|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Bocca d'Oro is situated in the foothills of Monte Argentario, a mountain promontory with long sandy beaches and a rocky coastline in southern Tuscany,.Most years you can swim right up to the end of October. Apart from providing a wonderful variety of seaside activities, it is well-placed for visits to Siena and Florence, or, nearer at hand, the Etruscan tombs of Tarquinia. The house itself has fine views of the sea and the mountain and, with 10 acres of land, it is a completely private place and yet only five minutes from the sea and the unspoilt village of Porto Ercole with its pretty harbour, restaurants, bars and cafes. Sleeping up to 15 people, it is suitable both for families or smaller groups (when the rent is reduced but all 8 bedrooms are still available). There is plenty of space both inside the house and on the wide expanse of the terrace surrounding it. The hillside garden is planted with cypress, pine and olive trees, and in a sheltered spot among these is the swimming pool. An excellent local Italian cook is available if required.
One of the features of the house is the large terrace which surrounds it and is planted with olive, pine and lime trees. Here you can eat out either under a pergola of vines or at another table which looks out towards the sea. There are outside lights for the evenings both on the terrace and the swimming pool. Also a ping-pong table, badminton court and a barbecue.
Only five minutes drive from the house is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the Tuscan coast where you can swim in most years right up to the end of October. Extending from the Argentario in a 6 kilometre crescent to the mainland, it has all the beach facilities including bars, restaurants, wind-surfing, water and jet skiing. Behind the beach is a magnificent pine forest with deer and other wildlife. Bicycles can be hired to ride through the forest and one can stop at various places along the way to swim - see photographs.
Airports: Pisa is 2 hours drive from the house, Rome Fiumicino 1.5 hours, Rome Ciampino 2 hours
This is to thank you for our stay at your house in Porto Ercole. It was truly wonderful for all of us to be there. We familiarized ourselves with some of the works of your father, and in this way we came to look at the house with different eyes. We very much enjoyed being in a lived-in house (rather than a nondescript holiday resort). Actually we felt not as tenants but as guests. The swimming pool was a hit (even though the weather was a little cool some of the time), and so was the badminton court. And Giovanna's cooking is simply superb! On behalf of all of us I send you a BIG BIG THANK YOU!
I have spent several wonderful holidays with groups of friends in this delightful house. Everything the owner says about it is accurate in every detail. Trust him!
The house is spacious, comfortable and simply and beautifully decorated and maintained - plenty of room to escape to read a book or to socialise, with an attractive, shady garden and a terrace with a magnificent view over the surrounding hills and the sea. Catering for onself is easy in the large well- equipped kitchen, and housework is efficiently taken care of by a local maid. For children and active adults there is table tennis, badminton and a charming pool (long enough to keep fit) set among flowers and trees. The house is filled with books for all ages.
The surrounding area offers wonderful walks in the hills and safe swimming on local beaches with restaurants, loungers and umbrellas etc and a very appealing, friendly atmosphere.
The local port, Porto Ercole, is an attractive, unspoilt fishing village with lovely cafes, restaurants, and clothes shops. Orbetello, the nearest town, has a fabulous weekly market.
I wholheartedly recommend Casa Moorehead and its location for a perfect Tuscan holiday.
We went again this year, so much did we enjoy it last time. Perfect for a group of friends or family: comfortable bedrooms, lovely terrace overlooking sea below, with big round table for long lunches/suppers. Well big equipped kitchen.Swimming in either the pool or the sea 15 minutes down the hill with its sun umbrellas and loungers and delightful family-run taverna. good walking, shopping in Porto Ercole port, visits to Sienna etc. We will be going again.
The house has marvellous spaces to relax in, chief amongst which is the large terrace overlooking the port. At night a spotlight makes the trees look magical. There's a delightful walk to the pool under pines and olive trees; we played badminton nearby and then jumped into the pool to cool off. We walked into Porto Ercole one day but drove to the excellent restaurant Mamma Licia at Fenigia beach on another occasion.
Giovanna cooked beautifully for us several nights; Lourdes came to clean most days, and Luigi attended to the garden. All were most friendly and helpful.
If, like me, you are a bookworm it is a paradise. There are books everywhere and include Alan Moorhead's books on the two Niles.
I had a wonderful experience staying at Casa Moorehead. The house is beautiful, spacious, and full of light. It is well suited to large groups.
Close to the beach, but still up in the mountain, lovely pool, and my favourite- a badminton court. It is honestly one of the most relaxing places I've been to recently.
My friends and I were very comfortable and happy with our time here and recommend it wholeheartedly.
Having stayed at the beautiful villa for the past two Summers, It is easy to say why I love this place. This scenic terrace from which to see the gorgeous view of Porto Ercole's marina invites you to come down to the water and enjoy a cappuccino and gelato, or dine at one of the lovely restaurants is something out of a movie. The rich history, the beautiful beaches in the area are all very close the Villa that is tucked away in the hills. This is a getaway to gather your thoughts, and to be inspired by the history of this home and to truly relax.
What a place! The photos just don’t do it any justice. We would have loved to spend all summer there. The house is great. You don’t sit on top of each other even if you’re going in a large group; it has a homely feeling with all the books and great views from the rooms to either the sea or the mountain. But it’s all about the outdoors: there are so many paths to walk on around land belonging to the house. I can’t forget having cocktails on the terrace with the warm evening light shining on the historic forts, the hillside and the sea. We played lots of table tennis and badminton. When we could get our kids away from the pool we went to the nearby beach which is great for little ones as it’s very shallow to start with. We didn’t even make it to Siena because the area itself had so much to offer. We are planning to come back!
Porto Ercole (our local village) five minutes drive, Orbetello (the nearest station) 15 minutes. Further afield but all within reach of the Argentario lie the main Tuscan towns: Siena, where the historical Palio race is held (1.5 hours), Florence and Orvieto (2 hours) and Tarquinia, home of the Etruscan tombs (45 minutes). Porto Ercole is dominated by two 16th century Spanish forts and has a wide variety of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. On the other side of the mountain is the village of Porto San Stefano, from where ferries sail daily to the local islands of Giglio and Giannutri. There are several tennis courts in the area and a championship golf course 10 minutes from the house. Further away, an hour's drive, are the sulphur springs of Saturnia. And nearer at hand the lagoons around Orbetello where you can go boating.
Other Activities: wind-surfing, water and jet skiing,bicycling, island-hopping,fishing,golf,tennis,walking'horse-riding
Golf: There is an excellent championship 18-hole golf course in a beautiful setting within 10 minutes drive of the house.
|Refundable damage deposit||$492|
The £400 returnable deposit is against breakages and, only in July and August, electricity consumption above 100 KW per week.
There is a 150 euro final cleaning charge in July and August. This is reduced to 100 euros in all other months.
The house sleeps a maximum of 15 people. Any people above this number must be reported to the owner and may incur a supplementary payment.