Looking for something more interesting than another hotel? We can arrange for you to stay in a very beautiful private apartment in the historic centre with views over the Fontanka River, full of important Russian paintings and antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, the lifetime work a major collector. There is a wonderful cook who can prepare dinner and staff who provide impeccable service. It sleeps 6.

St Petersburg view

No visit to St Petersburg would be complete without a carefully planned cultural programme to see some of the world’s finest museums and palaces. For over a decade we have been designing VIP tours of the city: meet curators, museums directors and visit museums after they have been closed to the public. Our two local guides are wonderful.

St Isaacs Cathedral

There are magical performances every year at a number of venues in St Petersburg, from the world famous Mariinsky Theatre to the delightful theatre inside The Hermitage. The Mikhailovsky theatre is also superb. Stars come from all over the world to dance here, but some of the greatest dancers are trained in St Petersburg and Moscow. We can arrange behind the scenes access and even private performances.

St Petersburg statue face rain

We reckon there is nothing is more peaceful than relaxing at your private villa, feeling the breeze and hearing the gentle ring of goat bells from the hillside. Over the years the team has visited and stayed in a number of amazing properties and we only select the finest for our clients.

Villa in Greece lounger

If you would like a day of culture then take one our guides who can help you explore local history and archaeology. A number of our villas are close to places of significant historic interest and make for a lovely day trip: elegant harbours and architecture, beautiful monasteries and medieval castles await.

Ithaka views

Too many visitors to Puglia miss the array of beautiful towns and villages, which boast magnificent art and architecture. Our local guide can pick you up one morning and show you nearby treasures with lunch in hidden away restaurants in pretty hilltop towns. Puglia has some of Europe’s finest Romanesque architecture not mention delightful baroque towns.

Trani cathedral

We work with only a handful of villa owners who offer superb local chefs. Meals are simple and utterly delicious. Puglia is the ‘fruit and veg’ basket of Italy and has fabulous markets. Why not accompany the chef to a market early one morning? Many ingredients are harvested from the villas’ kitchen gardens.

Puglia painting

Puglia produces some delicious wines, especially the red Primitivo and Negromaro varieties and white Verdacca. They are generally good value and easy to drink. The most interesting wines are on the Salentine peninsula. We can arrange wine tastings at your villa as well as visits to masserie who produce their own wines.

Hvar vineyards

Why not take a beautiful villa and have the finest ingredients prepared for you each day? Our favourite property is set within its own private estate, produces fabulous olive oil and you can even pick your own herbs for evening cocktails from the kitchen garden. There are wonderful restaurants a short drive away for an evening out and glamorous crowds descend on nearby beaches.

Trani duomo
Puglia trani duomo