The Villa (Japanese: べっそうVilla) is a home owned by the player exclusively in Pokémon Platinum, located in the Resort Area of the Battle Zone. When the player arrives in the Resort Area, the villa is given to the player by its previous owner. The player can then purchase items from a catalog on the table. Certain NPCs, such as Gym Leaders, the rival, Professor Rowan, Rowan's assistant (Dawn/Lucas), and the player's mom, will visit the house from the time to time. While the visitor is chosen at random on each day, the purchase of some decorations will replace the current visitor with a predetermined character.
It is hinted in the game, and stated in Pokémon Adventures, that the Villa was originally owned by Steven Stone. While the game has him freely give it to a random Trainer who then passes it on to the player, in Adventures he instead goes through a real estate agent, through which Platinum buys it.
NPCs may arrive at the Villa in one of three ways: they will stand outside until the player invites them in; they will already be inside when the player enters; or they will suddenly enter once the player walks along the left side of the table. On some days no NPCs will appear at all.
"Hm! I happened to be in the area on a small errand. I'd like to take a rest if you'd allow it."
Yes: "Hm! I appreciate your hospitality."
No: "Hmm... Do you have something to hide?"
"Hm! How are things going for you lately? Even if you manage to see every kind of Pokémon, that's not the end. It would be impossible to know all about them based on sightings alone. There's much to be learned from traveling with Pokémon."
"Hm! You seem well. Incidentally, did you know there are some Pokémon that evolve only at specific locations? For example, several Pokémon evolve by leveling up in Mt. Coronet. The variations of evolution... How many could there be?"
"Hm! You seem well. Incidentally, did you know there are some Pokémon that require the use of specific items to evolve? Magmar and Electabuzz are examples of such Pokémon. I never imagined that there would be new patterns of evolution. The variations of evolution... How many could there be?"
"Hm! You look well. It's commonly accepted that Pokémon evolve to grow more powerful. There must be other reasons than that. I would like to know during my lifetime."
"Hmm... This place feels like the home I shared with a friend long ago. It has the same sort of atmosphere."
"Guhahahaha! How's your Villa? Can you give me a tour?"
Yes: "All right! Let's have a look, then!"
No: "Well! How cold can you be?"
"Gwahahahaha! I spent a long time living on Iron Island. A place this fancy, I feel a little out of place. Don't get me wrong, it's a great place. It's nothing like my son's!"
"Well... I have to admit I'm not very interested in furniture and the like. My interests run more to things like digging tools, obviously. The shapes of Pokémon fangs and claws are interesting, too."
"Digging underneath Iron Island was a good time in my life. Working alongside Pokémon constantly for iron ore... But that's all in the past. The young people today should find their own paths to happiness."
"Roark is still a boy, but at the same time, he's a man in his own right. That's why our opinions clash at times, and why we break out in battle. Gwahahaha! You weren't supposed to hear that! Forget I said it!"
"You're acquainted with a fellow named Riley, aren't you? He's a mystifying sort, that one. I have no idea how old he is, to tell you the truth."
Flint: Hey, you! You used my prize money to buy this furniture, didn't you? So, I've got a right to lounge here, am I right? Volkner: My relationship to Flint? There's no love lost, that's for sure.
Flint: Hey, listen you! If that Volkner tries to sell you on Electric-type Pokémon, ignore him! You have to go with Fire-type Pokémon. It's the way of the future! Volkner: When I got my first Gym Badge, I used the move Thunderbolt. Ever since, I've stuck with the Electric type even as I got better. I do it because I don't want to ever forget how happy I was when I won. Incidentally, Flint's fascination with the Fire type is only from his name. Someone told him that a flint is what's used to spark a fire, and that was it.
(They interact as a pair here)
Flint: ...Volkner. Volkner: What? Flint: Let's say I'm in a battle, OK? What if I didn't use my Poké Balls? Instead, I can have my guys come in and out of my Afro to battle. That'd bewilder the other guy, huh? Wouldn't that be hilarious? Volkner: ...Maybe. Don't ruin things for others, though.
Flint: Hmm... Volkner: What's wrong? You're looking serious for a change. Flint: It's this place. You know how drab the League is? Don't you think the place should be more, you know, festive? With more decorations, awards, and things like that? Volkner: Don't start! That will make my Gym stand out less.
Flint: Say, hey, Volkner. What do you say we battle here? Volkner: ...Are you kidding? That's why you Elite Four are called irresponsible. Flint: What, we are? Volkner: Well, at least you are. I tell everyone you're irresponsible.
Maylene & Candice
(They interact as a pair here)
Maylene: What makes a Gym Leader a good one? Candice: Gee, I wouldn't know. That's a tough question. ...Maybe we should ask Gardenia sometime.
Maylene: ...You know those Accessories for Pokémon? Would it be funny if someone were to wear those? Candice: What is it, Maylene? Did you want some Accessories? I'll give you some of my favorites. Maylene: ...! Th-thank you so much!
Maylene: ...Candice? Candice: Yes? Maylene: Oh, sorry, it's nothing! I didn't say anything! Candice: Giggle... I like lounging here.
Maylene: Candice, what does it mean to be strong? Candice: I can't answer that! Let's go look for that answer together. We've got Pokémon and Trainer on our side, after all. Maylene: Yes, please!
Maylene: ...This is delicious! Candice: Then have some more. Maylene: Yes, please. Candice: There's plenty to drink. You're a growing girl!
These NPCs will enter when the player steps on a certain tile left of the table.
"Hey! Rival told me to come. This is some spread you've got here! It's spectacular, yeah! How would I put it now...? It's, uh, spectacular! It is what it is!"
"Mmmmm...! Listen, you! How would you like to decorate these premises with my trophies? No, scrap that thought! How about a wrestling ring?"
"I've been thinking, though. That pal of yours, Rival, and Palmer are father and son all right. I mean, just seeing them, they're hilariously alike. Their overall atmosphere and their mannerisms and such... Seeing them cracks me up."
"...This place here... You don't have a microphone handy? How am I supposed to perform my signature song, I'd like to know? Ah, ah, ah. The ring is my roiling sea. ♪"
"I was meaning to ask you, by the way... You're tuning in to my wrestling matches on TV, aren't you? In wrestling, you always have to be aware of what the other guy's doing. That's the same as Pokémon battling, wouldn't you say? So, what I'm saying is, watch me wrestle if you want to get better at battling!"
"When you are facing a Trainer in a battle, you can learn everything about them. What Pokémon they have. What moves they've taught. What items they make Pokémon hold. There's no need for words then. That's why I'd like you to come see me again at the Pokémon League."
The description of the previous owner in the game is that he was a rich man hailing from the Hoenn region, who gave it away before going home after collecting all of the rare stones in the region. There are two characters from Generation III that match this description: Steven Stone and his father.