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Outstanding Luxury Villa With Private Heated Pool and Games Room, WiFi

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,960 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful 3 bedroom villa to sleep 6 on the sunny south coast of Madeira

Casa Faraway is a private 3 bedroom luxury villa,which can comfortably sleep 6, with its own private heated pool situated above the town of Ribeira Brava. Licenced as a Portuguese Holiday Villa to the local standards for your peace of mind. Holiday The villa has an extensive 160 degree uninterrupted views of the sea. Built in 2009, the property consists of a large lounge dining room which opens via large glass sliding doors onto the pool terrace. The private illuminated swimming pool is designed with a shallow round childrens pool connected to the main pool via a shallow water way. The pool is heated and available all year round. There is a solar pool shower to one end of the pool. The living room has a flat screen satellite tv with 5.1 surround sound. There is a DVD with a selection of modern DVDs. there is a shelving unit containing books maps and guide book for the island. There is also an area with UK or Europenan plug sockets for charging all your modern gadgets. There is ample comfortable seating for 6 people to sit down and watch the TV. WiFi Next to the living area is a large granite surfaced fully equipped kitchen, (toaster, microwave, oven, hob kettle, coffeemaker, etc). there is a large laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. On the second floor there are three large bedrooms with built in wardrobes the master bedroom being en-suite with its own enclosed fully tiled bathroom. there is also one large family bathroom and a cloakroom with shower. Large shaped private illuminated heated swimming pool with a shallow children pool. Large play room, pool table, air hocky,softplay, toys, games table. Facilites for younger children cot, high chair, shallow pool, toys. The villa is situated in one of the sunniest parts of Island with private parking behind locked gates. Its central position makes it ideally suited for exploring the island. Sit and watch the sun go down and the nightly moonscapes over the sea or stroll the local levada walks.

There are many local paths (most of which are lit at night) around the villa that you can explore.

There are full amenities five minutes away by car in the town of Ribeira Brava. There are some local shops and cafe within walking distance.

Discounts available for longer rentals or if pool heating is not required.

More Details

John Melhuish
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish, mandarin, email. English only by phone
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 4, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We would like to thank you for the use of your villa for the last nine days. We had a great holiday. The weather was absolutely superb up until the final morning. We left for the airport at 7.30 a.m. and it was completely clouded over, damp and cold! It was really interesting to see the way the crops are grown in the terraces under Casa Faraway and around the whole island. We run an allotment in our village and rely on our own water supply so it was a real education to see what happens on the island.
Jul 2010
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Ribeira Brava Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Located downstairs allowing access for the living area/pool.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Large en-suite bathroom,mirror lights shaving sockets,dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Large Family bathroom, mirror lights, shaving sockets
  • All bathrooms are large,fully tiled with built in cabinets with light mirrors, lighting, hand basin, shaving points seat and towel rails. There is a hair dryer available.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , En Suite, Balcony, Full sea view.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Cot available,bumpers for infants available for beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Opens onto balcony, full sea wiew
  • All bed/bedrooms have fully sprung mattresses, large fitted wardrobes, bedside tables/lamps, chairs and mirrors and fantastic sea views. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have their own private balcony with full dramatic sea view.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • 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
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Welcome pack also provided - There will be essentials in the house on arrival, water, coffee, tea, sugar, bread, biscuits, milk in the fridge and provisions to make a small meal. Outdoor dining table and chairs are available for 6 people with plastic tableware and large parasol provided.


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Outstanding Luxury Villa With Private Heated Pool and Games Room, WiFi
average rating of 4.4 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful island, friendly people, amazing things to do

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival we was amazed on how beautiful the island was and on banana city, lots of things to do for adults and kids, the locals that did speak English were very helpful and gave up a fascinating insight to the island, outstanding views from the mountains, we will be returning

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday in a great villa

  • 4 of 5

Just returned from a wonderful week at casa Faraway.

Comfortably sized villa for 6 (we were 3 adults and 2 children aged 4 and 8).

The playroom is very well stocked with toys (the air hockey was a particular hit) which was great for the children. Also a well stocked DVD and book library. Not that we were inside much as we had fabulous weather.

The views are absolutely stunning and it is a great base for days out.

We had a problem on arrival - no water in some rooms - but this was fixed (the pump wasn't working) very quickly.

The pool is very shallow (I did know this in advance from a previous review) but hadn't appreciated quite how shallow - great for a plunge but not for swimming.

