There are two pools available to all guests at Villa Lena. The main pool is located at San Michele next to the terrace restaurant and its notable for its east facing valley views, which you can take in from a sun lounge or covered seating. Recent renovations include a poolside bar and child’s paddling pool. Don’t despair if are joining us for the cooler spring and autumn months, the San Michele pool is heated and nearby is a wood fired hot tub. A 10-minute walk down the drive from San Michele is a secluded garden pool at Renacchi, with sun lounges, play equipment and open grass space. There is private pool for guests staying at Stentino.
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, which also features an original fireplace and a number of artworks from the Villa Lena Foundation collection. There is also a small shop showcasing in-house artistic collaborations alongside the estates homemade olive oil and wine.
The San Michele Pool bar is open daily from 3pm till 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.
The Secret Winter Bar opens during the cooler nights at Villa Lena. Discreetly concealed behind an unassuming door in Fattoria, and with a speakeasy vibe, cocktails, dancing and a wood fired stove ensure the dropping temperatures don’t numb the holiday vibe.
A home cinema room used for film screenings and artist talks is available for guest use outside programmed events. With surround sound speakers, projection screen, 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 cool and calm space ideal for reading, writing or a tinkle on the piano if you’re feeling inspired.
On the ground floor of the villa is a room dedicated as a children’s play space with toys, drawing materials and soft furnishing. A bookshelf contains children’s books alongside art journals and publications featuring former residents. Beanbags are ideal for a post lunch siesta or to take in the ceilings fresco depicting portraits of family members of the Villa’s original owners.
If you’re brave enough to take on the hills, mountain bikes in a variety of sizes are available at reception. The nearest town of Palaia is only 30 minutes downhill, at which point you can refuel on gelato before starting back up
Committed to green energy, we installed one Tesla and one universal electric car charger on site.
Toiano Vecchio is a medieval park, located just 5 minutes walk from the central hub of Villa Lena. Initially, a site for an important medieval castle, it has seen transformations over the years. The castle fell down during a violent earthquake, and the large stones were used to build the 19th century villa, now the centerpiece of the property. The park features a tall mound, which marks one of the highest points of the region, with a serpentine wooded walk way up. Since then, the park was used for horse racing exhibitions or afternoon strolls, and even for cultivating olives. It features an ancient fountain and a curious sea-shell cladded grotto. In 2017, we renovated the park. Previous residents and landscape designers Jocelyn Oppenheim and Kate Smaby have also overseen landscaping improvements in the estate’s Toiano Vecchio area to allow guests to walk and experience the historic area in a way that was not possible before. We added a large organic vegetable garden, and installed an artwork 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 on designated hours, and open to the hotel guests throughout the season.