The best part of not planning a 2-week honeymoon is that you run into places like this!!
Having just spent time in Parma, Italy to eat we wanted to relax in the countryside with our full bellies. A quick web search later and by reviews and pictures we decided this was the place. We called and luckily we're able to get a 2-night stay for the following nights. Not having a car; we trained from Parma to Alessandria and taxi'd from there to the Villa (nov. 1 is a holiday and so we couldn't get a rental car). We talked the taxi guy to 36Euro for the trip. (the villa said most charge 60euro, great start!)
Upon driving to the villa my heart was racing. The drive alone is spectacular and Im thinking, our honeymoon in the Italian countryside is here! Pulling into the Villa you can only smile. Upon walking into the reception room, you smile more. Upon meeting Chris (owner) at the bar and having him offer you champagne upon arrival; you're about ready to burst.
Being brought to your room, I actually cried. Now I best most people don't have this reaction but I just finished our wedding, (Im tired) & we had been to Florence and Parma and had amazing experiences at both of them but this took the cake! I was just overwhelmed and tears started. My husband thinks I am crazy but he agrees that when you walk onto your private balcony, it is breathtaking.
Nicola and Chris have made a dream in the middle of Casalotto.
The room was just perfect. Room 15. Shabby Chic meets Italy. If I could have brought the bed home with me, I might have. Finally a real (not 2-twin beds = queen) bed! The claw footed bathtub, the skeleton key for your room, the VIEW, the quietness of the location, etc. etc. all made the villa a perfect 10 out of 10.
We didn't have a car, so we ate in for dinner/lunch/breakfast. AMAZING. The chef is fabulous and so great to chat with. We found the food for lunch and dinners to be great. The dinner is also a unique experience and very neat. Everyone who "signs" up for dinner that night, eats at the same time. Everyone comes to the lobby at 8pm, Nicola (wine guru) chats with each group and helps them select their wine for the night; then about 830pm, everyone goes upstairs and eats. Separate tables, but all at the same time. Its such a great experience and makes the villa more like home.
The grounds are worth spending as much time outdoors as possible. They let us use their bikes and we biked for 2-3 hours around the countryside through tiny town after tiny town. Honeymoon dream thing to do - checked off list!
Regarding price, this was our splurge. I thought 195euro for the room was completely acceptable price being that other places are WAY more than that and are not as beautiful. The cost that gets you (which we knew going in) is the cost of the misc. food and beverage you consume. You're unaware but basically you want to drink wine or champagne at every turn because the location is so relaxing. Sitting outside in the chill air with a glass of red wine - check. However, when you leave you realize you had a lot more wine than you thought. Oh well, it's our honeymoon, and we'll take it easy on the next hotel.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking to relax. We also got massages, which were average-good. Not 100% necessary.
Don't miss this place if you have some time to stop in Casalotto. We will be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Monferrato hills, surrounded by vineyards and breathtaking scenery, you will discover La Villa hotel. This 17th century palazzo has now been transformed into a luxurious and elegant country hotel, far removed from the pressures of everyday life. Superb wines, gourmet food, scenic walks and cycle rides and golf courses are all available close by - or, just relax by the pool, on the roof terrace or on your balcony- your choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Hotel Mombaruzzo
- La Villa Hotel Italy/Mombaruzzo, Piedmont