Country House, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 10)
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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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Beautiful property and location
Perfect for two families sharing - beautiful property with multiple terraces and breathtaking views.
What a view!
With 180° views on the sea and mountain, this property offers privacy and tranquility 5 minutes walk from a simple, laid back, Ligurian village with its cafe and general store and 10 minutes drive from the beaches...The property offers everything and more for a large group of family or friends, places to be at all hours of the day including the west terrace for sunsets and aperitivi....The pool is divine, one step from the house. It is hard to leave but the area offers so much: small eateries, the 5 Terre, Camogli and Chiavari and Genova a city not to be missed.
The perfect stay
This is the place to be if you want to spend some quality time with family or friends. The comfort for 10 persons is amazing, styling is top.
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A villa between sea and mountains
We had a wonderful week at Casa Leopoldo, with our 4 young adult children. We have often rented villas in Italy; and this was by far the most wonderful experience we have had. This villa in Liguria is beautifully decorated and offers beautiful views of the mountains and even the sea. The gardens and orchard offered an abundance of fresh herbs and delicious apricots and plums, which we could pick. The al fresco dining was a special experience on the beautiful terrace. The nearby picturesque villages are wonderful to explore and there are many good restaurants. We have made day trips to Cinque Terre, Camogli, Portofino, Chiavari, Lucca.... We will definitely come back again, 1 weeks was not long enough
Thanks so much for the wonderful review!
Magnificent property 20 minutes from Sestri Levant
This is a gorgeous property that is beautifully cared for and a 20 minute drive away from Sestri Levante. It was a wonderful place for 5 couples to celebrate a long friendship. We enjoyed the pool, gardens and many patios. The kitchen was beautiful and the house had everything we needed. We hired Marco to cook dinner for us two nights and it was fabulous. The house is perfectly situated looking both up the canyon as well as down towards the ocean. The location was perfect with wonderful hikes and the village had the perfect spot for evening drinks and our morning coffee. We enjoyed many day trips to Portofino, Lucca, and Sestri and we appreciated coming back to this serene spot at the end of the day. We will definitely try to stay at Casa Leopoldo again. Thanks to Monica for sharing your home.
Top of the hill, overlooking the Mediterranean....
Gorgeous property with 360° views over the sea and the mountains, lovely gardens and pool...
The villa has everything a group of 10 might need and want and more! Contemporary design blends perfectly with the stone walls and wood beams, the property is fully equipped. The sunset terrace is the perfect romantic place for the traditional aperitivi and al fresco dinners...
The village is a 100 steps away with its simple caffè and "alimentari", friendly local people and so helpful!
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...