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Porto da Cruz Holiday Cottage

Porto da Cruz, Portugal
  • Cottage613 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

A holiday cottage for rent in a village, 1 km from the Atlantic Ocean, on the north coast of Madeira.

An ideal place for surfers and those who want to do mountain hiking, levada (mini-canals) walks, fishing, rural tourism... It's on the slope of a 590m high mountain called Penha d'Aguia. From the house, you can see the sea and green mountains, and you can hear the brook at night...

This cottage has 2 bedrooms (one double and one single), a living room with satellite TV, an equipped kitchen/dining room, a shower and WC downstairs and another WC upstairs. Washing machine available. There's Wi-Fi internet. In the garden there is parking space for a car, and a typical Madeiran sitting area with stone benches or plastic chairs that you can take outside.


Sietske and Aurelio da Costa

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english, french, portuguese, dutch
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Sietske and Aurelio da Costa

We are a Portuguese/ Dutch couple. Year after year this cottage has been the main holiday destination for us as a family. We love this island, the pleasant climate, the beautiful nature and the friendly people.

Why Sietske and Aurelio da Costa chose Porto da Cruz

The property was remodeled in 1993 by my father-in-law. It became ours in 2000 and in 2012 some friends who visited us gave us the idea to start renting it out to travelers, who love the countryside of Madeira, rather than staying in tourist resorts. We hope that you will enjoy this place as much as we do!

What makes this Cottage unique

What makes this house special to us is the unique location, close to the mountains and to the Ocean. The walls of this cottage are very thick and made out of rocks, as houses were made in the old days. They don't make these kind of houses anymore in Portugal. Inside the cottage there's a lot of wood: floors, ceilings, window sills, shutters, stairs, furniture etc.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, Room for a couple
      • Bedroom 2
        1 twin/ single, A room for 1 person only
      • Bedroom 1 has a double bed, 2 nightstands, a big cupboard and a little table Bedroom 2 has a single bed, a night stand, a big cupboard and a little table


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, This is downstairs
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, bidet, This is upstairs
      • Both have a washbasin.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          spectacular view of Penha d'Aguia mountain, as well as other mountains.
        • Ocean View
          from the terrace of the cottage
        • Rural
        • Village


            • Adventure
            • Budget
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      No central heating, but there are 2 electric heaters, one upstairs and one downstairs.
                    • Internet
                      There's Wi-Fi. You may use your laptops, smart phones, tablets anywhere in the cottage.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      parking for 2 cars possible
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          it's an equiped kitchen.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          gas stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Some of the channels you can watch are: CNN, BBC World, France 24 in English and French, TV5 Monde, BVN (Dutch) and several German channels.
                                • Television
                                  There are English, French and German channels.


                                    • Balcony
                                      There's a small balcony right in front of your bedroom, with view over the sea.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There's a terrace with views over the sea and the mountains. There are plastic chairs and a table if you would like to eat outside.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • restaurants
                                            • theme parks
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming


                                                            • This holiday cottage has been approved by the local council of Machico. AL (Alojamento Local) stands for: Tourist Board Approval.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 1:30 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:30 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              31 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Lovely house in lovely location. Plenty of breathtakingly beautiful scenery to admire

                                                              Tim Hooper

                                                              We had a fantastic time at the house and area. The house had everything we needed and was in a great location for exploring the incredible scenery, moutains, levadas, coast and much more. Sietske and Aurelio provided lots of useful information before we travelled (things to see, banks, restaurants, etc.). On arrival they made sure were were fully settled in and showed us to a restaurant before they left us to enjoy the peace and beauty. After that they were only a phone call away if needed. Im sure we shall be back there before too long and would certainly recommend it to friends and family.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for this very kind review!!!

                                                              As for us, we really enjoyed meeting the two of you! We hope that you can come again and see more of Madeira!

                                                              was a great week, very friendly welcome and helpful info about the region was recieved.

                                                              nicholas w.

                                                              it was lovely

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your review, as well as for your kind message in the guestbook! It means a lot to us when our guests have a great time in Madeira and in the cottage!

                                                              It was a pleasure to meet you and your father!

                                                              Truly delightful.

                                                              John C.

                                                              The hosts?extremely courteous, friendly, helpful and informative, even coming back to rescue us after we had managed to get lost.

                                                              The house? Everything any couple would need to spend relaxing week or more, truly a 'home from home' the view from the terrace is delightful, and the sound of Church bells and Cockrels is especially relaxing and watching the surfers is a hoot.

