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Raposeira de São João, authentic Madeiran house with breathtaking ocean views

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Old renovated house, furbished with antiques and design furniture, sleeps 2-4

Hidden in a green, lush valley in the quiet West of Madeira lies our luxurious holiday home 'Raposeira de São João'. It is an ideal holiday home with spectacular views over the ocean, the woods and the hills of São João, near Fajã da Ovelha, a village in the municipality of Calheta in the sunniest part of the island. The stunningly restored typical Madeiran house is tastefully furbished with a mix of contemporary design, antiques and modern art. The living room has two sofas and a comfortable armchair, a spacious dinner table with comfortable chairs. The kitchen is contemporary and has all thinkable comfort The kitchen has a separate breakfast table and chairs.On the first floor you will find two comfortable double bedrooms, each with ensuite facilities.(shower, washbasin and toilet), with splendid views over the ocean, the woods and the hills. Terraces on three sides of the house, with an outside dining table next to the kitchen and some easy to move light furniture

Registration Number : 26508/AL

Peter Groen
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, dutch
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2018


Faja Da Ovelha House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Badezimmer 1 - toilet , shower
    Badezimmer 2 - toilet , shower , + washbasin
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , + washbasin
  • both bedrooms have ensuite facilities, Toilet, Shower and washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Schlafzimmer 1 - 1 king
    Schlafzimmer 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Both bedrooms have ensuite facilities
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Maria, our cleaning lady, changes the bedlinen and towels once a week. She will also do an intermediate cleaning. The kitchen is contemporary and has all thinkable comfort like dishwasher, oven, microwave and a four-burner ceramic cooker. Also there are a toaster, water cooker and a coffee machine. There is a large fridge-freezer. The kitchen has a separate breakfast table and chairs. There are terraces on three sides of the house, with an outside dining table next to the kitchen and some light furniture easy to move.


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Raposeira de São João, authentic Madeiran house with breathtaking ocean views
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 41 reviews

If you want to get away from it all you will love this place

  • 4 of 5

We wanted a quiet, remote place to relax and we certainly found it here. The house is well equipped, spacious and comfortable. There's everything you need in the kitchen, we cooked every day. I found the stairs rather steep, a challenge for someone with knee problems but that didn't distract from the enjoyment of the place. There are many interesting books (in Dutch) but also rather too many personal items around the house. There is a steep climb to get out to the main road but that's not unusual for Madeira of course. We loved walking along the levada which is found just up the hill from the house, fabulous views if you take a walk. We hadn't realised that there was a septic tank but coped with the necessary rules.. Peter's directions were great, very helpful to find the house the first time you drive there, and he is most willing to help if you want information about car hire etc.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Anne, for taking the time to write this review. Indeed, the house is very quiet, and though the feel is remote, it is not really far away from anything you may need. Having a house outside any town in Madeira means you have no connection to a sewer system and a septic tank is unavoidable. And yes, it means that paper cannot go into the toilet but must be put into the waste containers. We are a bit sorry you found there are too many personal items. We leave them deliberately, as we really want to offer a house that is a real home, and is not like any standard holiday rental full of Ikea furniture without a soul. For the readers we need to specify that there are only decorative personal items aroud, like pictures and old toys. We leave no clothes or other really personal stuff visibly in the house. But obviously, this is our home in winter, and we don't choose to 'undress' it to reduce it to an impersonal holiday rental of which there are already far too many. As we are Dutch, it is obvious many books are in Dutch, but most are art books where the images count. Plus, there are a fair number of English or German books around. We are sorry if the necessity of a septic tank and the personal decoration of the house cost us our fifth star, but we are still pleased that you had a pleasant stay. It is not the number of stars that really count, but your overall opinion which is obviously a positive one. Thank you again for staying in our house and for writing the review.
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madeiran hideaway.

  • 4 of 5

We visited in October 2010 with a veiw to exploring the west of Madeira and this property was well placed for that. Its location is quite remote which gave us solitude and silence which is unimaginable if you live in town, but is only a few minutes to local restaurants. If you walk, you are 3mins from a levada, and by car you can reach the mountains in 15mins. The house itself is clean bright and sunny and has everything you will need should you like to cook for yourself. Most of the books are in Dutch, so if you are a reader take your own supply!! I would recommend a smal to medium car as well as the roads in the west are quite narrow and if you are not used to driving on the right it can be a challange but exciting!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2010
  • Stayed: October 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our house. The library is being extended constantly, we arre adding even e-books now.
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Best B&B on Madeira with wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

I have really enjoyed my stay. Great private bedroom with luxurious bathroom. Interior design is well done (combination antique & modern furniture). The hosts make you feel very welcome and dinner was fantastic (including wine!) so I didn't bother to go out for dinner. Beautiful location with breathtaking ocean view and lots of levada hikes in the near surroundings. I would love to come back some time!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Suzanne, great having you! Of course, Bed and Breakfast is only possible in winter, when we are staying oin our house ourselves. But obviously, the house and the garden are the same in summer, maybe the garden even more lush and beautiful, and it is available throughout summer for holiday rental.
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Schitterende woning op een hele mooie plek

