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OLD TOWN dream house w Pool, seaview balcony - Painters Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Painters Cottage

A very central seaside 1 bedroom flat in a charming residential area of Funchal. Large private balcony overlooking bay of Funchal, wonderful view of sea, with private barbecue, deck chairs, table & chairs & hammock. Light filled living room with French doors opening onto the veranda, modern comfortable decoration. Kitchenette including stove, fridge, microwave. Modern LCD TV with satellite and cable. Peaceful bedroom with double bed with a nice sea view and en-suite bathroom with WC, bath/shower and sea view.

Located on the first floor above pool cottage it is entirely private and individual, it has a side entrance so you don´t have to pass any other property. Around the garden you can use the herbs growing there and relax on the lounge chairs around pool.

Funchal city centre and sea 5-10min walking distance Bus stop 20meters away. Weekly garden, pool and cleaning with changeover of linen and towels. Cottage is comfortable & very charming. Property manager nearby offers full support.

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About the property

Funchal Old Town Cottages

Best location in Madeira

Fantastic sea views in a peaceful picturesque area. A bright, private and spacious one bedroom flat set in a charming residential area of Funchal with swimming pool, garden, barbecue and terrace. Very private as there is ample space for sunbeds on either side of the pool. Garden has organic herbs that you can use, the 2 flats have private barbecues, with wood & coal supplied. Enjoy living outdoor life all year round due to the great climate. Stylish and renovated interiors that allow you to relax in great style. Cottages are full of light and equipped to make the most of the great climate for a short or long stay. Large living room with views, with fully equipped Kitchenette including stove, fridge, microwave, new LCD TV. with cable and free internet. Bathroom with bath/shower. Swimming pool is shared with main house and both cottages although the atmosphere is very private and tropical, different areas with deck chairs, parasols and sub-tropical plants surrounding pool. Perfect area near Funchal city centre (historic old quarter) and sea within walking distance (10min walking). Bus stop 15m of front door. Decoration is modern and comfortable, with quality white cotton bedlinen and towels provided, full of light. Property manager nearby to help with anything you need during your stay.

Great base to explore all of Madeira be it levada and mountain walks, Swimming & visiting gardens: The cottage is the ideal base to explore the beautiful island of Madeira, its strategic location in the heart of Funchal means it is just by the seaside were you can swim, sail and enjoy the small local restaurants on foot (the best in Madeira). Culture and music is all walking distance, go to the concerts in the Teatro or the cafes with live music in town. Palheiro Golf is just 10min away and Santo da Serra Golf is 25min away. Madeira is a walkers paradise and from here you can reach the mountains and discover the Levada trails. A bus stop is just 10 metres below the house, and the main road to the airport is very easy to catch.

We have other fabulous seafront holiday rentals properties in the Old Town of Funchal, see our website for information on 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dream villas:

Experience you can trust: Our cottages have excellent feedback from guests who are now good friends and return each year. The upkeep of the properties is constant and as it is run by the owner there is great attention to detail and personal touches. We pride ourselves in having the best self catering properties on the island and hope you can enjoy them too.

Levada walks, golf and swimming nearby: The villa is the ideal base to explore the beautiful island of Madeira, its strategic location in the heart of Funchal means it is just by the seaside were you can swim, water ski, scuba dive, sail and much more. The 2 golf courses are very near, Palheiro Golf is just 10min away and Santo da Serra Golf is just 20min away. Madeira is a walkers paradise and from here you can reach the mountains and discover the levada trails. A bus stop is nearby, and the main road to the airport is very easy to catch. Local café and corner shop is a couple of meters down the road.

Authentic local culture: Escape the tourist areas and discover this jewel of a neighborhood in central Funchal, the old part by the sea. There are no tourist traps, just nice Madeiran houses with gardens, great sea views, local cafés and restaurants. Enjoy the buzzing old town by day and night, try the local fish restaurants and the new poncha bars. Its a safe and peaceful area, know for the excellent sunny climate by the sea.

Surround yourself in nature: Whether its walks or gardens this is the perfect base to explore Madeira´s natural side.

