For those not familiar with Le Collectionist, imagine a service much like Airbnb—only with 24-hour concierge service on-call and only the most magnificent hand-selected, and carefully approved properties around the world. From a 20-bedroom chateau on sprawling acres in Languedoc, France to a modernist masterpiece in Koh Samui, Thailand, luxury properties are available to rent for days, weeks or more. The service is easy to use, the attention to detail is meticulous, and the experiences are something one cannot find anywhere else. Today, they’ve announced the latest in their roster of extraordinary properties, Villa Giulia, set high up on the cliffs of Sorrento, Italy. And it exemplifies the values and immense luxury that Le Collectionist seeks to offer.
History and stories carry tremendous weight with Le Collectionist. This newly announced property carries both. The foundation and first floor of the original property that stood here was completely buried during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius—back in 79 CE. The oldest fragments of construction on the property date back to 600 BCE, and can be found in the garden. In the 13th century, the site was a convent. In 1888, it was built as what we know it as today. In 1906, it would be purchased by William Waldorf Astoria.
After several changes in ownership and a period of residence by Benedetto Croce, the room which is presently the study would play host to the signing into power of the first Italian government post WWII. The current owners, an Italian family, have held the space since the ’70s, and finally opened its doors to guests of Le Collectionist. These walls have seen and heard many remarkable things.
Beyond stories of the past, however, lay a series of remarkable attributes. Villa Guilia comes complete with 270-degree Mediterranean views. The seven bedroom building can be reached by sea or land—with a long private driveway extending through the vast gardens. There’s a panoramic roof deck, an outdoor pool and a thermal pool carved into the seaside boat deck. The gardens contain plant life from around the world. Statues, both inside and outside, date back to the 5th century BCE. And marble surfaces grace every single room. It’s a location of museum quality, but with all the perks of a vacation destination.
With a booking, the space also comes equipped with a support staff composed of two gardeners, a housekeeper and a personal cook. All of Le Collectionist’s properties offer this exclusive, paradise-like experience. A remote villa on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu enchants. A nine bedroom domaine in Kenya inspires. A TriBeCa loft empowers. And the only way to access them happens to be Le Collectionist.
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