All the rooms in the carefully restored villa are charming, decorated in clean, simple, bright lines and colours. They are high-ceilinged and all have private bathrooms. All look out onto the most Tuscan of views - vineyards and olive groves. Until recently, this famhouse villa belonged to a local noble family and was where farming families would live to work the surrounding land.
The cooking classes will take place on site, in a well-equipped ground floor kitchen. We generally eat just outside on the terrace, with spectacular views across the neighbouring valleys.
There is a cosy indoor sitting room for you to relax in, as well as lovely spaces outdoors. Find a shady corner to read in the pretty garden, or enjoy the pool with its 360 degree views.
You are free to use the kitchen downstairs for breakfasts and for any time you might possibly want to prepare a light snack or meal. Please note that this is self-catering accommodation (similar to a holiday rental) so there is no daily maid service for your rooms, although there will always be people on hand should you need something.
The weekly cooking course price includes accommodation based on two people sharing a double room with a private bathroom. Some beds can be made up as twins, while the others are double beds. We have space for two solo travellers, who are each offered a large double room with private bathroom. These carry a 300 Euro supplement.
The villa is very quiet, comfortable and airy. It has a large living room with a beautiful fireplace and a private pool and garden for you to relax in. There is free WIFI internet access, as well as a large billiard table and ping-pong table for you to challenge your fellow guests.
There are beautiful walks to be taken near the villa, where you can observe and photograph some unique Tuscan flora and fauna. Half an hour's walk away is a hamlet with a popular trattoria with very friendly owners.
Ten minutes' drive will take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt medieval village in the area. Walking through the shady streets of Certaldo or Barberino Val d'Elsa, you can imagine what life must have been like in rural Tuscany hundreds of years ago.