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Palheiro Cottage - Stunning views of mountains and sea. Free WiFi

Bedrooms 1
Space 80 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lounge, Dining area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, balcony and roof terrace.

Palheiro Cottage has an 'Alojamento Local' Licence registration number Calheta - 13/12 and is fully insured. The cottage stands on a ridge and the views are breathtaking. The lounge/dining area/kitchen are all open plan on the first floor and encompass a large balcony accessed through patio doors which give outstanding views from the lounge over the valley. The kitchen is equipped with fridge/freezer, oven, hob, extractor,microwave, kettle, coffee maker and toaster etc.There is ample cupboard space provided. The lounge is furnished with TV, DVD player, free WiFi and Xbox, (FREE calls to landlines in over 50 countries), a 3 seater sofa and dining table and 4 chairs.The staircase leads down to the ground floor which comprises of a double bedroom with bedside shelves and table lamps, a triple robe with mirror, hairdryer and a dressing table. There is an en-suite shower room containing a Hydrotherapy cabin, a large hand basin over cabinets and W.C. A fold up single bed is available to cater for a third person / child.

All linen, towels and beach towels are provided and changed weekly.

Calheta is the driest, warmest part of the Island and boasts a Marina of international quality and 2 golden sand beaches. Also close by are the famous Lavada Walks . Close to the property is a bakery, general store, supermarket, hairdressers, hospital, doctors, dentists, garage and banks. We offer fishing trips or cruises on our boat (which has a full tourist licence and insurance) and a catering service if you don't feel like cooking. Laundry and maid service is available on request. We have spent many years in the restaurant/hospitality industry and will provide you with the highest quality accommodation at reasonable rates.

The Cottage is fully equipped with all tableware, glasses, linen, Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels. Linen is changed weekly. We have a good quality single airbed to cater for a third person if required. There is an assortment of books, dvd's and cd's. Also cards, dominos and games.

Our rooftop terrace offers unrivaled views of the Mountains and the Ocean with about a 270 degree panorama. The terrace is equipped with a table and four dining chairs, a 3 metre parasol,2 loungers and a gas Bar-B-Que, so you can enjoy a lazy day in the tranquility of the terrace garden or enjoy the pleasure of a bottle of wine whilst the sun goes down. The terrace receives full sunshine from around 9.00 a.m. until the sun sets over the West end of the Island.

Our aim is to provide you with a most comfortable and enjoyable stay in pleasant surroundings and with the total privacy of you own building. However as we only live next door, any problems can be resolved quickly and efficiently and we are nearly always on hand with help and advice to ensure you have a memorable stay on the Island.

If you have any specific needs or are celebrating a special occasion, we can help you to meet these with a special meal, or by assisting with any special needs/ requests (where practicable).

More Details

Graham and Jenny Venters
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2017

About Graham and Jenny Venters

Jenny and I have both been in the Licenced trade and I am a quaified Chef. We are both retired now and live next door to the cottage in the main house, so we are usually available to advise or assist whenever needed. However we will never be a nuisance to you and only seek to enhance you holiday experience.

Graham and Jenny Venters purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Graham and Jenny Venters chose Calheta

We bought the main house in 2009, it was in a very bad state but as soon as we saw it we just fell in love with it and so we renovated it and then we did the cottage 3 years later in early 2012. It was a derilict 'Cow House' and we did the reconstruction sympathetically to the original style and in a manner that we would be happy to stay in it ourselves, Hence the cottage is very well equipped to a high standard and is very comfortable. We chose to live in this area as it is very quiet and the views are out of this world. The house and cottage are a little off the beaten track and so you will experience the 'Real' Madeira as against the Tourist images usually offered. Also, being at 400 mtrs altitude it does not get too hot in Summer or too Cold in Winter.

