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Martin de Koning

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch

10-bedroom estate in Liguria near Mediterranean coast

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 10
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Savona area Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, large private pool with sun deck,tennis court, garden

This fully renovated estate consists of a main building with 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, a multimedia room with satellite TV, computer room with fast internet and a big kitchen/dining room (11m x 4 m), wine cellar, separate pizza house with stone oven, a large gated heated pool (15m x 8m) with sun terrace and a private tennis court. The house is surrounded by a garden with old oak and fruit trees and a shaded lawn. The 1st floor consists of a large kitchen, living room with bar, TV, fast internet, a bathroom with double showers, 2 toilets. A wide oak staircase leads to the 2nd floor with a lovely living room with fireplace, 5 bedrooms, 2 with private bath rooms. 2 rooms with 2 single beds, 3 rooms with double beds and a shared bathroom and separate toilet. The 3rd floor has 5 bedrooms with double beds (1 with private bathroom) and a shared bathroom for the other rooms. The property consists of 80,000 m2 of woods and fields with stunning views of the surroundings.

The house comes with a newly built heated swimming pool and clay tennis court. Directly next to the main building there is a heated swimming pool (15 x 8 meters) with salinated water (must nicer than chlorinated water!). Here you have sun all day. There are plenty of reclining chairs to lie in the sun as well as an outdoor shower. The pool is fully gated so there is no need to worry about young kids. Directly in front of the main building there is a private clay tennis court. It has lighting if you want to play in the evening. In the back garden there is a pleasant shaded area with large oak trees and a lawn. Here you'll also find a separate building with a large, wood-burning, stone-floor pizza oven to make your own pizzas. There is also a regular gas-fired barbeque. A protruding roof around part of the main house offers a pleasant shaded area overlooking the pool with a large table and seating accomodation for breakfast, lunch or dinner outdoors.

The surroundings: Cairo Montenotte is a charming medieval town with 14,000 residents and is a mere 5 minutes drive from the estate. Here you'll find all you need in terms of grocery stores, small shops, restaurants, supermarkets and cafes to have a leisurely cup of espresso or cappuccino. Near the house there is a hospital with a first aid services. The Mediterranean coast is only a 24 kilometers drive. You can take the motorway or the ancient Via Aurelia which winds down the hills offering spectacular views. In Savona you'll find public beaches and beaches were you pay for a reclining chair and changing facilities, a marina, fashionable shopping, restaurants and night life. From Savona you can go along the Mediterranean coast in either direction (called the flower Riviera) where you'll find delightful sea side villages and beaches. Within an hour's drive there are two towns well worth a visit: Genova and Torino. Genova is an ancient port with palaces converted to museums and the university town Torino has a beautiful historic centre.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Martin de Koning (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch

About Martin de Koning

We are an Anglo-Dutch family who bought this property from an important Italian family in Genova. We set about renovating the main villa with the purpose of having a family retreat in Northern Italy that was large enough toentertain family and friends and big enough for our teenage children to bring their friends along as well. We have decorated in a modern style according to our own taste. So this is not a typical rental property with Ikea furniture. We have tried to maintain the characteristic design of the house but give it a modern look and feel.

Martin de Koning purchased this chateau / country house in 2010

Why Martin de Koning chose Savona area

Our property was previously owned by an important family from Genova for close to a hundred years. It attracted us because it is ideally located near the Mediterranean and is close to several interesting towns with airports: Genova, Torino, Nice (France) and Milano.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The property is easily accessible, ( a practically level 75 meter drive from the nearby tarmac road), close to the nearby town of Cairo Montenotte for shopping purposes and only a 12-minute drive to the motorway. It is tranquil with lovely views but you do not have to go very far to be part of the bustling Italian action.


based on 19 traveler reviews

10-bedroom estate in Liguria near Mediterranean coast
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful in springtime

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week with friends during the Easter holidays and it was absolutely wonderful. The fruit trees around the house were blooming, it was surprisingly warm and sunny, we had lunch outside in the garden in our T-shirts and gathered around the fireplace in the evening. The pool was still a little chilly, but the area around the house is very nice for hiking and running. We love the town of Cairo Montenotte with its thursday market, the nice restaurants and bars and we spent a beautiful day in Torino.

