- Tim Jepson, Destination expert
On an exposed hilltop amid vineyards, woodland and fields of wheat and sunflowers. Glorious views to Orvieto and beyond, though the fairly rough road access and a peripheral position relative to the rest of Umbria mean that sightseeing is not straightforward. Energetic guests can walk through the fields and up the hill to Orvieto.
Style & character
Urban loft-living in a medieval and pastoral setting. The large, barn-like stone building is remarkable and its precise original function unknown: it may have been an ospedale (a place that offered hospitality to pilgrims), or lodging for pilgrims en route to Rome. Its airy spaces have been retained, but the interiors are pared down, linear and minimalist to a fault – with stone arches, white walls and tiled floors – and rather at odds with the hotel’s proclaimed ‘14th-century’ style.
Service & facilities
Serious Italian waiters are on hand to serve drinks and dinner, but not omnipresent. The owners are charming and always ready to help.
The seven suites all enjoy lovely views through mullioned windows, especially the Cardinal Suite, and all share the contemporary and bare-walled aesthetic of the public spaces. Light and spacious works on a hot summer’s day, and if you like your modern design classics – red Eero Saarinen tulip chairs, Castiglioni Arco lamps and the like – you’ll adore the rooms. On a rainy afternoon you might want something cosier – cheer yourself up by filling the Riedel glasses provided with the Palazzone’s own Terre Vineate and other vintages.
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Food & drink
Food can be striking and beautifully presented, but both lunch and dinner are inflexible set menus and the stark, almost industrial-style dining room space is decidedly unsympathetic. Eating al fresco on the garden terrace - a lovely experience - is a different matter.
Value for money
On a sunny afternoon by the pool or strolling among the rose- and lavender-filled gardens, or on a balmy evening eating dinner on the terrace looking at the distant lights of Orvieto, you’ll feel your money has been very well spent indeed. Double rooms from £135. Breakfast is free for children but an additional £7 for adults.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes: the ground-floor Family Apartment has been designed with the needs of those with disabilities in mind.
Yes: two of the seven suites are family rooms and sleep four. Extra beds can be added for €50/£42 (cots €20/£17); baby-sitting (€10/£9 an hour) and children’s menus in the restaurant are available with 48 and 24 hours’ notice respectively.