1 double bedroom, 1 twin/double bedroom and 2 shower rooms.
Location: Central Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
Tuscan family villa with pool close to village with restaurants, cafes and grocery stores. Amazing views over the Tuscan hills from the swimming pool, looking west toward the dark forested hills of Berignone and Gerfalco, where there are also hot springs and thermal baths.
This old farmhouse has been converted into 3 apartments, all with private outdoor space and views over the inspiring panorama of Tuscan hillas. Camelia is the most private of the three apartments, with a garden focused on a large tree. The Tuscan hill village of Radicondoli is 500 metres up a track and a country road and has restaurants, cafes and grocery stores. The present owners have restored olive groves and renewed vineyards, producing excellent wine and olive oil. Even more care has gone into the three apartments. The swimming pool is on a terrace with never-ending views over the Tuscan countryside. The custodian lives nearby and is very conscientious and helpful.
Camelia has a furnished patio at its entrance, shaded by a conker tree. There is a comfortable living room with a small but well-equipped kitchen area, a twin/double bedroom and a shower room on the ground floor, and a double bedroom with shower en suite on the first floor.
Surrounding the house are gardens with roses and herbs, and on one side, next to "Olivo", is the amazing pool with a large paved terrace, plenty of sun furniture and a cleverly concealed shower in an ancient (dead) olive tree. The views from the whole property, and in particular from the pool, must be among the very best anywhere, with mile upon mile of meadows, olive groves and hills leading into mountains in the background, wonderful for exploring on foot, by car or bicycle. At the rear, Radicondoli is silhouetted on its hill, only 800 metres away.
Firstly, we had a brilliant time (except for Ryanair, not your responsibility!). The service you provided was superb. I have never come across so helpful a company, with such quick responses. Excellent!
The web description of the apartments was completely accurate. The view is just spectacular. Only a couple of very minor points: you need to be fit or an energetic child to walk up to the village! And, in your written details, it might be worth stressing the value of stocking up on food at a supermarket before arrival. The Coop at Poggibonsi Sud was excellent but quite a trek once we we in Radicondoli. Are there supermarkets and/or/ markets and butchers nearer? I think I saw a butchers in Casole (recommended by you and a lovely place to visit with an interesting Etruscan museum).
Radicondoli was just right. 3 different restaurants, each delightful. My grandkids liked watching the football at the National which also has a good menu. The Pergola, noted in your leaflets, was excellent too but booking advisable. The tourist office is very helpful. But, being in such an isolated spot, best stick to the mainish roads!The forest area to the south east of the village was a bit hairy!
On the region, we enjoyed Casole. Helpful, as we had an ageing mother, that it has a lift from the car park. For those with kids Monteriggioni has a nice little museum where you can try on armour. Colle Alta was much more interesting than we had imagined after driving through the lower town. We had been before to San Gimiginano: very impressive but best to get there early as parking a challenge...And Siena was matchless.
Thanks once again, we shall hope to book with you again.
Nice little house, much as expected, and attentive support from the caretaker and welcoming wine tasting! WiFi was ok, if not great, but able to access from the patio of house and occasionally even inside it! Not super fast but usable. Pool nice, views great. House ok. It could do with a bit more kit in the kitchen but was adequate. Bathrooms fine. Bedrooms fine.
Walk to the town is ok but a bit of a climb, as was expected from the reviews. OK for us but would not recommend to people with toddlers etc. We took torches with us for the walk back. Town has a new restaurant 'Agriteca' which was lovely, 4 course Italian food and of course great wine. Town has a coop and another small store which are ok for basics, also has a nice bakers which we used a few times. So yes, it was nice. Great views, lovely area of course, nice food. Great wine.
We stayed in Camelia the first week of September 2015. We found this place via the website 'Invitation to Tuscany' and were very pleased with their services. Radicondoli is a small but quaint little town in the heart of the Tuscan Hills. It has a couple of restaurants and small shops where you can find the basic stuff you need in the apartment. We drove twice to the nearby (+/- 35 min drive) Ponggibonsi to do the 'big' shopping. Radicondoli is quite remote and if you plan to discover Tuscany from this location, you will find it is quite tiring as the main attractions (Chianti area, Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, etc) are at least 1 hour drive away. But our main goal was to relax and to do 1 or max 2 day trips during our week's stay.
