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Stunning, Unusual House in Sculptor's Hillside Medieval Hamlet.

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Peralta - Casa Nuova on far left

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Last updated: 05/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This Tuscan stone house was originally the private guest house of Fiore, the sculptor who restored the medieval hamlet of Peralta. On two floors, with a large, private terrace. She restored and furnished it with imagination, using the original terracotta roof tiles for the floor of the main room which has a sunken fireplace and large windows from which to enjoy the panoramic view. Also on the ground floor is a large kitchen, WC. Upstairs is the charming bedroom furnished with antiques - French windows give the same stunning view as the lower floor. Bathroom & dressing room are ensuite. Fiore's sculpture is all over the house and terrace giving tremendous character and atmosphere. Ideal location for a romantic holiday for two, but equally suitable for a group of friends with the possibility of taking additional bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms & their own entrances elsewhere in Peralta. This romantic and unusual self catering house is let by the night. The pool is shared.


The hamlet of Peralta: The beautiful peaceful hamlet of Peralta has a spectacular setting in the Tuscan hills that rise high above the valley of Camaiore. It was restored with great love and imagination by international sculptor Fiore de Henriquez. She created a place that is quite unique. Peralta was her home up to her death in June 2004, and one can see her work all through the hamlet. Her sculpture everywhere, and the manner in which she restored and designed the hamlet give it very special atmosphere and character. With stunning, panoramic views over the valley to the hills and sea beyond and surrounded by terraces of olive groves, its stone walls covered with purple bougainvilleas, lemon trees, jasmine, Peralta seems like paradise., a place for people seeking tranquility and beauty. There is a swimming pool on an upper terrace with a panoramic view towards the sea. The large terrace in front of Peralta is a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine, enjoy the sunsets and meet other guests.

Surrounding area: Lovely walking country with marked trails through the olive groves and hills dense with chestnut trees and known for their wild flowers in spring and autumn. Walks range from 50 minutes to a delightful restaurant in an adjoining village, to three hours up to the peak of the Mount Prana above Peralta. Although secluded, the motorway is only 20 mins away so sightseeing is easy. Shopping in Florence/Lucca/Forte dei Marmi is legendary! Porto Venere & the Cinque Terre are 1 hour away. The sculptor's town of Pietrasanta takes 20 minutes and has many cafes and restaurants. Beaches are 30 mins away. The closest shops (grocer and greengrocer) are just minutes down the hill where there is also a bar/pizza restaurant. The market town of Camaiore takes 10 minutes by car. Peralta offers self catering accommodation sleeping from 2 to 8 and 4 additional bedrooms with bathrooms. The whole hamlet can be let out for parties, sleeping a total of 32 people. Please ask us for our website address

ACCESS: Airports: Pisa 45 mins - Florence 1 hr. Genoa 1 hr.40mins - Bologna 2hrs. The exit from A11 and A12 motorway (Florence/Livorno/Genoa) is Viareggio/Camaiore. This is approx. 25 minutes from Peralta. Details given on our website.
Note: The last 200 or so yards of our road are very steep and narrow with 2 hairpin bends. A smallish car is recommended, although an Espace & other large cars can make it!! This last bit of road is unsuitable for nervous drivers. The road comes to an end in our carpark. From there you walk to Peralta itself (about 200 yards/meters) and we can help with luggage (9am to 6pm). . Don't be put off by the last piece of road - Peralta more than merits the effort! And if you are in a very large car, you can always park it below the hairpin bends. Only a short walk up to the carpark.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2

  • Bedroom: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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  • There is the posibility of adding an additional bedroom and bathroom. This bedroom would be a few yards from the house, with its own entrance, lovely view, ensuite bathroom. The additional room can be let by the night. Please ask for our website address for details....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • We normally let this house for a minimum of 2 nights (3 nights July & August) on a self-catering basis. We are very happy to stock the apartment with provisions (especially breakfast can be useful) for your arrival. We have a local cook who is happy to prepare meals to be warmed up in your house. A sort of 'take away' system. We have a list of possible dishes and she just needs to know the previous day. This is very popular with our guests who love to return from a day's sightseeing to find dinner ready on the cooker, just waiting to be heated up. Cheaper and not the bother of going out to a restaurant - and no cooking!! A particularly good idea for your first evening. Please ask for our menu.. However, there are many good inexpensive restaurants nearby - we leave a list in the house. Closest restaurant is a friendly pizzeria in Pieve, owned by Marco who speaks excellent English - walkable distance and Marco will drive you back to Peralta if he is nto too busy....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Property Descriptor

