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Fabulous, comfortable new home with heated pool in village of Arco da Calheta

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,066 sq. ft.
Property type villa


About the property

2 bed, 3 bath, very private, large terrace, gardens, stunning views, car port

Completed in 2008 to a very high standard, this house (mostly ground floor) was built for comfort and as much outdoor living as possible. You'll be surprised and delighted by the space and light both inside and out, and by the breathtaking views over the village to the Atlantic. The private driveway leads into a large courtyard with carport and access to the hacienda, pool and terrace area. Here you have complete privacy for sunbathing, swimming and eating, and the pool has a constant depth of 1.40 metres. The large and superbly-equipped Miele kitchen is the first room you come to, and from there an archway opens into a huge sitting/dining room with comfy sofas and armchairs, dining table, floor-to-ceiling double glazed windows, 40 inch LED TV, an open log fire and under floor heating for winter. Beyond is the study (a child can sleep here on a Z-bed) and, opposite, a guest WC/shower room. Further on is the en-suite double bedroom (ideal for anyone with mobility difficulties).

Upstairs, the master bedroom with en-suite shower room has a large balcony.

More Details

Property Manager
Tony Hughes-Lewis
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, some French and German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 6, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Gwych! Bendigedig! Ardderchog! Gret! Hyfryd! Da iawn! Which, being interpreted from the Welsh, is: Amazing, wonderful, excellent, great, beautiful, really very good !!

After a very stressful year for all of us, this peaceful home has been a little paradise. We came here to celebrate the year of our Ruby Weddings and we have not been disappointed. We leave with som many lovely memories. We have had a feast of delights in this perfectly situated villa, and would thoroughly recommend it.

With many thanks

Gavin & Fiona

Paul and Jan

from Wales, UK
Jun 2012
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Arco Da Calheta Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2066 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , En-suite with ground floor bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Next to ground floor bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , En-suite with upstairs bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Pool shower room
  • A supply of loo paper, soap and shampoo is provided. Bath towels (including pool towels) are provided and changed weekly.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , ground floor with en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , upper floor with en-suite bathroom
  • The ground-floor bedroom has an en-suite full bathroom. Sliding glass doors with wooden shutters lead out to a verandah and a colourful garden, all with ocean views. The two beds can be made up as one large double or two singles. The study, which can take a single Z-bed, is next door, and a shower room/ guest WC is across the corridor. Upstairs is the master bedroom with en-suite shower room and large private balcony, again with stunning ocean views. Crisp white bedlinen and bath towels (including pool towels) are provided and changed weekly. A hair dryer is also supplied.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
You'll find all that you would expect of a private home, including bedlinen, bath and pool towels, a hair dryer, WiF, tourist information, lots of books and DVDs. Cleaning and a change of linen and towels is provided weekly. A supply of logs is available for winter months and the underfloor heating can be useful then. Outside the kitchen the hacienda has two BBQs, a teak table to seat 8 and plenty of shade. There are 4 sun loungers, a sun umbrella and a cheerful shower room. The pool is 1.4 metres deep throughout, the water is filtered and heated automatically. We have secure parking with direct access to the house, all under cover. Ideal for those seeking extremely comfortable accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties. Smoking outside only please


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Fabulous, comfortable new home with heated pool in village of Arco da Calheta
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 45 reviews

excellent property

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house. Very well equipped. In a great location.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in a perfect home

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with our 10 day holiday in this beautiful home on the southern coast of Madeira. All aspects of this house are of the highest quality and it is comfortable both for excellent weather - which we had - and on cooler nights, when the fire in the main room is an absolute joy.

The house is very well situated for exploring the west and north of the island where you can travel to small towns and see extraordinary seascapes.

Overall, we would recommend this property without reservation. It was the perfect place to be on a fine day with the warm pool, and a joy to return to after a day's exploring.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for a smashing review! Very glad you enjoyed your stay and discovered the beauty of the west and north of the island. Yes, the log fire is a great joy on winter evenings.
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Liked it so much we had to come back

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this very well presented, comfortable property in the peaceful village of Arco da Calheta. It's south-facing, about 900 feet up, and situated towards the centre of the valley (actually the remains of an ancient volcano) so it gets sun for most of the day. It's a six or seven minute drive to Calheta beach if that's your preference. But there's really no need to go anywhere as you can just to laze in quiet seclusion by the pool. There is a good-sized covered area around the whole property so if you do get a rainy day (we had one) you can still sit outside in the dry. It's equally useful in the middle of the day to get away from the sun for a while.

