The Mandolata took its name from the traditional local built hay barns, where the hay was stored for the drying process. The house, which today is a short distance from the seaside resort of Lido di Camaiore (about 1.5 km), was originally a farmhouse outside the charming town of Camaiore (about 7 km).
After the abandonment of the area by farmers, more and more houses were built on the land. The land however, still remains relatively rural and there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy in and around La Mandolata. The owners have created a large garden full of beautiful Mediterranean vegetation, with small shrubs, elegant cypresses, fruit trees and a beautiful rose covered pergola. In addition, a pool was installed in the garden with a solarium and a terrace furnished with chairs, tables and umbrellas.
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The two sisters who run this house today have completely gone to town with the decoration and the furnishings. They certainly haven't scrimped and saved on the lamps, mattresses, sofas and kitchen accessories. The kitchen, however, is simply furnished, with open storage. Each apartment is inspired by a colour, and even garish colours like red and green have been used to good effect. The two apartments on the ground floor each have direct access to a terrace, while those on the upper floor must descend a set of stairs in order to enjoy a meal outdoors.
Whilst you are in the country here, there are no significant countryside views from the house as such, despite the large garden. However you can glimpse the tips of the Marble Mountains in the distance. The main road does run quite near the house, and there may be some traffic noise at times when the wind is blowing in a certain direction. However, during the few hours that we spent at the house, it wasn't heard.
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