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 garden terrace which surrounds 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 and badminton court.
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