Completed in Feb 2008 to the owners' specification, Casa das Flores is perfectly situated in the centre of the sheltered, south-facing bowl of Arco da Calheta. This contemporary, high-spec villa is surrounded by extensive, well maintained gardens, offering luxurious and spacious accommodation with uninterrupted 180º views of the Atlantic Ocean and village. The open plan living area is designed for maximize use of natural light and for indoor/outdoor living. The ample Miele-fitted kitchen/diner leads directly out to a large pool terrace with BBQ, outside dining table, loungers and umbrellas. The pool (11x4m) is heated to maintain a water temp of 22c minimum all year. For winter, the lounge has a wood burner, the kitchen and bathrooms have under-floor heating and oil-filled radiators are available for the bedrooms. All windows are fitted with electrically operated shutters. WiFi, DVD, CD, games and sky satellite & meo cable TV are available, including Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and Eurosport.
Casa das Flores is licenced (AL - Alojamento Local- ) and tourist approved, so you can rent with confidence.
INDOOR / OUTDOOR LIVING and the POOL: This villa is ideal for indoor/outdoor living and you can enjoy meals outside during most of the year, except perhaps Jan-Mar. The winter sunsets over the ocean are a perfect evening backdrop. The large terrace, with attractive flower beds, extends along the length of the house and contains a large heated swimming pool, which measures 11 x 4 metres. The water is heated by solar tubes and an electric heat exchanger (backed up with a tubular electric heater when requested). In summer the water temp is 27c minimum, winter water temp is 22c minimum. Additional winter heating for the pool can be ordered in advance, at an additional charge.
Adjacent to the pool is a shower room and a BBQ shack (conveniently close to the kitchen) with gas BBQ, a 2-burner gas hob and sink unit. Plenty of garden furniture is provided, including a dining table for 6, 6 several basket chairs, 4 sun loungers and 2 umbrellas. Stone steps lead up to the pretty, well-stocked landscaped garden at the upper level behind the house which can also be accessed from the bedroom passage.
ENTERTAINMENT / LOCAL AMENITIES....: Plenty of satellite and cable TV channels are available including Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and Eurosport and Meo cable TV. BBC and ITV programmes cannot be received via satellite in Madeira, computer plug in points are available on a TV. The lounge and kitchen have large 40ins screens.
There is a DVD/C player in the lounge and a CD player in the office area. Selection of DVDs, CDs,books, games, playing cards provided.
WiFi is available for use with your own laptop.
Funchal - 30 minutes by car.
Local minimart, veg shop and post office 5 minutes' walk, nearest supermarket Calheta 6 minutes by car
Local café/bar 5 minutes walk. Choice of restaurants 6 minutes by car.
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SUITABILITY...: Ideal for those looking for a stylish property in a stunning location with exceptional views - perfect to enjoy a relaxing or an energetic holiday. No children under 10 unless by arrangement due to safety issues relating to the swimming pool. Also, no smoking or pets. Unsuitable for those with limited mobility. Car hire necessary. The English-speaking caretaker lives nearby and is on hand if needed.