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Review of La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School

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La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School
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“Wow, what a fantastic Italian experience !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2009

We have just returned from La Tavola Marche and wish we were still there.
The location in the beautiful hills of the Marche is idyllic. Although you are in the peaceful countryside you are minutes from two lovely towns, Piobbico and Urbania. You are less than an hour from Urbino, a beautiful college town, the birthplace of Rafael, less than an hour from Sansepulcro, the birthplace of Piero della Francesca, and also less than an hour away from Fano, a lovely Adriatic beach town. There is much to see in this area, although you may want to stay your total vacation at the agriturismo, cooking school because there is much to do and enjoy there as well. The choices are many, all superb.
We have cooked a number of times in Italy at different locations, all so far good experiences. La Tavola Marche is up there with the best. Jason, the master chef , has cultivated the area for local dishes which are deliziosa. His knowledge and ability to teach makes learning easy and fun. From pizza in a wood fired brick oven (with many unusual toppings) to antipasti of varied ingredients (some of which I would consider gourmet) to delicious lesso, to dolci which were simple and great, I learned a great deal and also feasted on these wonderful dishes.
If you don't want to learn to cook these you can just order a four course Italian meal from Jason. The meal is better than any agriturismo we've stayed in and right up there with any of the restaurants we've sampled in Italy . (we've been to Italy 10 times in the last 10 years)
The agriturismo itself is beautiful. The rooms are really suites. Our room had 2 bedrooms, a large"great" room area with kitchenette, dining table, fireplace and sofa, and 2 bathrooms. All this for an incredibly reasonable price. You can make your own breakfast and any other meals or the hosts can make you the typical Italian breakfast of cappuccino or espresso and pastries, yogurt, cereal and fruit. The agriturismo is clean, spotless and beautiful.
All this is wonderful but what makes a vacation at La Tavola Marche exceptional are the hosts. Jason and Ashley Bartner are young Americans who have followed their dream in Italy. They have become part of their community and you can feel that as their neighbors and friends drop in to visit, help them, give then advice and just "schmooze". Most of their neighbors and friends do not speak English so Ashley and Jason have had to master Italian (which I think they have). The experience you get then is one of Italy. Ashley is an incredibly friendly, vivacious host. She wants you to enjoy your vacation and is willing to offer her advice on where to go and what to see. She'll answer all your questions and yet she will give you choices so you can decide what you want to enjoy. Jason is a wonderful chef and teacher and also is available to help you enjoy your vacation. The atmosphere these two have created is warm and friendly, very Italian.
For a great vacation, for cooking, eating, relaxing, enjoying the country, for visiting incredible art (Piero della Francesca Trail and Rafael), for visiting beautiful small towns , for visiting Adriatic beaches, it would be hard to beat La Tavola Marche.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2009

This region must be what Tuscany was like 20+ years ago. This slow, casual, and proud bred of Italians in the La Marche region were so disarmingly and surprisingly pleasant and kind, that it took my breath away.

But the real delight was meeting the owners of La Tavola Marche, American-born Ashley & Jason Bartner. Their gracious hospitality and genuine excitement and curiosity for the area quickly became our excitement and our curiosity for the area as well. Wandering through picturesque medieval hill towns near their agriturismo became the highlight of the trip. We brought back local vegetables, pasta and wines at the end of each day to prepare in our fully equipped kitchenettes--when we weren't treating ourselves to dinner prepared by owner Jason, who is also a professional chef.

This agriturismo is perfect for families with its swimming pool, picnic tables and swing set, or couples interested in hiking, sightseeing or just relaxing on the 500 acres that the property sits on. The Bartners will leave you alone to relax, or will help with a daily itinerary, give directions to a farmer’s market or prepare your every meal. I can't say enough about this region and this property, and I can’t wait to return!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2009

Can you do something idiotic like break your ankle while on vacation at a rural agriturismo in the Le Marche region of Italy, and have it turn into a fabulous experience? Yes! When you’re lucky enough to do it at Ashley & Jason’s gorgeous La Tavola Marche.

