Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Calheta - Casa Rochinha
Sleeps 2-8, spacious & peaceful, BBQ terrace + loungers, log fire for winter
Standing proudly in the hills above Arco da Calheta, this single storey stone-built house called offers masses of space, comfort and an exceptional opportunity to soak in purified air, marvel at cries of soaring buzzards and wonder at glorious views and sunsets. The house is L-shaped, one end consisting of a huge open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining room with extensive windows/glass doors offering superb views to the south and east and access to the garden, veranda, barbecue area & pool. The three south-facing bedrooms also lead out to the veranda, pool and garden. Pine trees cover the hills behind and a 'levada' (irrigation channel with footpath) runs below, inviting you to stroll east or west for as much as 20 km in either direction if you like! Please note that this house stands at an altitude of 600 metres and the pool, which is solar heated, will be cooler in the winter months than pools at lower altitudes.
REASONS FOR CHOOSING MADEIRA AND CASA ROCHINHA: For nature lovers, Madeira has plenty to offer, with superb vegetation, and hundreds of subtropical plants to keep the most enthusiastic gardener occupied. Peter and Jeanne, the owners of Casa Rochinha, have established a lovely garden full of interesting plants. Part of the island has been pronounced a World Heritage protected site, this is the area of the Laurisilva forests located 15 minutes' drive away and well worth exploring, especially on foot. Walking the island has become very popular with visitors who can follow long trails along the islands water courses, locally known as levadas. For golfers there are two excellent golf courses and for those seeking sea swimming, you can pop down to the sandy beach at Calheta. The capital of the island is of course Funchal, 30 minutes' drive away. As well as being very attractive and spotlessly clean, it has interesting museums, Madeira wine lodges, an excellent variety of shops and many restaurants for all tastes and budgets.....
GUESTS COMMENTS : END MAY 2007: GRAHAM FAMILY + FRIENDS from UK
This has been a 10/10 holiday. The villa felt like home from day one and we have found it faultless; facilities and equipment have met our every need. The pool has been used most days, warming from a chilly 17ºC to a beautiful 27º today. The location of the villa is simply magical with different themes of the same view every morning and evening. The levada walks are just as good now as they were 18 years ago when we last visited Madeira and the views from the tops have been amazing. The kids have had a fantastic week & they should be pround of their achievement taking on the hard walks their Mums & Dads have done! Having said this they loved the beach at Calheta where they could enjoy a few hours of 'sand & sea'! Boat trips from Funchal to see fish/dophins were great. Rock pools for swimming at Porto Moniz also great. (Note from Charlie: I loved playing football on the sandy beach, swimming, the food and the glass bottom boat.)
- children welcome
- wheelchair accessible
- pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the manager
Nous avons eu deux semaines superbes. La maison est magnifique, la piscine est très agréable, la vue panoramique est très belle et le quartier est paisible. Nous avons passé un séjour très relaxant.
(and in English... We have had two superb weeks. The house is magnificent, the swimming pool is very agreeable, the panoramic view is very beautiful and the area is peaceful. We have had a relaxing time.)
Anna, Fabrice et Caroline