17TH C VILLA LUXURIOUSLY RESTORED - GOURMET KITCHEN - POOL - WIFI

Clay McLachlan

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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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A Self-Catering rental with 4 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and Stunning Private Pool

Stunningly Beautiful 17th Century Stone Villa situated on 3.6 Ha or 9 Acres and renovated in Spring 2008. 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 three-point-six hectares (nine acres) at an altitude of 600 meters (1900 feet) 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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Clay McLachlan (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007
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About Clay 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 (almost age 7) and Azalia (almost age 4) love Italia.

Clay McLachlan purchased this villa in 2005

Why Clay McLachlan chose Alba

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

What makes this villa unique

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

Why HomeAway

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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17th C Villa Luxuriously Restored - Gourmet Kitchen - Pool - WiFi
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Alba Cuneo
Paris,France and Tel Aviv,Israel
5

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.
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Alba Cuneo
5

Fantastic stay, fantastic host!!!

  • 5 of 5
We found this villa online for the eight of us, wanting a less touristy wine country and food paradise trip. Every single detail was thought of by John, our villa host, and we had the most incredible week of our lives! The villa was top of the line, super clean and modern! On top of a mountain with few neighbors, (with a view of the French Alps!) we stayed in paradise... Everyone had their own private quarters including a bathroom. The grounds were beautiful, the pool relaxing, the living room area was where we all hung out together drinking, eating, playing games... Even though there were so many other places to go and be alone for a while! The kitchen (there were two!) was a dream for all of us! We traveled with an American chef friend, and John set us up with a fantastic day with an Italian chef Fabio who came to us for cooking classes, even brought us homemade pizza dough to make pizzas in that fantastic outdoor wood burning pizza oven! We golfed, had 3 full wine tasting days with transportation, as well as transportation to THE FINEST restaurants in the area, all of which were outstanding but we must say, Osteria Dei Binelli, Fabio and Christian's restaurant, stands out as our favorite! We ate their the first night we arrived and we were all in heaven!! Affordable and delicious, HAVE THE TAJARIN, it's incredible!! John thought of everything for us, even shopped for us to have a mini stocked kitchen awaiting us upon arrival. Two friends arrived a couple of days later, and John helped get them to us when their flights were delayed. He also took the time to help each couple with their future travel plans as we were all splitting off at the end of the week. (My husband and I drove to Florence rather than train, and it was a beautiful trip! So happy he told us to drive!!) It felt as though he got to know us somewhat by email, and upon our first meeting, we all just clicked. We instantly wanted him at dinners and tastings with us, just to hang out with him! He lived down the street from the villa, and so did his parents. We all had dogs back home and were feeling homesick missing our furry friends, so John had his parents walk their dog down the street to us so we could get our "furry fix". Actually cried when we left him, hoping we could find a reason to have him as our host on a future Europe trip! All in all, the villa, it's owner Clay, and host John were the perfect dream come true for this Northern Italy vacation. We are forever thankful and will recom
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Alba Cuneo
Sonoma, CA
5

Wine, Food, Friends, Culture

  • 5 of 5
Meals with great friends, visits to some of the most incredible wine producers in the world, learning the ropes from amazing locals, and TRUFFLE SEASON, who could ask for anything more? When I arrived at Villa Bonvicino I was amazed at how breathtaking the property looked. An old farmhouse and a second building that has been transformed into Italian villa feel, with all the modern amenities you could ever need. Spacious rooms to relax in, the property is beautiful and has many places to walk around. Then there is the kitchen. I cam e with a group of food and wine people and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to be. There is a massive kitchen with a wood-burning rotisserie in it that we cooked a lamb in with plenty of room for 5 people to prep and cook the rest of the food. There was also a beautiful wood-burning pizza oven that we were able to make an abundance of classic pizza’s…with truffles.
The property manager is much, much more than someone to tend to your needs. John is a true local and the ability to have intimate tasting visits with the best winemakers and proprietors in Barolo and Barbaresco is amazing. The owner of the property and John are known in the area with top chefs, restaurateurs, and winery owners, so if you are into a true immersion of what Piemonte has to offer there is none better. There is also the look into culture. John can show you lots of small towns nearby that focus on chocolates, hazelnuts, truffles, special cattle in the area, and the most amazing eggs you will ever have in your life. This place is a getaway or a glimpse into an amazing lifestyle…Have Fun, I did!!!
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Fantastic Property - June 2013

  • 5 of 5
We were a group of 8 adults and 2 kids visiting from all around the world. We have doing these vacations for a few years now and have visited some great properties around the world. Villa San Lorenzo is an amazing property that ranks at the very top. It has everything you could ask for - beautiful pool, sweeping views of prime wine country valleys and well designed modern furnishings. The hayloft with the dining area and the outdoor dining areas with the pizza open were our favorites. The place is kid friendly with lots of open spaces and things to do.

