TRADITIONAL MADEIRA COTTAGE, SEA AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS PLUS POOL, ARCO DA CALHETA.

Carole Dische

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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TRADITIONAL MADEIRA COTTAGE, SEA AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS PLUS POOL, ARCO DA CALHETA.

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2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4, pool, wireless broadband

Casa da Pedra is a traditional Madeiran house in the village of Arco da Calheta.

The locals reckon that Arco da Calheta has the best micro-climate of all! Ans it’s a quiet location . The house has two bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom. Downstairs is one big room which provides lounge, dining and kitchen areas. The walls are very thick stone – they are over 150 years old, part of the original cottage. This keeps the house cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.

Outside there is a swimming pool and south facing terrace. The pool is about 5 metres by 8 metres; the depth is about 1.5 metres, solar heated

There are two bedrooms upstairs. Both open on to the balcony, which faces south, giving stunning views over the sea and surrounding mountains. The first bedroom has an en-suite shower room, and there is also a family bathroom.

The shops are a short walk away but in case you arrive late in the day, ask about a welcome pack

There is a garden below the swimming pool, with a wooden house (Casa da Madeira). If the owners are staying there they may use the pool (don't worry, we are quite nice really!). You are welcome to pick fruit from the trees in the garden - these include , custard apples, passion fruit, and some young citrus trees.

Pool refurbishment: The pool was refurbished in December 2008, so you will have an even better swimming experience!

Previous guests may be pleased to learn that the parking area has been altered to make parking much easier. In addition in December 2012 an electric hob was installed to replace the gas one. For users of the high tech shower who may have experienced a cheeky coolness to the water, happy news. The gas boiler which supplied hot (well almost) has been replaced with a solar water system. This is supported by an electric immersion heater. So, cold showers by choice only now!

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
Guestbook comments from the owner
We wish to express our thanks for your contribution to a wonderful holiday we had on the island of Madeira. The house in Arco da Calheta was just perfect. It was very clean and tidy and had everything we needed for a self catering stay. It was an ideal location to base ourselves for exploring the island and the swimming pool was a real bonus. I would also like to thank Ezequiel and his staff for organising the taxi pickup from the port and the car hire. We will have no hesitation recommending your house to anyone wishing to visit Madeira in the future.
Aug 2012
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Carole Dische

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 7 traveler reviews

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Traditional Madeira cottage, sea and mountain views plus pool, Arco da Calheta.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
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Traditional Madeira cottage, sea and mountain views plus pool, Arco da Calheta.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p74209
+44 (0)1895 633449
Calheta Madeira
Sussex, UK
5

Great views and superb pool

  • 5 of 5
Everything was as good as described, but the swimming pool was even better- huge, clear as crystal, and extremely well maintained.The house is very well equipped, the views of the sea and countryside were stunning, and it's position was excellent for exploring all areas of the island.
In Madeira, food, drinks, and eating out were all reasonably priced.
A word of caution--hire the smallest car that you can. We hired a Citroen C1. The one main road on the island is easy but many of the side roads are very, very, narrow and tortuous.
  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday in our house, and we hope you will come to stay again.
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Traditional Madeira cottage, sea and mountain views plus pool, Arco da Calheta.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p74209
+44 (0)1895 633449
Calheta Madeira
5

Arco de Calheta - best location for families

  • 5 of 5
Stayed at this lovely character property in August 2011 with family (2 children 9 and 5). A few myths to dispel - Madeira is not full of old people and it's not expensive - it's not commercial either once you've left Funchal.

This property worked very well for us - it has loads of character and space yet it has the mod cons such as a dishwasher and wi-fi. The pictures and the description are very accurate. The agent who met us was very friendly and took his time to show us everything we needed to know. The view over the village and out to sea is amazing and you get a lovely sunset too.

I would say Arco is the perfect place to get a taste of Madeira. It's an hour from the airport, 35 minutes from Funchal and about 10 minutes down to the 'artificial' beach. Arco itself is a village that is unspoilt. It's very quiet and the property is well away from any main roads. There are probably about 10 shops and 6-8 bars in and around Arco but they are spread out and best discovered via a leisurely walk or two. You can also walk up to one of the Levadas and a day trip by car to Porto Moniz is about an hour away. There is a small supermarket about 3 minutes walk away but better to go to the one by the artificial beach, which is bigger and cheaper.

A few general tips about Madeira we found: cheap flights by Easyjet from Bristol on a Thursday; assuming you're hiring a car, the smaller the better as the roads are narrow and you wont want to go fast anyway (though it would have been nice to have a hire car with a bit more power for the hills); Funchal is worth two day trips at least - the Blandy's wine lodge is fab and like a working museum; and the 'pirate ship' is a must do - it's a replica sailing ship which will take you out to see the dolphins (90% likely) and along the coast where they stop off for anybody wanting a swim in the clear blue waters. In summary, Madeira is easy to enjoy, very good value, courteous people and very predictable fine weather without being too hot. We will definitely return one day.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you had a good holiday in our house. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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Traditional Madeira cottage, sea and mountain views plus pool, Arco da Calheta.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p74209
+44 (0)1895 633449
Calheta Madeira
United Kingdom
5

Ten days in a superb location!

