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Delightful villa on Tuscan coast with private beach club

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Cala Piccola Villa Rental Photos and Description

6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 guest suites, sleeps 10

'La Rondine di Mare' is a charming villa set in an acre of Mediterranean countryside that boasts spectacular sea views. It is on a quiet road not overlooked by other properties. The house is very big and nicely divided so that everyone has some private space. The sitting room which has three double glass doors that lead outside. Two wings lead off the sitting room. The first leads the master bedroom. The other wing leads past the kitchen and dinning room, to a bunk bed room and shower room. The dinning room has a large round table which is ideal for feeding children or using when it rains and the kitchen is long and easily fits several adults cooking simultaneously. The kitchen has another exit that leads to the car park and terrace. Two short, external flights of stairs lead to the two guest suits. The house is decorated elegantly with an eclectic style of the well travelled.

There are 3 terraces. The main one off the sitting room has a teak dining table that seats up to 15 people and several trees that create very welcome shade from the summer sun. In addition there is a large square umbrella and pergola that has a canvas covering providing a large amount of shade. The gardens and grass lawns are ideal for sunbathing or playing catch with your children. The view from this side of the house is due west towards the island of Giglio. Most evening there are spectacular sunsets! On a clear day you can also see the islands of Monte Cristo and Corsica and if you are very lucky even Elba.

The second terrace has a bamboo roof and teak table for 4. We like breakfasting here or having an drink while looking at the island of Giannutri.

The kitchen terrace has recently been resurfaced and is a useful space for your children to play in while you cook or take a break at the other side of the house. There is also a dedicated area for drying clothes.

The Monte Argentario peninsular: You can explore the near by port of Santo Stefano and the marina at Porto Ercole with their fish stalls, markets, boutiques and restaurants. Take the ferry to the islands of Giglio and Giannutri or visit the inland medieval towns of Magliana in Toscana and Capalbio. Or even swim under the waterfall at the Saturnia hot springs.

A perfect location for all ages.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Bruce Bennett
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2016

About Bruce Bennett

We are an Anglo-Italian family with an Italian mother and British father. We grew up in England and spent idyllic summer holidays at the villa with our Italian grandfather, his extended family and loads of cousins. We are four siblings based in Rome, Paris and in the UK.

Bruce Bennett purchased this villa in 1960

Why Bruce Bennett chose Monte Argentario

It is great for large families and people that want a little privacy. The house is well divided so that you can be together or relax on your own. The road is quiet with only 5 other villas and a very famous Italian pop star (Antonello Venditti) for a neighbour (who is rarely around and is very quiet!). The area is really safe and there is a lovely welcoming feeling at the beach (just say my name). The beach club has everything that you could need. Lifeguards, bar, restaurant, showers, playground with swings and ping pong. There are also many places where you can sit in the shade other than your umbrella. There are safe caves to explore and a diving board. The playground is near the entrance where a lady sits, who loves children and keeps an eye out for them all.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Delightful villa on Tuscan coast with private beach club
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Amazing- we've traveled the world and no where was as breathtaking and relaxing as Cala Piccola.

  • 5 of 5

The views and outdoor living areas are breathtaking - the beach club is beyond words.

The home's sea views, landscaping, four outdoor seating areas and privacy make you never want to leave - then you go to the beach club which is a giant private cove preserved for a limited number of members and hotel guests and are awestruck.

The layout of this home is ideal for an extended family/friends - with 3 bedrooms in the main area and two other areas with their own entrances.

As per previous comments, the home is a tad dated- but who would ever want to spend time indoors with all the great outdoor areas.

We will definitely be back on our next trip to Italy.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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casa ampia, adatta a 12 persone comode.

  • 5 of 5

panorama e location fantastica. Sottolineo che l'accesso a Cala piccola ( mare meraviglioso) servitissimo con il minibus è gratuito ( sia minibus che la spiaggia). E' stata una gradevole sorpresa. Tra l'altro il servizio spiaggia (bar etc..) è assolutamente adeguato anche come costi . Da riprovare assolutamente

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Beautiful Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Such a great property, very comfortable, the Cala Piccola Beach Club was a perfect way to spend the days with kids and Santo Stefano lots of fun at night. The owner could not have been more helpful and very easy to communicate with. Would highly recommend and would love to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Spacious villa with a good feeling of being "home"

  • 5 of 5

This villa helped a lot to make our vacation really good! 9 adults and 2 children were fit in all the bedrooms without problem (we even left one unused). The terrace was a fantastic area where we had every breakfast and a lot of other memorable meals and drinks. The view towards the ocean is incredible! All the furniture and wall decorations in the house gave a nice feeling of actually being at home.

