Situated amongst the rolling hills of rural Tuscany, Villa Lena is simultaneously a creative residence, agriturismo hotel and holiday destination. Guests are invited to stay with Villa Lena’s creative family celebrating local Tuscan history, culture and food within an environment that offers international artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, chefs and agricultural experts space to explore and hone their respective crafts.
The estate is located in the province of Pisa, secluded amongst 500 hectares of woodland, vineyards, olive groves and organic vegetable gardens. A 19th-century villa sits at the heart of the property, originally built for an Italian aristocratic family. It now houses the Villa Lena Foundation and artist-in-residence programme. Surrounding the villa, converted historic agricultural buildings—former farmhouses, stables and hunting lodges—house self-contained guest apartments and shared facilities.
Creativity and collaboration underscores life at Villa Lena with a programme of events ranging from artists’ talks to children’s activities and al fresco dining to cooking workshops. Guests can spend their days exploring the woodlands, visiting nearby, legendary towns and cities such as Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena or Florence. They can also learn to make fresh pasta, forage for truffles, socialise over cocktails or simply relax poolside. Each evening guests and artists gather in the terrace restaurant for a communal dining experience based in a seasonal organic menu that is rooted in Italian cuisine and prepared by the visiting chef-in-residence.
Villa Lena was founded by contemporary art collector Lena Evstafieva, her musician husband Jérôme Hadey and their friend Lionel Bensemoun, a successful entrepreneur and founder of the hip Parisian nightclub Le Baron. Villa Lena aims to bring together their experiences in entertainment, music, art, film and other creative fields in one place. Art and culture are at the heart of the project and the estate is a creatively inspiring and serene place both for individuals and families. Villa Lena cultivates both nature and culture, exemplifying a new way of living.
This hotel is recommended by Anna Missirian Company Owner - Imaret , Greece
"Whether your talents rival Caravaggio’s or you struggle with stick figures, this exceptional artists' residence conceived of by a trio of worldly creatives invites you to bask among its natural endowments, among them a bountiful organic farm. Your suite will be unique within the lovingly restored 19th century villa compound nestled in one of the most dreamt about destinations on earth, Tuscany. Unwind if you wish, but you’ll likely feel drawn to partake of every stimulating workshop, artist’s talk and poetry performance."