|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
No two the same, the apartments are located in the main Villa in the main house and the nearby annexes. They are all spacious and comfortable, furnished in Tuscan style, with a fully-equipped kitchen area, telephone, satellite TV, safe, and hairdryer. The two-room apartments (type A) can sleep up to 4 people. They are composed of a living room with a kitchen area and a double sofa-bed, a double bedroom and a bathroom.
Antique villa with annexes, subdivided into spacious apartment all different from each other. Situated in the hill approximately 1000 ft above sea level. Large walled garden with furniture, parking, swimming pool (43x23 ft. Aprox.) Swimming pool for children, coin washing machine, bowls, ping-pong, games for children, barbecue, and beautiful views over the countryside and of the sea.
The two-room apartments (type A,) can sleep up to 4 people. They are composed of a living room with a kitchen area and a double sofa-bed, a double bedroom and a bathroom. The three-room apartments (type B,) can sleep up to 6 people. They are composed of a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, two bathrooms, and a living room with a kitchen area. Two extra beds can be in the living room or the bedroom.
Walking through the large gardens or sunbathing in the sun-lounge next to the two swimming-pools, guests can admire the magnificent views over olive groves and vineyards as far as the sea. Villa Elena is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in a family atmosphere, with beautiful scenery, fine cuisine, sport and culture, and traditional local events. Villa Elena is ideal for children, who can spend their time in the open air, playing in the gardens or in their own pool. There are lot of games around the gardens, including table tennis, boules, swings, a slide, and table football, as well as the sports area for tennis, five-a-side football, basketball and volleyball, adjacent the residenc. Cavallino Matto and Aqua Park .
It is ideally situated for visits to places of interest around Tuscany: Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Massa Marittima, Bolgheri and the famous “DOC wine area” (Sassicaia, Ornellaia), the Island of Elba, national parks and spas.
Sport: The local area offers a whole range of opportunities for sports enthusiasts: from water sports (swimming, sailing, windsurf) to running (in the beautiful pinewoods of Cecina Mare, in the surrounding woods or on the quiet country roads) and cycling. The Etruscan Coast is an ideal training terrain for cyclists, who can take advantage of the alternation of flat stretches and hills (racing bikes) or try the mountain bike routes in the woods: the signposted routes in the “Macchie della Magona” Park, 7 miles from Villa Elena, are particularly recommended. The nearest golf courses are in Tirrenia (30 miles) and Punta Ala (45 miles). There are stables just over a mile away. At Villa Elena guests can play tennis, five-a-side football, basketball and volleyball adjacent the residence (on the multi-purpose pitch), table football, table tennis (two tables) and boules
The village- Guardistallo: Originally known as Gualdistallo, this medieval hillside village, whose first human settlement dates back to 4-5,000 years BC, flourished under the Longobards, and later under the Gherardesca counts. The remains of the castle can still be admired today. In the village there are shops selling local produce, cafés, restaurants, a pharmacy and a bank. Guardistallo is an ideal base for day-trips to the most important tourist destinations in Tuscany: Florence 75 miles, Siena 50, Lucca 50, Pisa 35, San Gimignano 30, Volterra 20, Massa Marittima 45, Bolgheri 9, Casale Marittimo 1.5, spa towns (Casciana, Venturina), national parks, and the Isle of Elba. Pisa Airport (served also by Ryanair) is 35 miles away.
Virgilio Marchionneschi decided to built a house suitable for the changed needs of his family and farming enterprise. With this in mind, on the 22.02.1878 he purchased the old cemetery land next to the church and rectory.
He immediately started building a beautiful mansion to use as a home, with every comfort for his family and guests.
In the basement there were ample rooms for the needs of the farm: the olive press, a big cellar, grain stores and several store-rooms for the preparation and storage of the various products, which came from the numerous farms belonging to the property.
He also set up a precious archive of documents, books and religious objects in a small chapel consecrated to Cardinal Pacelli, future pope.
The mansion was called “Villa Elena”, probably in honour of Queen Elena of Savoia.
Virgilio lived there with his wife and they were blessed with the birth of three children: Giulio, Fabio and Elena.
