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Beautiful Country House Close to Portofino and Cinque Terre

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 350 m²
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Country House, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 10)


Beautiful property set among the hills of Liguria. It overlooks a typical Ligurian village and is located only 10 km away from the sea and from Sestri Levante; the closer airports are Genova Cristoforo Colombo (at 50km) and Pisa Galileo Galilei (at 110km). The village (shops, bars, groceries, newspapers, etc.) is within a short walk through a steep pedestrian track. The property enjoys beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and the sea.


The old Ligurian house, on 3 floors and 350 sqm, has been recently completely renovated and is surrounded by 4000 sqm of beautiful terraced gardens and an orchard. The swimming pool, set next to the house, is a converted water cistern of approximately 8m x 8m with overflow and a splendid view over the mountains. The west terrace offers a spectacular view of the sea and Sestri Levante.


The house has been completely rebuilt with traditional materials though in a contemporary fashion. It is fully equipped with all comforts. Tastefully furnished, the interior design blends contemporary and Scandinavian vintage pieces.

The house has been published in several important design and decoration magazines such as Coté Sud, Ville e Casali, Casaviva, Case di Campagna.


Entrance, living room with a double-sided fireplace, open kitchen and dining room, bathroom. Several doors open on the surrounding terrace and the swimming pool.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary kitchenware and household appliances (built-in gas hob, oven, microwave oven and dishwashing machine).


Sitting room with flat TV and satellite, 3 double bedrooms (two double-bed rooms and 1 double room), 2 bathrooms (1 with shower and 1 with shower and bathtub).

2nd floor (attic):

Sitting room with flat TV and DVD player, 2 bedrooms (1 double-bed with a third bed/sofa and 1 double room), 1 bathroom with shower.

In the cellar there is a washing machine, a dryer and an additional fridge with refrigerator. Internet access ADSL + Wi-Fi; PC and printer for guests use.

Parking space for 4 cars.

The house is not suitable for small children because of the high terrace, unprotected staircases, high walls, overflow pool...

A cleaning lady is included for 2 hours everyday.

Additional services can be provided: transportation to and from the airport/railway station, private chef, cooking classes, etc.

More Details

Property Manager
Monika Unger
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french, italian, polish, The housekeeper is from Cuba, she speaks Spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Monika Unger

I was brought up in a challenging cultural and political environment in Warsaw. In 1969, after the dramatic 1968 upraising in Czechoslovakia, my family moves to Brussels where I finish high school and graduate in architecture at 'La Cambre', the post Bauhaus school founded by Henry Van De Velde.

I spent two years in Cambridge and got my masters degree in Environmental design from MIT.

I then move to Italy where, after an architecture stage with Giancarlo De Carlo, I join the Corporate Image department of Olivetti in Milan.

A passion for modernist furniture, I collect XX Century Design pieces from Scandinavia and Brazil.

I pursue my career as an architect and art director for private and commercial projects.

I have a passionate approach to architecture adn design and my interests embrace visual arts, communication and new media. I love our country retreat where I spend as much time as possible...The property is named after my father, Leopold Unger, journalist and writer who loved this place as much as I do

Monika Unger purchased this estate in 2003

Why Monika Unger chose Castiglione Chiavarese

I fell in love with a romanitc ruin, embraced by a Wisteria tree overlooking the small Ligurian village of Castiglione Chiavarese, with views of the mountains to the east and sea to the west. A lot of hard work to push the project through the Italian bureaucracy, the property was finally ready in the summer of 2008...

Guestbook comments from the manager

It was all so wonderful - the villa was a dream and Monica is a wonderful host.
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate rental in Castiglione Chiavarese, Italy

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Full 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Full 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Half 1 - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , or queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 single bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(18 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful Country House Close to Portofino and Cinque Terre
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Gorgeous House

  • 5 of 5

The house is just beautiful in a lovely location at the top of small Italian village. The host couldn't have been more helpful and responsive. What a fabulous family trip!! Don't hesitate to rent this house if you are looking for a sophisticated house in a small Italian village and want an authentic experience.

