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Restored stone cottages among vines & bananas in prime Funchal tourist zone - Casa do Feitor

Bedrooms 1
Space 710 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Casa do Feitor

Casa do Feitor (Factor's House) has comfortable 1st floor accommodation with a large balcony, suitable for 2 guests. Accessed by an old stone staircase, the front door opens into a living room with sofa, 2 armchairs, a coffee table locally crafted from chestnut beams used in the Quinta, a desk, side tables, a TV with over 300 channels, including German satellite channels , broadband access and table lamps. Beyond, the kitchen/diner has table/seating for 4, an electric hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle and plenty of crockery/serving/cooking/storage equipment. Sliding glass doors lead to the deck-floored balcony with wicker table & 2 chairs. The double bedroom has a mahogany chest of drawers with mirror above and a full length mirror. The bathroom has bath with shower, basin, bidet, loo, heated towel rail and a fitted double hanging cupboard (with small safe). Linen, bath towels and weekly cleaning are provided. The family pool is available 9-5 daily.

About the property

Quinta Vista Alegre Cottages

These three charmingly restored gems sit within the 4-acre working estate of Quinta Vista Alegre where bananas and vines are grown and century-old tropical gardens are tended. Astonishingly, this oasis of tranquility is found in the main tourist zone of Funchal, near the sea and Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel.

Converted from the old Billiard House, Stables and Factor’s accommodation the cottage walls are of original stone and interiors are spacious, characterful and well designed with top quality furnishings and equipment.

A private, electric entrance gate leads to a shared car park and a short, cobbled driveway. Each cottage is self- contained with 1 bedroom/bathroom and an outlook of tropical fruit trees and plants. 2 have patios shaded by vines in warmer months and 2 are entirely ground-floor, ideal for those less mobile. The resident owners speak English and Portuguese. The properties are adult only and do not accept children. The swimming pool may be used between 09:00 and 17:00 and is shared with the owner and their family (for a few days of the year this may include children).’

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: Opposite the entrance to Quinta Vista Alegre (where the cottages are) is the entrance to Quinta Magnolia, previously an British Country Club which is now Government owned. Here you can enjoy beautiful gardens, a fitness circuit, and two tennis courts, all set in an area of about 40.000 square meters.

Just down the road you have the oldest and possibly most prestigious hotel on the island, Belmond Reid's Palace, where they serve the famous afternoon 'Tea at Reid's' on the terrace overlooking the gardens and ocean. (Pre-booking necessary.) Nearby are other excellent hotels and a good variety of restaurants, cafés, bars, shows and concerts.

You can enjoy sea swimming at the public Lido about 1 km by foot, or you may just want to walk along the coast in this area.

The nearest small supermarket is less than 5 minutes' walk.

Buses/taxis are close and frequent. A car is not essential but advisable to explore this beautiful island.

ABOUT QUINTA VISTA ALEGRE: The 4 acre estate of Quinta Vista Alegre has been in the Zino family for 70 years, the owners being the third generation. The main house was built around 1867. It is a working Quinta growing vines and bananas in the centre of Funchal. Much of the garden was laid out by an English family, the Stanfords, between 1902 and 1912 and Charles Thomas-Stanford wrote “Leaves from a Madeira Garden” about his garden and the island.

The “Vista cottages” are in the original stone, set among the bananas and vines, having been converted from the old Billiard House and Stables and Factors accommodation.

The holiday cottages have all the Lodging Alojamento Local licences nº151/2009

More Details
Registration Number : 65912/AL

Linda Dias or Noberta Sá. Bookings for owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great holiday. Sadly the weather was not it’s usual sunny self so we did not take advantage of the pool. The property is central and ideal for either walking into town or catching the bus before making onward connections for independent walking. We enjoyed walking the Levadas using the Underwoods, Walking and Eating Maderia, although we did enjoy good basic food from the tourist menu at Café Espero on the top road.

The apartment was large, spacious and spotlessly clean. The kitchen was well equipped. The windows were all well netted. The only tiny down side was the noise of the Lorries going up the hill when we needed the windows open one humid night. I noticed that there were fans but no air conditioning. This might be a problem during the summer. We ended up shutting the window and soon dropped off to sleep in the King size bed….bliss.

In the mornings I loved opening the bedroom shutters trying to see the cruise ships in the dock, you could just see the funnels. You knew to look as some of them tooted as they came into the harbor in the evening.

The fresh fruit, (oranges, pears and bananas,) from the garden, along with the bottle of Madeira wine was very generous and a welcome touch.

Despite the weather it was a great holiday and your efficient booking arrangements, combined with the general organisation of Madeira, meant that we did have the easy and relaxing break that we were after

Buffy is a wonderful calm hostess. I have no hesitation recommending this accommodation.

Book it and enjoy.
Oct 2012
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Included: Fresh flowers on arrival, linen and towels changed weekly, cleaning weekly, free Wi-Fi.
Arrivals accepted Monday to Saturday. Sunday arrival on request and there is a €30 supplement for this.
Minimum stay of 7 nights.
For stays of 4 weeks or more, a security deposit of €250 or £200 is required in cash on arrival.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment on Funchal on Madeira Region

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 710 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , + heated towel rail
  • The en suite bathroom has a bath with shower, basin, bidet and loo, a heated towel rail and a fitted double hanging cupboard. Linen and bath towels are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , this can be made up as 2 single beds
  • The bedroom can be made up with either 1 large double or 2 single beds and also contains a large mahogany chest of drawers with mirror above and a full length mirror, bedside tables with lamps and two chairs. Hairdryer provided.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Linen, towels and weekly cleaning are provided. A separate laundry room with washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board is available for guests' use. There is very little crime on Madeira but each cottage is supplied with a security system. The outdoor family pool is available for guests 09.00 - 17.00 daily. An electric fan is provided in summer and a portable electric heater provided in winter months. There is Wi-Fi internet access in the cottages for use with your own laptop/tablet etc.


