Swimming pool 300m to beach, fantastic sea view balcony in downtown Funchal
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About Cristina Abreu
Since moving to the Old Town of Funchal we fell in love with this beautiful part of Madeira. We live here because it is the ideal combination of sun, beautiful architecture, tropical gardens and sea. We love restoring old houses and decoration, also local food so we try to pass on this love to our guests with tips and recommendations of the places to go. We have a collection of unique seaside villas in the old town. Alongside this business, we launched an award winning publishing company, Funchal-Publications that has several books on the Island. This complement of books, history & local knowledge is something we like to pass on to our guests through the houses.
Cristina Abreu purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Cristina Abreu chose Santa Maria Maior
Location Location Location - Seaside address near the Old Town of Funchal, walk in minutes to the beach, restaurants and market. The tropical garden is an oasis in the center of town with a swimming pool surrounded by tropical plants. The sea and beach is a short walk away. We Love the climate here which is warm year round as it has a nice micro-climate. Friendly neighborhood. The villa itself is over a hundred years old with stunning period features that have all been lovingly restored and modernised to make your stay not only very stylish but also comfortable. Watching the boats pass just in front is a dream and looking at the port of Funchal so close is a source of constant joy. We try to use local artisans and craftsmen everytime we can, so you can see the artwork, beautiful handmade wicker furniture and TLC that is given to each property and also helps the local community.
What makes this Apartment unique
House with huge seaview terraces looking to the sea, sea and harbor views. Near the sea and old town, yet with the benefit of the sea views and a pool. Enjoy outdoor living and cooking on the barbecue year round, sip a drink as the Cruise ships passes just in front.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Stunning view, lovely holiday
We had a wonderful stay at Ocean View last week, weather was fantastic so we made full use of the swimming pool and managed to get a proper tan even though its December. Very impressed with how fast and easy everything was organized for us, they even booked the airport transfer and restaurant tips. The apartment is much more beautiful and large then the photos show and the sea is always in front and we had lots of cruise ships to gaze at every day. We were very lucky to choose such a nice location is it meant we could walk to the excellent bistros down the road in the city center such as La Fundo and Tasco our favourites, and we walked to the market and bakery with its custard tarts. Would love to come back again soon and will recommend it to all our friends.
A great location to get down into the Old Town. The cable car and bus station are only a 15-20 minute walk are there are lots of places to eat within a 10-15 minute walk. The local bakery up the hill was great and we used the main supermarket in the shopping centre. We didn't hire a car and either walked or used local buses to get further afield.
Ocean View has really wonderful views looking back towards Funchal and Reid's Palace. As it's the top floor the balcony does catch the wind but the advantage is the views. In the mornings while having breakfast we often sat watching a pod of dolphins offshore which was wonderful. At the front of the house under the porch the bench provides a more sheltered spot if it's too windy on the balcony. Sadly, it was too cool to use the pool but it looked inviting.
The apartment is really well furnished and the kitchen has a good range of pots and utensils for cooking simple meals. The use of the washing machine shared with other guests was also great (drying rack provided). The lounge was very comfortable to relax in on the days when the weather wasn't warm enough to sit outside. It was also lovely to sit in there during the evening and watch the lights twinkling around the bay. The shutters on the bedroom windows were really useful to block out the morning light and we were able to enjoy some long sleeps!
Altogether a lovely place in a good location. Thank you!
Beautiful place to stay
Full of charm and great sea views. The location was perfect by the old town and city center, having such a large pool was really worth it. Quick communication and they organized our airport transfer which made it all very easy.
Excellent location - and what a view!
Lovely apartment - nicely furnished, very clean and full of character. The pool was a bonus. Will definitely stay a third time.
Stunning views, clean well appointed apartment, good facilities & only 5-10 mins from old town. Had a really nice time.
Many thanks for being such lovely guests, we hope you return again soon. Best wishes, Cristina
Lovely apartment with stunning views
We had a truly fabulous family holiday staying in Ocean View and Bay View both of which are equally gorgeous. The initial booking process was extremely efficient and quick and Cristina replied to all my emails promptly. The villa itself is beautiful and is within walking distance to local supermarket and town so no car needed and also taxis are cheap and in abundance. Cristinas attention to detail is spot on and the apartments are truly gorgeous and comfortable. The views from the balconies are breathtaking and I loved watching the cruise ships manoevering their way in and out of the harbour. Would we go back again?.... Bet your life we would!!!
Wow what a great review thank you so much - it really makes such a difference to know you liked the houses and area, we really appreciate it. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. All the best, Cristina
Located in Funchal city center just by the historic old quarter, a perfect unspoilt seaside location within walking distance of the sea (5-10 min walking down the road). Best location in Madeira, warmest climate where you can live like a local in a charming residential area of Funchal, surrounded by traditional houses. Funchal market, shops, museums and cable car are just down the road within walking distance as is the old town with all the best restaurants, bars, market, cable car and shops. Bus stop nearby. Parking is done just outside on the road for free. This part of Funchal is unspoilt and very charming, seaviews are great and you get to watch the ships arrive in the harbor. The community is safe and friendly, the bakery and cafe is famous, there are local grocers with fresf fruits and produce you can cook at home. Enjoy the specially mild climate here down by the sea and treat yourself for a meal in the best restaurants of the old town all within walking distance.
The perfect base to explore the very best of Madeira, while staying in the ideal part of Funchal.
Other Activities you can do while staying here: Levada and mountain Walking, Gardens, boat tours, bird watching, diving, historic cultural tours.
Dont miss the many yearly events that happen in Madeira each year: New Year Fireworks, Carnival, Flower Festival, Easter and half term celebrations, Madeira island golf open, madeira rally and wine festivals are just some of the events you can enjoy.
Golf: Palheiro Golf a 5-10min drive away - you can see it from the house. Santo da Serra golf a 25-30min drive. Both are great golf courses, surrounded by nature and beautiful views.