Mostly, what 99.9% of you want to know, is this: astonishingly beautiful location; large, comfy rooms that are spotlessly clean with kitchenettes and ample room, indoors and out, for eating your own meals; a glorious pool; charming, talented, extremely helpful inn-keepers. Ashley is a bubbly, warm, gracious hostess who makes you feel completely at home, and Chef Jason is a fabulous cook; his meals are available to be had for an (extremely reasonable) additional price, which is well worth it. And if you are even remotely inclined, takes a day or two’s worth of cooking classes (or a half-day or two, they will tailor them to your interests/aptitude/schedule) – even if it’s just a morning class on pizza making (made in the outdoor, wood-fired oven), then you sit down and eat the fruits of your labor for lunch.

You also want to know that this is not a place for fancy people. If you want fancy, you will not be happy here. The way to maximize your stay at La Tavola Marche is to be happy relaxing by the pool, or hiking the beautiful mountains (the 2009 Giro d’Italia – a major bicycle race - had one of their hardest climbs on nearby Monte Nerone; walking it is much more viable for us mere mortals – smell the wild mint and be happy) or taking day trips to the myriad of wonderful places within an easy 50K drive – you’re practically touching on Umbria and Tuscany as well as the endless possibilities in Le Marche, whether urban or rural, mountains or beach.

But a few of you may wonder “ what would happen if I got sick, or had an accident, on vacation?” Well, if it happened at La Tavola Marche, like it did to me (a dumb fall down a steep hill, a badly broken ankle, immediate surgery needed to put nuts & bolts in to straighten it out) I can tell you that Ashley & Jason would treat you like family; they would help you get the medical attention you needed, they would not leave you alone. I went to the emergency room, and subsequently had my surgery, at the hospital in Urbino; the care, and the facility, was all top-notch (I’m from New York City, have plenty of reference for good medical attention). Upon my return home, my doctor was very complimentary about the work that had been done on me (AND – the food at the hospital was great, AND they serve wine with lunch!) After the surgery I went back to La Tavola Marche and rested poolside for 2 days before flying home, and wished I could have stayed longer, even in that condition; even injured, I felt like I was on vacation. For that I have Ashley & Jason to thank. It just doesn't get much better than La Tavola Marche, and you're going to do it in good health - enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2009

Can you tell we enjoyed our stay? Everything at La Tavola was exactly what we hoped for and more. Beautiful surroundings in the hills of Marche, quiet towns with local flavour, relaxing poolside afternoons, gracious hosts & the best food we had during our Italian trip. Ashley and Jason go out of their way to make sure you feel at home and have the holiday you are looking for. You can choose to spend your days relaxing by the pool and hiking the surrounding hills (take the great 3 hr hike from their backyard!) or be the only tourist in nearby towns or explore the artistic treasures of Urbino and other major cities within a few hours drive. Whatever you choose, Ashley and Jason are ready with advice or to pour you another glass of wine by the pool.

The apartments were comfortable, spotlessly clean and well equipped for everything from a self catered breakfast to a full cooked meal. But why cook yourself dinner when Jason can do it for you? Be prepared to have the best meal of your visit to Italy, as we did on 2 occasions. Fresh ingredients from the garden were matched with amazing local specialities like 30 year old balsamic and delicious pecorino cheese, home-made salami and other ingredients sourced from the surrounding area. As a true 'slow food' connoisseur, Jason served up a 4 course meal which we enjoyed by candlelight in the comfy dining room and out under the stars.

We are seasoned travelers of Europe, Asia, Australia & North America and can easily say, our stay at La Tavola was one of the best B&B/agritourismo experiences we've had. This is testament to Ashley & Jason's as hosts and infectious "live life to the fullest" attitude. Thanks guys!

Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Travel_Unleashed
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Colorado
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2009

What we liked about the facility:

Clean, nicely furnished rooms and grounds.
Located in a quiet country setting.
Friendly and engaging owners.

What we did not like about the facility:

Breakfast is not included in the basic room rate, and places to eat are not just "around the corner". We have stayed at many agritourismos, and this was the first that did not provide breakfast.
Rooms are not air conditioned. A portable fan would be a great addition to move air around on warm summer nights.
Rooms are pricey, and there are lots of extra charges; e.g., wine with dinner, room cleaning more frequently than weekly, room heat in the winter.
While the dinner was tasty, it did not fall into a category we would call "gourmet".