When he died, in 1920, his son Fabio inherited the villa, while Giulio inherited a similar villa situated in the Commune of Montescudaio.
On the death of Fabio Marchionneschi in 1938, following various successions “Villa Elena” passed to Elena Marchionneschi.
Her son, Piero Sforzini transformed the villa into a tourist structure in 1961 and nowadays the Hotel-Residence “Villa Elena” is patronized by a range of international clientele.
The Villa Elena is a beautiful house with a well kept beautiful park. Our apartement was as described and met all our expectations. Pool, parking and a lot of places to sit in sunshine or shade. The Sforzinis are very helpful and accomodating and couldn't care more for their guests.
Big plus was the village of Guardistallo with restaurants, bars, mini-market -no need really to start the car in the evenings for a good meal! Absolutely recommended! Thank you, Ladies!
Guardistallo and in particolar Villa Elena are a marvellous place to spend holidays. Serena and her family are fantastic in conserving such a beautiful residence and are always kind and gentle. Thanx for this holidays.
I just say - we never wanted to leave this place! In the apartment we had all we needed and it was perfect, nice and clean. Best of all was the garden, even better then the pictures we had seen. A big, so beautiful garden and the children just loved it as much as we did! Fantastic playgrounds and we could sit by the barbeques and eat for a long time while they were playing and discovering all paths. A great pool, a cosy town, well located (beaches, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Florence...), very friendly and helpfull owners - Everything was great! We will come back and we will defintely recommend this to everyone!
In dem kleinen Ort Guardistallo ist diese wunderschöne alte Villa mit schönen Gästehäusern. Die Anlage bietet alles was man sich zum Zeitvertreib wünschen kann: Grillgelegenheiten, schöne Sitzplätze, Pool, Tischtennis, Kicker, Boule...einen schönen und gepflegten Spielplatz für die Kleinen. Und Aussicht aufs Meer und unzählige Olivenhaine. Die Betreiber sind sehr zuvorkommend und lesen einem die Wünsche von den Augen ab. Zudem kann man alle Absprachen auch auf Deutsch treffen, was sehr hilfreich ist. Allgemein sehr zu empfehlen, fernab vom Trubel der Massen.
Appartamento accogliente in stile con la villa, al primo piano vicino al museo. Dalle grandi finestre entrava il sole caldo e la sera potevamo ammirare il tramonto sul mare.
I bambini hanno giocato nel parco insieme ad altri clienti.. abbiamo fatto varie volte il barbecue e abbiamo provato vari ristoranti del luogo. Ottimo cibo e servizio!! L appartamento era pulito e lo staff veramente molto gentile e pronto ad aiutarci e consigliarti. Torneremo il prossimo anno!!
This was a great location for exploring some of Tuscany - Pisa, Voltera, Sienna were all in driving distance for a day out although Florence and Chiantishire would be a step further than a day trip. Great beaches near by although the pool and area is good.
The 1 bed apartment was great for 2 adults and I would recommend a friend to stay here. The shower was good and hot although the screen was broken. Plenty of towels and we asked for an extra set of sheets. The hairdryer is one of the wall mounted jobs. They provided cleaning materials and washing up liquid.
The hostess is truly charming and brings a warm Italian ambiance to all things.
You need a car unless you just want to make use of the pool, table tennis and barbeques and eat out locally in Guardistallo.
The Etruscan Coast is in the centre of Tuscany, between Versilia to the north and the Maremma region to the south. An area stretching for 50 miles from Livorno to Piombino, characterized by spectacular rocks and wide sandy beaches facing the Isle of Elba. Not far inland are the gently rolling Tuscan hills covered by vineyards and olive groves, a string of medieval towns and villages, and the magnificent Etruscan city of Volterra. The area is best known for olive oil and wine (two fine wines, Sassicaia and Ornellai, are produced in Bolgheri), but there is a wide range of fine local produce. The unique micro climate (mild winters and dry, breezy summers) make the Etruscan Coast the ideal place for a holiday immersed in nature with endless opportunities for relaxation, sport, culture and fine cuisine.