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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.."

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Pecorino is the name of a family of hard Italian cheeses made from ewe's milk. The word derives from Italian pecora meaning ‘sheep’ but it also refers to a grape variety thought to orginate from the Le Marche region. Pecorino is a dry, acidic, flinty crisp white wine and is indeed a great match with the cheese of the same name. Pecorino cheese is found all over Italy but is particularly good from Sardinia, the area around Pienza in Southern Tuscany and also from the Garfagnana area of Northern Tuscany. It is delicious when eaten on its own or with pears, walnuts and chestnut honey and pecorino romano is the preferred cheese used on pasta dishes such as sugo all’amatriciana or cacio e pepe from Rome/Lazio.

Come to Italy and discover the multitude of exceptional and unusual wines on offer!

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Sangiovese is a red Italian grape variety that derives its name from the Latin sanguis Jovis – the blood of Jove. Famous as the only component of much valued Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino, the Sangiovese grape is found in most of central Italy and then stretching down to Campania and Sicily. It is also the main grape used in the fine wines of Montefalco Sagrantino in Umbria and Morellino di Scansano in the Maremma region.

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Panettone & Pandoro are the traditional Christmas cakes in Italy. Panettone originates from  Milan and Pandoro from Verona. 117 million are made each year and now exported around the world for the festive season.

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Italy is home to 51 world heritage sites making it the state party with the largest number of sites in the world.

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La Dolce Vita

We have had some lovely feedback recently that we would love to share with you...

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Tailor Made Journeys

As the number 1 expert for Italy, Merrion provides the very best concierge service available..

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Christmas Wishes 2015

Christmas wishes from Merrion and MoJo!

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SPEARS 500

Merrion is proud to have been chosen by SPEAR'S 500 2016.

Following a rigorous selection process for SPEARS essential guide to the VERY BEST in every field for HIGH NET WORTH individuals, Merrion is one of only ELEVEN top travel specialists selected to be represented in this prestigious directory.

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Perfect Puglia with Merrion!

With Merrion you can savour your very own magical tailor made vacation and also be rest assured of being given the very best concierge service.

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Spring with Merrion!

With Merrion you can savour your very own magical tailor made vacation and also be rest assured of being given the very best concierge service.

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“Venetian Fantasy” in Vogue Magazine

Step inside the sumptious Villa F and be transformed back into the glorious past of the city of canals.

It is outrageously beautiful and has been home to a series of Venetian noble families.

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2015  Exciting new additions!

New properties for 2015

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Merrion introduces Lina Estates

Merrion is thrilled to introduce Lina Estates to her valued clients. Dedicated, reliable and professional, Merrion recommends Lina Estates to those clients considering investing in Tuscany in the near or distant future. A personal recommendation is ALWAYS the best after all!

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September News

A new look website and a new look email! New villas and more.

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Interiors Digital

Read this top reviewabout one of Merrion’s most special properties in magical Venice.

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“With Merrion you will discover
the Insider’s Italy”

Private Consultant
Merrion provides the very best exclusive, professional and dedicated travel consultancy. Whether you are looking for that special hidden away boutique hotel for a romantic weekend, a luxury villa with pool in the Tuscan hills for your family, a local restaurant away from the crowds, Merrion knows the best properties, the best way to travel, the best time to travel and the best places to eat and drink. She will provide the perfect solution to your holiday requirements. “We could not have chosen a better person to book our Italian holiday. Perfect in summing up what type of holiday we wanted. A true specialist in all directions.”

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Newsletter June 2014

June news and special offers from Merrion and MoJo!

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Col di Casale

Elegant and chic Col di Casale in the hills of Umbria gets a full feature in Ville e Casali! A dream location – contact Merrion for availability and prices.

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Newsletter May 2014

May news and special offers from Merrion and MoJo!

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Newsletter March 2014

March news and special offers from Merrion and MoJo!

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Maison Côté Sud

Casa Codussi

Read all about the exceptional fresh cuisine available for clients staying at Casa Codussi – the dream creation of interior designer Ilaria Miani ... perfect for the most discerning visitors to Venice.

