Spacious villa, heated pool, private sunny sheltered patios, west of Funchal
Richard David Yeomans
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Why Richard David Yeomans chose Arco Da Calheta
Casa das Flores is situated in the sheltered bowl of Arco da Calheta. Calheta is west of Funchal. The area is renowned as being sheltered from the prevailing north easterly winds. The nearby village of Ponta da Sol is renowned for being the sunniest village on the Island.
What makes this Villa unique
A quite area, all facilities within 4 kms.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A very lovely home-away-from-home
Directions to get to the property were spot on. House was a delight. Pool was heated to 27C for us, for a small extra daily charge, so we used it almost every day. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Simple, English instructions to use the appliances would have been
most helpful. Even the housekeeper did not know the upper oven was also a microwave! Took a few goes to wash and dry the clothes correctly too!!
One caveat for those who have trouble with stairs. It is a full flight up from the parking area to the main floor, and another flight up to the bedrooms.
Casa das Flores
The best summary of our stay was that it was a home from home. The state of the property is basically “ as new” . Everything works, you can really swim in the pool and a cordon bleu chef could do little if anything to improve on the kitchen and utensils, crockery etc It is perfectly situated in quiet countryside but you can be in the hustle of Funchal in under 30 minutes. It is an ideal base for exploring the island and levada walking. If you just want to sit quietly and read a book, you need search no further. What more can you want
Thank you for your review.
My daughter Claire has helped me make sure that the kitchen and equipment was suitable for the cordon bleu chef. She is a Pru Leith trained chef and regularly checks the kitchen.
Her next inspection will be on the 5th April when she joins us at Casa das Flores.
Lovely villa is a great base for exploring Madeira or relaxing
We thoroughly enjoyed our week's stay (in March) at Casa das Flores, and have nothing but positive things to say about the house, location, or our interaction with Richard. The house was in great shape and has a good layout to catch the sun and views, and has lots of room. We found the Calheta area perfect because it was consistently sunnier than other parts of the island, but very easy to get to anywhere else in less than an hour by car, something important to us as we wanted to hike each day. There are some great hiking/walking options even within 15-20 minutes. We did pay a bit extra to have to pool heated to 27 degrees (instead of the normal 22 degrees in winter), and swam almost every day.
We are Canadians, and while Madeira is really not very well known here (most people go down to the Caribbean in the winter), we found it to be an excellent vacation choice, especially since we wanted an active vacation instead of laying on a beach, sweating. Total travel time from Toronto, on Azores Airlines, via a connection in the Azores, was about 9 hours. We loved the comfortable springtime weather, amazing scenery, and all the hiking options.
Thank you for your review. For the guest who wants to avoid the hustle and bustle of Funchal, Arco da Calheta is an ideal location. The Madeirans tell us that in the sheltered bowl it is warmer and sunnier than Funchal. We find the air is clean avoiding the fumes of the busy city.
Calheta has easy access to most parts of the Island being only 25 minutes by car from Funchal.
Excellent villa in a lovely location. Very comfortable - like living in your own home.
The villa was excellently equipped, with a great sized pool and in a great location. We will be returning !!!
Very lovely Villa in a beautiful location
We enjoyed our stay at the Villa very much. The Villa itself was very good and the local management people were also helpful and courteous.
The location and views from the Villa were spectacular. This was our first visit to Madeira and we hope it won't be the last. I would recommend this property to anyone.
Casa das Flores was designed so that its position maximised the benefits of the sun both in the summer and winter. All of the rooms have the spectacular views.
Fantastic - you won’t want to leave.
We cannot recommend this property enough. Our stay was perfect.
The perfect holiday destination. Situated 260 metres above sea level with 180* views of the ocean and surrounding hills. The villa is below the banna line and avoids the dampness and cold of higher locations. The villa is accessed by its own private road amongst banana plantations and small holdings, Casa das Flores with its 11 mt tested pool and large private terraces and landscaped gardens, sits on a terrace in the pretty, rural village of Calheta well away from the bustle of Funchal. Thanks to the new road system anywhere on the island is now within easy reach and some of the island's top attractions are only a short drive away. Within 5 minutes' drive you reach Calheta with its beach of golden sand, a large marina offering dolphin/whale watching excursions and deep sea fishing boats for charter, a hotel, supermarket, art gallery and good choice of restaurants; or 15 minutes will bring you to the laurel, levada and waterfall wonderland of Rabaçal and the wide open expanses of the Paul da Serra - fantastic walking terrain. Car hire is necessary to enjoy all that this area has to offer and to explore the beautiful sub tropical island of Madeira.
We have had a number of guests who opted to use taxies who have had a very enjoyable, relaxing holiday.
Other Activities: Calheta Marina houses several superb deep sea fishing and whale dolphin/whale-watching boats , scuba diving is also available -ask for details
Walks; numerous walks of all grades in the area.
Golf: The owners are members at Palheiro golf, a reduced green fee can be obtained for guests.