|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
No two the same, the apartments are located in the Villa the main house and in 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 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.
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.
Wir hatten eine wunderbare Woche in der Villa Elena. Genossen haben wir die Lage, mitten im Ort und trotzdem lieblich entrückt dank des riesigen Parks und dem vielen grün. Der Pool war perfekt für uns mit Kind und fußläufig war der schöne Ort mit Restaurants, Geschäften und Bars zu erreichen. Für unseren Sohn hat der Park ständig neue Überraschungen bereitgestellt und es war einfach schön.
Familie Sforzini waren tolle Gastgeber und wir kommen nächstes Jahr wieder. Gleiche Wohnung. Es war so schön!
E' stata una bella vacanza, molto rilassante e allo stesso tempo interessante.
Inizialmente ci siamo riposati, abbiamo giocato con i bambini nel parco, utilizzato i l barbecue, poi ci siamo dedicati elle escursioni, volterra, san gimignano, massa marittima, lucca e pisa, veramente stupende!! Il tempo è stato ottimo e ci ha permesso di abbronzarci sia nel solarium in piscina che al mare.
I bambini hanno fatto conoscenza con i figli degli altri ospiti e si sono divertiti!!
Il nostro appartamento era molto spazioso e pulito, con tutto il necessario per cucinare, situato nella villa principale, con alti soffitti e grandi finestre dalle quali potevamo assistere ad un fantastico tramonto.
Il residence si trova nel paese di Guardistallo , piccolo borgo con tutto il necessario, dai negozi per fare la spesa ai bar per la colazione, ai ristoranti per le cene, Tutti molto buoni!!
Appena arrivati e durante la nostra vacanza i proprietari sono stati veramente gentili e ci hanno consigliato e assistito in ogni nostro desiderio.
Non vediamo l'ora di poter tornare !! Consiglio Villa elena, ne sarete soddisfatti!!
PREFERABLE D'ETRE DANS LES ANNEXES AVEC TERRASSE POUR MANGER DEHORS ET POUR QUE LES ENFANTS JOUENT DEHORS DEVANT LA MAISON
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We stayed for 2 weeks in a Type B apartment (2 bedrooms). We stayed in the main house rather than one of the annexes and it was the right decision as the high ceilings in our particular apartment which was on the first floor, helped us cope with the heat. Not all the apartments have high ceilings such as this one, so worth enquiring first.
The pool is lovely, clean and there is a separate pool for younger children. The hosts really made us feel welcome. The surrounding garden is pretty with lots of tables, chairs and barbecues. There are swings and boules for the kids to entertain themselves.
In terms of evening entertainment, there was always something going on either in Guadistallo itself, which is a charming small town, or within the grounds of the villa such as wine tasting, a communcal barbecue and on one evening a concert provided by the local police band with the music from 'La Traviata'.
Kitchen is well equipped although potential guests should note there is no oven in the properties, which would have been beneficial. There is also one coin operated washing machine on site at 5 Euros for one wash, so be prepared not to do alot of washing!
Villa is in an excellent location for trips out to cities such as Pisa and Volterra. We went to Elba from Piombino as foot passengers on the ferry for the day, which was a great trip. San Gimignano and Siena are about 1 - 2 hours away if you wish to travel further afield. But there is no direct motorway, so prepare for windy roads on route.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and the villa, although basic, was clean and comfortable.
Would recommend to other families.
Our family (2 adults and 2 children aged 14 and 17) had a fantastic week in this cosy antigue villa in Guardistallo. The appartment was clean and well-equiped with a huge bedroom and a very nice bathroom.
There is internet avallability. The swimming pool and garden are large, clean and very impressive.
The family,who owens the place, showed a lot of hospitality.
We can very much recommend this place to others.
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.