“Former hunting lodge turned elegant country hotel, surrounded by a serene Renaissance garden just 5km outside Lucca”
The 15 graceful rooms are adorned in fresh country colours (apple-green, sky-blue) and floral fabrics, with richly patterned rugs on terracotta floors. Furniture is a mix of old and new, and original details - wooden shutters, exposed beams, vaulted ceilings - have been carefully preserved.
It’s worth upgrading to a room on the first floor for a beautiful view over olive groves and hills, though the Classic Rooms on the ground floor are spacious enough. We stayed in one of the latter on our 2015 revisit and loved flinging open our French windows to step straight out into the garden. Top of the range are the 2 Deluxe Rooms, which sit on the first or second floor and offer the best vistas; one has a frescoed ceiling swathed in intricate birds and masks.
Beds throughout are queensize (sometimes with a canopy), and extra beds or baby cots can be added to many rooms on request. Ensuites are simple but pretty, with walk-in shows and marble sink surrounds; some come with tubs, too.
An extensive buffet breakfast - juice, yoghurt, cold cuts, traditional Italian cakes and breads - is served from 8-10am on a low antique cabinet which doubles as a bar in the evening. In winter you sit in the salmon-pink restaurant with its open fire and worn beams; in summer, the terrace outside beckons.
The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, with a menu of simple yet distinctive local dishes. We tucked into delicious tortellini with walnuts and truffle honey, chicken with a creamy white-wine sauce and a mound of seasonal vegetables, and a wonderful chocolate torte. We also enjoyed quaffing a few different varieties from the wine list, which makes a feature of local labels.
The restaurant closes after breakfast on Sundays, but there are plenty of other options nearby (including some within walking distance) - just ask staff for recommendations. And it would be a shame not to sample some of the excellent eateries in Lucca at least once during your stay.
Children are welcome and the lawned garden is great for games, though please note that the pool is not fenced off. Cots, extra beds and babysitting are available on request.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking