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APARTMENT - 2 balconies overlooking City, Harbour, Gardens & Mountains

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom apartment to sleep 4; 2 bathrooms; area 90 sq. m


First floor bright and airy apartment in a small six-condo building.

Entrance into a spacious combined living/dining area leading onto balcony with table and chairs. Tiles and parquet flooring with 50's Retro furnishing. Large fully-fitted kitchen with laundry. Main double bedroom with large sliding door wardrobe and drawers. This bedroom also has a private balcony and en-suite bathroom consisting of overhead bath shower, W.C, bidet and wash-hand basin. 2nd Bedroom consists of two adult single beds, wardrobe and drawers. There is another 1/2 bathroom with WC, wash-hand basin and also a free-standing cubicle housing the massage shower. Linen cupboard in hallway.

There is outside street parking for a car rental if necessary. CABLE TV (40 Channels-All languages) DVD/CD and VIDEO PLAYER (with library) provided. Free WI-FI available in apartment and at most shopping malls, cafes and Funchal Cathedral area.

FESTIVALS: MADEIRA hosts CARNIVAL WEEK during the month of FEBRUARY/MARCH, but differs annually The GRAND PARADE is held on a SATURDAY and the Fun Parade is on the following Tuesday. So if you feel inclined to donn a Wig or

Moustache you are cordially invited to join in the fun with the locals. Singing, Music and Dancing along the streets of the City with small stalls offering the traditional food of the Island.

APRIL/MAY, is FLOWER FESTIVAL TIME. Admire the beautiful Carpet of Flowers along the main Avenue leading up to the Cathedral as well as the Display Marquee of prize orchids and other exotic blooms. The culmination of the Festival is the GRAND PARADE of FLOATS festooned with thousands and thousands of flowers. This festival is not to be missed, but please inquire early as it is one of the most popular. The dates change annually.

FLOWERS AND GARDENS: It is not for nothing that Madeira is known as 'THE FLOATING GARDEN'. All the gardens ARE AT THEIR BEST DURING THE MONTHS OF MAY AND JUNE continuing right through the Summer months. An added BONUS takes place in the form of the ATLANTIC FESTIVAL during the month of JUNE. EVERY SATURDAY evening there is a spectacular Fireworks Display. Although it is hosted by Madeira, three other countries will also be competing for the winning title. During the course of Atlantic Week local 'wandering minstrels' will be entertaining guests with their music and songs. This is a wonderful time just to sit at one of the street-side cafes, sip a glass of wine, listen to the 'troubadors' and watch the World go by.

WINE FESTIVAL.: The ANNUAL WINE HARVEST is celebrated in the Centre of FUNCHAL during the month of SEPTEMBER. Small stalls along the main avenues offer MADEIRA wine tasting and local traditional food. Performances of FOLKLORE singing and dancing take place on stages erected for the occasion. Altogether a delightful time to mingle with the local Madeiran people and enjoy the festivities.

The next festival here in Funchal is the CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS which are turned on round about the 6th DECEMBER and continue for about a month. Every street, lane and building - as far as the eye can see - is decorated. Ofcourse this culminates in a magnificent fireworks display to WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR. The view from the apartment is absolutely spectacular and you feel as if you can reach out and touch the fireworks. Do not miss out on Funchal at this time of the year as it will be forever remembered.

More Details

Sandy Becker
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, *Google TRANSLATE available
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Sandy Becker

I have lived in Madeira for 22 years and love the Island. I never tire of the magnificent scenery with both mountain and sea views. The climatic conditions are perfect with temperatures throughout the year between 16 deg C and 25 deg C. The local folks are considerate and helpful and it is for these reasons that I am still here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Website Property: Madeira Botanical Gardens Rentals

Guest Name: Simone

Comment: We had eleven great days on Madeira staying in Sandy’s apartment. The apartment is big and has everything you need when you are away from home. The view from the apartment is fantastic and we enjoyed our breakfast at the balcony looking at Funchal and the sea every morning. Sandy made us feel at home and helped us with everything we needed such as arranging taxi from the airport, helped us with grocery shopping the first day, busses, booking levada walks etc. Thanks to her it was easy to get the best possible out of our stay.
Aug 2014
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Funchal Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:30 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , wash-hand basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , wash-hand basin
  • Bathroom 2 has a separate shower cubicle which houses a MASSAGE shower with seat.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , with balcony and private en-suite bathroom
  • Large wardrobe space with drawers. Private balcony off Bedroom 1
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Optional reservations for Island activities available: Island Tours; Cable car; Boat Trips including Dolphin Watching; Garden Trips; Levada Walks; Jeep Safari (Scenic); Car Rental; Traditional Folklore Dinner Shows; Ferry Boat to Porto Santo; Golf.


