Services from Merrion Charles
Tailor Made Journeys
With my specialist knowledge, experience, expertise, attention to detail and unique ability to understand my clients’ requirements I have received many complimentary testimonials for my ability to organise bespoke travel. I have been employed by many high profile individuals including Coldplay, Jude Law and Kate Winslett to name but a few.
I pride myself on being recognised as always being readily available to assist with literally everything be it restaurant bookings, a luxury boat trip for the day, birthday dinner at one’s villa or a 50thcelebration with live music.
There are glorious trails and hikes from one end of Italy to the other and for lovers of walking then Italy rates highly. Be it hiking in the spectacular Dolomites, gentle walks in the rolling hills of Val d’Orcia, climbing to the top of Mount Etna or following some of the historica Via Francigena there is certainly something for everyone.
As a keen walker myself, and having hiked extensively in many parts of Italy I am also delighted to offer help and advice and have many colleagues and guides available to assist.
COOKERY LESSONS AND COURSES
Italy is renowned worldwide for its exceptional cuisine and it is, for many, one of the main reasons and attractions for visiting. The food and wine is all local to whichever area of Italy one is visiting and that makes it so much more interesting and fascinating. Many clients love to have the opportunity to have a day’s lesson at their villa or hotel whilst others may like to partake in a full week’s course with more complicated dishes. The ingredients are of course what really count and everything in Italy is seasonal and regional so the choice and variety is like manna from heaven!
I can help organise a cookery lesson for the day at one’s villa, a private group for a long weekend in a selected exclusive villa of one’s choice or a more intensive and structured course for a week at a private villa in the Veneto.
Be it a few hours of fun with a local cook learning simply typical dishes or full immersion into more detailed and elaborate dishes, I am ready to assist. For many clients one of their lasting memories of a holiday in Italy is their day(s) with a local Italian learning to make their own pasta accompanied by a yummy sauce using ingredients from the ‘orto’ and olive oil from the estate. So many clients have commented on the fun time experienced with their local cook at the villa and how much they have learnt whilst others have been thrilled with the opportunity to spend a full week in a glorious Italian villa cooking, tasting and experimenting with an expert professional chef.
I have a secret, cherry picked selection of villas, boutique hotels, safari lodges and barefoot luxury retreats around the world which I would love to share with you. Many of my repeat clients ask me to assist them with something special beyond Italy in other worldwide destinations and I love to do this. Many years of travelling on my own, working in the luxury travel industry, meeting an enormous variety of people and building up connections means that I have a great address book of secret gems. Please do contact me to find out more!