“Surrounded by rolling national park, close to the west Tuscan coast, a luxurious yet relaxed conversion of a historic farmhouse”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
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
Available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids' menu in the restaurant
The pool is not fenced