|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The tourist approved spacious apartment has a fully equipped open plan kitchen with a microwave, fridge / freezer and coffee maker The spacious open plan lounge has a corner style suite with a folding out bed, cable TV dvd/cd player and the large patio doors give access to the balcony with sun bed, table and chairs where you can enjoy a meal, surrounded by a stunning view over the village of Arco.The bedroom has twin beds, fitted wardrobe, unit and mirror; the balcony can also be accessed from the bedroom patio doors. There is a laundry room, with washing machine, drying frame, iron and ironing board. The fully fitted bathroom has a shower, mirror with power points for shaver and hairdryer.
Under cover parking right at the door, with automated gate at end of drive.
Two spacious fully equipped self-catering holiday apartments, located on the sunny south west of the Island, with a fantastic sea and mountain view.
The apartments have a open plan lounge and kitchen with patio doors leading out onto the balcony, double bedroom also with exit to the balcony and a fantastic view to waken up to every morning, bathroom with shower over bath, a private laundry room and a garden
Owners Brian & Catherine stay on site and will be there to welcome you to Casa Serena and give details of the apartment, welcome pack, local amenities and information on what Madeira has to offer.
Casa Serena Apartments are licensed and tourist approved so you can rent with confidence
Fully furnished spacious one bedroom apartment situated on the sunny south west of the island, hillside location with superb mountain and sea view. The fully equipped open plan kitchen has a microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, coffee maker, kettle and granite top breakfast bar. The spacious open plan lounge has a corner suite with folding out bed, cable TV DVD CD player and the large patio doors give access to the balcony with table and chairs where you can enjoy a meal, surrounded by a stunning view over the Arco valley. The bedroom has twin beds, fitted wardrobe, chair unit and mirror, the balcony can also be accessed from the bedroom patio doors. There is a laundry room with washing machine, iron, iron board and drying frame. The bathroom has a shower over bath, mirror with power points for a shaver and hairdryer. Under cover parking right at the door, with automated gate at the end of the drive. We have books / DVD of interest about the island.
Casa Serena was built in 2003 - 2004 to provide a high standard of accommodation and is personally supervised by the owners.
Absolutely fantastic, you have been so very kind and helpful, will go home with lovely memories of Madeira, Paula Clark England.
We have been absolutely spoilt, thank you so much Best Wishes Kay Page England. Perfect, perfect, perfect we enjoyed our holidays in Arco Da Calheta, the view from the house is very pleasant Matos Family France. Lovely apartment to return to after a days walking Helen & Kevin Woodward. Wonderful apartment, wonderful view, wonderful hosts Pete Clarkson USA. We really loved the apartment and the view was fantastic Carol & Brian Christie Scotland. Excellent, well appointed apartment, kind and helpful host and stunning views Mike & Sandy Lambert England.
We stayed here for the second time and it was perfect again. The apartment is very clean and comfortable, everything you need was available (coffee, tea, oil, spices etc.). Also, you get a welcome present consisting of a bottle wine and some fresh fruits. Worth mentioning was the breathtaking view! 😍
You can reach the next supermarket by your rental car in 5 minutes, where is a beautiful beach and lot of restaurants too.
Brian and his wife are very friendly and helpful and you can always have a smalltalk. 😊
We are looking forward to see you and Madeira again in 2 years!
Kathrin and Andy
Vielen Dank Brian für eine tolle Unterkunft auf einer wunderschönen Insel!
Die Kommunikation vorweg war lückenlos, die Wegbeschreibung zur Wohnung treffend:)
Brian nahm uns in Empfang und wies uns in Wohnungs-und Inseldetails ein. In dem übersichtlichen und sehr geräumigen Appartement mit einem genialen Blick auf den Atlantik fanden wir ein Begrüßungsbstkörbchen und eine Flasche Wein vor. Vielen Dank dafür.
Die Wohnung ist sehr sauber und gepflegt, in der Küche findest du alles, was du brauchst. Der Balkon ist riesig, geht die Sonne weg, findest du neben dem Appartement einen hübschen Garten, in dem du die letzten Sonnenstrahlen genießen kannst. An besonders kühlen Tagen schaffen es die zwei süßen Heizkörper nicht, die gesamte Wohnung richtig aufzuheizen, aber du findest genügend Küscheldecken!
Wir hatten rundum einen super Aufenthalt und können das Appartement sehr weiterempfehlen!
Viele liebe Grüße aus Hamburg!
We rented an apartment at Casa Serena for two weeks, but decided to leave after nine days. The apartment was very clean and the view is fantastic, but we found it quite poorly planned with insufficient lights (no lamp above the kitchen sink and only one bedside lamp), poor heating, which we were advised not to use, and a tricky hot water boiler. The only comfortable furniture were the plastic chairs in the balcony.