                                                              The location? Porto Da Cruz is a charming seaside village with a local shop and plenty of places to eat out at very reasonable rates ( even for vegetarians)

                                                              As our first visit to Maderia, things couldn't have been better.

                                                              An easy five star rating.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Many thanks for this fantastic review!!! We are very glad that you greatly enjoyed your time in Porto da Cruz and in the cottage! It was a pleasure to meet the two of you and of course you are very welcome to come back!

                                                              Rustic comfortable and very welcoming


                                                              Lovely position, easy to use ,everything we needed.Could do with a refurbishment of the shower,but good value and owners couldn't have been more helpful

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your review and for the message you left in the guestbook! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we have taken your advice and done some work on the bathroom! We are always grateful for suggestions from our guests, which allow us to provide a better service.

                                                              Kind greetings greetings to both of you!

                                                              Lovely Old Cottage in Friendly Porta da Cruz

                                                              Paul L.

                                                              If you're looking for somewhere with character in a really pleasant, relaxed location, then this cottage in Porta da Cruz is perfect. The village itself is a million miles away from the tourist bedlam of Funchal while simultaneously being a short drive from Madeira's capital! It's a great place to kick back and enjoy the genuine Madeiran way of life; our favourite restaurant, the snack bar A Pipa, was a great place to sample Madeiran foods such as scabbard fish and espedata, not to mention the fearsome cocktail Poncha, two of which sorted out the sore throat I had when we arrived.

                                                              The cottage is lovely, on a hillside down a quiet road, surrounded by peace, tranquility and the odd confused cockerel crowing in the wee hours of the morning. The only negative thing I have to say about the place is that the road up there is rather scary, but if you can find anywhere in Madeira worth visiting that isn't down a terrifying road, you're doing pretty well! It's a perfect, basic cottage rental with everything you'd need for a week of relaxing, including free wi-fi (Which was more reliable than most places in London). Furnishings are basic, the kitchen is well stocked and Sietske and Orelio were incredibly helpful with communications and providing information on the local area. The caretaker was also wonderfully helpful when we arrived and, like everyone else in Madeira, extremely kind and friendly.

                                                              As a base, Porta da Cruz is great - you can get to Funchal by blasting down the main road, taking the bus or driving down the adrenaline-soaked mountain route, with some stand-out hikes and scenery just a short distance away. When we return to Madeira we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you very much for this very kind and detailed review. It's a big pity we didn't meet you personally because we were travelling. Thanks also for your comment on the wifi connection, I'm thrilled to know it's better that some places in London :) I totally agree with you concerning the restaurant you mentioned in Porto da Cruz, it's the best one in town and their poncha is definitely excellent!

                                                              We hope to meet you next time you come to Madeira, and we should celebrate that with a poncha!

                                                              Warm greetings from sunny Madeira

                                                              Very nice!!! You should go there.

                                                              Illja K.

                                                              The days in the cottage were very relaxed. Maybe because this house used to be a pub where everybody came to have fun (I hope :) is that the reason why the atmosphere is SO nice. We really enjoyed being there and felt at home. We absolutely would love to go back there.

                                                              De dagen in dit huisje waren heerlijk ontspannen. Misschien omdat het vroeger een kroeg is geweest waar een iedereen voor zijn plezier kwam (hoop ik :) ), dat er daarom zo'n fijne sfeer in dit huisje is. Wij hebben ons er in ieder geval erg in thuis gevoeld. We zouden er absoluut nog eens naar terug willen gaan.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you very much for this lovely bilingual review ! We're happy to know that you had a relaxing holiday and that you're hoping to come back... We hope so too !


                                                              Porto da Cruz, Portugal

                                                              An ideal place for surfers and those who want to do mountain hiking, levada (mini-canals) walks, fishing, rural tourism... you can also swim at the black sand beach of Porto da Cruz, or from June until September in the open swimming pool next to the ocean. You can visit a rum factory and taste their product, made out of sugar cane.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Additional Guest Fee

                                                              Rates are based on 2 guests. If you're intending to bring a child we request that you contact us before booking. This cottage is not suitable for children under 10 years of age. Prices might change slightly throughout the year. There are no cleaning charges to be paid by our guests. We are flexible with arrival and departure times, unless there are other guests arriving the day of your departure. In that case we request that you leave the house by 11 AM.

                                                              31 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.4/5
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