Casa Formosa is located on a cliff in a beautiful area to the west of Funchal. It has the most amazing views, as the villa looks out directly over the bay of Praia Formosa. It has a wonderfully warm microclimate and is set amongst the neighbouring gardens and banana plantations. It is only one hundred metres above the beach so you can hear the relaxing sound of the waves.
The spacious villafaces almost south and is in a very sheltered position. Two large sunbathing terraces span the entire width of the house, affording uninterrupted 180 degree views of the two beautiful bays. The terraces have the added bonus of not being overlooked. Guests can watch cruise ships or even whales pass by, whilst enjoying breakfast on the terrace or perhaps walking round the pretty garden with a cup of coffee.
Please take a look at our own website for more photographs of the fantastic views at madeiraheaven.com.
Traffic does not disturb the peace as it is at the end of a cul de sac. All our guests comment that Casa Formosa is a very special house, extremely spacious both outside and in. We have many repeat guests because the villa is so unique.
Yet despite its unique and peaceful location, Casa Formosa is only minutes by car to numerous shops, restaurants, etc of Funchal.
The ground floor terrace overlooks the sea, with wide french windows that span the front living and dining area. These can be opened to let in sea breezes. A shaded seating area has tasteful outdoor wicker furniture providing dining for four. The left veranda has a colourful raised flower bed along its length, with a large covered barbecue built into the corner. This calm spot is not overlooked and has an extra dining area for four. The peaceful bedrooms all have access through french windows onto a path with a secluded raised flower bed.
The upper terrace has direct sun all day, with panoramic sea views of passing cruise ships and boats, as well as mountains. The very spacious upper veranda is equipped with eight sun loungers and is ideal for sun bathing.
For summer visitors, as an added bonus, we provide a plunge pool. Because of its location on the upper sun terrace, it provides an infinity effect view across the sea. It is a very popular addition to the villa facilities, especially families during the summer holidays.
What a wonderful base for our holiday in Madeira. The villa is clean, airy, spacious (plenty of room for the 5 of us) and immaculately presented in a quiet area. We used the buses for the whole of our stay, and the bus stop is only 5 minutes walk away - and we 'oldies' all managed the short steep climb up to the bus stop! Vivienne (the owner) was extremely helpful during the booking process and I would recommend this villa wholeheartedly.
Five of us...young at heart pensioners in need of some winter sun..... spent a glorious fortnight on Madeira staying in this beautiful spacious villa. It was spotless and obviously well cared for and in a lovely quiet location with beautiful views. There was a good bus service into Central Funchal from the top of the road...a short steep walk.The villa is a good base for exploring the island...we found taxi tours really great value and we could choose where to go and how long to spend at different places. I would certainly recommend this villa to groups of friends or families...it is well equipped and there are two lovely terraces, as well as lots of space indoors. The owner is very friendly and was extremely helpful when we were making our arrangements...the personal touch made such a difference.
We have just returned from a family holiday (6 adults and 1 3 year old) at Casa Formosa. The villa was perfect and helped us to have a wonderfully relaxed holiday. There are so many things to do locally and we especially enjoyed a jeep safari trip that took us right over to the west of the islan where we went swimming in some volcanic rock natural swimming pools. Getting in and out of Funchal was really straight forward on the buses that run from the top of the road. We visited lots of the local restaurants and booked a trip on the Santa Maria, a replica of Columbus's ship which was really lovely to do.
The accommodation was very spacious even with so many of us staying there. We enjoyed the pool even though it was Novemeber and not heated, it was a good way of cooling down at the end of the day.
We would love to return to Casa Formosa in the future and could not recommend it enough. We needed a large villa to house all of us and I would definitley recommend it to families who were looking for plenty of room for a big family gathering!
Vivienne offered lots of advice before we went on holiday and was always very quick replying to emails and telephone calls. Thank you for a perfect family holiday!
