Honoured to be included twice in this most prestigious of magazines highlighting some of the very top villas in the world.
Far from the Madding Crowd
Twenty-seven luxury villas you’ll never want to leave
THE HOUSE OF THE BLUE BALCONY
Cartegena, Colombia Step through the doors of history into this townhouse in Colombia’s (delightfully car-free) cultural capital, which has been meticulously restored. On the ground floor life revolves around a leafy central courtyard with a swimming pool, but ascend for a lofty swim in the second pool and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views.
Explore the 16th-century city by foot – all Italianate fountains and colonnaded walkways – before heading out of the city walls to discover secluded beaches licked by the Caribbean Sea, (a boat and skipper is available with the house).
BOOK IT: Sleeps 16, from 20,175 per week. merrioncharles.com
Lake Como, Italy
For unrivalled views of Lake Como, head to Villa Breakwater in Griante. The waterfront villa once served as a boatyard for the Cranchi family, but in 2014 the space was transformed into a guesthouse. Elements of its former life remain, however, creating a modern feel that’s accentuated by the floor-to-ceiling windows, wood panelling and industrial-chic interiors. You’ll find an array of impressive facilities, including a lakeside swimming pool, spa, library and wine cellar. A concierge, housekeeping, chef and waiter are included for eight hours a day, too.
BOOK IT: Sleeps 14, POA. merrioncharles.com