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Stunning Ocean Views by the sea, Harbour Village, Great for Couples or families! - Nº1

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights




Apartment Nº1 is on the ground floor, it´s spacious, light & beautifully furnished with high ceilings, carefully restored stone walls & wooden floors throughout. Nº1 also benefits from being on the same level as the terrace where you can relax, have dinner & watch the world go by. Both bedrooms have glass doors that open out to the terrace with stunning ocean views. There is cable TV with channels in several languages, Air Conditioning/Heating, free Wi-fi internet, books, maps, a complete guide about the property & local area, free parking by the harbour & a car is highly recommended. Book a 2 location holiday & stay in Funchal also, see rental properties 416249 & 805065 for more details.

About the property

The Docks - Paul do Mar

The Docks is all about location, absolute ocean front it is one of the oldest houses in Paul do Mar & has just undergone a complete restoration to create 3 stunning apartments. The emphases is on comfort & quality with each property comprising of an open plan kitchen/dining, living area, bathroom & 2 very spacious bedrooms. Every-room has the most incredible ocean views, beautifully decorated to a very high standard & each with a slightly individual feel. Outside guests have access to the shared terrace, here you can relax, have dinner or watch the amazing sunsets that Paul do mar is famous for! Each property has cable TV, free wi-fi internet & a complete guide about the facilities, the local area & things to do. Free parking by the Harbour, car recommended. Great for couples, families or groups. Also see Properties 416279, 8611697, 8611699 & 8611701 in Funchal.

Louise Allison
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
30 July, 2018

About Louise Allison

Born in Norfolk UK, i met my Husband in Australia and after getting Married in 2002 we moved to Madeira where my husband is originally from. We really enjoy living on this beautiful little Island. Our passion is renovating properties, turning something old and run down into a new stylish home to rent or sell!

Louise Allison purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Louise Allison chose Paul Do Mar

The Docks just spoke to us when we first found it in 2008. A ruin that was literally crumbling away & desperately in need of some love & attention. At one time it was the tallest stone house in Madeira & one of the first houses to be built in this little harbour village. Finally after a few years we returned to Paul do Mar & managed to locate the owner, some how it was meant to be ours, it has been a wonderful project restoring the house & bringing it back to life again.

What makes this apartment unique

Every room in this property has amazing ocean views, it´s light, spacious & has so much character. The location next to the small harbour & beach is really unique & the scenery is beathtaking. The benefits of staying in an area like this mean you are close to nature, walking & really getting to experience what Madeira is all about. it´s also a great base to explore the rest of the Island or just chill out on the terrace by the sea. We have really focussed on things like, comfy beds & sofas, quality fixtures & fittings & fantastic showers with lots of hot water after all those Levada walks! Our philosophy is that we do not expect our guests to stay anywhere that we wouldn´t really enjoy ourselves!

Available Rentals

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We are a local company based in Madeira & handle all payments directly. The service fee & Liability Insurance must be paid directly through the Homeaway website.

We accept payment by visa, master card or a bank transfer. We require a 30% deposit to obtain confirmation & the 70% balance is paid 45 days prior to your arrival date. Bookings made less than 6 weeks prior to the arrival date are requested to pay in full at time of booking.

Guests must inform the property of their arrival details. Directions and key collection details will be sent by email once payment has been received in full.

In the event of cancellations all payments are non refundable / Date changes accepted.

Breakages or damages will be charged to your credit card & guests who have paid by bank transfer must pay for damages or breakages prior to check-out.

Rates based on 2 guests can occupy either a king size double bed or 2 single beds, if you require the use of both bedrooms there will be an extra linen charge of €30.

The 2 single beds can be made into a Kingsize double bed.

1 Child under 2 sleeping in a travel cot goes free, cot & high chair provided free of charge. One cot available per apartment.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment on Paul Do Mar on Municipality of Calheta

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 / Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has 2 basins with a marble vanity unit & a wooden bench underneath for storage. A large walk-in shower with plenty of piping hot water (great after all those levada walks) heated towel & hairdryer. All towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 180 x 2.00
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 95 x 200
  • Bedroom 1 is very spacious with large doors that open out towards the terrace so you can lay in bed and look out to the ocean & harbour. Very comfortable Kingsize bed, 2 bedside tables & lamps a rug, chair, dressing table & mirror & a large built in wardrobe. Ironing board & iron in the wardrobe. Bedroom 2 is also spacious with 2 single beds, 2 bedside tables with lamps, a wardrobe & doors that open out to the terrace. All bed linen is provided.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The Docks has a Shared outdoor terrace with tables & chairs. The Pebble Beach is opposite the property. Free Parking is in the immediate area next to the harbour. Cleaning can be arranged at an extra charge. There is no washing machine.


