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Spacious 2/3 Bedroom House with Spectacular View Over Valley.. 4 Night

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

The house is part of a medieval village uniquely restored by a sculptor.

A delightful and very comfortable house in northern Tuscany, covered with purple bougainvillea in the summer months, standing at the end of the cluster of stone houses that form peaceful Peralta, a medieval hamlet restored by a sculptor. An inspiring, romantic and unique place. The rooms of La Foresteria are all large with high ceilings and are very attractively decorated and furnished. The dining room has hand painted motifs all over the beamed ceiling. All rooms and the terrace have stunning, panoramic views over the valley towards the hills and the sea beyond.
The house has three floors:
the ground floor has a large dining room with fireplace and covered terrace with barbecue, ideal for eating out. The kitchen has all necessary equipment and leads off the dining room.. There is a bathroom with hower, WC. etc on this floor.
First floor comprises a very comfortable living room leading out to a large terrace and panoramic view over the valley towards the sea. There is a bedroom with 3 single beds, two of which can form a double bed, a bathroom (bath) and WC.
The top floor has a huge double bedroom - lovely beamed ceiling - en suite washroom/WC and the same fantastic view as the floor below.
There is the possibility of adding a third double bedroom with its ensuite bathroom (shower). This room has its own entrance off a small terrace.

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 over a period of thirty years 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. There is a swimming pool on one of the upper terraces, a tranquil spot 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. From the A11 and A12 motorway exit, Viareggio/Camaiore, you head for 'Viareggio, Lido di Camaiore'. Then for 'Camaiore'. From Camaiore, there is a little road that leaves the valley and winds its way up the hill to Pieve di Camaiore, then to Peralta. (We give detailed directions).
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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Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Staff


  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

  • Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Bedroom: 3 twin/ single


  • The house has one large double bedroom on the top floor with its own wash room (basin & WC). On the second floor, there is a double bedroom with an extra single bed. The double bed in this room can be separated into singles, therefore making a bedroom with 3 single beds. There is the possibility of adding another double bedroom with en suite bathroom. This bedroom has its own entrance....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Children over the age of 8 are welcome.. We have this rule because Peralta is a calm, tranquil location and young children love to make lots of noise and have fun by the pool which disturbs other guests. The exception to this rule is in August when we are happy to have younger children to stay. The house is let by the night with a minimum stay of 4 nights in July and August and 3 nights at any other time. . ...moreless


  • Books


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 1
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
4 night min stay
Rate 2
May 1 - Jun 15, 2017
4 night min stay
Rate 3
Jun 16 - Jul 9, 2017
4 night min stay
Rate 4
Jul 10 - Aug 20, 2017
5 night min stay
Rate 5
Aug 21 - Sep 9, 2017
4 night min stay
Rate 6
Sep 10 - Oct 1, 2017
4 night min stay
Rate 7
Oct 2 - Nov 1, 2017
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $21.60
  • Taxes Not included


30% deposit with remainder payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment can be made via PayPal (4% fee for overseas transactions) or directly into our bank account (no charge for euro payments).

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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35 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A12 (Livorno/Genoa) & A11 (Florence/Genoa)
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

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 in the valley which, in turn, is 10 min inland from the coast.

It is an exciting area to explore: you can spend the day in the mountains or go to the sea. The proximity of the Carrara mountains and the bronze foundries of Pietrasanta has made the area a favourite place to live and work for sculptors and other artists.

The hills and mountains around us are wonderful for walking and hiking in spring, early summer and autumn. Botanists are always excited by the range of wild flowers and bulbs.

Tourist Attractions: The beautiful walled city of Lucca is a 35 min drive to the south..

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

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 on the edge of a lake 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, Milan 3 1/2 h.

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE (September 21 to 28)

WATERCOLOUR COURSE (May 11 to 18) for details of these.



Manager info

Why Camaiore LU, Italy:
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 La Foresteria is one.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
La Foresteria is part of the hamlet of Peralta and so benefits from the unique charm of the place. 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 was 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 would 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 enjoy showing to guests. Once a week, I invite (at aperitivo time!) any guests staying at Peralta to visit the gallery and Fiore's former 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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Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

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  • La Foresteria - living room

    La Foresteria - living room

  • The hamlet of Peralta

    The hamlet of Peralta

  • Dining room leading to covered terrace

    Dining room leading to covered terrace

  • The covered terrace for meals

    The covered terrace for meals

  • La Foresteria  -  master bedroom

    La Foresteria - master bedroom

  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

  • The delights of Peralta!

    The delights of Peralta!

  • Living room leading to large terrace

    Living room leading to large terrace

  • La Foresteria

    La Foresteria

  • Dining room with open fireplace

    Dining room with open fireplace

  • Peralta's Main Terrace

    Peralta's Main Terrace

  • La Foresteria - master bedroom

    La Foresteria - master bedroom

  • Swimming Pool

    Swimming Pool

  • The path leading to and from Peralta

    The path leading to and from Peralta

  • Peralta's swimming pool

    Peralta's swimming pool

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