All in all, we think there are much better values in other Italian agritourismos. While we enjoyed our stay, we would not return.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Blackcanyon
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LaTavolaMarche, owner at La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School, responded to this review, 14 June 2009
Thank you for your response. I would just like to take the opportunity to reply.

Breakfast is not included in the apartment rental rate as there is a kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, coffee, sugar & other sundries (as well as dishes, pots & pans, etc.) in every apartment. We do offer breakfast for 5 Euro a person breakfast of coffee/cappuccino, juice, tea, pastry, homemade jam, local honey, fresh fruit, cereal & yogurt.

Our apartment rate in the low-season for a double at 75 Euro a night, this couple booked a large apartment for 95 Euro a night (2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen/dinning room). Upon arrival we gave them a complimentary upgrade to a much larger apartment that normally sells for 125 Euro a night (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen & dinning room with a fireplace & high peaked wood beam ceilings.)

In regards to air conditioning - we live in the foothills of the appennine mountains & normally there is a pleasant breeze passing through, even in the heat of summer. During this guests stay there was an early & unexpected heat wave. We recommend to our guests, if they are warm to sleep with the windows open & the shutters closed to let the air flow - this is what every other agriturismo in our area does. We also try very hard to be eco-friendly & air conditioners consume a great amount of energy so we have opted for the natural breeze.

5 Star dinning we are not - this is cooking at its root - cucina povera - local seasonal country cooking (with produce from our farm) everything handmade in-house. Here is the menu from that night ~

Antipasta-
Homemade salami
Prosciutto & melon
Fritatta with chive and 30 year old aged Traditional Balsamic of Modena
Fresh pecorino cheese with fresh fava
Farro salad

Primo~
Homemade ravioli in butter & sage

Secondo~
Rabbit in the style of the hunter
Roasted Potatoes & garden salad

Dolce~
Cherrie macerated in brandy & mascarpone with fresh mint topped with with a star cookie

Digestivo~
Homemade vin santo
Local grappa

The above dinner is 30 Euro a person & does not include wine. House wine starts at 2.50 Euro a half liter.
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Aviano
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2009

When we first arrived I walked into the house and saw the kitchen and I thought of an old movie mixed with modern technology. The way the rooms are setup and designed are simple and elegant. They have a spacious living area with a fireplace, table with chairs, kitchenette and a great view of the country side. The pool was a great refresher and the surrounding environment was peaceful to get away from the everyday rush. If you are low on money or gas there is a 20 minute trip into town to get what you need. The food is great! Jason really knows how to whip up a meal and shows you how. The neighbors and friends of Ashley and Jason love to come and visit whenever there is a large dinner or when they just plain old want to come over and see what's new. What else to say...there are deer that like to randomly come about and the cats are cute and love to come up to you. Overall after traveling 5 or so hours to get there it was a relief. Just a great place in the middle of nowhere where you can kick back, swim, lounge and have a glass of wine. When I return next time I want to ride a horse with the wife near the river and up top to the ruins and explore the countryside.

  • Stayed May 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rob-n-Lacey
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Aviano AB
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2009

I travled to la travola march with my sister, spouse her hubby and my 9 month old little boy... I have to say it was very quiet, this is one of the best parts when you have small children, quiet is hard to come by and I loved the views from ever location I found myself...I am military married to military and we have a hard time scheduleing vacations do to the frequent deployements so it was a short 4 hr drive from our location... We alle enjoyed the company the laughs the great food & vino and watching jason put togather unique plates for us to try...We appriciate the hospitality and the welcoming smiles, we will be returning next yr at this time, we are bringing all our friends... we cant wait!!! - The Irvine's :0)

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tinairvine
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Property: La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School
Address: Via Candigliano Vocabolo Cacamone 3, 61048 Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy
Region: Italy > Marche > Province of Pesaro and Urbino > Sant'Angelo in Vado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Sant'Angelo in Vado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
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