Casa Codussi is available through Merrion Charles (00 39 0585 92098; merrioncharles.com)

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25 Beautiful Homes

A taste of Italy

High above undulating countryside encircled by faraway mountains is a farmhouse creatively restored by Emma Bini

Ethiopian-born Emma Bini is a keen explorer and spent several years travelling the world before moving to Italy in her twenties. Within a few months she married a sculptor, Philip Leroy. ‘We shared a romantic dream to live in the country, growing vegetables and keeping chickens, so we left our flat in Rome to buy this run-down farmhouse in Tuscany,’ says Emma. ‘The two-storey house was mostly open-plan, except for one half of the ground floor, which was where the cows lived. And although the kitchen and bathroom were very primitive, the property had huge potential.’ In those early days the only safe access to the first floor was via the exterior stone staircase, so Philip’s first project was to fit an interior rope ladder. ‘After I became pregnant with our son Luca, we soon realised this was not negotiable or even safe,’ says Emma, ‘so we worked out plans for proper internal stairs.’ More recently, after Emma and Philip parted amicably, Emma began the main building project, which took the house ... More

Podere sant Adele is available through Merrion Charles (00 39 0585 92098; merrioncharles.com)

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Telegraph Travel

Italy summer holidays guide: villas and apartments

Undiscovered scenery on the Tuscan border

Straddling the border between Tuscany and Liguria, the Lunigiana region is a fascinating area of deep river valleys, Medieval castles, small fishing villages and laid-back family beach resorts. More wooded than the Tuscan landscapes further south, it is less frequented by tourists, but has Byzantine-age villages, thermal waters and trekking paths worthy of exploration. Independent tour operator Merrion Charles really knows the Lunigiana inside-out. If you are looking for rural seclusion, there’s no better base than Charles’ own house, Casa Glyn. With views over the Apuan Alps, it is a light and cheerful villa, which sleeps five, and features both a charming lavender-fringed pool and an open-air hot tub.

Casa Glyn is available through Merrion Charles (00 39 0585 92098; merrioncharles.com) for €3,250/ £2,690.

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Quantas Inflight Magazine

Kings of the Stone Age

THE STATUES IN FLORENCE do not stand still. Wherever you look, the stone figures seem to have been caught in the middle of frenetic activity: torsos twisting, muscles flexing. In the Bargello, a former prison that is now the national sculpture museum, a tipsy Bacchus is caught in a moment of unsteadiness, trying to arrest his sway. He seems positively restrained, however, when compared with the four unfinished slave statues over in the Accademia Gallery. Unlike the drunken god, who retains some composure, these are beings possessed, appearing to fight their way free of the rocks from which they were hewn in a struggle to be born. Why are Florence’s statues so filled with vitality? The answer is simple: Michelangelo. Florence’s most famous son made an art of capturing struggle in stone. His figures – such as Bacchus and the unfinished slaves – are always twisting, tense if not tortured. Michelangelo changed the game. After seeing his sculptures, no-one was interested in static statues. They expected figures to be full of life and sculptors had to deliver

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Newsletter November 2013

November news and special offers from Merrion and MoJo!

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The Australian

Insiders guide to northern Tuscany

MARKET: Mercato Centrale, Florence In a covered cast-iron building dating from 1874, Florence’s main food market, near the Basilica di San Lorenzo, is a must-visit. You’ll find everything from meats and cheeses to seafood, breads, pastas and vegetables. Outside, stalls sell quality leather and cashmere goods and crafts; florence-on-line.com.

TASTE: Pizzicheria La Grotta, Lucca A feast for the eyes and the stomach, this deli showcases many Lucchese specialities, including lardo di colonnata (pork cured in tubs made of local marble) and sugo al ragu Lucchese (meat sauce); alimentarilagrotta.com.

WALK: Apuan Alps The Apuan Alps offer incomparable hiking with dramatic scenery, challenging peaks and climbs, and few tourists. Stop for lunch or stay the night in this area of extraordinary natural beauty; turismo.intoscana.it.

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Newsletter September 2013

September news and special offers from Merrion and MoJo!

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Times Villa Feature

Villa Mojo - Villammare, Campania

High in the hills above Campania with spectacular views over the Cilento National Park, this villa sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms. There is a 12 x 6m pool, and plenty of outside space, while inside the house is decorated in a contemporary style with splashes of colour. Added touches include 4 hours' maid service a day, wi-fi, and a pizza oven. The beach is just 600 meters away and you cant take a boat from nearby Scario to Porto Infreschi.

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Travel + Leisure

Great Italian Beaches

Is it any wonder Italians, inventors of la dolce vita, have perfected the art of the summer beach vacation? T+L finds the best Italian beaches on the coast of Liguria.

