Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it…see what our former guests have said about a Stirred Cookery Holiday to get the real idea. We have a feeling you won’t be disappointed!

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for offering this week of cookery, friendship, excursions, tastings and immersion in the Italian way of being. Your attention to detail and your ability to meet our every need made this a perfect cooking holiday. I loved every minute!

In addition, Jake was down to earth and very knowledgeable. His calm demeanour and ability to improvise on the spot is an example for me, especially when I’m preparing for a large dinner party. Amanda’s well-choreographed moves through the kitchen, anticipating every need and eventuality was beautiful to watch.

I hope to attend another of your cookery holidays in the future. Until then, I’ll grace my friends and family with the wonderful recipes I came back with.

Caroline Cavelti, Canada

I just wanted to say again – THANK YOU for one of THE BEST experiences. The week flew by but I learned so much and met some really wonderful, generous and interesting people. You should be very proud of what you have created in this business. I arrived home this morning so have not even thought about downloading the myriad of photos I have taken – but I will!  Lastly could you please again thank Tom, Amanda and the Contessa for their warmth and generosity. It made everything about this experience so much better.

Jody Robertson, Australia

Thank you ever so much for organising a simply fantastic week. You’ve certainly worked extremely hard in making everything so simple, easy and enjoyable for us, your customers or rather friends. Sophie excelled and I thoroughly enjoyed her down to earth, easy going, yet professional enthusiasm for her job. She was simply fantastic…

With any event I attend, I always judge its success or otherwise on one simple maxim. Irrespective of the cost, be it either a few hundred pounds or several thousand pounds was it ‘Value For Money.’ Cooking with Sophie in Villa Casagrande was most certainly Value For Money. Congratulations again on a fantastic job in its organisation.

Colin Quickmire, UK

… and to say how wonderful the course was – I’m still buzzing. The whole set up was brilliant, the location was perfect. Sophie was amazing, I loved her style and loved her humour. It was lovely meeting such nice like-minded people on the course too, they were all great company and we had such good fun especially after a glass or two of those great wines…

Steve Randall, UK

Our experience was beyond expectations. Hosted by Kelda, cooking instructions by Sophie assisted by Maria was exceptional, fun and helpful. Trip to Venice with thoughts on market purchasing was especially nice touch. Quite spectacular. Thanks again.

Bill Julavitz, South Carolina, USA

Palazzo Casagrande (absolutely beautiful) and cookery school were amazing, beyond anything I imagined. Sophie, Kelda, Maria, Rukman & family were all fantastic. I learned so much and was so inspired. I’m already thinking about our next visit! Thanks again for everything.

Annette & Bob DeLuca, USA

… a huge thank you for such a wonderful holiday, you and Amanda and the staff in the house looked after us so well and Jake’s inspirations were brilliant. The food and the wines were outstanding, and we couldn’t have asked for anything better!

It was also good to meet so many people who like the same things we do; to swap ideas and hear about different cultures.

It was such a great thing to do and I would recommend it to anyone who would like a “foodie holiday.” Thanks again Sarah, it was such a wonderful holiday!

Hilary & Doug Carruthers, UK

What a wonderful cooking holiday we had. Kelda did a magnificent job and we are already referring others to you.

Once again our thanks for one of our best holidays ever – we have so many great memories and skills and that Ursula, so frizzante, skillful and passionate, was an utter joy!

Elna & William Adams, Australia

I would like to thank you both for giving me everything I was hoping for plus some more. Tom…well…an email would not be sufficient to say how much I enjoyed learning from him. What really impressed me was his teaching abilities on top of his very obvious talent with cooking and so unassuming and happy to pass on as much as we wanted.

I felt I was being spoilt from the time I arrived. There was never a thought of anything being “skimped” on. Small little gifts like coffee when we arrived in Venice. All the outings. Also the abundance of food and wine. The balance of being involved or not, as we wished. I loved the couple of afternoons we could choose to walk or explore…

Catharine Abrahamse, South Africa

What a wonderful week …! I am not a ‘down time’ sort of girl but after putting up a little resistance on day one, became completely absorbed in the food, the place and the people. I cannot thank you both enough for one of the very best and definitely the most unexpected ‘great times’ of my life. Maybe the combination of place and subject resulted in the ‘becoming part’ of the experience, or maybe the people and the subject resulted in the experience becoming part of me. Whatever – I know that I have returned reinvigorated, engaged and richer by far than when I left.

Belinda Williams, UK

 

We had a fabulous time with you at Casagrande – many, many thanks. The overall team effort produced warm hospitality in abundance with meticulous attention to detail which ensured everything ran smoothly from the moment we were met at the airport. The food and wines came in abundance, you are generous of yourselves as well as providing an all-inclusive holiday, something which may not be readily appreciated.

Sarah, we do so admire your meticulous organisation and attention to detail, and we couldn’t fail to notice the way in which Patrick was aware of everything going on and was a generous and attentive host. Both Sophie and Max are highly effective tutors with a vast depth of knowledge and enthusiasm.

This is truly a five star holiday. ‘Cooking holidays don’t get better than this.’

Nick & Mary Tee, USA