Monte Argentario Villa Rental Photos and Description
A self-catering rental with beach club access
The villa is spectacularly located high on Monte Argentario, the stunning promontory on the southern tip of Tuscany. A steep and winding road brings to the villa allowing for an isolated position with plenty of privacy and breathtaking views over the sparkling blue Mediterranean and the Tuscan Archipelago. The villa has membership to the Cala Piccola Beach Club, a beautiful cove just five minutes from the villa. The club is completely equipped and offers a very good restaurant and bar. The club also provides a free shuttle service from the Via Panoramica to the cove and back. Free access to the club is available for four people and one car. A small fee is charged for extra guests. The villa is within two hours driving distance to Siena, Florence and Rome. There is a beautiful 18 hole golf course between Porto Santo Stefano and Orbetello whereas Saturnia's hot springs and the Maremma's myriad of hidden treasures are all within a 50 minute drive from the villa.
The house: The House in the Clouds was given this suggestive name thanks to its amazing location high up on the hillside of Monte Argentario. From its perch the villa commands breathtaking views of the sea and the Tuscan Archipelago with shear cliffs as a backdrop. It's private location offers quiet balmy days with the distant sound of waves breaking on the rugged shores far below while the twittering of birds in the surrounding ilex and oak woodland entertain with their pretty song.
The beach: A five minute drive from the house will take you down to the lovely cove of Cala Piccola. The cove is reserved for members only. Umbrellas and deck chairs are included and a bar and very good seafood restaurant are also available. The club also provides a free shuttle service from the cove up to the Panoramica (main) road.
Free access is available for 4 people, a small fee will be charged to extra guests.
The village and Monte Argentario: Monte Argenatrio is renowned for its striking, jagged cliffs interspersed with numerous small coves and pebbled beaches. A peninsula, Monte Argentario is linked to the mainland by two narrow sandbars encompassing the Lagoon of Orbetello, a haven for a vast number of migratory birds.
A ten minute drive from the villa takes you to the fishing port of Santo Stefano. Here you will find a variety of restaurants and trattorie, supermarkets and chemists, banks and a post office. There is a very well stocked fish market open daily (Mondays closed) along the sea front and the ferry service will take you to most islands.
Mainland Maremma is rich with beautiful and fascinating places to explore: medieval hilltop towns, etruscan tombs, thermal baths and ancient roman ruins. Maremma is also acclaimed for it’s fine food and wine which can be savoured at the many restaurants and trattorie to be found in the area.
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Alison Bruce
The House in the Clouds was completed the year I was born. My mother and father, with the aid of an architect uncle, built the villa to house a numerous family. We are in fact four siblings and lived and enjoyed the House in the Clouds throughout our childhood. We have all grown up and moved to different parts of the world: England, Paris, Rome, Firenze.... but home is the House in the Clouds which we love and keep for ourselves and to share with descerning travellers.
Alison Bruce purchased this villa in 1968
Why Alison Bruce chose Monte Argentario
Well... this house has it's charm - it is unique in it's style, my mother is the eye and hand behind every detial - she also devised and made every curtain, bedspread and sofa cover in the house. The tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms are hand painted Deruta, the parquet olive floor in the living room was a gift from my father. In 1968 there was a very cold winter - many olive trees died that year. My father collected enough olive wood and had it sawed to size in the Argentario Shipyard - many a saw was broken in the process, but the living room floor is stunning!
What makes this villa unique
...but wait till you look out of the big arched window! Every day brings a uniquely special view... rich red sunsets, moonlight flickering across the rippling water, some days the clouds 'fall down' (as my daughter says) and the water disappears and all you can see is a sea of puffy white clouds laid out in front of you. The lightning storms are also spectacular...
From the house you can see the islands of Monte Cristo, Giglio, Elba, the Formiche and on clear days you can catch a glimps of the Corsican coastline. Oh! and lets not forget Giannutri round the corner...
But come and see for yourselfs - each new guest is mesmerized by our view when the arrive...
Guestbook comments from the manager
We just wish to thank you and your family again for the wonderful holiday we had in the "House-inthe-Clouds". Every day was enjoyable. The weather was perfect and the surroundings too!