PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, SLEEPS 2/4

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1 bedroom apartment, Studio Apt and B&B ensuite rooms in outstanding location.

The three properties described here are all located in Casa Pipistrelli, one of the houses that forms the beautiful hillside hamlet of Peralta, on a south facing hillside above the valley of Camaiore. Casa Pipistrelli is a three storey house.with a one bedroom garden apartment on the ground floor, a studio apartment on the top floor & 3 B&B rooms inbetween. All are let separately, all have wonderful views and their own private entrances from different terraces. Each apartment has its own private terrace and do not overlook each other.

Peralta, with medieval origins, was restored over a period of thirty years with love and imagination by international sculptor Fiore de Henriquez. She created a place that is quite unique. Its commanding position gives Peralta stunning panoramic views over the valley to the sea beyond. Terraces of olive groves, orange and lemon trees, bougainvillea, jasmine covering the stone walls makes the hamlet seem like paradise. Fiore’s sculpture and the manner in which she designed and restored Peralta, give the place its very special character and atmosphere. Perfect base for a holiday, far from busy crowds and yet with easy access to all main Tuscany attractions. It is lovely to return to the peace of Peralta after a busy day. Peralta has various accommodation, mainly self catering, in different buildings.

Peralta can offer:: The beautiful peaceful hamlet of Peralta has a spectacular setting in the Tuscan hills that rise high above the valley of Camaiore. 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.

Art at Peralta: As well as for guests who simply wish to relax and enjoy their surroundings and the pool, Peralta also offers an ideal, inspiring setting for creative people: painting, sculpting, writing. A studio for sculpture is available. Writers can settle in and write in peace, knowing that simple daily needs are catered for. Shopping can be done, meals provided, taxis ordered. 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 is ideal for playing host to a conference, workshop, retreat. We have hosted many a family party, birthday celebration or simply friends who wish to get together. People can be together but also have their own space. We can organise a small group up to a maximum of 32. Please contact us for our website address.

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Details for PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The Garden Apartment takes up the ground floor of Casa Pipistrelli. The living room, with its beamed ceilings and tiled floors, has a large open fireplace.. It leads to a garden on one side and a secluded patio on the other. The patio, with a beautiful view over the hills, is a delightful place to eat, shaded by a vine, or to relax in the sun in reclining garden chairs. The apartment has a double bedroom, which also has access to the garden: bathroom with shower. The kitchen leads to the livng room and dining area and has a gas cooker, fridge and sink and all necessary utensils. There is the option of a second double or twin bedroom with its own entrance, making an ideal accommodation for four people.This bedroom is in the house above the main apartment and has its own en suite bathroom (shower). There is an extra cost for additional bedroom. The apartment is lovely in the summer with its patio and garden, but equally in the winter with the fire place and oil fired central heating.
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
Three generations of us plus various friends stayed in Peralta together in September to celebrate my birthday and had the best family holiday ever. Not only was there plenty of space for us all to be separate when we felt like it but the hamlet is stunning and the view from the terraces (yes, that IS a plural) breathtaking. Help was always at hand if we needed it but somehow the owner and staff managed to combine this with letting us have a feeling of total privacy and relaxation. This is the perfect place to rest and recharge, enjoy the company of family or friends, or to find peace and inspiration to write, draw, paint - or simply think.
Sep 2009
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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.

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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4.9
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PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4
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Camaiore Versilia
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LOVELY PLACE TO BE!

  • 5 of 5
Peralta is a unique, beautiful collection of living spaces that offer a private setting for each family. We rented Pipistrelli which had a small kitchen, separate bedroom, and comfortable living room. The private patio had a breathtaking view to the Mediterrean where we ate breakfast and enjoyed a glass of wine in the evening. The staff is wonderful; efficient, friendly, and helpful. It is a white knuckle drive up, but once there, you have reached the essence of the Italian experience.
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4
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+39 3493597900
Camaiore Versilia
5

TUSCAN HILLTOP HOLIDAY.

  • 5 of 5
Peralta was the perfect Tuscan getaway for myself and a friend celebrating our 40th birthdays. The approach by car is somewhat terrifying, so be prepared... but the worst part is actually quite short and once you've done it a couple of times it becomes much less daunting. The grounds are just gorgeous. We stayed in the "Pipistrelli Garden Apartment", complete with separate bedroom, kitchen, and front and back gardens. The central bar is stocked with beer, wine, and prosecco, so you can pick your favorite terrace and have happy hour any time of day! There is no shortage of compelling tourist attractions in the area - Pisa, Cinque Terre, Alpi Apuane, but after a couple of days of touring around we decided that Peralta was so beautiful and relaxing that we just wanted to stay put and soak up the sun and ambiance. The hilltop pool is a highlight - small but among the most delightful I've ever enjoyed, thanks to the incredible view. The staff are also great, providing conversation and advice for things to do, and Dinah was delightful - she even invited us all over for a cocktail party in Fiore's studio! Don't miss the 50 minute evening walk to nearby Torcigliano for dinner - this was a Tuscan fantasy come true. I would recommend Peralta to anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery and relaxed company, doesn't need to be in the middle of the city, and has the nerves to make the drive up the hill.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you for this great review! I am so happy that you enjoyed Peralta so much. The last bit of road does seem to provoke quite a few comments - Fiore used to say it protected Peralta - it certainly is worth making the effort the first time to come up and then it becomes subsequently much easier. And, of course, it is possible to leave the car below the steep bit and walk up. We will fetch the luggage. See you again soon I hope. Dinah
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PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4
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Camaiore Versilia
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THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN TUSCANY.

