Access, not excess, is the real luxury. This much was true even before the pandemic upended the world, and it is taking on ever-greater resonance as travellers seek out authentic opulence and truly unique escapes.
Pre-pandemic, villa rentals were largely seen as the preserve of the ultra-wealthy, where rooms for the security cohort and private pilot went without saying. Today, that’s changed, as private homes broaden the scope of villa rentals and travellers weigh the expense of an exclusive property against the enhanced privacy, personalised service, and innate character of a villa escape. It’s a niche that the Art House Collection neatly taps into, offering art- and design-loving globetrotters the opportunity to stay in memorable, exclusive-use properties defined by their unique style and remarkable private art collections.
The Art House Collection grew out of luxury villa rental company In Residence, and was founded by veteran travel expert Michelle Snaddon and cultural entrepreneur Elana Brundyn. No stranger to the art world, Brundyn was instrumental in launching Zeitz Mocaa, and was formerly CEO of the Norval Foundation. “A lot of the Art House Collection comes from people I’ve met, or houses I’ve discovered over the years,” says Brundyn. “Some owners are in a different season of their lives, and are now interested in renting out their homes part of the year.”