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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Quality time together

    Loft-style interiors

    Gourmet Tuscan treats

  • Kids will love

    Pool for under-14s

    Mini playground

    Gardens to roam

  • Don’t expect

    Organised fun

    Dedicated kids menu

    Pool lifeguards


Rows of sentry-like olive trees shelter child-friendly boutique hotel Locanda Rossa – a striking russet-hued farmhouse and colourful presence in the Tuscan hinterland – with a resident donkey, Penelope, and an eco-friendly ethos. Bambini are warmly welcomed, with a pool and playground to themselves. Parents can rest easy – and pack light – urbane rooms are huge and hung with modern artwork, baby kit is plentiful and there’s a laid-back approach to children in the slow-food-espousing osteria.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Locanda Rossa with us:

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


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Locanda Rossa – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Locanda Rossa – Capalbio – Italy

Need To Know


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


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


Double rooms from £145.40 (€163), including tax at 10 per cent.

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. Children 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.


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.

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, wine bar, restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, playground, football pitch, gym, boutique, free WiFi throughout. Electric bikes are available to hire on request.

In your room

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 checking in with a newborn or teens, and the private garden has a barbecue for family gatherings. 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.


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.  


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.


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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Locanda Rossa – Capalbio – Italy


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.

Family fare

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. 

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.

Smith Insider

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Pick up souvenirs or ingredients for light dinners in the store where the house olive oil, honey, jams, preserves, sauces and dressings are sold. There are small local shops in Capalbio for snacks and some essentials, but you’re more likely to find nappies, baby food and wipes in Grosseto, where there are several supermarkets.


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Locanda Rossa – Capalbio – Italy

Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Locanda Rossa – has been selected and approved by parents.


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.


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

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Beakers • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Baby bath • Bath thermometer • Sun tents • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cutlery • Beakers • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Toddler toilet seat • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Stair gates (in apartments, on request) • Sun tents • Swimming aids • Bicycles with training wheels • Crayons and pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Table tennis


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Locanda Rossa – Capalbio – Italy

Things to do

The living is easy in this Tuscan retreat; parents can sip wine on the shaded terrace as they watch their little ones scamper on the lawn. Separate pools for adults and kids ensure both peace and playfulness. 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. Add the super spa, and there’s R’n’R and quality time in equal measure. 

Hotel activities

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. 

And there's more…

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.

Local Guide

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Locanda Rossa – Capalbio – Italy

 Neighbouring Chiantishire may be crowded with celeb vineyards, but Maremma is unsung as a Tuscan holiday hotspot – crowd free and very welcoming for children – cheek-pinching and hair-ruffling may ensue as you’re out and about. The hotel’s guided walks are a relaxed introduction to the surroundings; the most child friendly include a tour of Cosa city and Porto Ercole and sunsets from the gentle slopes of Mount Argentario. Green expanses and crumbling castles add a fairytale air to the province, and 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 with a kids’ corner (+39 5 64 89 64 84). Alternatively, low-key Trattoria Toscana (+39 5 64 89 60 28) on Via IV Novembre has simple fare made from high-quality local produce. Capalbio’s coast is dotted with safe sandy spots, often dubbed the ‘best beaches in Italy’. Chiarone is part of the Lake of Burano nature reserve; its calm waters and shallow shores are sheltered by cliffs – shaded sunloungers can be hired. The surrounding Edenic dunes are home to sociable critters (rabbits, hedgehogs, polecats), but visits are only possible by guided tour (open from 1 September to 1 May; email or call +39 5 64 89 88 29). A nine-minute drive away lies Ultima Spiaggia (+39 5 64 89 02 95), a laid-back lunching spot with slides and swings, 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. Spiaggia delle Marza beach is also calm and warm, with a forest windbreaker and bike path; and La Torba is wilder with black sands, but sunsets look particularly splendid from here. The dreamlike, riotously colourful Tarot Garden (+39 5 64 89 51 22), where Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s fantastical sculptures (each representing a tarot icon) reside, is a seven-minute drive away; it’s open from 1 April to 15 October annually, and children’s tickets are €7 each. There are plentiful local vineyards where parents can nab a cheeky, post-bedtime bottle; the reds at Erik Banti in Scansano (+39 5 64 50 80 06) are renowned; generous tastings at Brancaia in Grosseto (€15 a person) include a sample of their wine, grappa and olive oil (+39 5 77 74 20 07); and Rocca di Frassinello (+39 56 68 84 00) in Gavarrano, designed by Renzo Piano, has a dramatic amphitheatre-style barrel vault. If a babysitter is entertaining your little ones for the evening, 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 (+39 56 41 72 85 29).

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Locanda Rossa
Strada Capalbio-Pescia Fiorentina n° 11B, Capalbio, 58011
Hotel setting

Italian infini-trees

Getting There

The hotel’s set deep in Maremma’s countryside with little around except acres of precisely arranged olive trees. Piccolo hilltop comune Capalbio is a five-minute drive away, and the coast’s peaceful beaches are 30 minutes’ drive away.


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).

Parent travel tip

The two-hour drive from Rome may be tedious for smalls, but Civitavecchia or Santa Marinella on the coast make great leg-stretching stops, with cafés, beaches and a fort to explore.

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Locanda Rossa – has been selected and approved by parents.

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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