Need to know
12: five suites, seven doubles.
11am; if guests want to stay by the pool, changing facilities are available. Check-in, 2pm–8pm. If arriving later, contact the hotel to let them know. Staff can help late arrivals until 11pm; after this time, they'll leave your keys on the reception desk.
Double rooms from $291.90 (€238), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
You could perfect your pasta-making skills at chef Charlie Mozley's (formerly of Bocca Di Lupo) cookery classes. He'll teach you how to get your fusili pasta springy and your farfalloni bow ties trim, followed by sublime sauce pairings. Of course, one cannot live on pasta alone, so his charcuterie and pizza-making lessons will bulk up your gourmet repertoire. Wine-tasting and wine-appreciation classes are held in the cellar, which holds more than 200 vintages, and if you want to have a go at snaffling gastronomy's most-prized ingredient, take part in a truffle hunt in the local woods.
At the hotel
Air-conditioning, minibar, Internet; flatscreen TVs and DVD/CD player on request.
Our favourite rooms
The Granary Junior Suite is vast, with original terracotta floors, arched ceilings, a four poster bed and a bath overlooking the vineyards. If you’re a sucker for a vista, the Terrace Suite and the peaceful Moroccan room share a fabulous private patio. The view from the claw-footed bath in the Romeo and Juliet room is also lovely.
Outdoor pool (no diving: adults' feet can always touch the bottom).
It’s not what you take, rather the space you should leave in your luggage to cart some of the wines, cheeses, truffles, mushrooms, amaretti and other delicacies awaiting you in this the region. No need to take a hairdryer either as they provide them.
Small, well-behaved dogs are allowed, one at a time. Smoking is allowed outside.
Over-12s welcome. There’s a games room with satellite TV. Two of the suites sport large sofa beds, suitable for families of up to four; there’s a charge of €20 a night for additional guests.