What makes this cottage unique

We offer a range of additional services with the cottage ranging from an evening meal service, boat trips for big game or bottom fishing or just a gentle cruise along the coastline and airport transfers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After staying in Funchal on many occasions we thought with a little bit of trepidation it was time to visit a different part of Maderia . We are so glad we did. Set up in the hills above Caletha the cottage has great views down into a valley and out to sea . You could watch kestrels and buzzards from the balcony. The directions given but Jenny and Graham where spot on , it took around 45 minutes to drive to the cottage from the airport mostly on the express way . I think a car is a must . We where made very welcome in the small bar which joins the village shop . We spoke no Portuguese and they spoke very little English but some how we spent a couple of hours on a couple of evenings chatting in the bar . The cottage is in a good location to visit other parts of the island . The cottage had every thing you would need for a holiday . Ideal for walkers and people who just like to sight see.
Feb 2016
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Estrela da Calheta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Computer Available
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Fitted with Hydrotherapy cabin, hand wash basin and w.c. All towels provided and changed weekly.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • The bedroom has a double bed. A cot is available and a fold up single bed is available to cater for a third person / child. .
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • 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:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
A fold up single bed is available to cater for a third person / child. Safety gate for stairs, highchair and cot available free of charge. FREE calls to most European land line numbers. SMOKING IS PERMITTED ON THE BALCONY OR THE ROOF-TOP TERRACE.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Palheiro Cottage - Stunning views of mountains and sea. Free WiFi
average rating of 4.875 based on 109 reviews

Excellent accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hosts were very helpful even helping us to dig in the beach to find my lost ring.

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you it was lovely to have you back again. We feel we must share your lovely comments left in the guest book - "Having visited in 2012and promised to return we have finally done so, albeit this time with our baby in tow!! We have had an excellent week here and yet again have been very well looked after by Jenny and Graham. We spent our first week with 4 days of walking (the baby giggled throughout the Calheta tunnel at the start of the 25 Fontes walk) 1 boat trip with Graham and 1 day exploring the beautiful North West coast, we definitely recommend Porto Moniz and the aquarium there. Thanks again Graham and Jenny for helping us do the impossible and find Isy's engagement ring in the sands of Calheta Beach - amazing luck!!! We fully intend to return, hopefully within the year and certainly before another 5 years have passed!"
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Fantastic holiday cottage in the hills

  • 5 of 5

Great location, fab views of both mountains and sea, good Base for walking. Jenny & Graham make great hosts and it's just like home from home.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we enjoyed having you. We feel we must share the lovely comments you left in the guest book - "Thank you Graham and Jenny for the great customer care you have provided on our 3 week stay. You have been lovely hosts and it was nice to be able to have a meal with you and find out all about how you came to live here. The cottage is wonderful, very much like a home from home with everything you need to provide a comfortable stay. What a bonus to have both mountain and sea views from the balcony and sun terrace, although we didn't use the latter as we were out walking almost every day, not just on the Levadas but exploring other footpaths also. Paul do Mar was a great place to sit and chill and watch the high waves and Jardim do Mar was another favourite, you can meander around the cobbled streets and enjoy the lovely promenade . All in all a fab place to be to explore this Western part of Madeira"
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Lovely little cottage with beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful situation Palheiro Cottage stands in. One winds up the steep hill and there it is on the left, hanging on the edge, looking down to the valley, left to the sea and right to the mountains. The balcony overlooks the valley and the roof terrace above gives a wider view. Inside is clean and simple with all mod cons.

Jenny and Graham were excellent hosts. They were helpful, friendly and informative. They have very good local knowledge and this was handy re supermarket, garage etc. We appreciated the wine, eggs, bread, butter and homemade jam they had for us on arrival. The eggs from Jenny's hens were the best we've had! And we really liked the mince pies she gave us on Christmas Eve - they were delicious!

When we had a problem with the cooker Graham sorted it smoothly and quickly and now there is a very good induction hob which we enjoyed cooking our Christmas dinner on.

We slept well there on a bed that suited us and were warm enough as there are extra blankets if needed. When we were there the temperature changed from warm to cold quite quickly both from day to day and within the day so we were often taking clothes off and on. There's a heater to warm the place if needed.

The cottage is situated in a beautiful, warm part of the island. We accessed all parts of the island from there but mainly the west and the southern coast as there were clouds over the mountains most days apart from two.

