Friday, January 23, 2009

Weekend Destination: L'Andana Tenuta La Badiola

  • Stunning boutique 16th century country house once the summer residence of Leopold 11, Duke of Tuscany owned by Alain Ducasse, famed French restaurateur & Michelin star chef.

  • Tucked in the lush vineyards & olive groves of the famed Maremma wine region of Tuscany, yet only a few minutes from the white sandy beaches of the Etruscan coast.

  • Suites designed by the editor of Architectural Digest & most have a fireplace & beautiful views over the countryside or onto the garden.

  • 3 pools including heated indoor pavilion, outdoor jacuzzi, Turkish bath, gym, library.

  • Renowned state-of-the-art Spa with full-day programmes.

  • Horse riding, tennis, bocce, golf, sailing.

  • Experience superb regional Tuscan cuisine & wine in the hotel's La Trattoria Toscana prepared by the Ducasse-trained chef Christophe Martin.

  • Cooking classes with Christophe & his team.

  • Explore the medieval hill towns of Sovana & Pitigliano - Maserati available.

  • Private wine tours including to Fattoria Le Pupille, producers of the famed Morellino di Scansano varietal.

So while the weather at this time of the year will be cold, rug up & come prepared for a weekend of absolute indulgence & luxury - do I have any Expressions of Interest?

All images Andana


  1. The shape of the pool is fabulous. Great find!

  2. WOW! I am so there. Thanks for taking me away for a bit. You find the most amazing and beautiful places. Have a great weekend and Australia Day. Heidi

  3. Am really on w/ the flocks to Italy! A 3 hrs flight from Stockholm.

    Thanks for inviting and I really dream now having the enjoyment of the ambiance & the beauty of your retreat w/ us.

    Makes ease my migraine!!!

    Hugs to you & MOTH. Tell him, he's still gorgeous then & now *wink

  4. Beautiful. You now have itching for a vacation away from all this snow and cold!

    Great find!

  5. wow what a great find. I'm packing and booking my ticket!

    Taking my parents to Northern Tuscany for a week in June, don't think we'll be staying anywhere that fancy though :)

  6. Divine! Amazing! Those striped chairs in the sitting room made me gasp ... where do we sign up?

    Have a lovely relaxing weekend Millie xxx

  7. Hey cobber...I like's not a term heard that often enough these days!! Everytime I come here Millie I feel like I have a little break looking at the places you find...Dzintra XX

  8. Dear Millie!

    I always adore your every post and to show you my appreciation, pls pick something in my room.

    Cheers for the w/end.

  9. Every time you do a FAB post like this one.. I absolutely hate where I live... it takes me awhile to appreciate what I have... lol;)
    ANOTHER great weekend detination!

  10. Yes please. As long as I can bring my friends who's parents are being struck down by cancer at a rate i don't want to get used to, oh and can I bring my god daughter the Ruby Dooby (who is now walking so look out for her in Stirling as she may have cruised in from Bridgewater!!) while her parents catch up on work and deal with their parents parting ways. It's been one of those weekends..... Happy Australia Weekend Millie x

  11. Hi Millie,
    I've been following your blog for a while and am finally coming out of the woodworks from Fotocaffe to say I love dropping by your blog! Gorgeous stuff!
    Best wishes,


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Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
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