Studiolo Apartment sleeps 2/4. Peaceful surroundings, panoramic view
Apartment with stunning view
Kate or Dinah
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Why Kate or Dinah chose Camaiore
Intenrational sculptor Fiore de Henriquez lived in the area of Camaiore 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 who owns it today. 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
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Stunning location, unforgettable views, relaxing
Peralta is a special place in Tuscany, we booked a 9 day stay for our honeymoon and had an incredible time. Both Kate and Chris were very welcoming and helpful. We took our 20 month old son with us and at first were a bit worried about the steep drops from the footpaths but it was fine when we arrived. Harry loved exploring Peralta and climbing the stairs to the pool, and of course running after the dogs Ellie and Bracha. The views from our balcony and from the pool were amazing, we will miss the sunsets at Peralta.
Perfect place for an outstanding relaxing holiday
At Peralta you feel the same way as coming home to your nearest relatives. There is a very friendly and warm atmosphere and the people at Peralta really care for you.
The accommodation is superb - it is definitely not standard, but very personal and individual. The houses and studios are very well equipped especially if you like cooking.
We have been at Peralta in 2013 and 2015 and we for sure plan to go there again as soon as possible. It is a place we always will keep in our mind as our best summer holidays ever.
It is a challenge to get there first time by car but when you have arrived you forget everything about the drive up the hill. A small car is really commendable.
A gorgeous, idyllic haven with amazing views.
We had such an amazing stay here at Peralta, one of our favourite holidays ever. The hamlet is perched on a hillside, so be prepared for a winding ascent, but the tricky drive is worth it in order to reach the spectacular location.
The beautiful old buildings have been sympathetically restored and furnished with charming antique furniture to create characterful 'homes', they are set amongst rambling gardens and olive groves; the sculpture around the gardens provides great interest and offers something that is of the heart of Peralta.
We stayed in the Studiolo apartment; quirky and comfortable, it had everything we needed, was spotlessly clean, had two lovely bathrooms and was just a wonderful place to relax and spend time in.
Dinah, Kate and their team are wonderful hosts and will take care of you without being intrusive. Do try the delicious home cooking! Also the animals of Peralta are an added bonus and made our stay extra special, Ellie the dog was our friend and companion for the duration of our stay. We miss her lots.
Our first visit to Tuscany was fantastic in so many ways and truly memorable, so thank you Peralta!
Peralta surpassed all expectations. The hamlet is set high above the Mediterranean Sea, nestling among the tree studded hills.
Studiolo where we stayed sleeps six comfortably with two bedrooms (with large double beds) two wet rooms with excellent showers, an attic room with two beds perfect for children. It has a large sunny living room (with a wonderful view of the hills and the sea) with a kitchen on one side and a dining table as well as a comfy sofa and easy chairs. It was very clean.
Dinah and her helpers were charming, courteous and efficient and Lara's cooking was perfect; rustic Italian food, quite delicious, as was the local wine, not to mention the Limoncello!
We would highly recommend Peralta to anybody wanting to get away from it all.
There is a lovely little restaurant about an hour away by foot but we recommend lunch as it might be tricky in the dark.
We shall certainly be back; it is an experience not to be missed.
A well-appointed apartment in magical Peralta
The Studiolo apartment is in the heart of Peralta, with breathtakingly beautiful views over the hills and valleys below, and the sea beyond. It has comfortable beds for up to six, two being in the loft and more fun for children, which we did not test out, there being only three of us. Its spacious combined kitchen, dining and living room, and its two wetroom-type bathrooms with showers, make it a comfortable modernised environment to live in, within a bougainvillea-clad characterful old building.There is a sheltered terrace with dining table, deck chairs and a barbecue, as well as space for two small chairs at the top of the steps up to the front door (or even three with the door open!), all commanding beautiful views, particularly around sunset. Everything is well-maintained and handed over in a cleanly state. There is a communal bar and terrace (again with particularly beautiful views around sunset) close by, a little lower down the hill, with free washing machine and computer access. Evening meals of a very high standard can be ordered, if required, and some items of food and drink (including good local red and white wines) are also available for sale. At the same time there is a friendly little grocery in Pieve, just down the hill, and both medium-sized and large supermarkets only a little farther away. The communal swimming pool is also close by, a little higher up the hill, and is a particular delight, its crystal-clear water maintained by mild salination rather than by chlorine or bromine. The staff members are friendliness and helpfulness personified, and immediately responsive to your every need. The communal spaces provide ample opportunity for friendly conversation with fellow guests from other houses and apartments if you so wish, while the apartment provides privacy if and when you prefer. There is a mass of information available, both written and oral, on local walks and restaurants (some in combination), how to find the local grocery and supermarkets, the homely little town of Camaiore being a joy to have just down the road, as well as on day trips further afield, Lucca luring us back time and time again. Renting this apartment gives you a place to be and relax, as well as a well-situated base for further exploration of northern Tuscany, that we think it would be hard to improve on anywhere in the region, and is therefore great value for money. We had a perfect holiday there in every way and have already recommended it to family and friends.
otherworldly place in the hills of Tuscany
We still think of our week here as one of our best experiences in Italy ever. Every bit as magic as the homepage claims - and then some.
Both Kate and Dinah are great hosts and want to do everything they can to turn your holiday into something unforgettable. At the same time they are enthusiastic keepers and protectors of the place and its magic, formed over a period of 30 years by its founder. In fact, the whole place is something of an artwork in itself.
We're always looking for places with a relaxed atmosphere, places that are not overtly businesslike. Where you can bring your kids but the vibe of the place is not McDonalds and plastic furniture, where you feel welcome and respected as a thinking human being... Wine !? take some from the fridge and write it on your bill yourself. There's ice in the other fridge and a cooler you can bring to the terrace as well. While we do hope you'll cook your own food, you can have ma cook some genuine italian food for you at reasonable prices.
That's Peralta. You're staying in the private home of an artist. 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 which, in turn, is 10 min inland from the coast.
Lucca is a 35 min drive to the south.
The A12/A11 autoroute exit is 20 min, making day trips to Siena (2 h), Carrara & its marble mines (45 min) very easy.
You can drive into the Carrara mountains - or go to the beach - 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 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.