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Sprawling Lake Como mansion that was once Winston Churchill's choice holiday destination and has its own network of catacombs leading to private marina goes under the hammer for £17.4million

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a tree in front of Hildene: The main building boasts nine bedrooms and is built on top of a network of catacombs and tunnels which provide a secret route to the private marina as well as Lake Como. The site was once a favourite of Winston Churchill as well as French leader Napoleon Bonaparte  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The main building boasts nine bedrooms and is built on top of a network of catacombs and tunnels which provide a secret route to the private marina as well as Lake Como. The site was once a favourite of Winston Churchill as well as French leader Napoleon Bonaparte  This stunning Italian lakeside home - which was once one Winston Churchill's favourite holiday haunts - is now on the market for £17.4million.

a large pool of water: As well as a swimming pool, the development boasts 11 working water fountains and its very own six-bedroom villa to complement the main building  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited As well as a swimming pool, the development boasts 11 working water fountains and its very own six-bedroom villa to complement the main building  The Lake Como property was previously a destination of choice for French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte and now boasts neighbours including George Clooney.

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a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: The lavish surroundings are befitting for a neighbourhood that boasts actor George Clooney among its residents and the site is built on land owned by Pope Innocent XI © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The lavish surroundings are befitting for a neighbourhood that boasts actor George Clooney among its residents and the site is built on land owned by Pope Innocent XI As well as a nine-bedroom house, the site comes with a six-bedroom villa and beautiful gardens with 11 water fountains.

a bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room: This is just one of the nine bedrooms contained in the main building, which is a mansion that has served as a place of relaxation for historic world leaders  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This is just one of the nine bedrooms contained in the main building, which is a mansion that has served as a place of relaxation for historic world leaders  Beneath the main property are 11,000 square feet of catacombs and tunnels that provide a secret route to the nearby private marina as well as Lake Como. 

a room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Devotional art hangs aside classical interior design as the property and surrounding grounds go under the hammer with a reserve of £17.4million © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Devotional art hangs aside classical interior design as the property and surrounding grounds go under the hammer with a reserve of £17.4million Built on land owned by Pope Innocent XI, the mansion is flanked by a swimming pool and the development also features a 200-year-old greenhouse.

a close up of a brick building: A secret network of tunnels will lead the lucky buyer to a private marina as well as the beautiful Lake Como as the the site goes up for auction at the end of the month  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A secret network of tunnels will lead the lucky buyer to a private marina as well as the beautiful Lake Como as the the site goes up for auction at the end of the month  Villa Passalacqua is currently owned by banker James Cantrell but will go under the hammer with Concierge Auctions on October 30.

a large brick building with green grass in front of a house: The lakeside home - which is known as Villa Passalacqua - also has an adjoining villa (pictured) which has six bedrooms of its own © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The lakeside home - which is known as Villa Passalacqua - also has an adjoining villa (pictured) which has six bedrooms of its own The firm's European adviser, Charlie Smith, said the lot presents a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a piece of history'.

a room with a table and chairs: This games room provides the perfect place for entertaining guests once they're done with Lake Como, the private marina and swimming pool  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This games room provides the perfect place for entertaining guests once they're done with Lake Como, the private marina and swimming pool  Count Andrea-Luccini Passalacqua commisioned the stately manor, which was built by Swiss architect Delice Soave and designer Giocondo Albertolli in the early 1800s. 

a room with a sink and a mirror: Vintage fittings are visible throughout the property, which was built in the early 1800s by Swiss architect Felice Soave and designer Giocondo Albertolli 

Vintage fittings are visible throughout the property, which was built in the early 1800s by Swiss architect Felice Soave and designer Giocondo Albertolli 
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited


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