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Casa do Feitor
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 25 reviews
Devon, England

Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and well thought out accomodation in a beautifully finished refurbished building. The standard of furnishing, including appliances, was very high and was everything that we had been led to expect and more. The swimming pool was clean and welcoming. Each of the three apartments is designed so that it is private from the other two. The complex is conveniently situated close to all amenities and only a 15 minute walk into the centre of Funchal albeit uphill coming back. It is close to the city so there was a certain amount of traffic noise which did not cause us a problem. The transfer from the airport was seamless and the owners and staff always helpful and obliging. All in all we had a splendid holiday and we would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2009
  • Date of Stay: October 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for our first Casa do Feitor review! Refurbishing the cottages in 2009 was a far larger undertaking than we had expected so it is particularly rewarding that guests feel comfortable, happy and so appreciative.
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  • 5 of 5

We're almost reluctant to review this property but that would be selfish of us. Having found it, we don't want to share it.

We can honestly say that we have never stayed anywhere like it. It's like a different world - peace and quiet reign. The cottage was beautifully furnished and had everything you could need - a fully fitted kitchen, balcony, TV , dvd player, books, Wi-Fi. There is even a washing machine and a tumble dryer available. Every home comfort is provided.

Outside is spectacular with vines and banana trees. The large pool is beautiful with loungers and umbrellas. We spent every morning at the pool and sometimes returned for a swim later in the day.

Buffy and Frank made us very welcome, as did the dogs who came to see us most days.

The property is well within walking distance of the centre of Funchal and all amenities including supermarkets and restaurants.

We've fallen in love with Casa do Feitor and hope to have many more holidays there.

We really can't praise this beautiful property highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Madeira and we found Casa Do Feitor perfect in every way. We felt really at home and instantly relaxed. Some days we were reluctant to open the gates and venture into the outside world.

The owners, Buffy and Frank, are very special people

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Madeira and we found Casa Do Feitor to be perfect in every way. We felt so at home surrounded by the banana trees. Some days we were reluctant to open the gates and venture into the outside world.

The owners, Buffy and Frank, are special people

Phil and Hazel, Northampton UK

  • Review Submitted: 04-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed our little oasis in the middle of town. It is indeed peaceful and the weather was kind. It is always good to have people who appreciate the property and hope to see you back again. Frank & Buffy
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A great place to stay and relax

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was part of our 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations. The accommodation here did not let us down. The comfortable apartment is fully equipped for self catering although there are many places to eat out close by. We had a car and although the entrance is a bit tight after a while presents no problem. Owners Frank and Buffy made us most welcome. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations again on your Golden Wedding and delighted that part of your celebrations were with us. We do advise guests to hire a small car which is easier to drive into our entrance gate. Yes, guests comment on our central location where we re surrounded by many restaurants within walking distance. Many thanks for your comments.
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Clean spacious and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Apart from a couple of niggles, which could have been avoided had the owners, who were on holiday, left someone on site to ensure that guests were OK, this is a def recommend from us.

Do not, like us, make the mistake in hiring a car, unless you are a professional driver, or a masochist, or own an Insurance Company. The only access to the cottages is so difficult that we elected to largely stay on site, as the thought of having to return through the entrance spoiled any excursions.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were sorry to be away during your stay and had sent you an e-mail advising you about our absence and giving you various phone numbers to call should you have any problems. There is also a welcome handbook in the cottage asking you to contact various people with any queries. Our employee, Ivone, was on the premises Monday to Friday and would have been able to help. Our entrance is rather narrow but it was an existing gateway when we restored the cottages and could not be changed. Most people with a car do not have a problem. Many of our guests do not hire a car as we are so central with so many amenities, especially restaurants, within walking distance and local transport is excellent. For walking, which Madeira is renowned for, it is often easier to take a bus and be able to walk from A to B and get a bus home, rather than having to retrace your steps back to your car. Taxis are very reasonable too. Thank you for recommending us and we hope to be able to personally welcome you back.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Funchal International Airport (FNC)
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
within easy walking distance
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Palheiro Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Junction 9, Hospital exit
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
a good variety within easy walking distance
Nearest Beach
850 Metres
The ocean & sea water pools a short walk
Car: not necessary

Madeira’s charming capital town of Funchal, with its 140,000 inhabitants, sits in a large bowl that rises from a natural deep-water harbour on the south of this sub tropical island to an impressive backdrop of high mountains. It is the island’s centre of activity, with something for everyone such as: a theatre, chic shops, street stalls, open market, wine lodges, museums, city parks, bars, cafés and endless restaurants, multi-screen cinema, a 15th century Roman Catholic Cathedral and an Anglican Church built in 1822. This beautiful island is famous for its tropical gardens, two championship golf courses, truly wonderful mountain and coastal walking, ocean swimming, sailing, game fishing, etc. and, above all, its friendly Portuguese inhabitants. Verdant and with varied topography and stunning scenery, it is definitely worth exploring the island and the new network of roads. For local info, please see 'FURTHER DETAILS'.

Other Activities: Madeira is famous for its tropical gardens and its 'levada' walks which extend into the beautiful mountain areas with dramatic scenery.


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