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Traditional Madeiran Quinta On Banana Farm, Large Modern Patio & Heated Pool, AL

Bedrooms 3
Space 150 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


About the property

3 Bedrooms, Balcony, Large Patio, Heated Pool, Garden, Sea Mountain, veg & fruit

Our traditional Madeiran Quinta is a delightful family home, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It's a traditional stone Quinta set on a small banana farm in beautiful tropical gardens, 5 minutes from Calheta beach and 30 minutes from Funchal. Sympathetically modernized and retaining the original character, creating a stunning mix of traditional Madeiran and contemporary, with the addition of a large modern patio/entertaining area with pool, outside kitchen with barbecue and gas hob. The original features of the old house remain, including exposed stone walls, beams, wooden floors, casement windows and the original bread oven in the kitchen. Decorated with antiques and vintage finds the Quinta has all mod cons, Wi-Fi in all rooms and on the patio. There is one king size bedroom with en suite shower room which opens onto the patio and pool, a family bathroom with bath and over head shower, a twin single bedroom that can also be made into a super-king sized bed, and double bedroom upstairs on the 2nd floor with patio balcony and fabulous garden, mountain and sea views.The large, modern patio area is the perfect entertaining or relaxing area, with a covered porch, locally hand made chestnut dining table and 6 chairs, 6 loungers for sun bathing. Surrounded by a high, curved traditional volcanic stone wall the patio and tropical gardens have views of the sea and the mountains all around. A lush mix of tropical palms, hibiscus, geraniums, hydrangea and cool lawns make up the pretty garden. The banana farm includes an organic vegetable patch with fruit trees and though out of bounds to visitors a complimentary basket of seasonal vegetables and fruit is provided on arrival and throughout your stay. Facilities include local Meo cable TV, DVD with a selection of English films, WiFi in all rooms, wood burner in the sitting room for winter evenings and several radiators/heaters for the bedrooms. The pool has a solar cover, if guests want to heat the pool in cooler months we charge £70 per week. There are a few steps into the garden and house plus stairs within the house making it unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues, there are also some low beams between the bedrooms, kitchen and sun room, this is all part of the character of an old house. The Quinta is a real family affair, a lovely local family help us run the Quinta, Joao (who also speaks Spanish) maintains the garden, vegetable patch along with the bananas, his wife Rosa is our wonderful housekeeper and their daughter Susana and her husband Marcio (both speak perfect English) are on hand to do the key and help out when we are not available.

Alison Cosier
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, A little French and German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

Why Alison Cosier chose Madeira

We fell in love with the Quinta at first sight. The previous owner had renovated the old stone house in keeping with the typical Madeiran style, retaining the original charm. We added the large patio area, pool, outside kitchen, sun room leading to the covered dining area, and wi-fi in all rooms. The Quinta is our family home, we feel part of the village and local community, who are warm and friendly. It is ideally situated for a relaxing holiday and for touring the island, it's just a 5 minute drive to the sandy beach and harbour at Calheta with a choice of bars, restaurants and the local supermarket.

What makes this villa unique

The Quinta is a charming Madeira stone family house full of character, offering great views, decorated with antiques and vintage finds, a wood burner in the sitting room takes the chill off cooler winter evenings. With the addition of a large patio area, swimming pool that can also be heated in winter for an extra fee, and outside kitchen barbeque surrounded by lush tropical gardens full of bird song. A great mix of contemporary and traditional. The mountain, village and sea views are stunning. One of the added bonuses of the house is the small banana farm and vegetable patch, which is tended by Joao, the husband of our housekeeper Rosa. We love picking fruit and veg for the table, it's one of the things we love most about staying here, fresh seasonal fruit and veg is also available to guests though the farm and vegetable area are out of bounds, Joao will keep the kitchen stocked up. The top bedroom has a large patio with great views and a table for 4, a perfect spot for coffee in the morning or a romantic evening setting. The porch by the patio provides a covered dining area with a large hand made chestnut table and 6 chairs, the perfect spot for relaxing day or evening. Calheta beach is just 5 minutes drive away. It's in the sunniest part of the island, and a perfect base for exploring the whole of Madeira at any time of year.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Arco Da Calheta on Calheta

