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Beautiful Country House Close to Portofino and Cinque Terre

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Last updated: 03/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Castiglione Chiavarese chateau / country house description

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 300sqm, has been recently completely renovated and is surrounded by 4000 sq.m. 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 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, several staircases, walls, pool, etc.

A cleaning lady is available for 2 hours everyday.

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

Keywords: Important property, close to Cinque Terre and the beaches of Sestri Levante and Moneglia, wonderful sea and mountain views, infinity pool, the house was designed by a prominent architect and published in various interior design magazines

Property Type

      • Chateau / Country House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Not Suitable For Children:

            The property is not suitable for kids from 1 to 5 years old: steep steps without proper protection, infinity pool overlooking a 3m drop.......moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          Bathrooms: 3.5 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Catering Available
          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Kitchen
          • Dishwasher
          • Refrigerator


          • Parking Off Street
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Air Conditioning
          • Linens Provided
          • Fireplace
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • ipod dock


              • Music Library
              • Stereo
              • DVD Player
              • Video Library
              • Television
              • CD Player
              • Satellite / Cable


              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access
              • Telephone

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View
                  • Ocean View


                      • Recommended


                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Groceries
                      • Medical Services
                      • Cycling
                      • Sailing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Golf
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Marina
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Boating
                      • Antiquing


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                      • Florida, USA

                        Florida, USA

                        • Guest Florida USA (Florida, USA)
                        • Date of stay 05/19/12
                        • Review Submitted 09/23/12
                        We had a wonderful family vacation at Casa Leopoldo!! The villa is gorgeous and the views are amazing. We were very impressed as the villa not only had a wonderful old Italian charm but also had all of the modern amenities. We loved that we could go down to the town to buy the delicious Italian food, which we enjoyed eating on the outside terrace while taking in the fabulous view. Wonderful place, Monika! Thank you for your hospitality.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                      • Australian Family of 6

                        Australian Family of 6

                        • Guest Jen (Australia)
                        • Date of stay 06/30/12
                        • Review Submitted 09/08/12
                        We spent two wonderful weeks at Casa Leopoldi in July, with our 4 young adult children. We have rented villas in Italy before and this was by far the most wonderful experience we have had. The villa is beautifully furnished with gorgeous mountain and ocean views from every room. The gardens and orchard was an abundance of fresh herbs and delicious apricots and plums, we could freshly pick. Outside, al fresco dinning was a special experience around the beautiful pool where we would prepare many a lunch with the local produce from the surrounding agrotourismos. The nearby quaint seaside villages are wonderful to explore for shopping and fantastic outdoor restaurants. The Cinque Terre is an easy day trip away, as is Lucca and Parma. We had our bikes with us as well and were able to cycle some challenging terrain. We will definitely be back, 2 weeks was not long enough. Thank you Monika

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway.

                        Owner response: Thanks for this wonderful review. This was a group of sporty australians in great shape who did take advantage of the sea and the mountains!

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                        • Guest USA
                        • Date of stay 07/04/09
                        • Review Submitted 12/22/10
                        It was all so wonderful - the villa was a dream and Monica is a wonderful host.

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                        • Guest United Kingdom - Netherlands
                        • Date of stay 08/07/10
                        • Review Submitted 12/22/10
                        We spent a wonderful 2 weeks here. The house is a pleasure to be in and around. It's such a joy to be in an environment where everything is beautiful. The house works absolutely perfectly, relaxing and cooling. We felt very welcome, with the basket of produce to start, and everyone being friendly and helpful. Monika, you have created something wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us. We hope to be back next year.

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                        • Guest United Kingdom
                        • Date of stay 06/12/10
                        • Review Submitted 12/22/10
                        Thanks for a fantastic week spent in your gorgeaus "Casa Leopoldo". The house is very well designed, decorated and kept. We enjoyed lazing by the pool and tacing in the panoramic views, it was "fantastico"!! We look forward to coming to visit your beautiful villa again soon.

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                      • Beyond our expectations !!!!!

                        Beyond our expectations !!!!!

                        • Guest VERONICA A.
                        • Date of stay 06/23/12
                        • Review Submitted 09/07/12
                        Our holiday in Casa Leopoldo was wonderful and beyond our expectations! There are few times when the dreams can confuse with reality in Casa Leopoldo is the best example. The scenario where it is located, added to the comfort and beauty of the house, is breathtaking capable to make possible a wonderful vacation. The hospitality of Monika and the friendly people of Castiglione Chiavarese and the surroundings are the perfect complement for these unforgettable stay at Casa Leopoldo. The opportunity to share and know the Italian culture, the gastronomy, and the possibility to share time with the local people are one of the big advantages that Casa Leopoldo enjoys. Ecuador !!!!!

                        Owner response: Our first guests from Equador were so friendly and fun! They obviously enjoyed the property and its views at its best, with great outdoor aperitivi and dinners...Thanks for this great review and see you soon!

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Jun 28 - Aug 30, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      My Standard Rate
                      7 night min stay


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                      • Refundable Damage Deposit €1,000
                      • Taxes Not included


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                      70% 90 days prior to the arrival date

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                      Last updated: 03/30/2014
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                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2003

                      About the owner: An international background. A multicultural vision. Brought up in a challenging cultural and political environment in Warsaw, moves to Brussels where she graduates in architecture at 'La Cambre' the post Bauhaus school founded by Henry Van De Velde. A master in Environmental design from MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and an extended professional experience contribute to a passionate approach and interest for architecture, art and communication. She moves to Italy where, after a architecture stage with Giancarlo De Carlo, she joins the Corporate Image department of Olivetti in Milan. In 1994 she founds Creative Communications. A passion for modernist furniture, she collects vintage pieces from the 50ies and 60ies period of Scandinavian design. Monika lives is Milan but when possible she spends time at her Ligurian country house, studying and working on new interior design projects.

                      Why the Owner Chose Castiglione Chiavarese:
                      I bought this property when it was just an abandoned romantic ruin completely embraced by a huge wisteria tree. I was looking for a country retreat, not too far from Milan (2 hours drive) close to the sea and the Riviera climate but with the privacy of a country house.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                      Beautiful designed and very well equipped property very close to the magic Cinque Terre and Portofino. 15 minutes ride to the 'Silent Bay' of Sestri Levante (sandy beach and aperitivi watching the sundown. Great creative country eatery 2km away. Walking distance (steep stairs- good exercise) to the village shop and bar.

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                      Date last modified - Thursday, January 09, 2014

                      €3,500 - €6,000 per week (EUR)

                      5 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

                      View calendar: Updated 03/30/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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