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Unique, peaceful hillside location restored by a sculptor. Amazing views. Pool. - PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4

Overview

Property

Updated: 20-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Description

PIPISTRELLI GARDEN APARTMENT, sleeps 2/4

The Garden Apartment takes up the ground floor of Casa Pipistrelli. The living room, with its beamed ceilings and tiled floors, has a large open fireplace.. It leads to a garden on one side and a secluded patio on the other. The patio, with a beautiful view over the hills, is a delightful place to eat, shaded by a vine, or to relax in the sun in reclining garden chairs. The apartment has a double bedroom, which also has access to the garden: bathroom with shower. The kitchen leads to the livng room and dining area and has a gas cooker, fridge and sink and all necessary utensils.

There is the option of a second double or twin bedroom with its own entrance, making an ideal accommodation for four people.This bedroom is in the house above the main apartment and has its own en suite bathroom (shower). There is an extra cost for additional bedroom. The apartment is lovely in the summer with its patio and garden, but equally in the winter with the fire place and oil fired central heating.

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About the property

PERALTA

The three properties described here are all located in Casa Pipistrelli, one of the houses that forms the beautiful hillside hamlet of Peralta, on a south facing hillside above the valley of Camaiore. Casa Pipistrelli is a three storey house.with a one bedroom garden apartment on the ground floor, another one bedroom apartment on the top floor. Both apartments have wonderful views and their own private entrances. Each apartment has its own private terrace and do not overlook each other.

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. It is lovely to return to the peace of Peralta after a busy day. Peralta has various accommodation, mainly self catering, in different buildings.

Peralta can offer:: The beautiful peaceful hamlet of Peralta has a spectacular setting in the Tuscan hills that rise high above the valley of Camaiore. There is a swimming pool on one of the upper terraces, a tranquil spot 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.

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. A studio for sculpture is available. 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. Peralta is ideal for a family gathering. You can rent as many of the properties that are necessary to house your group.

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About the Owner

Kate or Dinah
Member since: 1999
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Czech, Slovakian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2017

Why Kate or Dinah chose Versilia

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

Guestbook comments from the manager

This beautiful hamlet is private, quiet and in the most gorgeous setting. the pool is situated on an elevated plateau with a stunning view, plenty of space to sunbathe and relax. the pool is quite small but deep and very refreshing. the accommodation is as described - rustic and charming, clean and well-maintained. We had a wonderful stay and would return for sure.
Jun 2016
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Guestbook comments from the manager

This beautiful hamlet is private, quiet and in the most gorgeous setting. the pool is situated on an elevated plateau with a stunning view, plenty of space to sunbathe and relax. the pool is quite small but deep and very refreshing. the accommodation is as described - rustic and charming, clean and well-maintained. We had a wonderful stay and would return for sure.
Jun 2016
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Notes

Prices are for 2 people.
Please ask for rates to add an additional bedroom with en suite bathroom. This optional extra room can be either a twin or double. The apartment is also ideal for four people as a living space. The extra bedroom is in the same house, above the garden apartment and has its own entrance.
Apartment has oil fired central heating.

24 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Paris - France
5

Magic place !

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 15 people and booked Peralta to celebrate our 50s anniversairy.

We had a wonderful week there and are still under the charm of Tuscany and this lovely place.

Bravo again to Dinah to keep Peralta and Fiora's souvenir alive and thanks a lot Kate for your kindness.

Hope come back again.

Shahin and Jhon from Iran and France

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Shahin and Jhon, for your review. It is always lovely to hear such positive feedback from guests who have stayed with us, and it is so encouraging to know that the very special atmosphere of Peralta, created by Fiore, is so much appreciated. I think it is partly due to her sculpture that is everywhere and partly due to the very charming and unusual way she restored the hamlet. It is also a wonderful location for a large group such as your's to be able to enjoy each other's company and yet all have their own accommodation and privacy throughout the hamlet. We enjoyed your visit very much ...... Come back again with an even larger group!! Dinah
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5

Amazing !

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Peralta this summer, the place is just stunning ! People are so nice and welcoming, our apartment was very nicely decorated with a wonderful view on the toscan hills. Our terrace was great for breakfast or peaceful drinks at night. It is a perfect Italian summer place where you want to come back every year !

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Hilltop House, Amazing Location!

  • 5 of 5

Having read the previous review of Pipistrelli I can honestly say I couldn't have had a more different experience of staying in this apartment. The house itself is a stunning example of Tuscan building, with a real homely feel. It is decorated beautifully and has a perfect little kitchen to make your morning coffee and a relaxing seating area to lounge the afternoons away after a busy time exploring Luca and the surrounding areas. Everything was spotlessly clean and I found the bed to be very comfortable, I slept so well for my entire stay. Peralta as a whole is a beautiful place, and more than just because of the buildings, the artwork dotted around the land, the very helpful and friendly staff and the animals (of which I only counted 1 dog Ellie who was very friendly and without any fleas as far as I could see!), it has an incredibly special feeling about it which stays with you long after you leave. I can only imagine the previous review was from people who didn't quite understand the magic of Peralta as I certainly would recommend (and have already done just that) this apartment to friends and family, and I can't wait to go back and visit Dinah, Kate, and the team (plus Ellie the dog) again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location, apartment in poor condition

  • 1 of 5

On the positive side, this location is beautiful and the swimming pool area is lovely.