The beach club was also nice to spend some time at, and the sand beaches along the coast towards the mainland worked pretty good for us too (about 25 minutes by car).

For restaurants we mostly went to Porto Santo Stefano, one day to Porto Ercole, but the hotel close to the villa was also a good option as we found out the last day. Pity we didn't think of trying their breakfast buffet until it was departure day, but perhaps next time!

As for the owner we got really good information and recommendations about what to do (restaurants, beaches, vineyards etc.) and what to think about regarding the villa. When emailed questions before the vacation the answer was never more than a day away which was very appreciated.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Owner's Response: Siamo contentissimi voi abbiamo goduto della vostra visita. Speriamo che ritorniate ancora.
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Fantastic view and a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We have spend several fantastic holidays in Cala Piccola, Monte Argentario and this house is one of the best.

The house is big with a layout that gives you privacy even when you are a big family.

Because the house is located on a cape it is quiet and the view over the sea is beatiful, with nice sunsets.

We spend most days at the private beach club nearby.

We will return to this nice house in Cala Piccola.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Owner's Response: We are very glad to have had you to stay! Allegra
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Rome or Pisa
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Inside the Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Porto Santo Stefano
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Argentario Golf Resort & Spa
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Cala Piccola Hotel
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Cala Piccola
Car: necessary

Monte Argentario is an Italian well-kept secret. This peninsular on the Tuscan coastline is renowned for its spectacular setting and seashore.

Two parallel roads lined with pine trees and kilometres of sandy beach link the peninsula to mainland Italy. Prototypical Italian hairpin roads wind their way round the mountainside to the ports of Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano.

Poised between the mountain as its backdrop and the Mediterranean Sea is the picturesque Bay of Cala Piccola.

Popular activities:

Popular sports in the area include swimming, snorkling, diving, cannoing, cycling, walking and tennis to name a few.

Boat hire is possible from the local town, Porto Santo Stefano

Boat trips to Giglio Island run reguarly from Porto Santo Stefano.

Golf: A new golf course has been opened.

The Argentario Golf Club, with its par 71, 18-hole course, excellent practice facilities and hotel, is set to play an important role in Argentario’s leisure and tourism development. The club is located in a protected oasis of Mediterranean maquis, with fine views across the valley to the open sea, the Orbetello lagoon and the hills of the Maremma in the distance. The undulating terrain, extensive use of water hazards and unforgiving rough provide an enjoyable challenge for all abilities. Whether you are fine-tuning your technique or learning the rudiments of the game, the Argentario Golf Club offers a truly diverse and unique golfing experience. Look no further for your next golf holiday, golfing break or corporate golf event!

Notes: Guests are welcome (handicap of 36 required) – however, it necessary to reserve a tee time and soft spikes must be worn. Dogs are permitted, provided they are kept on a lead.

18-Hole Course


Rates & Availability

Cala Piccola Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
September/ October
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $328
Refundable damage deposit $820

Please note there is no central heating available. There is however an open fireplace that is usuable.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Cala Piccola Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Next to the master bedroom
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , Next to the bunk bed room
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Larger guest suite
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Smaller guest suite
  • The master bedroom and guest suite have bathrooms with bathtubs and hand painted tiles. The double guest suite and bunk bed room have modern bathrooms with showers.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 queen , Shares a bathroom with the single room
    Single - 1 twin/ single
    Bunk bed - 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Bunk bed and single bed
    Bruce - 1 queen , Larger suite shared with Twin room
    Twin - 2 twin/ single
    Yellow - 1 queen , Guest suite
  • Two wings lead off the sitting room. The first leads to a single bedroom, shared bathroom and the master bedroom. The master bedroom has two windows which were positioned so that each frames an island view (Giglio and Giannutri). The other wing leads the kitchen, to the bunk bed room and shower room. The house is on two levels and built on a small rise so that the sitting room, gardens and kitchen are on the main floor and the guest suites underneath. The sitting room leads onto a large outside terracotta terrace which is perfect for al fresco dinning or simply relaxing under the pergola or large umbrella. There are also two lawns which are great for playing with the children or simply relaxing while watching the sun set. Two short, external flights of stairs lead to the guest suites. One suite has a double bedroom and bathroom. The other suite has a double bedroom, a bedroom with two single beds and shared shower room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Wireless (ADSL) access is available.

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