villa san lorenzo
Villa San Lorenzo is a 17th Century property that has been completely renovated while still retaining the characteristics of the original property. The Villa sits in the middle 5.6 Ha (14 acres) outside the small town of Bonvicino (population 99) in the Alta Langa. Villa San Lorenzo has 7 bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom, plus an additional half bathroom, for a total of 7.5 bathrooms. Sixteen guests can be accommodate in beds as there are 4 bedrooms with dedicated queen/king size beds, 2 bedrooms that can be made up with 1 queen bed or 2 single beds, and 1 bedroom that can be made up with 2 queen beds or 4 single beds as there are two levels in this suite.
There is one master chef's kitchen with a six-burner gas stove, a large area for entertaining and cooking classes, as well as a wood burning fireplace in the kitchen that has a built in rotisserie and grill for cooking. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the cooking items you will need as well as a dishwasher and lots of wine glasses. There is a large dining area with vaulted ceilings that are 8 meters (25 feet) high and that can seat up to 16 people inside as well as a living room upstairs in the same space that the looks out over the central courtyard, the swimming pool, and the vineyard. Outside there is al fresco seating at our stone table as well as a traditional wood-fired brick oven that is perfect for making pizza and roasting vegetables and meat. Next to the outside al fresco dining area there is an herb garden filled with herbs for cooking as well as a terrace where you can look towards the Italian Alps and the famous conical shaped peak of Monviso.
The swimming pool is 5 x 11 meters (16 x 36 feet) at a depth of 1.1 to 1.8 meters (4 to 6 feet) with lounge chairs with a dedicated shaded area. Our vineyard of 1.07 Ha (3 acres) is planted to Nebbiolo and we'd be delighted to take you on a walk through the vineyard during your stay. We will be sharing our wine with you beginning in 2020 once our first harvest (2018) is in the bottle!
Bonvicino is located 10 minutes from the town of Dogliani which is famous for Dolcetto wine, recognized in 2006 with it's own DOCG Dogliani based on it's outstanding characteristics and terroir specific to this red grape variety. In Dogliani you can find everything you will need during your stay including a wonderful outdoor market on Tuesday's and Saturday's, as well as stores that offer the region's finest meats, vegetables, cheeses, and wines.
The beginning of the world famous Barolo zone is just 15 minutes from the Villa beginning in the hilltop hamlet of Monforte d'Alba which leads to Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, La Morra, and Serralunga d'Alba, all wonderful towns surrounded by vertiginous vineyards facing in all directions and producing the world famous Barolo wine made with the Nebbiolo grape variety and known as the king of wines and the wine of kings. Alba and Bra are the large cities which are located between 30-40 minutes from the Villa. There is lots of shopping to be done in these towns and Alba hosts the White Truffle Festival during October and November each year. White truffles can be found all over the langhe hills, in particular, in Bonvicino and the nearby countryside. We look forward to welcoming you to this unique and special part of the world.