About Us

Stuart and Joanna live in Hertfordshire.  They have three children, Claudia, Gregory and James who are now finishing university and ‘flying from the nest’ but all enjoy special times together at Villa Negri. Stuart is based in central London working as director of planning in the development industry.  Joanna is a freelance television art director working on lifestyle programmes. They also share their home with Daisy the Airedale, who likes to visit Villa Negri on a family holiday most summers, complete with her pet passport!

They bought Villa Negri in 2002 in a poor state of repair and have lovingly restored it to its former glory with the help the best local trade’s people.  Joanna fell in love with Como as a child when visiting with her parents and felt the area was magical. Now having a home for their children and friends to enjoy the beauty and life on the lake is a dream come true. Laglio is one of the prettiest villages on the lake shore and encapsulates everything they wanted from a holiday home with a selection of restaurants, small shops, friendly local people, great food and wine to make every trip complete.

“Buying a beautiful old villa on the lake has been so much more than just a restoration project.  Falling in love with Como as a child when visiting with my parents was magical. Now having a home for our children to enjoy the beauty and life on the lake is a dream come true. We felt Laglio was the prettiest village on the lake shore which encapsulated everything we wanted from a holiday home, friendly local people, great food and wine.  Laglio is one of the prettiest villages on the lake shore with a selection of restaurants and tiny shops to make every trip complete.”