Sunday, May 27, 2007

La Locanda on The Guardian

Richard Hammond wrote this on May 26th Travel Guardian:

Urbino eco ... organic food, green power, it doesn't get better than this.

There are plenty of rural places to stay in Italy that offer local, organic produce, but La Locanda near the hilltop town of Urbino in Le Marche goes the extra mile to do its bit for energy conservation. Surrounded by ancient, protected oaks, the 1920s farmhouse has been converted into a well-insulated modern, smart country house with six double rooms as well as a self-catering apartment for two.

There's purified water, solar heating and a wood-fired stove fuelled by coppicing from the 185-acre farm woods where you can gather truffles in autumn. There's a riding school next door and a gentle afternoon circular walk around the farm that will help work up an appetite.

You can see the article here

Monday, May 21, 2007

2007 kittens

Here's the latest litter at the Locanda!
Aren't they just beautiful???







Isn't this last one the cutest thing you've seen in your life????

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

La Locanda on The Times

We were included in the article "Ten sexy eco breaks.
Private eco-islands, eco-country houses, eco-spas, eco-golf; Susan d’Arcy shows how ‘eco’ can be gorgeous too" this is the review:

Set on an impeccably organic 185-acre farm, where you can peek through the truffle woods to Renaissance Urbino, this hotel is smart but unintimidating – and the estate’s pets will adopt you for the duration of your stay as enthusiastically as will their owners, the Savini family. Signora might greet you with flour-covered hands from making that day’s bread and pasta. In the evening, after some authentic home cooking using the farm’s own produce, daughter Guilia will tempt you with dozens of homemade liqueurs. Oh, go on: they’re organic, so they won’t give you a hangover. Well, it’s a good theory ...

And this is the link to the whole article.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Valle Nuova walk

From the Locanda you can start a 7 km (4,5 miles) loop walk. The walk is on white road, quite easy and not very steep. We usually suggest this to our guests for them to have an idea of the area around the Locanda.
Yesterday it was a beautiful sunny day and I decided to take the walk myself (I never have time to do it during summer...) and these are some of the photos I took.








More in the "next/previous" post as there was something wrong with the original post and the photos couldn't be seen...
I hope that you're enjoying the walk!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Valle Nuova walk 2

This is now the second half of this Walk post as apparently there were too many photos to post in just one post... So, go on enjoying these fab landscapes of Northern Le Marche!






Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May

Yesterday and today it rained. The green of the fields is... well it's so green that it almost hurts your eyes.
This is how the hills around us look like.





Poppies are early this year, as every other plant and they succeeded surviving yesterday's storm. By the way, poppies grow in our weat fields because we don't use herbicides, organic farming is not only good for the environment but it's also more beautiful!