Scott Dunn Private is a travel membership club that has some of Europe’s finest exclusive-use properties on its books, including ancient monasteries, châteaux and high-tech retreats. Olivia Palamountain reports
Isolation Vacations are getting an ultra-premium twist at Scott Dunn Private, with the launch of its Limitless Villa Collection at the end of March 2020, comprising some 50 of Europe’s most luxurious exclusive-use properties – with an international selection in the pipeline.
A kind of travel club for the elite, Scott Dunn Private provides a service “similar to what you would expect from a private bank”, building relationships with clients over time so that the company can understand exactly what makes them tick. Memberships are limited and on application.
When it comes to booking, a global team of personal travel advisors then match villas with members, and tailors escapes based on individual guest requirements: from private chefs, concierges and childcare, to bespoke activities and trips by private yacht or helicopter. Read on for a taste of what to expect from the Limitless Villa Collection…
Villa Sophia, Greece
The Scott Dunn Private team is introducing guests to the epitome of Mykonos style and luxury at Villa Sophia (pictured above). Brand-new on the island and just moments away from the most beautiful beaches, Villa Sophia sleeps up to 18, with an open plan kitchen and outdoor barbecue area, plus a private pool and spa bath.
Scott Dunn Private offers seven nights at Villa Sophia, Mykonos, from £116,800 based on 18 people staying on an exclusive-use basis, including flights from London and transfers.
Villa Osprey, Ibiza
Clean lines and contemporary furnishings meet cutting-edge technology at Villa Osprey, an exclusive six-bedroom villa in Cap Martinet on the island of Ibiza. Set within 15,000 sqm of gardens, a vast open plan living space leads to an outdoor pool and stylish Japanese outdoor dining area, surrounded by lush greens all beautifully lit up come nightfall.
Car rental, private drivers, a private chef, villa security, spa treatments and boat charters can all be easily arranged, along with Ibiza restaurant, beach club and nightclub bookings.
Scott Dunn Private offers seven nights at Villa Osprey, Ibiza from £77,800 based on 12 people staying on an exclusive-use basis, including flights from London and transfers.
La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel and Château Anemone, France
The ultimate château in which to toast the end of lockdown, La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel is the family home of Michel Reybier (of La Reserve fame), set within the grounds of one of the finest French vineyards a little more than an hour away from Bordeaux airport.
Comprising six bedrooms and two suites for a party of up to 16, guests can tour the vineyards and enjoy bespoke dinners prepared by a private chef, paired with wines from the cellar.
Scott Dunn offers seven nights at La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel from £144,800 based on 12 people staying on an exclusive-use basis, including flights from London and transfers.
Meanwhile, in the picturesque Loire Valley sits the exclusive-use Château Anemone, an historic property that has welcomed many a discerning guest since it was first built in 1775.
An 18-hole golf course has recently been added to estate, winding its way through the woodland and offering enthusiasts unlimited golfing – as well as the opportunity to play with an ex Ryder Cup professional.
Should they wish, guests can be whisked by helicopter to Paris for an unforgettable day of shopping on the Champs-Élysées. Each of the Château’s eight bedrooms pays homage to the building’s heritage with luxurious, modern touches throughout. Lounge areas include a games room and library, as well as a gym and an indoor swimming pool.
Seven nights at Chateau Anemone costs from £190,000 based on 16 people staying on an exclusive-use basis, including flights from London and transfers.
Villa Gabriella, Italy
Villa Gabriella is an ancient stone-walled castle brought back to life through a meticulous restoration by local artisans and craftsmen. The result is a majestic exclusive-use property that comprises spacious living areas with high ceilings and views of the valley and sea.
Each of the eight suites is unique, showcasing traditional features including large stone and brick fireplaces, private balconies and roof terraces. The infinity pool is a highlight – built into and stretching across the Tuscan countryside, so guests can soak while taking in the magnificent views at sunset.
As well as relaxing in the intimate spa, guests can take in the magical atmosphere of the estate as they wind their way through the castle’s secret passageways to reach the vaulted wine cellars, where special tastings and dinners are hosted, using produce sourced from the estate’s vegetable gardens, olive groves, orchards and vineyards.
Scott Dunn offers seven nights Villa Gabriella, Italy from £130,100 based on 16 people staying on an exclusive-use basis, including flights from London and transfers.
Lopud 1483, Croatia
On a tiny island just a short boat ride from Dubrovnik lies Lopud 1483, a former Franciscan monastery now available for exclusive hire after a 20-year restoration.
The 13 original cells of the 15th-century monastery have been transformed into five suites, and the property is home to various contemplative spaces, reminiscent of its original use; a sacred garden offers a space for guests to meditate and align their senses with their natural surroundings, while the Sunset Terrace which sits atop the fortress affords incredible views of Lopud and The Elaphiti Islands.
Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Lopud 1483, Dubrovnik from £73,200 based on ten people staying on an exclusive-use basis, including flights from London and transfers.