More important the nearby restaurant, Engenho Velho, and shops mentioned in the description we read were closed and had been for quite a while. We had counted on going out for dinner at night, but driving to Calheta in the dark seemed perilous for someone not used to hairpin curves and steep and narrow roads, so we cooked supper ourselves almost every night.
This could have been OK, but the kitchen lacked basic equipment such as trivets, sharp knives and cutting boards. There was no dish drainer and the frying pan was useless.
Most of the information brochures in the apartment were more than 10 years old and the TV-set probably dates back to 2004.
The trouble is that the description of the apartment perhaps did too. We can see that you have now updated it.
Casa Serena really lives up to it's name and the photos can't convey just how lovely the accommodation and the setting are. On arrival we were given a truly warm welcome by Brian and Catherine. Although they live on site they are not intrusive and always ready with advice and information, nothing was too much trouble and one gets the impression that they sincerely enjoy what they do. The facilities were immaculate, I have often had to clean holiday accommodation before I felt comfortable, but not so here! The kitchen has enough equipment for the dedicated cook. The view from the balcony was stunning and so breakfast each morning was taken there. It was thrilling to watch buzzards wheeling and to hear an amazing dawn chorus accompanied by the cockerels! There is a well-stocked supermarket in Calheta, just a short drive away. Take a phrase book as the locals appreciate attempts with some Portuguese and a few of the shop assistants spoke no English. There is also a little local shop within walking distance. We were left wine and fruit as a welcome pack and Brian and Catherine had gone the "extra mile" by getting some basic items of shopping at our request. We hired a car which we felt was essential to seeing as much of the island as we wanted to in our limited time. The roads can be hair-raising but just take care and allow plenty of room on the bends! If you make the journey to Sao Vicente then the Restaurante Cavello does an amazing omelette, chips and salad for a very reasonable price. We went twice! If it's chilly, eat upstairs and enjoy the view. I can't recommend this accommodation and location highly enough and Brian and Catherine are to be commended for their attention to detail. I hope we can return one day.
We stayed for three weeks at Casa Serena, Jan 17th to February 6th.
The apartment was superb, very clean and well equipped. Brian and Catherine were extremely helpful with local knowledge. The weather was poor and around us several landslides cut off the main routes to Funchal resulting in having to use the mountain roads, a bit hair-raising at times. Absolutely essential to have a hire car but make certain you check it our before driving off, especially tyre pressures.
We love levada walking but this was also a bit tricky with slippery conditions and mud slides.
We enjoyed good local resaurants,( make a point of going to the "look-out point" just outside Arco Calheta, best coffee on the island, and stunning views.
If you are planning a trip to Madeira we would heartily recommend Casa Serena as a base for exploring the island.
All in all we enjoyed ourselves, but if we returned we would probably opt for March/April.
Mike and Carol Langstaff
Calheta is an ideal place for exploring the West and North of Madeira. It is an altogether different experience than Funchal. The people are still friendly, visitors are still a rarity in some villages, and the walking can be superb.
The apartment is spacious and there are excellent views from the terrace. A hire car is essential to get to local places of interest and get down to Calheta for supermarket shopping and restaurants. Mobile phone signals are very strong at the apartment (and throughout the island) for calls to mainland Europe. There is satellite TV and a DVD player but the lighting is a bit subdued for reading in the evening. The kitchen and clothes washing facilities are excellent although, as usual, previous renters have stripped the "non-stick" off all the frying pans!
There are a number of restauraunts in Calheta. We enjoyed Roche del Mar on the cliff-side of the road where some of the staff have lived for years in South Africa and speak great English (and Afrikaans). Previous experience in Madeira suggests that beef and chicken are the best buys as espada is an aquired taste.
There are many walks on the island but we found that a visit to Encumeada provides a stunning levada and also one of the longest trails. The drive there is spectacular either by Ribeira Brava or by the back-door route from the apartment via Paul de Serra.
This is not a base for Funchal but it is OK to make a day trip there although the nature of the roads (and the driving)suggests a return before it gets dark!
These two tourist approved spacious fully equipped holiday rental apartments, in the sunny south west of Madeira, located on the hillside with a fantastic view of the sea and the village of Arco da Calheta with its many banana plantations The apartments are 70m from a local viewpoint, 100m away from the nearest coffee bar.Located above is the village of Loreto with a well- stocked supermarket and a Italian restaurant , the village of Arco da Calheta is a 15 minute walk where you will find a post office, cafe bars, chemist and varies shops.A five minute drive will take you to the village of Calheta with its golden sand beaches and a marina. You can take a boat trip to see the dolphins and whales, or fish, swim, sail, enjoy the local cuisine.
The village of Calheta has a large supermarket ( open 7 days a week),with with a good variety of eating places.