Remote though it is at the end of a long and wind­ing lane deep in rural Tus­cany, there’s no more urban hos­pi­tal­ity than the kind they lav­ish on guests at La Ban­dita.

They are John Voigt­mann, for­merly of New York and big shot in the world of music, and his travel-writer wife Ondine CohaneThey had the wacky idea of leav­ing it all behind to con­vert a 20th-century farm­house south of Siena into a gor­geous con­tem­po­rary retreat, a classy bou­tique hotel with the unde­mand­ing inti­macy of a good friend’s coun­try pile. Ab Rogers and Florence’s DASTUDIO were enlisted to cre­ate bright and spa­cious inte­ri­ors, min­i­mally fur­nished for max­i­mum chic.

There are 8 superbly styl­ish guest rooms plus one small self-contained apart­ment, and an open-plan lounge-dining-kitchen area with the same unclut­tered lay­out. At the last count, the chef was noth­ing less than a culi­nary wiz­ard, and John’s wine cel­lar was eas­ily up to the chal­lenge. Sum­mer brings the bonuses of din­ing on the ter­race and chill­ing out in the infin­ity pool, both with sweep­ing views over the Val d’Orcia.

La Ban­dita can also be rented whole as a lux­ury villa with all the ser­vices a house party is likely to need. What­ever the for­mat, it’s a superb loca­tion mid­way between Rome and Flo­rence with a relaxed and gen­er­ous feel, worth every extra penny.

La Ban­dita is gen­er­ally closed for a cou­ple of win­ter months: it reopens this year on Feb­ru­ary 21.

La Ban­dita
Local­ità Luc­ci­o­la­bella
53026 Pienza (SI)
+39 333 404 6704