Jamie and Ilva found the most stunning location for our Tuscan adventure.
The Antica Tenuta Le Casacce is an agriturismo owned by Roman chef Enrico Casini, situated near Seggiano in the glorious landscape of the Val d’Orcia, whose timeless hills and valleys are deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enrico used to run six restaurants in Rome before settling down in his beloved Tuscany and his amazing four course meals every evening were a true highlight of our stay (we also did a cooking class with him – recipes appearing on the blog shortly, yay!).
Linda Bass of Tuscan Muse offers a selection of creative workshops in conjunction with Enrico based at Le Casacce. Retired trial lawyer Linda is warmth and generosity personified – nothing was too much trouble – and a fabulous writer, artist and photographer in her own right. Her workshops include not only first class instruction but also a number of day trips to the small hill top villages which dot the surrounding hillsides.
However, with accommodation and surroundings like this, it was nearly impossible to drag ourselves away. Come and visit this little corner of paradise. Oh and meet Socrates, the resident manic depressive donkey and star of Le Casacce.
Not a bad view from the pool.
Not a bad view from the terrace.
Here’s Jamie coaching Deepa from One Small Pot.
And here are Linda and some of the ladies working hard.
The old stone buildings were charming inside too.
Here’s the ghost of a photo studio at night.
The Minx would have loved the wooden cats hanging out outside.
Here’s Chef Enrico presenting his incredible food.
And here’s Ilva being Ilva.
And a couple more of Socrates gambolling in the sunset. Life is sweet at Le Casacce.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Tuscany, I can’t recommend Le Casacce highly enough. And Linda’s Tuscan Muse creative workshops are pretty special too, as you’ve probably already worked out.