Villa Casagrande is a luxury 15th-century villa in the Veneto, northern Italy. The stunning setting for Stirred's cookery holidays, you enter through an imposing hallway passing between marble pillars with polished stone floors underfoot and swords with the family battle standard adorning the walls.
Everything about Villa Casagrande is on a dramatic scale with high ceilings, thick walls and stone floors to keep it refreshingly cool in the heat of the summer. Large fireplaces crackle in the winter months to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
There are seven spacious double or twin bedrooms at Villa Casagrande. Each is individual in style and size and has views either onto the gardens or the village piazza and mountains. Truly palatial in feel, they blend designer touches in the decor, antique furniture and original features.
Each bedroom has its own beautifully appointed bathroom and is fully equipped to allow for a wonderfully indulgent stay. In terms of mod cons, all rooms come with WiFi and iPod docks, while the designer beds are built for comfort and adorned with crisp Italian linen.
There are three reception rooms with original frescoed ceilings and trompe l’oeil on the walls where guests can relax with a Spritz before dinner. Over in the dining room, an oval table shaped from locally sourced white marble acts as a beautiful centrepiece.
The state of the art kitchen – where cooking classes are held – is vast and airy with polished stone floors, oak-beamed ceiling and a Venetian fireplace. It opens directly onto the beautifully kept walled gardens of the villa.
Villa Casagrande has been in the Conti Brandolini d’Adda family for over 500 years and is steeped in history. A guided tour with the Contessa reveals fascinating snippets of family history and wonderful personal anecdotes which bring the 15th-century Palazzo to life.
The villa is surrounded by elegant walled gardens that flow effortlessly through a carefully manicured rose gardens on to well tended lawns with a vast chestnut tree and orchard.
A dip in the 30-foot swimming pool with the foothills of the Dolomites as its backdrop is the perfect way to build up an appetite for an al fresco dinner or work off a sumptuous lunch under the old silk mills.
The facade of Villa Casagrande faces out onto the main piazza of the village of Cison di Valmarino. Its huge burnt red entrance doors and matching shutters face the stunning mountains which rise up almost impossibly steeply beyond the confines of the village.See Our Cookery Course Dates