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Outstanding Views/Spacious/ WI-FI Internet/TV/BBQ/Gym/Licensed

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Tranquil Retreat from the noise and traffic of everyday life

Tranquil Retreat: near the forest, and yet easy, quick access to the center of Funchal, only 10 minutes by car.

Perfect for singles, couples or large groups of friends and families.

The 3 bedrooms Apartment in Casa Alegra, a substantial, fantastically appointed modern detached house on the central, sunny hill, is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. It is the only one Apartment to rent in this house.

It has incredible views over the bay of Funchal and is the perfect base for exploring the whole island. If you want to spend most of your time in almost traffic free area, near the eucalyptus forest with clean air, so good for your health, while enjoying spectacular views over the hills, town, harbor and sea, then this is the place for you.

The internal living accommodation available to you is 200m2 (square meters) over two floors (gym and barbecue area are in addition to this).

The spacious sitting room, with real log fireplace and French windows is open plan to the dining room and opens onto the surrounding covered terraces. There is a large flat screen television with cable access (many language channels), fast Internet and some DVDs, books and magazines for guests to enjoy.

There are three double bedrooms and each bedroom has a terrace with view, of the sea, hills, town below and the harbor. All rooms in the Apartment have French windows, leading onto terraces. In each bedroom are curtains, daylight blackout curtains facility, and shatters. Each bedroom has a large, double wardrobes.

The main bedroom has an en suite bathroom. There is one more bathroom and one further cloakroom / WCs.

The kitchen is a spacious, modern, fully equipped with all the necessary appliances and utensils: induction hob, big and small oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker, toaster and so on.

Outside there is cultivated garden, two generous terraces, where you can enjoy magnificent views, dine outside in the sun, then, there are loungers and hammock for lazy afternoons and a traditional stone barbecue area. The terraces are the perfect place to enjoy Madeira's famous New Year's fireworks.

Located in a tranquil, upmarket residential area, Casa Alegra is only 10 minutes drive by car from the center of Funchal with its restaurants, art and culture or 20 minutes by bus (regular service, 3 minute walk to the bus stop and a bit longer on the way back, because there is about 30 meters of uphill walk). These partly uphill walks you will come across all over the island, even in the centre of Funchal.

One of the biggest Supermarkets in Funchal is only 5 minutes drive from the house. Drive to the beach is about 15 minutes.

The walkers will enjoy local eucalyptus forest, when they can’t be bothered to go for lengthy Levada walks Madeira is famous for.

With the express highway only 3-4 minutes away by car, everything is within easy reach and renting a car is highly recommended for enjoying all that the beautiful island of Madeira has to offer.

In the second Apartment in the house your English- speaking host lives alone and is always on call if needed. Otherwise you will hardly know I am there. I am very quiet and private person.


Arrivals welcome on any day. The time of arrival and departure is flexible too.

There are supplies of guidebooks and local maps for initial use.

A baby and toddler’s cot is available, if required, (please request when booking).

Beach towels are supplied too.

Hairdryer is supplied as well.

Bed linen and full range of towels are changed weekly. Cleaning is done weekly too, all without extra charge.

No smoking on the premises.

Airport transfers and general taxi services can be arranged on request.

The house is registered and licensed with Madeira’s Authorities and registration number is: ALOJAMENTO LOCAL, Numero 30764/AL.

More Details

Enisa Stricker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About Enisa Stricker

I retired to this lovely island eight years ago. Before that I lived in central London for over 30 years. That's why I now prefer to live further from the centre of town and away from heavy traffic.

Funchal is built on hills. My house is suited on the central hill. That's why I have this superb view of the harbor and town below. I am only 10 minutes drive away from the centre of town and the sea.

More photos and about me on Facebook.

Enisa Stricker purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Enisa Stricker chose Funchal

I bought this house because I wanted to live close to unspoilt nature and yet have an easy and quick access to the centre of Funchal.

I am very near a beautiful forest ideally suited for daily walking and enjoying this exquisite, peaceful region of unique natural beauty and diverse scenery. It is perfect for a healthy living, and the quiet rest after your various activities in town or Levada walking. It is very quiet in my neighborhood.

What makes this apartment unique

The house is built at such an angle that even during the hottest weather the inside of the house is just pleasantly warm, never oppressively hot.

