- Style Volcanic-stone vineyard barn
- Setting Overlooking Orvieto
Spread across the rolling hills that overlook Orvieto, in Umbria, Locanda Palazzone hotel's grounds produce one of the region’s most celebrated wines. This mediaeval barn's traditional exterior belies its contemporary interior –the glass-and-iron lift and clean-lined furnishings speak to a style that’s more city loft than country retreat. Not everything went out with the bath-water, though; antique floors and engraved columns give a sense of history only augmented by the surrounding gardens.
Need to know
- Rooms Seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $231.06 (€168), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude the breakfast buffet (€8 a person, free for under-nines), which has to be booked the night before.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout and CD/book library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, king-size beds, Bulgari and Sa di Sapone products.
- Poolside There's an outdoor unheated pool on a low-walled terrace overlooking the vineyards.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm (if it's going to be later than 6pm, let the owners know in advance, otherwise there's a €50 charge).
Children Extra beds cost €50; cots are €20. Babysitting can be arranged with two days’ notice; the cost is €10 an hour. The restaurant can serve a children’s menu if you tell them a day earlier.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Cardinale Suite’s living room has three mullioned vineyard-facing windows, with the bedroom and bathroom upstairs on a mezzanine. The Junior Suite has a small living area with a day-bed and views of the valley. If there’s more of you, go for the Family Suite – it sleeps four and has a large living space. The master bedroom looks out to the vineyards through mullioned windows; the second bedroom on the upper level overlooks Orvieto.
- Packing tips An Umbrian Ordnance Survey map and a taste for post-walk tipples.
Food and drink at Locanda Palazzone
- Hotel restaurant The restaurant has a minimalist canteen feel and industrial lighting that’s warmed up with colourful artwork covering one of the walls. Expect Umbrian cuisine, intensely flavoured and strikingly presented by the Japanese chef. A set-menu lunch is served at 1.30pm and dinner at 8.15pm. When the weather’s fine, breakfast is served out on the canopied terrace with views over the vineyards in the valley.
- Dress code Keep it simple with country casuals – let the hotel's concept build be the talking point.
- Top table Ask to eat in the lobby – it’s cosy despite the huge, vaulted entrance, and you won’t feel like you’re in a public space at all.
- Last orders Help yourself to a glass from the honesty bar whenever you like.
- Hotel bar There’s an honesty bar next to the restaurant on the lower ground floor – kick your evening off here with wine-tastings and home-made nibbles before dinner. The grand room has gothic arches and a large open fire.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details