  • Review Submitted: 06/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review!
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Lovely home in the hills above Castiglione Chiaverese

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 plus 4 friends stayed for a week, and we enjoyed this property very much. The house is beautiful and well-furnished and appointed. There was plenty of room for our party of 8, and we loved the views and peace and quiet of the surrounding area. The weather was cool, but if warmer, we would have loved to use the gorgeous pool.There is a tiny town with a local "bar" and some good hiking areas. We had Monika's friend Marco come cook for us two nights and that was amazing. I recommend you rent a very small car to be able to navigate the local road. By the end of the week, we were pros at it. Well worth the drive!

  • Review Submitted: 19/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Liza for this lovely review! I do hope you will come back soon! A presto Monika
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Incredible house in charming village

  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderfully located, with a superb panoramic view: the sea is one side, the mountains on the other. Looking at the green hills, swimming in the pool is delightful. The house is an elegant mixture between a traditional Ligurian house and a modern and very comfortable villa. All in all, we had a marvelous stay in Castiglione !

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! See you again soon in Casa Leopoldo!
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The Best!

  • 5 of 5

Having rented houses on three continents, in almost a dozen countries over the years - this was the best! This is not a rental, rather it is a home, with all you need. From kitchen appliances to olive oil and pasta in the pantry. Every positive comment previously made is true. No need to be repetitive here. If you choose this home you won't regret it.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! I do hope to see you all very soon!
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We did not want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Leopoldo is a beautiful place for people of all ages! We stayed for a week with two families with teenaged children (11 in our party which the house easily accomodated). Everybody loved the place with the fanastic views and the hardest part was convincing the others to leave the house and enjoy the surroundings. It was great to see everyone finding his favorite spot and enjoying the place. The design, the pool, all the rooms, the views, the outside table, the BBQ place, the groceries upon our arrival, we all loved it. It was great meeting Monika as well, she is a lovely person.

The location of the property is perfect for sightseeing as well and the environment offers so much. We followed Monika' s advises from the vademecum and visited Sestri Levante (a great and very lively town), we took a train to Cinqueterre and walked the trail, we took a boat from Sestri Levante to the awesome Portofino. Highly recommended, this villa is definitely the ultimate holiday place!

  • Review Submitted: 15/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Big hugs Monika
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Beautiful and peaceful villa

  • 5 of 5

10 of us spent a week at this beautiful property celebrating my husbands 60th birthday .

Perfect in every way ... The photos did not do it justice !

Very comfortable with excellent facilities . And a daily housekeeper .

Stunning views were ' the icing on the cake ' !

We reluctantly left after a week to continue on our travels across Italy and would have no hesitation in recommending this property .

Ps .. Ask for Luisa to come prepare a meal at the property . Very special .

Enjoy !

  • Review Submitted: 21/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Claire, thank you so much for the wonderful review! I do hope to see you again in Casa leopoldo! Monika
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Castiglione Chiavarese
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Sestri Levante
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Sestri Levante
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Sestri Levante
Car: necessary

The property is located 10km from the Sestri levante highway exit and 15km from the Sestri levante downtown and beaches, 15km from Moneglia, 30 km from Portofino and the Cinque Terre, 50km from Genoa, 100km from Pisa airport.

Walking distance, through a steep path, to the village of Castiglione Chiavarese (café, groceries, pharmacy, butcher...)

Intersting spots inland: Varese Ligure, Sarzana, Lucca, Florence

Great small towns along the cost towards Genoa: Chiavari, Rapallo, Santa Margherita as well as Portofino and the city of Genoa.

Great spots towards La Spezia: Cinque Terre, Porto Venere, Lerici, Tellaro...


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday estate in Castiglione Chiavarese, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2018
5 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season Autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1,566.32

Rate range: from 4000 Euro to 6000 Euro
Dates Available: Year Round
Cancellation policy:
Full refund if cancelled 90 days before arrival
July and August bookings: full refund if cancelled 120 days before arrival
I strongly advise to purchase an insurance for your protection.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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