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Piedmont Barolo 17th C. Villa, Pool, WiFi, Cooking Classes, Wine Tours

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Bonvicino Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa - Swimming pool - 7 bedrooms - all ensuite bathrooms - Chef's Kitchen

One hour from Torino, escape into the bucolic hills of Piedmont. This beautiful 17th Century stone villa sits on 5.6 hectares (fourteen acres) at an altitude of 600 meters (2000 feet) near the small village of Bonvicino and four miles from Dogliani, in the heart of Piedmont, Italy.

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). 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.

We purchased and renovated Villa San Lorenzo because we wanted to provide a beautiful oasis for vacationers seeking delicious food and wine, lovely hikes, untouristed villages and enjoy a slower pace. The villa’s renovation was completed between 2008 and 2013, including new bathrooms, gourmet chef’s kitche, beds, linens, antique furnishings, British 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 seven bedrooms (Five rooms with Queen Size Beds, 2 rooms with the choice of 2 single beds or one queen bed). Six modern bathrooms with bath/shower, one bathroom with large glass shower, and one WC off of the chef’s kitchen.

The villa includes a large chef’s kitchen with 6 gas burner stove, as well as a smaller fully equipped kitchen, two living spaces and one large dining/living space with floor to ceiling windows. The property offers privacy, spectacular views in a beautiful peaceful setting. Perfect for a family or a group of friends.

Clay loves to bake bread and pizza so we added a wood-fired traditional brick oven for pizza and bread in 2007. Swim in the 11 meter swimming pool with a view of Murazzano. Dine at the stone table overlooking the hills of the Alta Langa. Enjoy cooking in the gorgeous chef’s kitchen, 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.

Visit the farmer’s market in a different local town each day of the week. 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 Italian Riviera 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.

Please email us at in order to check availability and plan your visit to this stunningly beautiful part of Italy and share in La Dolce Vita!

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Clay and Tamar McLachlan
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, danish, norwegian, finnish, mandarin
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About Clay and Tamar McLachlan

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 6 and 9 love Italy!

Clay and Tamar McLachlan purchased this villa in 2005

Why Clay and Tamar McLachlan chose Piedmont

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Piedmont Barolo 17th C. Villa, Pool, WiFi, Cooking Classes, Wine Tours
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 66 reviews

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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Looking Forward to our Next Visit

  • 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: Dec 2015
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Perfect Setting & Accomodations for Group Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Villa San Lorenzo is PERFECT for large groups. The hosts made our visit seamless by organizing events in advance, ordering food in advance so we didn't have to sort out those details after our long travel from the Bay Area, and acted as impeccable hosts to our group. We were able to see things we wouldn't have without otherwise knowing a "local". The Villa is one hour from Skiing (the Alps) as you can see from the pool at the Villa. Would definitely recommend for traveling with a large group. There are many stairs, so it may be difficult to get around for older, less agile family members.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • 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
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Falls Church

Truffles at the Villa

  • 5 of 5

We cannot imagine a more delightful place to enjoy truffle season in the Piedmont! The biggest challenge was balancing "hanging out and cooking" time at the Villa and heading out to tour Barolo, Alba, and Turin. The common spaces are fantastic, especially if the weather allows you to spend time around the pool. The kitchen draws you in to stay and cook a bit more, with a glass of wine naturally. Though we proved you can walk to a couple nearby towns, you'll really want to have a car to stay here.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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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!

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Nearest Airport
116 Kilometres
Torino Caselle
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
41 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Monforte d'Alba
Nearest Train
21 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Dogliani and Bossolasco
Nearest Ski
59 Kilometres
Prato Nevoso
Nearest Beach
41 Kilometres
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
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Nearest Point of Interest
Monforte d'Alba
Nearest Point of Interest
Serralunga d'Alba
Nearest Point of Interest
La Morra
Nearest Point of Interest
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Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Limone Piemonte
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

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.


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 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Holidays 2016
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Mar 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Rates depend upon the season and the prices indicated. The ENTIRE private villa which includes 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, two kitchens including a professional chef's kitchen is 8.000 EURO for 7 nights. Please contact us for specific details. We only rent to one group at a time.

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Bonvicino Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 510 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Claw foot tub and Marble shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Claw foot tub and Marble shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , Claw foot tub and Marble shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , Claw foot tub and Marble shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , In Grand Salon
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Seven of the eight bathrooms are new construction during the past 5 years.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Suite 1 - Main Level - 1 queen , Claw Foot Bathtub and Separate Marble Shower, Baby Bed Avail
    Suite 5 - Upper Level - 1 king
    Suite 3 - Lower Level Exterior Entrance - 1 queen , Claw Foot Bathtub and Separate Marble Shower, EXT ENTRANCE
    Suite 4 - Main Level Exterior Entrance - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , QUEEN or 2 TWIN BED, Claw Foot Bathtub/Marble Shower
    Suite 2 - Main Level - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , QUEEN or TWIN BED OPTION, Shower/Bathtub COMBO
    Suite 7 - Upper Level - 1 queen
    Suite 6 - Upper Level (Multi Level) - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2 child bed , One Queen Bed OR Two Twin Beds + 2 additional beds in loft
  • King size beds (2) King Bed is 170cm, Queen size Beds (5) Queen Beds are 160cm, Twin or Single Beds (6) Each single bed is 80cm wide, Child Beds (1) pak n play available for your use.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
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.

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