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

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Bonvicino Villa Rental Photos and Description

Self-Catering with 2-7 Bedrooms, 2-8 bathrooms, and Stunning Private Pool

Stunningly Beautiful 17th Century Stone Villa situated on 3.6 Ha or 9 Acres and renovated in Spring 2008, 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 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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

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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October 3, 2016
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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 (almost age 7) and Azalia (almost age 4) love Italia.

Clay and Tamar McLachlan purchased this villa in 2005

Why Clay and Tamar McLachlan chose Cuneo

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.

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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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17th C Villa Luxuriously Restored - Gourmet Kitchen - Pool - WiFi
average rating of 4.967742 based on 32 reviews
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.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
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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!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Napa Valley

Wonderful. Couldn't ask for more.

  • 5 of 5

I/we visited and rented the Villa late last year, 2015. I was visiting with a fellow winemaking friend from Friuli. I am a winemaker from Napa Valley and we both are incredibly passionate about food and this was not our first visit to Piedmont. However, this was our best. Truly outstanding hospitality, the location with its natural beauty, tranquility, as well as its close proximity to some of the best restaurants we visited on the trip. The Villa itself was everything we’d hoped for and we felt it was an exceptional value - all amenities were spotless, modern and available to us and the main level kitchen was better than most kitchens in small restaurants! The hosts, Clay and Tamar, went out of their way to make us feel at home and to ensure we had knowledge of all the best places to go and they made sure that we had everything we needed for a perfect stay including the proper recommendations for wineries, winemakers and restaurants, sommeliers and chef's alike. I look forward to a return trip later this year, however, I shouldn't say this (so we can guarantee getting the rental!) in November and December during white truffle season, when Piemonte is at its height of celebration and warmth. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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San Francisco, California

Amazing Villa. Spectacular Region. Excellent Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We booked Villa San Lorenzo during Truffle Hunting season for a friend's 40th birthday and had a fantastic time in this villa. Our group of 16 was large, but the layout of the villa rooms gave everyone space and privacy outside of the large common area with amazing windows looking out to the lovely villa grounds. Every room has a designated bathroom, which is key to confort. Also, the kitchen is a foodie heaven, so much that our group mostly stayed in at nights to cook Vs going out to all the great restaurants in the region. The owners, Clay and Tamar have done an exceptional job with this property. Most importantly, they are amazing hosts, taking care of a multitude of details and requests for such as large group, including: wine tasting tours, pre-arrival food shopping, pasta cooking lessons at the Villa with a local chef (best pasta dish we ate during our whole trip was part of this experience) and a lovely truffle hunt with an authentic truffle hunter. Highly recommend this villa to both large groups and families looking to spend quality time in Piedmonte.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. It really is important to us that our guests not only enjoy the villa, but feel a sense of respite and have a true getaway experience. It was a pleasure to facilitate for your group. - Tamar
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Washington, DC, USA

Amazing Stay!

  • 5 of 5

A group of eight avid cooks set ourselves the task of finding a great property in Italy, France OR Spain for a week long foodie vacation. We happened on Villa San Lorenzo, saw the pictures, figured it couldn't possibly be as good as it looked, but that as long as it was close, we'd probably have a pretty good time.

Well, we were wrong. It was EVEN BETTER than it looked, and perfectly suited our needs. VSL is beautiful and well located right in the middle of Piedmont, one of the best wine regions in Italy. Tamar and Clay prepped the villa wonderfully for us, leaving us a big basket of local treats, and were a terrific source of information about the region. All eight of our group would recommend it unreservedly. Five PLUS stars!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We truly enjoyed having your group stay. It was such a pleasure to spend time with you. We feel honored that you chose Villa San Lorenzo AND thank YOU so very much for the lovely dinner you hosted for us. That was a truly unique treat.
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Great Base to Explore the Piedmont Region

  • 5 of 5

Villa San Lorenzo was the perfect place for our extended family to get together and explore this wonderful part of Italy. Clay and Tamar were very helpful in suggesting places to go, arranging a chef night in, hosting a pizza night and even a morning of yoga.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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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


Rates & Availability

Bonvicino Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Autumn 2016
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bonvicino Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • 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 ...
  • 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 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 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 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub
  • All new plumbing (2012). Bathrooms are all modern and luxurious. New water heating system. Very private.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 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 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Three Single Beds or Queen size Bed and Single Bed
  • 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 for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • 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 in season.

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