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , ensuite shower room to main bedroowith sink, toilet, bidet
  • Family bathroom with bath and over head shower, bidet, toilet and sink, ensuite bathroom to main bedroom with shower, toilet, sink with painted cupboards below, and bidet. The ensuite shower room has a shower cut into the stone wall, bidet, toilet and basin with painted cupboards below. There is also a toilet in the outside kitchen area and an outside shower with hot and cold water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Double bed with balcony, garden, sea, mountain views
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size bed, ensuite shower room, french doors to pool
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 single beds,can be pushed together to create super-king
  • Main bedroom has a king size antique style painted metal bed, en suite shower room with sink, toilet, bidet, triple aspect, plenty of cupboards, bedside cupboards, French doors onto the patio, pool and garden, views of the sea and mountains, a charming room. On the same floor, the family bathroom and a twin room with 2 hand made chestnut single beds which can be fixed together to create a super king, a small chest of drawers and open hanging for clothes, with views of the mountain and village. Upstairs on the 2nd floor is a further double bedroom with open hanging for clothes, a small chest of drawers, bookcase and a lovely balcony, patio area with a metal table and 4 chairs, gorgeous views of the garden, mountains and sea.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Quinta is our much-loved home, we hope you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, home from home. We provide bed linens, bathroom towels, coloured pool towels, changed weekly when the house is cleaned. There is WiFi in every room & on the patio, DVD's, local cable tv MEO, books, board games, a wide selection of tourist info plus info on the best places to eat on the island. We also provide a hair dryer. The pool can be heated for an extra fee £70 per week, it uses an ozone system which is more body & eco friendly. The patio has dining for six, six sun loungers, outside kitchen, barbeque, gas hob, sink, toilet and hot/cold water shower by the pool. The Quinta is a unique mix of original Madeiran character with contemporary style, set on a small banana farm providing seasonal fruit & vegetables for guests, the perfect base for holidaying in Madeira. It has a wood burner in the sitting room, heaters in the bedrooms making it an all year holiday home.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveller reviews)

Traditional Madeiran Quinta On Banana Farm, Large Modern Patio & Heated Pool, AL
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

The house is an upside down house, with the bedrooms on the first and second floor and sitting room down stairs. The property is well equipped and the real selling point is the outside space. There is a covered patio area where we had breakfast outside each morning - not bad for early march. There are then loungers spread around the pool. The garden is sheltered and we got sun most of the day.

The property is well situated, with easy access to the main highway, although a bit out of the village so not easy to walk into the village.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A delightful, private base from which to explore Madeira

  • 5 of 5

In your dreams you have already been to Quinta Tabareu.

You will recognise it standing by the crystal clear water of the pool.

Look over there to the sub-tropical garden where later, you can take afternoon tea.

Beyond that to your car, parked securely behind electric gates.

Look ahead to admire the banana plantation (let us not call it a farm. So unromantic)

And so to the Quinta itself. Resplendent in cream and terracotta. The roof lines and elegant windows reminiscent of a pocket size version of a certain ranch just outside Dallas, Texas.

The Ewings could very well vacation here. The oil business isn’t what it was you know.

Dawn. Delight in the freshness of the main bedroom, when the sunlight streams through the windows bidding you to rise and take breakfast on the patio.

Nightfall. With clothes strewn, slip into the warm clear waters of the private pool. The village lights shine as fairy lights across the hillside. And, at last, lay back to contemplate nature’s most elusive and grandest of displays, the starry cosmos.

These are my recollections. You want to know about how well the kitchen is equipped? How clean the place is? Then you are with the wrong reviewer. There are plenty of others here who will tell you. Accurate they are. But I really must make mention of the local canine population. Some, perhaps most, will not notice, or be happy to put up with being serenaded by several dogs, all eager at any time to discuss amongst themselves the merits of a particular flavour of Bonio. It isn’t all the time though and when they are restless enough to give voice in the early hours, well, you did pack your ear plugs didn’t you?

Choose comfort. Choose special. Choose privacy. Choose relax.

Choose Arco do Calheta. Choose Cipriani. Choose home.

Choose Quinta Tabareu

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Terry and Avril, Thank you for the BEST review an owner could wish for! The house attracts a certain kind of holiday maker who sees the house exactly as it is and enjoys the whole ambience of the traditional Madeiran Quinta, the sub-tropical garden and the modern patio and pool area. You describe your stay so eloquently that even the local dogs come out well despite their nocturnal serenading. Poor things are not treated well in Southern European countries where they are kept outside 24/7. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Quinta. All the very best, Alison
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Interesting place, best for outdoor living

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Madeira was one of our best ever, thanks to the vertical fantasy land atmosphere, general competence of the infrastructure (nice roads, etc.), good food, nice people and some of the greatest hikes in the world.

