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Beautifully restored quinta, with incredible views and a spa bath in the garden

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,883 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

This villa has been featured on TV's "My Place in the Sun" - in a program which the current owners watched in the UK, prompting them to make their first visit to the island and purchase the property together with the surrounding land. Over a number of years the property was lovingly restored and two further villas, all with private space and access, were added. The latest improvement, new for summer 2017, is the addition of a deluxe four-seater spa bath where guests can relax and take in the views - this is exclusive to Villa Branca and is privately situated.

Set within the hillside village of Gaula, which is about 5kms from Santa Cruz, the elevated position allows stunning sea views over the bay of Abra, towards the Deserta Islands and to Ponto Sao Lorenço, the eastern tip of Madeira. With a private balcony for the master bedroom, there is a large terraced area and mature gardens surrounding the villa, there is ample choice of seating and relaxing areas - ideal for al-fresco dreaming, drinking and dining!

The villa is fully equipped, with everything you would expect for self-catering accommodation ,and is comfortably furnished, offering you a real home from home on this magic island of Madeira. Villa Branca is licensed for tourism under the strictly-regulated Madeiran 'Alojemente Locale' scheme (AL). The scheme requires holiday villas to conform to high safety, quality, service and insurance standards. For example, in the interests of safety, the villa has electric equipment; there are no gas appliances. Mosquito nets are fitted to all bedroom windows. There is a free high-speed Wi-Fi internet connection.

These villa can be rented together with the other villas on-site (one has a large pool), making it ideal for related families or groups of friends (walkers or golfers for example) who wish to holiday together but who would like their own separate, self-contained accommodation.

More Details

Property Manager
Madeira Direct
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gaula in Municipality of Santa Cruz

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1883 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveller reviews)

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Beautifully restored quinta, with incredible views and a spa bath in the garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Ideal base for exploring the island

  • 5 of 5

It was our first time on the island and we wanted to explore all of in short time! This proved to be a perfect base, allowing us to travel out to the far eastern peninsular and drive to the north coast very quickly (very dramatic scenery!). The rapida allowed us to get to Funchal and the rest of the south coast very easily.

The villa was well equipped and appeared exactly as the photos, with the jacuzzi being a big attraction. Try the espetada at Braseiro de Gaula just up the road in Achada - excellent - and half the price of some of the tourist places.

Highly recommended for everybody - and I forgot to mention the views!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The villa is a great base for exploring the island, with easy access in all directions. The Jacuzzi is proving popular during the "winter" months (if you call 20 degrees "winter"!) as we have not changed the pricing yet. The Braseiro de Gaula is very popular with the Madeirans - occasionally a tourist finds it and then never goes anywhere else!
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Great facilities.

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this villa with real character. The weather was not so good, but the jacuzzi compensated. Everything you needed for a self catering holiday. Try the Braseiro Restaurant in Achada for Espetada. Villa well prepared and exactly as photographed.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. The peace and quiet, and the views, are very much a feature of this villa - and, as you say, the new spa bath adds a big plus to the facilities!
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Lovely accommodation! So clean, spacious and beautifully decorated!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. Fantastic house in peaceful, quiet area. Wonderful views! Modern, clean and all mod cons. Spacious kitchen, lounge and huge bedrooms, both with lovely en suites. Peter was really friendly and helpful. Quickly responded to any questions we had. We had a great week.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay - and thanks for the positive feedback. We should emphasise more just how spacious this villa is - it is actually modelled on the old farmhouse that used to be here.
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Stunning views - from the Jacuzzi!

  • 5 of 5

We must have been one of the first to stay here as everything appeared newly configured - everything was as advertised. The Jacuzzi was brand new and a big bonus, particularly at night with the lights on. Everything was there that you would need on a selfcatering holiday, apart from the shower in the en-suite which didn't clear properly. The best part was the amazing views and the facilities were exactly as advertised. The most memorable thing was the views out to the three Desertas Island and the peninsula at the end of the island. Highly recommended at this price (which I guess will go up when it gets "discovered"!).

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonerful stay

  • 5 of 5

Great character restored quinta with added benefit of a brand-new jacuzzi in the garden - I think we were the first to use it! Fantastic views (from the jaacuzzi!). Very clean and well presented. Housekeepr ver helpful. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the positive feedback. The facilities have been upgraded since your stay with the addition of a large decking area with table and chairs around the Jacuzzi.
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Magnifique et tranquille

  • 5 of 5

Une superbe maison avec terrasse et Jaccuzi

Très confortable propre et spacieuse

Bien équipée

Idéalement située pour découvrir madere

On recommande

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous sommes ravis que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour - la villa est en effet "magnifique et tranquille" et très bien située pour découvrir l'île.
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Madeira (FNC)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Santa do Serra
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
Via Rapida
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Santa Cruz
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gaula, Madeira

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £30.62

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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