This apartment has been furnished and equipped to an exceptional standard and has a wonderful elevated position with stunning sea views across São Martinho do Porto bay.There are just a few steps and a driveway down to the beach and a small grassy childrens' play area.The apartment is in the heart of the town within metres of many restaurants, cafes and bars along the traditional cobbled streets.The private balcony on the upper floor is great for entertaining & eating outside. An additional private patio accessed from the lounge and kitchen.The property has 3 bathrooms: a family bathroom with toilet, bidet and bath with shower; an en-suite one with toilet, bidet and shower enclosure and a half bathroom with toilet and bidet.In the lounge you have a very wide range of options for channels as there is a Satellite for standard British channels and also cable television with 140 channels in many languages. There are a number of movie channels included which are typically in English with Portuguese subtitles. In addition you have a generous selection of DVDs to watch on the DVD player. The apartment also benefits from free fast and unlimited Wi-Fi for use for guests.
- english, french, spanish, portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- 29 Nov 2018
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
We booked this property in good faith for a relaxing golfing retreat, we managed to talk to the owner when booking the holiday and mentioned we had a bad experience the previous year with building work going on next door to the Vila we booked. He had the opportunity to inform us of the REDEVEOLPMENT PROJECT right in front of the pool in the photo which is 50 yards away from the flat. We found out the building work has been on going for 2 years so far and will probably continue for another 2 years before completion take place.
He did not say a word about this.
The works started from 8.30am until 5.00pm Monday - Friday so there was little peace and quiet during the day, there was the usual building noise which included drilling, angle grinder, radio, and hammering etc etc. This was very annoying especially not being told.
We did complain after the 2nd day of Constant noise and was offered a refund for the days that we didn't use the flat, we didn't really have the time or inclination to start looking for alternative accommodation so decided to put up with the builders and stayed out of the flat during the day as much as possible. He obviously never told us as no one in there right mind would book a holiday with this to put up with.
The Photos in the advert are a Misrepresentation of the property as there are no palm trees, it looks like these were cut down several years ago, there is also no power shower in the master bedroom as shown, this has been replaced with a basic low pressure shower.
There were 7 light bulbs which need replacing, yes 7
There are 2 light bulbs on the terrace which need replacing as well
The cooker hood extractor lights are also not working
There are 2 toasters, both not working, one being quite dangerous as it fuses the flat when plugged in.
There were no instructions for the TV, this also fused the flat when plugged in.
Many of the tiles in the lounge area have come loose and could fall off at any time.
The toilet seat in the upstairs bathroom is degusting/rotten underneath and needs replacing
The bath in the upstairs bathroom is rusty in places and needs attention.
The toilet paper holders are loose and need tightening.
The property is in a great location and the town itself is brilliant, we will probably return to the area but not to this flat.
Please check the status of the building project before booking.
I have reported our holiday to Home and Away Holiday Rentals.
Many thanks for taking the time to post your review.
We’re very sorry and surprised to hear that you did not enjoy your stay in our apartment.
Your main complaint is regarding the building works that are happening approximately 50 meters away from the property. Unfortunately, those works are entirely outside of our control. We didn’t see a need to inform you about the works as they are a fair distance away from the property and in spite of the works going on for over two years, until your visit we haven’t had one complaint about them. This is in spite of us managing 5 different apartments in that block and having managed literally hundreds of bookings in the block during the period whilst the works have been ongoing. It may be that you are exceptionally sensitive to noise or you may have raised the issue as you were hoping to receive a refund of 50% of the costs of your stay – a request that you put to us in a text message during your stay.
When we spoke on the phone, I explained that I appreciated that you were upset by the noise and I gave you a very easy option to stay in a different property in Sao Martinho. We manage bookings for over a hundred different properties in Sao Martinho so it would have been easy to relocate you to another apartment in a different location. At the time you expressed how much you liked our apartment, you then considered moving for two days before deciding that you would prefer to stay in the apartment and try to seek the 50% compensation that you felt would be fair. I explained to you that I had given you the option to stay in a different property but you had been reluctant to leave our apartment – I guess that you were really enjoying staying in the property. As a good will gesture I offered you compensation of 10% but of course you were hoping for more and I suppose that’s why you’ve posted your review that seems to contradict all of the other reviews and feedback given about the apartment.
As a family of six our stay was perfect and we fell in love with Sao Martinho do Porto!
Thank you so much! Glad you fell in love with Sao Martinho. It's a very special place. Jenny and the Rental Retreats team.
