About the property
- Villa5489 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's1
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
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.
Clay and Tamar McLachlan
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- May 19, 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.
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Incredible Villa close to the best Food and Wine
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.
Amazing property and experience
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!
Beautiful Home even more beautiful location
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.
Fantastic trip to Piemonte! Our second trip to Pi
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
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.
The Trip of a Lifetime
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!
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
Additional pricing information
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.