7 of us (ages ranging from 13 to 76) stayed at Ortone for two weeks in August and had a wonderfully relaxing holiday.
The house has modern amenities but is beautifully decorated and retains its charm and character. The air conditioning in the bedrooms is very welcome but the main areas of the house stay relatively cool even on the hottest of days. We spent a lot of time in the loggia - dining, reading, painting and relaxing - it is a perfect space.The view from the well-equipped pool area is stunning and the more active among us had pool races, table tennis tournaments and visited the gym.
The house is in a very secluded location (it is difficult to see it from any vantage point in the area) approximately 1km below Radicondoli. It is a challenging uphill walk into town but we did it many times as we were never in a hurry and the scenery was breathtaking. Radicondoli is a charming place and we made daily use of the bakery, small shops, bar and restaurants.
We also visited Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni which were all very impressive but we didn't feel the need to travel too far as we had everything we wanted at Ortone.
The owners could not have been more helpful and genuinely do everything they can to ensure you have a great holiday. We received a lovely welcome pack (including olive oil from Ortone's grove which surrounds the house), suggestions of places to visit (along with the best times to go) and they even booked the best table at their favourite restaurant in Radicondoli for us on arrival. Their attention to detail was very much appreciated. Ortone is a wonderful property and has left us with some precious memories.