Our group is a bunch of foodies and wine lovers. The villa is in a great location in the center of prime wine country - Barolo, Alba within an hour's drive - with access to some great restaurants. Ask Clay and Tamar, the owners, for recommendations.

Clay, Tamar and their wonderful kids happening to be there when we visited and they are amazing hosts. The fabulous pizza dinner made in the outdoor wood burning oven by Clay was the highlight of our trip.
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Alba Cuneo
Dallas, TX, USA
5

Absolutely Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5
We just had the best Italian vacation and it was in large part due to this gorgeous villa and the unbelievable hospitality of Clay and Tamar. They pointed us to the best local restaurants, wineries, markets and even made our last night very special by making pizzas from scratch in the brick over pizza. The cooking kitchen and the large living/dining space and loft allowed for many wonderful evenings spent with friends, great food and wonderful wine. Would recommend this villa for a truly memorable experience.
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2013
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5

Simply Amazing!!!!!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at villa San Lorenzo was, in one word, Amazing! The combination of great food, some of the worlds best wine and rolling hills in the backdrop of the Italian Alps is ideal...the villa is secluded and private atop a hill. The views are to die for and we would recommend watching the sunset over the hills while relaxing by the pool or watching the sunrise over the Italian Alps.

There is plenty to do while vacationing at the villa. There are plenty of paths for hikes and runs at the same time there is easy access to the charming Piedmont villages such as Alba or Borolo. The local farmers market in Alba is charming and we found the most amazingly fresh produce to cook a meal back at the villa. The towns and villages also house top Michelin star restaurants and we really enjoyed our meal at the Piazza Duomo. The small local cafes and Trattorias also serve the best pasta and local food.

The villa is spacious and easily accommodated 4 couples and kids with enough privacy and space for group activity and dining. It has all the amenities anyone might want from a full-scale gourmet kitchen to a large pool to space for a rowdy game of volleyball or soccer. The villa combined luxury with rustic local charm and has all the modern amenities you might wish for.

The owners of the villa made the stay even more memorable. Clay and Tamar are thoughtful, friendly, and very hospitable. We have rented many vacation homes over the years but have never encountered owners like Tamar and Clay. You can rely on them to go the extra mile whether it is share some local intelligence, refer you to some private restaurants that you would have never known about, or even share a meal with you. By the time we left, we considered them our family friends.

We would absolutely refer villa San Lorenzo to anyone and plan to go there ourselves again very soon.
  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Torino
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Savona
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Bra
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Marene
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Savona
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Bossolasco
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Artesina
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Bossolasco and Murazzano
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

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Availability & Rates

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Alba Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn 2014
Oct 25 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 night minimum stay
€4,000
 
 
Holiday 2014
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
€7,000
 
 
Ski Season 2015
Jan 4 2015 - Mar 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
€4,000
 
 
Spring 2015
Mar 28 2015 - Jun 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
€5,000
 
 
Summer Autumn 2015
Jun 13 2015 - Nov 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
€8,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€7,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €1,000
Notes 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 2 bedrooms - 2 bathrooms and Grand Salon Dining/Living/Kitchen available for an additional rate. 4 bedrooms with Grand Salon is 5.000 EURO. 7 bedrooms/ 7 bathrooms with Grand Salon is 8.000 EURO.
50% percent is due upon booking and 50% is due 60 days prior to arrival. ALL taxes and fees are INCLUDED in the rental fee.
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Amenities

Amenities

Alba Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 510 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sunbed
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Oven ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautiful Stone Bathtub with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub and Marble Shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , Remodeled bathroom with new bathtub
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub , shower , New bathroom with bathtub and marble shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , Guest bathroom in Grand Salon
  • All new plumbing (2012). Bathrooms are all modern and luxurious. New water heating system. Very private.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Size and Brand New
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Two Single Beds or Queen size and Brand New
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Two Single Beds or Queen size and Brand New
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Queen size and Brand New
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Queen Size and Brand New
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , One Queen or Two Singles plus two extra singles upper level
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Queen Bed and Brand New
  • All beds and linens are brand new (2012). Comfortable and luxurious. Seven Bedrooms with Queen Size beds and three of these bedrooms with option of 2 single beds or 1 queen size bed.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Books ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • Terrace
  • Beach Chairs
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Deck
  • Patio
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • hiking
  • golf
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
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 in season.
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