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Villa of the Month

Villa of the Month

Have a look at Villa Ermelinda near Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Piemonte, or contact Merrion for more information.

"In an area of extraordinary outstanding natural beauty and completely hidden away amidst woods of majestic old oak trees, Villa Conca d’Oro is a truly stylish restored farmhouse with superb views. With its clever contemporary design, Conca d’Oro is ideal for families or groups of friends.."

Tuscany and Umbria, August 2011

"My family and I recently returned from a wonderful two week holiday in Tuscany and Umbria.  We stayed in two different villas that we booked through Merrion Charles.  The holiday was memorable for all the right reasons..."

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About Merrion Charles

“What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago”- Erica Jong

My love affair with Italy and all things Italian began at a young age. I was fortunate to be able to visit several beautiful destinations including Rome, Venice and the Lakes before learning Italian in Florence prior to going to university.

Having worked for many years in the luxury travel industry, organizing every variety of trip to Italy, be it walking tours in Sicily, private villas in Tuscany, ski guiding in the Dolomites or romantic tailor-made honeymoons, I finally came to live here permanently with MoJo, my wonderful Border Terrier companion.

MoJo and I live in my restored farmhouse in the hills of Northern Tuscany and from here we check out every destination I promote.  This is something I think is incredibly important as I will only recommend destinations that I know are special and where I would stay myself.

Having worked and explored Italy from head to tail I believe I provide reliable, informative and in-depth knowledge…  and so far, I have been able to provide everything and anything my clients ask for.

Speaking fluent Italian and having great connections in every corner of Italy means I can help my clients (most of whom become great friends and return each year), book their dream vacation. I recognize how busy people are, so it’s my pleasure to be able to guide clients to the most genuine restaurants, provide private visits to hidden Palazzos, take a trip in a speed boat along the Cinque Terre, drive a vintage Alfa Spider though the Tuscan hills or learn to make pasta in the surroundings of one’s private villa.  I provide this concierge service at no extra fee …. I think this is very rare  - but I want everyone to love Italy as much as I do.

Italy is a country blessed with spectacular scenery, climate, food, wine and culture and most of all, fantastic people!

I pride myself on being available round the clock throughout the year to make my clients’ holidays as stress free and fulfilled as possible.  And my relationship with villa and hotel owners, private guides, restauranteurs is second to none….

I’ve been told that my skills lie in an ability to communicate openly, honestly and enthusiastically  - and as a fluent Italian speaker it helps  to open many doors.

As I hope you can see, I love what I do  - I love Italy -  and I look forward to helping you arrange your honeymoon, wedding, private villa, cookery course or ski safari very soon.

Ciao

Merrion

 


 

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