Family Hotel

Tuscany, Italy

Locanda Rossa

Rates from (ex tax)$376.13

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR370.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Arcadian agriturismo

Setting

Italian infini-trees

Keep child-friendly hotel Locanda Rossa under your sunhats: set in under-the-radar Maremma, Tuscany, picturesque beaches and villages lie close by; lazy days are punctuated with languid meals in the slow-food and localism-championing osteria. This place is stylish, serene and worth keeping secret. Surrounded by neatly planted olive groves, a playground and pools – and painted a rosy shade – the villa’s a laid-back rustic idyll, complete with resident donkey. Inside, though, rooms and suites are reminiscent of a New York loft, hung with contemporary artwork.

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A bottle of the hotel’s extra-virgin olive oil, and a 50 per cent discount on extra beds for kids

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

17, including two junior suites, one suite and four apartments.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $376.13 (€336), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR370.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a generous breakfast buffet (breakfast is not included in the rates for apartments), with local cheese and ham, house-made ciambellone cake, pastries and breads, fresh fruit and juices, tea or coffee.

Also

The hotel’s very accommodating: let them know about allergies – or request children’s extras, food or drink – in advance and they’ll do their utmost to tailor your stay. Hotel manager Barbara – a fount of local knowledge – is happy to step in as concierge.

Hotel closed

Annually from 15 October to mid-March. The hotel will be closed for maintenance on 2 October 2016.

At the hotel

Spa and Turkish bath, lounge, playground, football pitch, gym, boutique, free WiFi throughout. Electric bikes are available to hire on request. In-rooms: an LCD TV with satellite channels, minibar, kettle with tea and coffee, bathrobes, air-conditioning and J Bigelow bath products. Junior suites and suites also have a microwave, and suites and apartments each have a kitchen with an oven, microwave, fridge and freezer, toaster, utensils, crockery and cutlery.

Our favourite rooms

The Apartments are bigger than their name might suggest: these svelte modern residences are spread over three floors, sleeping up to six guests each. A full kitchen and laundry room will come in handy whether you’re in a couple or coming with family, and the private garden has a barbecue. Book early: they’re extremely popular. For smaller families, some Standard Rooms comfortably fit a baby cot.

Poolside

The hotel has three pools: an outdoor heated pool for adults (14 and up), close to the conservatory, with sunlounger-topped grassy banks and a small pavilion. A short stroll away, down a gravel path, is the open-air, unheated family pool, for under-14s (there are sunloungers to perch on, but little shade and no lifeguards). In the spa, there’s an adults-only pool for over-16s.

Spa

The hotel’s ‘wellness path’ – a stress-melting journey through a Turkish bath, sauna, hydromassage pool, Argan oil black-soap scrub, and an chromotherapy shower – will compose even the most frazzled parents (the spa is for over-16s only, open 8am–8pm). If the babysitter’s on the clock, abscond to one of two treatment rooms set aside for holistic massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, or mani-pedis. The small gym has treadmills, cycles and elliptical machines. Guests must pay a €12 entry fee (usually €22), which includes access to all facilities, slippers, a towel, water and tea; or, pay €20 for an additional bar of Argan soap and a loofah.

Packing tips

All the normal summer holiday fare will be useful here: cossies, kaftans and flip-flops, as well as light jumpers for chilly evenings. Bring a good pair of trainers too, for walks in the surrounding hills.

Also

Overall, public areas are wheelchair (and pram) accessible, but a few stony paths in the grounds may prove challenging. There’s one adapted Superior Room for guests with mobility issues.

Pet‐friendly

For €30 a stay, four-legged friends are welcome in all rooms and suites with a private garden and apartments. Pet food is available on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tuscany.

Children

Children are warmly welcomed at Locanda Rossa, and there's lots for Italian-inclined little Smiths to get up to.

Best for

Locanda caters to children of all ages.

