"Sun and sea in peace and freedom" - Frediano Pardini.
The hotel Hermitage was built in 1953 as a summerhouse for the Pardini's family in an untouched natural environment which could be reached only by boat.
In 1956 the family decided to share this enchanted place with paying guests and this is still what it is now, not reachable by car and a family house more than a traditional hotel.
If you accept this simplicity and appreciate the peace that it gives, you will understand which was the original idea of Frediano Pardini: "sole e mare in pace e libertà" (sun and sea in peace and freedom) .This concept of a vacation far from noise and the frenzy of modern life is still alive at the Hermitage of today run with love and attention by Federigo Pardini and his wife Barbara.
Life at the Hermitage is simple. There are boat arrivals coming and going sometimes with food and merchandise and sometimes with visitors or new guests. At 7.30 pm appetizers and drinks are served on the terrace facing the sea and the rocky coast of the island, one hour later the sound of the gong invites for dinner. During Summer lunch is served in the open on the terrace by the sea. Being led by this gentle lazy and slow pace, you will experience the freedom of not having to make other choices than how to fill the rest of the day, enjoying the sound of the waves and the scented air of the wild, reading a book, making excursions, sailing or, during the evening, listening to Ghigo’s old stories about life on the island and its inhabitants.
The hotel is located above a small harbor "Cala degli alberi" only reachable by boat (20 minutes from Giglio Porto) on ancient granite terraces surrounded by a large garden with trees and flowers carefully planted and taken care by the family. A steep path "La Scala Santa" will lead you the top but once you get there and your eyes will wonder on the stunning sea view, the sky, the cape of Argentario and Giannutri island you will be rewarded of the hard climbing.
The hotel has only 13 bedrooms simply furnished, the common areas are decorated with memories of the family and the island, and almost every room has a terrace overlooking the sea and the nature around.
You can stay in the bungalows or in the original villa where you will find common areas such as, the office, the sitting rooms, a small but well equipped library and the dining area where dinner is served in the evening. All the bedrooms are different and the affectionate guests return year after year to their own bedrooms.
The fresh everyday cooked food is a great part of the pleasure in staying at Pardini’s. All is made with love by Barbara and her nephew Antonio in the little kitchen behind the main dining room. Homemade pasta and bread, fresh fish of the day, meat, cheese, salty and sweet cakes, for a typical Mediterranean diet are served at every meal.
Most of the ingredients including the meat is produced by them, fish comes from the island fishermen or from the fish farms in the salty water of Orbetello lake. The vegetable garden of their own farm provides some the fresh greens for the meals and there is even a little mill that grinds the grains for bread, pasta and cakes. Everything is cultivated in an organic way respectful of the environment. If you wish Barbara will also make very balanced and tasty vegetarian dishes there will be great care in varying the menu during one’s stay.
The animals at the Hermitage are like an extended family. Besides the friendly house dog Lou, and the large population of half wild cats, there are still donkeys which only 50 years ago were the only mean of transportation for villagers on the steep paths of the island and by us once used to carry the guests luggage and the supplies from the Porticciolo to the villa upstairs.
Then like in a normal farm you will find pigs, hens and goats. With the goat milk we make a wonderful "caprino" cheese, yogurt and ricotta for breakfast.
If you take a walk in the farm in the early morning to enjoy the first light of sunrise you will find out that the animals have the best view over the sea and Cala degli Alberi. But soon you will hear their voices asking for freedom and food. In their way they ask the guardian to open their enclosures and scatter in the wild part of the island. At sunset like good fellows they will be back by themselves to their stables.
Peace, sun and clear sea water are the main characteristic of the Hermitage but there is the possibility for the guests to enjoy other activities such as trekking visits to the 3 Giglio villages or the near island of Giannutri, canoeing, bowling, table tennis or relaxing in the Thalassotherapy baths, while ceramic, yoga and cooking courses
might be organized at request.
- 18/04-24/05 & 18/09-30/09: 135 euro
- 25/05-21/06 & 09/09-17/09: 155 euro
- 22/06-20/07 & 24/08-08/09: 175 euro
- 21/07-22/08: 185 euro
For children and babies we have special rates and discounts, please contact us for further enquiries, as well as single rooms if occupied by two persons have a discount of 20 euro per day and person.
Rome Fiumcino -Porto Santo Stefano (159km) – 2hrs drive
Pisa-Porto Santo Stefano (202km) – 2.20 hrs drive
Orbetello Monte Argentario is the closest train station. From Orbetello you take the bus to Porto Santo Stefano or a taxi (app. 30 euro)
Boat from Porto Santo Stefano-Giglio Island (1 hrs)
You can leave your car in a parking in Porto S. Stefano, there is no reason to bring the car to Giglio. From there you take the ferry (check timetable of Maregiglio
) to Giglio island.
Once you get to the harbour of Giglio Island, a boatman, will be waiting for you in the orange tent in the harbour, to take you straight to the hotel, as it is only reachable by sea (10 min) or walking (2 hrs).