A private house in the family for over 50 years and visited all the year round.
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Wonder in the woods
The house was lovely with plenty of space for everyone to have privacy and also with good places to be together. The terrace overlooking the woods and sea was spectacular both during the day and in the evening. The kitchen was very well equipped and we enjoyed using it to cook although we also had Giovanna cook for us on a couple of nights and that was even more wonderful! She is a great cook and a lovely person. The pool lower down in the garden was also delightful and felt quite private away from the house. This property is very much a home and is full of books and has cosy sofas and chairs if the weather is not clement. We were travelling with friends and family and we all loved the house and gardens. we hope to return.
A spacious welcoming home, uniquely and conveniently located for a variety of holiday activities
If you are looking for a spacious house hidden away on a coastal Tuscan hillside, but with access to a variety of places in southern Tuscany, Casa Moorehead offers a wonderful location. The house is spacious, but it is more than a house, it is a home, and we immediately felt at home there. Indoors or outdoors, the house is well appointed for holiday living, and the charming terrace places you in amongst the trees, but with view of the surrounding hills and the sea. Sunrise was a particular delight. We discovered that the house had a unique literary association, which added a special curiosity and dimension to our stay. The location places you within easy car travel distance of waterfront cafes and restaurants at Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, swimming beaches, islands off the coast, inland hilltop Tuscan villages and historic and modern attractions. And there are nearby shopping facilities for all your needs. Be prepared for a narrow road and driveway up to the house, but it is easily carefully navigated. We were a group of family and friends and thoroughly enjoyed what was an all too short 11 day stay. It was October, so pleasantly warm, not hot. John R
Wonderful family holiday
The property is rustic and has a great history. The highlights would be - spacious living area/views/pool/badminton court/table tennis/kitchen/terrace/outdoor dining area/cooks. In the heat of August it is a bit of a struggle to stay cool (no AC) but we coped nonetheless. Staff and owners are brilliantly responsive. Thanks to all!
the perfect place to enjoy life
We have been to the Villa Moorehead before and we will come back again. It is the perfect place to reunite with friends or family. The house itself is spacious and has lovely views and the terrace is simply magnificent. Nothing better than a late evening drink and long chats on the terrace when the kids are in bed: You here the crickets chirping away and see the moonlight glittering on the sea. During the day everyone can do there preferred stuff – go to the family friendly sandy beach, check out the coves of the Argentario, hire a boat, stay by the pool, explore the Tuscan sights and towns or do absolutely nothing on the terrace. It is a place where life seems easy.
A comfortable seaside family house up a mountain
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.
Perfect house for friends and families of all ages
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.
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, with 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