Locanda Rossa

Maremma, Tuscany, Italy Book from Book from £132 per night

Surrounded by rolling national park, close to the west Tuscan coast, a luxurious yet relaxed conversion of a historic farmhouse
We approach through winding lanes fringed by sun-dappled hedgerows. A tree-lined drive leads to the house itself - a large terracotta-red building, once a great traditional farmhouse - and newer outbuildings are hidden amid lush greenery. There’s a laid-back yet luxe vibe at Locanda Rossa, thanks to simple yet beautifully designed bedrooms, lounges and huge outdoor armchairs. Sweeping views are across the countryside and the surrounding 3,200 olive trees, and there are glimpses of the sea in the distance.

Most of the 13 rooms and 4 apartments have an outdoor area (either a roof terrace or a tranquil little garden), so there’s a real sense of privacy, tranquility and space that makes this place equally good for couples or families. The restaurant has an upmarket, romantic feel, and serves up delicious Slow Food, much of it local or homegrown, including their own olive oil, honey and wine. Service is notably friendly, welcoming and efficient, and there’s a great array of things to do in the surrounding area. That's if you can tear yourself away from lazing by the pool...

Highs

  • You're in the beautiful Tuscan Maremma, close to splendid beaches and just a few km from the medieval village of Capalbio
  • Smart, whitewashed rooms, some romantic for couples, some twinned for friends. There are also 2 apartments for 6; useful if you want to self-cater
  • Helpful, multilingual staff, particularly the vivacious manager, Barbara
  • Great for, and popular with, families: there's a separate infant pool, plus a playground and mini football pitch that are away from the main areas
  • Lots of local activities and places to visit, from summer opera in a fortress to island-hopping

Lows

  • The Standard rooms are small and, although comfortable, don’t have a wow factor - we'd advise you to upgrade if you can
  • A steep entry fee for the spa - although i-escape guests will receive a free 'Spa Path' as a thank you for booking through us
  • Prices for extras, such as drinks, are on the high side
  • You'll need a car to get here, to explore the region, and to reach other restaurants

Best time to go

High summer (July/August) is great for lazing by the pool and eating alfresco, and July is peak season for families with kids. Spring brings wild flowers and balmy, warm weather; May, June, September and October are best for lower prices, fewer people and a temperature of around 26-28 degrees. The hotel is open from mid-April to December.

Our top tips

The visitors' centre in the Parco Naturale della Maremma runs day trips to the pretty cove of Cala di Forno during June-September. One of Italy’s most secluded and beautiful beaches, it’s otherwise inaccessible to visitors.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 13 rooms + 4 apartments for 2-6
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Superior

Rooms

Serene, chic and comfortable, Locanda Rossa’s rooms are decorated in neutral, pale, earth colours, giving a sense of light and space. Floors are wooden parquet and comfy beds are wrapped in white linens. The owner's collection of contemporary art decorates the walls (the décor was modelled to complement the artworks): modern paintings, pencil-line drawings, old maps and quirky photography.

Every room is different, as this is a conversion of an old farmhouse rather than purpose-built. Bathrooms are modern, with towelling robes, toiletries and good showers. Most ground-floor rooms have little private patches of garden, shielded by tall hedges; some upstairs rooms have terraces.

Standard Double rooms are on the small side, but fine for a night or 2. In our opinion, Superior Double/Twins are worth the extra for the additional space they give, especially if you’re on a longer stay. Room 6 is notable for its larger garden, while Room 9 has a terrace with long views over the countryside.

Rooms 11 and 12 are the Junior Suites, which have high wood-beamed ceilings, lovely views and a sofa. These rooms are much larger, at 29 sq.m, so are better suited to extra guests, although the smaller rooms can also fit a rollaway bed or baby cot. The Suite has a separate sitting room with 2 sofas, which can be made up as single beds.

There are also 4 apartments, in a building set away from the main house. Each has 1 double bedroom and 2 double/twin bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms, 2 with a shower, 1 with a tub), a living room, a kitchen/dining room and a private garden. Great for families.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Some have a private terrace or garden
  • Sunloungers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast (included in the rates if staying in the rooms) is served in the whitewashed restaurant, and the buffet includes yoghurt, fresh fruit, smoothies, croissants, juice, homemade cakes and their own jam. You can also order bacon and eggs cooked any which way.

Lunch and dinner are served here, too, or on the large restaurant terrace. Much of the produce is local, with the house olive oil (there are 3,200 olive trees in the grounds!), and fruit and vegetables (courgettes, tomatoes, aubergines, melon and so on) grown on the property. There are also 50 bee hives, so they produce their own honey. Dishes might include cured boar meat and local cheeses, and are based on Slow Food principles; we loved the seafood spaghetti and Florentine steaks. There's a kids' menu, too.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants in nearby Capalbio, if you feel like eating out. Staff can recommend. There are also grocery shops here; the apartments have full kitchens with a hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and barbecue.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: Dune del Chiarone

