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A great holiday home location and ideal base for exploring Madeira - 'O Retiro'.

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 2,206 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Lovely comfortable villa with fabulous new BBQ patio area. Your dream holiday.

This villa offers good spacious, light and airy accommodation for 4 people. It has one double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and one large bedroom with 2 single beds plus a guest shower room. The spacious kitchen has seating and is amply stocked with appliances and utensils.The villa has outside sunny areas for breakfast, evening drinks and relaxation. A large BBQ area fully equipped for your alfresco culinary skills! Sea views and ideally located to take advantage of all the facilities in Ribeira Brava. Good central location for exploring the island by car, bus or levada walking. Good shops, transport and road links to rest of island.

Tourist Licence 68580/AL

'The Retreat' has successfully listed with HomeAway for more than five years - here are just a few guest comments taken from the 'Visitors Book' in addition to the online reviews below:

. Thank you so much for your hospitality. It's an awesome

house in an awesome island.

We were so happy to live a moment here.

C&A (France) July '16

. Had a lovely stay at the villa. Lovely town many nice

places to eat.

Family (Germany) July '15

. Thank you for the quality of your home, congratulations

for the beauty of the garden.

Family of 4 (Germany) June '14

. Un agrèable séjour inoubliable.

Family (France) July '14

More Details
Registration Number : 5014/AL

Property Manager
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Peter

Madeira Direct have been managing holiday rental properties on the island of Madeira since 2006. We only look after apartments and villas that meet the most exacting standards - most of which we have looked after on behalf of private owners for a number of years.

Peter purchased this villa in 2010

Why Peter chose Ribeira Brava

O Retiro offers you a spacious villa where you can relax indoors and especially in our outdoor entertainment areas. No matter your preference - sun or shade - you will find a great place to sit while you enjoy your outdoor meal, or your sun downer and watch the sun set.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for the quality of your home and congratulations for the beauty of the garden.
Apr 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Ribeira Brava on Municipality of Ribeira Brava

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2206 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , outdoor entertainment area toilet facilities
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Personalised fishing trips can be arranged during your stay. Request contact details and state you are a guest at 'O Retiro'.


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A great holiday home location and ideal base for exploring Madeira - 'O Retiro'.
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 12 reviews
East Kilbride

Fantastic Villa in a Great location

  • 5 of 5

We (2 couples) had a fantastic time in this spacious villa. The view from the villa is stunning - all the way down to the water and up to the hills , and it is an ideal base to explore Madeira. It is a short walk to the main town, or 5 mins drive, or £5 taxi, which is lovely, prettier and not as busy as Funchal. There are also busses into Funchal every Hour (the No. 7) and is 30 mins on the Rapida. has plenty of shops, restaurants and supermarkets and It's a short journey from the airport and all main points on the Island. The rooms very very spacious, clean and had all the storage you could wish for. The Kitchen is spacious and very well fitted out with all you need with doors out to the lovely garden with BBQ area, sitting area and washing area. All rooms are bright and airy. The bathrooms are very spacious and lots of leaflets on the house and area were in the living room. Colin was very welcoming and always checked everything was in order and changed the linen mid way. Ribeira Brava was always sunnier and warmer than Funchal all the time we we were there, so we would certainly recommend it to anyone. We were also lucky enough to be there during a festival with BBQ and singing on the beach - it was an ideal last night to our holiday in Madeira - a beautiful Island

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property

  • 4 of 5

The villa was spacious, clean and well furnished. We enjoyed having so many options of where to sit and eat. Location was good for travelling around the island.

There wasn't alot of information available in the villa and the Tourist Information Office in Funchal were useless so we had to find our own way around.

Our only grumbles were the very basic equipment in the kitchen, the dogs that barked all evening and into the night (not the fault of the villa obviously but annoying to the point of having to come inside earlier than we wanted to) and the fact that we weren't told that the sprinklers in the garden come on at 4pm (we found that out whilst sitting in the garden readingone afternoon!)

Apat from that we would recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Would be interested to know what equipment was not in the kitchen as it is fairly comprehensive for a holiday let and the same as a number of properties we look after.. It would have been good to have been told whilst they were here as we could have resolved this matter if we had known. The gardener has now changed the watering timing. Again if they had said it could have been addressed at the time. Dogs are unfortunately a Madeiran problem in many areas.
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A wonderful stay in O Retiro

  • 4 of 5

We are very happy we choose O Retiro for our holidays in Madeira. The cottage was very cosy, pretty and clean, just like the pictures show. The effect upon arrival was even above our expectations. Beautiful flowers in the very welcoming garden, view on the sea in the distance, banana trees surrounding a part of the house, comfortable and good taste furniture... This is a peaceful location on the hills of Ribeira Brava.

Thank you Colin for your welcome. Madeira is so astonishing and attractive. We did not make all of it in one week. We want to go back soon and if we have this opportunity, we will definitely choose charming O Retiro if available !

Pascal & Nicole - France

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ferienhaus zum Wohlfühlen

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben den Aufenthalt in dem wunderschönen Haus sehr genossen!! Es war perfekt eingerichtet und es fehlte nichts. Alle Fotos entsprachen der Realität(auch der Meerblick) Besonders der gepflegte Garten mit den schönen Blumen hat uns sehr beeindruckt. Wir bedanken uns ganz herzlich für die liebevoll eingerichtete Wohnung ,in der wir uns sehr wohl gefühlt haben!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Super Ferienhaus, alles wie beschrieben.

  • 5 of 5

Wurde alles schon beschrieben. Kann alles bestätigen. Super Unterkunft, besonders für Wanderer eine Super Region, um überall schnell hinzukommen...

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at O Retiro Holiday Villa. We hope that you will consider us again should you return to Madeira in the future.
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Spacey property, located in a typical residential area of Madeira with no other tourists around.

  • 4 of 5


Located at the end of a short dead end road.

Very spacey property.

It is very well equipped although some kitchenware could be renewed.

WLAN connection during our stay was approx. Download 10 Mbps , Upload 1,5 Mbps, Ping 10

Two BBQ areas – one of them is roofed and offers nice sea view.

Cultivated garden.

Generally everything is in proper condition.

Remarkable booking support by Collin and local support by Teva.


Surprisingly the kitchen was slightly filthy when we arrived. Most of the surfaces appeared sticky & greasy (all other rooms were cleaned well).

The dishes were poorly cleaned. This could be attributed to the dishwasher that needs to be checked. The strainer of the dishwasher was soaked up with food remains. Once we cleaned it manually the washing results improved significantly.

The hoover makes noise but it doesn´t hoover properly.

These issues have been addressed to the property manager and I have no doubt that they will be resolved shortly.


Typically – as it is the case on other Mediterranean islands - Madeirians like to keep dogs at home. Thus a little bit of barking occurs in the neighborhood from time to time. Interested parties should also know about a cute cat that is living in the outer facilities of the garden. She is really a very lovely soul. You will be asked to feed her during the stay otherwise someone else from the neighborhood is going to do so. Dried cat food is going to be provided but Cathrina prefers the fresh food from the can with a little piece of grilled fish ;-).

Finally we can recommend O Retiro for people who want to spend a holiday in a spacey property, located in a typical residential area of Madeira with no other tourists around.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All the issues have been successfully resolved. We pride ourselves on providing a clean and tidy home. We endeavour to always maintain high standards and listen to our guests.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Bar Rio and mini mart
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Palheiro Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Ribeira Brava
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Ribeira Brava
Car: necessary

The property is fully licensed with the Local Authority for letting to tourists. License No 68580/AL


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Ribeira Brava, Portugal

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £133.88

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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