The house was impeccable as was the service and support from Martin and Eleonora.

We definitely look forward to return some time in summer or autumn.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Trip of a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

cannot say enough about our stay in Cairo Montenotte in this villa. We took a family trip in October, when the weather is still beautiful. There were 10 adults and one baby and the house was beyond large enough for a party of our size, we could have fit more people! We were very happy with the house, we spent almost all of our time in the large kitchen and cooked most dinners there. We would go to the grocery store in town and get supplies and wine every day. Cairo Montenotte is a small town, but this was a great base for exploring the area, we spent a day in Nice, a day in Portofino, a day in Barolo and a couple days closer to home in the coastal towns. I should note that you MUST be comfortable with driving if would want to cover this much area! I am sure in the summer the pool is amazing and you may want to actually do nothing and just relax. We LOVED the pizza house on the property and had a pizza night, which was a highlight.

The best part about this house for us was the owner Martin and his partner Elenora, who runs the house in Italy. Martin helped us plan every aspect of our trip and provide pages of recommendations. He planned all my requests, which included a chef coming to the house to cook for us and a local wine tasting down the road from the house, both of which were wonderful, in addition to setting up dinners and day trips. He was more than happy to answer all my questions and helped with all aspects of coordinating a trip of this size. To me, this was very important. Once we got there, Elenora was just as helpful, I had many questions and would just text her and should would get right back to me. We decided last minute to do a wine tour and she quickly put be in contact with a tour organizer, she answered restaurant questions, offered to make or change reservations, call local taxis, etc. To me, having such amazing people who know the area at our disposal is what made our trip spectacular. I would highly recommend this home for your trip of a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great venue for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

The estate offered a fantastic venue for our Family gathering where especially the pool and the tennis Court was in constant use by kids and adults alike. The kitchen has a great size for gathering all around meals and the pizza oven was a hit. Cairo Montenotte offered a very charming walking street and an authentic Italien feel.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week staying at the property. Everything about it was as good as, or better than the photos. We are a group of friends from university now in our mid-twenties and the setup of the house was perfect.

We played a lot of tennis, enjoyed swimming in the pool, table tennis, and attempting to make pizza in the pizza oven. The kitchen was very well equipped to cater for 20 of us, and the indoor spaces meant we could either all sit together or break up into smaller groups in the many lounges.

One thing the website doesn't mention is the house has a piano - make sure to bring along some music if you can play.

A perfect holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vanessa and friends, We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at our villa in Italy and you had such a good time! We look forward to seeing you back again! Regards, Martin de Koning
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Live in Style.

  • 5 of 5


We lived in style in Il Pavone Reale for one week in July 2014. Three Norwegian families, 14 people in total. The house is huge and smartly renovated and modernized so we cannot complain about the accommodation. My favourite parts were the fantastic pool and the large modern kitchen, but the bathrooms and bedrooms are also great. First time I´ve had a double shower in my bedroom. The youths loved the football game, table tennis and tennis court, and the kids staid more below than above the water. The movie room and wifi were also greatly appreciated. The house is well equipped, and you´ll get good help from the caretaker and agent if required. We had no problems.

The house lies in a rural area with fields all around. The view is quite spectacular. Some in our party got up every morning before 6 just to capture the sunrise.

The quarry seen on Google maps cannot be seen or heard from the house and is no bother at all.

The area seems a bit dull at first sight, but there are some hidden gems. We went to Spotorno by the coast one day and up to La Morra /Barolo on a vineyard visit on another, and both trips can be recommended. Savona can be missed without a problem.

In Cairo Montenotte we can recommend the restaurants Trattoria la Braia dal 1933 di Conti Fabio for something out of the ordinary, Farinata & Pizza da Luciano for special Farinata, beer and take away pizza and Da Germone for more regular take away pizza. Also the Gelatiamo should not be missed if you have a sweet tooth.

