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Casa Maria: a peaceful house in the hills on the south coast with sea views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bed, 2 bath, sleeps 2-7 with Z-bed or cot for extra child

Here, in comfort, you can soak up the summer scent of sun-baked terraced gardens and pine trees swaying in the purified air; relax indoors in comfort; wonder at cries of soaring buzzards and marvel at the fantastic views out to sea. The extensive lounge/dining room has rustic stone walls, large French windows looking south and electric heating for chilly winter evenings. The kitchen and utility room lead out to a courtyard with a BBQ and dining area – perfect for indoor/outdoor living. Upstairs three double bedrooms, one with extra single bed and private terrace, share a bathroom upstairs and a shower room downstairs. For 2-7 guests of all ages, this charming house offers a wonderful opportunity for independent holiday-making with superb golfing, tropical gardens, walking, deep-sea diving, and swimming in the ocean or in the many pools in the area. Caretaker, Cecilia will be your point of contact and arrange for you to be met and guided from the airport 20 minutes uphill to the house.

Details Of House Layout & Equipment: At the end of the south facing porch the main entrance leads into the kitchen complete with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, kettle and toaster, plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment and a breakfast table for 4. To the left is the extensive dining area with table & bench-seating for 8 and lounge area with sofas & chairs and an electric fire; large French windows open out on to the porch and terrace. Behind the kitchen and utility room with washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and iron + board, the back door leads to a sunny sheltered courtyard with BBQ/dining area and an outside WC – so plenty of opportunity for indoor/outdoor living. Beyond the lounge/dining room is a guest WC/shower room and the staircase leading up to three roomy double bedrooms with plenty of wardrobe space, one with an extra bed and private terrace, and a shared bathroom. Pine trees cover the hills behind, gardens surround the house and semi-cultivated slopes descend into the distance, with the ocean beyond.

Swimming: At nearby Santa Cruz you have superb options for swimming: in the sea or in pools, or in the island's new Water Park which has flumes, chutes, etc. For greater luxury you will find superb hotels with pools in the neighbouring areas along the coast, and of course there is the luxurious yacht club about 10 minutes' drive east near the airport.

Walking: Madeira is a walker's paradise and Casa Maria is a good location from which to explore different parts of the island using the old mountain paths or the levadas (irrigation channels) which cover the island, extending to over 2000km in total. Depending your experience, we recommend a guided walk - please ask us for further details. Have a look at Sunflower Landscapes Madeira - the guide book we recommend for walking in Madeira, written by John and Pat Underwood (please ask us for link), or have a look at the excellent range of walks described by Shirley Whitehead - ask for further details. Remember that this island is mountainous and temperatures fall severely with altitude - bring warm and protective clothing and tough shoes or boots.

More Details

Emma Foden
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our first guests, Edward Williams and Patricia Lehar: 04-17 Jul 06: Well, we've made it back to Austria now, but we miss Madeira already! Everything worked out wonderfully and we could not have dreamed of finding a better holiday house or location. Once again, thank you VERY much, and we look forward ever so much to the next opportunity we get to enjoy your little slice of paradise!
Nov 2007
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Gaula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    WC in BBQ area - toilet , Outside in BBQ area
  • Bathroom upstairs, shower room at foot of stairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , superb views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , superb views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , views + private terrace
  • All bedrooms are spacious with plenty of wardrobe space and a hair dryer is provided. Bedroom 3 with private terrace contains a double bed a single bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Smoking outside only please. Cot & high chair at extra charge of £30 or €44 Euro per week. Z-bed available for extra child.


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Casa Maria: a peaceful house in the hills on the south coast with sea views
average rating of 4.25 based on 5 reviews

Wonderful peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Casa Maria for a week in March, having been delayed by bad weather. Emma was very helpful and supportive regarding our travel arrangements. The house is spacious and well appointed. We particularly enjoyed the fantastic views from the terrace, which catches the morning sun for breakfast. We would recommend this house to anyone who loves the peace of the countryside but needs access to main roads for excursions.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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wonderful house, with a view to match

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the house from 21st Dec 2008 till 6th of Jan 2009. Lovely big house, peaceful, friendly neighbours dog who came to visit us regularly. Only downside was the BBQ equipment was a bit on the small side, but top marks for everything else.

Definitely staying again.

Thank you very much

Juvenal & family

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2009
  • Stayed: December 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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schönes Haus mit Meerblick und Garten

  • 3 of 5

Wir fanden ein ruhig gelegenes Haus mit einem wunderschönen Garten vor. Der Blick auf das Meer und die Berge war sehr schön. Und obwohl wir auf den Flughafen sehen konnten, drangen die Geräusche der startenden und landenden Flugzeuge nicht störend zu uns herauf. So genossen wir es, bei unserem ersten Kaffe auf der Terrasse, unseren Blick über die vorgelagerten Inseln, das Meer und die manchmal landenden Flugzeuge schweifen zu lassen. Durch den überdachten Eingangsbereich konnten wir sogar bei Regen draußen sitzen. Bei zu viel Sonne wählten wir den Platz unter den Bougainvilleen und am Morgen zogen wir den Sonnenplatz direkt vor dem Haus vor. Emma hat sich sehr um uns bemüht, vielen Dank dafür.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Great days at Casa Maria / Gaula

  • 5 of 5

We had great days staying at this authentic place, a very atmospheric house with its stone walls and local wooden floors and interiors, watching the sunset over the ocean in the morning from all the rooms and the kitchen. Heating made the few rainy and humid days very acceptable. Located in the hills far from touristy areas but in the near of crucial places and spaces as Funchal, the airport and other interesting spots. The kids loved the place. Service and communication was nice and easy. Thanks Emma for letting us stay over Christmas.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Funchal International Airport
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Junction 18 or 19
Car: necessary

Casa Maria sits in the hills about 5km from the sunny south-east coast as the crow flies, and 5km from the ‘rapida’ (express way), only 15 minutes west of the airport and 25 minutes north east of Funchal. 3 minutes’ drive downhill in the straggling village of upper and lower Gaula you have food shops, simple restaurants, and a pharmacy. Within 10 minutes’ drive is the charming seafront town of Santa Cruz with its traditional covered fish, meat and vegetable market and café/bars, restaurants, supermarket, post office, banks with cash machines, medical centre and new 5 star hotel. Camacha shopping, 15 minutes away, contains a hyper market and good range of shops. Within 15 minutes drive you have superb golfing, tropical gardens, walking, deep-sea diving, and swimming - in the ocean or in the many pools around. For indoor entertainment, ten pin bowling, fashion shops and a cinema are available nearby.

Other Activities: tropical gardens, ten pin bowling

Golf: Golfers will find two superb golf courses within easy reach, 15 minutes by car - the 18-hole championship Palheiro golf course and the 27-hole Santa da Serra Golf course, both with spectacular views. Or you might want to pop over to the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, by ferry or by 'plane, to sample the new course there.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $140

Monday-Monday bookings preferred but we can be flexible about this.
If a child cot and high chair is required it will be charged at @ 40 Euro
Linen and towels are included. Weekly clean and change of linen and towels included.
A car is necessary when staying at Casa Maria.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.