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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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


Our traditional Quinta is set in the heart of the charming village Arco da Calheta, the warmest, sunniest part of the beautiful island of Madeira, with sea and mountain views. It's a characterful stone Quinta with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a small banana farm in a beautiful tropical garden, five minutes from Calheta beach and thirty minutes from Funchal. Sympathetically modernized and retaining the original character, creating a stunning mix of traditional quirky Madeiran with the addition of a sun-drenched large patio/entertaining area with heated 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, and double bedroom upstairs on the 2nd floor with patio balcony and fabulous garden, mountain and sea views plus a twin room for the summer months.The large, modern patio area is the perfect entertaining or relaxing area, with a covered porch, locally hand made chestnut dining table, 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 small 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-speaking 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, pool heating in cooler months is charged at £70 per week. The price shown is for two guests, extra guests are charged a seasonal nightly rate, please email for details. There are steps into the garden and house plus stairs within the house and from the gated parking area making it unsuitable for small children and anyone with mobility issues, there are also some low thresholds between the bedrooms, kitchen and sun room, this is all part of the character of an old house, taller guests are advised to duck or grouse! The Quinta is a real family affair, a lovely local family help us run it, Joao (who also speaks Spanish) maintains the garden, vegetable patch and bananas, his wife Rosa is our wonderful housekeeper and their daughter Susana and her husband Marcio, who both speak perfect English, are on hand to meet guests and help out when we are not available. We do our best to provide a home-from-home holiday in Madeira. We live in the Quinta when we're in Madeira and rent it out when we're in England, we leave one room locked in which to keep our things, this in no way impacts on the use of the house. If there are particular dates you would like to rent the house and it is blocked on the calendar get in touch and we'll see if we can accommodate you.

Registration Number : 24188 AL

Alison Cosier
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Multi-lingual with assistance of google translate!
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

Why Alison Cosier chose Arco Da Calheta

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 and our own style of decoration. The Quinta is our family home in Madeira where 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 five 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 four, 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 using wood and craftsmen on the island, the perfect spot for relaxing day or evening. Calheta beach is just five 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 around the Arco Da Calheta around the Municipality of Calheta

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • 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 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size bed, ensuite shower room, french doors to pool
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Double bed with balcony, garden, sea, mountain views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room only available in the summer months
  • Main bedroom has a king size antique style painted metal bed, en suite shower room with sink, toilet, bidet, triple aspect, open hanging for clothes, large chest of drawers, bedside cupboards with drawers, French doors onto the patio, pool and garden, views of the sea and mountains, a charming room. On the same floor, the family bathroom plus a twin room rentable only in the summer months. Upstairs on the 2nd floor is a further double bedroom with open hanging for clothes, a chest of drawers, bookcase and a lovely balcony, patio area with a metal table and four 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
24188/AL The Quinta is our much-loved home in Madeira, a local family help us run it as a holiday home when we are not in the country. We provide pure cotton bed linens, bathroom towels, coloured pool towels. 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. 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 quirky 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 and heaters in the bedrooms making it an all year round holiday home.


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Traditional Madeiran Quinta On Banana Farm, Large Modern Patio & Heated Pool, AL
average rating of 4.931818 based on 44 reviews

Enjoyable, peaceful family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week here with our 4 year old, 14year old and 17 year old children. The property has good views of the sea and is a drive away from restaurants etc. There is a small supermarket and snack bar at the top of a steep hill which can be walked but we preferred to get in the car and head to the beach. The nearest beach and harbour area (5 min drive) has a great park for the kids and a few nice restaurants to choose from. We found it fairly easy to access anywhere south of the island by car. The property itself has a wonderful swimming pool and gardens as well as a lovely outdoor kitchen / bbq and seating area. The property was clean and well stocked. The top floor double enjoying a balcony with great views. Alison (the owner) couldn't have been more accommodating and communication was excellent.

Highly recommend if you are looking for a week away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely, well equipped villa in a quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful location. It's only a 5 minute drive to Calheta and close to many other villages on the South coast of Madeira. I would strongly recommend this villa for a peaceful holiday with family and friends. Thank you Alison and Graham!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wendy, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. So glad you and your family enjoyed your summer holiday at the Quinta! It was great to meet you all, and we were happy to help with getting a birthday cake made locally for your daughter. If you ever return to Madeira do let us know. Kind regards, Alison and Graham
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Perfect for a family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We've had an amazing holiday at this Quinta, which is in a wonderful situation. The house itself is well-equipped and beautifully kept whilst the ozone pool was a delight for everyone. We ate out on the terrace every day and our "tweenie" loved his own space/balcony up high. We can't recommend this place enough and hope to return. Thank you for helping to make amazing family memories.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jen for taking the time to write a review, it was great to meet you after all our emails. We're delighted to hear that you all had a perfect family holiday at the Quinta, and enjoyed everything Madeira has to offer. That's what our villa and Madeira is all about, fun family holidays that create life time memories. You're more than welcome to return, we look forward to seeing you soon. All the very best, Alison and Graham
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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: 13-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the spring weather, it has been gorgeous here this past few weeks. The patio certainly is a spectacular space to enjoy relaxing in all types of weather now we have the covered seating area. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay on the north side of the island. All the best, Alison and Graham
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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: 02-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 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: 16-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 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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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Our Quinta 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 five minute drive away with bars and restaurants. There is a sports centre with gym facilities and playground five minutes up the road, where they also have a bar serving coffee, beer, snacks and cold drinks. At Calheta harbour there is also fishing and whale/dolphin watching trips, two 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, 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 a 30 minute drive from Funchal, the bustling cosmopolitan capital with cobbled streets, a huge choice of restaurants, bars, shops and 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 on the thermals over the village. There is a small supermarket in Loreto selling basics and more, a small village shop selling fruit and vegetables, a pharmacy in Arco plus another little supermarket, bakery, hairdressers, post office, a couple of bars and a lovely old church.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Arco Da Calheta,

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
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
25 Sep 2018 - 5 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Late autumn
6 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
4 Jan 2019 - 6 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
7 Mar 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
22 Jun 2019 - 3 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates are for 2 people, extra visitors charged at £20 each per day. The Quinta is not suitable for those with mobility issues due to all the stairs, children are welcome but under only under the constant supervision and responsibility of parents/adults due to the stairs in and around the house, the balcony and the pool. The house is old and quirky, there are a couple of low thresholds within the house, taller folk will have to duck or grouse! Pool heating is an extra £70 per week, payable in euros on arrival. No pets allowed. No smoking on the property.
All bed linen, bath, pool towels included, weekly change of linens and cleaning on stays of eight days or more, WiFi in all rooms, seasonal vegetables & fruit from small 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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