Locanda al Colle
- Style Art-graced guesthouse
- Setting Colourful Camaiore hillside
Locanda al Colle hotel, an art-filled guesthouse set in a Tuscan olive grove in Versilia, combines the best aspects of home and hotel and welcomes guests like old friends. Candlelit dinner parties replace run-of-the mill room service on these gorgeous grounds lush with leafy gardens and an inviting outdoor pool. You won’t miss the TVs, replaced by Cubist art, big reading chairs, and views out to the sea.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $212.51 (€155), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast. From April until the end of September, free entrance to beach club Bagno Cavallone is also included.
- Facilities Gardens, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, free bottled water and Erbario Toscano bath products. Guests have access to private beach club, Il Cavallone, only 10 minutes away in Lido Di Camaiore.
- Poolside The slim rectangular pool in the leafy gardens has a stone patio dotted with sun-loungers and umbrellas.
- Check–out 10am, but flexible (by half an hour) subject to availability. Earliest check-in, midday, reception closes at 8pm but late check-ins can be arranged directly with the hotel.
Children Little Smiths are welcome: cots are €25 a night and extra beds cost €70–€90 a night (depending on the season). Babysitting can be arranged for €20 an hour (book 24 hours in advance).
- Also Ask owner Riccardo to arrange a poolside massage. Smokers can light up in the communal areas outside. Cats and dogs (of any size, shape or hair style) can come too for €15 a night.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Aurora’s panoramic terrace has an outdoor fireplace; inside, it’s elegant and luxurious, with a green and gold palette, black and white photographs of nudes, and a shower- and tub-toting bathroom. If you crave space, opt for the taupe- and grey-hued Colle, a suite with a fireplace-adorned sitting room, Fifties armchairs decorated in animal print, Tiffany lamp stand and four-poster bed. It’s an easy sneak to the pool from the suite’s terrace.
- Packing tips Swimwear for a cooling dip; a notebook to jot down the contact details of guests you befriend over dinner. Don’t bother with bath products – the in-room treats (Erbario Toscano) are divine.
- Also Guests can use the pool and lounge areas post check-out, if they have time to kill before a flight. The first-floor apartment can be rented exclusively in winter (€450–€650 a day; stays of three nights or more). If you want to brush up your Italian cuisine, the hotel offers cooking lessons on Monday afternoons at 4pm – they're popular so be sure to book in advance.
Food and drink at Locanda al Colle
- Hotel restaurant There’s no formal restaurant, but twice a week (on Wednesdays and Saturdays), guests are invited to a sociable dinner hosted by Riccardo and his friends. Candlelit tables on the terrace set the scene for a magical meal (washed down with plenty of prosecco and local wine). Typical dishes include home-made ravioli, sesame seed-coated tuna and farro with pesto. A generous breakfast spread (cheese, charcuterie, quiche, cake, muesli, cereal, conserves, bread and fresh fruit) is served outside in a leafy green pocket of the grounds; lunch follows suit.
- Dress code A garment in one of the hotel’s signature colours: chartreuse, olive, dusky grey or pearl pink.
- Top table One of the terrace tables in clement weather; the communal kitchen table if there’s a chill in the air (unlikely).
- Last orders Help yourself to the breakfast buffet between 9am and 11am; lunch is served around 1.30pm–2pm and dinner is served between 7:30pm and 8pm (one sitting only).
- Room service No room service, but it’s wise to save your appetite for the three main meals.
- Hotel bar Help yourself to drinks from the honesty bar, and enjoy them in one of the many peaceful perches: outside on the terrace, in the gardens, by the pool, or in one of the cosy lounges.