“Rustic meets Rococo in this stylish but affordable agriturismo in Tuscany’s (relatively) unexplored Maremma region, between Manciano and the coast”
There are six rooms (two Superior, four Deluxe), all with TV, mini fridges, air-conditioning and independent access to the garden. Deluxe rooms get safes, hairdryers and DVD players too.
The colours after which they are named (Amber, Violet, Indigo, Purple, Lilac, Orange) were drawn from a list scribbled on an old newspaper found among an auction lot of vintage furniture - but are nowhere near as garish as the palette suggests. With plain walls, beamed ceilings and brick floors, each room is simply but beautifully furnished with ornate Victorian beds, rugs (or cow-hides), plump velvet cushions and one or two pieces of antique furniture (a French-polished sideboard, for example, or a shabby-chic leather armchair). Shut out the morning light with original shutters or metallic Venetian blinds. Jungle-print throws on kingsized beds, gilt-framed mirrors, and red silk or white glass shades on brass lamps add a touch of glamour.
Bathrooms feature trough-like stone basins, made from enfero, a coarse material used in Etruscan funeral urns. All have bathtubs with a hand-held shower attachment, except for Lilac and Orange, which just have showers.
For space go for Purple, for views go for Violet or Indigo (on the upper floor). Both Amber and Violet have small mansardas with extra single beds. Lilac and Orange - the two Superiors, a double and twin, both in a restored outhouse - open onto an elegant loggia furnished with table, settle and candelabra.
There is no restaurant or bar, not in the conventional sense, but breakfast, lunch (by request) and dinner are served buffet-style in a long, light dining room with French windows which open onto the garden. Summoned to dinner at 8.30pm by Maria, the hotel’s matriarchal cook-cum-housekeeper, guests are invited help themselves to home-cooked Tuscan dishes - antipasti (cold meats, grilled aubergine), a pasta (the regional speciality is thick tortelli), a meat dish with rice, salads, dessert and cheeses. Carafes of local red wine (Morellino di Scansano) are included in the price (see Cost and Booking).
Breakfast (8.30-10.30am) is continental and includes cereals, cold meats, cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, breads and pastries, local honey and little glass pots home-made natural yoghurt.
The emphasis is on fresh, local produce and the simple 'peasant' food of this once poor, agrarian region - rabbit, pigeon or wild boar, for example. Quercia Rossa produces its own organic olive oil, and vegetables and herbs are grown in their kitchen garden.
For those who would prefer to brave the dirt road and eat out, try Caino in Montemerano (Michelin 2-star) or La Filanda in Manciano (both a 20-minute drive away).
Children are welcome and are free up to 3 years old. 4-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds are charged at different rates for accommodation and dinner. Cots are are available for a supplement.Four of the rooms offer additional single beds - Amber and Violet have dedicated areas for these. A baby-sitting service can be provided on request for a charge.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking