Need To Know
13, including four suites.
11am – though later check-out may be possible, availability permitting. Earliest check-in, 2pm; however, the reception closes at 7pm so it's not possible to check in after this time.
Double rooms from $175.77 (€127), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
<a href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/self-catering/la-robazza">La Robazza</a> and Il Casello apartments can both be rented as self-catering properties by the week, but they’re used on a B&B basis during peak season. Visit between September and November if you want to catch the olive harvest, although tours of the groves and press can be arranged all year. A new addition to Azienda Agricola Mandranova's offerings is classes in olive oil soap making: classes cost €20 per person, including soap.
At the hotel
Library of books, music and films, pool table. In rooms: air-conditioning, bottled water and bath products by Culti; flatscreen TVs in suites. There’s no WiFi, but an internet point is available between 9am and 11 am every morning.
Our favourite rooms
L’Oliva is a deluxe two-bedroom suite big enough for three, with a huge cosy sitting room, a small single bedroom and two bathrooms (shower in one, tub in the other). It’s beautifully tiled, with a quartz and cement floor and an antique bed adorned with carved cherubs with a rich maroon coverlet. Rooms in the newest building are closest to the road – avoid these if you are sensitive to the occasional car horn or rush of traffic.
The little square little infinity pool (once an irrigation tank) looks down over the olive trees and fields beyond from its hillside perch above the farm. The violet-tinted water does wonders for the skin, thanks to its high sulphur content.
It’s more a case of what not to pack. Travel light as you’ll want to bring home as much of Mandranova’s homemade pistachio pesto or olive-oil soap from your soap-making class as possible.
There’s a two-night minimum stay. The restaurant and one dedicated suite are wheelchair-accessible. The hotel is perched by a main road, so you might hear some occasional traffic noise.
Though the hotel is geared towards adults, kids are welcome. Baby cots are free, and older children can stay on a sofa bed in the suites for €25 a night (including breakfast). Babysitting (€10 an hour) and children’s menus are available on request.