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Stunning, unusual house in sculptor's hillside medieval hamlet.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fireplace

Overview

About the property

Self catering house with unique atmosphere . Sleeps 2 on a per night basis.

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Kate or Dinah
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech, Slovakian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

Why Kate or Dinah chose Versilia

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.

What makes this house unique

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

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had 30 friends and family from all over the world join us in September for a big birthday celebration. We had never been to Peralta before so we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. It all turned out better than we could have dreamed! We booked out the whole hamlet and were delighted with the accommodation - rustic chic, wonderful views and decorated with gorgeous objets d'art. We stayed for 3 nights and used a combination of external caterers, internal self catering and also walked out to a wonderful local restaurant for the birthday lunch. Everything was delicious and very professional. And best of all it was easy! Kate could not have been more obliging or more helpful. We would highly recommend Peralta to anyone - but especially for this sort of gathering of friends and family.
Sep 2016
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Amenities

Camaiore House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • 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.
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Stunning, unusual house in sculptor's hillside medieval hamlet.
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 10 reviews
New York, New York, USA
5

A heavenly home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have spent a month at Peralta every summer for 10 years, and we will be there again this year. We love its peaceful serenity. The path to Casa Nuova from the car park is a pleasure in itself. It's filled with birdsong and cicadas, and lined with sweet-smelling jasmine, fig trees, and bougainvillea. Casa Nuova, where we always stay, is ideal for us, with its large, wisteria-covered terrazza and its spectacular view of the valley below and, on clear days, the Mediterranean Sea. Peralta was once home to sculptor Fiore Hendriquez, and her sculptures keep the artistic spirit of the place alive. All of the stone houses at Peralta are comfortably furnished with rustic antiques and have private terraces and beautiful views of the valley. The hike up stone steps takes you to the swimming pool and an even more expansive view.

Dinah Voisin, the owner, and Kate Simova, Peralta's manager, are a delight and extremely helpful and accommodating in making sure that your stay is everything you want it to be.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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4

A Magical Place to Stay....

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for five days in May and it was amazing. A real get away from it all retreat hidden in the mountains, great to relax, unwind and appreciate the important things in life. The views from the terrace were stunning, as were the sunsets that we watched most nights with a glass of Prosecco, the views from the bedroom were also stunning and a real treat to wake up to. The atmosphere was relaxed and although there were quite a few other people staying we felt like it was only us. The only thing I would say is make sure you have a very small car and get the extra insurance, we couldn't get ours up the last bit of mountain road, but it was fine leaving it in the small hamlet at the bottom and walking up, good exercise to burn off all the delicious food and no matter how late we returned it was always light enough to see and a couple of nights we had the fire flys to guide our way, a very magical place....

  • Submitted: May 19, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
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5

Wow - a very special place

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from staying at Casa Nuova at Peralta for 6 nights. It is all that the other positive reviews and the web site description says it is. It feels very rustic but with modern fittings and it is is furnished and kitted out more like a home than a rental property. We loved the antique furniture, quality bedlinen, sculptures, and paintings.

Whilst only one bedroom, plus dressing area, Casa Nuova is really a smalll house with a large living area and large terrace with stunning views. Plenty of space

It was very peaceful despite being full and the staff are there and helpful if you need them but don't bother you if you are self sufficient.

The only challenge - which is part of its appeal is the last 100 metres of the road up to Peralta.We had a largish low suspension car which only just made it around the hairpin, steep and narrow bends - though you can park lower down and walk up.

The swimming pool is located in a fantastic position but is too small for serious swimmers.

Peralta is truly a one off very memorable experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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London, UK
5

Fantastic Tuscan Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This place is fab, quite as good as it looks. I rented Casa Nuova for a week in June. Though it's only a one bedroom house it feels very spacious. Huge pergola. Stunning views across the valley all the way to the Med from all rooms. Peace and quiet..Probably the most private feeling house in the village. Visitors should be ready for the very precipitous road up to the village - but you soon get used to it. The communal bar area is lovely in the evening and has even better views. Staff very friendly, make you feel like an honoured guest. Good shops in nearby Camaiore, nice little pizzeria in Prado di Sotto (15 min walk). Pietrasanta a lovely town. A car a necessity.

Matt

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Bend, Oregon, USA
4

Peralta

  • 4 of 5

Peralta is an amazing place. It's a unique experience and it's hard to describe. From the moment you walk in along the path through the olive groves you feel as if you've entered another world away from the pressures of everyday life. On our first visit there we would sit on the terrace in front of the bar (uniquely, in this day and age, you help yourself to what ever you want from the bar and write it down in a little book and you pay at the end of your stay!) and we would see the look of delight on the faces of newly arrived guests as they took in the view.

On various visits we have stayed in Pipistrelli, Gemelli and Casa Nuova all with their own unique character. All nicely furnished and comfortable.

The team that manages Peralta are lovely. Because they worked for the artist that restored it, until she died a few years ago, they are very concerned with keeping the unique flavor of the place. We would (and do!) recommend Peralta to anyone who is seeking a restful and quiet vacation away from the stresses of modern day life.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
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Belgium
5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

This was the 6th time I've been to Peralta so I more or less knew what the deal would be... fantastic as always. However, I never stayed at Casa Nuova. This year I decided to book the house for our honeymoon and what a treat it was. Even after coming here for a few years now, this place managed to amaze me. It's very spacious and all the necessary accomodations are in place. The athmosphere is very special and the view from the private terrace is stunning. It's also an excellent place to have a nice honeymoon barbeque :) ! If you want something special and relaxing, this is the place!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your appreciation of Casa Nuova. It is such a special house - mainly because Fiore would use it as her personal guest house and so put a lot of her sculpture in it, also books, antique furniture etc. She also restored it in such an unusual and interesting way. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Rates & Availability

Camaiore House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate 1
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$109
$707
 
 
Rate 2
May 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$131
$860
 
 
Rate 3
Jun 16 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$229
$1,491
 
 
Rate 4
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,632
 
 
Rate 5
Aug 21 2017 - Sep 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$229
$1,491
 
 
Rate 6
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$131
$860
 
 
Rate 7
Oct 2 2017 - Oct 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$109
$707
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $326
Pet Fee $22

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Map

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

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