  • 5 of 5

Wij hebben in januari in deze prachtige woning gezeten op een perfecte plek. Een echte aanrader

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dank je wel, Anneke. We zijn altijd blij als mensen het naar hun zin hebben gehad!
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Erholung pur

  • 5 of 5

Wer sich in ländlicher und ruhiger Umgebung entspannen will, ist in diesem schönen und gemütlichen Haus genau richtig. Kurz hinter dem Haus beginnt die Levada, an der man wunderbar wandern kann. Diese Wanderwege und auch die Aussicht, die man dabei auf das Meer und die Berge hat, ist einzigartig und hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Unsere Gastgeber Peter und Noud waren sehr nett und hilfsbereit vor und während unseres Aufenthalts in ihrem Haus. Wir können das Haus nur weiterempfehlen. Vielen Dank an Peter und Noud!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank für die schöne Bewertung. Und natürlich ein Dankeschön, dass Sie unser Haus gewählt haben. Urlaub soll Erholung sein, deshalb bemühen wir uns, das ganze Buchungsprozess, die Anreise und den Aufenthalt möglichst stresslos zu machen. Alle Vorinfos sollen auch für noch mehr Vorfreude sorgen. In unserer Umgebung sorgt die Gemeinde für immer mehr Wanderwege, wobei eigentlich die alte Verbindungsstrassen wieder sauber und begehbar gemacht werden. Nicht nur die Levadas bieten damit ausgezeichnete Wandermöglichkeiten, aber auch die rezent wieder geöffnete alte Fusswege die damals die Hauptverbindungswege waren. Die ruhe des Westen Madeiras sorgt für entspannung, ohne Verkehrslärm oder grosse Massen Touristen.
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Schönes Haus mit toller Aussicht

  • 5 of 5

Ein herzliches Dankeschön an Peter und Noud, die dieses alte Haus so wunderschön restauriert und stilvoll eingerichtet haben, sodass man sich von der ersten Minute wohl gefühlt hat. Die Anfahrt war sehr gut beschrieben. Im Haus lag eine Mappe aus, wo Informationen und Tipps über Wanderungen, Restaurantbesuche und Besonderheiten auf Madeira beschrieben sind.Wir haben uns jederzeit von unseren Gastgebern, vor dem Urlaub und auch danach, gut betreut gefühlt.

Den tollen Blick auf den Atlantik vermissen wir schon jetzt, wir kommen wieder!

Viele Grüße Mike, Doreen und Anna

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Es freut uns immer wieder, wenn unsere Gäste sich in unserem Haus wohl gefühlt haben. Es freut uns auch, wenn die Anfahrtsbeschreibung sich wieder erwiesen hat. Madeira ist steil, die lokale Strassen sind oft schmal, und da möchte man sich nicht verfahren! Was die Betreuung unserer Gäste angelangt: es macht uns immer wieder Freude, wenn ein Urlaub gelungen ist. Für uns ist es keine Mühe, Info zu teilen die für uns leicht, für unsere Gäste weniger leicht zugängig ist. Und eine tolle Bewertung so wie diese - vielen Dank dafür - regt uns nur an, wo möglich alles noch auszubessern! Sie sind jedenfalls jederzeit wieder herzlich willkommen. Danke nochmals!
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Bar Achada
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Palheiro (Ponta do Pargo, in Entwicklung, 5km)
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Ribeira Brava
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
O Precipicio
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Calheta Beach
Car: necessary

'Raposeira de São João' is an ideal base for all kinds of activities that make a stay in Madeira so attractive. There is one of the famous 'Levada walks' nearby: at a distance of only 200 m there is a connection to the Levada Nova that runs from Prazeres to Ponta do Pargo. If you don't mind a small climb you can also get your fresh bread in the morning on foot, in one many 'bar-minimercado's' of Madeira Island. They will happily serve you a delicious 'bica' (espresso coffee) or 'chinesa' (cappucino). In the minimercado you will find most of your daily shopping needs.

For a larger supermarket you take a leisurely drive to Calheta. The ‘Pingo Doce’ (sweet Penguin) has a complete assortment. In Calheta you will also find one on the few (man-made) sandy beaches in Madeira. On the marina boulevard and in the main street there are plenty of restaurants.

We prepared a folder for you with possibilities and route descriptions. A guide of the levada walks is also available.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $244.65

Die Preise sind basiert auf einer Belegung mit 2 Personen. Für jede weitere Person berechnen wir einen Zuschlag von 15,00 Euro pro Person proTag.

Preise inklusive Bettwäsche, Handtücher, Küchenleinen, Endreinigung

Wir empfehlen den Abschluss einer Reise- und Rücktrittversicherung.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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