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

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,305 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.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017


Aigo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

15th century castle, between Cinque Terre and Portofino, garden and a sea view
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Spectacular doesn't begin to describe our stay in the Mereta Castle in Leivi Italy! We had plenty of space for our extended family and the views were amazing! Our own private "restaurant" downstairs with plenty of flatware and utensils in the spacious kitchen. The veranda was truly a wonderful place to spend hours admiring the countryside. We felt like royalty entering the grounds with an electronic gate. Angelica was wonderful as she greeted us and brought fresh vegetables half way into our stay. They even erected a US flag on top of the watch tower, nice touch! Fantastic.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mr. Mark! Can't wait to see you again Kind Regard Mereta Castle Staff
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Visit in May

  • 5 of 5

We where a group of 8 people that was looking for a different type of living during our short holiday. We did choose the castle to have something extra during our stay. Before our arrival Angelica was also helping me with the program for our holiday. When we arrived we was positively surprised of the castle. The view from the terrace was magnificent and we did spend most of the time when we where at the house on the terrace. We did also get the great pesto from Angelica at our arrival. We did all enjoy our stay at the castle and can recommend it to everybody the garden was also very beautiful and we was hoping that we could have stayed at the castle for a longer time. Many thanks to Angelica for everything before, during and after our holiday. Many Thanks from Finland

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacation of a lifetime, dreamy, beautiful, perfect

  • 5 of 5

When my friends and I decided to book a castle, perfectly situated between Cinque Terre and Portofino, we were excited about the romanticism of the idea. We also assumed the castle would be more of a mini-castle or that we could be sharing the grounds with others. But were we ever wrong! The castle is beautiful and very very big and settled on the most gorgeous grounds with views of green hills with bright houses and the ocean just a stones throw away.

From the beginning, Angelica did everything to make our stay perfect. She made dinner reservations at a charming restaurant nearby. She stocked the kitchen with fresh coffee, olive oil, and veggies from her own organic garden. She even visited us halfway through our trip to offer us fresh eggs- which we accepted. Angelica felt more like a close family friend than a manager.

At night we drank wine on the huge stone terrace overlooking Chiavarri, feeling the perfect September breeze and smelling the sweet air. We cooked in the kitchen, stayed up late in the bar area, and used our gorgeous castle as a staging area for many fun seaside adventures in the Italian Riviera.

Basically, we are in love! We plan on bringing our friends and family again and again in the years to come.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dreamy trip on the Italian Riviera!!!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin… our time at the castle was perfection!!!!

I had searched and searched for the perfect place for our whole family to celebrate a milestone! We needed accommodations for 7 people (6 adults and 1 teenager). This property was perfect for us! The rooms were spacious, plenty of bathrooms, well equipped kitchen, an incredible terrace with panoramic views of the gorgeous valley and Italian Riviera, and a hostess (Angelica) who attended to our every need with such care!

We began our visit with meeting the owner, Alberto, who stayed the first night in the guest quarters in order to make sure all went well. The house manager/hostess, Angelica, was also there to introduce herself and make herself available to us. He left early in the morning and we felt it was a very thoughtful touch! From then on, we had the house/castle to ourselves.

After a good nights rest and received a text message the next morning from Angelica checking to make sure we were well and making a suggestion to go to a lovely beach to rest… and we did. We enjoyed her suggest so much that we checked with her on suggestions for future day trips! She was wonderful and so warm and helpful. Every day trip was just as wonderful as the last!

Some other perks; accessible to some of the most wonderful beach towns and beaches in the Italian Riviera, our hostess brought us lovely organic produce and eggs one day, provided milk and coffee for our arrival, fresh warm focaccia, as well as nice toiletries in each bathroom.

We were so grateful for Angelica's graciousness we invited she and her family for dinner, prior to our departure… That is when she really won our hearts!!! She offered to teach us how to make pesto and make us dinner!!! We were blown away! We had a magical evening with Angelica's family and we've made friends for life!!! Her husband, Alessio and their darling son brought a surprise for our family, we played soccer on the lawn, and enjoyed conversation, good wine, and fantastic pesto with fresh pasta!!! Delicious!!!

We will definitely be returning to the castle!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superbes vacances.

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé de superbes vacances Angélica est adorables et le chateau est magnifique .Nous sommes ravis . Nous reviendrons.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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One word - AMAZING!!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say - simply amazing place! Rooms, full equipment kitchen and view from every window and balcony - no words . Really Castle - architecture , furniture , even knight's armor! And Angelica - just exactly name - real Angel! Thank you for everything . Izabela and friends .

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
52 Kilometres
Genoa - Cristoforo Colombo
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
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 Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Ski
51 Kilometres
Santo Stefano d'Aveto
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Chiavari - Corso Valparaiso
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Aigo Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 15 2017 - Jun 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 15 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $44 per night, per additional guest
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

FIX COSTS $435.79

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.

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