Recommended rooms

Under-3s stay in cots (free), and single sofa beds (€25 a night for 4–6 year olds, €50 a night for over-6s) can be added to the junior suites and suites. In apartments, single sofa beds (for over-4s) are €35 a night.

Activities

A green is set aside for japery in the mini playground and kickabouts on the football pitch, or friendly games of foosball and table-tennis. Children can be let loose in the petite fenced-in playground – home to a slide, swing, trampoline and climbing frame – roam the extensive green grounds and groves, or gently pet Penelope, the resident donkey. Electric bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes can be hired for €10–€35 each (helmets can be hired too) and if you’re not a biker there’s a small selection of books and arts supplies.

Swimming pool

A short stroll away, down a gravel path, is the open-air, unheated family pool, for under-14s.

Meals

There’s no kids menu, but portions and ingredients can be tweaked to children’s liking. Colouring books and pastels keep little ‘uns entertained between courses, and smiling serving staff can rustle up a high chair and pint-sized cutlery, or heat baby food and milk. 

Babysitting

Local babysitters are available for €15 an hour; book more than two days in advance. None on-site. The farmhouse’s sizeable lounges and restaurants are better suited to a WiFi monitor, but a regular monitor can be used in the Apartments.

No need to pack

Highchairs, Steriliser, Weaning spoons, Beakers, Travel cot, Cot bedlinen, Black-out blinds, Changing mat, Baby bath, Bath thermometer, Sun tents, Crayons, Board books, Booster seat, Craft materials, Picture books, U-rated DVDs.

Also

The hotel can organise birthday parties for little ones, with a cake, snacks and decorations.

Eco‐friendly

Very much so; there’s an apiary in the hotel grounds, and olive and fruit groves all around for use in the kitchen and products sold in the shop. Ingredients not plucked from the hotel grounds are supplied by carefully vetted local farms, fisheries and butchers. The hotel has its own fleet of electric bikes and a bank of solar panels.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Bite into fresh-from-the-barbecue burgers in your private garden, pop another cork on the Osteria’s terrace, or share a romantic meal under the restaurant’s scarlet lights: there are no wrong choices.

Dress Code

Locanda is a relaxed place where guests can usually wear whatever they fancy.

Hotel restaurant

Aperitivi are served in the sunny conservatory leading off from the restaurant. The hotel’s slow-food philosophy errs towards simple but delicious dishes crafted from whatever’s in season in Maremma: charcuterie platters, elegant pasta dishes and farm-reared meats alla griglia with estate vegetables. Accompany with the carefully sourced local wines: a pale, fruity Vermentino or rich red Sangiovese. Lunch and dinner are served in the beamed Osteria; in the morning, a feast is laid out in the sunny breakfast room. Pick up souvenirs or ingredients for light dinners in the store where the house olive oil, honey, jams, preserves, sauces and dressings are sold.

Hotel bar

Local wines are on display in the restaurant and bar; the list is a comprehensive sweep of the region and beyond (picks include a Montedonico Viognier, a robust Montauto and Morellino de Scansano, and bottles from famed vineyard Rocca di Frassinello). The open-air conservatory overlooks the adults’ pool, but guests are equally welcome in the lounges, and there’s no need to procure a babysitter – in homey Italian style, children are welcome at any time for a glass of fresh juice, milk or soft drink.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8.30am–10.30am, lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm, and dinner 7.30pm–10pm. Cheese and meat platters can be ordered throughout the day.

Room service

Anything from the restaurant menu can be delivered to your door while the kitchen’s open; there’s a 15 per cent tray charge.

Location

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Address
Locanda Rossa
Strada Capalbio-Pescia Fiorentina n° 11B
Capalbio
58011
Capalbio
Italy

Planes

Fly into international hub Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino in Rome, an hour’s drive from the hotel; British Airways, Vueling, Alitalia and EasyJet all fly direct from London and major European cities; transatlantic flights usually stop in London, and flights across the Pacific connect via the Middle East. Alternatively, fly in to Ciampino (Ryanair flies direct from the UK), a 90-minute drive away. The hotel can arrange one-way transfers by private car for €160 from Fiumicino and €180 from Ciampino.

