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Casa Rochinha, very spacious ,heated pool.Spectacular ocean and mountain views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,045 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2-9, spacious & peaceful, BBQ terrace + loungers, log fire for winter

Sitting proudly in the hills above Arco da Calheta, this single storey stone-built house offers masses of space, comfort and an opportunity to enjoy glorious views and wonderful sunsets. The house is L-shaped, one end consisting of a huge open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining room with extensive windows/glass doors allowing you to enjoy the scenery .There is easy 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!

REASONS FOR CHOOSING MADEIRA AND CASA ROCHINHA: For nature lovers, Madeira has plenty to offer, with a subtropical climate,fabulous views and a landscape covered with spectacularly colourful plants. 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.....


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.)

More Details
Registration Number : AL 24498

Property Manager
Peter and Jeanne Gilraine
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

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
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Arco Da Calheta on Municipality of Calheta

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2045 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , with 'His & Hers' basins
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Shared
    Guest WC - Toilet , next to front door
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Large double + single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Double + single beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 2 single beds + room for additional mattress if required
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
KITCHEN: Fridge/freezer, electric hob and oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and dishwasher. Laundry area with washer, tumble dryer, drying rack, iron and ironing board. GENERAL: Linen and towels and weekly cleaning provided, bring your own pool towels. ENTERTAINMENT: TV through internet. DVD player, radio/CD player, plenty of DVDs, CDs, books & games. Broadband access, bring your own laptop. OUTSIDE: Garden all round house, pool (11x5 metres), shower, sun terrace, veranda and BBQ area, all south facing. Sun loungers, garden dining table & chairs. Garage as well as driveway for private parking. PLEASE NOTE: This house sits at an altitude of 600 metres. The pool has a telescopic cover which keeps the pool clean as well as helping to keep the pool warm but the sections can easily be rolled back if desired.The pool is heated through out the year. SUITABILITY: Ideal for romantic couples, families and those with limited mobility. Smoking outside only. SEE 'FURTHER DETAILS'


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Casa Rochinha, very spacious ,heated pool.Spectacular ocean and mountain views
average rating of 4.3703704 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful villa for a wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent 1 week with friends at Casa Rochinha, 4 adults, 4 children and we had a wonderful time. The house is located 15 mn drive above Marina Calheta, benefiting from a 180° view on the ocean, in a very quiet and green area, next to a long levada. The garden is magnificent full of tropical flowers and the heated pool a blessing after a long day of visiting the island.

The house is on one level, with spacious open spaces and large windows so when you are sat in the living room you feel like being in the garden at the same time. Bedrooms are spacious and kitchen well equipped. Although we didn't meet Peter and Jeanne, they have been very reactive to all the emails we sent them and Vanda who did the meet and greet was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and about the island in general.

Everyone loved his holiday at Casa Rochinha. All the family agreed it was a great find.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful villa, wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

I cannot fault the villa. It was spacious, well equipped and clean. The location is wonderful offering fabulous views and we enjoyed being able to join the Levada just below us. With lots of room in the garden and a great pool, we spent many days simply enjoying the villa. Jeanne and Peter were excellent to deal with and extremely accommodating of our late arrival and departure times. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Casa Rochinha.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had a very enjoyable holiday staying at Casa Rochinha.We are also pleased that that you were happy with the location and all the facilities.We always do our best to help our guests in any way we can and you were lovely guests to deal with .Jeanne and Peter
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Nice view

  • 4 of 5

Go to the sky with a fantastic view. Lots of space for a big family in this big House.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review,we also think the views are fantastic.
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Casa Rochinha - June 2016

