|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Recently-renovated historic farmhouse and guest house with spacious gardens near the beaches of the Tuscan Riviera. The property sleeps 7, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (a good fit for up to 2 families). This centuries-old, charmingly-preserved property in the peaceful foothills of Camaiore is an ideal base from which to explore the Tuscan countryside.
The main house is on two levels. The 1st floor features a gourmet kitchen, full bath with Japanese soaking tub, living room, study and 2 fireplaces; a master bedroom, bathroom and guest room comprise the 2nd floor. The guest house, which is included in the rental, features a glassed-in veranda with mini-kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom, and a covered veranda (a wonderful place to take meals!).
Amenities include wireless internet, a printer/copier/scanner, clothes washer & dryer, a dishwasher, large flat screen TV and satellite receiver. The upper 2/3rds of the 3000 sq. meter terraced gardens are completely enclosed, creating an outdoor retreat where children may safely explore. A BBQ, sports equipment, and lounge chairs are available for guests' use.
The property is ideally suited for families with babies and small children. A portacrib, Stokke high chair, children's dishes and utensils and lots of toys and books are available, and an excellent children's store is 4km away.
The property is located in the rolling foothills of Camaiore, whose downtown is a 4-minute drive or 15 minute walk. It is a 15 minute drive from the beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, 40 minutes from Lucca and Pisa, 1 hour from Florence, 1.5 hours from Cinque Terre and 3.5 hours from Rome.
There is wireless internet, and a printer/copier/scanner for guest use. There are few more enjoyable places on earth to work remotely… laptop on the veranda, a glass of vino, jasmine-scented air and sunshine is as agreeable as it gets.
A classic country kitchen with a wood burning fireplace and iron fireback has been gently updated with a Fratelli Onofri 6-burner range and everything you'd need to prepare a Tuscan feast (or a cup of espresso to start the day). Baskets of staples hang from the beams above a bank of luxury appliances set in custom cabinetry with a local Carrara marble worktop. There is a full set of stainless-steel cookware and knives.
The property features three bathrooms, two in the main house and one in the guest house. On the first floor of the main residence, Venetian plaster walls frame reclaimed marble floors and state-of-the-art fixtures. A made-to-measure ofuro, a Japanese soaking tub, complements the large shower. A full bathroom with shower, sink and toilet are in the dressing room off the upstairs master bedroom.
Each bedroom features a European-sized queen bed (larger than their American counterparts). All beds have Magniflex memory-foam mattresses, which are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and supremely comfortable. We use only 100% cotton bedding and down duvets. The master suite features a custom armoire with antique chapel doors, exposed original fresco fragment and antique furnishings. The airy upstairs guest room has windows on three sides, exposed stonework and also offers a convertible daybed with trundle which can be set up as one twin, two, or a king bed, in addition to the queen bed in the room.
GRANAIO (GUEST HOUSE)
A terrace covered by a wisteria arbor connects the main house to the granaio, the property's former granary which has been converted into a guest house which is a complete living unit ideal for a couple. It features a queen bedroom and enclosed sun porch where you'll find a day kitchen with sink, small refrigerator and microwave. The guest house's compact modern bathroom includes a shower, sink and toilet. A covered veranda extends from the granaio, sheltering a teak dining table for traditional al fresco dining—the ideal place to take meals in the spring, summer and fall.
Fruit-bearing trees include olive, lemon, plum, kumquat, black and green fig, hazelnut, loquat, pear and persimmon, as well as thornless blackberries.
At the base of the property, ample parking is available for multiple cars. Old brick stairs lead to a secure gate, which can be opened remotely from within the house.
We are a brother and sister who spent summers growing up at La Rustica. We come back each year with our own small children--the third generation of our family to enjoy the peace and charm of this quiet hamlet alongside a major pilgrimage route. Our parents fell in love with this corner of Tuscany as a young couple and bought our property, restoring and updating the main house and converting a granary into the guesthouse. We recently undertook another update, bringing the bathrooms and kitchen up to modern standards--using reclaimed materials wherever possible, and period finishes and colors.
Jared Holstein purchased this villa in 1974
Three couples stayed in this home for three weeks this September 2016. I'd recommend it for just about anyone desiring a rural experience, yet with access to larger towns. Each couple took side trips of severa days each and places like Lucca are only 1/2 hour away. A car is really necessary although Camiore is only a couple of miles away. Shops are not close (that's why you'd want to drive to Camiore). Restaurants in town are plentiful, an especially good one being Candalla. The house is on a couple of acres (my estimate) with a very up-to-date kitchen. The owner's description of the property is accurate. Having done vacation rentals before I must say this owner is very generous, having left is cheese, flowers and wine to start our stay. He has a local manager who is accessible all the time and very responsive to questions and help with dinner reservations and anything else we needed. It's a place where you can read books, talk with your friends, and use as a base for trips around Tuscany. I think it's good for all ages including families, but if you like the night life it might not appeal. The home is historic and makes you feel like you're really living in Italy. There are herbs growing, a pear tree, persimmon trees, all on the property. It's fully fitted with all you need. A very positive experience!