Special place in Portugal
We initially booked the apartment for one week,but ended up staying for two weeks due to the Iceland volcano and all three of us felt very lucky to have been able to enjoy the fabulous apartment and Sao Martinho for the extra week.
The situation of the apartment within Sao Martinho could not be bettered being within 5 to 10 minutes walking of all the amenities but also situated to benefit from the magnificent views of the bay from two of the bedrooms and both balconies.
The apartment itself could not be faulted with all requirements taken care of with a great attention to detail.
Sao Martinho has a great selection of restaurants to suit both price and style and if fish is a preferred option then the opportunities are endless.
If you have a car there are many restaurants of interest within a 15 minute drive of the town.
With our extended stay it did give us an opportunity to explore the surrounding area and with the benefit of the immaculate Portuguese road system distance was not a problem.
Areas we visited and would recommend are Nazare,Obidos(both the walled mediaeval town and the lagoon),Fatima , Sintra and Tomar to quote but a few.
Many thanks Antony. Over the years Pat and I have stayed in a variety of accommodation around the world but for comfort and ' a feeling of home' your appartment is very high on our ranking list.
Thanks again, keep up the high standard you have set and we hope to return.
Pat, Kay and Harry.
Beautiful apartment - amazingly well-equipped!
Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday! The apartment was absolutely perfect - we couldn't believe how much equipment there was for our 10-month-old baby and 3 other children (aged 14, 12 and 9 years) - the owners really have thought of everything! Everyone had a great time, and San Martinho is lovely - very unspoilt, & we found the Portuguese people extremely friendly.
We didn't take a car & there was plenty to do without one - fantastic walks around the bay to the rocks on the other side, & of course the lovely big pool (a bit cold as unheated, but definitely warm enough to swim, & the children spent most days in it, for hours at a time!), some nice restaurants (the Italian "Portobello" was great) and bars, a wonderful clean sandy beach and a lovely playground for the children, really close to the apartment. The view from the property is beautiful - lovely and relaxing to sit with a book & drink on the upstairs balcony. We tried to catch a bus one day (to Obidos, a local mediaeval town) but it didn't arrive - apparently a very unusual occurrence, but as the weather was so hot we were more than happy to sit by the bay with a cold beer/ice creams instead!
The rooms were all huge & beds were extremely comfortable - our super-king with memory foam mattress was especially luxurious. Also provided were a great selection of DVDs & books to suit everyone, loads of board games, beach toys, & a fantastic array of basic cooking items, including even pasta, sauces & olive oil for emergencies!
Everywhere was beautifully clean, & the owners and Portuguese estate agents extremely helpful and friendly. I can't recommend this property highly enough & hope to be going back before too long - definitely the nicest self-catering apartment/villa we've stayed in!
Camilla & John
Luxury, sun, seafood and wine - lovely!
We stayed there for a week in June 2008 and had a lovely time. The apartment itself is enormous and very clean. I particularly liked the space downstairs with a big window/worktop connecting the kitchen onto the lounge area which meant we could socialise while cooking (the local wine is also pretty good!). All the bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious - loads of room for the kids to run around. Two of the bedrooms have balconies with fantastic views over the pool and down over the bay. The apartment is very tastefully furnished and also had all the practical things we needed with a young family - high chair, plastic cups and bowls, kitchen with everything you could think of.
It's in an ideal position, on a hill just 2-3 mins walk above the sea front which I should imagine gets very busy in the summer months and high enough to make the most of the view. The private swimming pool is lovely with big palm trees and lots of grass to sit on.
The surrounding is good for exploring - great scenery, some decent walks (there's a great raised board walk over the dunes and round the bay), fantastic seafood restaurants and bars. If you hire a car or take the train, there are plenty of places to visit nearby.
Definitely one of the most relaxing holidays we've had - I can thoroughly recommend it and we'll certainly be going back ourselves!
Very spacious, light, comfortable and modern apartment, a stone's throw from the beach and the village centre but set in sufficient grounds to be private. Excellent standard of fixtures & fittings - especially well-equipped kitchen, which is a rarity in rental properties. Stunning panoramic views from the bedroom balconies. Terrific location away from the "package" crowds but not isolated. Plenty to do within easy reach, and will certainly be going back - Highly recommended
The beautiful city of São Martinho Do Porto is built around a beautiful bay formed naturally by the sea in the shape of a perfect shell. Taking full advantage of the bay view have sprung up a number of cafes and restaurants offering a diverse assortment of food and drinks.
Most of the restaurants you will find will be typical Portuguese restaurants specializing in seafood. Portugal has an excellent tradition in fresh fish and seafood and typically the dishes are reasonably simple, making fresh seafood the main attraction of the meal.