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“Magical place in Tuscany”
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La Locanda
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We have just been on our third trip to La Locanda, as has been said by other reviewers the track down is a little bumpy but is more than well worth it. The hotel is small but perfect and absolutely charming surrounded by stunning scenery. there is a lovely pool looking over the Chianti hills and the picturesque hilltop village of Volpaia.While the hotel and the location are fabulous what really sets La Locanda apart are its owners Guido and Martina. Both are charming hosts full of information about the area with suggestions about places to see and things to do. Guido will make restaurant reservations and all his suggestions are great but you should stay in on the nights Martina is cooking! If you are going to stay there- lucky you

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

Our first stay was in '99 - just after Guido & Martina achieved there dream of opening the best small hotel in Tuscany. We discovered them by accident on the web. And we keep coming back for all the reasons in other reviews here.
We love the white road that leads here from Panzano and have driven it in our very low Healey replica and different hire cars many times.
The new Vueling airline base at Florence means there are direct flights into the airport that lies just 15 mins from the city. Heathrow is just 2 hours by Airbus 319. So La Locanda is just 75 minutes south of Florence in the rumpled, soft hills of Chianti. Surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and farms, you eat what you see. Sleep long and restful. And then wander through the beauty created by Guido & Martina nearly 20 years ago.
It's a home, but with the privacy & facilities of a top hotel. Outdoor pool & sun terrace, free wi-fi, honesty bar, beautiful garden lounge, bedrooms in great condition, linens & towels perfect, air conditioning.
And quite the most beautiful views in the world. Bring a decent camera with a wide lens. Or an easel.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

We stayed a week in the Locanda near Radda. It needs some time to find it over dirt roads (don't come with a Porsche) but then you can stay in a place full of quiet. We had a room with balcony and a very nice view. Looking around you see Volpaia and the wonderful scenery of Chianti. The Locanda itself is a country house with a big enough pool and very well looked after garden. The rooms were cleaned every day in perfection. But the best at La Locanda are Martina and Guido, the owners. The second day i felt as i knew them forever. They have the rare gift to let you feel like friends and at home. 3 evenings a week Guido cooks (superb). These were our favorite evenings, because then we hadn't to go out and could enjoy the dinner with a great wine of the region and other guests who were around. When we left we forgot something at La Locanda and the next day Martina advised me of that and sent it by post. Thank you very much Martina and Guido, for the wonderful days at La Locanda. O couple told us the first evening, they were coming already the sixth time. Now we know why. Perhaps once we will say the same to other guests.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank rfr_public
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

What a time it was! We've been to Radda many times, so close to Locanda....but never opted to go to stay with Guido and Martina....but this time we gave it a try!!! We loved it...the calmness, the beauty, the views, the hospitality, the early evenings with proseco, cooking classes in nearby Volpaia, day trips into hill town Radda and Panzano,the gentle hike thru the vineyards to Volpaia for lunch....we could go on and on...and yes, we opted for the dinner that Martina so wonderfully made on Wednesday...loved meeting the other guests each evening before we all headed out...A superb spot...relaxing...the perfect respite for the one like us who goes, and goes....and just needs to unwind. Thank you!!!It was indeed amazing! We will be back to this tranquil oasis!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Wedge6
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

We've recently returned from our fourth (or is it fifth?) visit to LaLocanda in as many years. The track down may be little bumpy (you soon get used to it and our 2 seater sports car has never had a problem), but we know, once there all the cares in the world drop away from our shoulders as Guido and Martina warmly welcome us. The first thing we do is drink in the magnificent view which encourages you to simply stand and gaze. As hosts, Martina and Guido are perfect and are always on hand to offer advice, recommend and book restaurants and help in any way, but they also know when to leave their guests in peace. Should you need them, they will never be far away.

An early evening glass of prosecco or red wine and some hot nibbles is offered daily so guests can get to know each other, make new friends, or you can take it at peace in the garden or by the pool.