We were very happy to have been in Palheiro Cottage for our two weeks in December.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it was a pleasure to have you. We are always so pleased to know that our guests have had a good holiday. As we live next door to the cottage it was simple to resolve the problem of the hob breaking down on the evening of the 23rd, we were able to go out on Christmas Eve morning and purchase a new hob so that our guests were still able to cook their Christmas lunch.
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Perfect base for two in south-west Madeira

  • 4 of 5

Immaculately presented modern cottage, perfect for two, with everything we needed provided and in good order. Great outlook from main living area and balcony over steeply-sided valley of cultivated terraces. A bonus - village shop and bar a minute's walk for basic provisions every day, with friendly owner encouraging any visitor's attempts at Portuguese! Cottage owners living next door at hand for any advice, if needed.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place to discover Madeira. Jenny and Graham are perfect hosts to make your stay as comfortable as possible.... and they are great cooks. We enjoyed the fish-barbecue, which we were invited to on the roof-top of the apartment. (This was for free and gives you the impression, you live among good neighbors. Thank you very much for a wonderful week. Andrea & Martin

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and it was a pleasure to have you. If Graham has a fishing trip and catches fish we often invite the fishermen and our cottage guests to a complimentary "fish BBQ". It is so nice to see complete strangers from different countries and backgrounds get on so well together to make a wonderful evening.
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Beautiful property in a stunning locations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week at Palheiro Cottage, hosted by Jenny and Graham and had a fantastic time. The cottage itself is beautifully appointed, with spacious living accommodation inside as well as plenty of outside space with the balcony and the roof terrace. We were warmly welcomed by Jenny and Graham, given a tour of the cottage and lots of helpful information about the local village, Calheta and beyond: such as supermarkets, parking tips and places to visit on the island. We felt reassured that we could come to Jenny and Graham with anything and it was lovely to say hello in the morning and stop for a friendly chat. It was the village chapel feast day during our stay and we were able to observe the village procession and the festivities with our hosts. The kitchen was stocked with basics and we very much enjoyed the meal service provided by the hosts; wonderful home cooked food and delicious wine. We had an amazing experience on the boat cruise with Graham on the Gavito, watching dolphins and whales and seeing the stunning coastline of Madeira from the water. Additional thanks to Graham for trying to teach my husband to fish! The boat trip was a truly exceptional experience and we would urge guests to book it! We hired a car during our week long stay to explore the island, taking a hire company recommendation from our hosts. This was essential for us because we like to have the freedom to come and go. We balanced our stay with trips around the island and days at home. For non drivers, there were always taxis available. Whether you are looking for a base from which to explore Madeira fully or if you are looking for a place to relax, soak up the sun and scenery then Palheiro Cottage is the perfect choice for either. This was our first visit to the island and will definitely be coming back to stay at Palheiro Cottage. Our thanks and best wishes to Jenny and Graham for being such fantastic hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you stay. We are always so pleased that our guests have enjoyed their stay at Palheiro Cottage. The weather is good all year round so for a relaxing holiday away from the cold and rain book your winter break now.
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.15 Kilometres
Small shop and bar
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Via Rapida
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Kilometres
Restaurant Estrela
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Our cottage is located on the outskirts of Estrela which is the commercial centre for the Calheta Region. We are withing easy walking distance of the village and some Lavada Walks . Also some of the most spectacular Lavada Walks (the 25 Fontes at Rabacal) are within our region and are easily accessed by car. The Marina is but a short drive from the cottage and this has a number of Restaurants and Bars. There is also a sand beach next to the Marina with a safe swimming area, although you may choose to go out to sea with Graham on his boat and swim in the Ocean or view the Whales and Dolphins or even go fishing for your supper! The boat is fully licenced and insured. 15 Kilometers away is Cabo Girao, the second highest Sea Cliff in the World with a cable car from the top to almost the bottom and a view point with glass floor.Swim in the natural pools at Porto Moniz which is just a short drive away.


Rates & Availability

Estrela da Calheta Cottage Rental Rates

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

We require 25% of the rental to secure your booking then the remaining balance 30 days prior to check in.
We accept payments via bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
There are no hidden charges, cleaning is included in your rental cost.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance for any unexpected emergencies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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