Villa Lena

Palaia - Pisa

"Hang out with the artists in residence on this spectacular Tuscan estate."

  • Sleeps: 29
  • Bedrooms: 15
  • Bathrooms: 10

  Highlights...

  • Villa Lena is a perfect combination of nature, artistic inspiration and contemporary cool accommodation.
  • Many rooms feature pieces created by the artists in residence.
  • Horse riding and golf are available nearby, and you can enjoy hikes in the estate’s woodland. Perfect for a picnic.
  • You may be in the Tuscan countryside, but it doesn’t mean you have to go without free WiFi.

  You should know...

  • Villa re-opens it's doors to guests in April.
  • To make the most of a stay here be prepared to take part in some of the communal activities and events. There’s plenty of opportunity for peace and quiet, but hide away and you’d be missing the point.

The Details...

Rent an apartment or private house on the Villa Lena estate and you get more than just a relaxing escape in the Tuscan hills. This dreamlike place is also a base for artists, and their work is subtly woven into the whole experience.

Conceived by three Parisians, the super stylish accommodation features vintage furniture set against whitewashed walls and terracotta tiles. Each airy, bright space celebrates the original features, and blends informality with the unmistakeable touch of an experienced designer. There are six buildings spread over 500 hectares. Sizes vary, from one bedroom apartments to a four-bedroom house, and all guests have access to the three swimming pools.

To be at the heart of the action, choose an apartment in Fattoria, previously the villa’s stables and now home to the main reception, lounge, and screening and games rooms. Renachi is a short walk away, and its six apartments and playground are perfect for families. Larger groups can enjoy Stento, a a more secluded private house with four double bedrooms.

Another building on the estate, St Michele, is home of the restaurant, where long communal tables overlook the breathtaking view. Unsurprisingly, the food is glorious. As well as pizzas from the wood fired oven, the restaurant serves traditional and revisited Tuscan cuisine using local produce, much of it from the estate’s vegetable garden. DJ sets, parties and occasionally spontaneous performances around the pool run into the evening.

At the centre of it all, the 19th century villa is home to artists from around the world taking part in Villa Lena’s two-month residential art foundation. Guests can visit the studios, and the rolling programme of events, screenings and talks is generated by the multi-disciplinary work in progress.

Of course, being in the heart of Tuscany is a highlight in itself. The iconic towns of Florence and Pisa are within reach, as are San Gimignano, Lucca and Pietra Santa.

The Villa Lena shop sells the estate’s own wine and olive oil, as well as covetable art and commissioned objects from the artists and local craftspeople. So you even get to take a piece of this idyllic life home with you.

Features...

Essential Features
  • Baby friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Heating
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Town/village location
Living Spaces
  • Books
  • Games room
  • Mosquito netting
  • Pool table
Kitchen/Utility
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooker gas/electric
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
Bed/Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels (bath)
Tech
  • iPod dock
Outside
  • BBQ
Also Available
  • Table tennis

Fully equiped apartments in a rural creative community. Art foudation, agriculture, vegetable garden, property made Olive Oil and Wine, Truffle hunt, Artist studios...

Nearby...

  • Art classes
  • Beach (sea)
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Massage
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Nightlife (lively)
  • Nightlife (low key)
  • Restaurants
  • Wildlife
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

Villa Lena

  Nearest Airport

Villa Lena is around 60km from Florence airport, and 45km from Pisa airport.

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