  • 4 of 5

The villa's elevated location provides a stunning view of the local area and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The house is comfortable and well equipped with modern conveniences. TV has all the major UK channels available. The property benefits from an alarm system. The pool's greenhouse type cover is a bit worse for wear but very effective providing pool temperatures consistently higher than the June average air temperature. The garden is well stocked and includes a number of the beautiful bird of paradise flowers. The property's pool/BBQ/garden area is private but not secluded. It is overlooked from a tree line above (very rare). Also from the Levada which although a small waterway has a footpath running along side it. The Levada is located about three metres below the length of the rear of the property before turning sharply right and incrediblly running up hill for 300 metres to disappear around a bend. However, anyone walking down the Levada path towards the property can see into the garden, but not the pool. The path is fairly well used particularly in the mornings, evenings and at weekends. Access route to the villa is mostly on steep country roads which in places are very narrow. A car with a medium size engine is required.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review.We are pleased that you had an enjoyable holiday staying at Casa Rochinha
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Spacious property with fantastic views

  • 4 of 5

This was our first visit to Maderia so weren't sure what to expect, but were very pleasantly surprised with all that the island had to offer. Casa Rochinha was very spacious and equipped with everything you might need to make your stay feel 'home from home'. The setting was very peaceful and the views were fantastic, especially looking down the hillside all lit up at night. Fortunately, even though it was early in the year, the weather was warm enough to have a dip in the covered, heated swimming pool and sunbathe on the furnished terrace. Walking along a levada was also easy, as one passes just below the bottom of the garden, and gave access to a very pleasant and easy walk through wooded terrain. You definitely need a car, but this enables you to visit places off the beaten track. Funchal is a definite must, especially the indoor market selling flowers, vegetables and fish.

Casa Rochinha is a good base for those who enjoy walking and exploring all that Madeira has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted that your first experience of Madeira was so enjoyable
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Idealic spot. Wonderful views and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa. Spacious and well equipped. We particularly enjoyed the built in outdoor BBQ, indoor fire place and swimming pool . Wonderful views and good lavada walks from the villa. You need a car- exhilarating drive up to the property.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you all had a very enjoyable holiday staying in Casa Rochinha.Peter and Jeanne Gilraine
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Funchal ferry to neighbouring island, Porto Santo
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Arco da Calheta
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres

Florenças is approximately 8km north west of Arco da Calheta, a pretty village on the south coast of Madeira. It is the perfect holiday destination if you want to be 'away from it all'. Thanks to the new coastal road system everywhere on the island is now within easy reach, including the bustling capital city of Funchal. Some of the island's top attractions are only a short drive away: on your doorstep you have magnificent levada walking and within ten minutes you can be on Madeira's only golden sandy beach at Calheta. Here there is also a large marina offering dolphin and whale watching boat trips and deep sea fishing excurions. Fifteen minutes' drive will bring you to the laurel, levada and waterfall wonderland of Rabaçal and the wide open expanses of the Paul da Serra.

Other Activities: Calheta beach, 10 kms away, is the only beach with golden sand on the island. Deep sea fishing is available from the new marina next to the beach.

Ski: JULY 2007: MR & MRS ORR from Stenhousemuir, Scotland

We have had a superb holiday - great weather, fantastic views, lovely places to visit and eat. The Casa is beautiful, spacious and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Although we ate out quite a bit it was a pleasure to cook in the kitchen! We were surprised by the relatively low cost of food in the supermarket in Calheta, the fillet steaks were a treat. There are plenty of excellent restaurants - we enjoyed the espada at Calheta Beach Hotel with the passion fruit sauce adding that extra 'zing'! We have travelled the length and breadth of the island and it was great to return in the late afternoon and have a swim in the pool. Temps were between 25º-28ºC, just perfect! The fact that the casa is 'off the beaten track' and in a real rural area adds to the sense of peace and tranquility and has ensured we are returning home relaxed and refreshed!



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
29 Jun 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
5 Sep 2018 - 8 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
low season
9 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
christmas/new year
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

INCLUDED: Bed linen, towels and weekly cleaning. Wifi internet access. Baby cot + high chair on request. Logs for fire.Electric heaters.Hot water.
NOT INCLUDED: Pool towels. . The pool's permanent cover retains the heat from the solar heating and there is no additional heating so it can be chilly in winter months depending on weather.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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