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Apts & Houses in a Unique, Inspiring Location Restored by Sculptor - Gemelli, sleeping 2

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Last updated: 08/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Pieve Di Camaiore apartment description

The two apartments described below are part of the beautiful peaceful hamlet of Peralta, located in a spectacular setting in the Tuscan hills that rise high above the valley of Camaiore. 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.
The hamlet was restored with great love and imagination by international sculptor Fiore de Henriquez. She created a place that is quite unique and very inspiring for anyone with creative tendancies. Peralta was Fiore's 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.
We are surrounded by 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.
Peralta offers various self catering accommodation sleeping from 2 to 8 and 4 additional bedrooms with bathrooms. As described more fully further down the page, the whole hamlet sleeps 30 or so and can be booked in its entirety for parties. Many a family party or important birthday has been celebrated here!
A previous guest offered this description of Peralta :
'The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff have a rare quality of being there but conspicuously absent unless needed. This adds to the quietude of the place, giving a feel of personal space and privacy. It has a sense of a well-run hotel, without the formality, and the ambiance of a private villa without the expense. I was fortunate to have cast an eye over a few of the other properties available; all are very well appointed and would not fail to please.
Whether you’re wanting to collect your thoughts, explore the region, write a novel, or paint a masterpiece this has to be the place to visit.'

Gemelli, sleeping 2: Pieve Di Camaiore Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 804929ha

You enter this cosy little apartment from its terrace. The comfortable living room has a fantastic view over the valley, as does the double bedroom (which has an en suite bathroom with shower). The double bed can also be made up as twins. The living room opens up onto the terrace, which is sheltered by olive groves and has a lovely view towards the hills. The terrace has comfortable chairs for lazing in the sun and a shaded dining area at one end. The little kitchen is well equipped with cooking utensils. The whole atmosphere is quite delightful. Should you need another bedroom,there is a separate bedroom and bathroom available in a building 20 metres away (choice of twin or double beds in this bedroom also), which is available by the night. As well as being ideal in the summer months, the apartment also makes a wonderful winter retreat, with a cozy wood-burning stove and wall heaters. 4 people can sleep & live with comfort in this apartment.

Property Type

      • Apartment

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Catering Available


              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

                Bed can either be double or 2 singles...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Other Amenities

                  • The washing machine is in the cloakroom of our bar and is shared between three apartments. We have a local cook who comes to Peralta and prepares meals preordered by guests, to be eaten in the apartment. A sort of 'take away'! This is very popular with guests who do a lot of sightseeing and like to return in the evening and have no cooking to do. Also a good idea for the arrival evening. We have a list of her dishes. During the day, there is always someone on hand at Peralta to answer questions, give advice on where to visit, directions to find places, lend a map, help with luggage, deal with minor repairs, etc. We have a bar for the use of all our guests. This works on an honour system. You help yourself and write down what you have taken. The bar leads on to the main Peralta terrace where it is great to meet other guests, sit and enjoy the view, etc....moreless


                  • Romantic
                  • Away From It All


                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Forests
                  • Coin Laundry
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Museums

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • ATM/Bank

                  Location Type

                  • Rural
                  • Village

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Fishing

                  catering options

                      • Catering Available


                          • Dining Area


                          • Parking
                          • Heating
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Washing Machine:

                            Washing machine for general use of Peralta guests in our smaller accommodation. Ample lines for drying in designated area....moreless

                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Computer Available
                          • Wood Stove
                          • Internet
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Iron & Board
                          • PC
                          • Firewood
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Living Room:

                            Sofa, comfy chairs...moreless


                          • Kitchen
                          • Stove
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Coffee Maker:

                            We supply a coffee press and an Italian style expresso perculator...moreless

                          • Toaster
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Oven
                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            Well equipped kitchen for everyday cooking. Electric kettle....moreless


                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Terrace
                          • Outdoor Grill:

                            Classic Weber charcoal barbecue...moreless

                          • Barbecue
                          • Beach Chairs
                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Large terrace with sun loungers and table for eating. Also immediate access to the olive groves with lots of shady, secluded spots for relaxing and reading....moreless

                          Pool / Spa

                          • Communal Pool:

                            8m x 3m, very deep pool on a top terrace. The panoramic view from here is splendid. The sunsets are a marvel. Teak sunloungers....moreless

