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Apts & houses in a unique, inspiring location restored by sculptor - Studiolo Apartment sleeps 2/4. Peaceful surroundings, panoramic view

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Description

Studiolo Apartment sleeps 2/4. Peaceful surroundings, panoramic view

This lovely apartment was originally an artist’s studio. The living room has full length windows, facing south, with a spectacular view over the valley of Camaiore to the hills beyond and the sea. On very clear days we can see Corsica outlined on the horizon. The winter sunsets are fabulous. The spacious room with its high sloping ceiling has a seating area with a large sofa and very comfortable chairs. The dining table seats six and the open plan kitchen area is fully equipped for all culinary needs. The lovely old marble sink gives great character to the room. There are two double bedrooms, one of which can also be a twin room. Two bathrooms with showers. The bedrooms look out onto the olive groves and are very quiet, and cool in the summer months.

There is an attic bedroom, ideal for storage.

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About the property

PERALTA TUSCANY

The two apartments described below are part of the beautiful peaceful hamlet of Peralta, located in a spectacular setting in the Tuscan hills that rise high above the valley of Camaiore. 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.

The hamlet was restored with great love and imagination by international sculptor Fiore de Henriquez. She created a place that is quite unique and very inspiring for anyone with creative tendancies. Peralta was Fiore's 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.

We are surrounded by 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 offers various self catering accommodation sleeping from 2 to 8 and 4 additional bedrooms with bathrooms. As described more fully further down the page, the whole hamlet sleeps 30 or so and can be booked in its entirety for parties. Many a family party or important birthday has been celebrated here!

A previous guest offered this description of Peralta :

'The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff have a rare quality of being there but conspicuously absent unless needed. This adds to the calm of the place, giving a feel of personal space and privacy. It has a sense of a well-run hotel, without the formality, and the ambiance of a private villa without the expense. I was fortunate to have cast an eye over a few of the other properties available; all are very well appointed and would not fail to please.

Whether you’re wanting to collect your thoughts, relax, explore the region, write a novel, or paint a masterpiece this has to be the place to visit.'

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Property Manager
Kate or Dinah
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech, Slovakian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
60%
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

Why Kate or Dinah chose Versilia

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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Notes

The cost above is for 4 people. Please add 15 euros per night for loft bedroom (2 single beds) to above prices. This room is only suitable for summer months.


Amenities

Camaiore Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom has been entirely renovated
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Bed can be either double or 2 singles
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Loft bedroom with access from main bedroom by ladder
  • The bedrooms look out onto the olive groves and are very quiet, and also cool in the summer months. The loft bedroom is suitable for children only due to access by ladder from main bedroom.
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is a washing machine for shared use between three apartments. There is a computer for shared use of all our guests. There is a very strong wifi signal. 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.

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Pizzeria da Pietro, Pieve di Camaiore
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
A11/A12 Genoa/Livornio/Florence
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Pieve di Camaiore
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: 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.

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