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average rating of 4.818182 based on 33 reviews

Not maintaining the standard

  • 1 of 5

Very dissapointed this time. Cockroaches a frequent unwelcome guest. Power cuts due to faulty wiring and very poor responses from an uncaring owner.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

The flat was very spacious, tastefully decorated and clean and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Being a ground-floor flat, we didn't feel we should sleep with the windows open as they were French windows, so it was really handy to have the air conditioning available. We appreciated the information folder with suggestions of where to go and what to see and also the various guide books and leaflets provided by our hosts. It was lovely to hear the waves pounding on the pebble beach and see the spray fly over the harbour wall. We enjoyed watching the locals mend their nets down by the harbour and were surprised to find that most of them spoke perfect English! The walking trail which starts behind the flat is very dramatic and offers wonderful views as you haul up the steep and rocky cliff path, once used by locals to access the village. Paul do Mar is quiet and unspoiled yet connected by a tunnel to the neighbouring village and the main road around the island is not far away. My Dad, though 91, is pretty active still and managed the steps up to the flat entrance - maybe a hand rail would be useful for older guests! Louise was very helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay - you've done a wonderful job converting the Docks. Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Docks. We are so glad you had a great time and enjoyed the apartment along with the village life inPaul do Mar! Thanks to your reminder, we have installed a new hand rail for the steps up to the terrace and main entrance! Once again thanks so much, best wishes, Louise.
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This place is utterley wonderful

  • 5 of 5

I almost don't want to provide a review as want to keep this gem as secret for when I want to stay again!

The location is wonderful - spent many hours on the terrace sitting watching the waves roll in and the wind surfers.

And the apartment is the best equipped holiday apartment I've ever stayed in. Really nicely laid out and finished.

A great location also for getting around the island.

Would highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Docks. I am so glad you had such a great experience, enjoyed the location and the accommodation & the terrace, it´s a great spot to relax and watch the waves rolling in! All the best, Louise.
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Stunning accommodation in a stunning location!!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the Docks after having stayed a couple of nights at Louise's other beautiful apartment in Funchal. The stay was fantastic from start to finish. When I initially saw these photos on Owners Direct I thought perhaps the photos were a bit too good to be true - but I was proven wrong within seconds of arriving at Paul do Mar. The place is absolutely stunning. The setting is perfect, right at the end of the village with lovely sea views and waking up to the sounds of the waves - perfection! The place is really well done out - extremely high quality and the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.

If you are staying for more than a few days at Paul do Mar you will definitely need a car to go off and explore the island - there are plenty of guides provided by Louise and tips for places to go!! We discovered a couple of lovely bars at the very far end of the village on the sea front - one of which does some amazing steaks and fresh fish!! Lovely place and definitely a treasure for anyone wanting a bit of luxury!! Thanks so much Louise!!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing Number 15 & The Docks, we´re so glad you had such a great time exploring the Island and that you really enjoyed the quality of our accommodation, Once again thank you, Louise.
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Wunderschöne Ferienwohnung

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben sehr, sehr schöne Tage in Paul do Mar und auf der Insel Madeira

verbracht. Das Appartment liegt traumhaft schoen, der Blick auf das Meer

ist traumhaft. Das Appartment selbst laesst keine Wuensche offen, sehr

gut ausgestattet und auch sehr sauber. Vielleicht für die Zukunft wünschenswert

wäre ein Geschirrspüler. Für uns war es ein sehr schöner Urlaub, wir kommen

bestimmt mal wieder. Vielen Dank.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Docks, we are so pleased you enjoyed the apartment and had such a great time. Thank you for your suggestion about a dishwasher, this is something we will definitely consider for the future. Should you visit Madeira again please also see our property Number 15, in Funchal which can also be found on this site, property number 805065, best wishes and thank you again for choosing to stay at The Docks, Louise.
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Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

It was the first time we were staying at Madeira. We choose the apartment due to the great references and we were suprised what amazing apartment we chose. The apartment is located near the harbor of the beautiful village Paul do Mar. The facilities of the apartment were luxurious. We were sleeping while listening the sound of the Atlantic Ocean. By crossing the street you can go swimming or jumping into the ocean at the harbor. We can highly recommend this lovely apartment. If we are planning to visit Madeira again, We would take the same apartment, because the atmosphere at this place was quite amazing. It is a great location to discover the island (e.g. for hiking tours, road trips or piscinas naturalis). Thanks for getting the possibility to stay there. Best regards, Tim

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests, thank you for your review of The Docks and your recommendations. As you may of seen the village of Paul do Mar has recently undergone some renovations to public areas and it´s really becoming a lovely spot to holiday, especially if you like to be away from the noise of bigger towns and the city, it´s a great base to explore the rest of the Island from, we so glad you enjoyed the atmosphere, swimming and walking trails!! Best Wishes, Louise.
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Funchal Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Palheiro Golf
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Paul do Mar
Car: recommended

Paul do Mar is on the south west coast, famous for it´s year round warm sunny climate & beautiful sunsets it is located at the foot of the cliffs, this unique landscape surrounded by banana plantations & quaint little streets has plenty to explore & at one time you could only get there by boat, today thanks to the new roads it can be easily accessed & is just a short drive from the villages of Jardim do Mar & Calheta. This Historical house has uninterrupted views of the ocean & is only a few steps from the beach & harbour where it´s safe to swim in the sea. There is a Levada walk that starts just around the corner & takes you up along the original paths to the village of Prazers, the views are breathtaking! You can also walk for several km along the ocean front, admire the waves & watch the surfers! There´s a handful of cafés, restaurants, a small grocery store, a bank & in nearby Calheta there is a sandy beach & Marina, you can go Game fishing, dolphin & whale watching or visit Casa das Mudas art gallery along with more restaurants and a supermarket. This area offers fantastic scenery, nature, walking & generally getting away from it all & it´s a great winter escape too for some warm sunny relaxation by the sea. Access to the main roads is just a short drive so you can still be in Funchal within half an hour by car & explore the rest that Madeira has to offer.


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