You might consider this a strange title, but it describes best the experience we had at this place. Quinta do Molinu is a nice guesthouse, it has been built around an ancient mill in a modern style with rooms spread over the property.
Our 'impression': the owners have invested in this property and are now focussing on 'return on investment'. The place is almost entirely run by two employees who seem to have several tasks depending on the time of day. The owners themselves hardly show up, only at breakfast did the lady of the house help a little to serve breakfast, not bothering to talk to her guests. Even at check-out she didn't really seem to care a lot and didn't even ask whether we enjoyed our stay. It might be just an 'impression' but this is certainly not a way to create sympathy ...
Upon arrival there was a lady working in the garden who saw us coming and who came to meet us, show us around and give us the keys of the room. This turned out to be famous 'Suzanne'. She does about everything at the quinta, no effort is too much for her, it is she who does the breakfast, you can ask her anything and she will try to help you, she likes to talk to the guests and is a warm and friendly person. The owners are very lucky to have this woman employed. Besides Suzanne there was also a second lady responsible for cleaning the rooms and from time to time also helping a little at breakfast.
What we feel about the quinta:
We had a very nice 'suite' with a separate sitting area.
- as the hotel is on a quiet location, it was silent at night
- the bathroom gives instantly warm water
- nicely decorated and nice size of room
- Worst aspect of this room: the mattresses were a complete disaster, we slept really bad because of this, I really don't think the owners would consider sleeping even 1 night on such mattresses, but they do not replace them. I think this says a lot about the owners.
- The toilet is at the back-end of the room and has no door + a celing of 180 cm high, not very pleasant for 'smells' and not very handy for tall people. Also you do not have privacy so you need to be a 'close' couple to accept this.
- The towels were like 'cardboard', very rough and unpleasant to use
- The sofa unfortunately already had several stains, but they will probably not replace them for this reason.
Breakfast to us was just 'okay'. You can't complain that you are short of anything, whatever you ask Suzanne she will try to provide it, but of course she is limited to what is 'available' and this is quite standard. There was nothing 'homemade', you get some 'industrial' bread, industrial jam, some 'kellogs' cereals and yoghurt, Suzanne also baked some pancakes (or rather, she 'warms' pre-fabricated pancakes), a few slices of industrial cheese & ham and a bit of sliced fruit. As described in other reviews, coffee is worthless: a thermos bottle on the table and not worth mentioning. But if you ask Suzanne, she will make you an espresso, as there is a small espresso machine behind the bar (attention, she does not propose this, you have to ask her), this coffee was of course a lot better.
The guesthouse has a nice outdoor and indoor pool, tennis field, fitness area, sitting corners, garden, so no complaints about this
You definitely need a car! First of all, without a car we don't see how you will ever get there. Secondly, whatever you intend to do, without a car you're nowhere: 20 to 30 minutes driving to visit the beaches, 20 to 30 minutes driving to find a restaurant (if you ask beforhand the quinta will serve dinner, they say, we didn't want to try, I don't see 'who' will cook?)
So, all in all, this is a nice place with both positive and negative aspects.Were we really 'unhappy'? No, mainly thanks to Suzanne. Would we ever return here? Also 'no' !