  • 5 of 5
Probably like so many before us, we had heard so much about Madiera and how nice it was, from friends and relations who had been there on holiday, that we decided it was time that we made the trip and experienced it for ourselves. We were not disappointed. Our 19 year old son and 23 year old daughter came with us and entirely agree with the comments made in this review.
Everything as listed on the Owners Direct website was accurate and we found the Casa da Pedra to be extremely well-kept and exceptionally clean. The beds were among the most comfortable we have ever slept in, really most welcome after a two hour flight delay left us arriving tired and hungry in the early evening. We were also very impressed with the maintenance of the pool during our stay, and with the help given by Ezekiel and Terese. Arco da Calheta is an ideal location on the island, being on the south-facing coast, but far enough away from the much busier tourist and hotel centre of the capital, Funchal. It was also nice to feel that you were living among the "locals", and we frequently used the village shops and small supermarkets. We would certainly recommend hiring a car, (small but with some power, to negotiate the many steep inclines), because you see so much more of the fantastic landscape Madiera has to offer, and can choose your own routes and decide how long you wish to stay in one location.
Highly recommended are any of the "levada" walks, plus those at the two highest peaks, a day in Funchal, and a 2 hour trip we took on a catamaran from the harbour in Funchal, and saw sea turtles, dolphins and whales. Restaurants are generally good and not over-expensive, we really liked the scabberd fish or "espada", a local delicacy.
The flowers in the parks, by the roads, and in the mountains are wonderful, and the many different species never cease to amaze.
Our only disappointment was the visit we made to the Botanical Gardens in Funchal. Parts of it seemed quite neglected, through lack of maintenance/money (?), so not recommended unless it's given a facelift. There is much we have still to see on Madiera, and we hope to return next year. Since returning to England, two friends, having seen our photographs, have already booked an 8 day break and fly out in September.
  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in Madeira and in our house. We have tried to make the house comfortable and a home from home, and we are glad that you found this to be the case.
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Traditional Madeira cottage, sea and mountain views plus pool, Arco da Calheta.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p74209
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Calheta Madeira
Wales, UK
5

A piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5
Having travelled other parts of Europe, Madeira for us has been the most memorable and enjoyable. With two energetic children, we wanted somewhere for us to de-stress from our normal hectic lifestyle while the kids have fun. Casa da Pedra certainly did just that. The property for us was outstanding a true home from home feel with the added bonus of a beautiful outdoor pool – this was well used as the weather was superb. The property was very clean and well maintained and sits within the village of Arco de Calheta amongst local residents and within walking distance to local shops and cafes. While some of the true locals spoke little English they were certainly very friendly and welcoming. Nevertheless, in the main areas such as Calheta itself, it was very easy to converse. Travelling the Madeira roads were challenging on times but it added to the fun of exploring a fabulous island – It would be wise not to drive a big vehicle but it must have plenty of power to handle the steep winding roads (tracks) and get ready to use your breaks on the way down! Navigating around the island for us was easy and enjoyable. The atmosphere generally is very relaxed and easy going and as you head up to the highest peaks particularly through the wooded areas, the smell of eucalyptus trees and flowers are amazing along with the views. If you are looking for a get away from it all holiday but like to soak up local culture as well as enjoying amazing walks, this is definitely the location to do it. The high lights for us were listening to the whales calling in the evening, watching the dolphins show off in front of a crowd, exploring beautifully and scented laveda walks and just taking it easy – just what the Doctor orders!!
We will definately be going back and staying at Casa da Pedra and would recommend it to anyone I see.
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that this family had such a good holiday in our house!
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Traditional Madeira cottage, sea and mountain views plus pool, Arco da Calheta.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p74209
+44 (0)1895 633449
Calheta Madeira
United Kingdom
4

Lovely escape

  • 4 of 5
We stayed in this cottage for New Year 2008/9. The cottage is in a lovely position overlooking the sea and away from all the crowds whilst in a residential area. Funchal is less than 45 minutes away by car and Calhetta Beach is delightful. Madeira is a beautiful island so a car is necessary to really explore it. I agree with the other review that a small car makes life easier with regards the last part of the journey to the house. The bedrooms are very comfortable with lots of bedlinen and towels available. The terrace and patio were fabulous even though we didn't have the best weather and the downstairs area was nicely set out and the kitchen well resourced. The pool was glorious! The whole house is very clean. There are local shops and a pharmacy within walking distance. Ezeikel was extremely helpful even though we arrived late on a Saturday night. I hope that we will be able to return for another visit in the near future.
Also if you are in Madeira at New Year go to Funchal on New Year's Eve for the fireworks -they were superb, even my father who we'd dragged along with us was stunned and amzed by them, I would highly recommend this cottage to my family and friends (and have). The cottage was great value compared to a hotel and having your own pool is a total luxury.
  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in our house, and look forward to welcoming you again.
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Traditional Madeira cottage, sea and mountain views plus pool, Arco da Calheta.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p74209
+44 (0)1895 633449
Calheta Madeira
5