Casa Formosa is a lovely place to stay, exactly as the description states. The hill climb to the main road for the bus is a bit steep but not very far, lovely quiet neighbourhood with fantastic views. We ate in Funchal most evenings at different places, food and service was impeccable. Cannot recommend Casa Formosa enough, well worth a visit, looking forward to our return trip. Many thanks to Vivienne and Sara.
Casa Formosa is an extremely well equipped and imposing Villa in a quiet location. We thoroughly enjoyed the use of the upper relaxing area and infinity pool and it was great on the evenings we spent in having a barbecue. The views are delightful and the beach well within walking distance for normally fit bodies. While there are not many facilities close by we eat at So Espeto a couple of times and found the food very good and reasonably priced. The bus service to Funchal and Camara do Lobos is every half hour or so and it would be well worth investing in a bus pass. The owners communicate very well and were very helpful. The only downside is that the climb to the top road is steep for anybody a bit infirm and we did find the bedrooms a bit warm at night. All in all a very good holiday.
We have just come back from a weeks visit to this lovely villa, It is in a delightful residential setting which is both peaceful and yet close to many facilities.
The owner Vivienne was a delight to deal with both before, during and after our stay. We were provided with all the information needed before our stay and recieved the entry details well in advance. When we had a problem during our stay she was very quick in responding and helping us.
The plunge pool was a delight to return to when we had had a long walk along the levada's, the perfect way to cool down.
The local restraunt So espeto whilst not brilliant looking from the outside had excellent food and was only a short walk (uphill) from the villa.
All in all a great villa. Thank you
There are plenty of options for swimming near the villa. The beach below the villa is popular for swimming. You can often see bathers swimming in the sea as late as December. In summer the beach has two lifeguards and a number of water based activities.
Other swimming is to be found at the salt pools across the bay. Also there are also two nearby lidos. These are offered at very reasonable cost.
The nearest leisure facility is five minutes away by car, which can provide a weekly membership at very reasonable cost. Facilities include a state of the art gym, sauna, indoor swimming pool and a range of exercise classes.
The villa has proved very popular with guests keen on photography, as well as those interested in marine traffic as the cruise ships can be tracked from the house. The children are particularly fond of seeing the Replica Santa Maria ship pass by each day.
A recent walkway takes you by the beach all the way to Camera do Lobos, or into Funchal in the opposite direction. Casa Formosa has many pleasant walks within easy reach - either along the shore or up to the levadas, the nearest of which is only 250 metres away.
The nearby bus from will take you quickly into the centre . Apart from the lovely views, the villa's greatest advantage is its peaceful, green location combined with the easy to access to Funchal.
Funchal has plenty of attractions - restaurants, art galleries, museums, churches - even a theatre.
We have also have very reasonable taxi service which will come to the house and take you to wherever you want to go.
We have had guests who have hardly left the house and chosen instead chosen relax and enjoy the villa.
Palheiro Golf course is fifteeen minutes away by car. This established golf course overlooking Funchal is beautifully landscaped and is popular with tourists and golfers alike.
One of the most popular places for our guests is a visit to the famous Reids Hotel, either for dinner or cocktails.
We are within walking distance of the Forum. There are dozens of bars and restaurants providing every type of food. In the complex, there is a well stocked supermarket, banks and a wide choice of shops, plus a multi screen cinema for rainy days. There several medical centres where the doctors speak excellent English.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
Casa Formosa is a very spacious and versatile villa with up to four bedrooms available. Our villa is very popular both with couples and with larger groups. We have many repeat guests. Pricing is for an occupancy of four but the villa is big enough to sleep six comfortably. NB The maximum group is between five or six adults plus two small children under five. Children over five count as part of the group number. We will not accept larger bookings. Due to demand we only take weekend bookings during August.
A non refundable deposit of 30% is payable to secure the booking. The balance is payable six weeks before the start of the holiday. Preferred payment is by bank transfer or a UK cheque.