Set on a hill just outside the attractive town of Orvieto, the Palazzone is unlike any other converted building in Umbria, in that it is older and unusually imposing, almost church-like: an idea reinforced by buttressed walls, mullioned windows and a huge vaulted hall. However, unlike a church, the restored building is light-filled: cool in summer, warm in winter and exceptionally comfortable.
Expect luxury, and no shortage of style: now a swanky hotel, the Palazzone is accessed via that vaulted hall, complete with luxurious sofas, an central iron staircase, travertine floors and a sharp glass lift. All seven rooms and suites are light and elegant, boasting oak floors, white furnishings and BVLGARI products in bathrooms. Most are split-level, too, with their large beds in a loft space beside high windows.
Look out and you’ll see Orvieto’s spires in the near distance, but closer still are other reasons to come here. The Locanda is part of a wider wine estate owned by the Dubini family, and its extensive vineyards produce fine wines. You can stroll the terraces, admire them from the main veranda or a large elevated pool (and honesty bar), or learn about and taste the tipples inside an on-site Enoteca. Bordering the grapes are lawned gardens of delphiniums, roses and chestnut trees – the place to read and relax.
The hotel can also arrange yoga or exercise classes, while horse-riding and walking trails perform circuits the estate and surrounding countryside. A short drive away, Orvieto and its cathedral are eminently strollable of an evening.