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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 550 meters (1900 feet) near the small village of Bonvicino and four miles from Dogliani, in the heart of Piemonte, Italia. 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 San Lorenzo 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).
The property was completely renovated between 2008 and 2013, including new bathrooms, new gourmet teaching kitchen, beds, linens, antique furnishings, satellite TV, high-speed internet, plumbing, electrical. Modern conveniences are combined with the antiquity of this centuries old farmhouse. Furnishings combine comfort in keeping with the style of the region and preservation of the house. There are Four bedrooms (Four Queen Size Beds, or the possibility for Two rooms Twin Beds), Four modern bathrooms with bath/shower, a spacious living room with a balcony overlooking the Piemonte hills, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The property offers privacy, spectacular views in a beautiful peaceful setting. Perfect for a family, or two to six couples, or a group of friends. Wood fired traditional brick pizza oven added Autumn 2007. Swimming pool and outdoor patio added Spring 2008.
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 figs, apples, cherries, 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.
You may want to take a trip to the seaside near Savona on the Ligurian Coast or to the Alps for skiing or hiking, both about an hour's drive away. Cinque Terre, Nice, and Milan are approximately two hours away.
All linens provided. Daily or weekly cleaning available at additional cost.
Seven of the eight bathrooms are new construction during the past 5 years....moreless
Three-point-six Hectares (nine acres), Fruit Trees, Stays Cool and Comfortable during the Summer, Brand New Heating during Winter keeps the house warm! New teaching kitchen for Gourmet Cooking Classes where you can learn traditional piemontese recipes and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Wine tours to top wineries, tour of Turin, tour to Liguria, tour to the Italian Alps....moreless
Views of verdant green hillsides and the Italian Alps including the stunning Monviso....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Hot Air Ballooning
Main Level dining seats 8. Grand Salon dining seats 12-16. ...moreless
Seating for 16 people
One bedroom/bathroom Suite has air conditioning if needed; the rest of the Villa is never too warm as there are 1 meter (3 feet) thick stone walls that keep the indoor temperatures perfect on warm summer days....moreless
Wonderful Wood Fireplace for use during Winter on Main Level....moreless
Traditional brick and stone pizza oven, 1.2 meter diameter, next to Al fresco dining table and between the Villa and Swimming Pool. Rotisserie and grill fireplace in Grand Salon teaching kitchen....moreless
Traditional Italian meals can be prepared and served at the Villa. Gourmet cooking classes available in our new Teaching Kitchen located in the Grand Salon....moreless
American style coffee maker and traditional italian style stovetop espresso makers....moreless
Lots of Pots and Pans, All cooking utensils, traditional pasta machine, knives....moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
8 - 16 sets of all dishes located in each kitchen including red and white wine glasses and decanters....moreless
Pool is 5m x 11m at a depth of 1.1m - 1.8m with stairs to enter the pool and a small bench in the pool to relax and enjoy the view. 12 poolside lounge chairs. Pool is surrounded by lavender and rosemary and is made of a beautiful hand laid stone....moreless
Holiday 2015 Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2015 7 night min stay
Ski Season 2015 Jan 4 - Mar 27, 2015 7 night min stay
Spring 2015 Mar 28 - Jun 13, 2015 7 night min stay
Summer Autumn 2015 Jun 14 - Nov 28, 2015 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit€1,000
Rates are based on a 4 bedroom - 4 bathroom rental which includes Suites 1, 2, 3, 4 and Main Level Kitchen/Dining/Living. There are an additional 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and Grand Salon. 4 bed + Grand Salon is 5.000 EURO. The ENTIRE private villa is 8.000 EURO for 7 nights.
SAN LORENZO DI MCLACHLAN CLAY BRIAN
LOC SAN LORENZO 29
BONVICINO (CN) 12060
50% due upon booking, 50% due 60 days prior to arrival.
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Many wonderful restaurants and wineries nearby, Barolo, Monforte D'Alba, Dogliani, Alba, Ligurian Coast one hour away, two hours from Nice, one hour to the Italian Alps.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We are avid food and wine lovers who have traveled to every major wine region in the world. Piemonte offers exquisite wines, incredible prepared traditional Italian cuisine which as times is elevated to an art form, and absolutely breathtaking scenery with steep vineyards, Italian Alps, and quaint hillside towns. We are in the Food, Wine, and Travel photography field and we have never visited a region anywhere in the world that delivers the trifecta of Food, Wine, and Views! Our two daughters ages 3 and 6 love Italy!
Why the Owner Chose Alba: The Villa is situated in a stunningly beautiful location with views of the surrounding mountains, lush green hillsides, and nearby villages, while offering peace, tranquility, and lots of outdoor space. The access to absolutely incredible restaurants and wineries is what initially drew us to the region as I am a professional food and wine photographer. Piedmont is by far one of the most breathtaking wine regions in the world and the people who live in Piedmont welcome you with open arms and big smiles.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: The private swimming pool, al fresco dining with stunning views, incredible peace and tranquility with the sounds of nature while sleeping in supreme comfort, and great walks right from the Villa make it a piece of heaven. Morning visits to the Chocolate shop with incredible coffee, pastries, and gelato or hot chocolate depending on the season followed by a lazy afternoon at our favorite Osteria with incredible homemade food and delicious wines is the perfect Sunday.