About the property
- Estate3767 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
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.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Italian, she speaks Spanish, French, Polish, The housekeeper is from Cuba
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 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...
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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.
Thanks for the review!
Lovely home in the hills above Castiglione Chiaverese
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!
Incredible house in charming village
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 !
Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! See you again soon in Casa Leopoldo!
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.
Thanks so much! I do hope to see you all very soon!
We did not want to leave!
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!
Thank you so much for your wonderful review!
Beautiful and peaceful villa
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 .
Dear Claire, thank you so much for the wonderful review!
I do hope to see you again in Casa leopoldo!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.