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“Mixed Feelings” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School

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Agriturismo Ca'Camone, Via Candigliano, 61048 Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy   |  
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“Mixed Feelings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LaTavolaMarche, owner at La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School, responded to this review, June 14, 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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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Aviano
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 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 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aviano AB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NY
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2009

My husband and I went to La Tavola Marche for our honeymoon and spent a week with Ashley and Jason. The food was absolutely magnificent -- both the meals prepared by Jason and at the restaurants they recommended to us. The apartment was clean and pretty, stocked with basics like coffee, sugar, and cooking oil, and we had a lovely view. Ashley and Jason were wonderful hosts giving us the perfect combination of service and privacy. They are both super friendly and it felt more like visiting with friends than staying at a hotel with strangers.

The location is rural and mountainous and we had some difficulty driving there from Rome. A car is necessary to get around the area as the local towns are a few miles away. The week we were there it rained almost every day but it was lovely and relaxing. There is a pool on property and hiking nearby. We went to a local farm and rode horses and visited the city of Urbino (all facilitated by Ashley and Jason). This is not the spot for nightlife, sightseeing, or shopping. It's all about the outdoors, good food, and relaxing.

I definitely recommend taking a cooking class with Jason, eating at the nearby restaurants in town, and exploring the grocery store (one of our favorite stops). Anyone looking for an authentic Italian experience, something off the beaten path, anyone interested in slow food or sustainable living would enjoy this place.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wenatchee, WA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2009

Simply the best experience we had in Italy! My wife, her sister and husband, and myself ran away to the Marche last spring. We had the pleasure of staying at Ashley and Jason's wonderful escape for three days (not long enough). The accommodations were perfect, the scenery amazing, and the food orchestrated to perfection. The company was just what one would order for our getaway from the normal nuances of life.

What a joy to get to share time with two that are so passionate about life and what they are doing!!! How refreshing and inspirational. We could all be so lucky! To many years of brilliant mornings and warm candlelight evenings!

Ben and Patti

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Seattle
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

Nestled in a valley of central Italy's Apennine mountain range lies Agritourismo Ca'Camone; over two-hundred acres of pristine forest and farmland. Ca'Camone is in the Le Marche region, which sits on the Adriatic coast and neighbors the central regions of Tuscany and Umbria. In the heart of the Agritourismo is the restaurant/hotel "La Tavola Marche," hosted by American couple Ashley and Jason Bartner. Jason, a professional chef trained at the prestigious French Culinary Institute and schooled in the competitive atmosphere of New York City's restaurant scene, is always happy to show guests the tricks of the trade in his kitchen. Ashley, a hospitality professional and host extraordinaire, has a knack for making guests feel right at home. They offer cooking classes, and are often willing to take people around the area to show you the sights, sounds, and smells of Italy. Meeting the locals in this rural and off-the-beaten-path setting is a treat. Enjoy an afternoon at one of the many farmers markets or festivals in the area, where you are able to meet the farmers and artisans who produce the food and wine you will enjoy. Stroll through the truffle-filled woods and explore crumbling medieval structures, or take a break by the pool. Kids can stretch their legs in the yard or play on the swing set. Guests stay in spacious and comfortable apartments, complete with their own kitchens, in a renovated stone farmhouse. La Tavola Marche is only minutes away from some of Italy’s most fascinating and historic hilltop villages. As the area is definitely in a rural setting, I would recommend renting a car- it will save you time, and make exploring the area much easier. I was there last fall, and the colorful trees made for an amazing view everywhere I looked. The area is certainly beautiful, but Ashley and Jason add a personal touch that can’t be beat. They have traveled extensively themselves, so they can trade tips and stories with anyone from novice travelers to seasoned trekkers. Their enthusiasm for food and fun is contagious, so you’ll probably be planning your next trip to Italy before you even get back.

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San Diego, CA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2009

The MOST relaxing and enjoyable vacation I can remember. Cooking classes are a must...so much fun and I'm making each of the things I learned regularly! Jason is a genius in the kitchen and I dream about returning to enjoy his food once again. Our accomodations and the property surrounding were picturesque like that out of a story book. VERY CLEAN and comfortable. Cooking, eating, hiking, exploring neighboring towns, reading by the pool...it was all amazing. Most importantly, I had plenty of time to enjoy my family and friends in the most welcoming and spirited environment. I can hardly wait to return.

  • Liked — The food!
  • Disliked — No complaints
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Agriturismo Ca'Camone, Via Candigliano, 61048 Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy
Location: Italy > Marche > Province of Pesaro and Urbino > Sant'Angelo in Vado
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Sant'Angelo in Vado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
300 year old stone farmhouse with guest apartments on an organic farm in Central Italy ... more   less 
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