The Casa de Pedra is a cottage, beautifully restored from an old stable or hayloft. which has retained much of its original structure and tha basalt stone with which it was originally constructed.It stands in the grounds of the main house, belonging to a Madeiran family, traditionally doctors, who live there all year round. The cottage, a haven, comprises a double bedroom, bathroom and very welcoming sitting room in wood and stone with a fireplace, multi-channel television, hairdresser, internet,fridge, microwave and electric kettle. Cleaning everyday.
There are so many recreational activities to choose, such us two golf courses, horse riding, walks journey along the Levadas (one of which two minutes from the cottage) or even mountain walks
The rural and romantic Casa de Pedra can be found in Camacha 9 miles from Funchal and 10miles from the airport.
Walks & Levadas: The best way to reach the interior of the island of Madeira and enjoy the splendour of its untamed landscape is to follow the footpaths.
Levadas are water courses running round the mountains and were built by the first settlers to carry water to inaccessible farmland. Today they are one of Madeira’s greatest tourist attractions.
Attractions: Madeirahas a number of attractions worth visiting during your holiday. The best-known and most traditional is the descent from Monte to Funchal in a wickerwork sledge. There is a variety of other attractions in other areas of interest that will help you learn more about Madeira while thoroughly enjoying your free time there.
Tours: This is a fascinating landscape, with its high mountains and deep valleys covered by exotic vegetation and colourful flowers. Add to these attractions the charm of the small villages and the cosmopolitan rhythm of the capital, Madeira, and you have plenty of good reasons to set off and explore every corner of the island.The Transport system is top quality and varied. So choosing exactly how you will explore the island is up to you!
familiar house ,living there all over the year
a couple of medical doctors / surgeons
Filomena purchased this cottage in 1920
These buildings are integrated in the same area as the main house, and are owned by traditional Madeira Medical doctors who reside there through the year.
This area is surrounding by a large and beautiful garden with 5000 m2, full of exotic plants from temperate climates.
During the winter season and Spring camellias, magnolias and azaleas are blooming. In April/May rhododendrons are at their maximum splendor.
Situated in a quiet location, with the surrounding beauty of the trees of the forest, Laurisilva of Madeira an indigenous forest, classified as World Natural Heritage, decreed by UNESCO, is the ideal place to enjoy some hiking on foot along the levadas or simply enjoy the fresh country air.
A very romantic place for relaxing. Close to the Airport and to Funchal. Very quite. Warm welcome and a lot of attentions during the stay.
….This is part two of our review, as we realized that the original text was far too long…
There are just too many too nice things to say about Filo and Pedro, that we didn't want to cut out the text…
The discussions we had from the first minute were very rich, deep and "profound" about aspects of life on Madeira and life in general. Filomena introduced us to the owner of the most famous madeiran embroideries producer Bordal, and when we arrived there we were immediately welcomed there by Susana herself and treated and advised like old returning customers. Simply amazing. Saying this not as a set phrase, but because we were - amazed - indeed.
Pedro also gave us valuable advise on best places to eat, pointing us exactly into the direction of the kind of restaurants we were looking for. Our last dinner at Abrigo do Pastor, on the heights over Camacho, just hours before our departure plane, remains epic in our minds.
The cottage in itself, as some reviewers mentioned, feels more spacious than the pictures suggest. The interior design is perfectly arranged, hence everything you might need (and wouldn't imagine in such a presumably tiny place) is there without it all getting crowded.
The ground floor boasts the kitchenette, which was well enough equipped for us to cook any dishes we aimed at during our stay. As mentioned, it looked like new every evening after we came home from the day and had left it in a… well… less clean state.. The bathroom is surprisingly spacious for a cottage of this size. The dining and living part of the room is close to the wood oven. Sofas are very comfy and, frankly, the feeling provided by the listening to the fire in the oven is just… Wood and ire starer will be provided daily!...
The top floor, under the roof, is a very spacious sleeping and working room. the bed is very large and of exceptional quality. One of the things I try to find out when reading reviews is about sleep quality.I am the kind of guest needing good hard
From a practical point of view, there is a brand new and pretty large new shopping complex just literally two minutes drive away, allowing rural feeling with all amenities close by. Funchal city centre is just about 20 min away, making a night out very practical. 20 minutes drive to the airport over the rapid carrigeway.
The most used hiking book used on the island is the ROTHER GUIDE. the Walk nr 9 (2012 edition), along the LEVADA DA SERRA literally passes by behind the house.
"The good feeling about the Stone House left by the pictures, descriptions and positive reviews actually really started with the very kind help Filomena provided when we requested information, during the reservation process and the huge amount of practical information before arrival, were an extreme added value to the feeling of well-being. Being picked up in Camacho centre to make sure we would find the property easily, was just the last of these pre-arrival steps. We were, by the way, even offered to be driven to the airport at 4am (!!) in case we'd give back our rental car earlier. The tons of excuses we received when Filomena and Pedro picked us up with 10 minutes delay were just symptomatic of the level of care given to every detail of hospitality.
