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Relais Du Chateau - Casa Illica
Reviewed 13 October 2012

I was so impressed with everything! The rooms and the views are amazing! Michelle, the owner made sure we had everything we needed and made our stay incredible. The surrounding areas are beautiful and the town quickly became one of my favorite spots on my trip. The history of the house brought more value to my experience.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We spent three nights at Casa Illica this September and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Casa Illica is located in the old part of one of the villages quite rightly ranked among “i borghi più belli d’Italia”, quaint Castell’ Arquato, which is within easy reach from Milan and yet off the beaten track. It is a historic house with only a handful of rooms that were lovingly restored and furnished with antiques and modern art. Our room had a wonderful view into the valley, had a good size and so had the bathroom. Everything was impeccably clean, and breakfast was delicious, served with great care for detail and a little different every morning. Whether you have sweet tooth or prefer Grana Padano cheese or ham - everything was available. But what really made all the difference to us and our stay so special was the very warm welcome we were given by Michelle Dufour, the owner. Right from the start Michelle made us feel like guests in a private home rather than clients in a hotel. We greatly enjoyed chatting with her in the mornings (Michelle is fluent in many languages, e.g. French, Italian, English and German as far as we know) gaining valuable tips for local attractions, restaurants as well as detailed itineraries. Casa Illica is a very charming “home away from home” and we hope to be back soon.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

A great start to our holiday in Italy. Casa illica is a very interesting and beautifully appointed house in a stunning medieval hill town. Michelle, the owner, was most helpful and informative and the house is very well located two minutes from the main square. The interior is tasteful and contemporary and very comfortable. Parking is nearby on the street but was not a problem - though it might be in high season. Our only minor issue was with the breakfast which was limited to a selection of breads and yoghurt. Some fruit or cold meats which we had at other similar places in italy would have been welcome. Overall a delightful spot.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

What a lovely town, and great accommodation with Michelle in Casa Illica. Despite trying to fly into Milan during the Italian 8 hour strike, and taking all day to arrive, cancelling our reservation in Casa Illica, remaking it when we arrived,Michelle organising for someone to be there when and if we arrived, we had a wonderful visit and loved our accomodation there. Only wished that we could have stayed longer, but one never knows what will be there. Now we know, and will stay again for longer. it is a little pricey, but Castell'Arquato is so worth it!

Room Tip: There are only 3 rooms and all so different. All are good
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2010

My wife and I married in Castell'Arquato in June (apologies it has taken so long to write this review). I and my family are English, my wife and family are Italian. We needed a hotel in or close to Castell'Arquato which could accommodate a big family event and we were delighted to be introduced to Michelle who owns Casa Illica.
Casa Illica is a beautifully positioned, refurbished and furnished historic house in the centre of Castell'Arquato. Do not be fooled by the entrance from one of the narrow streets in the town, the views from the living areas and virtually all bedrooms are simply stunning.
All rooms are impeccably furnished and with pieces of modern Italian art.
My mother, sisters, aunts, nieces nad nephews all stayed in Casa Illica and had a simply fantastic weekend. Michelle could not have done more to make their stay so special. Thank you!
On a final note, my wife and I have already booked to stay at Casa Illica for our first anniversary (and many more to come!).

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Thank Peter_Chicca
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Reviewed 19 November 2010

To celebrate a friend's 50th we took off for a long weekend in Italy. The plan was to eat well, have fun, watch some football and drink wine...not necessarily in that order, but you get the point.
After scouting various sites, including agriturismo, expedia e t c we fell for I Borghi più belli d'Italia (the most beautiful villages in Italy) that turned out to be just what we were looking for. As we were heading to Parma for the football game we settled for what looked to be a very charming place, Casa Illica, in the town of Castell 'Arquato.
What a gem this turned out to be. Luigi Illica, a great poet in his days, wrote liberettos for Puccini and others the most famous being Madame Butterfly, Tosca and La Bohème was the former owner of the place. The current hostess, Michelle, turned out to be a gem herself. The place was very nicely restored, with great views, everything was simply great!!! We had a floor all to ourselves and enjoyed every minute in the house.
If you, like me, prefer the hidden gems off the beaten track that gives you that little extra - than this is it. The place, the town, the restaurants, the wine tasting and many other things made it a perfect weekend, not the least because of Casa Illica.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

I was so looking forward to our stay in the hotel, sharing with all of our friends, despite the pricey nature of the house i thought it was going to be worth it... surely you wouldn't charge €2500 for 3 nights stay unless it was going to be amazing??? Well, my first impressions were very good although we'd travelled with a number of children and this house is NOT child friendly. The rooms were OK, but there are a number of things that let this trip down.. first the box room where someone is expected to sleep on a very uncomfortable sofa bed, then the lack of clean towels - we had to share 4 towels between 6 of us - not good - but theres no one to tell, apart from at breakfast time when you have to endure an uncomfortable croissant with the owner watching you and making you feel very much like a guest in her house - rather than a paying customer who is perfectly responsible to eat some food! I have to say my expectations arriving were really very optimistic and i have to say when i left i just felt ripped off and really wished i'd stayed in the hotel in the village instead. Sorry i can't be more positive, but that was my experience! plus the swimming clothes we'd packed for the hot tub which had been sold to us stayed dry - as the hot tub didn't work!!

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Address: Via Sforza Calolzio 47, 29014 Castell'Arquato, Italy
Region: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Piacenza > Castell'Arquato
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Castell'Arquato
Price Range: £89 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Illica is a historic villa bound by the Superintend of Cultural Heritage, and has retained the name of it's original owner - poet, libretist and composer to Giacomo Puccini and Pietro Mascagni - Luigi Illica is the pride of Castell'Arquato.The house was fully renovated in 2008, and is now a maison de charme (partner of Historic Houses - Historical Fashion Hotels), offering 3 bedrooms and 2 suites with breathtaking views of the Emillian landscape. ... more   less 
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Relais Du Chateau - Casa Illica Italy/Province Of Piacenza

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