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Luxury self catering, heated pool, jacuzzi, games room, BBQ, sunny gardens

  • 5 BR,
  • Sleeps 10
23 Reviews

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Luxury self catering, heated pool, jacuzzi, games room, BBQ, sunny gardens
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p468902
+351 -963337153
Ponta do Sol Ponto do Sol
5

This property was everything we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5
We recently spent a most enjoyable sixteen days in Casa do Retiro.
We had carefully selected the villa from a number of villas on different web sites and this one stood out immediately as the one we would like to stay in.
And after also taking into account the glowing reviews the house has received we can only say that our expectations were more than realised.
The house is a large and very comfortable one, with many personal touches of the Noronha family. The family itself, Tito and Christina, were present in person as we arrived, together with M. Graça, who very discreetly cleans the house and does the washing and washing up on a daily basis. They gave us a very warm welcome indeed and showed us round the house in person explaining the history of the family. It was very clear that they were proud to be able to show us their house and share it with us. Christina had also prepared a wonderful bowl of fruit and a bottle of Madeira wine as a welcome. Later on during the first week she also brought us a genuine Madeira home-made bolo de mel cake which was absolutely delicious. She even shared her recipe with us.
The house was in tip-top condition and when we noticed that the kettle was leaking it was replaced the next day!
In the end we counted ourselves lucky that our return flight was delayed by three days, giving us an extra three days in this wonderful villa.
The villa is situated on the south coast of Madeira and is ideally placed to access many interesting places. We especially remember our trip from Sao Vicente to Santana for its absolutely breath-taking scenery along the north coast. The narrow road with its many twists and turns is not for the faint-hearted though!
We have stayed in villas in Crete, Italy, Portugal, Spain and France over the last ten years but this villa was unmatched by any of them.
Thank you Tito, Christina and M. Graça for giving us such a wonderful time!
business
Luxury self catering, heated pool, jacuzzi, games room, BBQ, sunny gardens
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p468902
+351 -963337153
Ponta do Sol Ponto do Sol
5

Exceeded all expectations

  • 5 of 5
We thought that this rental looked too good to be true - and yet our stay at Casa Do Retiro surpassed our expectations. We are already looking forward to our return visit, having just got home.

It is a challenge to find a relaxing holiday with two young children (one nearly 4, the other almost 18 months) and although opting for a villa was going to provide the flexibility we wanted, we were a little concerned that we would sacrifice on relaxation. We should not have worried - the family did everything possible to prepare the house for our arrival (even getting a couple of new steps for our eldest daughter to access the sinks and toliets), providing a huge array of drinks and fresh, exotic local fruits and setting up cots in a number of bedrooms so we could choose the best space (our daughters loved sharing the pink room). Beatriz even organised a birthday party for my husband, much to the delight of him and our girls, and the amazing themed cake lasted the whole 10 days!

Furthermore, the housekeeper, Mrs Graca, discreetly took care of washing up and washing (our daughters created lots!) as well as cleaning, giving us a proper rest. She even set up a matress and blankets on the floor next to the bed in case our eldest rolled out during the night (but she slept better than she's ever slept before!)

We can honestly say that we have not enjoyed such a relaxing, refreshing holiday since before our children were born. There is plenty to see and do on the island (highlights included cable car in Funchal, long lazy lunch near Santana, agapanthus and eucalyptus forests on the way to the Paul de Serra, pools at Santa Moniz, summit of the second highest mountain), the food is delicious (Apollo in Funchal, pizzas from around the corner, sea food at the beach bars in Ponta Do Sol and Calheta) and the people are welcoming and friendly (making a lovely fuss of the little ones).

The house itself is a privilege to stay in; a very warm place because of the inspiring family history.

It is a testimony to the owners of the house, to Mrs Graca, and to the unspolit natural beauty of Madeira itself that our days were filled with fun and our nights were longer than we could possibly have hoped for. The action-packed days and blackout curtains even gave us a number of long lie-ins. What more could a family with young children ask for!

We would not hesitate in recommending this property - provided that we can still get a booking when we next need to recharge!

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