This quinta stands out for its charm and character (and reasonable price). For those researching where to stay, we will briefly list some possible issues to help you decide whether this is the place for you:

Unmentioned in the description or other reviews is that the indoor living area and dinning table is downstairs in a dark sub-level facing the back of the house/street. This may or may not matter to renters. There is a small "sun-room" with a few pieces of wicker furniture upstairs facing the pool.The house is a warren of rooms and halls, the opposite of "open plan". And some low thresholds mean taller people may have to walk around with heads lowered. HOWEVER, the outside area is divine - the pool, patio, barbecue hut, and outdoor dinning table would make for a very special location while staying home.

Don't put too much stake in weather forecasts. Even on "rainy" days (most of the time in the winter!) we got sun eventually and were able to swim almost every day.

The kitchen was generally competent - missing a few things like any vacation rental, but the appliances all worked fine. There is a gated parking area with sliding electronic door so you won't have trouble with where to keep your car.

We didn't eat locally, so can't recommend anything there. As for hikes: the Ponta de Sao Laurenco was hot and exhausting, but worth it. Nice green park at the end of the point for a picnic. Caldeira Verde levada has to be one of the best hikes anywhere, but good luck finding it (Google is useless) - might want to take a taxi from Santana. The Levada Rei was easy and beautiful, and not to crowded. Give 25 Fontes a pass - its a traffic jamb. The "Walk/eat Madeira" book has a nice hike around Ponta de Pargo that is great, but a brutal climb halfway through.

We thought the Monte Palace gardens were dreamy, well worth a visit. But do NOT drive there and expect to find parking - what a nightmare. Take the cable car from Funchal instead.

For Madeira wine, try Henrique & Henrique tasting room in Camara de Lobos - we splurged and a $25 bottle of 15 year aged dry and it was great company for much of the trip.

Finally, do not trust your car navigation or Google maps - they might take you down some scary, narrow, roads. Enjoy

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughts on Maderia, so glad you enjoyed your stay, it certainly is a great place to take a holiday. I also have to agree whole heartedly that the outside space at the Quinta is divine but disagree with your other comments on the inside. It is clearly stated in the description that the house is old with lots of stairs and a couple of points where taller folk may have to duck but it is certainly not a warren of hallways, there only being one hall. The sitting and dining rooms are clearly photographed in the description showing the beams, these rooms are not sub-level being on the ground floor at street level and as most guests are out all day exploring or enjoying the patio they are used only in the evening. This may account for the fact that it's not mentioned in any of the other reviews. It's all part of the charm and character of an old, traditional Madeiran property, and the reason why so many people love it. We were pleased to hear that it was your 'best ever' holiday and hope you return again soon. All the very best, Alison & Graham
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Wonderful hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

Quinta Tabareau is very comfortable, clean & homely. The master bedroom bed is wonderful, with good quality linen allowing for a very good night's sleep. We paid a little extra so the pool would be heated for our stay & this was money well spent as we swam before breakfast every day. The pool area is perfect, although the weather was a little cool at times to take full advantage in the evenings. This was not a problem as we made full use of the wood burner & DVD library in the very comfortable living room. We particularly enjoyed revisiting the village of Dibley& its residents!! The Quinta is well equipped and the welcome pack of wine & fresh veg was very appreciated. There was only two of us but it didn't feel too big & yet there was plenty of room for more.... Tabareau is in a residential road with easy access to all the sites. We went whale watching with Lobosonda in Calheta and saw both common dolphins(lots of them) and 5 sperm whales. AMAZING! Lobosonda was a very professional & friendly company we would be very happy to recommend. All in all a lovely holiday and we returned rested & ready for 2017! Thank you Alison for your advice & pre-holiday information, much appreciated. Very quick return of house keeping deposit at the end of the holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Lynn, Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your holiday in Madeira. We try to make the house as comfortable as possible, creating a home from home, so using good quality linen is a must. The patio is our favourite spot too, on a sunny day it can't be beaten! So glad you enjoyed your whale watching trip, it certainly is a highlight activity for many of our guests. We greatly appreciate your recommendation, and thank you for leaving the house so clean and tidy. All the very best to you both, Alison & Graham
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Lovely property, ideal holiday base.