We were feeling good. We arrived at our apartment in the town of Lerici as the sun was going down. Above: tiny wisps of cloud lit from beneath like pink fish bones. Below: the village, with its ocher- and sienna-washed buildings and beachside promenade teeming with tiny people eating invisible gelato cones. The air smelled like the sea and Italian flora. No one got sick in the car on the highway and no one had had an ear infection in nearly two days. We got out of the Fiat Panda and stretched. Except Finn, our baby. He just sat strapped in to his car seat, screaming, “Outta here! Outta here!” But man, the air did smell great. Like the summer, only with finer cologne...

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Newsletter May 2013

May news and special offers from Merrion and MoJo!

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The Weekend Australian, March 23-24, 2013

Travel & Indulgence

The Weekend Australian, March 23-24, 2013

VILLA consultant Merrion Charles is the go-to specialist for la dolce vita holidays; the British-born Italy expert handles a wide portfolio of charming accommodation, from Abruzzo and the Amalfi Coast to Sicily and Sardinia.

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Do you love Italy?

Do you love Italy?

Merrion Charles provides a personal, professional and highly tailored service for luxury, tailored holidays in Italy.

Voted by Harpers Bazaar in 2009 as the Number One Expert for Italy and by Conde Nast in their ‘black book’ of world experts due out next month, Merrion is available round the clock and nothing is too much trouble. Be it a family villa with pool in Tuscany or a grand palazzo for a large gathering of friends, Merrion can assist and provide all the tips and assistance required to ensure a successful holiday.

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Newsletter March 2013

March news and special offers from Merrion and MoJo!

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Private Escapes - The Experts!

When a client rang her on Sunday morning to ask for more parasols by the pool, they were put in place half an hour later.

Merrion is featured in Conde Nast's 'Experts Supplement'

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La dolce Villa!

A villa in Tuscany is still one of the world’s great travel fantasies. Margaret Barca delves into the best villas on offer, each one their own piece of paradise.

Archipettoli, Palazzolaccio, Tombolino and Villa Laura have been featured.

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new York Times

Viva La Villa
Great View, No Walls in Cotto

A series of happy accidents led me to Merrion Charles, a British expat who works as a luxury travel agent and has lived in Cotto for years. Merrion is charming, resourceful and knows the area inside out. And best of all, Merrion had a house to show me.

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Bandbridge leader

Tuscany is a classic

I’ve finally matured to the point where I know my own mind.

Admittedly some people are surprised it has taken so long especially as there wasn’t a lot for me to be acquainted with.

I want to go out for a meal in a nice restaurant rather than to a nightclub where I can’t hear myself think let alone hold a conversion with the person accompanying me . I am happy to spend more money on clothes which are stylish but well made as opposed to this week’s must have one-wash-wonder. I live in a house which I look forward to going back to each night, in a town where I am proud to be a part of the community. I drive a car which doesn’t compromise on style and performance and certainly doesn’t come with a bumper sticker.

Has all the joy gone out of my life? Have I become boring and middle-aged. No not a bit of it - I finally know my own mind. I know I enjoy stylish clothes, good entertainment with good friends. I know I enjoy living in a good-sized house with a garden and not a shoebox because it is convenient to the city and I know I enjoy travelling in comfort and style.

And so it is with the holidays I choose. Year on year I return to Tuscany as I never tire of its beauty, its charm and its ability to conjure up another reason to return. I have often been accused of showing a lack of imagination when choosing my holiday destinations. Tuscany, or Chiantishire as it is nicknamed, is the destination of choice for hundreds of thousands of British and Irish tourists each year.

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Eso del MAr

Evening Standard - 24 JULY 2012

E is for Eco del Mare

When Italian Francesco Mozer sailed past a secluded cove in Lerici, on the Ligurian coast, he immediately knew this was a special spot. He bought the land and opened a friendly beach club, which ticked along happily for several decades. Realising the location had far greater potential, his daughter Francesca converted the club into an exclusive six-suite boutique lodging. Today, it remains a surprisingly undiscovered gem in this popular region of Italy.

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Departures magazine

Wonderful Tombolino featured in Departures magazine.

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SP Travel and Homes January 2012

SP Travel and Homes January 2012

A Taste of Tuscany by Katie Wood

A question I get asked at every party when meeting new people is, "So where is your favourite place in the world"? It's such a hard question to answer, as obviously that totally depends on what type of holiday you seek, who you're going with, time of year, etc. But when pushed to the limit, nine times out of 10 I come back to Tuscany...

