Stunning openings in Tuscany

A stay at the Villa Lovelli affords access to exclusive new club La Macchia

The master bedroom terrace at Villa Lovelli in Capalbio, Tuscany
The master bedroom terrace at Villa Lovelli in Capalbio, Tuscany | Image: Manuel Zublena

Down in the chic environs of Capalbio in Southern Tuscany, meanwhile, Luca Del Bono – a co-founder of Quintessentially and founder of the South Kensington Club – is this June launching La Macchia (, which he describes as a “country club on the beach” for the Roman champagne intelligentsia and Tuscan aristos who frequent the area (with the odd filmmaker or celebrity thrown in for good measure). A restored 16th-century mansion perched on a beach by a nature reserve, La Macchia will be open daily from the ora d’aperitivo until, Del Bono says, “very late”. Membership will be limited and strictly protected; thank goodness then that Cédric Reversade – he of the peerless villa-letting firm Unique Properties & Events – has brokered club access for clients who book his stunning new seven-bedroom Villa Lovelli (; from €23,000) – set virtually in the shadow of Capalbio town, three miles from the sea and minutes away from La Macchia’s exclusive attractions. But with its sprawling terraced gardens, 15m pool and twin outdoor lounges, the villa may prove hard to leave.


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