Offers from Merrion Charles

20% off Italy’s most sought after villas this Autumn 

 

Number one expert for Italy and the go-to fixer for the rich and famous, Merrion Charles announces exclusive savings on some of Italy’s finest villas and insight into why Italy in Autumn is the best time to visit. Arguably the most spectacular time to visit, Autumn in Italy promises wonderfully warm weather, lower prices, crowd-free streets, empty beaches, the finest harvest produce, regional food festivals and a spectacular display of autumnal hues. 

 

Please see below some of Italy’s finest villas offering 20% and 15% savings for families and friends looking to reunite in remote regions and spectacular settings.

Breakwater, Lake Como, sleeps 12

Highly exclusive, state of the art design, unrivalled location and spacious and luxurious – Breakwater is one of the lake’s finest properties. With its enviable position right on the lake shore with beautifully finished decking and private boat dock, guests can explore at ease on their own private boat. This spectacular property has a stunning pool, SPA, gym, private cinema, bedroom suites with private terraces, private concierge, private chef and waiter.  

Autumn highlights – visiting in Autumn is a chance to savour Lake Como as days gone by without the summer crowds and guests will be wowed by the spectacular show of seasonal colour. Guests will also have the opportunity to try the regions delicacies including truffles, chestnuts, mushrooms and polenta 

20% discount on a week stay from Saturday 18th September. Contact Merrion for prices.

Casale Casale di Sant’ Andrea, Tuscany, sleeps 12

Nestled within the Tuscan and Umbrian hills between Cortona and Mercatale, this exquisite villa is the ideal retreat for those looking for tranquility and total privacy. Surrounded by 34 hectares of rolling meadows, olive groves, its own lake and woodland, Casale di Sant’ Andrea is within easy reach of many notable Tuscan and Umbrian towns. Renovated by the Countess of Harrowby, famous interior designer and author, the elegant interiors evoke elegance and sophistication featuring oak ceilings, stone doorways, four poster beds and ancient fireplaces. It sleeps 12 and features an outdoor pool, tennis court, table tennis, pizza oven, a cook and maid service.

Autumn highlights – Many sought after activities are difficult to enjoy in the height of summer due to the crowds and the heart – September / October is the prime time for mushrooming and truffle hunting in Tuscany – the hotspot for hunting this delicacy. Guests will also be treated to a spectacular display of colour illuminating the rolling Tuscan hills and reliably warm weather.  

20% discount on a week stay for 12 persons from 29 August – 11 September 2020.

20% discount on a week stay for 12 persons from 11th September – end of October

The Hermitage, Cinque Terre, Liguria, sleeps 10

A magical hideaway in the much sought after Cinque Terre above Monterosso, The Hermitage is steeped in history comprising an original church and monastery for the Benedicine monks. This property has captivating sea views of the Tyrennhian sea, a private pool, alfresco dining area, spacious garden featuring olive groves, lemon trees and wild herbs and a private path to Monterosso where guests can hop on a boat to Portofino or Portovenere.

Autumn highlights – This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a crowd-free Cinque Terre that is normally overrun by tourists and enjoy it as it was 30 years ago. Merrion recommends experiencing the vendemmia of the Cinque Terre and Schiaccetra – renowned for its exceptional wine, a particularly unique and special experience in Autumn due to it being harvest season. Merrion can also share insider tips to secret swimming spots that guests can enjoy all to themselves. 

22% discount on week bookings in September 2020.

Villa Renali, nr Cortona, Tuscany, sleeps 10

Set high in the wooded hills above the historical town of Cortona, this restored and ancient farmhouse is an idyllic spot for those looking to reunite and unwind in an unspoilt and spectacular setting. Located in its own 62 hectares, this villa features lavender lined walks to views of Lake Trasimeno, an outdoor pool with gazebo, BBQ, pizza oven, maid service and cook on request.

Autumn highlights – Merrion recommends an electric bicycle tour, an idyllic way to explore the beautiful region. Wine tastings, olive harvest and truffle hunting are also a must.

15% discount on week bookings for 10 persons from 29 August – 11 September 2020.

15% discount on week bookings for 20 persons between 11 September – end of October

Villa Roncone, near Lake Trasimeno, sleeps 12

Villa Roncone lies in the heart of a family estate that produces olive oil. A classic Umbrian farmhouse, Roncone has been lovingly restored by its architect owner with antique pieces throughout and high quality furnishings. Roncone is a very special property with an exceptional outdoor pool with views over Lake Trasimeno, outdoor wood fire oven, BBQ and table-tennis with a lake view.

Autumn highlights – Merrion recommends bringing a camera at this time of year – the autumnal light is brilliant for photography. Guests can also enjoy bicycle tours, jogging and walking enjoying Lake Trasimeno and also visits to Assisi, Spoleto, Spello and Todi as the weather is less hot, and streets less crowded.   

15% discount on week bookings from 29th August to 3rd October for 12 persons.

Podero Cocceto, Val D’Orcia, Tuscany, sleeps 12

Located in the heart of Val d’Orcia within 500 acres of arable land, woods and vineyards, Podere Cocceto is one of the finest country properties of the area surrounded by the vineyards of Tenuta di Trinoro, one of Italy’s well-known estates producing fine Tuscan wines. Situated on an important Tuscan wine estate, Podere Coccero features two living rooms each with a fireplace, vast dining room, outdoor pergola, heated outdoor pool, daily maid service, cook, English speaking concierge and spa services.

Autumn highlights – Merrion recommends taking part in the grape harvest on the wine estate of Cocceto, biking and walking within the Val d’Orcia, visits to wine estates of Montalcino and Montepulciano and cooking classes using the finest produce during harvest season. Guests will also be able to enjoy a truly authentic Italian experience in the local villages as there are less tourists. 

 15% discount on week bookings in September.

“ It was all very easy. Everyone was reachable and I had one of the most relaxing vacations ever. Amanda’s staff at the house felt like family. Amanda was I knowledgeable of the area and helped us with things from as small as translation, to finding a gym or restaurant. We even had dinner with her in Rome. Merrion is the perfect concierge. As you begin your trip with her she helps fine tune what you are looking for and always feels accessible and honest. This trip has stepped up the travel game and I feel lucky to have discovered it.”

Albert Hammond JnrUnited States of America

“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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