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 quietude 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, explore the region, write a novel, or paint a masterpiece this has to be the place to visit.'
The cluster of houses that form the tiny village of Peralta can sleep up to 30 people. The 17 bedrooms are located in various self catering houses so the group can be together and yet have their own accommodation for privacy. It is the ideal place for a family reunion, special birthday etc and also workshops, conferences, retreats. You can book the whole hamlet or simply the amount of bedrooms required by your party. The services of a local catering are available and Peralta has a large communal dining room or outside dining on a shady terrace . Our swimming pool and terraces, all with superb views, are ideal for relaxing.
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.
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
I was a participant in the Creative Writing Course, lasting one week this September. Everything exceeds expectation: landscape, original art, accommodation, food, atmosphere, and staff. I felt like a welcome guest instead of a customer. My heart melted one morning while eating homemade fig jam, looking out at Mediterranean, and playing with the small dog, Ellie, who'd dropped a fresh lemon (lemon trees dot the property) at my feet for a game of catch. Staff perfectly blends professionalism with a relaxed atmosphere. Every need is attended to with good humor, practicality, and sense of fun. Peralta is a gem.
We rented the whole of Peralta for a weekend-long 50th anniversary celebration with 27 guests. Kudos to the whole Peralta team for a totally smooth operation, from the meal planning, which was superior, to the allocation of rooms. Delicious lunches and dinners were served on two long tables on the patio under the wisteria arbor. The time it rained the staff went into action and smoothly transferred the venue to the beautiful sculpture studio upstairs with its panoramic view. Any possible eventuality was thought of and handled. Our guests had an absolutely marvelous time, they loved the 'rustic chic' of the rooms and the relaxed atmosphere, as did we with nothing to do except enjoy and be taken care of in the loveliest and most romantic of surroundings. The cost was surprisingly reasonable. Our only complaint was that we had to go home when it was all over.
We'd do it all again i a heartbeat!
NOTE: Ten years ago we also took over Peralta for our daughter's week-long engagement party, which was another truly joyous and memorable experience.
Imagine a hamlet clutching to the Tuscan hillside soaking up the southern light from sunrise to sunset with a panoramic view of the valley stretching from east to west, over the distant hills and out to the Mediterranean. The road to Peralta is long and winding but the view when you reach it is unimaginable both by day and by twinkling night light.
Peralta was re-created as an artists' haven by Fiore de Henriquez. Her vision in the 1960s has made today the perfect gathering place for friends, families or colleagues in a unique, tranquil and inspirational setting. Peralta is somewhere you can choose to socialize or not as the mood takes you. I took over the whole 'village' to celebrate my 70th birthday. I invited 25 guests, both family and friends, for 4-5 nights. We had beautiful and unusual communal meeting places and everyone had their own house sleeping 2, 4, 6 or 8 depending on which house of the seven stone houses they were staying in. There are 18 bedrooms in all, decorated in Tuscan shabby chic country style, and it was special to know everyone you met on the stone path or rocky steps was a friend.
We tasted the delights of Tuscan cooking, home grown lemons, olives and all the home grown herbs required for Tuscan tastes. The cosmopolitan staff at Peralta really went out of their way to ensure the party ran smoothly and the Prosecco freely! An evening gathering on the terrace was a memorable moment as was dinner with friends by candlelight surrounded by internationally renowned sculptures and paintings. Every nook and cranny of Peralta is bursting with vibrant Mediterranean plants, beautifully cared for, which all helps to make every angle of Peralta a photographers paradise. I can put all of this into my family album! We will never forget the memories made at Peralta enveloped in Peralta’s own particular brand of magic.
I've just run a week-long creative writing retreat at Peralta. It was a wonderful experience. There is ample accommodation for participants (and their partners),big rooms to hold workshops, lots of peaceful places to hide away and write, and some lovely walks through the woods and valleys. There were more than 20 of us for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I left having put on several kilos, having eaten too much delicious food. I loved eating outside by candle-light - it added something very special to the atmosphere, with the lights of Camaiore in the valley below and the moon on the sea. The staff are friendly and helpful and Dinah bent over backwards to make sure that everyone had what they needed. When the time came to leave, some people really didn't want to go! I would thoroughly recommend this as a place to run creative courses, or any courses that need a peaceful, secluded location.
We took over the whole of this hamlet for my 60th Birthday and invited 25 of my friends. It could not have worked better. We were able to eat altogether on the Terrace of Casa Nuova, nd there was plenty of room to dance. Lara's food was to die for, and the views and the Terrace is a magical setting for any party. One night bwe all walked round to the the little local restaurant which was heaven and again the most delicious simple Italian cooking. Everything we needed was catered for perfectly by Kate and Stephen and we all felt terribly spoilt. They made having 25 people incredibly stress free. You have got to try this unique place.
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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$562|
Discount of 7% for 3 nights or more.