Overall a great base for a great holiday. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Large spacious, well-equipped villa

  • 4 of 5

Very impressed with the villa and the pool. Rosalia was very welcoming and the local taxi drivers were fantastic. Local shops were limited but people were helpful and friendly. The supermarket in Ribeira Brava was very good, as were the cafes and restaurants. Quiet, peaceful location except for the 'farmyard dawn chorus' which was very entertaining! An enjoyable holiday and the view from the villa was to die for.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very nice review. The dawn chorus is typical of rural soutyh Europe.
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Lovely villa in peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Faraway. The décor wasn't to our taste and a little oppressive, but other than that, the villa had pretty much everything we could have wanted.

Positives: Amazingly beautiful views and peaceful location, well equipped (and very clean) villa with plenty of space

Negatives: Pool is very shallow - not really for swimming (this wasn't a problem for us, but might be for others); there is no air conditioning which would have been a plus although there is always a breeze.

We didn't hire a car and managed very well with the help of the wonderful Horgio - his contact details are in the information book - who turned up as and when required.

Overall, a very good location.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. The pool is limited by the constructional foundations and drainage system of the villa. We do have another villa advertised on HomeAway Ref 450670, which has a much bigger pool suitable for those who want to swim up and down. Mr Mrs JM Melhuish
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lovely villa, good location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in Casa Faraway, the villa was very clean and in a good location. Riberia Brava is a lovely little town, with all the facilities you need, and Funchal is a short drive away. We experienced 2 issues during our stay, the washing machine leaked and blew the electrics, and the ironing board is broken. We reported the washing machine to the owners representative, Rosalia twice, but we recieved no response. Despite these issues we enjoyed our stay, particularly the view.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. Without feedback we are unable to maintain the villas high standards and it is good to have guests who actually report a fault, as unless we are told we cannot repair/replace items that have reached the end of there life. Most guests never notify us of items that no longer work and it is impossible to check everything. Mr Mrs JM Melhuish
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Fantastic spacious Villa in peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa with a nice pool. Very spacious villa and the kids enjoyed the pool for cooling off during the sunshine. Rosalia the property manager was very helpful and met us at the car park at Campanario as the transfer company did not know the villa location. We had an issue with no water but a call to Rosalia and 10 minutes later it was resolved.

The villa itself is very spacious and has a bathroom on each floor as well as an en-suite in the master bedroom. The games room is a nice touch and well kitted out if the weather were such that you needed to stay indoors. We were lucky and didn't need to make use of it as there was plenty to do.

The owner does say a car is required and I would tend to agree, but it depends on how confident your are driving abroad. Personally we found a very nice local taxi driver called Carlos and he was brilliant. Always turned up when he said and his prices were reasonable.

All in all we were very happy with our stay and the villa itself. The island is beautiful and there is something there for everyone. I would happily recommend the villa to anyone as you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
37 Kilometres
Funchal (Santa Cruz) Approx 35 minutes
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Short Walk
Nearest Ferry
22 Kilometres
Funchal Port Approx 20 minutes
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Balanical Palheiro Golf
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Junction 1 (Ribeira Brava) approx 3 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Ribeira Brava/local pizza
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Ribeira Brava Approx 5 minutes
Car: recommended

Casa Faraway is located in a quiet rural environment, overlooking the Atlantic ocean (where the odd whale can be viewed). The villa is situated in the Southern middle region of the island (35 minutes Airport) which is a perfect location to explore the island by bus, foot, or car, be it the coast or some of the island highest mountains. Airport transfer is available and for your peace of mind you have representative support during your stay should you require help. Pricing includes heated pool (optional). The Villa is close to local shops cafes and bars. All amenities are available in Ribeira Brava which is 5 minutes away by car. It is close to one of the islands longest Levadas. (Levada da Nord). The island has many activities and attractions to offer.(listed in the villa info pack), from horse riding to 4x4s (4x4 routes maps available from us). There are many museums, historic houses/churches, gardens, 8 cable cars (including the worlds steepest), beaches, sea pools, diving, walking, worlds highest cliffs, sports facilities, canyoning (world site), golf (3 courses), shopping, fantastic scenery, waterfalls, etc. We can suggest many things to do and see that are not in the tourist books.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $239.12

If you wish to make an enquiry or booking, please email us.
Prices are per week (7 days),
Discount available if you do not want the pool heated or two guests only
Whilst staying at the villa our representative is available should you have any problems
Free additional camp beds and cot are available maximum occupation 8

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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