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Peaceful, unique hillside location restored by a sculptor. Amazing views. Pool. - PIPISTRELLI TERRACE APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4

Camaiore, Lucca, Italy
  • Apartment
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

1 bedroom apartment with view and fabulous terrace

The two apartments are located in Casa Pipistrelli, one of the houses that forms the peaceful hillside hamlet of Peralta which is situated on a south facing hillside above the valley of Camaiore.

Casa Pipistrelli is a three storey house, built on terraced land. This means that the apartments have their own entrances and do not overlook each other. Each apartments has only one bedroom but it is possible to take a separate bedroom with bathroom in the same house, thus offering accommodation for 4 people in either apartment. The two bedrooms take up the second floor of the house. Both additional bedrooms have their own entrances.

The GARDEN APARTMENT takes up the ground floor of Casa Pipistrelli and, as its name suggests, is surrounded by garden: at the back is a paved patio and in the front a shady, grass garden, particularly appreciated on a hot summer day. Both the patio and the front garden have a table so you can choose where to eat! There is a barbecue and garden lounger chairs. The living room opens both back and front onto the garden and has a fireplace for cosy winter evenings. The double bedroom opens onto the front garden and is cool on hot nights. Well equipped kitchen and a bathroom with shower complete the apartment.

The TERRACE APARTMENT takes up the third (top floor) of Casa Pipistrelli. Its entrance is from a path the back of the house. The views over the valley are panoramic and the large terrace is accessed from the back of the apartment. The terrace also has lovely views and is very private. Olive trees provide shade but the terrace is large and so there is also a place to find full sun if you prefer. Sun beds, a dining table and lots of peace and quiet to be found here. Double bedroom; bathroom with shower; dressing area; large living room with kitchenette at one end.

Both apartments have central heating and are very comfortable in winter. Long lets in the winter are possible at very reasonable rates.

There is a shared swimming pool on one of the upper terraces, a tranquil spot with a panoramic view towards the sea.

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. The town of Camaiore is a ten minute car drive away. It is lovely to return to the peace of Peralta after a busy day.

Peralta has various self catering accommodation located in different houses, lots of shady olive terrace with the large terrace in front of Peralta being 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. Writers can settle in and write in peace. 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.

GROUPS/RETREATS/REUNIONS AT PERALTA Imagine having 18 bedrooms at your disposal for a wonderful weekend family party, for a wedding, or just a reunion of old friends.

Contact us for more info or see our website.

Owner

Kate or Dinah

Member Since 1999
Response rate:
90%
Response time:
within two days
Speaks:
english, french, german, italian, czech, Slovakian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 05, 2018
Why Kate or Dinah chose Camaiore

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.

What makes this Apartment 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

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Washer & Dryer
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • The Pipistrelli Terrace Apartment has double bedroom with kingsize bed.

      Bathrooms

      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural

            Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Romantic

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • PC
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Heating
                        Very efficient central heating from an oil fired boiler that heats the whole Pipistrelli house.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Comfortable seating (sofa, armchair), lovely view facing south.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Sunbed
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet

                        Kitchen

                          • 2 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                            We supply a coffee press and the classic Italian expresso perculator.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Electric kettle.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                          • Kitchenette
                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Two burner gas hob
                          • Toaster

                            Dining

                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people

                                Outside

                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    The Studio apartment has a large terrace for private use Part of the olive groves, it is lovely and shady and plenty of space to laze around on sunbeams to read, snooze and relax.
                                  • Outdoor Grill
                                    Weber charcoal barbecue
                                  • Terrace

                                    Suitability

                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                      • not suitable for children
                                      • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                      • wheelchair inaccessible

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Communal Pool
                                            The very deep pool (8m x 3m) is on an upper terrace from which there is a panoramic view over the whole valley towards the sea and the Cinque Terre peninsular in the distance. Teak sun loungers.
                                          • Outdoor Pool

                                            Attractions

                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • coin laundry
                                              • forests
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • hiking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis

                                                            Notes

                                                              • There is a washing machine for shared use between three apartments.. As well as the apartment's own terrace, 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. There are wonderful walks through the olive groves and chestnut forest.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                6 Reviews

                                                                Wonderful4.8/5

                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Beautiful, quiet and stunning

                                                                Martine v.

                                                                We stayed at Peralta for four nights. The apartment (Pipistrelli) felt like home, the view from our terrace was stunning, the grounds were lovely and the welcome was friendly and helpful. We will come back for sure.

                                                                Beware of the road up the hill, the last bend is treacherous and stressful, better to leave your largish car at the car park a few hundred meters below.

