A wide flowering garden, fragrant with the scent of rosemary and lavender, and protected by tall cypress trees, surrounds Il Pellicano villas, a secret hideaway in the heart of Argentario, dedicated to the “barefoot luxury” lovers. A promise of peace that makes you want to stay forever. This must be what Michael and Patricia Graham felt in the mid-60s, when they built the first part of the house. That now is an elegant five-star Hotel part of Leading Hotels of the World in the Tuscan Maremma region, was their large villa on the Argentario coast, which they called Il Pellicano as a tribute to where they first met at Pelican Point, in California.

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The house was initially a club for the Grahams’ friends, but was later expanded and opened to the friends of friends. In order to fully understand the spirit of the place, we need to take a trip back in time. Michael Graham, a British aviator, was the only survivor of a plane crash in Africa in the mid-1950s. The news, widely reported by the European and American press, shocked American socialite Patsy Daszel, and she cut out the article and pasted it in her diary, hoping someday to meet that brave and lucky British soldier. And, like a fairy tale, her wish came true. It was love at first sight. After many travels around the world, the couple decided to settle down in Tuscany where they built Il Pellicano in Argentario. Then, in the late 1970s, when the Grahams returned to England, the property passed to their friend Roberto Sciò, who, while protecting the home’s integrity, transformed Il Pellicano into one of the most iconic Argentario’s hotels. Since 2012 Il Pellicano is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

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