Centuries ago a lookout tower and garrison for soldiers with an eye out for Barbaresque pirates, this panoramically placed complex has recently become a unique residence for guests wishing to enjoy history in comfort and the timeless pleasure of gazing out to sea. To the right the sensuous curves of the island of Elba, to the left the long sand beach and pine forest buffer to roads leading to Rome. Set on a rocky peninsula to protect the nearby castle, the complex once consisted of barracks, oven house, watchtower, chapel, well and sentry box and was reached only by mule-track. Now you can drive (slowly) up a gravel road to its 21st century comforts.
The barracks is now a spacious living / dining room with high beamed ceilings, a fireplace, comfortable sofas, a large table for 8 and wonderful views out all of the side windows. There is a cloakroom off the dining area and, behind a sliding wooden door, a well-equipped kitchen with washing machine. The double wooden doors off the living area lead out to the former oven-house, now converted into separate bedroom suites, a twin bedroom with shower room and a double bedroom with bathroom. Up the original staircase and across the drawbridge of the dramatic cylindrical tower you come to a round living area with a fireplace, comfortable cushioned chairs and a wooden chest that ingeniously hides a sink, hobs and fridge for those late nights when tower dwellers do not feel like a outdoor walk to the kitchen. Downstairs there is a small bedroom made up either as bunk beds for two children or as a single adult bedroom with ensuite shower room. Up the sweeping iron staircase is a wonderful top-of-the-tower double bedroom with outstanding views and an ensuite shower room. As in all of the rooms there are bright fabrics and attractive country furniture throughout. Just beyond the tower is a terrace whose views to the Tyrrhenian Sea and Tuscan archipelago are uninterrupted and inspiring; the perfect place to watch the sunset or fix your own seaside dinner, thanks to the convenient small kitchen in the old chapel off the terrace. And one last surprise; what looks like the nearby well is actually a Jacuzzi, whose mosaic tiles will sparkle in the light of the moon.
Though the watery horizon may hold you to your cliff-top, there are many good reasons to venture away. Interlaced in the pinewoods and low scrub surrounding the property are paths you can easily follow to explore the un-spoilt nature that sits well above an open sea. Down on sea level, however, are all the reasons for which one makes a pilgrimage to the water's edge; beaches, seafood, sailing, scuba-diving, all in easy reach....Read more
Left on 10/04/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 4, 2010Stayed Jul 2010
The location is great, views are stunning, the property is very original, but needs more comfort facilities for people to stay; kettle, big cooking dishes, vine glasses, more towels, may be beach towels would be also a great touch etc. I guess for that price of the property for rent - these would be quite minor investments. Also doors kept to shut by wind with the keys inside and we had to call for assistance with a copy of the keys every time, once had to climb through the window. But, of course if u are careful with the keys, this property does has a very special feel to it. Views really are unforgetable.
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