My husband,father-in-law and I spent a week at Quintinha,Casa d' Ave Maria in July '15. Excellent communication with the owner throughout the whole booking process,quick to respond to any queries we had,and sent details including directions to the rental property.
The property was easy to find,and on arrival we went to the attached restaurant (Also owned by Maria) and we're greeted by friendly staff whom quickly got Maria for us.
Maria took us round to the rental property and gave us keys,including a remote for the electronic gate, which made us feel very secure within the property. Within the gated site,there are two attached properties (one of which we were renting,one of which Maria's grandson lives in) and the restaurant next door to them. Maria gave us the tour of the rental property,and even asked us our preferences with regards to having a twin or double room made up. My husband and I stayed in a very large double room with patio doors to access outside. The room.had a very large wardrobe,small table and chairs, two sofa chairs and a tv(we did not use it during our stay) My father-in-law was in the other bedroom which also doubled as living area/kitchen area. He also had a double bed,very large wardrobe, table and chairs and a tv. The kitchen was well equipped with double,ceramic electric hob,toaster,coffee machine,microwave, large fridge/freezer and a massive amount of plates,pans,storage containers etc...more than adequate for a self catering holiday! In between the two bedrooms (which each had lockable doors) was a bathroom with power shower which was ALWAYS hot.
Outside there was a wooden dining table & chairs for alfresco dining as well as hammocks. Maria also very kindly brought a wicker seat for my father-in-law as she thought it would be easier for him to get in and out of(We were there for his 90th birthday) which it was. Maria came round daily to.make sure every thing was okay,and to check we needed anything. We found our microwave wasn't working right and very quickly Maria rectified the issue and the microwave was replaced. Through-out our stay we were made to feel very welcome,nothing was an issue and all members of Maria's family/restaurant staff were always very friendly. The outside space was lovely,lots of plants and seating available which was great as it was definitely the weather to be outdoors! There was also a swimming pool next to the restaurant,although none of our party used the pool it did look inviting.
The property is next to quite a busy road although from outside the property the road isn't visible as there are large hedges etc blocking it from view and you can not hear the traffic noise from inside the property. All in all, we all spent a fantastic week at Quintinha, although most of the day time we weren't at the property. It was a place where you felt very secure and with the restaurant right next door was extremely handy. We would definitely recommend this property,and is suitable for just about anyone. My father-in-law spent his 90th birthday here,and he absolutely loved his time in Portugal. He didn't want to leave Quintinha! Hopefully we'll be back in the future!
Thank you to Maria & Family for being so welcoming! (",) x
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