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This lovely apartment is in a great location for levada walks and excursions to Jardim do Mar, Calheta and Porto Moniz. It is comfortable, well-equipped, and quiet and it is centrally located. The bed is comfortable with lovely linens, the kitchen is modern and well equipped, and there was a brand new washer/dryer. Our hosts, Johnny and Connie, were always available to answer any questions we had, and they gave us many suggestions for events and activities happening in the area. We were able to attend Christmas concerts and local markets with their help. Our hosts welcomed us on arrival (very late at night) with homemade soup and traditional bread, and some Madeira wine. They run an excellent restaurant, which we enjoyed, and there is a grocery store nearby. We had a perfect stay in this lovely place. And the sunsets were amazing! We will recommend it to our friends! Thank you Johnny and Connie — you were very good to us!
We rented this house for two weeks in August and were really happy with the accommodation and the owner, Madalena, who was not short on explaining every detail to us and helping us out with questions about the island and smaller stuff.
The location of this accomodation was on a mountain hill with a beautiful view onto the ocean. The first day, we just hung out on the terrace to absorb the beautiful surroundings and the nice weather.
Madalena's garden offers a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables, which you are free to pick whenever you like - to enhance a cocktail or spice up a meal. I found myself snatching a lot of basil for our Madeiran pasta! There is also a BBQ and furniture in the garden.
There is a large supermarket ca. 7 minutes of driving, at the bottom of the mountain, right next to a beach and hotels - the "Pingo Doce" - this market offers everything you need for your stay. I strongly recommend checking out the fresh fish they are offering - but be prepared to talk some Portuguese to the fish sellers!
Nights can become a bit cool, but the owner has you covered with blankets and a heater, just in case. During our stay, we didn't need the heater at all.
Two bathrooms and 3 bedrooms are a true luxury if you're 2 people and almost essential if you're a large family. This house has all the space you will ever need. The kitchen looks fantastic and has accommodated all our needs.
Secret bonus tip: only a 7 minutes walk from the house, downhill, there is a restaurant called "As Fontes do Horácio" - this place doesn't look quite like much because it also seems to serve as the local pub/café but I strongly recommend ordering lunch or dinner there - you will be thoroughly impressed - especially with the paella and the seafood dishes.
We had a great stay on Madeira and will remember our vacation with fond memories!