Thanks to Martin for a nice Stay


  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectacular Villa

  • 5 of 5

Of course we were excited for our week in Italy, and the photos of Il Pavone Reale had only added to our anticipation. However the reality of the Villa and the Ligurian countryside were so much better than we could have expected. The Villa is enormous, with so much wonderful room for a large group, but it is also welcoming and has good intimate spaces for people to have their alone time if they need. It was very clean and there were lots of extra sheets and towels if we needed. The bedrooms are generally bigger than you can tell from the photos. And the many water closets are well placed so no one ever waited.

The kitchen is perfectly outfitted and it kept my Italian relatives happy as they cooked many delicious meals. The three refrigerators and two dish washers let us always have lots of food on hand and also keep up with the group meals. (The local Conad supermarket is very comprehensive). We also put the Pizza house to good use!

The pool was probably the most popular thing, followed closely by the tennis court. Now that everyone has returned to their daily lives, my friends and family tell me they still dream of that gorgeous pool, clean and clear and magically refreshing with its very mild salt water.

The outdoor table and deck area provided lots of space for eating, lounging, and enjoying the views of the valley and the warm Ligurian sun.

Martin provided excellent directions and assistance and Elonora was so helpful upon checkin and checkout. We enjoyed talking to Renzo every morning as he came to check on the recycling, maintain the pool and just be a delightful Italian!

We wandered Cairo Montenotte and bought very good meats from one of the local macellerias. In short, anyone who doesn't know the area or wonders why you would go to Cairo Montenotte has missed a gem of a town. We all hope to return to Pavone Reale again soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Cairo Montenotte
Nearest Ferry
24 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Cairo Montenotte
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Cairo Montenotte
Nearest Ski
72 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
24 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The property lies in a hilly region and offers lovely panoramas of rolling hills but is a mere 4 minutes drive to the centre of the small town of Cairo Montenotte. The surrounding villages have delightful historic centres. There are several towns within a 30 minute to a two-hour drive that merit a visit including Savona, Acqui Terme, Barolo, Torino, Genova, Milano or Nice in France. The nearest town to Cairo M. is Savona which is a mere 25 minutes drive on the Mediterranean coast. From there you can follow the coast west in the direction of France or in the other direction to Genova. In either case a delightful coastal road takes you through small towns and villages which in the Summer become bathing resorts. Typically, these communities have small public beaches as wel as private beaches. To the North is the Piedmonte region, famous for its wines (e.g. Barolo) and excellent food. Torino, an old university town and home to Fiat, is worth a visit as is Milano at a distance of 180 km.


Rates & Availability

Savona Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 5 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2016 - Nov 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

utilities $165
Refundable damage deposit $1,645
cleaning charges $302

• Weekly rates include use of the house, swimming pool, tennis court, pizza oven and the grounds.
.• A deposit of 30% (non-refundable) is due upon booking.
.• The final balance is due 6 weeks before arrival plus security deposit. A security deposit of € 1500 is fully refundable subject to damage and breakage only.
A set of towels, beach towels and bed linen is provided for each guest.
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Payment is due by banktransfer. 30% as a downpayment and the remaining 70% 6 weeks prior to your stay

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Savona area Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , double sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , double sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , double sink
    Bathroom 4 - shower , double sink
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , double sink
  • All bathrooms are fully renovated with new tiles, enclosed glass-panelled showers, bidets and double sinks. All bathrooms have rain showers. Three bedrooms have private bathrooms, two of which have baths in addition to rain showers. One private bathroom has a double sink and a rain shower only.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 10 - 4 twin/ single
  • 7 bedrooms have large double beds. 2 bedrooms have two single beds each and one bedroom has 4 single beds (very suitable for children). There are three baby cots available.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 3 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The kitchen is equipped with professional equipment, 2 x 4 ring stoves, 2 ovens, a large coffee maker, an espresso machine and all the necessary pots, pans and plenty of cooking utensils centered around an 8-meter oak wood cooking island. In the back garden you will find a separate structure with an authentic wood-burning, stone-floor pizza oven. The kitchen includes the dining area which confortably seats up to 20 people. Upon request cooking services on the premises can be provided by a local Italian chef at additional costs. The kitchen offers fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.

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