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We had a great time in Casa do Retiro! This is not a typical holiday house: don't expect Ikea furniture, but a LOT of charm and real history. Some of the equipment might not be the most recent, but who cares, if you have a library and real art to enjoy!
There was plenty of space for the 2 families we came with. When you have a car, there's plenty to see in the neighborhood (mountains to beaches, cities to villages). And every evening, we could enjoy another stunning view from Cata do Retiro!
We stayed in this house for a week with a larger family (multiple little kids, grandparents, etc.) and enjoyed it a lot. The mansion is *huge* (we were using only part of it), there is plenty of rooms and space for everybody. Note that the house is quite old and whereas some parts of it (e.g. bathrooms) have recently been renovated, many other parts are obviously old and are run down to varying degree. As the other review says, it is part of the house's charm, and I fully agree! There is an old library, old porcelain collections in old cupboards in the living room etc., etc. -- many things to explore and enjoy, but don't expect everything top-notch and be sure to find some woodworms and old-house-smell. If you don't mind it, as we did not, then you will love it.
The territory around the house is also huge, there are several yards where the kids can play, and a nice little swimming pool (maybe 5 by 5 meters). Note that the main floor is the 1st floor, so be prepared for a lot of staircases.
The location is great (but you definitely need a car), Ponte de Lima is very close, Viana de Castelo is very close, Braga and Geres are not the far. There is a lot of culture and nature to explore, and a lot of vinho verde to try. I disagree with the other review about Ponte de Lima: it's a very enjoyable little town, well worth a look. There are some very nice cafes there as well. Check out the beach below the rapid right downstream from the automobile bridge. When the water level is low (it's not always low! maybe high tides reach in until there? or maybe it varies on its own), it's like an aqua-park, kids will love it.
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We liked this place. It was calm, far from the crowds. There are many places to visit in about 1h-2h drive max from the house. Ponte de Lima was not so good as expected, though. The house is big, a bit old (including the interior), but it is part of its charm. The place to go if you are looking for a stay with a big group of friends/family and/or to rest/read books/stay by the pool.
Lourenco and Ines, were very nice guest, well educated and empathic people.They left the place as clean as they found it. I highly recommend them to any host.