Madeira events to look out for: New Year Fireworks in Madeira, Madeira Walking Festival (january), Madeira carnival, Madeira Flower Festival (May), Madeira islands Open Golf (May), Funchal Atlantic Fireworks Festival (June), Funchal jazz (July), Madeira Rally (August), Madeira Wine Festival (September), Madeira Christmas (December)

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Property Manager
Cristina Abreu
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Cristina Abreu

We have assembled a collection of nine fabulous seaside villas in the old town that are run as successful self-catering properties. Alongside this business, we launched the award winning publishing company, Funchal-Publications in 2005 that has several travel books on the Island. This complement of books, history & local knowledge is something we like to pass on to our guests, and makes each holiday experience special.

Cristina Abreu purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Cristina Abreu chose Madeira

Old world charm, the best madeira has to offer: Beautiful properties with reat attention to detail, stylish decoration and comfort. 24h service and help on hand nearby if needed with our property manager. We live close by and would not live in any other part of Madeira or Funchal, the views are breathtaking and its a daily pleasure to enjoy the sea and climate in a peaceful setting with nice gardens around. We love being so close to the restaurants of the old town and popping into the market to buy flowers and fish on foot. The area is warm and safe, unspoilt with stunning old manor houses lining the streets with flower trees. Just in front is a divine tropical garden. Away from the bustle and noise of the touristic areas. We offer information on the best places to go, eat and visit. Enjoy the luxury of the best location, seaviews in your home from home.

What makes this cottage unique

Location, seaviews, friendly neighborhood, warm climate, tranquil...oh dear I could go on and on. The best feature is the proximity to the sea and the old town of Funchal. Its full of authentic character not at all touristy and we enjoy great warm climate year round.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Cristina,

Just a quick email to say thanks for providing painters Cottage to us last week. We had a relaxing and enjoyable time. Sorry we did not see you to say thanks properly when we left.

Jul 2014
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Includes weekly cleaning, full support with our property manager during your stay
We answer ALL requests within 3 hours of receiving them, even if we don´t have availability. So if you have not heard back from us by that time please check your SPAM/Junk folders or re-send your email as their may be a problem, you can also call us for immediate availability. +351964020726 (Cristina Abreu)


Funchal Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Enjoy your stay & have Fun.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Charming bathroom with sea view and overlooking banana plants and garden below. Furnished with terracotta tiled floor and Portuguese glazed tiles. Bath towels and Pool towels provided, Liquid soap supplied.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bed is 160x200cm, natural light and Seaviews
  • Bedroom is light and airy, furnished with quality white bedlinen. Window looks onto the garden and sea. Ceiling has white wooden beams. Very peaceful and restful. Floor has traditional Portuguese terracotta tiles. hairdryer supplied.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Best self catering apartment, a favourite with couples and friends wishing an authentic experience in Madeira, in a charming residential area of Funchal by the seaside. Painters Cottage is beautifully decorated and constantly improved with feedback from our guests. There is an delicious local bakery and grocer up the road, the Funchal market is a 5-10min walk down the road and we even provide a trolley to bring your shopping back. A washing machine is available, as well as an iron, ironing board and hair-dryer. We can book tee-times at both golf courses. Property manager nearby offers full support during your stay also giving good tips and advice, so you can enjoy your Madeira experience to the utmost. The climate in this area of Funchal close to the sea is specially mild and sunny, a couple of meters higher up (over the 200m level) the weather can be colder and misty. Great for a short or long stay this is the very best experience Madeira has to offer where you can live like a local


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Painters Cottage
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 36 reviews

