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Kate or Dinah

Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech, Slovakian

House with marvellous view set in olive groves on hillside, 25 mins from coast

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 28 nights

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4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, part of a unique medieval hamlet restored by a sculptor

This lovely old Tuscan house is surrounded by terraces of olive groves and sits, on the hillside, just above the beautiful, medieval hamlet of Peralta which was uniquely restored by an international sculptor. (Her sculptures can be seen throughout the hamlet). The view from the house and its large terrace is stunning. You look over the roof tops of Peralta and the valley below towards the hills, and the sea that lies beyond them. Facing south, and with this panoramic view, you can bask in the sun or read and snooze in the shade of a vine. The dining table on the terrace is covered by a vine, offering welcome shade. The house has three floors - the 4 bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, all with views. Two bedrooms (first floor) have ensuite bathrooms and the two bedrooms on the top floor share a bathroom. The ground floor comprises a large kitchen with dining area, comfortable living room, a second living room, a washroom.The swimming pool (shared) lies on a terrace above the house. In the photo of the hamlet below, Casa Luigi is the house situated at top of photo. A calm, away from it all, very unique and inspiring location yet within easy reach of the coast, Lucca, Florence, Cinque Terre, etc. A haven of peace where one is delighted to return after a day’s sightseeing.

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. . 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.

In the daytime, there is always someone at hand in the hamlet to help with any questions, give directions to places of interest, lend a map, deal with minor repairs, collect luggage with our tri-porter vehicle (Ape), etc.

A local cook comes to Peralta each day and is very happy to provide pre-ordered meals to be heated up in the house. This is very popular with our guests as, aside from the fact that her cooking is delicious and typically Tuscan, it enables you to come back from a day's sightseeing and not have to think about cooking, nor going to the expense of eating out, but just to relax on your terrace and enjoy a delicious glass of wine while your meal heats up in your oven!

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kate or Dinah (Owner)
Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech, Slovakian

Why Kate or Dinah chose Lucca Area

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 Luigi 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 owner

We have stayed in Peralta two times. First time three years ago with a baby girl aged one and a girl aged 12. We lived in La Foresteria, which is a very charming and special house with two terraces. There is a lot of space for one family here. One nice pergola outside the kitchen area, where we had all our meals and one balcony on the first floor with a view we have not found any other place in Tuscany. And we have been in the region seven times. It is just magical and you feel like beiing on the top of the world when you relax and enjoy the sundown while sipping on a glas of rosso. You actually look down at the fireworks in the valley from this balcony! This year we travelled with my brothers family. They have two boys aged 11 and 14. The eleven year old simply said: "this is the most fantastic place I ever have been to,I want to come back thousand of times". All the children fell in love with Peralta, also thanks to the dogs Elly and Frankie, which came to the house every day and played with the children.We stayed in Casa Luigi. The antique house has four big bedrooms, living room, library, three bathrooms and a laundry room. The kitchen is perfectly located on the ground floor and you have an amazing view while you are cooking. The location almost makes it fun to wash the dishes... (there is a dishwasher as well). There is plenty of space in front of the house and we spent every evening on this terrace. We loved Casa Luigi and it is an excellent house for family holidays. We have to mention the svimming pool. It is situated on the top, above the hamlet, and has the most spectacular location I have experienced for any swimming pool. It is not big, but the area and sourroundings makes it unique. If you are seeking a holiday away from it all, but at the same time close to the beaches and towns and sights, this is the place. You will never forget it. Thanks a lot to the staff for great hospitality and Laura who made such wonderful meals for us during our stay.
Aug 2011
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House with marvellous view set in olive groves on hillside, 25 mins from coast
average rating of 4.769231 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Peralta has everything that one would expect of a vacation in Tuscany and more. The views of the rolling hills and the misty ocean make you feel as if you have stepped into a painting. The accommodations are charming and the staff is very hospitable. In my opinion, the statues by Fiore de Henriquez, which are dotted throughout the property, make this location unique and unforgettable. One great advantage of the hillside location is that it is a few degrees cooler than the lowland which is wonderful at the end of a hot day sightseeing. Peralta is a magical and peaceful vacation destination.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Honeymoon stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in several places as part of our Honeymoon across France and Italy. The moment we stepped foot in Peralta, we felt instantly more relaxed than any other place we had been. It is laid out across a hillside and each little home you can stay in are beautifully decorated. There is a pool at the top of Peralta which has one of the best views I've ever seen. We could have sat up there reading books all day. It was in the mid thirties when we were there but the breeze keeps you perfectly cool.

We basically don't have a single complaint about the place. You really just have to go there to understand. It has a blend of italian artistry and rustic comfort. We wouldn't hesitate to go back.

The owner Dina, is a wonderful character and all her staff are very welcoming. Peralta is one of those very special places that is off the beaten track of a normal holiday destination and the perfect place to either do nothing or use as a base to explore the wonderful region of Tuscany.