Activities

  • Read in the shady gardens or soak up the sun by the gorgeous pool
  • Chill out in the spa (which can be booked exclusively on request). There's a hammam, Turkish bath, thermal pool, sensory shower and sauna, all of which can be experienced on a 'Spa Path', which is complimentary to i-escape guests. There's also an enticing range of treatments
  • Visit the medieval villages of Capalbio, Pitigliano and Savrano, or head to local beaches, where you'll find a choice of beach clubs (6.5km)
  • The nearby nature reserve of Lake Burano offers fantastic birdwatching: herons, wild geese, nightingales, great reed warblers, marsh harriers, ospreys, gannet, lapwings and golden plovers. Bring your binoculars
  • Take a ferry to the unspoilt islands of Giglio or Elba, or hire boats to do a lazy tour around the coast
  • Hire a bike from the Locanda to explore the surrounding countryside, or sign up for a horse-riding trip that ends with a picnic barbecue
  • Visit local vineyards for wine tasting
  • Explore Il Giardino dei Tarocchi ('Garden of Tarots'), filled with lush greenery and Gaudí-esque mosaicked sculpture
  • Spend a day in the Parco Naturale della Maremma and go walking through Mediterranean scrub and low-lying hills, where wild horses and long-horned cattle graze. The famous Marina di Alberese beach is here, though beware the crazy car-park queues

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

This is a great choice for families, the kind of place where you can enjoy luxury even though you're travelling with kids. The whole place has a laid-back feel, plus spaciousness thanks to little private gardens and terraces, so you can relax and not worry that your children are impinging on other people's fun. The apartments are particularly great for families, and tend to get booked out early.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Standard rooms have space for a baby cot; Superiors can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed; Junior Suites have a single sofabed plus space for a baby cot; the Suite has 2 single sofabeds. All bathrooms are shower only. Best are the apartments for 2-6, with a double room, 2 twin/double rooms, 3 bathrooms (1 with a tub) and a lounge, kitchen and dining area

Babysitting:

Available on request

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Infant pool

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids' menu in the restaurant

Kids Activities on site:

  • Children's playground with mini football pitch
  • Pool
  • Books and games
  • Table tennis
  • Bikes to hire

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches (6.5km away)
  • Horse riding

Families Should Know:

The pool is not fenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 118km (Rome)
  • Shops, including a pharmacy: 3.5km
  • Hospital: 25 minutes' drive (Orbetello)
Kid Friendly: Kids pool

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 12 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We just came back after spending 10 days at Locanda Rossa. We stayed in a standard apartment which was very spacious with a well equipped kitchen for self catering and a huge lush very private garden fully enclosed so the kids could not run away. Not all furniture was comfortable and walls to neighbouring apartment very thin so we could hear every word said.
The place is absolutely stunning and beautifully kept. The people working there are lovely (our 7 year old wanted to buy them flowers to say thank you)!!! There is a fantastic area for kids (pool and playground).
When we were there all other guests seemed to have brought their dogs. Clientele was predominantly very well dressed Italians and we felt like the odd ones out in many ways being from Denmark, wearing flip flops, and having noisy kids in T-shirts. However there is not a snobbish bone in the people running the place and we were made to feel just as welcome as everyone else!
We had dinner at the restaurant and it was lovely food, but it was a bit too sophisticated for us for (also pricey and opened too late for our kids). Breakfast was really nice and we truly enjoyed it. We will remember Locanda Rossa especially for the beauty of the place, the warm and friendly staff, our very private garden and the brilliant kids area.

9/10,

We loved staying here. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and well looked after. The only comment I would make was that the restaurant was quite expensive and the menu was quite elaborate. It was a shame they didn't have a simple lunch menu as we would have spent more of the daytime there as it's a lovely place to be.

9/10,

This is a perfect hotel in so many ways; classy room, amazing spa, beautiful grounds and pool, stunning food. We spent our 10th wedding anniversary weekend here and were not disappointed by the level of relaxation we achieved. Cannot recommend it more highly.

10/10,

Liked the very kind and friendly service, and beautiful region. Dinners were also very good. Disliked the mosquitoes and the ill working air conditioners.

9/10,

This was the perfect place to stay for us with our 4 month old baby and our first holiday abroad with him. The service was exceptional. Everyone was lovely and made us feel very welcome with our baby. The food was great and the small number of rooms creates a homely feel amount the guests (though never felt crowded). Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

9/10,

Locanda Rossa was exceptional in providing an elegant Tuscan experience with great service and family friendly as well.

10/10,

Beautiful setting and quality- wonderful pool area and great vibe. Good distance to town and beach alike and FCO only 1.5 hours. Free wifi a plus and wines priced affordably. Restaurant is delicious and typical Italian-for lunch sandwiches could be added & French Fries. Breakfast was nice- some communications issues with staff but all very sweet and eager to please. Great coffee and freshly baked cakes and eggs to order. It's a shame the wonderful spa with Sauna and steam are not promoted, kept dark and need 30 minute warm up. No one uses it so its a missed opportunity. Very pleasant overall and great value...perfect for 3 days of rest after Rome. Would recommend and go back.

10/10,

We had a wonderful time at Locanda Rossa. Our room (junior suite) was beautiful with a great bathroom and good views. The whole place is very stylish, with lots of space to sit outside. The restaurant and chef are excellent, we ate here three nights and there was plenty of variety with different specials each day - all the food was fresh, perfectly cooked and delicious, plus there is a great wine list. All the staff were super friendly and helpful, making it a very relaxing stay. There is loads to do in the area, from wildlife reserves to thermal springs, and Etruscan ruins to the "Tarot Garden", which is 5 minutes from the Locanda and guaranteed to make you smile.

10/10,

Locanda Rossa was in a wonderful location and had fantastic facilities, staff and food. We loved every minute of our time there and can't wait to go back.

10/10,

We had a fabulous time at Locanda Rossa, it was laid back and great for us with two small children. We loved the pool and the playground was great. The staff were fantastic, really helpful and friendly and the food in the restaurant was delicious.

10/10,

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