As welcoming as a country house, as refined as a relais de charme, Paradis Agricole is a luxury country-house where you can hide away for a holiday of pure well-being among fruit trees, spectacular greenhouses and works of art.
Less than a kilometer from Pietrasanta, inside an organic agricultural estate designed by the landscape architect Jan Mus, the Paradis Agricole is part of the “perfect trio” of the Parisian chef Alain Cirelli together with the homonymous boutique hotel, located in the center of the historic capital of Versilia, and the Pietrasanta Restaurant housed in the same building in Piazza Crispi.
Places dedicated to beauty and art, Alain’s two great passions together, of course, with the one for cooking. The reason that prompted the chef-collector to give life to Agricole, a luxury country-house and eco-farm where a team of farmers and agronomists are dedicated to cultivating excellent organic products, from fruit to vegetables, from oil to honey, also used to supply his Paradis Restaurant.
Paradis Agricole is a place to welcome all those who wish to renew themselves through the ancestral traditions of agriculture and breeding.(Alain Cirelli, founder)
Nomen omen and, thus, in this 8-hectare paradise designed to be completely sustainable, Alain and his partner Laurent Flechet have created a real Eden where to take refuge to find peace and beauty. With the atmosphere of a refined country house and its charming common areas, such as the kitchen, the sitting rooms, just perfect for reading a book in front of the fireplace, having a drink or playing billiards, and the outdoor areas, with heated swimming pool and large convivial tables, the Agricole embodies the best Tuscan spirit of hospitality and conviviality.
Each room is furnished with love and great taste and the décor is characterized by elements that belong to the owners’ private collections: from the many coffee table books, to the 60s lamps up to the 19th-century sculptures and plaster casts, as well as the countless pieces of design and modernism.
The large brass kitchen, the heart of the farmhouse, is also beautiful, where you can meet to prepare a lunch or dinner with the products from the estate, which can be collected directly by guests to enjoy an authentic farm-to-table experience, or perhaps to let yourself be enchanted by Alain’s cuisine who, upon request, organizes here private dinners, tastings and show cooking.
The outdoor spaces were created by the famous French landscape architect Jean Mus flanked by Filippo, Agricole‘s chief farmer, who was able to emphasize the natural beauty of the area by creating orchards, gardens, a splendid greenhouse-gypsotheque and a “meditative pond” embellished from water lilies, lotus flowers and a platform for practicing yoga. In the greenery, works of art and sculptures emerge, such as those by Igor Mitoraj, Bernard Bezzina and Niccola Giannoni that surround the pool.
In the main building, a 620 m2 farmhouse, there are 6 bedrooms and an independent apartment, as well as the common areas, while La Casa delle Erbe, a “dépendance”, houses two more bedrooms, a kitchen with dining room and a veranda where you can take a chat in the evening.
Paradis Pietrasanta Agricole also offers guests a wellness area, a room for film screenings and a large outdoor table where, in the summer, it is possible to dine together. Furthermore, all the products of the farm can also be purchased by guests…to take away a piece of “paradise” with them.
Half an hour’s drive from Pietrasanta, there is another place of art that is worth a visit: the village of Casoli di Camaiore. Located in the hilly part of Versilia, Casoli is also known as “the town of graffiti” which can be admired in the streets and on the houses of the ancient village. Created by artists from all over the world, the works represent scenes of daily life as well as mythological and religious themes. The most famous one is the one dedicated to the myth of Narcissus which was engraved on the walls of an ancient washhouse to give the sensation that the protagonist was mirroring himself in the water.
Rooms: from 300 to 1000 euro (according to season)