Ben & Jess

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Breathtaking Views, off the beaten track

  • 5 of 5

I celebrated my 60th birthday at Casa Luigi with 5 girlfriends and I would recommend this lovely villa to anybody who appreciates the natural beauty of Tuscany. The weather was perfect, Dinah, the owner, Kate the Manager and Stephen the Go to Guy were very accommodating and gave us lots of tips and recommendations for making this trip memorable and one we will all never forget. As previous reviewers mentioned it is not the easiest place to get to but you will be glad of that once you get there. Peralta is a little piece of heaven that you don't need to share with a lot of people, It is like having your own Holiday Home. We had several meals prepared by Laura which were as good as any meal we had at a local restaurant. The view from Casa Luigi is magical and to wake up to it every morning and to go sleep to it every night will remain a memory we will never forget. We were close to the ocean, mountains and had fabulous shopping in Lucca, Florence, Forti Dei Marmi, and Portevenero as well as seeing the leaning Tower of Pisa and the amazing museums in Florence. We stayed for 2 weeks but could have stayed for a month and still not have seen everything on our list of things to do.

I cannot finish this review without mentioning Ellie the resident dog. I am a dog lover and have 3 dogs and by having Ellie around made this trip extra special. She is a wonderful mascot for Peralta and will welcome you to her home with a twinkle in her eye and a tennis ball in her mouth ready for a game of fetch!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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  • 4 of 5

Per Alta was perfect for us. We wanted somewhere unique,where we could just relax and soak up the atmosphere of which there was plenty! The staff were laid back and approachable, the whole place had a feeling of being from another time. It self contained accommodation with some extras - fabulous food from Laura and tips and info from Dinah and Kate. We would definitely go back and recommend to others. Loved the antique market in nearby Pietra Santa and the marble quarries.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Exquisite mountain top paradise.

  • 5 of 5

This was the most perfect holiday stay. Got a bit lost up the hill finding the hamlet and nearly slid down the last stretch of almost vertical road, but we were heavily loaded. Ape picked up our extensive luggage from the car park and we walked behind, rounding the hill to be greeted by Dinah and Kate who offered us a cool drink and then showed us to Casa Luigi and left us to it. Couldn't believe our luck, to be handed the key (never used) to such a place.

Had to dash off to Viareggio train station, 20 minutes as promised, to pick up 20 year old son and his two friends. Got them up the hill and left them to find the pool, up the steep rosemary and lavender lined path, whilst we easily found Pisa airport, under an hour, again as indicated, to pick up son 2 and girlfriend. So, all gathered together, we had a swim then cooked and ate supper on the terrace and talked long into the night. And this set the pattern for our week.

We had outings to the Cinque Terra, completely beautiful, to Florence, mad in August, to Lucca, lovely, but the best part was coming home to our fabulous

mountain hamlet, buying provisions from the local shop which really was incredibly welcoming, despite us massacring the Italian language.

Had slightly worried about the communal aspect of sharing the pool etc. but it was wonderful. Spent time with some great people, all of which appeared to be somehow artistically inclined, art teachers, painters, architect, poet. It is not an accident we all found Peralta, it is outstandingly beautiful, even by Tuscan standards, perched so high, you can see the sea twice between hills on the horizon, you can sit and see the far off storms of late August lighting up the sky, sitting beneath ripe orange, lemon and limes, on your terrrace, have an early swim with the mist below you or a late swim under the stars.

Should say too that the house was very spacious and immaculately clean. Beds a little hard and no collander but we asked and immediatly were given one.

Special mention to Ellie who transformed my previously dog intolerant husband. He actually bought her a ball in the fabulous local hardware store. I suspect most guests do.

There is so much more to say in praise of Peralta, it is a very special place, go if you want to rest and refresh your soul.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Debbie, for this wonderfully descriptive review. I think you covered all Peralta's charms and I loved reading it! I only regret that the week had suddenly flashed past and I had not shown you Fiore's sculpture gallery. Next time ..... ! Dinah
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Lovely peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Peralta is a great place to relax and enjoy the view. The apartments are very well kept, clean and charming. The owners are very kind and helpful. It's our second time in Peralta and we will be back soon. Absolutely recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: We love it when guests return to Peralta. - thank you for coming back. Dinah
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
A12 (Genoa/Livorno/Florence)
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
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, 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. Airports: Pisa 45 mins - Florence 1 hr. Genoa 1 hr.40mins - Bologna 2hrs


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 6
Jul 16 2016 - Aug 19 2016
4 night minimum stay
Rate 7
Aug 20 2016 - Sep 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
Rate 8
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Rate 9
Sep 17 2016 - Oct 14 2016
4 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Oct 15 2016 - Mar 31 2017
28 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

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Pet Fee $22

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Lucca Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Computer Available
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Abundant supply of hot water in all bathrooms (solar powered with electric backup). Tank of 300 litres so you don't have to worry about hot water running short! The two double bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. The two twin (or double) bedrooms share a bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • The two bedrooms that have 2 single beds in each room can also be made up as doubles.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • tennis
The house is on 3 floors: Ground floor: 2 Living rooms, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher - large refrigerator with separate freezer - gas 4 burner hob and oven - dining area at end of kitchen. Wash room with WC, basin, washing machine. First floor: 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms, WC. Second floor: 2 twin bedded rooms sharing a shower room, WC. All rooms have views over the valley towards the sea. Large terrace with wonderful view, table seating up to 10 under shade, deck chairs/sun loungers. We are happy to have children of all ages in July and August, but 10 yrs and over in other months. This rule is because our guests come to Peralta expecting a peaceful, tranquil holiday, and this is not compatible with younger children who naturally want to run, play and make quite a lot of noise especially around the pool. We make an exception during the school holidays.

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