And hospitality it is indeed, in the most "private" way rather than just "B&B business". It is so relaxing for your mind to be in company of extremely educated, well travelled, open minded persons of a rare elegance in every possible way. The cottage (a former barn itself, if I remember well) is erected on the former farm grounds of one of the ancestors, and overlooks the master house and the family "cottage", and the gardens. To compare the gardens, to a park would be an understatement. While you could expect an almost "aristocratic" behavior of the owners, their attitude towards life actually makes you feel like in a friend's home from almost the very first second. These aspects as well as the cottage in general gave a feel of "luxury" which was in no relation to..the price or other similar rentals you would find on the island or elsewhere.
The service is high about average of similar B&B, at least in the same category. It is not "service staff" which is taking care of the cottage, but the maid of the estate, which obviously takes the very same care of guests than in the main house as well. Our beds were so lovingly made every day, the snacks and coffee pads (so delicious and handy for who doesn't like to take care of piling up such groceries by himself) stocked up with such care (when asking why a third box of cereals had been added, I heard that the maid checked the contents of all boxes and saw that one of the two others was coming close to an end and… was afraid we might soon have only one box for choice and also, she wanted to make sure we always have at least one fresh&crunchy box available…), the bathroom and kitchen rearranged and cleaned with such painstaking care that the level of care gi
We vere searching for a quiet place to stay for two weeks in April and were lucky to find this charming little house in the hills abowe Funchal. Nice and clean, breakfast at the balcony in the sun, cosy nights in front of the fireplace in the livingroom. Lots of beautiful flowers in the garden. We rented a car for the weeks and traveled around the island - spectacular mountain views, beeches with black sand, levada walks - its only a three minutes walk to the nearest levada! A very safe place to stay - we didnt even lock the door at night! The house was cleaned every day and the fridge was filled with breakefast-ingrediences and fresh fruit daily. Bred on the door every morning. This is a realy nice alternative to a hotel - we loved it and recommand it!
Anne & Jan from Norway
Thank you, heartfelt goldens, Filomena and Pedro, for peaceful life there, for caring, your beautiful cottage and all what you have there.
I have had possibility to live near you. I felt there like home in Finland all that time, almost four months. I´m waiting to be there at next summer-, autumn- or wintertime again, so much.
Wonderful feeling still lingers, even though I have already returned to my home. I miss being there, when I´m here and there I missed to be at home. You have peaceful countryside close to the mountains and near the city, forests and humans, both I need now and wanted to see and feel there. Your garden, all this surrounding nature is so beautiful in Valparaiso.
When lived there, I was able to rest, to spend holidaytime, run and walk, to recover from surgery and do my works. Network connection was fine, quick and necessary. At same time I did my works, discussed with my sisters and friends online, lived peaceful life.
Your surprises were memorable too; meals, dinners and fresh bread, the chances to take pics, nature excursions, all.
Thank you Filomena and Pedro with your lovely family. I´ve not words to tell you all this warm sense what I feel now and felt there.
My partner and me (28, 25) went to Madeira in March for the first time.
Our priority was to be far away from tourism and hotels but as close as possible to nature and the real Madeiran culture and people.
We booked one place near the beach for 5 days and the three last days of our holiday we decided to stay in Camacha...I'm so happy we did!
Filomena, her husband Pedro and her lovely daughter are amazing hosts, speak amazingly well English and are always happy to help (Pedro took us to the airport as we both didn't have a car).
The cottage is bigger than it looks on the pictures, it's actually a small house to yourself. The garden surrounding the cottage looks like paradise and the Levada walks are indeed just around the corner.
A bus to Funchal comes quite regularly and the bus stop is just down the road.
The day we arrived Filomena and her partner welcomed us with a bottle of Madeira wine and all sorts of little nibblings (cookies, crackers etc).
There was also freshly made bread every morning for breakfast.
Unfortunately the weather was pretty bad (hailstones and rain) when we arrived, so we were lucky to spend our time in front of the lovely oven with hot chocolate and cookies.
If you are looking for a bautiful and authentic place within the nature and if you're happy to spend your holiday with calm, the sound of the birds and loads of hiking, I recommend you to book a few days in Camacha.
My partner and me are definitely going back in September and we can't wait :)
The stone house is situated in a very beautiful garden with a lot of different Camelias that are superb when blooming specialy in winter.
Guest have their one garden but can also visit the main garden.
Is a very quite place just the sound of the birds one can listen.
When leave the airport , Guest must take the higway to Funchal. After more less six kilometres on the right side there is a way out to CAMCHA. Take that road and when you find a rotunda take the direction to Camacha . After 4 kilometres you will find another rotunda then you shlould take the left to Funchal / Nogueira. After getting the Shopping Center one the right, take the left again and after 700 meters on the right side there is Vale Paraiso. Enter in a small road on the right near a rose wall, and after 400meters on the right finally is the Stone House. The road is CAMINHO DA RIBEIRA GRANDE 26
Other Activities: walking in the levada( 3 mn from the Cottage) play snooker at the main house
Golf: The mild climate on the two islands is ideal for golf all year round. This, together with the exceptionally beautiful scenery, influenced the decision to build two golf courses in Madeira.
The Madeira Open has been held in spring in Santo da Serra since 1993. It is part of the PGA European Tour
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Dec 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
1 night minimum stay
There is no taxes or additional charges
Payment after check in, cash
Is a very safety place
Accommodation for two people .
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.