  • Detached
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 2
May 23 - Jun 19, 2015
3 night min stay
€165
€1,075
Rate 3
Jun 20 - Jul 3, 2015
3 night min stay
€210
€1,370
Rate 4
Jul 4 - Jul 17, 2015
3 night min stay
€210
€1,370
Rate 5
Jul 18 - Aug 21, 2015
3 night min stay
€230
€1,500
Rate 6
Aug 22 - Sep 4, 2015
3 night min stay
€210
€1,370
Rate 7
Sep 5 - Sep 18, 2015
3 night min stay
€210
€1,370
Rate 8
Sep 19 - Oct 23, 2015
3 night min stay
€140
€910

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee €20
  • Refundable Damage Deposit €300
  • Taxes Not included

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Last updated: 05/22/2015
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Location

35 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Pisa
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Livorno
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Viareggio
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A11 & A12 (Genoa/Livorno/Florence)
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi

Car: Recommended

Peralta is a hillside hamlet situated in the northern part of Tuscany, on the slopes of the Alpi Apuane (national park), 10 minutes from the market town of Camaiore which, in turn, is 10 minutes inland from the coast Lucca is a 35 minute drive to the south. Motorway exit is 20 mins - day trips to Siena (2 hrs), Carrara & its marble mines (45 mins) are easy. You can drive into the Carrara mountains - or go to the beach - the closest is Viareggio, the most popular Forte dei Marmi (35 mins or so). The Cinque Terre are one hour away - one can drive to La Spezia or Porto Venere and visit them by boat - the ferry service is frequent..Shopping in the area (Lucca/Florence/Forte dei Marmi) is legendary! The sculptors' town of Pietrasanta is only 20 minutes away. Peralta is Ideally situated for the Puccini Festival (40 minutes away). - open air opera Festival taking place in July and August at Torre del Lago. Airports: Pisa 45 mins - Florence 1 hr. Genoa 1 hr.40mins - Bologna 2hrs

 

Owner info

Why the Owner Chose Pieve Di Camaiore:
International sculptor Fiore de Henriquez was living in the area of Camaiore from the 1960's due to its proximity to the Carrara marble quarries and the bronze foundries of nearby Pietrasanta. In the 1970's she found the small hamlet of Peralta, perched on the hillside above Camaiore. It was remote, served only by a footpath, and the buildings were mainly in ruins - their inhabitants having left in the mid 1950's due to the hard living in the hills. No water nor electricity at this time. Fiore fell in love with the hamlet and managed to gradually buy the various houses. She then set about restoring them and the hamlet and created the very unique place that exists today. She died in 2004 and the hamlet was then taken over by a very good friend of her's who is the current owner. . Repairs and renovations are undertaken where necessary, but the essential essence of the hamlet remains the same as when Fiore was alive. It is the home of her archive and sculptures, which can be seen throughout the grounds and in the various accommodation, of which Casa Nuova is one.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It is hard to describe the absolute charm and beauty of Peralta and why I am so passionate about it. I now own it and am as much in love with it as Fiore before me. Every corner has its surprises, small details to delight the eye. The wisterias and bougainvilleas offer vibrant colour and essential shade. The views are wonderful, changing with the light, with the weather, with the season. Sunsets are magic. Early morning mist lying in the valley. The sight of Corsica on a clear day. The large bronze sculpture of 'The Phoenix' on the main terrace about to fly off over the valley. Fiore used to say it signifies 'Peralta rising from the ashes'. The many sculptures Fiore left for visitors to enjoy on the terraces. Her private gallery which I love to show to guests and one evening a week, at aperitivo time, I invite any guests staying at Peralta to a viewing of the gallery and Fiore's original house I hope many visitors will find their way to Peralta and enjoy it as much I do ......... possibly even fall in love with it! Dinah Voisin


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Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech, Slovakian

 

Photos

  • Peralta - Casa Nuova on far left

    Peralta - Casa Nuova on far left

  • Taken from kitchen and dining table

    Taken from kitchen and dining table

  • The terrace and sculpture 'Growth of Life'

    The terrace and sculpture 'Growth of Life'

  • Peralta's swimming pool

    Peralta's swimming pool

  • The hamlet of Peralta

    The hamlet of Peralta

  • Sunset at Peralta's swimming pool

    Sunset at Peralta's swimming pool

  • Casa Nuova & its terrace.

    Casa Nuova & its terrace.

  • Casa Nuova's bedroom

    Casa Nuova's bedroom

  • Casa Nuova's Terrace covered with wisteria (April)

    Casa Nuova's Terrace covered with wisteria (April)

  • Peralta's swimming pool

    Peralta's swimming pool

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Minimum stay: 3 nights
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  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech, Slovakian
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  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 05/22/2015
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