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John Melhuish

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, german, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish, mandarin, email. English only by phone

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

8 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Ribeira Brava Villa Rental Photos and Description

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Melhuish (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish, mandarin, email. English only by phone

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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Reviews

4.4
based on 8 traveler reviews

Outstanding Luxury Villa With Private Heated Pool and Games Room, WiFi
average rating of 4.375 based on 11 reviews
Canada
4

Comfortable Villa with stunning views near Ribeira Brava.

  • 4 of 5

Me & my wife had an excellent stay in Casa Faraway. Villa is in quiet neighborhood, very spacious & has stunning views of the ocean/hill. It’s was a perfect property for relaxing break.

Villa location is ideal and provides easy access to Funchal and other attractions on the island.

Pool is shallow and was ideal for soaking which we wanted.

There are few grocery options within less than 5 min drive to Campanario & supermarkets in Riberira Brava. There are many good restaurants in Riberira Brava and everywhere on the island. Cafe by the car park meeting point with the property Manager when we arrived serves very tasty snacks.

Rosalia (The property manager) is very helpful & gave us very detailed briefing of all the things/amenities in the villa. She was available whenever we phoned her

One minor issue during our stay was with en-suite bath shower screen which wasn’t staying in place.

Overall, very good villa, good location, stunning views & comfortable stay. Would recommend to anyone thinking of renting it.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for nice review. We know about the bathroom screen and there is a new one in the store to be out up next time we are out there. Mr Mrs JM Melhuish
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4

Large spacious villa ideal for families

  • 4 of 5

Lovely holiday - we visited in winter and the pool could of been warmer and it felt slightly damp in some rooms but that said the owners were lovely, were prompt to rectify any issues. View is stunning and it's so quiet. Funchal is about 25 mins by taxi but local towns 10 mins away. Great place to stay .

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

October break

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home for the perfect relaxing break!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you
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4

July 2015 - 2 weeks

  • 4 of 5

My family and I had a great holiday in Madeira, and found Casa Faraway very adequate for our needs. The villa is very spacious, and with the games room and "splash" pool, the odd day that we were in the villa for a full day, our 2 boys had enough space to entertain themselves.

It is unfortunate that the pool is so shallow, and as a result it was used very little by us, as we are a family of good swimmers. We understand now that this villa caters specifically for families with small children, but it was not really obvious to us at the time of booking.

I had 5 minor issues to report:

1. The catch on the large sliding door, from the lounge onto the pool deck, is not secure and was found on the floor one day, which meant the villa was unlocked for a period until I worked out what the issue was.

2. On the second last day, we tried to contact Rosalia (The property manager), as we needed a taxi but could not explain to the firm where the villa was. Unfortunately she did not respond and I had to rush around on our last day and had to take my sister to Rebiera Brava to catch a taxi to her hotel in Santa Cruz.

This was a bit of a disappointment, as if there had been an emergency, she would not have dealt with it.

3. The BBQ is in poor condition and I had to clean it thoroughly before it could be used.

4. The bath shower screen in the en-suite is not fit for purpose.

5. The downstairs shower does not drain adequately and almost overflows, cutting short any long showers.

We did also think that the villa could possibly benefit from ceiling fans as these help with the mosquitoes and obviously provide cooling on those warm nights.

Other than these minor issues, we had a great time and would definitely go back to Madeira in the future, but not necessarily to Casa Faraway.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The pool has a detailed description on the web site. The minor faults are all the usual. The Catch breaks on the door if they are slip shut fast sorry here it is usually children to blame. Rosalia our representative is usually available on the phone but doe have her own life to live. The BBQ this is an item that gets abused by a number of renters, who should clean it after use. With a turnaround time between guests in summer of around 4 hours it is impossible to check all the items please report anything you find to Rosalia. The bath shower screen is a glass side panel that can be moved guests should make sure it is positioned on the bath edge. Unless this is broken and not been reported. We will check. The shower downstairs will be checked as this is the first we have heard of this.
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Stroud, England
4

Casa Faraway

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had an excellent stay in Casa Faraway. What struck us initially was the size of the villa, it is very spacious and the two of us rattled around in it like two peas in a can! It would suit two couples or two couples and two children, with more than enough room and space to accommodate these. The recent addition of the games room with pool, table hockey etc. was very welcome for the occsion when the weather was not so good. The location above Ribiera Brava is perfect and provides easy access to the dual carriageway and to the Funchal and the rest of the island. There is a pasta / pizza restaurant about 1/2 mile up the hill that we found absotuely excellent. It was frequented for lunch by the local workmen: always a good sign of value for money! We hired a car although the bus goes by the villa. It was very relaxing, excellent restaurants and lots to do.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warsaw/Poland
4

Real luxury in the midst of a village

  • 4 of 5

The facilities of the villa were really very good, sometimes above expectations. The only exception was the internet access that proved more complicated that we had expected - ask before if you care. All in all you have everything you need for a very comfortable stay for up to 6-7 people. The pool is fairly shallow, only little kids may swim, the others should rather enjoy lying with a glass of scotch, but still pools at villas in Madeira are rare.

The location - on the one hand is very good - good starting point for touring Madeira, especially into the most interesting Northern and Western parts. On the other hand, it is in the middle of the relatively densely populated village of Sao Joao, no garden (just a big terrace), typical but not idyllic agricultural landscape around. Sea view - yes, it is real and nice.

The nearest beach at Ribeira Brava (7-8 min of curvy drive down) is a typical public beach, the Calheta Beach (Madeira's best) is relatively close (20-25 min) but crowded - well if want a really nice and empty beach you do not choose Madeira, you go to Porto Santo (60 km from Madeira) or stay in Poland.

Madeira is great for nature lovers but the first impression of the southern part of the island is that it is one big, infinite chains of villages & towns. It was very disappointing, until we visited the Northern, Western and Central parts of Madeira, which are very nice. And for doing this Ribeira Brava is absolutely much better than overcrowded and urbanized Funchal area.

Restaurants are good nearby as well as in the whole island, wherever you pay no less than 10 Eur for the main course and take fish you can be sure it will be a good meal. The villa gives great opportunities for "cook-it-yourself" - the Madeiran dishes have simple recipes and all is available in any supermarket.

Shopping near the villa is not easy if you do not have a car - there are 2 small shops 500 m upwards - demanding morning walk. With a car is easier - 3 min drive down towards Campanario or a few supermarkets in Ribeira. If you have no car - you may use taxis, they relatively cheap.

Apart a pack of nice pictures of beautiful landscapes, the Madeira wine is the only thing worth taking out. Other souvenirs are so shoddy and trashy and they insist on putting the word "Madeira" on everything.

Sum up: very good villa, good location with some problems.

Madeira itself nice but not that ideal - I preferred nearby La Palma - better views and 10 times fewer people.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Ribeira Brava Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July - August
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$1,062
 
 
September - October
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$894
 
 
November-December
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 19 2016
5 night minimum stay
$660
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$839
 
 
January-Febuary
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$660
 
 
March
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$727
 
 
April
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$894
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$660
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $224

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

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Amenities

Ribeira Brava Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 275 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • 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 ...
Outside:
  • 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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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