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The villa

During the cooking course you will stay in a charming, lovingly restored villa which is surrounded by hills covered in woods, vineyards and olive groves. The view from the pool and garden is of the beautiful castle of Santa Maria Novella, nestling just across the gently sloping valley.

The accommodation

All the rooms in the carefully restored villa are charming and are decorated in clean, simple lines and soft colours. They are high-ceilinged and all have private bathrooms. This villa was one of those that until the mid 20th century belonged to a local noble family and was where farming families would live to work the surrounding fields. The cooking courses will take place on site, in a well-equipped ground floor kitchen. We generally eat just outside on the terrace, with gorgeous views of the garden and across the neighboring 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 suggestive views. You are free to use the kitchen any time you might possibly want to prepare a light snack or meal or to make yourself tea or coffee. 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.

A cooking course for everyone

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 queen-size beds. We have space for two solo travelers. These carry a 300 Euro supplement.

The villa is very quiet, comfortable and airy. It has a cosy living room with comfy sofas and a private pool and garden for you to relax in. There is free WIFI internet access.

There are beautiful walks to be taken near the villa, where you can observe and photograph some unique Tuscan flora and fauna. Twenty minutes’ drive will take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled medieval villages 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.

What our guest say

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Organic Tuscany is EVERYTHING we wanted and MORE! My husband and I went to cooking school at Organic Tuscany last October (2017). I was so pleased... so terribly over-the-top pleased... that I've put off writing a review, fearing I wouldn't be able to do the experience (and the people) justice. Having looked at several cooking schools in Italy, I was having trouble finding THE one, and then I came across Organic Tuscany's website. Oh my gosh! It just had it all! Authentic Tuscan villa, warm, engaging, and amazing... read more

Carol Avatar Carol
2/18/2018

5 star ratingAn authentic Italian experience! My husband and I were there September 23-30, 2017. Friends had recommended this cooking school to us. Cooking amazing italian food with the backdrop of the hills of Tuscany, with amazing chefs, what could be better! Met a great group of people from Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the US. You get a copy of all the recipes and the apron you wore to cook to boot! My husband and I have recreated the recipes at home, delicious. Hosts Riccardo... read more

janehowardh Avatar janehowardh
2/04/2018

5 star ratingJust the Best ! My week at Organic Tuscany was the highlight at the end of 6 weeks in Italy and Greece. Initially we were given specific and detailed instructions for travel to the house which was extremely helpful. The classes are very carefully planned and well organised to run smoothly with charming and very competent tutors. The house and setting is lovely and our rooms were spacious and very comfortable. A warm feeling of friendship developed from the outset between the guests and... read more

757Alessandra Avatar 757Alessandra
1/22/2018

5 star ratingNothing could have been better for these Canadian ladies! Myself and four other ladies had the pleasure of taking part in the cooking school and staying at Organic Tuscany. It was by far the highlight of our three week trip. Riccardo and Shilpa are the ultimate hosts and have put together a week that was fun, exciting and educational. The chefs, cooks and tour guides were unbelievable. I was a bit concerned about driving but it turned out to be no problem with Shilpa’s careful directions and my insistence... read more

Eleanore Avatar Eleanore
1/18/2018
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from the UK:  0208 144 9164
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