The attractive, ivy-covered 16thC country house of the della Robbia family (of ceramics fame), became a hotel in 1976, but still feels very much like a private home despite having 28 rooms and being spread throughout several outbuildings. The personal antique furniture collection, the della Robbia family tree hanging on the reception wall and several honesty bars create an intimate atmosphere, akin to a much smaller place. Televisions are only found in living areas.
     The sociable owners, Count and Countess Aloisi de Larderel, are descendants of the della Robbia family and live in an apartment on the premises next to their wonderfully colourful garden. The Count and Countess personally introduce themselves to visitors when they cross paths, or at dinner.
     Guests who are not out on sightseeing excursions during the day have plenty of space to themselves in the peaceful woody garden or by the lovely pool, which will be upgraded to an infinity pool. The property is located on high ground and offers particularly glorious panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, especially from the cherry tree-lined garden, where you’ll find sun loungers dotted around. If you’d rather keep active during the day, there are tennis courts and a newly constructed fitness centre to occupy you. A short but picturesque walk away is the village of Panzano in Chianti.
     During the summer, dinner is served by candlelight on the terrace, whilst the setting sun warms the surrounding hills. The menu changes daily and dishes (including a fantastic selection of hors d'oeuvres) are well above average. The wine list is expansive; the service is prompt and efficient.