Need to know
Seventeen, including two junior suites, one suite and four apartments.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $213.37 (€188), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include a generous breakfast buffet (breakfast is not included in the rates for villas, but can be added for €18 an adult a day or €10 a child (aged 3-11 a day).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are warmly welcomed at Locanda Rossa, and there's lots for Italian-inclined little Smiths to get up to.
Locanda caters to children of all ages.
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.
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.
A short stroll away, down a gravel path, is the open-air, unheated family pool, for under-14s.
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.
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.
The hotel can organise birthday parties for little ones, with a cake, snacks and decorations.
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.