Cindy and Pio made the decision to leave London in 2017 and their careers in property acquisition and refurbishment and banking respectively , Pio had long held a dream to follow up on his passion for inventive cooking and become a professional chef and Cindy was ready for a new challenge having experience in taking projects from an idea into an actuality. Exmoor appealed because of its proximity to Moors, ancient woodland, and the sea with the lure of unspoiled natural beauty and wild countryside. It did not take long to acquire a business that was waning and give it a fresh outlook and opened its doors in March 2018. Having only ever been on the receiving end of good hospitality with no experience from the other side commercially it was decided to offer what we would like to receive whilst striving to achieve a tone of impeccable informality. Locanda is a home as well as a business and as such is filled with antiques and curios plus contemporary art collected along the way plus family treasures, we take the view that we want all to be able to enjoy and at the same time adding and taking away, improving, restoring, repairing…it is a labour of love. We have a close team of helpers at Locanda who are dedicated to making sure things run smoothly for you whether you are here for a couple of nights or have taken over the whole place for a special celebration or family holiday. Needless to say Pio’s cooking improves all the time, he regards it as a lifetime mission to delight our guests whilst Cindy is constantly tweaking the aesthetics whilst ensuring the business runs smoothly and progresses. Locanda is always on the lookout for products at the top of their game ( more especially if also locally sourced) and whenever appropriate they are acquired and incorporated into our offer, to that end a small curated gift boutique has recently been added to Locanda as well as a civil wedding license for intimate weddings. We value history as well as progress and this is reflected at Locanda in everything you will see, hear, smell, touch, and taste.