It is suited in a lovely, quiet suburb, residential area on one of a small central hills, 10 minutes by car to the centre of town.

You can enjoy daily walk and run in the forest and go for a swim in the sea on the same afternoon.

This is an ideal place to get away from it all, stay and exercise in a fresh air, far from noise and traffic, connect with nature and enjoy the most spectacular views over surrounding hills, the Funchal harbour and the sea beyond.


São Roque Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bidet
  • 2 Bathrooms Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Wash basin, Toilet, Bidet Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower, Wash basin, Toilet, Bidet Extra WC - Wash basin, Toilet, Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 3 Bedrooms, sleeps 6 Bedroom 1 - 1 Double bed Bedroom 2 - 1 Double bed Bedroom 3 - 1 Double bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Outstanding Views/Spacious/ WI-FI Internet/TV/BBQ/Gym/Licensed
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews
Bude, UK

Stunning location & perfect host!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an ideal week at Enisa's beautiful home. She made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived at the doorstep, showing us all the features of the home with a fire already burning to warm the lounge. As we stayed at the end of March, it was still cool in the evenings, but Enisa was very generous to provide ample firewood for our use, cleaned the ashes each day while we were out, and arranged logs for our next evenings. The home is more spacious than the pictures can show, in addition to the ample patio and terrace to enjoy the stunning views of Funchal.

Enisa is a wealth of knowledge of where to enjoy and how to get around Madeira. We greatly enjoyed her company each time we saw her. She does live on the lower floor of the home, however we were never disturbed or felt at all that we didn't have full privacy. The home is well supplied for any meals needed to prepare in the kitchen, linens were fresh and clean, plus she offered extra pillows and blankets for our comfort. A bonus we felt is that the home is very tastefully decorated without any personal items that may make you think you're staying at someone's home. We had the feel of staying at a 5 star property!

We would highly recommend staying at this property to any friends going on holiday to Madeira! This is by far at the top of our list of vacation rentals for a travelling family of 5.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write me a review and for appreciating what this Apartment has to offer...plenty of space, light and the most breathtaking views from any of four terraces...among other benefits. I am trying to improve it all the time, to make it unique and beautiful, so that guests feel at home. I noticed it is particularly appreciated by people who travel a lot and are very happy to find place like this. You are such a lovely family! I wish you a happy future travels and maybe Madeira will be on your list again in the coming years. Warmest regards Enisa
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wonderful views

  • 4 of 5

Enisa greeted us on arrival and made us feel at home in her spacious house. It is large and well equipped and situated in a residential area high above Funchal centre. It was very clean and had plenty of towels, spare bedding etc available.

There is a regular bus service from the end of the street which is only a short, but very steep, distance away. Once out of the centre of Funchal everywhere is steep!

There is a small supermarket and also a bakery a short bus ride away and a much larger supermarket a little further on, There are no restaurants within walking distance but Funchal is reached in minutes by car or bus and there is then a huge choice of eating places. Eating at home is easy as all you need for cooking is provided.

Being situated in a residential area the location is not at all touristy but it does suffer from the local dogs barking.

The view from the terrace and front windows are amazing with a panoramic view of Funchal and the bay, which is interesting both in the day and night time.

Enisa was a very helpful and friendly hostess and we really enjoyed our stay at her home.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

On arrival Enisa met us at the gate and immediately made us welcome.

On the second day took us to the town on the bus to show us where to get tickets etc. The Villa is very well equipped with everything you might need for your stay. Sometimes up high it can get cooler in the evening. There is a lovely log fire place which makes the lounge very cosy. Every time you use the fire Enisa cleans the ashes and relays the fire for the next time. Enisa is the kindest person you could wish to meet and when we left we felt we had made a new very good friend. Thank you Enisa for everything and our really lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. As you are the couple who come to Madeira every year and know it very well, it is particularly appreciated. Looking forward to see you again.
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Fantastic Funchal