                                                                Unique place & unique experience

                                                                Robert P.

                                                                My wife and I had never stayed in a setting like Peralta. We would stay there again without hesitation, though someone might have to drive us up those final, hairpin curves. A small car is required definitely.

                                                                Descriptions of Peralta from its website and reviews from other customers were accurate: the overall layout of the hamlet and the individual apartments were even better than we expected for their attractiveness and suitable accommodations.

                                                                The manager and groundskeeper were knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. They made us feel at home.

                                                                Peralta provided each apartment with a very informative booklet about Peralta itself, the surrounding community, day trips, hikes, and restaurants. We found its guidance helpful and up to date. Wifi service was haphazard for several days. It was determined to have been a community problem, not Peralta's. The manager was a strong advocate in having the cable company remedy the problem.

                                                                We can be counted as very satisfied customers who have already recommended Peralta to others.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you back soon. Best wishes, Kate

                                                                The best holiday ever!

                                                                Kasper L.

                                                                We had the most lovely holiday at Peralta. The area is very green with lovely olive trees and Peralta is very well kept. Everything is working and very well kept. There are beautiful flowers and small stone plateaus all over the place and a the most breathtaking view over the hills and the sea. Not to mention all the lovely figures and statues created by Fiore De Henriquez, which are places around Peralta.

                                                                Our hosts, Kate and Dinah, were very helpfull and welcming. Unfortunately we had a puncturing down the hill and had to take our car to a local garage. However, Kate helped us with everything and drove us all the way to the garage!

                                                                The Studio Apartment was very nice with a lovely view, a big double bed, kitchen and a separate bathroom. Everything was working. However, please not that there is no aircondition in the flat and I may get warm during night.

                                                                All in all it is certainly a place that we will come back to.

                                                                1 semaine de rêve à Peralta

                                                                Peralta est un endroit à part, magique et magnifique, un peu en retrait et un peu en altitude, une très belle vue sur la campagne Toscane vous attends une fois arrivé là-haut.

                                                                L'accueil est parfait, merci encore à Dinah, Kate et Stephen.

                                                                C'est un lieu propice au repos, mais aussi un bon point de départ pour aller à Lucca, Pise, Carrara (les carrières de marbres),les stations balnèaires, sans oublier les Cinque terre qui se trouvent un peu plus loin.

                                                                Laura prépare des plats typiques succulents, les lasagnes de Laura, entre autres, sont un régal !.

                                                                Nous ne connaissions pas la Toscane, ce fût une première approche originale et une étape de rêve.

                                                                Nous espèrons y retourner un jour.

                                                                Alain et Régine - France

                                                                Very special - one of a kind.

                                                                Delightful, unusual and rustic hillside retreat created by the sculptor Fiore de Henriques. Beautiful setting in which to relax and enjoy the Tuscan scenery from the terrace or poolside. Very well maintained with helpful, personable management. Many scenic attractions within driving distance: Lucca, Cinque Terra, Pietrasanta, to name a few. Best restaurant: Locanda Lorena on Isola Palmaria; restaurant launch will pick you up from Porto Venere (a very short and scenic ride). Excellent local bars and restaurants everywhere you go - it's Italy after all!

                                                                La toscane comme on la rêve...

                                                                thibaut muller c.

                                                                Le hameau de Peralta est un petit havre de paix dans les collines verdoyantes du nord de la Toscane. Ce n'est pas la Toscane des cartes postales avec ses cyprès et ses collines dorées par le soleil, mais une région de douces montagnes vertes surplombant la méditerranée... L'endroit est parfait pour rayonner et visiter les villes alentours comme Pise, Lucca, etc...et présente l'avantage de faire se sentir comme chez soi. En effet ce petit village rénové pierre par pierre par une sculptrice possede une âme, une élégance sans ostentation qui ravira les jeunes couples comme les familles...Notre moment préféré: après une longue journée de visite, un apéritif sur la terrasse ou au bord de la piscine en regardant le coucher de soleil sur la mer...

                                                                Charme et authenticité, à l'image de la propriétaire et de ses gens de maison!

                                                                Une certitude: nous reviendrons!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Merci pour ce gentil review. Nous esperons de vous revoir bientot!

                                                                Dinah

                                                                Location

                                                                Camaiore, Lucca, Italy

                                                                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.

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Cleaning Fee
                                                                $43
                                                                Pet Fee
                                                                $24

                                                                The cost is for 2 people .There is also a possibility of adding an extra bedroom. Please ask for rates.

                                                                $154avg/night
                                                                6 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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