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15th century castle, between Cinque Terre and Portofino, garden and a sea view

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,843 sq. ft.
Property type villa


About the property

4 bedrooms, 1 of which an attic: Glicine,Ortensia,Mimosa and Rosa dei Venti

The Villa and the out buildings of "Mereta Castle” date back to 1400. They are surrounded by beautiful greenery, within a hectare of private olive grove, and are located on a beautiful hill overlooking a natural amphitheatre with views down to the sea. It is a place for exclusive holidays where the idyllic feel of the countryside, and the charm “Dolce Vita” are combined with the elegance of the "Master House" and the majesty of the adjacent "Tower".

The rustic interior comes with a precious and charming furniture at the same time.

The residential part of the Villa (400 square meters) consists of a spacious and cozy living room on the ground floor. There are 3 large double bedrooms on the first floor and two bathrooms. There is also an exclusive 50sqm terrace finished in local stone with stunning views of the Ligurian Sea.

On the top floor is an attic with a bedroom with a terrace and veranda overlooking the sea.

From the ground floor you can walk down to a tavern with exposed stone walls, majestic wooden beams, a corner Wine bar and an efficient rustic kitchen wood stove and fireplace.

The site is quiet and romantic, with remarkable panoramic views now towards the peninsula of Portofino and Sestri Levante, then towards the Val d'Aveto and Val di Vara, and on a clear day, looking towards the South, you can see the profile of Corsica's mountains.

The proximity to the sea is only 7 Km which allows a peaceful holiday in the countryside without giving up a daily beach life.

Just 25 km away is the Natural Park of Portofino and San Fruttuoso, and in just 40 min. drive you can reach the famous Natural Park of Cinque Terre.

The Mereta Castle is 180 KM away from Milan EXPO 2015.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018


Leivi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , shower , bidet
    - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • MIMOSA - 1 king , The principal room with private bathroom
    GLICINE - 1 queen , Two single beds set up is possible in this room
    ORTENSIA - 1 queen , Queen bed
    ROSA DEI VENTI - 2 twin/ single , Small private bathroom. Two single beds set up is possible
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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15th century castle, between Cinque Terre and Portofino, garden and a sea view
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

An amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

We all had a fantastic week at Mereta. Two parents, three teenagers and two grandparents..... and there was plenty of room for us all. The owner was easy to communicate with before our arrival, as was Angelica, who looks after the house. She met us on arrival and gave us the grand tour of the historical building. She was very helpful during the week and answered any questions we had. The house is immaculately clean, the beds are incredibly comfortable and the views from the terrace are amazing. We all had fun using the traditional pizza oven one evening - the kitchen got very hot! The main road is about 10-15 minutes away by car and once you're there, there's plenty of places to visit should you wish. We would highly recommend this as a place to stay. Grazie mille!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything was as represented

  • 5 of 5

If you ever wanted to stay in a real 15th century castle with a stone balcony overlooking a forested valley sloping down to theMediteranean, then this is your opportunity. Angelica was extremely friendly and helpful even though we only stayed for two nights. The castle itself was fully furnished iwith fascinating period pieces and many charming places to sit and admire your surroundings. The nearby restaurant Pepen was a unique culinary experience with multiple delicious courses at a very reasonable cost. I fully recommend the castle, but you need to know that you will be climbing a lot of stairs since the unique and charming kitchen is in the basement and the only bathrooms are on the second floor. However, the experience is worth the effort.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Adina for your review! We're so happy that you was so delighted of staying with us. We were also honored to have you as our guest in the Mereta. We are sorry for the stairs and we want to take the opportunity to inform you and the other guests reading that for the next season, guests will find a bathroom available also at the kitchen floor so you can enjoy even more the stay, without the need of clibing stairs to go to the bathroom when you are at the kitchen floor. Thanks again for your nice comments, we hope to see you again very soon, now with the new bathroom at the kitchen floor!!! Best M
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Castle Bound

  • 5 of 5

The Mereta Castle exceeded our expectation in every way! Comfortable beds, gorgeous views, magnificent grounds. Thank you Angelica for your hospitality. The owners have a gem. We look forward to coming back. Lori and Dave

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Woodland, California

Lovely views

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay. The castle offered many comforts and incredible views.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing experience in the hills of Italy

  • 5 of 5

This is a large home with a 15th century watch tower, beautiful gardens and many places to eat outside and enjoy the views. The kitchen is well stocked, so many wonderful things to look at inside the home. It was quite hot outside and there is no air conditioning, but it cools off nicely at night and there are screens on all the bedroom windows. The town church has beautiful bells that do ring often, but we did not notice them after the first day. It is a short drive to Chiavari train station and then 20-30 minute train to the western towns of Cinque Terre. There is a restaurant close to this home, but we did not have a chance to eat there. There are many beaches nearby and this home could be used as a base to visit many towns in the area. The town of Chiavari had plenty of shopping, restaurants, an arts and crafts area and a harbor. A very fun experience we will never forget. So very thankful to our hosts and their crew.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Savannah, Georgia USA

A truly unique house with lovely vistas

  • 5 of 5

We were visiting with our 2 college aged daughters and their friends and loved the home and surrounding area. Our favorite place was the large terrace where we spent most of our time enjoying the views, stars and fresh mountain air. Angelica was an important part of our stay with her eagerness to answer any questions about activities in the area and restaurants. Also so helpful to make the arrangements for us since we don't speak Italian. I enjoyed shopping at the local markets and cooking dinners for us to enjoy on the terrace after a busy day of sightseeing. The kitchen was well appointed. It is a long winding road up the to house so do plan on 20 minutes to/from the highway; however this provides you with cooler air, beautiful views and completely away from the busy tourist scene. We did rent a 7 passenger van which was difficult but not impossible to navigate the winding, narrow roads and parking. No a/c but we were fine sleeping with windows open in early June. Loved hearing the birds and church bells very close by. This home gave us a unique and local feeling experience which 3 rooms in a hotel/resort could not.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
52 Kilometres
Genoa - Cristoforo Colombo
Nearest Ferry
6.5 Kilometres
Chiavari - Marina
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Rapallo - Corso Goffredo Mameli
Nearest Train
6.5 Kilometres
Chiavari - Corso Assarotti
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Kilometres
Chiavari - Via Castagnola
Nearest Ski
51 Kilometres
Santo Stefano d'Aveto
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Chiavari - Corso Valparaiso
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

FIX COSTS $492.25

La prenotazione si intende confermata e garantita solo al ricevimento di bonifico bancario pari al 50% del prezzo concordato. La suddetta caparra confirmatoria sarà restituita in caso di cancellazione totale del soggiorno a condizione che la stessa pervenga 60 giorni prima della data di arrivo in alta stagione e 30 giorni prima in bassa stagione. La prenotazione va effettuata a mezzo e-mail al seguente indirizzo :
Qualora la prenotazione pervenga a meno di quattro settimane dalla data di arrivo, il versamento dovrà essere pari all'intero importo relativo alla prenotazione
Eventuali modifiche procedurali potranno essere comunicate in fase di prenotazione e/o richiesta di informazioni a discrezione della proprietà.
Check – in/out
La casa maestra de “Il Castello della Mereta” ed i relativi servizi sono disponibili a partire dalle ore 14.30 del giorno di arrivo fino alle ore 10.00 del giorno di partenza.
Per consentire una migliore organizzazione e per particolari esigenze, Vi preghiamo di comunicarci l'orario di arrivo previsto e un recapito cellulare.
Eventuali modifiche procedurali potranno essere comunicate in fase di prenotazione e/o richiesta di informazioni a discrezione della proprietà.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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