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APARTMENT - 2 balconies overlooking City, Harbour, Gardens & Mountains
average rating of 4.714286 based on 75 reviews

Excellent Apartment. Clean, sunny and a fabulous view.

  • 5 of 5

We are truly happy that we stayed at Sandy's place in Funchal. It is an independent apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies. It is close to the Botanic Gardens and 15 minutes bus ride from downtown. We wanted to be away from the late night noise of the downtown and we were able to enjoy the fabulous views of the harbour from a vantage point of our balconies.

We used a combination of city buses, taxis, minibus tours and hiking to cover lavadas, mountains and coastal towns. We went to Potrto Moniz and North West of Madeirato on a minibus tour recommended by Sandy and it turned out to be well organized and great value for money.

Sandy had arranged a taxi for our pick up from the airport. She was there to welcome us. She took us to the grocery store in her car which helped us to stock up for the two weeks we stayed in Funchal. Throughout our stay she was available to provide information and guidance.

My wife and myself found Pingo Doce, the local supermarket chain a good place to buy necessities and the farmers market on Fridays at the main market in Funchal a great for local fruits and vegetables.

I am a writer and I was able to work on Cultivating Happiness, my current book, during our stay there. We are happy to have discovered Madeira as well as Sandy's place. We will be back again.

Franky Dias

Author of Buddha in Rush Hour and The Taste of Water

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Franky and Family, It was my pleasure having you all. What an interesting family you are. Yes, I was quite surprised how you managed with the local busses travelling all around the Island. You managed so well. Next time you will be able to explore the Levadas, so that will be something to look forward to. Thank you so much for your stay and I hope to meet up with you again in the future. Kind Regards.......Sandy
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A wonderful apartment and view

  • 5 of 5

First I must say that the owner Sandy is without doubt the most helpful owner of an apartment that we have stayed in, and we have stayed in quite a few! She lives below the apartment and is always on hand but she is not intrusive. Her guidance was most helpful and a trip to the supermarket on arrival most welcome.

The apartment is lovely, with two excellent balconies that overlook Funchal including the harbour and being south facing receives sun all day, of which there was plenty despite it only being February. The kitchen is one of the most well equiped that we have had and is of full residential standard unlike many more basic ones. The buses from nearby provide an excellent service to get into the heart of Funchal which is a lovely capital with more of a feel of a large town than city and the whole area that we experienced was wonderfully clean. The fee was not loaded for school half term as many are and is superb value. Why has it taken me until retirement to find this wonderful island? Sandy's apartment is the perfect place to experience it from.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ALL so much for being my guests. It was an absolute pleasure to have you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further assistance or information about the Island of Madeira. Hopefully, I will see you again on a return visit.
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Perfect holiday for body, mind and soul

  • 5 of 5

Asunnon sijainti erinomainen keskellä paikallista asutusta ja elämää. Bussipysäkit asunnon lähellä ja vilkas bussiliikenne takasivat nopeat lähdöt milloin minnekin suuntaan. Parvekkeilta upea merinäköala ja auringonlaskut ja vehreä Jardim Botanica siinä aivan näköetäisyydellä. Loman teemana oli kävely ja vaellukset - me matkailijat hyväkuntoisia 60+ vuotiaita "reppureissaajia".

Kävelylenkkejä asunnolta teimme ylöspäin Curral Dos Romanokselle asti, yhtäjaksoista nousua riitti n. tunnin ajaksi, erilaisia reittejä (kapeita katuja, portaita) vaihdellen. Levadoissa ei riittänyt meille oikein haastetta, mutta niitäkin kävelimme. Paikalliset bussit kuljettivat edullisesti saaren eri osiin uusille vaellusreiteille: Baya D’Abra, Curral Das Freiras… neljä viikkoa oli lyhyt aika.

Asunto oli hyvässä kunnossa ja tilaa oli mukavasti kahdelle pariskunnalle niin oleskeluun kuin ruuan laittoon. Valmistimme ruuan enimmäkseen itse hyvin varustellussa keittiössä. Reput olivat tarpeen ruuan hankinta matkoilla. Pyykkikone pyöritti lenkkivaatteita tehokkaasti.

Vuokraemäntämme Sandy oli korvaamaton apu niin paikallisten tapojen, bussilippujen, aikataulujen kuin retkivinkkien suhteen - aina sydämellinen ja valmiina auttamaan.

