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17th C Villa Luxuriously Restored - Gourmet Kitchen - Pool - WiFi - Vineyard

Bedrooms 7
Separate WCs1
Space 5,489 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Self-Catering with 7 Bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, Stunning Private Pool and vineyard

Stunningly Beautiful 17th Century Stone Villa situated on 5.6 Ha or 14 Acres and renovated and complete in the Spring of 2015, with continuing additions and improvements every year. Enjoy staring out at the view of the rolling mountains and Italian Alps from your deck and swimming pool or while dining al Fresco. A short drive takes you to Monforte d'Alba where you will discover the incredible Barolo wines and white truffles. 7KM away in Dogliani you will fine a twice-weekly market outdoor market, great food stores, and incredible restaurants.

One hour from Torino, escape into the bucolic hills of Piemonte. This beautiful 17th Century stone villa sits on five-point-six hectares (fourteen acres) at an altitude of 600 meters (1900 feet) including a newly planted 3 acre vineyard near the small village of Bonvicino and four miles from Dogliani, in the heart of Piemonte. Sit on the balcony, sipping your morning coffee or enjoying a glass of wine at sunset while gazing out at the rugged and lush green mountain landscape. On clear days, enjoy spectacular views of the Alps. Villa di Bonvicino provides a perfect base for exploring the Piemonte region. Enjoy walking through Italian hill towns and vineyards, visit the well-known towns of Monforte D’Alba and Barolo (nine and 12 miles away).

Enjoy cooking in your peaceful apartment, dining al fresco, or choose from one of the region's many delicious restaurants. Local cuisine offers fresh regional dishes based on seasonal ingredients. The property is completely private, nestled in the Alta Langa hills. Just minutes from town (cafes, restaurants, shopping, cinema), you will feel peacefully secluded on this spacious property. Pick fresh herbs, apples and blackberries just outside your front door.

Walk directly from the house to view hawks, warblers, finches, sparrows, rabbits, deer, fox, coyotes, or drive to one of the many walks nearby. Local wineries abound, featuring the internationally acclaimed Barolo and Barbaresco wines. The nearby town of Alba is known as the home of the famous white truffle. Bra prides itself on being the heart of the Slow Food movement. Nearby Cherasco is known for its famous chocolate, as well as offering a cultural museum and film retrospectives. Horseback riding and swimming are just minutes away.

Dogliani offers a choice of cafes where you can sample homemade Gelati, enjoy a cappuccino or stay for lunch or dinner. Shop at the local farmer's market on Tuesday or Saturday and visit the local pannetteria and pasticeria for your bread and dessert. Take a walk or drive to Bossolasco to sample their famous chocolates (including a variety of hot chocolate beverages) and views stretching over the entire region.

More Details

Clay and Tamar McLachlan
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Mandarin
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Clay and Tamar McLachlan

We are a family of four who fell in love with this spectacular region of Italia. Clay is an award winning food - wine - travel photographer working regularly for the leading magazines around the world. Additionally he has published 11 cookbooks and is dedicated to creating the most highly respected food and wine program offered on a small scale in Piedmont, Italy. We are in the process of planing 1 ha of Nebbiolo on the property. Tamar is MA in psychology and loves working with people to help them find balance in their lives. Isabelle (age 10) and Azalia (age 7) love Italia.

Clay and Tamar McLachlan purchased this villa in 2005

Why Clay and Tamar McLachlan chose Bonvicino

This property offers spectacular views, privacy, luxury, and is within close proximity to some of the most inspired food and wine destinations in the world. Authentic and world class!

