A charming refuge protected by an oak forest, in the hills of Sarzana, in Liguria. La Fustaia is a B&B and a farm that produces oil and honey. The cultivation of peonies, however, is dedicated to Lucia's mother (they were her favorite flower!).
“La Fustaia is a magical place that we inherited in a state of complete abandonment, for perhaps more than 100 years, by my husband's noble family, the Counts Lamotte. Grandfather Camillo used the place as a hunting lodge. The story goes that one day he had found roe deer, which you can still be lucky enough to meet today, without a mother. Since then the place was declared a protected reserve, "says Lucia Lamotte, the owner of the house.
Walls covered in raw lime and large windows to let in the light. The roof was recovered from a church: ancient tiles and protruding slate of Lavagna: “Not having much from the historical cadastre, we have resumed the uses of the farmhouses in the area with painted plinth and natural transpiring wavy lime," explains Lucia.
Antique furnishings, designer lamps and handmade wonders, such as the Valentina Giovando table covered with a mix & match of various materials, from the upholstery to the sequins, recalling Victorian settings, Parisian bistros of the '700 and Art Nouveau furnishings.
In La Fustaia you can live unique experiences. Those that remain in the heart. For example to collect peony petals at dawn and create an essence. Enjoy nature with a picnic in the woods. Wait for the arrival of horses that take you on a walk to a refreshing swim in the river. An intimate dinner in the 19th century greenhouse. What are the future projects? Glamping in the woods.
A nest protected by the woods.
A special place for special people. La Fustaia is dedicated to people looking for a unique experience that they will carry in their hearts. It allows me to give vent to my creativity, creating everything I have in my heart and mind.
I am the Fustaia, everything flowed from me. I have always loved architecture, the use of local materials and workmanship. In the choice of colors my daughter Costanza helped me (amazing photographer!), a palette made up of three colors: cream, black and a gray with a hint of violet.
In the house there are many pieces of furniture taken from the ancient Villa Lamotte, such as the end of the eighteenth century secretary with a bed on Lago glass, and porcelain that my mother collected. The Don Giovanni table by the artist Valentina Giovando well represents the high craftsmanship of Sarzana. Then I love the Taccia Castiglioni lamp for Flos 1962 and the Cinqueterre kitchen by Vico Magistretti for Schiffini.
The corner of the window, where during the winter rains I stop to read a good book sitting on velvet cushions.
In spring for the flowering of gorse and peonies, and for the Atri Fioriti event: some of the most important historical buildings in the city open the courtyards decorated with floral compositions. At the end of June on the occasion of the Sarzana Opera Festival where the new promises of opera are awarded. At Christmas for the Tellaro light festival. In October there is the Festival della Mente. In Colonnata you go to taste lard. The antique markets? Antiquariato Sarzana organizes them (dates on their website!)