Ten days in a superb location!
Submitted: August 24, 2010
Stayed: June 2010
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.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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.
Helpful votes: 3/4
Did you find this review helpful?