About the property
- Villa5489 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
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.
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About Clay 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 McLachlan purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Clay McLachlan chose Bonvicino
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.
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Stunning Piemonte Villa Overlooking the Langhe
Our group of 11 people throughly enjoyed Clay's 17th century villa outside of Bonvicino. The villa is very comfortable, blending the old world charm with modern conveniences. The rooms were spacious and the bathrooms up to date, providing you with what you need while you are there.
The large chefs kitchen and dinning area was perfect for a big group, everyone had plenty of space and you never felt cramped. The views from the rooms and from the patio were stunning and provided a great escape to enjoy a glass of wine and some antipasti.
Clay was a wonderful host, truly made our vacation memorable. We would definitely recommend this place to any group and hope to come back again soon!
Paradise: Great food, wine, views, people
The villa, the pool, the surrounding countryside really are as gorgeous as they appear in the photos—no filters needed! We were a group of 12 who were perfectly comfortable during our week at San Lorenzo, which can easily accommodate seven couples who want their own private bathrooms (two are across the hall from the bedrooms; the others are en suite). We made good use of the incredible kitchen since our routine was to be out and about in this amazing part of the world during the day, then reconvene in the evening to cook up the delicious ingredients we’d found—not to mention drink the fantastic wine.
Clay was invaluable in making this happen: from the spread of gourmet groceries that awaited us on our arrival to the spot-on recommendations for places to have lunch. We were also incredibly glad we scheduled a full-day tour with Clay, who took us to two of the finest wineries in the region (which is saying something!) and arranged for lunch at a place with outstanding food, wine, and views. This was all thanks to his close relationships with the wine-makers and restaurateurs in the area.
It was great to come “home” at the end of the day to a place removed from all the bustle of a tourist-filled town, where all you hear is the sound of the church bells from across the valley and the bees buzzing in the lavender. But we were still close to all the places we wanted to visit: La Morra, Barbaresco, Bra, Alba, etc. The relatively nearby town of Dogliani had plenty of places to stock up on basic groceries and other needs. Some of our group took a day trip to Torino; others went hiking in the Alps or visited the Ligurian seaside. It was warmer than usual during our July stay, so we picked up some fans to keep us cool at night (and some bug spray to keep away the critters)—but it was more than pleasant beneath the shade of the trellis or swimming in the fabulous pool. Our only regret was that we couldn’t stay longer!
Clay, our host, was incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. He's very connected in the Barolo community. Clay is an award-winning photographer of food and wine and the flair with which he has chosen and decorated his home in the hills just outside Barolo are testament to his artistic eye, from the dramatic view of the valley that we enjoyed by the pool to the top floor living room. The setting was truly idyllic. There were 8 of us in the house and we felt that it was spacious and you could be private when needed and enjoy one another's company during more social periods. Bathrooms, showers, kitchen and bed were all very comfortable and functioned efficiently. Cleaning was done at request, which suited us perfectly (we tended to dine out at the many amazing restaurants in the area, all of which seem to know and like Clay, which makes sense given his profession). He left us a great and thoughtful welcome basket with specialties and produce of the region. We ended up dining with Clay a few times, which was great and I am sure we'll stay in touch. All in all, a very gratifying selection and a terrific vacation, esp for those who don't want to be in the hustle and flow (most of us were from NYC or London or DC and wanted a little quiet/solitude, which made this a perfect spot!).
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!
Amazing property, incredible people and unforgettable experience
Villa San Lorenzo is an amazing property with all the amenities you'd expect in a luxury hotel. The pool is gorgeous, the setting is breathtaking and the location is perfectly central to the heart of wine country.
I stayed with my wife for a week and I have to say what really made the difference was the personal connection that Clay delivered both in terms of hospitality but also regarding connections and accessibility to local wineries and restaurants that we would have otherwise not even known about.
The people we met, the wine makers, the chef's and the local farmers were all so welcoming, it was beyond just staying in a Villa. The experience of meeting locals and being treated like old friends is what will stick with me and what made our stay at Villa San Lorenzo so special. We really look forward to visiting again soon and can't say enough about the entire experience.
We spent a week at Villa San Lorenzo with friends in early April (2017) and had a wonderful time. The Villa is a perfect spot for a group or family gathering and is roughly an hour drive to the Ligurian Coast to the South, Torino to the North and views of the Alps right outside your door. The Villa itself has been wonderfully restored and has all of the creature comforts of a modern home, yet the charm of an old farmhouse. The chef's kitchen and dining room were put to good use during our visit as we had three meals prepared at the Villa by local chefs (would highly recommend), including a day where we learned the art of making fresh pasta. I would say one of the more popular experiences we spent in the Piemonte was our pizza dinner prepared by our host (Clay) in the wood burning pizza oven. An array of homemade pizza's and plenty of local wine (did I mention, the villa is about 10 minutes from Barolo and 15 minutes from the Barbaresco region).
If you are a foodie, I don't know how you could be disappointed with this place or the experience that we had during our stay. I would recommend allowing Clay to guide you to the various restaurants, wineries, etc. as he knows all of the best spots and only enhanced our experience. Can't wait to visit again!
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
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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. SAN LORENZO DI MCLACHLAN CLAY BRIAN LOC SAN LORENZO 29 BONVICINO (CN) 12060 CF: MCLCYB71R04Z401Q P.IVA: 03460390044