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Vila Rostrum - Luxury villa, 2 swimming pools, gardens and panoramic sea views

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Funchal - Vila Rostrum

The Perfect Holiday Retreat for Small or Large Groups of Friends and Family

This magnificent 5 bedroom villa standing on the western residential area of Funchal, its elevated position grants spectacular views over the whole of the Funchal amphitheatre. The gardens are spacious; there is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis table and BBQ. Close to Madeira’s largest shopping centre.

Vila Rostrum is ideal for holidays with families and friends. Owned by a Dutch architect, this luxury villa lacks nothing. Immaculate, beautifully maintained and superbly located, close to the expressway, buses, shops, restaurants and for exploring the bustling city of Funchal or going further afield to discover the beauty of this subtropical island. Ideal for couples, singles, families and those with limited mobility.

The main villa has 3 twin bedrooms and a sofa bed in the television room with a sleeping capacity of up to 7 people.

For larger groups of up to 11 people there is a separate large self-contained duplex apartment which has 1 twin bedroom and 1 double bedroom.

Main Villa

Vila Rostrum is suitable for wheelchair users as an elevator connects the ground floor entrance to the villa and the apartment (there are stairs for those that do not like elevators). There is also a separate street entrance to the apartment. There is garage parking for 2 cars.

The twin bedroom on the ground floor has adjustable electric beds and a door that opens directly onto the terrace and garden. The other 2 twins are on the first floor, one has a television and both have balconies.

The villa has a nicely furnished living room with sofa, side tables, puff, armchairs, an electric adjustable chair, large flat screen TV, DVD player, books, games and plenty of tourist information. It has large panoramic sliding windows opening onto the front terrace with amazing views over the whole of Funchal. Probably one of the best places to watch the famous New Years Eve firework display, and the weekly firework displays in June of the Atlantic Festival.

There is a fully equipped kitchen with small dining table which seats 4 people, but there is a large dining table in the main entrance hall. Most people tend to take advantage of the mild climate, especially in the warm summer months, and eat outside. There is seating for 12 people outside on the terraces.

There is a sofa bed in the television room which is suitable for one adult or two small children.


The good sized garden surrounds the villa.

In the west garden you will find the infinity outdoor swimming pool and outdoor furniture.

There is a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer, and a shower which serves the outdoor swimming pool.

The east garden is where you have the indoor plunge pool, barbecue area (wood is provided free of charge), and a lawn with panoramic views of the town and Atlantic Ocean. Particularly nice if you want a quiet moment.

The outdoor swimming pool at 20ºc from October to May and at 22ºC from June to September. Additional heating is possible and costs €50 per week for eash additional degree up to 25ºC. The indoor pool is heated to 25ªC.

Both pools have a jet stream.

At the rear of the villa is covered area with table tennis.

Duplex Apartment

There is a fully equipped kitchen, large lounge with comfortable sofa and chairs, television and CD player. Large panoramic windows opening onto the balcony with sea view.

On the ground floor of the apartment there is a twin bedroom that has direct access to the balcony and a full bathroom. The 2nd bedroom is a double and is on the upper level and has a large en-suite shower room.

There is an additional washroom.

Indoor parking in the street level garage next to the house entrance at no charge. Use of a parking place in Funchal centre at no charge.

Toilet rolls, hand and shower gel, shampoo, local telephone calls and wood for the BBQ are all included in the rental.

A welcome grocery pack is provided.

Hairdryers are provided

This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº28663/AL

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Linda Dias/Norberta Sá
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the manager

Vila Rostrum is easily the best villa we have stayed in. It really is a gem, a place of relaxation and relative peace and quiet. That is until Isabel (6) appears. We could have just stayed here for the 7 days but did drag ourselves away to visit Calheta.

Monte with the baskets. Isabel loved them and the cable car. Porto Santo and the beautiful beach.

The Aquapark and Santa Cruz, São Vicente and the caves, Porto Moniz and the lava pools.

We have had brilliant BBQ’s, swims in both pools and played table tennis.

