Leaving the sea about 10 km behind you, you come into the heart of the Livorno countryside, marked by the slow pace and quiet life of the interior; the landscape here is defined by rolling hills in a sun-drenched countryside and, in spring and autumn, by a riot of colour. Set in this enchanting nature, in a small cluster of houses forming part of an old farm built in the 18th century following the principles of the agrarian reforms of Duke Pietro Leopoldo, is the central farmhouse, the 300 sq m Villa Gaia clad in exposed stone, located on a small hill with a splendid panoramic view over the hills and woods of Livorno. The house lies within the Cultural Park of Camaiano, an area between the hill districts of Gabbro, Castelnuovo and Nibbiaia, established for the protection of the typical Tuscan landscape. The owners bought this house a few years ago to live in and to rent out to “friends” when not in use; they entrusted it to design experts who adapted it to the surroundings, focusing above all on the restyling of the interior to give this house a soul and its particular character. The materials used are the result of careful research and have different origins; the interior floors are in French oak and the exterior in Umbrian terracotta, hand-crafted in the best artisan tradition, while the furniture is made of recycled pine, all of Italian origin. The idea to create modern and functional rooms with a light touch of ethnic taste has proved very successful.
The villa has two floors. The main door leads, on the left, into the open-plan living room with a seating area with sofas and TV and a dining area which leads outside through two French windows. The dining area leads to the kitchen and the pantry-laundry room. In front of the main door, in the entrance hall, is a guest bathroom and, on the right, a door that leads to the study which then leads out, through a French window, to the garden. Also in front of the main door, in the entrance hall, are the stairs that lead up to the first floor. Here there are two suites: one with double bedroom, small living room with french sofa bed 1,40 mt. width and bathroom with shower; the other with double bedroom with bathroom with shower and small living room in the mezzanine. Lastly, there is another double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower.
Air conditioning in all rooms.
In an atmosphere of total communion with nature, where the fine line of outdoors-indoors is blurred, attention is focused on the open areas where wood, iron and local stone are the principal materials that have been used naturally or slightly wrought: for the foot path that leads from the main gate to the house, for the steps leading to the pool, for the solarium area completely covered in wood and for the various areas dedicated to relaxation and socialising, such as the covered iron pergola in front of the dining area with table and chairs for outdoor dining. The green lawn occupies about 200 sq m of a total of 800 sq m on several levels with colourful flowers, succulent plants and aromatic herbs. In the most panoramic area of the property, surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and bordering the “protected” wood, in a gentle, balanced setting which is a natural work of art, lies the swimming pool with wooden solarium and outdoor shower.Please notice that photos are taken in spring, therefore flower blossoming, and the colours of the gardens' grass could be different at the moment of your arrival at the villa.
The rectangular pool with its secluded and very panoramic location is on a lower level with respect to the house. It is reachable through a stone staircase and measures 9 x 3.5 m with a depth of 1.40 m. with salt depuration. The surrounding solarium is equipped with sunbeds and umbrella, two tables, an awning and a solar-powered shower. The pool is open from the last Saturday of April until the first Saturday of October. There is both internal and external lighting.
Pets: Yes, small size. € 30,00 per animal per week to be paid on site. Acceptance of animals to the facility must be previously authorised by the owner upon communication of the number of animals, size and breed.