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Restored stone cottages among vines & bananas in prime Funchal tourist zone - Casa das Vinhas

Bedrooms 1
Space 473 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Casa das Vinhas

Casa das Vinhas is ground floor and sleeps 2 guests. Entrance is directly into the living/dining room which is furnished to a high standard, some pieces locally crafted from wood from the estate. The sofa, two armchairs and the dining table seat up to 4 guests (ideal to share with friends/family staying next door) and there are table lamps for reading. There is a TV with cable & satellite channels, including German channels. The corner kitchenette has electric hob, combined microwave/oven, fridge, toaster and kettle and plenty of crockery/serving/cooking equipment. The double bedroom has a fitted wardrobe with drawers and vanity section with mirror and an en-suite bathroom with large shower, basin, bidet and W.C. Outside a paved area surrounded by lawn and banana trees has 4 chairs, table & sun umbrella. Linen, bath & pool towels and weekly cleaning are provided. A separate laundry room is available. The family pool is available for guests 9-5 daily.

About the property

Quinta Vista Alegre Cottages

These three charmingly restored gems sit within the 4-acre working estate of Quinta Vista Alegre where bananas and vines are grown and century-old tropical gardens are tended. Astonishingly, this oasis of tranquility is found in the main tourist zone of Funchal, near the sea and Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel.

Converted from the old Billiard House, Stables and Factor’s accommodation the cottage walls are of original stone and interiors are spacious, characterful and well designed with top quality furnishings and equipment.

A private, electric entrance gate leads to a shared car park and a short, cobbled driveway. Each cottage is self- contained with 1 bedroom/bathroom and an outlook of tropical fruit trees and plants. 2 have patios shaded by vines in warmer months and 2 are entirely ground-floor, ideal for those less mobile. The resident owners speak English and Portuguese. The properties are adult only and do not accept children. The swimming pool may be used between 09:00 and 17:00 and is shared with the owner and their family (for a few days of the year this may include children).’

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: Opposite the entrance to Quinta Vista Alegre (where the cottages are) is the entrance to Quinta Magnolia, previously an British Country Club which is now Government owned. Here you can enjoy beautiful gardens, a fitness circuit, and two tennis courts, all set in an area of about 40.000 square meters.

Just down the road you have the oldest and possibly most prestigious hotel on the island, Belmond Reid's Palace, where they serve the famous afternoon 'Tea at Reid's' on the terrace overlooking the gardens and ocean. (Pre-booking necessary.) Nearby are other excellent hotels and a good variety of restaurants, cafés, bars, shows and concerts.

You can enjoy sea swimming at the public Lido about 1 km by foot, or you may just want to walk along the coast in this area.

The nearest small supermarket is less than 5 minutes' walk.

Buses/taxis are close and frequent. A car is not essential but advisable to explore this beautiful island.

ABOUT QUINTA VISTA ALEGRE: The 4 acre estate of Quinta Vista Alegre has been in the Zino family for 70 years, the owners being the third generation. The main house was built around 1867. It is a working Quinta growing vines and bananas in the centre of Funchal. Much of the garden was laid out by an English family, the Stanfords, between 1902 and 1912 and Charles Thomas-Stanford wrote “Leaves from a Madeira Garden” about his garden and the island.

The “Vista cottages” are in the original stone, set among the bananas and vines, having been converted from the old Billiard House and Stables and Factors accommodation.

The holiday cottages have all the Lodging Alojamento Local licences nº151/2009

More Details

Linda Dias or Noberta Sá. Bookings for owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

Available Rentals

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Included: Fresh flowers on arrival, linen and towels changed weekly, cleaning weekly, free Wi-Fi.
Arrivals accepted Monday to Saturday. Sunday arrival on request and there is a €30 supplement for this.
Minimum stay of 7 nights.
For stays of 4 weeks or more, a security deposit of €250 or £200 is required in cash on arrival.


São Martinho Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 473 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , + heated towel rail
  • The en suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, basin, bidet, loo and electric towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , this can be made up as 2 single beds
  • The bedroom can either be made up with 1 large double or 2 single beds, with bedside tables with lamps and has a fitted wardrobe with drawers and vanity section with mirror. A hairdryer is provided. There is a small safe in the hanging cupboard.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fresh flowers, fruit and a small bottle of Blandy's Madeira wine on arrival. Linen, towels and weekly cleaning are provided. A separate laundry room with washing machine, iron and ironing board is available for guests' use. There is very little crime on Madeira but each cottage is supplied with a security system and small safe. The outdoor family pool is available for guests 09.00 - 17.00 daily. An electric fan is provided in summer and a portable electric heater provided in winter months. There is Wi-Fi internet access in the cottages for use with your own laptop/tablet etc.


