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Roy and Shirley in Tuscany

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Roy has been a chef for over 30 years and has worked in some prestigious hotels such as the Mount Nelson in Cape Town, South Africa and the Dorchester in London.  Roy is a classically trained chef and member of the "Slow Food" tradition which originated in Italy.  He has a deep love, passion, enthusiasm and enjoyment for cooking which is imparted to guests in every tasty meal or snack provided.  He especially loves the clean, fresh, seasonal treasures of Italian cuisine, he is passionate about food and wine and takes great pleasure in offering tasty gourmet meals. Seasonality, texture, taste and presentation are essential foundations for his cooking which is original, inventive and utterly delicious and it's not unusual for guests to remark that Roy's cooking is the best they have tasted in Italy.

Roy cooking in the kitchen at Casa MarchiRoy takes great delight in seeing empty plates and satisfied guests and is only too happy to prepare bespoke meals using ingredients you enjoy.  He offers bespoke cooking classes or you can sign up for any of the many existing classes for a hands on and fun filled cooking experience in a fully equipped professional stainless-steel kitchen. His passion for good cooking and foundation of classical training ensures you go home satisfied with lessons learned and new skills gained.  Prices and Cooking school.


Hot stone massage Shirley is a fully-qualified beauty therapist and BOWTECH practitioner.  She has run salons in London and Cape Town, South Africa and has worked with some of the top cosmetic houses in both cities.  Shirley has a beauty salon at Casa Marchi which is spacious and well-equipped, and she offers a host of pampering treatments to compliment that feeling of well-being and relaxation that a stay in Casa Marchi induces.  Shirley uses only top-quality aromatherapy products and both body and face treatments incorporate hot-stone therapy.

To whet your appetite consider indulging in a holistic hot stone lymphatic body massage, a relaxing facial, an Indian head massage, an energising and soothing foot and calf massage, or a Bowen Therapy session, all designed to relax and de-stress leaving you feeling light and tranquil as it soothes, comforts, rebalances energy levels and realigns the body or you may wish to indulge in other treatments such as eyelash tint, eyebrow tint or eyebrow shaping.  See list of treatments.  Booking and Pricing & Shirley's offers 

Shirley and her mosaicShirley and her mosaic Shirley is also creative and passionate about art and colour and her present passion is mosaice work.  All artwork on display is lovingly created by Shirley which adds character and beauty to her surroundings. Commissions Undertaken.