The same cannot be said of the apartment. The bathroom has mould and the smell permeates throughout the apartment in a horrible fashion. The apartment is also filthy with cobwebs on the walls and across the ceilings and dirt on the living room floor. The bed had broken slats which were left under the bed and the sheets and towels were old and threadbare. Several things were broken in the apartment including the backdoor so it is impossible to lock.

The other thing that was a particular problem for us is the large number of animals on the property (5 dogs, 3 cats on our visit) which roam through your apartment if you don't shut the doors. They all have fleas and more importantly, you are not told this in advantage, which is a problem if you have an allergy.

All in all would not recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the owner of Peralta I was amazed and disappointed to read this review and feel it warrants a response. We have two girls who have been cleaning Peralta's accommodation for many years. They are very efficient and leave all accommodation spotless for the next guests, so I am surprised to read about cobwebs and dirt on the floor. Our various properties have authentic Tuscan tiles on the floors which sometimes have the patina of time but are never dirty. The bathroom was renovated a couple of years ago and is very new in every aspect. We pride ourselves on our pure Egyptian cotton bedlinen, laundered professionally, and we certainly do not give our guests threadbare towels. Our beds are all very comfortable and I am surprised to read that there were lats lying under the bed. However, it is true that the lock on the back door was broken for a very short time but quickly repaired. I am sorry that these guests must have stayed in this brief period when we were awaiting the locksmith. As for the animals, it is also true that we have 3 cats and 1 dog (my terrier Ellie) resident at Peralta. They are all very popular with our guests who often invite them into their accommodation. Due to this, the animals have a tendency to think everyone is very happy to see them! Following this review, I will mention on our website that we do have 3 cats and a dog so people who do not appreciate animals will be forewarned. However, they certainly do not have fleas since we treat them each month with the classic anti flea treatment on the neck. Nor do we have 5 dogs, just Ellie. Perhaps we had other guests who were staying with a dog, or a neighbour's dog strayed, although I do not remember ever seeing 5 dogs at one time. I am very sorry that the guests who have written this review had such a negative experience at Peralta. It is not pleasant for us to read such criticism and of course we would like all our guests to enjoy the experience of staying in the unique and beautiful hamlet of Peralta! Dinah
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5

Great place to relax and the perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had our 8 days holiday in Peralta at the end of The August. We had read great reviews about Peralta and everything was just like we had heard. Peralta was most beautiful and peaceful and the view from the hill was breathtaking. During our stay we hiked at hills to the nearest Hamlets and we climbed to the top of the Prana. We also visited at Lucca, Pisa and The Cingue Terre. But the best part of the day was relaxing afternoon at the Peralta`s pool with glass of prosecco and some tapas after hike or day trip. We enjoyed Laura´s delicious meals twice and rest of the evenings we had lovely dinners at the local restaurants. You can easily find them from the info book at the apartment or ask Kate. Self-servise bar at main house worked fine and it was nice to see other guests at the main terrace. Peralta´s Staff Kate, Steven and Laura was always very helpful and kind... and the Ellie (dog) was great company with her ball. We have travelled around the world and seen lot of places. Peralta ... we will be back .. next time with our frieds. Thank You for all the kindness.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely place to be!

  • 5 of 5

Peralta is a unique, beautiful collection of living spaces that offer a private setting for each family. We rented Pipistrelli which had a small kitchen, separate bedroom, and comfortable living room. The private patio had a breathtaking view to the Mediterrean where we ate breakfast and enjoyed a glass of wine in the evening. The staff is wonderful; efficient, friendly, and helpful. It is a white knuckle drive up, but once there, you have reached the essence of the Italian experience.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 35 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Pizzeria da Pietro, Pieve di Camaiore at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 50 Kilometres Nearest Train : Viareggio at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A12 (Genoa/Livorno), A11 (Florence) at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Camaiore at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio/Lido di Camaiore at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended

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.

Facilities

From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Suitability

  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Main bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Casa Pipistrelli Garden Apartment is ideal for two people. THERE IS ALSO THE POSSIBILITY OF TAKING AN ADDITIONAL BEDROOM AND SO SLEEPING 4. This bedroom is in the house above the Pipistrelli apartment and has a double bed that can be converted into 2 single beds.. This bedroom has its own private entrance and lovely view. The apartment and extra bedroom have oil fired central heating are are very snug in winter months. The optional second bedroom is not suitable for young children as it has a separate entrance to the apartment and there is no internal link between the two. There is an extra cost for the optional second bedroom and varies according to time of year. Please ask for prices of additional bedroom..

Outside

  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4

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.