Each morning before breakfast (as exercise to stave off the huge lunches!) we walked to the top of the drive and back. Every morning we saw deer and stag, sometimes they would stand still and watch us carefully for a while. They may be a nuisance to Martina and eat her roses, but it is wonderful for us to see them!

Martina's cooking is not to be missed and it is worth dining in (she cooks 3 evenings a week). Lovely fresh, in season and delicate food. All served by her very able waiter, Guido (!), who is also able to recommend good Chianti wines to drink with it.

Our favourite room is number 6 upstairs from which has the most breathtaking views across the valley towards Volpaia and Radda. In particular, the views of early morning mist and one of which I never tire. But, should this be taken, we would be very happy in any of the other rooms. They are all beautifully presented and the maids keep them spotless.

Wherever else you are travelling in Italy, make sure you take time out from your trip to come here. To drink in the views, the wine, the warmth of Martina and Guido, their hospitality and, above all, to just sit and be.

We've certainly fully recharged our batteries, until next year!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank skiffgirl50
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Arriving at La Locanda Country House, our first impression was one of tranquility, warmth and peace, its remoteness enhancing its appeal. Situated in the rolling hills of Chianti, the old stone buildings have been beautifully and lovingly restored using local stone and terra cotta tiles. A crystal clear pool provides a wonderful way to refresh after a hike in the hills and through the wineries. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with terra cotta tiled floors and rugs, plush chairs, a desk and a large bathroom. The careful attention to detail creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Some rooms boast generous verandahs overlooking the picturesque valley and others have a large separate lounge with plenty of room for a third bed. The main house has a kitchen, bar, dining room and an inviting lounge room, where Guido serves aperitifs and canapés each evening. Drinks, wine, tea or coffee are available at any time and the lounge room has many fascinating books to be enjoyed from the comfortable chairs. A covered terrace provides an idyllic spot for a sun-drenched breakfast or drinks in the glow of a brilliant sunset on a warm evening.
Guido and Martina warmly welcome you as old friends into their home. Nothing is too much trouble. On some evenings Martina cooks a beautiful 3-course meal, served with excellent wines from the region. On other evenings Guido recommends and makes reservations at restaurants in nearby villages. Guido offers suggestions and maps on the highlights of the region to be visited by car, bicycle or on foot. If you are feeling a little adventurous, the twenty-minute walk to Volpaia for dinner on a starlit evening is not to be missed.
We thoroughly enjoyed our few days at La Locanda and will certainly recommend it to our friends. We would particularly like to thank Guido for going “above and beyond” when we had a problem involving our car. His assistance and advice was invaluable and very much appreciated.
A beautiful guest house in an idyllic location with warm and welcoming hosts – what more can one ask?

Room Tip: For couples, the rooms with a balcony overlooking the valley are beautiful. For three, the rooms wi...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Annejs
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

In such a crowded place as Tuscany it is a pleasure to find something so far off the beaten track. But don't let that thought make you think you will be uncomfortable. La Locanda has to be one of the nicest, civilised and charming places I have ever stayed. All this is due to the urbane charm and sophistication of Guido and Martina who own La Locanda. Two more genial hosts you could not find anywhere.

Martina cooks a set dinner 3 nights week and it is well worth having. Simple, beautifully prepared Italian food accompanied by a very well chosen list of local wine.

All in all a stunning location, lovely rooms, both bedrooms and public rooms and beautiful pool. It was easily warm enough to swim in early October. Don't hesitate - go now.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 on the ground floor have lovely private balconies from which to sit and admire the stu...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Gliffaes
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Additional Information about La Locanda

Address: Localita Montanino SNC, 53017, Radda in Chianti, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Radda in Chianti
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Radda in Chianti
Price Range: £191 - £266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Locanda is a charming small country inn with 6 rooms and 1 suite in the Chianti Classico countryside. It is located in a fantastically panoramic position, on the top of a hill overlooking the hamlet of Volpaia and the valley of Radda in Chianti. It is carefully run by the owners Guido and Martina Bevilacqua. Swimming pool and terrace for breakfast and al fresco dining on request. ... more   less 
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