Set in gorgeous Umbrian countryside between Gubbio and Perugia is the charming Locanda del Gallo. Originally a 12th century mansion nowadays it is simply an ideal place to relax and unwind. It fits in perfectly within such beautiful natural surroundings, with the regional elements of old stone and the liberal use of wood used throughout, but so is a certain colonial style, whilst the recent restoration has taken nothing away from the Locanda del Gallo. On the contrary, the character and charm are greater than ever.
Light, airy rooms with pale limewashed walls are a perfect foil for the exquisite reclaimed doors and carved hardwood furniture from Bali and Indonesia; your charming hosts have picked up some fabulous pieces from far-off places. Each bedroom is different, one almond with Italian country furniture, another white, with wicker and Provençal prints; some have carved four-poster beds. Bathrooms are gorgeous, with deep baths and walk-in, glass-doored showers. There is no air-conditioning, rooms are cooled by natural breezes softly blown through the trees. And there is no television, nothing to disturb the peace and tranquillity.
As for things to do and places to see, it may be far from the madding crowd but there’s plenty to explore. Riding, trekking or visiting some absolutely wonderful towns, not least of which Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio, is easy to do. Alternatively, you may find it congenial just to sit by the lovely swimming pool and whirlpool, which is constructed in such a way that does full justice to the Locanda and surrounding views. Or dose off or have an aperitif on the stunning veranda which wraps itself around the house.
Lunch and dinner are on request and are cooked by Jimmy, who has been with Locanda del Gallo for over ten years. He conjures up food rich in genuine flavours, with aromatic herbs and vegetables from the garden. ✅ Breakfast is included in the rate.
In the small Moorish style spa, let your tensions slip away in the Turkish bath and then immerse yourself in a cloud of cool, refreshing, mint scented water, before heading for the peace of the salon overlooking the verdant landscape to sip a tisane, or read a book, or revive yourself under the hands of the masseuse.
✅ free Wi-Fi • 10 rooms ✅ free on-site parking • concierge service • 24-hour front desk • tennis: 10-minute drive • golf: 30-minute drive • yoga classes • hand weaving workshops • Perugia Airport: 15km • Perugia train station: 20km • no pets allowed