There are two outdoor pools available to all guests at Villa Lena, as well as a children’s pool and cosy hot tub on request. The main pool is located next to the San Michele building and restaurant and has extraordinary vistas across the Tuscan landscape. The area was recently renovated to incorporate shaded seating around the poolside bar. Don’t despair if are joining us for the cooler spring and autumn months as the San Michele pool is heated, as is the wood-fired hot tub. 10-minutes walk from San Michele is a secluded pool in the garden of the Renacchi building, with sun loungers, a play ground and open grass. Guests staying at Casetta Bella also have the benefit of their own private swimming pool.
Practice yoga indoors or outside at Villa Lena. The newly renovated Fattoria building features a vast indoor yoga studio, perfect for retreats and private classes. Or get your flow on surrounded by nature on our yoga deck which is discreetly tucked behind the San Michele pool, overlooking an olive grove and with panoramic views to the Apennine mountains to the north. The wooden deck, designed by a previous Villa Lena Foundation artist-in-residence Fred Rigby, measures 14 x 7 metres and has running water, electricity and a sail canopy for shade. Yoga mats can be provided but guests are also welcome to use their own.
Reception and Shop
The hotel reception on the ground floor of Fattoria is a quiet space with a spacious lounge area that showcases Villa Lena’s ambitious social and cultural objectives. It features an original fireplace and limited edition prints made by previous Villa Lena Foundation artists in residence in collaboration with a master etching studio in Florence, Il Bisonte. You will also find unique artworks from the Villa Lena Foundation collection and important pieces of Italian design such as the Tahiti Lamp by Ettore Sottsass, from the seminal days of the Memphis group. There is also a small shop showcasing artistic collaborations alongside Villa Lena produce including olive oil and wine.
You can enjoy cocktails and drinks in our San Michele bar, located in a cosy corner of the restaurant. Regular cocktail workshops are hosted here so you can learn the secrets of classic Italian cocktails with our local bartender. 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?
Our home cinema is used for film screenings and artists’ talks, and is available for guest use outside programmed events. Select a DVD from our collection of foreign films and enjoy an immersive experience with state of the art BOSE surround sound system. Next to the screening room is the library which is a quiet place to relax with a book or play the piano, and also where we hold live music performances.
On the ground floor of the Villa is a dedicated children’s playroom, equipped with toys, drawing materials and soft furnishings. The bookshelves houses a number of children’s books, alongside art journals and publications featuring former artists-in-residence. San Michele pool has a children’s pool for the kids to splash around in and you can also find a range of water toys, inflatable armbands and other equipment for a sunny day by the pool by the changing rooms. Renacchi pool’s grass area has a slide and other playground activities available for children.
If you’re brave enough to take on the Tuscan hills, mountain bikes are available at reception. The nearest town of Palaia is only 30 minutes downhill – at which point you can refuel on coffee and gelato before starting the slightly longer journey back up! For the more committed cross-country cyclist, Villa Lena offers unsurpassable landscape that guests can explore on two wheels.
Car Charging Station
We are committed to using more green energy at Villa Lena, so you can reduce your carbon footprint by travelling here in your electric vehicle. We have installed one Tesla and one universal electric car charger on site and welcome all green motor voyagers to use them.
Toiano Vecchio—literally “Old Toiano”—is a medieval park, located just 5 minute’s walk from the central hub of Villa Lena, that was renovated in 2017. 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. Previous artists-in-residence and landscape designers Jocelyn Oppenheim and Kate Smaby oversaw landscaping improvements including the Sunrise and Senset terraces that allow guests to take in the beautiful vistas. We added a large organic vegetable garden and installed an art work by Claire Krouzecky, which plays with light and shadow. The park is open to the public on Sundays during designated hours, and open to the hotel guests throughout the season.