Built by the owner of the Meriton Grand Hotel as his private seaside retreat, Villa Mary looks and feels like the home of a millionaire Dr No. The hotelier Alexander Kofkin spends part of the year here next to the windy ocean in Viimsi, but also makes the house available for hire by private groups – accommodating up to 12 people in five rooms and one apartment.
With a spectacular view of the sea – less than 20 metres away at the foot of the garden – Villa Mary combines rugged, windswept charm with unimpeachable luxury. A large salon and balcony look out over prospects of distant Tallinn through a vast window, while dining room and upstairs club room (complete with giant television) make this the perfect setting for a group event or high-budget stag -although the drive from town takes 20-30 minutes.
Mr K’s private art collection is housed inside the villa, giving it the feel of a slightly madcap gallery, with paintings and sculpture of all varieties. Each room has a different theme – there’s even a special ‘white’ room for bridal couples, with a four-poster bed. There is a sauna and Japanese grill in the garden, although most catering is done in the Meriton hotel and driven over.