10 Days in August 2008

  • 5 of 5
Once we arrived at the property and shown in by the Rep, the views from the bedrooms were stunning. You go into the property at the top level and then use the spiral staircase to go down into the living/kitchen area. There is a dishwasher which is great so you don't have to even wash up. The property is ideal for an away from it all break. We had 10 days at the beginning of August and it was great, the neighbours Teresa and family are lovely and helpful. The shower in the ensuite is a bit like stepping into a spaceship but great after a day in the sun. You will need a car but try to hirer a small car ie a clio or micra as we had a focus and it was a bit tight to get in and out our the drive way. Don't be afraid of the ants or cockroaches as a good spray of "dum dum" finishes them off in no time. The TV is in English and we even managed to get Sky Sports to watch the cricket.

Calhetta is the local beach but can tend to get busy and remember that the tide does come in a little otherwise you will be constantly moving your towels back. We found the supermarket in Calhetta provided all we needed to allow for lunches and eating out was relatively cheap. The children liked the Pizza restaurant on the roundabout at Ponta do Sol, good food, good service and around 40 Euros for a meal for 4. Madelena De Mar restaurant was expensive, dirty and poor service so would avoid if possible.

Definitely take a trip to Funchal and park near the port / harbour. The sea front restuarants are good and reasonably priced. Take a drive up to Monte and experience the toboggan rides (25 Euros), then walk down to the harbour and get a bus back (2 Euros each). The cable car will cost 30 Euros for a family of 4 and a taxi will cost around 18 Euros.

You must sample the Maderian bread from the harbour or up in Monte with either Chirizo or bacon in and garlic butter. Great as a stop gap but remember that you will get full on just 2 Euros.

The island is very picturesque and very mountainous, don't let this put you off as there is a very good motorway from Funchal out to the west coast and through the mountains to Sao Vincete. There are a lot of tunnels we counted 27 from the airport to the cottage.

Highly recommend as a relaxing holiday and the weather is fairly constant and not too hot but you will still get a good colour whilst sitting out in the sun.

Barry, Maureen and Boys
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Funchal
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Funchal
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Ribeiro Brava
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Calheta
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Casa da Pedra is in the village of Arco da Calheta, situated on the south coast of Madeira, about half an hour’s drive from Funchal. The south coast has the most sun and the least rain on the island. The locals reckon that Arco da Calheta has the best micro-climate of all! It’s a quiet location but in the centre of the village. It is a perfect place for taking your rest between lavada walks

The village is on a hill over-looking the ocean and with views of the surrounding cliffs and mountains. The hill/mountain to the left of the house is famed as an international paragliding place. Check out this site for more information on this exciting sport. www.bhpa.co.uk. There are local shops and cafes within an easy walk. The village boasts a new leisure centre and children's plaly park. The beach and marina at Calheta is a ten minute drive. The marina offers private hire deep sea fishing. There are several restaurants within easy driving distance

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Funchal and all it has to offer is but a short drive as are two golf courses which offer challenging golf for beginner or professional alike

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Availability & Rates

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Calheta Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2014
Jul 2 2014 - Aug 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
£90
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£630
 
 
2014/15
Sep 1 2014 - Jul 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
£110
From
£110
Fri,Sat,Sun
£490
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£490
 

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Notes . We are unable to offer refunds, please make sure your travel insurance covers the rental. You can transfer in euros to our Portuguese bank account, or pay in pounds in the UK at the prevailing exchange rate . This may vary from the rate indicated on the front p

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Calheta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Family Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    En-suite shower room - toilet , shower , Off bedroom 1
    Pool loo - toilet , Near the pool
  • All towels are provided including pool towels. Please do not leave these at the beach. Toiletries are not provided
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite shower room
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • There is a camp bed and an inflatable bed for children. There is also a travel cot for a baby. All linen is provided. There is a weekly change and clean. if you require more you should ask our agent, Ezekiel (speaks English) or our housekeeper Teresa (no English)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • deepsea fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
The pool has been recently re-furbished. And it now has solar heating for an enhanced bathing experience! There is also a pool cover and roller which does help to keep the heat in. For most effective use please put this on when you are not using the pool. Please try not to damage the cover We have installed wireless broadband which is free to users of the house. NO computer, you will need your own. Recommended as this will give internet access to TV channels not available by satellite
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