La Maddalena Alta

Porto Santo Stefano, Grosseto

White beaches, turquoise waters and a small, cliff-perched pool… the hum of the crickets, the lapping of the waves, Tuscany by the sea!


9 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 9

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Where else would you find a mountain surrounded by ocean attached to the mainland by a strip of land, and a magical view of two islands? Monte Argentario is the most spectacular piece of coastline along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Escaping the tourist crowds of Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, Isabella and Roberto named their paradise La Maddalena after the striking ancient watch tower at the edge of the property. It’s a huge adventure to get here: the road twists and turns through hills strewn with brush, broom, cypress and pine to a steep rugged track and a breathtaking arrival. You’re high above the crashing waves in a wild landscape, with stunning sea views. You stay in a stone cottage, beautifully restored and not another building in sight. The inside is simple, cosy and well-equipped with terracotta floor tiles and mosquito nets over beds. Bask in your own sparkling pool and private outdoor space, be adventurous and scramble downhill for 15 minutes to a private pebble beach and clear waters. Impossible to leave? There are pine forests to explore, coves to swim, seafood to delight in, and ferries to the Isle of Giglio.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4.30pm-7pm Saturday-Saturday
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from €350
Weekly price
from €2450
Damage deposit
500,00 Euro in cash requested at your arrival
House can be also rented by small group (from 4 people onwards).
1 House for 9
From €3509 beds5 bedrooms


We had the most magical holiday at La Maddalena Alta. The location is spectacular and Isabella the perfect host, always available to help including finding us an amazing chef. We can't wait to return.

Stephanie, New York

We had a fantastic time at La Maddalena-- everything about this location is stellar. The view from the house and the is pool breathtaking. The hike down to the beach for a swim in the sea is invigorating. The house is very cosy and charming. The hardest thing about it was tearing ourselves away. Isabella is an extraordinary host who made our stay completely delightful.

Virginia, New York

We had a sensational week at La Maddalena Alta and are determined to return. A mind-blowingly magnificent location - forget the surrounding area - you just go there to fill the fridge and go back asap to the incredible villa - a lovingly furnished, cosy family home. The hosts, Isabella and Roberto,are delightful and generous and adore the property, in which they themselves lived before relocating to Rome for their children's education and you sense, as guests, their love of the place. Just book and have an amazing time out - it really is worth it.

Peggy and Udo, Stuttgart

We spent 3 weeks in August 2018 in La Maddalena Alta. It is a great place with wonderful views and both houses are welcoming, very well organised, very nicely decorated with various and large space everywhere to rest, read or simply take the time to look at the amazing picture of the sea and the sunset. Also great to have a direct access to the sea. Our holidays ended up too quickly there and really a place we would definitely recommend and last but not least Isabella is a great host and did everything she could so that our stay be unforgettable

Françoise, Paris

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Isabella Melodia

  • La Maddalena is the ideal choice for those who need a relaxing time in an isolated location surrounded by nature in a romantic atmosphere. It's really a special place to stay, mentioned by The Times (2016) among of the top 50 secret villas in the Medd.
  • The fishing village of Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, both within a short (15-20 minutes) drive of the property, offer wonderful waterside restaurants where you can watch the sun set while feasting on freshly caught fish and superb Tuscan wine.
  • The Feniglia, an amazing long fine sandy beach in a natural park, is about 15 minutes from Porto S.Stefano. Here you can rent bicycles and run the pine forest that separates the lagoon of Orbetello from the sea, and arrive in the wildest part of the beach.
  • If you prefer sun umbrellas and sunbeds, the two edges of the beach are equipped for this, you can also rent small sailboats or simply relax and enjoy the best spaghetti with local clams at the best beach restaurant "Braccio”.
  • The ancient village of Porto Ercole is a picturesque sea village rich in towers and medieval fortresses. Daily trips to the medieval towns of Tuscania, Capalbio, Magliano, Pitigliano are advisable or by ferry to the crystal waters of the Island of Giglio.
  • or you can organise a daily trip to one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany, Siena, Florence, Pisa …. and come back home in the evening. But normally our guests never move from home because here they find everything they need.