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Reviews and Testimonials


from our Guests


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5 Star Review

Blanca B.

Published 23 Sep 2015 on HomeAway

"El apartamento muy limpio, todo nuevo y con unas zonas comunes muy cuidadas. Tiene muy buen acceso a la llegada y bien comunicado. La única pega que solo hay wifi en la zona de la piscina y que la tele tiene pocos canales. Antony es muy cordial y te atienden genial . Recomiendo esta estancia"

5 Star Review

Ana G.

Published 30 Aug 2016 on TripAdvisor 

"Every summer my family and I rented a beach house for our holidays, and I can assure that this lovely and spacious flat is one of the best where we have been. Its ubication is unbeatable (just in the middle of Via Marginal and seafront promenade), the sea view is fantastic, and everything in its interior is superb: furniture, electrical appliances, amenities, cleanliness... we felt at home! As well as the attention of Rental Retreats has been great. I'm looking forward to returning!"

5 Star Review

Alex W

Published 3 Aug 2015 on TripAdvisor 

"This villa is fantastic! 14 of us (all just finished uni) stayed, and the villa was so huge that it never felt cramped. Everything was very clean and nicely decorated, with literally everything you could need for a holiday. The new pool was a bonus too - just finished when we arrived, it was ideal for the sunny days. The outdoor barbecue was well-used too. Sao Martinho is a quiet town - I'm not sure there'd be a great amount for families with small children, but the beach is huge, and being in a bay means that the waves aren't too strong. We did plenty of walking around the bay, and a day trip to Obidos. Lots of decent restaurants around too. Antony at Rental Retreats was super helpful, answering every question we had. The price was excellent value too, saving a lot of money on more "traditional" tourist destinations like the Algarve. I can thoroughly recommend Casa Grande!"

5 Star Review

Rachael E

Published 1 Oct 2014 on TripAdvisor 

"The Apartment was just as described, very spacious with everything you could want. The pool was slighly smaller than we thought it would be but it wasn't a problem. The area we were in was very clean not far to walk to the large Supermarket, outdoor market & Miss Daisy's for fresh croissants in the mornings and easy walking distance to the beach & fine restuarants. We must mention the gentleman that worked in the tourist information office, nothing was to much trouble and he organised some great tours for us to go on. The children aged 9 & 11 loved the area it was so pretty and we are definately planning another visit next year and hope that we can get to grips with paddle boarding. I must also say how helpful Anthony Masters was and the information pack that was left in the apartment was excellent."

5 Star Review

Natasha A.

Published 7 Sept 2015 on TripAdvisor

"We had a fantastic holiday in Sao Martinho!! There were 15 of us staying at Casa Grande and we were all incredibly impressed by the property. The owner has really gone all out to make sure that everything you could possibly need was there. The 2 kitchens are really well equipped as is the outdoor kitchen/barbecue area and both living rooms have games consoles, sky TV and a good selection of DVD's which came in very handy with the kids. The outdoor swimming pool is great and large enough for big groups. All the bedrooms are a great size and great attention to detail has been provided in the furnishing of the rooms. The town itself is lovely, just a short walk away to the beautiful beach and many restaurants. There is also a large supermarket within walking distance. There are many beautiful towns nearby which you can go to on public transport. We did a few day trips, visiting Nazare, Lisbon and Alcobaca. I would highly recommend this property - you will not be disappointed. The service provided by Antony Masters was exceptional - he quickly answered any questions I had and when I needed to change the date of our holiday he was very accommodating."

5 Star Review


Published 4 Jan 2012 on TripAdvisor

"Recently we have passed a week in this lovely apartment. Once you know the city of Sao Martinho you instantly know you are on the best spot. The views are amazing. But inside the apartment is great too. 32 inch Tv Plasma (in Portugal it´s difficult to see that), leather sofas, american cuisine with absolutely everything you could think of, the bed of the en-suite is a dream and all the facilities do your stay a very pleasant experience. Outisde Sao Martinho is the most beatiful little town of the area(to me, even more than Nazaré). It´s the perfect place to do trips and see the World Heritage Monuments of the Silver Coast (so many, but Batalha it´s terrific), plus you are an hour trip to Lisbon, Coimbra, Tomar(amazing refugee of the Templars). We actually stayed in winter, but if we would have gone in summer, probably we would never go out. Right in front of the apartment door you have a pool, and rigth down the beach (and this beach is one of the most beatiful you´ll ever see). If this wasn´t enough the price it´s more than reasonable. I would highly recommend this aparment for the vacations of your life. Thanks to Antony for your time and advices, and to Ralf( great help when we needed him)." 

5 Star Review

Dawn B.

Published 27 Jan 2014 on TripAdvisor

"The apartment was great, large enough for a family of 6, with children ages from 9 - 17, all clean & well equipped with everything we needed and plenty of space. Ana was on hand to help with anything needed and she was very helpful and lovely. The area itself is beautiful, having not been to that area before, we found it really nice and would love to return to explore a bit more. The apartment is only a short walk to the sea front, restaurants and shops. I would definately reccomend staying in this apartment, it was very easy dealing with Anthony on this side and Ana at the destination."

5 Star Review

Tim Andrews 

Published October 2019 on Trip Advisor for apartment Bay

My wife and I have just spent a glorious 3 weeks staying in "Bay", could happily have stayed there much longer.
The apartment fully met expectations and is situated in a perfect location. Very close to the beach, bars, restaurants and shops.
This was our first holiday in Portugal and certainly won't be our last! Just a shame we left it so long. What struck us was that the Portuguese people are so friendly and helpful with nothing being too much trouble.
Rental retreats were most helpful and the booking process very easy and with no problems. Would certainly use them again.

5 Star Review

Philipp S

Published October 2015 on Trip Advosor for apartment Orchid

We stayed in this perfect property with 4 friends to spend a long weekend in Glasgow. The location is great with a scenic riverview from the bacony, many shopping possibiliteis and major tourist attractions just around the corner within a few minutes walking distance.

The rooms are really big and comfortable, the whole flat is furnished with style. Everything was very clean when we arrived and we were even granted an early check-in which was very comfy after an early morning flight on a rainy day. We had a warm welcome by the staff and the communication with the manager before and after our stay was always very nice, fast and helpful.
We really enjoyed our time in Glasgow and this appartment was one of the reasons for that as it immediately made us feel at home. Absolute recommendation!

5 Star Review


Published September 2012 on Trip Advisor for Villa Riverside

Beautifully restored house in a small hilltop village. There is plenty of outside patio space overlooking a scenic river. Even though it is a compact village, it feels very private and we rarely saw anyone else and felt as though we had the town to ourselves. There are only homes and a church in the village, with a small grill on the edge. Groceries and petrol are several miles away but the roads are good and divided highways are easy to reach.
You will definitely require a car and GPS is recommended.
The house is on 3 levels with stairs. There are no bedrooms on the entry level so it is not a place for the mobility impaired. Also, the living room is upstairs with a fairly short railing (by US standards) so watch the kids and elderly. There are 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms attached- perfect for "non-family" groups.
The owner and property manager could not have been easier to work with. They provided great prearrival information and met us at the house when we arrived. Contact the owner for additional photos, if desired.

5 Star Review
Joaquina G
Published August 2015 on Trip Advisor for apartment Blue
We had a wonderful holiday thanks to the good portuguese people, good food, good weather and especially for the great house where we spent the 15 days.
The house has a high level of equipment, very good urbanization services and the person responsible for the services very friendly and helpful .
Definitely recommended