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John Moorehead

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, italian

Seaside villa in Tuscany 8 bedroom private pool long sandy beaches village 5min

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 8
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Monte Argentario Villa Rental Photos and Description

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 14 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

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
John Moorehead (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
May 2013
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Seaside villa in Tuscany 8 bedroom private pool long sandy beaches village 5min
average rating of 4.647059 based on 20 reviews

summer dream

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Wonderful Location, Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Where do Romans holiday? Beautiful Porto Ercole

  • 5 of 5

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.

Highly recommended.


  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Perfect place for spending 1-2 weeks

  • 5 of 5

We were a 15-people family group covering three generations with various

interests and needs.The house and its environment with the nice swimming pool and the badminton court were very nice and the environment around Porto Ercole

allowed for a variety of activities.The house is beautifully located,comfortable and

the service provided excellent.In short,we loved it all!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A beautiful relaxing house.

  • 4 of 5

Sep 2015. This house is absolutely perfect for large groups (or small!) with everyone able to have their own space inside and outside the house. I will never forget having drinks on the terrace every evening overlooking the ocean with our friends, followed by dinner under the vines by candle light. Such a peaceful place and a wonderful book collection! The kids had a wonderful time too exploring the garden and the pool was a delight.

The (almost) daily visit from the gardener and cleaner were something we looked forward to as we enjoyed chatting to them about the history of the house and things to do in local area (and even if your Italian isn't good you would still get a sense of how lovely they are).

We were a little disappointed with Porto Ercole - it didn't have the charm that we expected it to have, but this is nothing to do with the house, and we made up for it with day trips to Siena, the hot springs at Saturnia and the stunning village of Pitigliana.

We loved this house and have wonderful idyllic memories of our time there.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Wonderful holiday on the Tuscan coast

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday in Porto Ercole. We were two families at the house and had plenty of room for everyone. The kids loved exploring the garden and we all enjoyed the amazing library of English books. The house is in a wonderful location with gorgeous views and easy to get to town and other parts of the island. Giovanna the local cook we hired through the owner cooked fantastic Italian meals for us most nights. A thoroughly enjoyable time!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Rome Fiumicino
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Porto Ercole area Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
mid season
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
high season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
low season
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $393

The house sleeps a maximum of 14 people. For each additional person above that number there will be a charge of 10% of the weekly rent. The £300 security deposit is against telephone use, breakages and electricity consumption above 150KW per week. A first class local Italian cook is available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Monte Argentario Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Apart from the four bathrooms which are all decorated with beautiful patterned tiles made in the local foundries, there is one separate WC
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 4 bedrooms with double beds, 3 with twin beds and 1 single. Every bedroom has either a sea or mountain view.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 20 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen has plenty of room and includes: two fridges with deep freeze compartments, large oven, two hobs, a dishwasher and lots of cupboard and shelf room. Utility Room: Washing machine/ironing board, double sink for hand-washed items. The large L-shaped living room leads directly on to the terrace and includes a dining area at one end. There is Satellite TV and a video recorder with over 200 films, including some cartoons for children, as well as an upright piano and a library of English books. Towels and linen included and is changed once a week by the cleaner who comes to the house 4 days a week. We are able to find you a cook (a very good one) who will prepare evening meals but this will be at your expense.

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