It was love at first sight...
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 located in Tuscany, Italy was simply a piece of art itself.
500 hectares of beautiful woodland, rolling hills and vineyards, this magical place wants to bring together their experiences in entertainment, music, art, film and other creative fields in one place. Hence, it's been set up as a hotel alongside an artist residency ran by not-for-profit Villa Lena foundation recruiting artists all year round.
About food... the estate also run a rolling chef residency program featuring chefs from Italy to New York, taking advantage of the estate's plentiful natural supplies of produce. Guests staying there are also welcome to join their workshops!
So I guess we have our next destination planned out!
Villa Lena, Via comunale di Toiano – 42 56036 Palaia PI