Take a stand of pines, a grove of olives and roses in abundance, and mix with the songs of nightingales and golden orioles. These are the main ingredients of La Ferriera, and enchanting hideaway of great beauty that lies on the southernmost boundary of Tuscany, 70 miles north of Rome.
La Ferriera is a charming renovated and refurbished outbuilding/barn standing at the end of an impressive avenue of ancient umbrella pine trees and magnificent gardens in the grounds of an important villa.
Ferriera is the Italian word for foundry, and this was originally the site of one of the largest ironworks in Italy. When the owner bought it some 30 years ago, it had been abandoned for two decades. Since then the buildings have been sympathetically restored and the neglected land transformed into a famous, magical garden, which is open to the public.
BEDROOMS - 4
BATHROOMS - 3
It is a veritable Alladin's cave, filled with fascinating antiques collected during the many years the owner lived abroad as well as containing a significant library of interesting books, with a particular focus on gardening - the owner's great love.
NEAREST AIRPORT - Fiumicino Airport
Gherardesca is a 2.5 hour drive from Rome airport and 45 minutes from Pisa airport. It is located in the vicinity of the coast betwen Livorno and Grosseto in the Maremma area of Tuscany.
Apart from relaxing around the pool or on the secluded beach, excursions and activities are endless. Tuscany is rich in history; it may have the highest concentration of art in the world! The town of Pisa with its leaning tower, Volterra with its six ancient arched entrances, and charming San Giminiano with its many medieval towers are within one hour's drive through rolling hills of olive and wine orchards.
Walled medieval villages, off-the beaten track for most tourists, include Bolgheri, Castagneto, and Massa Marittima. Etruscan and Roman sites are also close by, as are great museums and churches. An accomplished art historian can be hired to arrange private visits to important private houses and gardens, and to arrange views of private art collections not normally open to the public.
Shopping, which can be guided if desired, includes ceramics, jewellery and the best of hand-made terra cotta urns and planters, as well as fabulous Italian country clothes and leather. Restaurants, all sampled by the owner's family, include one that holds two Michelin stars and others that are among Italy's best trattorias. Tours of local wineries including the prized Sassicaia winery can be arranged in advance or after arrival, as can tours of the finest olive farms. It is also possible to hire a day boat for the short trip to the beautiful islands of Elba or Capraia.