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At the end of a twisting road, a black gate opens onto a flowering garden, fragrant with the scent of rosemary and lavender, and protected by tall cypress trees, Mediterranean pines and olive trees. You have arrived at your Tuscan haven. Located between the sky and the sea, the cottages of Il Pellicano luxury hotel call out to those who love “barefoot luxury”. Pathways, gardens and discrete corners connect the central building to the cottages with their large rooms, windows and terraces, and where the line between indoors and outdoors is blurred.

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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. 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, added the fascination of Italian style, with luxury that is in no way ostentatious, but offering the services and comforts of a five-star hotel. From 1982 to 2012, Il Pellicano was part of Relais & Châteaux, and its Michelin two-star restaurant has also been awarded three forks by Gambero Rosso. It’s no surprise that the hotel is frequented by the children and grandchildren of guests of those early years.

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