With Merrion you’ll discover
the insider’s Italy

Private Travel Consultant Italy

Nothing is too much trouble.

I pride myself on being available round the clock day and night to make my clients’ holidays as stress free and fulfilled as possible and my relationship with villa and hotel owners, private guides, restauranteurs, chefs and ‘those in the know’ is second to none.  As a dedicated, discreet and experienced private travel consultant I will assist you with organising everything at no extra cost.  So many of my discerning clients tell me repeatedly that everything always lived up to and beyond their expectations and that is praise indeed!

I’ve been told my skills as a Private Travel Consultant 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 tailor made journey, honeymoon, wedding, private villa, cookery course or ski safari.

Tailor made journeys

The ultimate bespoke service from Merrion Charles – an itinerary that is completely unique and tailored for you.

Exclusive villas

Sublime selection of hand picked luxury homes.

Luxury hotels

The best selection of boutique hotels – all tried and tested by Merrion.

Ski safaris

An exceptional experience in the Italian Dolomites – like nowhere else in the world!
Honeymoons and weddings in Italy

Honeymoons and weddings

Italy is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations.  Merrion knows the top spots!

Bespoke services & treatments/Concierge

Be it a masseur coming to your villa, a candlelit honeymoon dinner for two or shopping on arrival, Merrion can assist with literally EVERYTHING.

Good morning!!! Well, Day 2 back at work and I wish we were still in Stresa!!!  Oh my goodness Merrion – what a wonderful home you found for us for a week in Italy.  From the moment we arrived to the moment we left – couldn’t have asked for more.  It really felt like a home away from home – beautifully furnished, sparkling clean and I do like a big house for 4 of us!!!  Linda was absolutely lovely – very hospitable, full of good recommendations and had even put out 2 bowls and a dog bed for Indie (which we managed to ensure she didn’t chew)!  How lovely is that!! We ate like kings and enjoyed days out mooching about – Indie was just a superstar and it took us ages to get anywhere with the shouts of bellisima and morbida etc etc!!!!  She is super well socialised!!!  Great restaurants – La Rampolina, Vistaqua, Piccolo Lago (Michelin 2 star – totally worth it) and Albergo Ristorante Verbano on Isola Superiore!  Oh, and a visit to La Casera for yummy goodies to buy and a nice lunch too! So, I could go on for a long time extoling the amazing Ermelinda but I think it is clear we loved it.  If we could have, we would have stayed another week!! Hope you are keeping well – back to reality for now but catch up soon I hope and thank you again!

Many thanks


“Merrion is  brilliant, I have used her many times over the years, she has found some exceptional properties in beautiful places. She has always been so professional and discreet and able to accommodate whatever our requests may have been. I highly recommend her, thank you Merrion!”

P.A to Coldplay

“We had an amazing time and it was a beautiful place! Merrion was fantastic with help and advice before and during our stay. She helped organise lots of special extras for us and had fantastic recommendations to make the most of the area. She provided excellent hospitality and we loved her and Mojo’s (the dog) company. Mojo was fantastic with kids and they are still talking about her weeks later. Thank you for the great memories!”

Holly ShepherdCasa Glyn

Thanks Merrion for your expert advice. I could not have planned this trip of a lifetime without you. The villa was beautiful, relaxing and it really felt like home. Vivianna is a warm and lovely person and she took care of all our needs. All the hotels were great. The rooms were elegant and comfortable and the views amazing. The staff everywhere were friendly, helpful and gave us excellent advice. I have to say JK Place is a wonderful experience. The staff were amazing as was the place itself. I would love to stay a month. Thank you so much and I cannot wait to plan my next adventure with you.

JKPlace, Podere Sant Adele, Cenobio dei Dogi & Villa d’Este – October 2016Cheryl Coulter and Family from Canada

We loved Cocceto, so perfect in every way. The views, the amazing staff (Antonella and Lucia were exceptional), all just wonderful. We so appreciate all of your help in making it such a great experience, and I would definitely only use you from here on out when renting in Italy, so thank you! Happy to act as a reference for the house if you ever need. We would definitely rent there again, so will be in touch!

Podere Cocceto , Tuscany July 2016Schneider Family from New York

Thank you so much for yet another truly amazing holiday.  We cannot recommend you and your company highly enough.  The moment we chose to book our holiday you were on hand offering us advice and support with regards to our needs and matching our brief completely. The villa was absolutely stunning, well equipped and spacious, whilst the layout was perfect for staying with friends.   The grounds and views across the lake were breathtaking and watching the sun set each night with a bottle of prosecco was just magical.  The grounds and pool were outstanding.  Our holiday was made even better by having our food shop delivered upon our arrival.  Tina the maid was very helpful and obliging, bringing our breakfast every morning and having Gina, the cook, prepare our delicious evening meals, to our own menu meant that we didn’t have to lift a finger, we all completely relaxed and unwound and the only regret was that we didn’t stay another week, we just didn’t want to leave!

Villa RonconeThe Farries Family, UK

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“When I booked a two-week holiday to the tiny Sicilian island of Pantelleria at the end of last year, I anticipated it being the perfect antidote to what was meant to be a hectic 2020 schedule.”

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“I am thrilled, proud and honoured to be mentioned in ‘Always Italy’ – a fabulous new publication by Frances Mayes in conjunction with Ondine Cohane.

I would highly recommend anyone to purchase this beautiful, informative and highly researched ‘encyclopaedia’ about Italy. Beautifully illustrated, written from the heart and the perfect gift for any Italophile!”

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