What makes this villa unique

Complete privacy while being close to incredible, and incredibly delicious and friendly, restaurants and wineries.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband, 5-month old baby, and I recently stayed at this fabulous place and absolutely LOVED it! The view is spectacular, and encompasses the Italian Alps as well as amazing hillside villages and deciduous forests. I was astounded at the bountiful wildlife here; I am a biologist in California and was pleasantly surprised by the amazing diversity of both bird and mammal life! We visited wineries in the region and sampled the world-famous Barolo and Dolcetto wines of the region, as well as some local cheeses and dark chocolate. The house far surpassed our expectations - it was historically quaint, yet had completely remodeled amenities like a stainless steel kitchen and giant bathtub in an immaculate bathroom. We enjoyed espressos on the balcony while looking at the terrific view and listening to the birds. We were in paradise and truly cannot recommend this place enough.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Bonvicino in Province of Cuneo

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5489 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Beautiful Stone Bathtub with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet
  • All new plumbing (2012). Bathrooms are all modern and luxurious. New water heating system. Very private.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen Size and Brand New
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Two Single Beds or Queen size and Brand New
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen size and Brand New
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , One Queen or Two Single Beds
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed , 4 Single Bed , Four Single Beds or Two Queen size Beds on different levels
  • All beds and linens are new. Comfortable and luxurious. Four Bedrooms with Queen Size beds and two of these bedrooms with option of 2 single beds or 1 queen size bed. Additionally, there are 3 more suites available for rent at an additional fee.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 12 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
Gorgeous views, very private. Walking trails and wildlife abound. Discover the incredible location of Piedmont, Italy, with it's spectacular views, incredible wines, charming local villages who welcome travellers, and mouthwatering cuisine including the White Truffle when in season.


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17th C Villa Luxuriously Restored - Gourmet Kitchen - Pool - WiFi - Vineyard
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Paris,France and Tel Aviv,Israel

Incredible Villa close to the best Food and Wine

  • 5 of 5

I would probably never be able to put in words the amazing piemotese vacation we had. Adoring its wines, cuisine, truffles and charm, we are traveling quite often to this beautiful region. Amazingly, it seems we have finally found the missing link - our "pied a terre" in the region. Clay & Tamar, the owners of a fascinating Villa near Bonvicino, and the Barolo region are an amazing couple. They were so nice as hosts, smiling, caring, well introduced, we felt like coming back home after our long journeys out in the vineyards and villages. the rooms are great, comfortable, spacious, the pool, the pizza oven, the silence, the discussions, did i already say home? I am already planning our visit next year in Piemonte, we will probably visit other wineries, search for new restaurants, but we already have our home.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2008
  • Date of Stay: October 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing property and experience

  • 5 of 5

My family spent 3 weeks at VSL last summer. We love to cook, and were originally drawn to the kitchen and pizza oven at VSL. While these were the initial interest points, we quickly realized what a special property we had found. Our family stayed in the main house, which worked well for our smaller group. The property is also versatile enough to hold multiple families each of which can have their own separate living space. There are multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, including a pool, which we used throughout our stay. Clay is an amazing host, who has unique access to the food and wine community in Piedmont. Clay prepared a welcome basket for our first couple of nights, including vegetables, proteins, and wine that was perfect when we arrived. We toured several wineries together; Clay is friends and has close relationships with everyone across Piedmont, so the interactions are deeper and more personal. We learned how to make bread, and pizza, and even created a bread starter that we are still using! It’s helpful to have a car while staying at VSL, but if you wanted to come without a vehicle that’s something that Clay could work out since he drove us on all of our winery visits. At one point during the trip, our son was sick and Clay arranged for a doctor to come to the house; he is accessible for things that happen which may be unexpected during your time in Italy. Clay has lived in Piedmont for more than a decade, so he can design a custom itinerary for whatever you would want to do. We hope to have the chance to return again!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home even more beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

When my family stayed at the Villa San Lorenzo, we had one of the best if not the best vacation we've ever had. We were originally interested in staying in the Piemonte region because of our interest in the wine and food that this area of Italy is famous for. Clay helped us access all of the vineyards and small family restaurants that we could ever have wanted to go to because of the connections he has forged. He was a great ambassador for our trip, and helped us find all of the small local places that would normally feel inaccessible. When we got tired of eating three hour lunches and drinking some of the best wines in the world, the Alps and the Ligurian Sea were within two hours of the villa. This is a truly beautiful home in an even more beautiful region.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic trip to Piemonte! Our second trip to Pi

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic trip to Piemonte!