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Casa das Vinhas
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

A genuine hidden Madeiran gem! Beautiful hideaway unbelievably in a central location within Funchal

  • 5 of 5

Although we only know a few places in Funchal we are sure that The Cottage must be one of the best. We had an unforgettable stay on the island in particular driven by the cottage both in its location and grounds - and most importantly our hosts . Everything was as described or better and the view from the cottage onto the grounds is simply amazing. Absolutely terrific hosts and their property offers something genuine and magical to visitors; a rare find where the original Madeiran culture meets modern needs. Situated in a quiet quarter in the town there is only a short walk to the sea, restaurants and city centre. The Island is really overwhelming with incredible landscapes and architecture. Thank you once again to our very kind hosts. Highly recommended and we would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are indeed very priveliged with our location and are one of the few remaining working Quintas in Funchal. We are delighted that you benefitted from this and enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you back soon
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great situation and immaculate cottage for 2

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful location but within walking distance of everything Funchal has to offer. Very thoughtful and attentive hosts.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly is an oasis in central Funchal

  • 5 of 5

We had never been to Madeira before and booked Casa das Vinhas after much deliberation. We were not disappointed. The cottage is clean, the bed comfortable, the living accomodation is bright and the kitchen well equipped with very good cooking facilities, should you wish to cook. There is even a barbecue.

The outdoor area is very spacious and the swimming pool is more than adequate. My husband and I had the full use of the pool to ourselves, very peaceful.

We loved seeing the owners dogs, who were very friendly on occasion, and Frank and Buffy are very welcoming, helpful and discreet.

It is a short walk down a hill to turn either left into the centre of Funchal and the port area, or right to the hotel strip, the first one on the main road is Reids Hotel, where you can book for a posh tea. There is a super market down the hill too.

Turn towards the centre and you get an excellent meal at Kontiki's, steak on the stone, and a good pint at No2 Pub.

Overall, an excellent base with peace and quiet, being amongst it all. We had a fab holiday. But, like all holidays in the heat, remember to take the sprays/creams in case you are bitten.

We hope to return to this beautiful oasis, Pauline and Brian

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad, Pauline and Brian, that your holiday was such a success and glad that we managed to meet you on our return. The pool is very secluded and quiet which our guests appreciate and it is also a sun trap! As the pool is 12 x 6 meters one can really swim properly. Many of our guests call Quinta Stanford and oasis. We are so lucky having so much space in such a central area. We look forward to welcoming you back. Frank & Buffy Zino
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  • 5 of 5

Serendipity is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of our recent stay here. Frank and Buffy have created a wonderful retreat within the grounds of their stunning property. The cottage we stayed in was very well equipped, stylishly appointent and wonderfully clean with thoughtful touches. The pool area was a particular favourite bordered with many flowers and vines. Plenty of space to sit out for breakfast and the mandatory G and T in the evening. You never felt you were in the middle of a buzzing city. When you did want to ventre out of the gated property there it was, the vibrant friendly city of funchal. Great eating places a short walk away, a great bakery just down the hill for your daily bread and the must have custard tarts. All this was topped by the caring approach of Buffy and Frank. There when you needed them and not when you didnt. Fabulous. A rare and special find. Would love to keep this place a secret but that would be really mean to deprive everyone of something that is unique. A special place one had the good fortune to come across. Go there while you can , not going to stay a secret for long. The last word. Serendipity.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely stay in Madeira

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa das Vinhas for one week and really enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was perfectly located for easy walking into Funchal centre and a variety of excellent restaurants, it had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and was very peaceful. We would recommend this accommodation.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad the weather cheered up during your stay! Yes, we are lucky having such a large green area of "Quinta" in such a central position among so many amenities. We hope that your comments encourage future guests and that we may welcome you back again. Frank and Buffy
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for 5 nights in late October. the cottage was well equipped and comfortably furnished,with an outdoor dining area amongst the banana trees. The pool was clean and just the right temperature for cooling off,with plenty of loungers available.

The cottage is ideally located,with many restaurants within a 5 minute walk,as well as two supermarkets.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner,having been collected from the airport by Carlos. The bottle of Madeira was a welcome touch and the kitchen was already supplied with tea bags.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Funchal International Airport (FNC)
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
within easy walking distance
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Palheiro Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Junction 9, Hospital exit
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
a good variety within easy walking distance
Nearest Beach
850 Metres
The ocean & sea water pools a short walk
Car: not necessary

Madeira’s charming capital town of Funchal, with its 140,000 inhabitants, sits in a large bowl that rises from a natural deep-water harbour on the south of this sub tropical island to an impressive backdrop of high mountains. It is the island’s centre of activity, with something for everyone such as: a theatre, chic shops, street stalls, open market, wine lodges, museums, city parks, bars, cafés and endless restaurants, multi-screen cinema, a 15th century Roman Catholic Cathedral and an Anglican Church built in 1822. This beautiful island is famous for its tropical gardens, two championship golf courses, truly wonderful mountain and coastal walking, ocean swimming, sailing, game fishing, etc. and, above all, its friendly Portuguese inhabitants. Verdant and with varied topography and stunning scenery, it is definitely worth exploring the island and the new network of roads. For local info, please see 'FURTHER DETAILS'.

Other Activities: Madeira is famous for its tropical gardens and its 'levada' walks which extend into the beautiful mountain areas with dramatic scenery.


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