Tammikuun säät sattuivat kohdilleen, saimme lenkkeillä aurinkoisessa säässä. Palaamme takaisin.

Thank You, Sandy for the excellent holiday home! Thank you for the amazing view from the balcon over the Funchal up to the sea. Special thank you for helping us in so many ways and making our 4 weeks holiday perfect; thank you for your kindness. We´ll coming back one day! Kindest Regards from Finland, Vuokko & Co travellers

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A BIG thank you to the Karvonen Family.
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Spacious apartment overlooking Funchal.

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic week in this spacious apartment in early February. Ideally situated looking over Funchal and the harbour but nicely away from the hubub! We were rather cold and would have appreciated another heater but otherwise would recommend staying here.

Sandy was fantastic, by giving us masses of useful information about the island and booking us a couple of mini-bus trips, (being picked up at the door), which were well worth the money as we saw so much. She also took us to a supermarket to stock up,when we arrived which we appreciated very much.

We used the very regular bus service to get in to Funchal ( 10 mins ) and up to a Levada walk, and also taxis a few times.

We love Madeira for it's mountains, greenery and flowers but also it's lovely people.

Thankyou Sandy, you made our holiday.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much. I know that you enjoyed the Island and you are most welcome back at anytime.
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Excellent value

  • 4 of 5

Although a little dated everything you need is here, with comfy beds. Bus or nearby cable car needed from apartment but regular services mean this is no problem. Hospitality of owner Sandy second to none and her knowledge most useful.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well located and spacious apartment.

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Jardim Botanica Apartment as we liked the idea of being located away from the centre of Funchal while still being able to access it easily when we wanted. We also wanted some space, having stayed previously in other countries in cramped accommodation - we are very pleased to say that we found both with this apartment. We hired a car and so could easily access the roads East and West on trips out and used the bus ( bus stop about 200 metres from apartment ) to go into Funchal. In terms of space, we enjoyed having the luxury of 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and even 2 balconies - the views from these were fantastic as described.

I must also mention the owner Sandy who went out of her way to explain places to visit which, despite our own research, we were not aware of and was available to help at all times as she lives below. We must especially thank her again for going out to buy some provisions for us on learning that our inward flight was delayed, preventing us from visiting the supermarket that evening. Not only that, but she would not accept payment ! We were very touched, a lovely, knowlegeable lady.

We enjoyed the stay so much that we are already discussing a return trip to Sandy's apartment !

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much my 'Anonymous' guests. It would be my pleasure to have you back again and then you would be able to have more time to visit the North side of the Island and also experience some of the Levada Walks.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Cafe Bar and Wine Shop
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Paleira Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Continuous from EAST to WEST of Island
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Cafe-type Restaurant
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The apartment is just 50 metres above the BOTANICAL GARDENS and BIRD PARK with access by CABLECAR to the village of MONTE (known for it's magnificent GARDENS, CHURCH and TRADITIONAL TOBOGGAN RIDE which is still in existence). One is presented with spectacular panoramic views of the City and Harbour - particularly towards evening - with just a 10 minute (3 km) bus ride into Funchal. For hikers and walkers the local bus (directly outside the building) will transport you to the LEVADA WALKS leading to MONTE, the Tea House and CAMACHA. Also, in close proximity, a shopping centre provides the amenities of a mini-supermarket; chemist; bakery; hairdresser; general store; dry-cleaners; fruitery; florist and cafes. The apartment does have street parking space for a car rental although this is not a necessity as the bus service is an excellent, reliable and economical mode of transport. The Motorway is just 2km distance and the Airport is a 20 minute drive to the apartment (20 km).


Golf: Madeira has two Golf Course facilities........Palheiro Golf Course is situate high above the City of Funchal in close proximity to the Botanic Gardens, commanding a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Santo da Serra Golf Club (18 hole) is approximately a 30 minute drive from the City and is known for hosting the annual Madeiran Open towards the end of MARCH.


Rates & Availability

Funchal Apartment Rental Rates

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Holiday Season
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

As from January. 2017 the weekly rental will be E320 for two guests. Extra guests, more than 2, will pay E6 each per night. This is the Standard rate throughout the year with EXCEPTION of the Christmas and New Year dates (e.g. 22nd December to 5th January) which is E450.00. Although there is no security deposit it is expected that guests leave the apartment clean and tidy as they found it. Kindly replace breakages with an article of similar value.
Kindly note that this apartment is not suitable for young children under 10 years because there is no protective measures on the balconies other than railings. Kindly contact the owner with regards to Children and Wheelchair accessibility. Unfortunately no pets allowed. Thank You.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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