There are two outdoor pools available to all guests at Villa Lena, as well as children’s pool and cosy hot tub. The main pool is located beside the San Michele building, next to the terrace restaurant and is notable for its east-facing valley views, which can be enjoyed from the sun loungers or shaded seating . A recent renovation is the poolside bar and don’t despair if are joining us for the cooler spring and autumn months: the San Michele pool is heated as is the wood-fired hot tub. A 10-minute’s walk down the drive from San Michele is a secluded garden pool at the Renacchi, with sun loungers, play equipment and open grass space. Guests staying at the Stentino have the benefit of their own private swimming pool.
The yoga deck is discreetly tucked behind the San Michele pool, north-facing with panoramic views immediately overlooking an olive grove and the valley beyond. The wooden deck measures 14m x 7m, has sails for shade, water and electricity. Yoga mats and blocks can be provided but guests are also welcome to use their own.
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Reception and Shop
The reception on the ground floor of Fattoria is a quiet space to relax and peruse local travel guides in the spacious lounge area. A quirky, unique space, it features an original fireplace, artworks from the Villa Lena Foundation collection and key collectible pieces of Italian design such as the Tahiti Lamp by Ettore Sottsass from the seminal days of the Italian design movement Memphis. In short, it’s the place that welcomes and signals Villa Lena’s ambitious social and cultural objectives.
There is also a small shop showcasing in-house artistic collaborations alongside the estate’s artisanal olive oil, wine and other specialist gastronomic delicacies.
It’s the place you’ll love to arrive and be sorry to leave. Weep not: we hope you’ll be back.
The San Michele Pool Bar is open daily from 3pm until late, offering fresh snacks, local organic wines, artisanal beers and signature Villa Lena cocktails. It’s the perfect place to take it in the dramatic sunsets whilst enjoying an aperitivo. Post-dinner DJ sets and dancing often ensue. What else could you want?
The Secret Winter Bar opens during the cooler nights at Villa Lena. Discreetly concealed behind an unassuming door in the Fattoria and with a speakeasy vibe, cocktails, dancing and a wood-fired stove ensure the dropping temperatures don’t numb the holiday vibe. Vin Brulé, anyone?
Our home cinema used for film screenings and artists’ talks is available for guest use outside programmed events. It has surround sound speakers, a projection screen, a DVD player. PlayStation 3, television and computer input available, as well as a small collection of foreign films on DVD. Next to the screening room is another laid-back, calm space ideal for reading, writing, creation of any form or a tinkle on the piano if you feel so inspired.
On the ground floor of the villa is a dedicated children’s playroom, equipped with toys, drawing materials and soft furnishings. A bookshelf is home to children’s books, alongside art journals and publications featuring former artists-in-residence. Beanbags are ideal for a post lunch siesta or to take in the ceiling frescoes of portraits depicting members of the original owners’ families.
If you’re brave enough to take on the Tuscan hills, mountain bikes are available in a variety of sizes at reception. The nearest town of Palaia is only 30 minute’s downhill—at which point you can refuel on gelato before starting back up the hill.
For the more committed cross-country cyclist, Villa Lena offers unsurpassable landscape that guests can explore on a bike; the ultimate self-defined cycling holiday never too far from comfort.
Committed to green energy, Villa Lena has installed one Tesla and one universal electric car charger on site. We welcome greener motor voyagers and trust you will spread the word that we are a destination for a world of greener motoring tours.
Toiano Vecchio—literally “Old Toiano”—is a medieval park, located just 5 minute’s walk from the central hub of Villa Lena. Once a site for an important medieval castle, it has seen various transformations over the centuries. The original castle collapsed during a violent earthquake and the larger stones were used to build the 19th-century villa, now the centrepiece of the property.
The park features a tall mound, marking one of the highest points in the region with a serpentine, wooded walkway up to it. Since the 19th century, the park has been used variously for horse racing, exhibitions or afternoon promenades—even for cultivating olives.
It features an ancient fountain and a curious shell-clad grotto. In 2017, we renovated the park. Previous artists-in-residence and landscape designers Jocelyn Oppenheim and Kate Smaby oversaw landscaping improvements to the estate’s Toiano Vecchio area that allows guests to stroll and experience the historic area in a way that was not previously possible.
We added a large organic vegetable garden and installed an art work by Claire Krouzecky, which plays with light and shadow. Toiano Vecchio now features Sunrise and Sunset Terraces with beautiful vistas. The park is open to the public on Sundays during designated hours, and open to the hotel guests throughout the season.