  • 5 of 5
Staying in Peralta is the most blissful place for quiet contemplation. This unique hamlet, high in the hills overlooking an exquisite valley, is the ultimate get-away-from-it-all. It's simple rustic style is perfect for those with a jaded palate of luxury hotels, while still maintaining all the comforts you could want.
We stayed in one of the smaller houses, with its own
terrace, and loved the peace of the valley. The house was well equipped and had really comfortable beds with beautiful linen - an absolute must!
If you wish to be left alone, cooking a meal, with all the fresh produce from Pieve down the hill, is made simple. However, if you want to indulge, a gastronomic feast will be delivered to your door by the wonderful Laura. Drinks on the terrace is a fun way to meet other like-minded guests and to view the magnificent sculptures by the previous owner, Fiore de Henriques.
We were superbly looked after and can't wait to return.
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Camaiore Versilia
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GLORIOUS VIEWS, TRANQUILITY, CULTURE AND CHARM.

  • 5 of 5
This was my third visit to Peralta, a really special place. We stayed five nights and wished we could have stayed for a month. The rooms/apartments/houses are all beautifully furnished, with an artist's eye very much apparent. Every little apartment has a terrace or little garden, ours was covered with jasmine and smelled heavenly in the hot evenings. The views from absolutely everywhere are quite wonderful. Apart from lazing by the pool with its amazing outlook there is just so much to see and do in this lovely part of Italy. We loved walking in the hills behind the hamlet and are planning a return visit in the autumn to do more of this. There are lovely short walks just down into the village to stock up on supplies in the fabulous grocers (like the best stocked deli in London but without the pretentiousness or loopy prices) or around to Torcigliano or Gombitelli for excellent restaurants (try the wild boar with polenta and the gnocchi with gorgonzola at Torcigliano). Florence is easily accessible by train and we did a wonderful day trip to Lucca.

You are left to your own devices entirely whilst there, but friendly help and info is always on hand from Dinah, Kate and Stephan. And if you feel too idle to cook Laura's 'takeaways' are to die for. There is an honesty bar with a comfortable book-filled sitting room and superb terrace (more great views) where you can meet other guests, or fetch yourself a chilled bottle of prosecco and head back to your own garden for a quiet evening drink looking out over Tuscan hills to the sea. A wonderful place.
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
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PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4
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Camaiore Versilia
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IT WAS WERY NICE, WONDERFULL APARTMENT

  • 5 of 5
It was wery nice, Wonderfull apartment and nice food - helpfull staff and fantastik wiev.
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
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Camaiore Versilia
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5

WOW!

  • 5 of 5
Amazingly lovely setting and magical atmosphere in the hillside gardens. Getting up the hillside is an adventure - but well worth it! We will never forget this holiday - and hope one day we might make it back.
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review - always much appreciated and we are happy to know you enjoyed Peralta so much.
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
A12 (Genoa/Livorno), A11 (Florence)
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Viareggio/Lido di Camaiore
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bar Pizzeria da Pietro, Pieve di Camaiore
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Camaiore
Car: recommended

Peralta is a hillside group of houses 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, making day trips easy: Siena (2 hrs), Carrara & its marble mines (45 mins). You can drive into the Carrara mountains - or go to the beach - the closest is Viareggio, the most popular Forte dei Marmi (35 mins). 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.

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' and then 'Camaiore'. 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. The road comes to an end in our car park. From there you walk to Peralta itself (about 200 yards/meter). Larger cars can park below the final steep ascent - we will bring your luggage etc up to Peralta in our tri-porter vehicle (Ape). It is an easy walk from the lower parking area to Peralta.

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Camaiore Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July
Jul 5 2014 - Jul 18 2014
3 night minimum stay
€135
€880
 
 
July/Aug
Jul 19 2014 - Aug 22 2014
3 night minimum stay
€145
€945
 
 
end Aug/Sept
Aug 23 2014 - Sep 5 2014
3 night minimum stay
€135
€880
 
 
September
Sep 6 2014 - Sep 19 2014
3 night minimum stay
€120
€785
 
 
September/October
Sep 20 2014 - Oct 10 2014
2 night minimum stay
€95
€620
 
 
Low Season
Oct 11 2014 - Nov 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
€80
€495
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €10.00
30% deposit to secure the booking. Payment can be in sterling or in euros. Payment by wire transfer to our bank. Please ask for our booking form.
Notes Cleaning charge : 35 Euro per stay
Prices are for 2 people.
Please ask for rates to add an additional bedroom with en suite bathroom. This optional extra room can be either a twin or double. The apartment is also ideal for four people as a living space. The extra bedroom is in the same house, above the garden apartment and has its own entrance.
Apartment has oil fired central heating.
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Amenities

Camaiore Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
Meals:
  • Catering available
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Telephone
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Fireplace
  • fax
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main bathroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Main Bedroom - 1 king
  • Casa Pipistrelli Garden Apartment is ideal for two people. THERE IS ALSO THE POSSIBILITY OF TAKING AN ADDITIONAL BEDROOM AND SO SLEEPING 4. This bedroom is in the house above the Pipistrelli apartment and has a double bed that can be converted into 2 single beds.. This bedroom has its own private entrance and lovely view. The apartment and extra bedroom have oil fired central heating are are very snug in winter months. The optional second bedroom is not suitable for young children as it has a separate entrance to the apartment and there is no internal link between the two. There is an extra cost for the optional second bedroom and varies according to time of year. Please ask for prices of additional bedroom..
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hiking
Notes:
We have a local cook who comes to Peralta each day and it is possible to pre-order meals to eat in your apartment. (A sort of 'takeaway' service!) 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. This facility is part of the relaxed, 'at home' atmosphere that we hope our guests will experience at Peralta
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