A delightful and very comfortable house in northern Tuscany, covered with purple bougainvillea in the summer months, standing at the end of the cluster of stone houses that form peaceful Peralta, a medieval hamlet restored by a sculptor. An inspiring, romantic and unique place. The rooms of La Foresteria are all large with high ceilings and are very attractively decorated and furnished. The dining room has hand painted motifs all over the beamed ceiling. All rooms and the terrace have stunning, panoramic views over the valley towards the hills and the sea beyond.
The house has three floors:
the ground floor has a large dining room with fireplace and covered terrace with barbecue, ideal for eating out. The kitchen has all necessary equipment and leads off the dining room.. There is a bathroom with hower, WC. etc on this floor.
First floor comprises a very comfortable living room leading out to a large terrace and panoramic view over the valley towards the sea. There is a bedroom with 3 single beds, two of which can form a double bed, a bathroom (bath) and WC.
The top floor has a huge double bedroom - lovely beamed ceiling - en suite washroom/WC and the same fantastic view as the floor below.
There is the possibility of adding a third double bedroom with its ensuite bathroom (shower). This room has its own entrance off a small terrace.
The beautiful peaceful hamlet of Peralta has a spectacular setting in the Tuscan hills that rise high above the valley of Camaiore. It was restored over a period of thirty years with great love and imagination by international sculptor Fiore de Henriquez. She created a place that is quite unique. Peralta was her 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. 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. 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.
Surrounding area: 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. Although secluded, the motorway is only 20 mins away so sightseeing is easy. Shopping in Florence/Lucca/Forte dei Marmi is legendary! Porto Venere & the Cinque Terre are 1 hour away. The sculptor's town of Pietrasanta takes 20 minutes and has many cafes and restaurants. Beaches are 30 mins away. The closest shops (grocer and greengrocer) are just minutes down the hill where there is also a bar/pizza restaurant. The market town of Camaiore takes 10 minutes by car. Peralta offers self catering accommodation sleeping from 2 to 8 and 4 additional bedrooms with bathrooms. The whole hamlet can be let out for parties, sleeping a total of 32 people. Please ask us for our website address
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, Lido di Camaiore'. Then for 'Camaiore'. From Camaiore, there is a little road that leaves the valley and winds its way up the hill to Pieve di Camaiore, then to Peralta. (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!! This last bit of road is unsuitable for nervous drivers. The road comes to an end in our carpark. From there you walk to Peralta itself (about 200 yards/meters) and we can help with luggage (9am to 6pm). . Don't be put off by the last piece of road - Peralta more than merits the effort! And if you are in a very large car, you can always park it below the hairpin bends. Only a short walk up to the carpark.