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Based in the foothills, an hour north of Venice, you will experience the tastes, sights, smells, and culture of one of the most evocative parts of northern Italy.

Stirred offers cookery holidays with in-depth, hands-on cooking classes using the area's rich and varied seasonal produce, under the expert supervision of our acclaimed chefs, in a relaxed and inspiring 15th century villa.

Staying in the comfort and splendour of this historic and palatial home, we will immerse you in the region known for its outstanding natural beauty, culture and serious dedication to producing and cooking only the very finest food. Stirred will leave you not only relaxed and inspired, but also trained in the art of truly delicious Italian cooking.

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Our hands-on cooking classes give you every opportunity to learn through immersing yourself in advanced Italian cooking.

Working alongside one of our acclaimed chefs, you'll be able to cook and sample some of the most delicious regional dishes from robust risottos and pastas packed with flavor to rich fish soups and creamy polentas.

The use of spices imported from the orient is so important to the specialities of the area, as is quality fresh seasonal produce, and mastering these will give you a solid base upon which to create many inspiring and innovative dishes both here and at home.

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The foothills north of Venice set the stage for this elegant and historic 15th century estate.

Villa Casagrande is the proud home of the Conti Brandolini d'Adda family, who have defended the surrounding towns and valleys since the 15th century and still run the property today.

Entering the villa through the imposing entrance hall decorated with giant swords and the family's battle standard, the ground floor has two living rooms, two dining halls, and a designer kitchen with traditional Venetian open fireplace. The bedrooms, complete with their own elegant bathrooms, are each unique in character, style and design.

Outside, you can enjoy a walk around the rose garden after a long lunch under the old silk mills, or take a dip in the 18 metre pool - the perfect way to work up an appetite for an alfresco dinner by the monumental chestnut tree.


Wines are the lifeblood of Italian meals, so we give them very careful consideration when compiling our classes and menus.

Combining rich traditions with innovative approaches, the region’s wineries produce award-winning indigenous wines of quality and excellence, with a broad palette to satisfy all tastes.

Stirred believes in showcasing a range of local wine producers, from well known to the more emerging, experimental wineries, and wine tastings will be an integral part of your experience with us.

  • Jake Simpson Chef

    In September 2014, Jake took over the reins as chef de cuisine at Bocca di Lupo, working under chef patron Jacob Kenedy to lead a restaurant producing some of the best Italian cuisine in the country. Jake's career began with Jeremy Lee at the Blueprint Café, after which he followed him and the kitchen team to re-open Quo Vadis.

    Since opening in 2008, Bocca di Lupo has received various awards for its regional Italian cuisine.

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We are a company born by a shared passion for superb food, wines and experiences...

At Stirred we consider ourselves very fortunate to be able
to make our passion our profession. We have over 20 years dedicated experience in providing gourmet holidays, and have worked alongside highly-acclaimed chefs and experts. Everything we do is focussed on creating personal, unique holidays with extraordinary attention to detail.

The Team

Jake Simpson - Chef
Sophie Baimbridge - Chef
Giuseppe Silvestri - Chef
Valli Little - Chef
Maxine Clark - Chef
Sarah Roberts - Co-founder
Patrick Obert - Co-founder


Very few places can satisfy all your natural senses like the Veneto. We’ll take you off the beaten track to discover the hidden jewels in this unexplored area of Italy.

No visit to this part of Italy would be complete without experiencing the incomparable magic of Venice. We will take you into the hustle and bustle of the renowned Rialto fresh fish and produce markets to pick up the best produce to bring back for your classes, then retire by private boat to one of the best kept secrets in the Venetian islands, where you will sample some of the finest cuisine the peninsula has to offer.


In addition to our scheduled weeks Stirred organises bespoke, tailor-made gourmet trips all year round at Villa Casagrande and beyond.

For more information or a quote for a bespoke or tailor-made experience, please email patrick@stirredtravel.com or sarah@stirredtravel.com.


Dates & Prices for 2015

Sun 13th - Sat 19th September (Sophie Braimbridge)
Sun 20th - Sat 26th September (Sophie Braimbridge)
Sun 4th - Sat 10th October (Tom Whitaker)
Sun 11th - Sat 17th October (Jake Simpson)

Price: £2,495 pp (£250 single supplement)

Dates & Prices for 2016

Sun 15th - Sat 21st May
Sun 5th - Sat 11th June
Sun 12th - Sat 18th June

Sun 4th - Sat 10th September (Valli Little)
Sun 11th - Sat 17th September (fully booked)
Sun 18th - Sat 24th September (Valli Little)

Sun 2nd - Sat 8th October
Sun 9th - Sat 15th October

Price: £2,575 pp (£250 single supplement)

The package includes:
Six nights’ accommodation, tuition, food, wine, trips, tours and tastings (unless otherwise stated), lunch in Venice, dinner at a local restaurant, transfers to and from Venice Airport at recommended pick-up and departure times.

The price does not include flights. Private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

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For more information please contact Stirred at

Tel: +44 (0) 1347 868 659
Patrick Obert: patrick@stirredtravel.com
Sarah Roberts: sarah@stirredtravel.com