A real piece of Madeira

  • 5 of 5

Painters cottage is located a short but steep walk from the old town of Funchal so you can take your time walking back or take one of the many taxis. The fitness benefits are almost immediately apparent! The property is very clean and well maintained but some of the appliances are a little old however work perfectly well. The crowning glory of this cottage is the private terrace which has a fantastic view over Funchal and the harbour, perfect for watching the sun set whilst sipping an evening drink. There is also a lovely pool and terrace which is shared with the cottage below. Cristina met us and was very helpful. The welcome pack was extremely useful and comprehensive as we arrived on a Saturday afternoon. How good was it? Well, we've already booked for next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying and for booking again next year (there will be an upgrade in appliances :-) Very best wishes Cristina
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Very special accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent 10 days at the Painters Cottage while visiting Madeira. I had researched several properties and fell in love with this cottage as it was represented online. So we ended up booking our vacation based on its availability. So expectations were high. And it did not disappoint! It was exactly what we were looking for. Loved the fact that it was so full of light. And the view from the large balcony was stunning...we ate all of our breakfasts and some lunches there, bought our food at the bakery and grocery a couple of blocks away. Very much enjoyed the location in the Old Town, not so full of tourists, yet close enough to walk to the beautiful restaurant area. Cristina was a wonderful hostess, promptly replaced our bedroom fan when it stopped working, even brought up a bottle of champagne when she heard us celebrating my birthday late one evening. So sweet. Became friends with Kristoff in the Pool Cottage below and shared some pool time and dinners together. Nothing that I would change about the place. Absolutely lovely!

Janice F.

Ontario, Canada

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Great Place To stay.

  • 5 of 5

Painter's Cottage proved to be a real winner. The positive experience started as soon as we enquired about the property , Cristina answered e-mails promptly and the arrangement for payment were very straightforward. Upon arrival at the airport we were met by taxi and taken to the apartment where Cristina was on hand to explain everything , there was also a welcome pack of food and a bottle of wine. The apartment is well appointed, very clean and furnished to a high standard, the location is excellent with lovely views over Funchal and its harbour. The apartment is located outside the main tourist area, there are local bars and restaurants, the old town is 10/15 mins walk away, busy but still very pleasant. There is so much to do in Funchal and on Maderia generally. After a day out it was lovely to return and have a swim in the pool and to relax on the poolside for a while.You would have to look very hard to find negatives and we did not find any with the apartment or its location. There were a fair number of mosquitoes about but there are 'weapons' in the flat to keep them at bay and the area does seem to contain a number of noisy dogs, however nether of these detracted from out stay and we will be heading for Painter's Cottage again.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glorious break in a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We required a relaxing break with warm weather and a high standard of accommodation. We got both in abundance! Painter's Cottage is superbly appointed with everything necessary for a peaceful and relaxing break. Ideally placed for exploring both Funchal Old Town and beyond, we made the most of the location with trips out most days and lazy afternoons relaxing by the lovely pool in complete privacy. We used the facilities in the cottage to cook at home; the barbecue is a brilliant addition and allowed us to grill fresh sardines, meat and delicious corn on the cob, all sourced locally! When the rain did occasionally visit we were able to relax in the spacious lounge overlooking the town whilst reading or watching the odd DVD from the ample selection that were provided. If you have one you've been meaning to watch pack it just in case! The views are breathtaking and just eating breakfast on the terrace as the world comes to life is sufficient to put all that is wrong with your world right. We had brilliant service from Christina and family. The cottage was spotless on arrival and cleaned again after a week complete with fresh towels and bedding.

Finally, there is the bathroom. Where else can you lie in the bath whilst the palm trees catch your eye against the blue skies out of the window? Blissful.

We loved it so much we've booked into another cottage for next year. Within a day of our return to the UK.

We cannot recommend this highly enough. Simply perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay. Nothing beats a happy guest, and so its really appreciated that you took the time give your feedback. We look forward to seeing you back next year! Best wishes Cristina
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We loved our stay at painters cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely and relaxing holiday. We found the cottage even better than the pictures show, the views are just what we dreamed of with the boats entering the port in front. So happy to have stayed in this location as it was so quaint and pretty, owner gave great local suggestions (Barreirinha bar was a real highlight with live music at sunset) and so was being able to walk to all the top restaurants listed on Tripadvisor. Cottage was clean and well decorated, and we had an excellent reception on arrival and communication throughout (Christina is very fast at answering emails). What we enjoyed most was swimming in the pool, having barbecues on our terrace and chilling out on the hammock with a glass of Rosé. Heaven. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely view

