About the property
- Apartment1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 5 nights
2 Bed, 1 Large Bathroom, Original Features, Free Wi-fi, Accept Visa/Master Card
The Docks is all about location, absolute ocean front it is one of the oldest houses in Paul do Mar & has just undergone a complete restoration to create 3 stunning apartments. The emphases is on comfort & quality with each property comprising of an open plan kitchen/dining, living area, bathroom & 2 very spacious bedrooms. Everyroom has the most incredible ocean views, beautifully decorated to a very high standard & each with a slightly individual feel. Outside guests have access to their own terrace, here you can relax, have dinner or watch the amazing sunsets that Paul do mar is famous for! Each property has cable TV, free wi-fi internet, alarm & a complete guide about the facilities, the local area & things to do. Free parking by the Harbour. Great for couples, families or groups. Also see Properties 416279, 8611697, 8611699 & 8611701 in Funchal. Please Note; To complete your booking, The service fee/liability insurance must be paid through this website and then the accommodation is paid directly to us the property owners, by bank transfer or with visa, master card.
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- english, portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 26, 2018
About Louise Allison
Born in Norfolk UK, i met my Husband in Australia and after getting Married in 2002 we moved to Madeira where my husband is originally from. We really enjoy living on this beautiful little Island. Our passion is renovating properties, turning something old and run down into a new stylish home to rent or sell!
Louise Allison purchased this Apartment in 2011
Why Louise Allison chose Paul Do Mar
The Docks just spoke to us when we first found it in 2008. A ruin that was literally crumbling away & desperately in need of some love & attention. At one time it was the tallest stone house in Madeira & one of the first houses to be built in this little harbour village. Finally after a few years we returned to Paul do Mar & managed to locate the owner, some how it was meant to be ours, it has been a wonderful project restoring the house & bringing it back to life again.
What makes this Apartment unique
Every room in this property has amazing ocean views, it´s light, spacious & has so much character. The location next to the small harbour & beach is really unique & the scenery is beathtaking. The benefits of staying in an area like this mean you are close to nature, walking & really getting to experience what Madeira is all about. it´s also a great base to explore the rest of the Island or just chill out on the terrace by the sea. We have really focussed on things like, comfy beds & sofas, quality fixtures & fittings & fantastic showers with lots of hot water after all those Levada walks! Our philosophy is that we do not expect our guests to stay anywhere that we wouldn´t really enjoy ourselves!
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Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 11:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Good for a short stay
We spent 7 weeks on Madeira Island to escape from the Canadian winter. During our research we found Louise and her properties in Paul do Mar and Funchal.
Though we enjoyed our stay in Paul do Mar the 2 week stay was too long considering the facilities and location. Paul do Mar was not equiped with Laundry facilities or a place to hang clothes. Paul do Mar is a quiet fishing village with a large population of locals living in social housing, (only location like this on the island). Services are limited with a hotel at the far end of town where you can dine, small bars and cafe a small store and food trucks with Bread and vegetables. Though the property was marked as Private, the locals used the walkway on a regular basis and it was situated beside the start/finish of a hiking trail. The veranda was ok but was shared by all (including smokers) and the seating was not comfortable or enough if all apartments were full. It would have been a nice addition to have a barbeque located here. We found the kitchen facilites lacking with no tea pot, limited knives and cooking utensils. The beds were comfortable the bathrooms clean and well laid out.
For a short stay this would be the perfect location to access this side of the island, but not really ideal for long stays as the facilities and the size of the accommodation ie the living room small, it was fine for 2.
I really appreciate you taking the time to make a review and take all your points onboard, very helpful! My response here does not change in anyway some of your negative experiences but hopefully will help to show that we are serious about our rentals and very much take onboard our guests comments. Finally we have the 2nd stage of our project approved for the front of The Docks so soon our future guests will be able to enjoy a laundry with washing machine, drying area & more outdoor facilities with sun loungers and separate seating areas. The pathway and entrance in front of The docks will then be changed for private access only as it is still currently classed as a "Vereda" a small public pathway. We´re really sorry these things were not completed when you came to stay with us, renovating The Docks was relatively quick and straight forward but because the 2nd phase in-front is a new project we have had to wait for everything thing to be approved. Tea pot now in the kitchen & i have gone through all our utensils to check if there is anything else we can add, it is essential to have a well equipped kitchen especially if you enjoy to cook. We really hope that as tourism develops in this area we will see new restaurants and business´s opening, it was only a few years ago that Paul do Mar & Jardim do Mar were only accessible by boat and the Levada walk that you mentioned that starts and ends behind the harbour is the original pathway leading up to the village of Prazers that locals used to get from village to village, it is a popular walk with many tourists. The government here in Madeira have provided a number of areas with social housing around the Island, this one which is at the opposite end of the village to The Docks was built for the local residents and probably has the best ocean front position of any social housing i have ever seen, they are very lucky! After your 7 weeks here you really had the chance to explore and get a feel for the Island, we´re very happy to hear your planning to return this year & escape the Canadian winter again, have a great time on your next visit and once again thanks so much for coming to stay at The Docks and The Villa in Funchal, really appreciate your business and it was great to meet you both!
The best holiday ever
We had a wonderful week at The Docks in August. The house is new, well decorated with a fully-equipped kitchen, where we cooked several dinners. Beds were comfortable with high quality sheets and the large shower offered us many relaxing moments. Our favorite moment of the day was watching the sunset while drinking a glass of wine. Truly outstanding!