Katie stayed at Zingoni and Villa Tombolino

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Country Life December 2011

The eternal magic of Tuscany

Mark Hedges

The northern Tuscan hills and the glories of Florence have been drawing visitors for centuries, and their allure is as strong as ever, finds Mark Hedges and his family.

Mark stayed at Villa Sant Andrea del Carpine

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Merrion and Mojo at the Fairs

Merrion & MoJo enjoyed meeting visitors at the Daylesford Charity Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds and in London at the Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair last week. Thank you to all of you who took the opportunity to come and have a chat with us about future holiday plans to Italy and further afield. It was a real pleasure to see you and we look forward to hearing from you be it regarding a luxury villa rental, a long weekend to a boutique hotel, skiing in the Dolomites or perhaps a fun cookery course! Our portfolio continues to improve and expand so please do contact us – nothing is too much trouble.

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The Globe and Mail

How to rent a villa that’s just right for you

Linda Intaschi

A rental has the potential to be a perfect home base for exploring a new part of the world, so when it comes to deciding where to stay, I'm an obsessive researcher.

We've rented from owners – if you haven't been referred by someone reliable, ask to speak to others who have rented the property.

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National Geographic Traveller

Provincial Villas

Tuscany Quintessential villa territory, Tuscany has an age-old appeal that isn’t likely to change any time soon. With Florence as its capital, a strong claim to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and vine- and olive-covered hillsides to amble through, few other regions can match its all-round appeal. Yet while this also has its downsides, not least the struggle to find a spot of solitude in the busy summer months, there are some benefits to the region’s popularity. Faced with increasing competition, many villa owners have upped the stakes in recent years. If style is as important to you as the setting, Tuscany is a safe bet. WE RECOMMEND: CASA GLYN

That this is one of the more humble properties on specialist operator Merrion Charles’ books says a lot about the high standards of villas in Tuscany. Sleeping five and packed with character (and subtle references to the owner’s interest in North and East African design), the comfort factor here is extremely high.

What sets this villa apart, though, is its location. Set in relatively unspoilt northern Tuscany with striking views of the Apuan Alps and the Carrara hills, although it makes a good base for exploring more obvious sights such as Florence and Siena. It’s also within easy meandering distance of the Cinque Terre and its great seafood restaurants, walks in the Appenine hills and the cultural — and foodie — attractions of Lucca, Parma and Modena. The villa ticks all the right boxes for those who want to just stay put and unwind, with a pizza oven, elegant swimming pool, lovely gardens and a sun-soaked, south-facing terrace. Ask beforehand to arrange to play the owner’s piano.

From €1,600 (£1,356) a week. Casa Glyn, Cotto, Lunigiana, Tuscany. T: 020 3326 1213. www.merrioncharles.com

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The Times

House party in Tuscany

Yes, €6,250 (£5,550) is hardly small change but it sounds a lot better when you divide it by 14 (£396pp), the number that Casa dei Pipistrelli in Tuscany sleeps. That's for the week starting August 20, otherwise it's €9,750

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Country Life

"A luxurious and elegant home on an estate in the heart of Chianti, Villa Rignana is definitely one of my top choices, with so much on offer. There's an array of animals - including ponies, dogs and ducks - a trampoline and a tennis court, as well as a sauna and croquet for the more sedate. It's the perfect place in which to enjoy a luxury holiday with a large gathering of friends and family, and, of course, there's lots of delicious local wine to try.'

Merrion Charles, founder of Merrion Charles Travel Each of the villas in the Merrion Charles Travel portfolio is a home with its own particular style and charm (020-3326 1213; www.merrioncharles.com)

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The Lady

The Lady

Venice but not as you know it...

"Think Venice is sinking under the tourist hordes? Think again, says Ivo Dawnay. Just give the crowds the slip, and take the canal less travelled."

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Take a Break Travel

Through sips of Chianti, Richard Jones reveals how he found holiday bliss at a renovated farmhouse in Cotto, Tuscany

"Fireflies darted around the olive trees above the vegetable gardens at Casa Glyn, and as I sipped from a glass of local Chianti, it hit me just how special this place was and how we’d been lucky to find it.:

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Country Homes & interiors

Italian Villa.

"Breathtaking views and classic Mediterranean styling transform a former farm workers cottage."

Recently Merrion's property Casa Glyn was featured in Country Homes & Interiors. Read the article here.

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