Press Reviews

Press Reviews

Articles about and reviews of Distinctive Portugal in the press.


"Summer holidays - Europe's 50 best villas"  -  The Sunday Times (24th February 2019)

"Costa Verde (Sleeps 6) Flexible changeover dates are a bonus at this sleek villa, four miles inland from the beaches below Caminha, a medieval border town across the River Minho from Spain. All rectangles and glass, with comfy terrace armchairs and beanbags around the pool, Casa do Sinal (villa 263) faces over field and sea. Chefs, massages and wine tastings can be arranged. Fly to Porto. £1,406 / £2,122; 


The Sunday Times



"An excellent website for (...) high-grade and very elegant villas (...) throughout Portugal."   -   Aer Lingus

"Distinctive Portugal: An excellent website for sourcing high-grade and very elegant villas and historic houses throughout Portugal. Properties are well presented, there's a level of quality here that sets it apart and prices are not too high." Cara Magazine (Aer Lingus in-flight magazine) April / May 2011


Cara Magazine


"How to Arrange a Fabulous Villa Vacation for Yourself and (...) Friends"  -  Amazon

"Thank you so much, Diana! It's nice to hear from you.  The villa you describe looks like it will be lovely and, although Portugal is not in our plans for 2012, we had a lovely time there last summer and will surely visit again in the future. When we were there in June at villa 219, I had mentioned that I was writing a book on villa travel, and as of last week it is now available. The book is called Friends, A Villa & A Travel Bug (the byline being "How to Arrange a Fabulous Villa Vacation for Yourself and a Few Dozen of Your Closest Friends") and it can be purchase on, or most any other book sale site. Here's the link to the page:

Thank you again for your help in making our time at Villa 219 lovely, and I look forward to contacting you to arrange our villa the next time we plan a visit to Portugal.Thanks."

Janice Davis (author) USA, May/Jun 2011



"Fashion shots"   -   BILD der FRAU

"Good morning Diana,

I do have to make you a huge compliment Diana! In all my years as a fashion editor and organizer of our fashion shoots I have never had contact to such well organized and cooperative agency! Thank you so far for everything you have organized for us. It has been a great help! Have a nice day, kind regards
Julia Rebstock (fashion editor for BILD der FRAU Germany), 2009 and 2010 - Villa 223"



"Portugal Holiday Is A Villa Thrilla"   -   The Sun, June 2011

"I wasn't sure I could report in glowing terms from the rather unknown, hidden Minho region of northern Portugal. Boy, was I wrong. From the minute I landed in Porto I had a good feeling. The airport was efficient and we were through with our bags in no time..."

(Villas & Cottages is Distinctive Portugal's sister company)