Very sad to leave this lovely place.

Thank you for an amazing holiday.
Jul 2012
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based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

Vila Rostrum - Luxury villa, 2 swimming pools, gardens and panoramic sea views
average rating of 4.736842 based on 45 reviews

Superb Villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at this villa in June of this year (2009) and were very disappointed when the holiday came to an end. The villa exceeded expectations; everything you need is provided for and more. The beds are very comfortable! The outside pool is fantastic, as is all the outside living space. BBQ area is very good. We were lucky enough to be there in June when Funchal has the firework displays from different countries and the villa certainly has ringside seats for this! We usually eat out every night whilst on holiday, but the villa was so comfortable and relaxing we actually cooked in most nights - most unusual for us! Just goes to show how much we enjoyed our surroundings. Would certainly recommend the villa to anyone and everyone! Judith and Linda were extremely helpful and provided everything that we asked for.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed Vila Rostrum! Your review will be useful and encouraging for anyone thinking of booking with us and yes, the four Saturday evening fireworks displays in June and the famous New Year's Eve fireworks are just "awesome" when viewed from this villa. Your comments about cooking in most nights prompts me to continue my search for a supplier of good quality freezer food which might be greatly appreciated by guests at Vila Rostrum. If anyone has a lead on this, please get in touch!
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Vila Rostrum. The house was huge and extremely clean and luxurious with plenty of space for large numbers.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed Vila Rostrum.
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Very disappointed

  • 1 of 5

The kitchen is ludicrously small for ten people - the extra kitchen offered when we complained was not helpful as it was separate to the main villa and was clearly used by the owner as it contained his food stuffs. Please note that the pictures do not feature the tiny blue kitchen in the villa but feature the owners kitchen which we feel is extremely misleading. Moreover, the fridge didn't shut properly and the oven was very old and didn't head up properly - so it is impossible to cook - one of the key reasons we booked a self-catering villa.

Some of the bedrooms smelt musty, which was very unpleasant and despite our efforts to air the rooms and even wash the sheets we couldn't remove the odour. . The furniture was dated and the arms of the sofas were grubby. The lampshades in the bedroom downstairs were stained and watermarked. The main rug in the living room had stains also. The road noise is not mentioned in the description but is noticeable.

The villa is large and the outside space is lovely but it feels as if the villa is in need of a serious refurbishment to warrant the description - the bedroom smell was particularly unpleasant. In short the villa does not meet the description of it "being a magnificent villa, which is beautifully maintained."

We are very disappointed and are considering our options to obtain a partial refund.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so disappointed to receive such a poor review. Vila Rostrum is a villa with exceptional facilities and we have always received positive comments from all guests, as can be clearly seen by past reviews. To address the kitchen issue, Vila Rostrum has 3 kitchens when occupied by more than 6 people: A smaller open plan full kitchen in the lounge area, a second fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table off the entrance hall, and a 3rd open plan fully equipped kitchen in the apartment annex, so we fail to understand what more a guest could expect. On checkout we were informed that one of the 3 fridges was not working, but as this had not been reported earlier, we were unable to correct it. With regard to the remaining comments, all past reviews clearly highlight the quality and comfort of the villa and we are saddened that it did not meet expectations.
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Lovely Villa

  • 4 of 5

We all really enjoyed our stay at Villa Rostrum, Really spacious and clean with beautiful views you can never get bored looking at. Very comfy beds. We particularly liked the outdoor space with beautiful well-kept gardens lovely pool and great bbq. We did feel the kitchen was a bit tight and badly laid out and could be a problem if there were more than 4 people staying there! But that would be our only criticism. I would recommend this beautiful villa to anyone wanting to visit Madeira and I would also advise hiring a car and airport transfers through the very helpful Linda and Norberta.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your reveiw and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Just to let you know that when there are larger groups there is a fully equipped separate kitchen available for guests to use.
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A perfect holiday villa.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Vila Rostrum was wonderful. On arrival we were met at the Vila. Linda and Norberta were readily available when we needed any help with our stay, and were really knowledgable. They made the whole process very easy, from making sure everything was right for us during the booking up until the time we left. They were flexible, not wanting us to rush off early on the last day, but letting us stay for our convenience, as was the check in time. This was really helpful.