Our second trip to Piedmont and surely our best. We were hesitant to stray away from a hotel and try renting a Villa in another country but we went for it and are glad we did. The location, amenities and layout of Villa San Lorenzo made it the perfect spot. Adding to this was the invaluable assistance and care Clay took to ensure we had the best trip possible. We are all foodies and immense fans of the region and had prior knowledge to rely on. Clay took this to another level for us. Whether it was finding a chef to cook for us at the house, to the best new place to try for lunch, the best pizza, café, and even down to setting up our truffle hunt. Clay was gracious enough to let us keep the white truffle which we shaved over tajarin we cooked at home later that evening. When we return to Piemonte, we will surely return to Villa San Lorenzo. For now, pictures evoke the great memories paired with an aged glass of Barolo.

Brian and JoAnne

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Helena, California, USA

Epic experience!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with a group of fellow winemakers for a week in truffle season, and the whole experience was beyond belief. The property is gorgeous, the scenery amazing, the true chef's kitchen fully equipped, the rooms comfortable and charming. Beyond that, Clay is a gracious and informed host (not to mention master pizza chef) who can help introduce you to the food and wine of Piemonte in a way that is very rare, and leads you to the essence of the place - from pasta classes, truffle hunting, chocolate class, as well as dinner reservations, winery recommendations, etc. I can't imagine a better place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Trip of a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5

It sounds pretty cliche, but truer words cannot be spoken about our wonderful trip to Villa San Lorenzo di Bonvicino. From the moment we booked our trip (on a relatively blind internet search), Clay Thompson took complete care of ensuring that this would be an unforgettable adventure. We gathered friends and family to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. Clay arranged our entire week-long stay to include exclusive winery tours/tastings, dinners, lunches which allowed us to get a complete flavor for the people and the rich culture of Piemonte region of Italy. The property itself is a magical restoration! Plenty of room for the 12 of us to spread out, but quaint enough to enjoy time in the common areas. Situated on a hill with views of the Italian Alps, the scenery could not have been more picturesque. Put your entire holiday planning in Clay's hands and he will ensure a most extraordinary vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Bossolasco and Murazzano
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Villa San Lorenzo di Bonvicino is 4km from the beautiful hilltop village of Bossolasco where you will discover spectacular Alpine views and a delicious cafe and chocolate shop. The village of Dogliani is 7km away where you can get absolutely everything you will need during your stay from small family run food shops to large grocery stores that have everything. The village of Monforte d'Alba begins 12km from the house where you can discover with your own eyes the most beautiful wine country landscape in Italy, as well as the most prolific wines of Italy in the Barolo zone. An hour by car will take you to the Mediterranean near Savona or to Turin with it's 16km of Portico covered walkways. 90 Minutes will bring you to the the Italian Alps in Limone Piemonte. Everything one could hope for in a week or a lifetime can be found in this idyllic location of Italia!

Other Activities: hiking, wine tasting, dining, safari park, tennis, horseback riding


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Bonvicino, Piedmont

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 11 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
12 Aug 2018 - 5 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
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6 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Nightly Rate
4 Oct 2018 - 1 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Nightly Rate
2 Dec 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Weekly and Final cleaning included in fee. Rate includes 4 bedrooms - 4 bathrooms (Suites 1, 2, 3, 4) and Main Level Kitchen/Dining/Living. There are an additional 3 bedrooms - 3 bathrooms and Grand Salon Dining/Living/Kitchen available for an additional rate. 4 bedrooms/ 4.5 bathrooms with Grand Salon is 5.000 EURO. 7 bedrooms/ 7.5 bathrooms with Grand Salon is 8.000 EURO.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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