Trains

Trains run directly from Rome Termini, Pisa Centrale and Grosseto to Capalbio station, which is 15 minutes from the hotel by car. Tickets can be bought from Trenitalia () for around €6 from Grosseto, €9 from Rome and €17 from Pisa.

Automobiles

A hire car is essential for ferrying your family through Tuscany’s glorious greenery. From Rome, follow the A91 and E80 roads before turning off on to Strada Pescia Fiorentina Chiarone to reach the resort on Strada Capalbio Pescia Fiorentina. There’s an Avis car-hire booth at Fiumicino and free parking at the hotel; GPS might be the easiest way to pinpoint the hotel amid the groves (latitude 42.2646, longitude 11.2728).

Worth getting out of bed for

The living is easy in this Tuscan retreat; sip wine on the shaded terrace or lounge on the lawn. Separate pools for adults and kids ensure both peace and playfulness, and the super spa is ideal for ensuring R’n’R and quality time in equal measure. The hotel can arrange guided walks with varying levels of difficulty throughout the region. These include the Lake of Burano, the villas of Etruscan city Vulci and the 16th-century fortress at Porte Ercole. Enchanting hilltop village Capalbio is a five-minute drive away, unspoilt beaches are half an hour from the hotel, and the province is dotted with olive mills and wineries. Neighbouring Chiantishire may be crowded with celeb vineyards, but Maremma is unsung as a Tuscan holiday hotspot.

 

Local restaurants

Medieval hilltop village Capalbio is a charming cluster of red-roofed stone houses and turrets, a five-minute drive from Locanda Rossa. Peek into the Church of St Nicholas’ Oratory of Providence to see its well-preserved Renaissance frescoes. Dine at a garden-set table at Il Frantoio, a multi-purpose venue with a bookshop, gallery, and small library. Alternatively, low-key  Trattoria Toscana (+39 5 64 89 60 28) on Via IV Novembre, which has simple fare made from high-quality local produce. A short drive away lies Ultima Spiaggia, a laid-back lunching spot on a stretch of volcanic sand. Its lavish seafood buffet is great value for money, but day-bed hire is pricy (around €50 an hour for two), so nearby beaches are better for prolonged lounging.

Local bars

There are plentiful local vineyards to nab an evening bottle; the reds at Erik Banti in Scansano are renowned; generous tastings at Brancaia in Grosseto (€15 a person) include a sample of their wine, grappa and olive oil; and Rocca di Frassinello (+39 56 68 84 00) in Gavarrano, designed by Renzo Piano, has a dramatic amphitheatre-style barrel vault. Head coastwards for an apericena (a buffet of light snacks with a drink), and gigantic oysters and langoustines in the convivial surrounds of Ristorante Vivo.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from their countryside break in this Italian farmhouse and unpacked their bottles of red wine and tins of grown-on-site olive oil, a full account of their laid-back, gourmet break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Locanda Rossa…

Locanda Rossa excels at first impressions: sweeping Tuscan greenery, infinitely regressing olive groves, glinting pools – one can’t fail to fall for its rural charms. However, beyond its rustic good looks, the rose-tinted agriturismo has many hidden talents to enhance your family holiday. Children can run wild and free within the safe, idyllic surrounds; and set aside from the main villa is a play area and pool just for them. Hotel-led guided tours through ruined castles and nature reserves introduce little ones to Tuscany in vivid fashion, and adults can experience the best of the region’s western frontier within the estate: home-grown cuisine, an intriguing list of local wines, a spot of culture in rooms hung with works by modern Italian artists, and a spa with highly effective de-stressing rituals. The Italian’s laid-back attitude to little ones is never more apparent than in the Maremma region; on day-trips children will be regarded affectionately and fussed over, and harmonious family meals, freedom from babysitter-requiring nights in the bar and oodles of quality time await back at your bucolic base.

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