The Vila itself is great, with loads of space indoors and out, with the best bbq I have come across and views of Funchal and the ocean that are magical. It's also a great location for exploring the island.

Truly recommended and a great company to book through on Madeira.

ps. Regarding hire cars on the island we booked ours through a booking firm although Linda and Norberta had offered help us with this instead. I foolishly chose not to take them up on this, and they had warned of long waits at the airport to pick up cars. I hadn't believed this and booked though an agent and got a car through Alamo. They shared a kiosk at the airport with Enterprise and Guerin. The wait to pick up the car was in excess of 90 minutes. By this point there was still over an hour until we were likely to be seen to, so we took a taxi into town and came back the next day. It was an awful experience. I would really recommend you take up Linda and Norberta's recommendation instead.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an absolutely fabulous review. Thank you so much for your kind comments about our service and your recomendations, and of course for taking the time to submit it to Home Away. Linda & Norberta
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  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Villa Rostrum to be met by Linda, who led us round the Villa, and gave us all the information we needed. Linda was great and kept in touch throughout the week, so easy to contact and ready to help if we needed to know anything.

The Villa was perfect for our group of 10, and we soon made ourselves at home.

The location is stunning, and the New Year fireworks were spectacular from our viewpoint, it was like having our own display !

The views by daytime and evening are wonderful, and the setting peaceful and private.

Our beds were so comfortable, and we all got some good nights sleep. (Perhaps the only comment on bedrooms would be that they are all lovely, though one double has no window and is rather dark, though with a super bathroom.) there is a lovely lounge below this bedroom to enjoy an early morning cuppa !

The kitchen in the lounge is rather quirky, and we all ended up doing the 'kitchen dance' around it, which really wasn't a big problem. We really only needed it for breakfast.

I imagine the Villa in spring/summer is a perfect place to be, with 2 pools and a lovely patio and gardens to relax.

With out hire cars, we were able to get out and about, and having the car parking spaces in town was a real bonus and made our trips to the centre stress free.

We all felt so lucky to stay at such a super place, Villa Rostrum has everything a big group of people need, and we look forward to returning in the future.

To anyone hesitating, don't, just go there !

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to all of your for your lovely review. You were great guests and thank you for leaving the house neat and tidy. Hope to see you all again one of these days. Happy New Year!
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Funchal International Airport (FNC)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Junction 9, Pico dos Barcelos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Some restaurants offer complimentary transport
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Praia Formosa
Car: recommended

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: an opera house/theatre, chic shops, street stalls, open market, wine lodges, museums, city parks, bars, cafés and restaurants without number, multi-screen cinema, a Roman Catholic cathedral dating back to the 14th century and an English 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 and tunnels make this so easy now. Google Earth 32°39'28.13'N 16°56'19.83'W

Other Activities: visit the famous tropical gardens of Madeira

Golf: Two championship courses, Palheiro and Santo da Serra, are within 20 minutes drive and offer challenging golfing amongst spectacular scenery. Or you might like to take a day trip to the nearby island of Porto Santo to try out the new course there.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Funchal, Madeira

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Price for up to 7 guests
16 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Price for up to 7 guests
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
19 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Price for up to 11 guests
30 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter sun
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
1 Feb 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Early summer
6 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Peak summer
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The advertised prices are for use of 3 bedrooms for up to 6 guests, with the exception of the 8th July to the 20th August and the New Year period when the price is based on an occupancy of up to 11 people (with the use of the apartment).
There is a supplement of 154€ per person per week for 7 to 11 guests.
The 7th guest would be accommodated in the sofa bed in the TV room. The 8th, 9th, 10th and 11 the guests would be accommodated in the duplex apartment..

