Our Story

Just over four decades ago, an estate was founded on the south bank of the Podčetrtek, at an idyllic location near the forest and the stream, at the foot of the castle hill. Out of love for hortensias, the estate transformed over the decades into the Garden of Eden, as passers-by called it.

It was back in 1970 when Franc Jazbinšek, his wife Marija and their three children decided to settle down on the upper left, southern slope of the tiny village of Podčetrtek. In an idyllic setting by woods and a stream, close to the impressive backdrop of Podčetrtek Castle, he wanted to live out the autumn of his life in tranquillity.

Soon after they had the estate finally in order, the young ones flew the nest, leaving the house to grandpa Franc and grandma Marija, who lived in close harmony with nature and their wider surroundings. Franc passed the time fishing in the nearby River Sotla, walking and mushroom picking in the surrounding forests, as well as socialising with the locals, who have always been renowned for their open-hearted and friendly ways. Grandma Marija took to gardening, and put great love into cultivating flowers, ranging from roses and oleanders, which she admired each time she visited the Adriatic coast, to luxuriant, multicoloured hydrangeas that blossomed in her garden.


As the years passed, the fledglings that made nests elsewhere started returning for holidays, and observed the natural environment and marvelled at the beauty of the garden and surroundings.

Gradually grandma Marija took over the management and care of the estate, which in addition to flowers was adorned with a hardy cherry and other fruit trees. And in time, through her love of flowers and especially of the variegated hydrangeas, she transformed it into a Garden of Eden, as local passers-by called it. Today, when all that remains is wonderful and unforgettable memories and the idyllic and heavenly garden, some of the former fledglings finally decided to come back and share their story with you, and make it something everlasting.


Tranquillity, the freshness of the forest, the murmuring of the stream and the unforgettable view of the village and nearby castle, which had so captivated grandpa Franc four decades ago, and the enchantment of the hydrangeas, nurtured in her heavenly garden by grandma Marija, are the elements that now, together with the elements of eternity – yes, sustainable living could be called that, too – we are offering to anyone wishing to enjoy the natural beauty of Ortenia and to relax amidst the range of facilities and wealth of natural features at this destination as a whole.


The meaning of Ortenia

The name derives from the Garden of Eden, composed of multi-coloured hortensias that have always adorned the hillside below Podčetrtek castle. The garden was, of course, maintained and improved with the idyllic image of eco-apartments.

Why "Apartments in nature"?

Within the framework of the entire Ortenia eco-estate concept, with 6 studios and several common rooms that enrich your stay, we would like to connect you with nature while you enjoy the perfect comfort of our accommodation. We create this effect with a whole range of substainable elements that adorn the interior of our apartments, such as clay plaster, stone, solid wood furniture, decorative and functional eco-accessories, accessorries from nature and the transparency of the outer walls through which the natural environment is projected into the rooms.


Sustainable Stay


We adopted the environmental policy in 2014 at the opening of the Ortenia apartments. With the adoption of the policy, the management and employees have committed themselves to continuous improvement and prevention of pollution, compliance with and compliance with the requirements of applicable legislation, regulations and other requirements. Environmental policy is the basis for setting goals in the field of environmental protection. With the adoption of environmental policy, we have committed ourselves to responsible behavior, and at the same time, environmental protection has become our main activity, which is also adapting and supplementing in the light of changes. The management takes care of the high professional qualification, information and motivation of all employees and is committed to:
• providing the necessary activities that will directly and indirectly contribute to the continuous improvement of environmental management,

• compliance with all legal and other environmental requirements,

• communicating environmental policy to the guests of our apartments,
• encouraging guests to rent bicycles and walking sticks free of charge,
• inform suppliers and contractors about the procedures that apply to them and require their implementation and care for the environment,

• Priority is given to environmentally responsible service providers (Alternative fuel taxis, bicycle rental, landscaping services, etc.)

• providing financial resources for the implementation of environmental programs.

Indicative objectives:
• identify and measure environmental impacts,

• raising the ecological awareness of the guests of the apartments upon arrival,

• to reduce the impact on the environment.

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