                          • Outdoor Pool

                          property descriptor

                              • Detached


                              Write a review 4.7
                              from 7 traveler reviews
                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Rate 6
                              Jul 19 - Aug 22, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              Rate 7
                              Aug 23 - Sep 5, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              Rate 8
                              Sep 6 - Sep 19, 2014
                              2 night min stay
                              Rate 9
                              Sep 20 - Oct 10, 2014
                              2 night min stay
                              Rate 10
                              Oct 11 - Oct 31, 2014
                              2 night min stay

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                              Last updated: 08/18/2014
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                              35 Kilometres
                              Nearest Airport
                              40 Kilometres
                              Nearest Ferry
                              15 Kilometres
                              Nearest Train
                              12 Kilometres
                              Nearest Motorway
                              A11/A12 Genoa/Livornio/Florence
                              15 Kilometres
                              Nearest Beach
                              2 Kilometres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Bar Pizzeria da Pietro, Pieve di Camaiore
                              2 Kilometres
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              Pieve di Camaiore

                              Car: Recommended

                              Peralta is a hillside hamlet situated in the northern part of Tuscany, on the slopes of the Alpi Apuane (national park), 10 min from the market town of Camaiore which, in turn, is 10 min inland from the coast.

                              Lucca is a 35 min drive to the south.

                              The A12/A11 autoroute exit is 20 min, making day trips to Siena (2 h), Carrara & its marble mines (45 min) very easy.

                              You can drive into the Carrara mountains - or go to the beach - the closest is Viareggio, the most popular Forte dei Marmi (35 min 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 min away.

                              Peralta is Ideally situated for the Puccini Festival (40 min away). Open air opera Festival taking place in July and August at Torre del Lago.

                              We have a mountain of information and suggestions for our guests, including directions for walks, when and where local markets happen, brocante markets,' must visit' places and restaurants, our favourite mountain drive, etc etc

                              Peralta feels wonderfully remote and secluded and yet is, in fact, very accessible.

                              In the daytime, there is always someone on site to help with all inquiries regarding day trips, ferry times, advice on this and that.

                              Airports: Pisa 45 min, Florence 1 h, Genoa 1 h, 40min - Bologna 2 h.


                              Owner info

                              Why the Owner Chose Pieve Di Camaiore:
                              Intenrational sculptor Fiore de Henriquez lived in the area of Camaiore 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 who owns it today. 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.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                              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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                              • PERALTA  Main Terrace

                                PERALTA Main Terrace

                              • The hamlet of PERALTA

                                The hamlet of PERALTA

                              • Peralta - arriving towards main terrace

                                Peralta - arriving towards main terrace

                              • Peralta's main terrace

                                Peralta's main terrace

                              • GEMELLI - terrace

                                GEMELLI - terrace

                              • GEMELLI - view from living room

                                GEMELLI - view from living room

                              • Peralta - path from Peralta to carpark

                                Peralta - path from Peralta to carpark

                              • Fiore's sculpture 'The Mask'

                                Fiore's sculpture 'The Mask'

                              • STUDIOLO - kitchen area

                                STUDIOLO - kitchen area

                              • STUDIOLO double bedroom

                                STUDIOLO double bedroom

                              • STUDIOLO attic/loft bedroom

                                STUDIOLO attic/loft bedroom

                              • STUDIOLO terrace table seats 6

                                STUDIOLO terrace table seats 6

                              • The Hamlet of Peralta

                                The Hamlet of Peralta

                              • Peralta's swimming pool

                                Peralta's swimming pool

                              • GEMELLI terrace

                                GEMELLI terrace

                              • GEMELLI  living/dining room

                                GEMELLI living/dining room

                              • GEMELLI bedroom

                                GEMELLI bedroom

                              • A Peralta terrace in spring time.

                                A Peralta terrace in spring time.

                              • STUDIOLO - balcony with a view!

                                STUDIOLO - balcony with a view!

                              • STUDIOLO living/dining room

                                STUDIOLO living/dining room

                              • STUDIOLO - view from bathroom

                                STUDIOLO - view from bathroom

                              • STUDIOLO double or twin bedroom

                                STUDIOLO double or twin bedroom

                              €75 - €130 per night (EUR)

                              1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 2

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                              Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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