Typical tuscan rustic house, very well equipped and nicely decorated. It was a pleasure to breakfast and dine outside in a pretty garden and lay down on the hamoc for the siesta. House' owner and manager very were carring before/during/after our stay. Big thanks to them.
10 minutes from the beach, 30 from pisa, 40 from lucca, 90 from firenze and from cinque terre. Very good spot.
With 4 adults and a young kid, it was perfect.
I am fortunate to work for a company that offers employees a month off every 7 years as part of our perks of the job (hooray!). I was even more fortunate to find this lovely and charming home (La Rustica)in Camaiore, Italy to stay for the entire month. First of all, thank you to our hosts Cassia and Jared for allowing us to stay in their home. We enjoyed every minute of our time there – in fact, we took days off from Tuscany travel just to stay at the house and thrive in the garden or stay under the covers during the thunderstorms. When we woke up our first morning to the wonderful sounds of the country and looked out the window to the Tuscan hills we had to pinch ourselves to know it was real. After a wonderful comfy night’s sleep (the beds are dreamy!) we explored the entire house and the garden. We arrived at a wonderful time of year when you can still eat breakfast from the garden – pick a pear, pick blackberries, eat a fig, select a ripe persimmon. Oh my, we were overwhelmed with choices for breakfast fruit (to accompany the yogurt that wonderful Hannah had delivered for us upon arrival). We hung out in the hammocks under the trees, basked in the sunlight on the chaises and enjoyed our wine in the evening on the verandah, streaming music from the wifi (yes, it really does work on the verandah). Cooking in the country kitchen enabled me to tap into my inner Italian – which is tough for this Irish Polish gal but, remarkably I found myself wanting to use the amazing stove and every pot and pan in the kitchen. Who doesn’t love pots hanging on hooks at a fireplace – it’s like from picture books. I loved cooking every chance I could get. Top feature of the house from my boyfriend – the Japanese soaking tub!!! Wow, was he content to stay in that tub forever. Second favorite the downstairs shower – I think he likes clean but I love that shower too. This is definitely a home away from home and an ideal place for couples and families with or without children. It’s a beautiful, comfortable, quiet place tucked in a corner of Tuscany and a perfect home location from which to visit almost all of Tuscany by train (Viareggio is very close with a very accessible train station) or car. The Cinque Terra is also close and certainly not to be missed. We’ll be back for sure and we can’t think of a place we’d much rather call home in Italy than this one. Enjoy!!!
We had the most wonderful stay here. My husband and I still talk about it and when we will return. The house is very, very comfortable and well equipped, the surrounding area is beautiful and peaceful, and the town of Camaiore is quaint and authentic. We spent one day at the beach, another in Lucca, another in Cinque Terre, one in Pisa and several days just exploring nearby towns and restaurants. We could have easily spent another two weeks here. The owner directed us to hidden gems - hillside towns, family restaurants, sights. The view from our bedroom window was so picturesque, and we loved the hearth in the kitchen. My favorite memories are buying freshly baked "donuts" from the bakery, walking through the falling leaves along the wall in Lucca, hiking between the towns of Cinque Terra, sitting in the warm, cozy kitchen with my family having a meal, the delicious and local food ... I could go on and on. It was a perfect experience and I can not wait to return.
We loved our stay at La Rustica. We chose it for a vacation with three generations of family— we still talk about our time there, and plan to return soon.
La Rustica is a very special place. The houses are beautiful and well-appointed, with the Tuscan charm you hope for, on a beautiful property, in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The kids in our group, aged 2-8, loved exploring and running around in the large gardens.
The nearby restaurants, especially La Pieve, were so good—we ate many epic meals. We loved walking through Camaiore, having delicious coffee and pastries, perfect routines in a perfect place.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
Our cancellation policy is a full refund up to 120 days prior to arrival. After that time, you forfeit the rental amount already advanced (not the cleaning or damage deposit), unless we can re-rent your time to someone else, in which case we will refund your monies, minus a small bookkeeping fee ($125).
We accept payment by check and wire transfer (preferred) and HomeAway Payments.