefining the luxury real estate market with a forward-looking vision.
BARNES selects the most exclusive properties and is also gradually specialising in elite ancillary services.
From renovation to legal and tax assistance.
All participants at the BARNES International Meeting greeted the news with great interest and said they were happy to have had this opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ideas.

Some numbers from the BARNES International Meeting in Paris

Available properties

more than 160,000

Potential buyers

more than 39,700


more than 90

Nino’s Crotto and lacustrine dualism.

Crotto del Nino is the epitome of the dualism that characterizes the entire lake landscape, always suspended between nature and urbanization, past and present, ancient and modern. A complex system of opposites that complement each other. A dual soul: as rurality and nobility.

Rural as in the rural imprinting of the Lario, of the bucolic, wild, forested landscape.

Noble as the memory of the ancient mansions, elegant and seductive, which reveal themselves imposingly from the lake or from the opposite shore. And in the case of Crotto del Nino, the opposite shore is that of Cernobbio, that of the prestigious Hotel Villa D’Este.

There are innumerable examples of lake architecture in which the two souls-rural and noble-harmoniously intersect.

One example, full of symbols and history, is the Crotto del Nino.

The name is related to the Rio Nino, which originates on the Larian slopes above Brunate and flows into the Lake.

It was a place of refreshment and gathering in the postwar period, a renowned inn reachable only from the lake.
When the tavern ceased operations due to withdrawal of the license, the owner made it the refuge to devote himself to his passions: fishing, farming and the meditative life.

Today, Crotto del Nino is a home of luxury, synonymous with privacy and modernity.
Already in its location we find a double truth. It is located halfway between Como and Blevio. It is on the lake, in a private location, but it is a nothing from the urban center. It is a place of silence-a contrast when we think of the noisy hubbub of patrons landing there from the Lake or the modern bustle of the Lake.

Crotto del Nino is set in a park, owned by the property, of about 10,000 square meters planted with local vegetation.

When the property was renovated, its original features were preserved. The central block was supplemented with a new construction, clad with split stone. Split stone is the most rustic and rough and is obtained precisely by a mechanical process of separating materials. It is an ancient process-now facilitated by the use of machinery, whereas in the past only a hammer and chisel were used-that, compared to other processes, has less impact on the environment.

Vista lago dalla terrazza

The property has been redesigned and developed to provide the comforts of modernity while retaining the style of lakeside architecture, typically unobtrusive to its surroundings. It offers the possibility of ideal lakefront living without sacrificing the vitality of downtown.

The mansion is equipped with ancillary facilities swimming pool, gymnasium, dock and has the privilege of a private cable car as a means of access from the road.

In addition to being an essential transportation facility, the gondola lift is also a plus for admiring the landscape and having an immersive view on the move, surely one of the most exciting and exclusive on the Lake.

The cable car acts as a separator of places, leading from the mundane to the private, from the public to the private. It leads away from prying eyes, like a conveyor in wonder, and is the only means to reach, from above, enchantment.

The Greenway of Como Lake

With the recent opening of the Regina, the road connecting Como to Chiavenna, and the spring weather, there is a perfect opportunity to spend an afternoon walking around the lake. A pleasant walk immersed in the beautiful natural landscape of Lake Como, lasting about 3 hours and a half and suitable for everyone, which can be covered in full starting from Colonno and arriving in Griante, or in part by choosing to start from one of the stages.

The Greenway, on the western shore of Lake Como, covers a distance of about 10 km, through the villages of Colonno, Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, Lenno, Mezzegra, Tremezzo and Griante, following in parts the ancient Via Regina.

The Greenway route is divided into 7 stages:

1st stage: Colonno to Sala Comacina
Leaving an inhabited stretch, you can admire the beautiful view of the village.
2nd stage: Sala Comacina to Ossuccio
The lake and the mountains in the background are the backdrop to the Comacina Island.
3rd stage: Ossuccio in Lenno
Village Ossuccio, public park with playground and bar, Villa del Balbiano
4th stage: Lenno to Mezzegra
Green areas for picnics, Villa del Balbianello, Lido di Lenno, Boat on the Lake
5th stage: Mezzegra to Tremezzo
From the churchyard of San’Abbondio, a real terrace on the lake and Bellagio.
6th stage: Tremezzo to Griante
Village Tremezzo, Villa “La Quiete”, the botanical garden of Villa Carlotta
7th stage: Griante at the end of the Greenway
Cadenabbia embarkation towards Bellagio and Varenna.

A wonderful opportunity to spend an afternoon with friends.
It is possible to get to one of the stages by car or by public transport.