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four including two teenage children. The house was ideal as there was plenty of space inside and out and the pool was perfect.

To summarise:

House was in good decorative order and immaculately clean.

The beds were extremely comfy.

The bathrooms were fine, possibly a little dated, which really wasn't an issue.

The kitchen was well equipped and we really appreciated the fresh veg/fruit from the garden and the fact we were given bread, butter etc.on arrival.

The property was really easy to find which helped prevent the usual family row in the car.

The area of Calheta is very quiet, but it has a perfectly good supermarket and some friendly bars and cafes.

Alison, the owner, clearly takes great pride in her property and so the whole process of booking the villa etc. was very straight forward and stress free.

When we come back to Madeira we will definitely stay here again as I don't think you could find a better property.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to send us a review Rachel. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Quinta and we agree that it is an ideal base for a holiday in Madeira. And we're equally delighted that you want to return to the Quinta, you are most welcome anytime. All the best, Alison and Graham
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Great Villa in Great location

  • 5 of 5

This Villa was fantastic big pool spacious living lovely lounge great kitchen but what we loved was the big out side table not shown in the pictures of the villa and a big undercover outside kitchen with BBQ we would all sit outside till late at night relaxing with views to die for we found a fantastic taxi driver called Antonio who would take you to the Harbour then pick u back up when you were ready for a very reasonable rate.The owner is a lovely lady called Alison and nothing is two much trouble this is definitely a place I will want to return to if you are thinking of going to Madeira then this is the villa to stay at . Martin from Southport.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Martin, couldn't have said it better myself! Thank you for your kind words, I'm so glad you all had a great time staying at our Quinta. We haven't had a chance to take new photos of the porch and dining area yet, we return to Madeira next week, hopefully the sun will be shining and we can take some good photos. The Madeirans are so kind and friendly, thank you for telling us about another taxi driver that we can recommend to our future guests. And please do come back to the Quinta if you visit Madeira again, you'll be very welcome! All the best, Alison
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Arco Da Calheta, Portugal

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
21 Mar 2017 - 20 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
21 Jun 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Mid season
23 Sep 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
18 Dec 2017 - 8 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Low season
9 Jan 2018 - 5 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
6 Mar 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
22 Jun 2018 - 24 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Mid season
25 Sep 2018 - 17 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Rates are for 2 people, extra visitors charged at £10 each per day. Not suitable for the elderly, children are welcome but under constant supervision due to the stairs and pool. Pool heating is an extra £70 per week. No pets allowed.
All bed linen & bath, pool towels included, weekly change of linens & cleaning stays of 8 days or more, WiFi in all rooms, seasonal vegetables & fruit from banana farm.
Payment required in full if booking less than 60 days from check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Engenho Velho
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Quinta Tabareu is located in a village on the sunniest part of the island, the perfect base for exploring, a car is necessary to capture all the charms this beautiful island has to offer. If you fancy lunch or dinner Calheta beach and harbour is just a 5 minute drive away with bars and restaurants. There is a sports centre with gym facilities and playground 5 minutes up the road, where they also have a bar serving coffee, beer and cold drinks. At Calheta harbour there is also fishing and whale/dolphin watching trips, 2 large hotels with restaurants, bars and a spa, a large supermarket and a sandy man made beach plus numerous restaurants and bars selling local and international dishes. A little further up the road is a stunning modern museum and art gallery, Casa Das Mudas. You can pick up levada walks close to the house or take a walk on the country roads and enjoy the local scenery including mountains and coastal roads. The island has a wealth of beautiful levada walks and stunning mountain and coastal scenery to explore, with different flora and fauna in the varying micro climates found on the island.. Guided tours are available of the more rugged parts of the island, details at the Quinta. The Quinta is 30 minutes drive from Funchal, a bustling town with cobbled streets, a huge choice of restaurants and bars, shops, museums. Golf is available at Palheiro above Funchal and also at Santo do Serra near the airport, there are tennis courts in Arco. You can do paragliding from the top of the mountain in Arco, near the bar Costa Verde, or just sit on the patio by the pool watching them gliding around the thermals over the village. There is a small supermarket in Loreto selling basics and more, a pharmacy in Arco plus another little supermarket, bakery, hairdressers, post office, a couple of bars and a lovely church.


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