Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dreaming of: Escaping to the Palazzo Margherita

It's usually around this time of year that I start craving an escape. March in Seattle...winter hangs on tight, spring tries to elbow her way in, the sun comes out and teases you a bit before the weather turns back to a cold, wet mess (blossoming trees aside).  It was almost this time six years ago when Mr. H and I took our first vacation together -- and came back engaged. He treated me to a gorgeous sunny week in Belize, where we stayed at the two dreamy properties owned by Francis Ford Coppola.

Staying at Francis' place, you find that every detail has been looked at with a director's eye--nothing is out of place, yet there's still a kind of nonchalance that can only be created with a lot of vision and planning.

 Vogue

  WSJ

So when I read about his latest undertaking--restoring a 19th century palazzo in his Grandfather's hometown of Bernalda, I couldn't help but dreaming up ways I could convince Mr. H that Southern Italy needed to rise to the top of our adventure list. I'm still working on it, but until then let's visit together, shall we? 

  Palazzo Margherita

Coppola describes Bernaldo as "real Italy" a "Fairy tale place." It's a working town, not on the tourist trail.


The Palazzo Margherita opened to guests last week, but like most of his properties, it started as a family retreat.  Sofia Coppola married Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars in a garden ceremony last summer.

 WSJ
Family members were invited to weigh in on the deigns of their own bedrooms as star French designer Jacques Grange took on the renovation of the historic palazzo-- the result is a melange of styles and influences from Tunisian and Modernist to the "summer palace chic" of Sofia's bedroom.

 





 Palazzo Margherita

Dramatic frescoed walls and ceilings and lavishly tiled bathrooms are the common element in all nine garden rooms and suites.  "Every interior is basically a painting since it's covered with frescoes. There's virtually no art on the walls because the walls are art," Coppola explains to Vogue.

 Vogue



Palazzo Margherita

Add a lush interior courtyard, garden and pool, daily cooking classes, Iberian sea beaches close by and mountains to hike just an hour away, it sounds like just the spot to please all kinds of adventurers. I'm hoping the hiking will be a selling point to Mr. H, but you'll probably find me sipping a Campari and soda with lime by the pool!

A girl can dream, can't she?

12 comments:

  1. A girl can dream - and girl, you sure can dream! I felt like I got carried away with you! Thankfully we just got back from a great lil getaway (I posted a video on the blog) and now I'm dreaming about my holiday to Fiji in a couple of weeks! Here's to great dreams! <3

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  2. Talk Mr. H into Italy now! Italy is my first love and such a gorgeous, warming and welcoming country. Great pictures you have me dreaming!

    Enjoy your day!
    XX
    Debra~

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  3. wow what an amazing find! I've been looking at his properties in Belize for a while, you will have to tell me which one you preferred. Of course Italy is Italy, enough said!!

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  4. Here's to dreaming! These are gorgeous pictures and I'll go to anywhere now. Like you, this is a tough time of year for me. Woke up to a couple inches of snow..

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  5. Oh Jeannie, this is an incredible venture. Definitely worth a visit, or a day dream...

    can you believe it's snowing?

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  6. This is one amazing place - and it should definitely be on your vacation short list!

    I love how you describe the attention to detail, yet the nonchalance. That's exactly what it looks like and I think what I dream of achieving. Looking good without looking like you're trying to hard!!

    Hang in there, Jeanne! I know it's hard when you get that Spring tease.

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  7. Paris and Italy ar eon my list too, and this post is full of such gorgeous images. The first bedroom is amazing. The scenery is unbelievable. WOuld love to wake up and look out onto this beautiful place!
    Happy Tuesday, Jeanne.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  8. I'll join you on this dream! Gorgeous -- all of it.

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  9. I can see why you're tempted....will this trump Bhutan? :) I agree -- this is crazy weather playing with our emotions! As you know I just got back from a vacation but now you have me wanted to go again - hmmm...maybe next time we visit Munich we'll tack this on to our trip. :)

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  10. Stunning! What a dream it is! Hope you and Mr. H get there soon... Maybe I'll see you there!

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  11. I don't know what I the most...the gorgeous tub, the beutiful tile, or the glorious red poppies. They all are breathe taking.

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