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house with quality furnishings,fittings, bed linen and towels. We had a wonderful holiday, a very big thank you to owner Enisa. The house overlooks the bay of Funchal so beautiful day and night views watching the cruise ships come and go. There are many attractions in Funchal to cater for all tastes. Wonderful restaurants, cafes, cleanliness, safety together with the friendly, helpful people make this a perfect destination. The house would be an escape from the heat and traffic of downtown during the height of Summer. We would give this property six stars if we could and hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always happy to hear that people enjoyed staying in my house, particularly when stay was long one like yours. Thank you. I agree with you Funchal is the perfect destination for all around rest. The best part of staying in my house is not only fantastic view of the bay of Funchal, and the peace and quiet, almost free of traffic, but the easy and quick access to the seashore and the centre of Funchal, and best of all, chance to connect with Nature any time you feel like, because this lovely forest is only about 6-7 minutes walk from my house. So here you really have it all for the perfect rest, body and soul. Looking forward to your next stay here.
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Duesseldorf, Germany

Lovely stay in wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had perfect ten days in december at this lovely house (which my brother recommended to us). With its space for originally six people the two storey appartement felt for the two of us a bit like a palace with its four terraces, the huge living room with the fireplace and the stunning view over Funchal and the harbour. The house is generous and very well equipped (my own kitchen at home is less appointed ;-), the furniture is elegant and in a good condition.

We originally had planned to do a lot of hiking but the house felt so comfy and homely that we spent quite a lot of time just sitting on one of the terraces enjoying the view.

There are only two things that must be considered: A car would be advisable (there is a bus to the centre but it's only once an hour and walking would need a pretty good condition) and you would have to get used to all the barking dogs in the neighborhood - but this is a "problem" in whole Funchal).

Overall we can highly recommend this house. I'm pretty sure we will do it again :-)

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay here. As for the car, almost all the people who rent with me do rent the car. It really is the best way to see the rest of the island , and it is worth it, because there is so much to see and enjoy on this little island. As my house is on the central hill, it is very quick access to the centre of town (10 minutes) and yet it is so enjoyable to rest here in the fresh air, because it is almost traffic free. As for the dogs, they do have a lot of rest from barking too... and then it is a complete silence in my neighbored. I personally think it is not annoying and constant as traffic and general noise is. You still can enjoy your solitude and almost everybody loves it here because of it. But then again I love dogs, though I don't have one. Hopefully, I will see you again in lovely Madeira.
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Kelly Bray, Callington

Birthday Visit with friends

  • 5 of 5

Due to timing of flights arrived late but we were well met by Enisa, when we found the house, difficult in the dark, but all was well.

House is great, plenty of room and great views over Funchal, well appointed kitchen in fact possibly too well appointed and Enisa is very helpful with information.

Place was very clean and the sound system with the TV is really powerful, a list of the available TV channels would have been helpful but in the end we just founds an MTV channel with the music we liked, well some of us.

Local supermarket was good and the bar down the road is really good value for drinks and bread, but only seemed to sell cakes but for a really good lunch ask Enisa about the cookery school, it's really good.

We had plenty of lunches in town, all of them good, but the best was from the Muralha down in the old town, and you must have the Espada (Scabbard fish) either with the traditional banana or with the garlic sauce.

All in all a really good time was had by us all but we felt that although you can get a bus close to the house a car is really useful, if only for the shopping, and if you need to sleep with the bedroom windows open and/or are a light sleeper then ear plugs could be useful, as the local dogs can occasionally be noisy.

The walk from behind the house just up the hill is interesting and there are always the Gardens and the lavadas and the catamaran trips to whale watch.

It was a great holiday in a great place, and over 20 C at the end of November, fantastic.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very informative review. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay here. You are right about the list of television channels, I should have done that, but for some reason never thought of it…I will rectify that and make one for my future guests. Hope to see you all again some day.
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Nearest Airport
23 Kilometres
Funchal International Airport ( FNC )
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Punta Gorda, Lido,
Car: recommended

Nearest food shops are in Sao Roque, 3 minutes by car: very large bakery, supermarket, small fruit market and usual amenities. One of the biggest, well stocked supermarkets is only 5 minutes away by car. It is open until 22:00 pm every day. Other big supermarkets in Funchal and Madeira Shopping Centre are all within 10 - 15 minutes' drive.


Rates & Availability

São Roque Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 16 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Sep 16 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rental Basis: apartment in a detached house
Rental rates quoted in: Euro

The prices are for 2 people. Each additional guest: € 10.00 per night.

Long term renters are welcome. For price ask owner.

Arrivals welcome on any day.

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