  • 3 of 5

I think the photos on the website do this cottage justice. Not as good value when compared with other places we've stayed. It would have been useful to know that there are some very steep hills to negotiate when walking back from town, which is a good ten minute walk. The pool wasn't very inviting as it didn't have a shallow end and was well worn at one end which doesn't show in the photos. Be warned, there are many dogs in the area that bark incessantly and throughout the night! Christina had left some provisions in the cottage on our arrival which was very thoughtful.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have to say I´m quite surpised with this review as I got an email after you left from Scott saying "Dear Cristina, Just a quick email to say thanks for providing painters Cottage to us last week. We had a relaxing and enjoyable time. Sorry we did not see you to say thanks properly when we left. Regards Scott" But anyway I am truly sorry you didn´t enjoy your stay as much as most of our guests usually do. We have repeat guests that stay as long as 3 months every year, due to the location (near the heart of the old town, but slightly above which is why it has such nice harbour and sea views), it takes me 5min walking to get to our favourite restaurant gavião Novo in the old town. Back up it is steep but short, luckily a taxi back if you have lots of bags only cost 3.5euro or the bus stop is just a couple of meters away as well if you don´t like walking). I´m sorry about the swimming pool being a bit worn at the bottom in the right hand corner but it was painted last winter (unfortunately the little patch at the bottom near the skimmer was damp and so after the pool was filled in, a couple of month later that patch started to peel). But we will fix this by re-painting the pool again this winter so its perfect again. The pool does not have a shallow end nor do we advertise it as having one, it is about 140cm deep. Dogs in Portugal exist, and this being a residential area without hotels or bars or noisy comercial places does have the odd dog or two around, I live very close by and actually I find them to be fine even though I am sensitive to noise, there is the odd night that one barks but I don´t think there is any place in Madeira that is completely silent and free of dogs (our Jack russels are put to bed every night at 10pm and they are only let out at 9am), this area as it has larger stately houses with gardens and is is one of the most sought after streets in all of Funchal is the most peaceful you can get. I´m glad you liked the Portuguese white wine, flowers from the market, milk, butter, coffee and cheese as Agostinha will be pleased as she did the flower arrangements and made the welcome basket.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Madeira International Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Café Conde Carvalhal
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Funchal Port
Nearest Golf
300 Metres
Palheiro Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Via rapida exit 13
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Zona Velha - Old Town
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Barreirinha beach lido
Car: not necessary

Seaside property in Funchal with swimming pool, garden and sea views. Old town 5-10 min walk down the road. The cottage is located in a charming residential area of Funchal, surrounded by traditional houses with lovely gardens, peaceful with great seaviews. Funchal market is down the road walking distance as is the old town with all the restaurants, cable car and shops. You are in the center of Funchal yet away from the noise and touristic bustle. Bus stop within 20 metres of front door that can take you all over the island and town. This part of Funchal is the best place to stay as its warm & sunny most of the year with mild weather, yet just 15min drive or bus will take you to the lush green mountains where you can walk in the forests or visit many gardens. Just down the road is the marina of Funchal, there is wealth of choice of boat rides for you to see whales & dolphins or for a refreshing swim in Madeira´s warm waters. At night its a very safe place, everyone walks to the restaurants down the road in the old town (sharp hill) - ideal for fresh fish & wine. Its a beautiful traditional part of Funchal, with lovely olf houses and gardens, the sea is always in the background and you can enjoy watching the cruise ships arrive and leave just in front. Friendly area with delcious bakery and cafe you can walk to, the tiny grocer has local fruit and vegetables all full of flavour.

Great base for Levada Walking, hiking, golf, visiting gardens, diving, bird watching and discoving the charm of Madeira

Delicious restaurants walking distance down the road in the old town, O Tasco, O Forte and Gaviao Novo to name just a few..

Golf: Palheiro 5min drive away, Santo da Serra golf 25min away.


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