Everything was handled professionally. Louise and Raul were the best hosts and were always ready to give us nice tips about Paúl do Mar.
Having a holiday by the sea in such a beautiful property was really a fantastic and relaxing experience that we want to repeat.
Wow, The Best Holiday Ever! Thanks for that, i´m so glad you enjoyed The Docks, especially those amazing Sunsets. Thanks again and it was great to meet you, hope to see you again one day!
Modernes Ambiente trifft Fischerromantik
Wir verbrachten 2014 einen sehr erholsamen Urlaub in der wunderschönen Wohnung von Louise . Es war dort alles Tipp topp . In der Wohnung fehlte es an nichts . Die Terasse wurde uns morgens und Abends zum Lieblingsplatz . Wer das etwas Abgelegene sucht, ist hier richtig. Der Mietwagen ein muss. Lourdes war die gute Seele der Wohnung und kümmerte sich liebevoll um das " Housekeeping" . Wir freuen uns riesig im Sommer erneut bei Louise u Raoul Gast sein zu dürfen . Diesmal in Funchal.
Thank you so much for your review, really appreciate and we are so glad you a great time again!!
Nach unserer ersten Ferienwoche in Funchal sind wir auf die Westseite der Insel umgezogen. Auch dieses Apartment von Louise (sie hat zwei weitere sehr empfehlenswerte mitten in Funchal) besitzt eine sehr hochwertige Ausstattung und ist mit Liebe eingerichtet. Paul do Mar ist ein kleiner Fischerort, abseits der Touristenpfade. Die Wohnung liegt direkt am kleinen Hafen wo man die Fischer beobachten kann. Gute Ausgangsbasis für Wanderungen. Ein Wanderweg startet direkt hinter dem Haus, hier ist allerdings Kondition gefordert, da es steil bergauf geht, aber man kann ja den umgekehrten Weg nehmen. Tolle Ausblicke auf den Hafen!
Traumhaus an Traumlage
Wir haben eine tolle Ferienwoche in den Docks verbracht. Die 3 Ferienwohnungen sind wunderbar gelegen, direkt am Meer. Sie sind alle neu renoviert, sehr geräumig und haben einen weit überdurchschnittliche Ausstattung: schöne Möbel, bequeme Betten, tolles grosses Bad, wireless Internet und voll ausgerüstete Küche mit Mikrowelle und Induktionsherd.
Die Lage ist absolut ruhig. Bars und kleinere Einkaufsmöglichkeit sind zu Fuss erreichbar. Direkt vor dem Haus hat es einen kleinen Kiesstrand.
Das Haus ist in einem kleinen urtümlichen Fischerdorf gelegen, völlig abseits von Touristenströmen und Verkehr. Ein Auto ist deshalb aber erforderlich.
Die Vermieterin ist sehr nett und unkompliziert, alles ist bestens organisiert.
Uns hat es super gefallen (wie Madeira überhaupt) und wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen!
Sehr komfortables und geschmackvolles Appartement
Das Appartement sieht genauso aus wie auf den Bildern, also sehr geschmackvoll und dabei zweckmäßig. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und haben den Blick auf den Ozean sehr genossen. Die Vermieterin ist sehr sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Alle lebenswichtigen Einrichtungen (Supermarkt, Restaurants, Kneipe) sind direkt zu Fuß oder nach einer kurzen Autofahrt zu erreichen.
Paul do Mar is on the south west coast, famous for it´s year round warm sunny climate & beautiful sunsets it is located at the foot of the cliffs, this unique landscape surrounded by banana plantations & quaint little streets has plenty to explore & at one time you could only get there by boat, today thanks to the new roads it can be easily accessed & is just a short drive from the villages of Jardim do Mar & Calheta. This Historical house has uninterrupted views of the ocean & is only a few steps from the beach & harbour where it´s safe to swim in the sea. There is a Levada walk that starts just around the corner & takes you up along the original paths to the village of Prazers, the views are breathtaking! You can also walk for several km along the ocean front, admire the waves & watch the surfers! There´s a handful of cafés, restaurants, a small grocery store, a bank & in nearby Calheta there is a sandy beach & Marina, you can go Game fishing, dolphin & whale watching or visit Casa das Mudas art gallery along with more restaurants and a supermarket. This area offers fantastic scenery, nature, walking & generally getting away from it all & it´s a great winter escape too for some warm sunny relaxation by the sea. Access to the main roads is just a short drive so you can still be in Funchal within half an hour by car & explore the rest that Madeira has to offer.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We are a local company based in Madeira & handle all payments directly. This website will only charge you for their service fee. We require a 30% deposit to obtain confirmation & the 70% balance is paid 45 days prior to your arrival date. Bookings made less than 6 weeks prior to the arrival date are requested to pay in full at time of booking. We accept Visa & Master card debit or credit or a bank transfer, full details of how to pay will be sent by email. In the event of cancellations all payments are non refundable / Date changes accepted. Breakages or damages will be charged to your debit or credit card. Room Occupancy Rates based on 2 guests can occupy one bedroom, either a king size double bed or 2 single beds, if you require the use of both bedrooms there will be an extra linen charge of €30 & the 2 single beds can be made into a king size double also. 1 Child under 2 sleeping in a travel cot goes free, cot & high chair provided free of charge. One cot available per apartment.