Rates include: A 'Welcome Basket' of provisions for your first breakfast.weekly cleaning, bed linen, full range of towels, the use of a sofa bed in the TV room and/or a cot & baby chair if required.

Pool Heating.
The outdoor pool is maintained at 20ºc from October to May and at 22ºC from June to September.
Additional heating is possible and costs €50 per week for eash additional degree up to 25ºC.
The indoor pool is heated to 25ªC.

To secure your reservation we require a 30% deposit at the time of booking with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. If a booking is made within 8 weeks of arrival, full payment is required at the time of booking.

To secure your reservation we require a 30% deposit and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Funchal, Portugal

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 270 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Basic Soaps
  • Lift
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 3 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 Main Villa ground floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , + 2 wash basins. Wheelchair access to bath & basins
    Bathroom 2 Main Villa first floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , + wash basin.
    Bathroom 3 Annexe at entrance level - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , + wash basin
    Bathroom 4 Annexe first floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , + wash basin.
    WC Main Villa ground floor - Toilet , + wash basin. Wheelchair access to toilet & basin
    WC Annexe at entrance level - Toilet , + wash basin.
    Pool changing/shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , + wash basin. Wheelchair access to toilet, shower & basin.
    Inside fitness pool changing room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , + wash basin.
    WC in entrance hall at street level - Toilet , + wash basin. Wheelchair access to toilet & basin.
  • Bathrooms are equipped with luxury fittings and walk-in power showers. The ground floor bathroom is spacious enough for wheelchair access to the bath and two wash basins. The cloakroom is located at the entrance to the apartment, next to the lounge area. The outside pool changing shower room has wheelchair access to the toilet, basin and shower. (The washing machine and dryer are housed within the pool changing room.) In addition, there is a WC at street level the entrance hall that contains the elevator and this has wheelchair access too. Details of the annexe bathrooms and WC are also included, for use by parties of 7-11 guests (at an extra charge)
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Ground floor - 2 Single Bed , electrically adjustable single beds in 1 frame
    First floor No 1 - 2 Single Bed , 160 x 200 cm
    First floor No 2 - 2 Single Bed , 160 x 200 cm
    TV room - 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , + baby cot available
    Annexe bedroom at entrance level - 2 Single Bed , with large balcony. 2 mattresses in 1 frame
    Annexe bedroom at 1st floor level - 1 Double Bed , mattress 140 x 195 cms
  • All bedrooms have continental style double beds with two mattresses encased within the frame, each 2 meters long so suitable for tall persons. The ground floor beds have an electrical facility to adjust the angle of the mattresses so this room is ideal for elderly or disabled persons. All bedrooms have comfortable armchairs and plenty of wardrobe space, good lighting, hair-dryers, electric heating and mirrors. For each bedroom pillows and duvets with pure cotton sheets and pillowcases are provided, as well as a range of towels, facecloths and pool towels - all changed weekly. Cleaning is provided weekly. A small safe for valuables is supplied in the ground floor bedroom. A cot is available for an infant but for health and safety reasons we request that you bring your own linen for this. Details are included of the additional two bedrooms in the very comfortable annexe, for use by parties of 7-11 guests (at an extra charge).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A private elevator and a staircase give access from street level and the garage. The comfortable lounge chairs include an electrically operated armchair which assists those with limited mobility. The living room contains a Plasma screen + DVD player, WiFi internet access and quality sofa bed. The TV room contains a TV and DVD/video player. The lounge dining table seats 4 with another table in the main hall that seats 6-8 + a piano. Two outside teak tables each seat 6. The kitchen has crockery, cutlery and glassware for 10 settings including egg cups and mugs, good quality cooking utensils and an electric kettle, Nescafe Dulce Gusto maker, toaster, orange juicer and food mixer. The inside and outside pools are heated to a minimum temp of 25ºC and 20ºC respectively. On the terrace is a pool WC/changing/shower room, BBQ area, table tennis area, sun loungers, umbrella and occasional tables & chairs. A baby cot & high chair are available.

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