- Air conditioning
- Bed Linen
- Chef Service
- Children Welcome
- Concierge service daytime
- Final cleaning included
- Garden furniture
- Gazebo for alfresco dining
- Kitchen Towels
- Parking area
- Private Swimming Pool
- Swimming pool
- TV SAT
- Utilities inclusive (electricity, gas, water)
- Veranda for alfresco dining
- Video tape
- Washing machine
- Welcome dinner
There is a delightful surprise in store for you on arrival at this villa, you park and ascend the steps to the first of several spacious terraces and gardens which surround this most gracious home, and pause, turning around. There it is, the commanding view. Spreading before you like a wide skirt. To the north you see the dense cluster of Capalbio ending with its distinctive medieval tower, in between is the broad expanse of neighboring farms growing grain and raising cows and sheep,
and then the sea. The distinctive bulk of the Monte Argentario accents the view of the horizon. From this angle you can understand how it came to have the nickname La Tartaruga for its resemblance to a turtle emerging form the water.
Closer in is the curve of Ansedonia with one if tis three Saracen towers, the square Tagliata, clearly discernible. Then there is the mysterious Roman-settled island of Giannutri and the
smaller 'Le Formiche' island, named the ant for having had the misfortune to be deemed 'low and black' by locals some unknown hundreds of years prior. And all around, the gleaming, enticing surface of the Tyrrhenian Sea being crisscrossed by pleasure craft from Porto Ercole and beyond. A visible ribbon of white edges the seven kilometer expanse of sandy beach that beckons you to the juncture of land and sea. This is a view that encourages relaxation and contemplation and you have just arrived.
Tuscany has been written about from all angles and visited by many, and yet there remain aspects and corners still fresh and interesting for even the most dedicated visitor. This can be said of the Maremma, whose charms have remained largely within the affections of the Italians -principally Romans --and beyond the reach of general international tourism. This could well change as the increasing mobility of interested and discerning world travellers seek out that elusive combination of natural beauty, abundant, fresh and appealing food and wine, good weather, history and culture plus the modern appeals of shopping and luxurious accommodation at the water's edge.
The villa offers up all of the above, in different measure and proportion depending on your preferred style of travel.
The Villa is a complete refurbishment and expansion of an old stone farmhouse, only its central structure still remaining. The Rome-based owners have a farm nearby and set about restoring this property as a weekend and holiday house with an eye towards facilitating the kind of gracious, comfortable holiday that with virtually no traces of its humble origins remaining in the refined and expansive home you find today. Maximizing the advantage of a panoramic hillside, the villa offers its guests a range of opportunities to come together as a group while offering space and privacy as needed. The grounds have been beautifully developed for both intimacy and expansiveness, a combination not always easy to achieve. The gardens and terraces are numerous, inviting the enjoyment of the out of-doors. There are lawns for playing ball and rolling around. And there is always a captivating view.
The casual elegance of the property itself is well-adapted to multi-generational family groups, adult friends and multiple families alike. Children of all ages are welcome, and the accompanying adults can be comfortable, relaxed and entertained both at home and while exploring the surrounding provinces. This is an unspoiled Tuscany offering visitors a fresh take on a fabled and fabulous land. Being out of doors is a pleasure here from May through October, when the
Romans are here every weekend, to enjoy the fresh air, blue sky, refreshing breezes and splendid views of nature. Spring comes at least two to three weeks earlier here than for the inland reaches of Tuscany, bringing balmy winds and refreshing colors to the gardens and landscape. Swimming and boating are active pursuits beginning whenever you are ready. Certainly from mid-June to late September is optimum.
The food options are centered on fresh fish and an exceptional range of sea creatures is available from the outdoor market at Porto Santo Stefano and are paired with such staples of Tuscan cuisine as fragrant olive oil and sheep cheese of various descriptions. The key points of interest -at 10 minutes driving -begin with the unique and beguiling I Tarocchi, a exceptional outdoor sculpture garden for the young and young at heart of all ages. Further afield and still within easy reach of mellow day trips are to the easy pleasures of exploring some of Tuscany's most intact villages which happen to also be the focus for producing the desirable Super Tuscan wines of Morellino di Scansano and Sassicaia. The renovated spas of Saturnia lie just outside Mancaiano at 40 minutes reach. In short, there is a lot to do in the Maremma area.
The villa is a tranquil, spacious retreat within an hour and a half of Rome's Fiumicino airport and favored as it is by an exceptional position within walking distance to a charming and lively village. You can reach three of Tuscany's few sandy beaches in a drive of less than 20 minutes. Once there you can settle into a beach club for a day of surf and sand, complete with sun-bed, umbrella, cabana for changing and lunch/bar service. It is beach-going as only the Italians would have conjured it. GROUNDS: - Private gated entrance with drive to parking area below house - Upper terrace and garden with broad expanse of lawn edged with cherry, prune and apricot trees - Tented dining terrace for 10 -12 guests - Lower lawn with al fresco pavilion; seating area plus dining table for 16 in front of working fireplace, wood-fired Tuscan barbecue - Pool area (16 x 4; 1.5 -3.2 m in depth) with shade umbrellas, sun beds and spectacular view - Side garden with wisteria shaded pergola, small table for two - Kitchen barbecue and adjacent covered laundry .