History

Vomero is a Grade II listed building, built as a gentleman's residence in the early 19th century, Vomero was named after the hill that overlooks the Bay of Naples.

It's architecture is in the Italian style with imposing Doric columns at the garden entrance and a balustrade balcony on the first floor. Stained glass windows and a wide staircase create a grand atmosphere in the entrance hall.

Isambard Kingdom BrunelThe property has been occupied by a number of famous guests, including Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who stayed here with his family in 1848. In 2009 the Torbay Civic Society recognised this by awarding Vomero a Blue Plaque, symbolising historical significance.

Brunel was famous as the engineer who built numerous bridges and viaducts in Devon and Cornwall, the Penzance to Paddington railway (Great Western Railway), the SS Great Britain and the Brunel Viaduct at Broadsands, Paignton.

The Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife occupied the property after Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935 under Mussolini.

Country LifeThe property was featured in a Country Life magazine and is mentioned in several books on local history and more recently in 'Brunel's Hidden Kingdom' by Geoffrey Tudor