Villa Elena is an imposing building with a dozen or so apartments in tis gardens. The gardens provide many secluded niches and places for kids to play (table tennis/table football/boules) as well as numerous BBQ grills and the swimming pool.
This is almost the perfect family base for a holiday. The attractions of the Tuscan Hills on one side, sandy beaches not far to the west and the wine route to the south.
The apartments were fairly basic but clean and comfortable. We were there for 2 weeks in June/July and by the end the temperature was making the lack of aircon an issue. This would make it a 4.5 but it would be churlish to give a 4 to this remarkable villa so 5 it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Elena, once the residence of the noble family Marchionneschi, is an old manor with typical and comfortable apartments. Two swimming-pools (one for children) with a wide panoramic terrace over the countryside and the sea, a beautiful garden, a barbecue area, a play ground for children, a car park, a tuscan restaurant, a library and a sort of museum with ancient photos, coins and objects. Villa Elena lies in a panoramic position among the gentle rolling hills, in Guardistallo, a charming medieval village on the Wine Route, in the heart of the Etruscan Coast: Cecina Mare with its beaches and pinewoods is 7 miles far. Villa Elena is in a strategic position to reach the most important Tuscan places of interest: Firenze, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Volterra, Massa Marittima, Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, the Spa, the Natural Parks, the eno-gastronomic routes (olive oil and wine, like Sassicaia and Ornellaia) and the Islands (Elba), all in a radius of 70 miles. Villa Elena is 45 minutes far away from Pisa-Airport (Ryanair's destination). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Elena Guardistallo, Italy - Tuscany