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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.'
Studiolo Apartment, sleeping 4 to 6: Pieve Di Camaiore Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 804929ha
This lovely apartment was originally an artist’s studio. The living room has full length windows, facing south, with a spectacular view over the valley of Camaiore to the hills beyond and the sea. On very clear days we can see Corsica outlined on the horizon. The winter sunsets are fabulous. The spacious room with its high sloping ceiling has a seating area with a large sofa and very comfortable chairs. The dining table seats six and the open plan kitchen area is fully equipped for all culinary needs. The lovely old marble sink gives great character to the room. There are two double bedrooms, one of which can also be a twin room. Two bathrooms with showers. The bedrooms look out onto the olive groves and are very quiet, and cool in the summer months.
There is an attic bedroom, ideal for children, with two single beds (see below). The apartment has its own private entrance and terrace.
Children over 10 are welcome. Younger children during the month of August only. This rule is to protect our claim that you will find peace and tranquility at Peralta. Young children are not very compatible with this claim, especially around the pool area....moreless
The bedrooms look out onto the olive groves and are very quiet, and also cool in the summer months. There is a third bedroom - an attic bedroom to which the only access is via the main double bedroom, making it only suitable for children or great friends as it does not have private access....moreless
2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Bathroom 2: toilet, shower
This bathroom has been entirely renovated this year...moreless
There is a washing machine for shared use between three apartments.
There is a computer for shared use of all our guests. There is a very strong wifi signal.
The main Peralta terrace is a great place to bring your bottle of wine, meet other guests, sit and enjoy the view over the valley to the sea. The sunsets are magnificent....moreless
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Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Seating for 6 people
Iron & Board
The sofa is 2 metres long and the arm chairs are very comfortable....moreless
Local Restaurant Guide
There is a washing machine in our main guest area which is shared between several apartments. We supply detergent. There is a large area with many lines for drying clothes....moreless
4 Ring Stove
We supply a coffee press and an Italian style expresso perculator....moreless
Dishes & Utensils
Open plan kitchen with lovely old marble sink. 4 burner gas hob, electric oven, full size dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster....moreless
Salt, pepper, vinegar (and spices left by other guests)....moreless
There is a balcony large enough for two people. The view from here is tremendous. There is a counter so as to be able to eat out here....moreless
Deck / Patio:
The terrace (table for 6) is for the sole use of Studiolo apartment. It has a view over the valley with the olive groves in the background....moreless
Lawn / Garden:
The hamlet of Peralta is surrounded by olive groves, all of which can be used by our guests. There are various shady spots with sunbeds or deck chairs....moreless
The cost above is for 4 people. Please add 15 euros per night for loft bedroom to above prices.
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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.
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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