The actual estate is situated in a fantastic location, about 500m from the main road. The property has a housekeeper who welcomed us upon arrival. Our flight to Pisa was delayed and by the time we got the rental car at the airport it was 21h. We didn't t get to the estate until 23:30, but the housekeeper stayed up. 1 advice: make sure you have an Italian travel book with some basic Italian sentences as the guy only speaks Italian, talking English won't get you far.
There are 3 apartments on the estate and we stayed in Camelia. We absolutely loved our apartment, it has the most stunning views and the interior is exactly what you would expect of a Tuscan flat. It is spacious enough for 4 people, has got 2 big bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a small kitchen and L-sofa. Some kitchen materials could do with replacing and an extra pan or two would make a big difference. Things like kitchen towels, apron, oven gloves, Fairy, etc are provided. Upon arrival there is a small welcome pack with basic ingredients like pasta, biscuits, tea, coffee and 1 bottle of (excellent) homemade wine. It is true that the swimming pool is 'closed' between 13:30 and 15:30, however, the people in the other apartments didn't mind us swimming during that time, as a matter of fact, everyone went into the pool and no-one really cared. I guess it is different when small screaming children jump in and out during the 'siesta'. The pool water is very cold, and because it can be windy it takes a brave soul to go into it.
I can only recommend this place if you want to have a top relax holiday. The views, the sunsets, the great wine... I felt gutted having to leave after 1 week!! A couple of things to keep in mind when you stay in Camelia:- This flat does not have Wifi, you need to walk towards the swimming pool to get a Wifi signal (which makes me think that the other 2 apartments have constant reception as Camelia is at the back)- This flat has got 1 hour of sunshine between 11:00 - 12:00 in the morning. The rest of the day the flat is in the shade. It is probably great in mid Summer, but in September temperatures are not that high and after 19h it is simply too cold to stay outside.- Take an insect spray to keep away the horse flies and mosquitoes. We will definitely book another holiday with Invitation to Tuscany in the future, it's a great find!
My wife and I stayed here in late July 2014 with friends and had a wonderful holiday. The unspoiled views, from the pool area and the terrace outside of the Camelia apartment, are incredible. The villa itself is well proportioned with separate bathrooms and a private outside area with a table and chairs to eat. The grounds are well maintained and there is an inviting pool with plenty of sunbeds shared with the other two adjoining apartments - this arrangement did not prove to be an issue. The village of Radincondoli is a 20-min walk uphill and 15 downhill, boasting a few charming restaurants - also 2 small supermarkets and a butchers. Doing a big food shop at one of the larger towns is advised. We had a blissful stay overall, that included day trips to San Gimignano (45 mins) and Florence (1hr 30 mins). We would highly recommend a stay at Camelia and booking with the very helpful Lyn at Invitation to Tuscany.
We had 2 apartments for 2 weeks at the end of July for a family celebration. It is a beautiful, tranquil place, fantastic scenery and great pool that you can swim properly in. Everything was very nice, plenty of room and generally well equipped. Sofas were comfortable, plenty of sunbeds round the pool, etc., for relaxing. We had no problems walking into the village with 2 push chairs for lunches or back at night time after evening meals - just carry a torch or use your mobiles to find the way in the dark. The place was well looked after with regular pool checks, grass cutting etc. If you're intending to cook quite a bit yourselves I'd advise taking a good kitchen knife - the ones there are completely blunt. And if they regularly have parties like us then I would suggest putting one really big pan in each apartment - cooking pasta or other dishes for 8 in small pans made preparing meals a bit more laborious than necessary. Also the barbie was a bit remote. It was quite big but away under the trees with no lighting so difficult to seen when things were cooked - bring a torch. The other apartment had brought there own portable barbecue - a pretty good idea.
There are a few house rules, such as not using the pool between 1-3 pm, although everyone treated this as by negotiation when we were there and as the people using the other apartment were either out or wanted to swim too, everyone was happy with the arrangement. Good to know in advance though in case you don't have like-minded neighbours. Phone connections in the area are very iffy -same if you want internet through a dongle. If you are intending to do a lot of day trips then it does take a while to get anywhere from here and the road is quite twisty. Fine if you are out every 2-3 days but it could be tiresome everyday. But if you are looking to chill out, relax, enjoy some local food and wine and take a few day trips out, then this place is perfect and provides a very special holiday.