In Calheta marina there are whale watching boats, fishing boats etc so no need to drive into Funchal for these. For whale-watching we would recommend Lobosonda, but if you are at all affected by sea-sickness go on their rib, not the traditional boat. When you get back from a trip, there is a choice of reasonable restaurants around the marina. If you prefer to eat back at the property there's a Pingo Doce mini-market by the marina which has a good selection of produce including quite a decent amount of gluten-free food.

You do need to hire a car to make the most of this property, but it's worth it. Just don't forget to get a parking ticket in Calheta - they employ some very diligent parking wardens!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful to have you both back again for another holiday here which you obviously enjoyed too. Thanks for the great comments and helpful hints for future guests. Tony and Judith
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Superb Villa

  • 5 of 5

We are so glad we chose this Villa for our first holiday to Madeira. Everything about this property is excellent. It is spacious, well equipped and very comfortable and the expansive ocean views are brilliant. The gardens and pool area are very smart and despite being in a village location we didn't feel overlooked in any way. The pool is 11x4 metres and was actually bigger than we imagined from the photos.The location worked well for us as a family, a short drive into Calheta for a decent little supermarket with long opening hours and some very good restaurants by the Marina. We also went on a dolphin watching boat trip from Calheta Marina which was enjoyed by all. Vanda was really friendly helpful and not far away if we needed any assistance (which we didn't). We would not hesitate to stay here again and can strongly recommend it as a superb holiday villa.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you loved our house and your first holiday on Madeira. Thanks for a great review which will be hugely helpful to others considering coming to this beautiful island. Best wishes for more such happy holidaying... ! Tony and Judith
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Where happy memories are made...

  • 5 of 5

Our first time in Madeira and we were not disappointed. The house is beautiful and matches the advert description well. The pool was used (and enjoyed!) every day by the whole family and meant that we could spend days in without having to find things to do. Calheta was the perfect destination for us and provided a good base for exploring the island. We honestly couldn't find any faults with our holiday and have brought home many happy memories of perfectly relaxing family time. The views from the villas are magnificent and many an hour was spent just taking it all in. We would thoroughly recommend Casa Madrinha and doubt that anyone could fail to be thrilled whilst staying there.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Catherine. We're delighted that you all had a wonderfully happy family holiday and thoroughly enjoyed not only our house and its outlook but your first experience of the island of Madeira. May the memories and the joys of it remain lasting now that you're all back to routine, school and work schedules, etc. ! Best wishes, Tony & Judith
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Just in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

If you have not been since now in touch with paradise, you will discover what it means!

If you already have been in touch with the paradise, just let us say, here you felt in it!

The house is wonderful. Everything is beautiful! You can look at all the details.

Everything is very well finished, beautiful material. Take the time to look at all the paintings! Look at the plates, dishes, cups, …..

Everything asks respect, but you give it generously.

And last, but not least, it was for us the discovery that Madeira is such a wonderful place!!!

The island of flowers, very good products cooked here with all the facilities.

Just how to summarise, we will come back SURE!

And it is true, we have booked for 2015!

Thanks for all the small and big things that give you a sensation of PARADISE that give you a sensation of PARADISE

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Claire, for these wonderful comments. We are very touched that you share our feelings about our house and the beautiful island of Madeira. Not long until you'll be back for another slice of paradise! Hope you have another great holiday. Tony and Judith
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Funchal International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Paulino's, by the church
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Palheiro Golf
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
no motorways, only dual carriageway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Village cafés 200 metres, proper restaurant
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Car: necessary

A perfect holiday destination, well away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas on Madeira. Situated 250 metres above sea level and accessed by its own driveway, Casa Madrinha sits privately and with stunning views on a terrace in the pretty, rural village of Calheta, next to banana plantations and small holdings. Thanks to the new road system you can drive round the whole island in a day so the island's top attractions, including Funchal, are within easy reach. Only 5 minutes' drive brings you to Calheta with its protected beach of golden sand, a marina offering dolphin/whale watching excursions and deep sea fishing boats for charter, a hotel, supermarket, bank, art gallery and good choice of restaurants; or 15 minutes away you have the laurel, levada and waterfall wonderland of Rabaçal and the wide open expanses of the Paul da Serra - fantastic walking terrain. Car hire is necessary to enjoy all that this area has to offer and to explore this beautiful island



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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Bed linen, towels and pool towels. Weekly cleaning and change of linen and towels. Wifi internet access, iPod dock. Underfloor heating in winter, heated towel radiators in bathrooms, pool heating (water temp approx 22ºC in winter, much higher in summer), logs for fire in winter months.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.