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What they say about Retiro no Rio …

Amazing place for holidays! Really calm and fantastic view. The breakfast was awesome. We hope to come back. Thank you for all.

Original review on Airbnb

Marie, b&b Dahlia

Quiet, nice, charming in the middle of the nature where only the songs of the birds and the jumps of the fishes can wake you up. A place to read and to meditate, where the time has no value. A pity, I could not make it to the dinner, but I promise that I’ll attend the next BBQ if Elena and Ruurd (the lucky owners 🙂 ) organized one the next time that I’ll go back to their place.

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Dominique, b&b Dahlia

Beautiful spot
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you. You have the most beautiful spot for visitors to enjoy and your hospitality was second to none. We would not hesitate to recommend Retiro no Rio to other travellers.
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annn50, B&B Dahlia

Family Trip to Portugal
We went to visit my Brother and had a great time at this beautiful location. We will definitely be staying here again. This is a very peaceful place which forces you to relax and recharge your batteries.
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248Simon, apartments Alecrim and Balsamina

Beautiful location at the river and lots to do!
We spend 7 nights in this quinta. The valley is really beautifull with great big blocks everywere and the view on the river is superb. The appartment we spend in was clean and had everything we needed. The pool is quite big and the garden is also very nice. The owners are very helpfull and friendly.
There’s lots to do: swimming, kayaking, rock-climbing, fishing or take a yoga-class. You can also get a massage from elana ( the owner). In the surroundings you can go to the national park, the countyside ( waterfall, small villages, walks) or to the villages of coimbra or viseu. All within 1 hour drive.
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Agatha, apartment Balsamina

Peaceful camping break with beautiful nature
I stayed in one of Elena and Ruurds caravans which was located right near the lake with beautiful views and surroundings. It is a very relaxing environment and perfect for ‘getting away from it all’.
The caravan was clean with all the equipment I needed for cooking and food storage as well as a machine for making hot drinks. With a comfy double bed, there was plenty or storage space with a table and seating area. There was also table and chairs outside to enjoy the views and weather. There are plenty of toilet and shower cubicles which are clean and with hot running water.
The location is full of nature and offers some really great walks and bike trails. I had a fantastic time escaping in to relaxation here and will definitely be coming back!
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Ross C, caravan

We spent two nights at Retiro no Rio and we loved it. Actually two days were not enough, we should have stayed longer. The location is beautiful, the rooms were nice and clean and Ruurd and Elena made us feel very welcome. They prepared us some great meals with fruits and vegetables from their own garden. It’s a perfect place to relax, with plenty of opportunities for great day trips.
Original review on Airbnb


Wa spent a very nice moment in Elena and Ruurd house! The place is beautiful and Elena and Ruurd are very nice ! Thanks a lot for your hospitality!
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We spent a relaxing evening at Retiro no Rio, a beautiful house overlooking the beautiful Mondego River – a great midpoint between Porto and Lisbon. Thanks Elena and Ruuird for the great stay and for being very accommodating.
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We loved our stay with Elena at the beautiful Retiro no Rio! The bnb is clean, quiet and absolutely waterfront. The views are stunning and you have private access to the river. The room is comfortable and clean. Even though we requested far too late, Elena managed to provide us with a wonderful meal, and she and Ruur were excellent hosts. I would definitely return.
Original review on Airbnb


Beautiful place
We stayed at Retiro no Rio in September 2012. What a beautiful part of the world. The accomodation was clean and comfortable, the location on the river with lovely views absolutely stunning. Our hosts were very friendly and accomodating and the evening meals that they provided as an optional extra were superb. We enjoyed a canoe safari down the Mondego river which finished at our accomodation and found several interesting and out of the way spots to explore. Something for the whole family, we will definitely be back.
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Jean M.

Peaceful place
Ruurd and Elena are very friendly people. We had couple dinners together and I gotta say I really enjoyed the conversations we had. As for the staying they make you feel like home and everything is ready and clean. Their approach for doing things is very fair and straightforward which is a enjoyable thing when you’re travelling.
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Marek P.

The real Portugal!!
I stayed at Retiro no Rio during my roadtrip through Portugal. When I arrived i was amazed about the beautiful views from anywhere on the property. The apartments all have terraces with river views.
There is a short walk private road to the river side. It’s beautiful to walk along the river and just sit on the rocks and enjoy the views.
Togheter with the friendly owners, a lot of atractions and historical cities in the area, breakfast by the owners or freshly delivered bread by the baker (every morning), this really is a place you WANT to go back some time or show it to friends or family.
Recommended place if you want to see the real Portugal!
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Arjen E.

A very special location
Retiro do Rio is a fantastic location for a peaceful holiday in central Portugal. Away from it all but with all the required comfort and facilities. We had a good apartment/studio (Canela) with terrace and there is a beautiful swimming pool above the river. The local baker comes every morning with your order. Supermarkets are 10-15 min drive away. You can also join your hosts for dinner if you don’t feel like cooking. Retiro do Rio is close enough for day trips to Coimbra, the coastal beaches, Viseu and the Serra da Estrela. For a great meal try Restaurante Quinta De Cabriz in Carregal do Sal. The access road is a bit of a challenge for an inexperienced driver but well worth the effort to enjoy the unforced hospitality of Elena and Ruurd.
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David, studio Canela

Elena and Ruuard were excellent hosts who made me feel welcome from the first moment I arrived. The room that I had booked was very comfortable and clean. The pool and river were loads of entertainment as I was able to take my own private times or share time with other guests. The breakfasts were enjoyable and filled with produce they harvested from their own property. I would recommend their place to anyone who is looking for a gorgeous setting with an abundance of outdoor activities.
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Colleen, North Carolina

After a first visit to Retiro, when I had a wonderful time, but a lot of work had still to be done, I decided to spend some more time there. I could hardly believe the difference! A great swimming pool, the camping site vastly improved, a nice shaded open air area to relax, BBQ and of course the same pleasant suroundings and hospitality.
Thank you Ruurd and Elena for making my stay so pleassant.

Gladys, Marbella

We had a lovely relaxing stay
We spent a week here in the 2012. We had a lovely time. Ruurd and Elena couldn’t do enough to make us feel welcome. Our appartment was comfortable. The pool was great for the whole family. You do need a car to get there, but that in itself is an adventure, meandering down the track to the converted farm. The surroundings are perfect. Elena is a good cook and I liked the idea of the Portuguese theme evening. Ruurd even lent my ‘fishing mad’ 11 year old son fishing rods although he wasn’t able to catch the evening meal !
Don’t hesitate – you’ll have a lovely time.
Fiona, Patrick, Florence, François et Vincent
Corps Nuds, France
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Fiona Sarrazin, France