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Graham and Jenny Venters

Member since: 2012
Speaks English

Palheiro Cottage - Stunning views of mountains and sea. Free WiFi

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Calheta - Palheiro Cottage (AL)

Lounge, Dining area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, balcony and roof terrace.

Palheiro Cottage has an 'Alojamento Local' Licence registration number Calheta - 13/12 and is fully insured. The cottage stands on a ridge and the views are breathtaking. The lounge/dining area/kitchen are all open plan on the first floor and encompass a large balcony accessed through patio doors which give outstanding views from the lounge over the valley. The kitchen is equipped with fridge/freezer, oven, hob, extractor,microwave, kettle, coffee maker and toaster etc.There is ample cupboard space provided. The lounge is furnished with TV, DVD player, free WiFi and Xbox, (FREE calls to landlines in over 50 countries), a 3 seater sofa and dining table and 4 chairs.The staircase leads down to the ground floor which comprises of a double bedroom with bedside shelves and table lamps, a triple robe with mirror, hairdryer and a dressing table. There is an en-suite shower room containing a Hydrotherapy cabin, a large hand basin over cabinets and W.C. A good quality single airbed can be provided to cater for a third person/child. All linen, towels and beach towels are provided and changed weekly.

Calheta is the driest, warmest part of the Island and boasts a Marina of international quality and 2 golden sand beaches. Also close by are the famous Lavada Walks . Close to the property is a bakery, general store, supermarket, hairdressers, hospital, doctors, dentists, garage and banks. We offer fishing trips or cruises on our boat (which has a full tourist licence and insurance) and a catering service if you don't feel like cooking. Laundry and maid service is available on request. We have spent many years in the restaurant/hospitality industry and will provide you with the highest quality accommodation at reasonable rates.

The Cottage is fully equipped with all tableware, glasses, linen, Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels. Linen is changed weekly. We have a good quality single airbed to cater for a third person if required. There is an assortment of books, dvd's and cd's. Also cards, dominos and games.

Our rooftop terrace offers unrivaled views of the Mountains and the Ocean with about a 270 degree panorama. The terrace is equipped with a table and four dining chairs, a 3 metre parasol,2 loungers and a gas Bar-B-Que, so you can enjoy a lazy day in the tranquility of the terrace garden or enjoy the pleasure of a bottle of wine whilst the sun goes down. The terrace receives full sunshine from around 9.00 a.m. until the sun sets over the West end of the Island.

Our aim is to provide you with a most comfortable and enjoyable stay in pleasant surroundings and with the total privacy of you own building. However as we only live next door, any problems can be resolved quickly and efficiently and we are nearly always on hand with help and advice to ensure you have a memorable stay on the Island.

If you have any specific needs or are celebrating a special occasion, we can help you to meet these with a special meal, or by assisting with any special needs/ requests (where practicable).

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Graham and Jenny Venters (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English

About Graham and Jenny Venters

Jenny and I have both been in the Licenced trade and I am a quaified Chef. We are both retired now and live next door to the cottage in the main house, so we are usually available to advise or assist whenever needed. However we will never be a nuisance to you and only seek to enhance you holiday experience.

Graham and Jenny Venters purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Graham and Jenny Venters chose Calheta

We bought the main house in 2009, it was in a very bad state but as soon as we saw it we just fell in love with it and so we renovated it and then we did the cottage 3 years later in early 2012. It was a derilict 'Cow House' and we did the reconstruction sympathetically to the original style and in a manner that we would be happy to stay in it ourselves, Hence the cottage is very well equipped to a high standard and is very comfortable. We chose to live in this area as it is very quiet and the views are out of this world. The house and cottage are a little off the beaten track and so you will experience the 'Real' Madeira as against the Tourist images usually offered. Also, being at 400 mtrs altitude it does not get too hot in Summer or too Cold in Winter.

What makes this cottage unique

We offer a range of additional services with the cottage ranging from an evening meal service, boat trips for big game or bottom fishing or just a gentle cruise along the coastline and airport transfers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After staying in Funchal on many occasions we thought with a little bit of trepidation it was time to visit a different part of Maderia . We are so glad we did. Set up in the hills above Caletha the cottage has great views down into a valley and out to sea . You could watch kestrels and buzzards from the balcony. The directions given but Jenny and Graham where spot on , it took around 45 minutes to drive to the cottage from the airport mostly on the express way . I think a car is a must . We where made very welcome in the small bar which joins the village shop . We spoke no Portuguese and they spoke very little English but some how we spent a couple of hours on a couple of evenings chatting in the bar . The cottage is in a good location to visit other parts of the island . The cottage had every thing you would need for a holiday . Ideal for walkers and people who just like to sight see.
Feb 2016
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About Us

Graham and Jenny Venters
Etapatlantica - Unipessoal Lda, 510740502
Caminho Lombo da Estrela Nr 77, Sitio da Estrela-Pico
9370-161 Calheta
Business reg - , Funchal 1025389
Alojomental Local licenced - registration number Calheta 13/12
VAT Reg NoPT510740502


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(53 traveller reviews)
Palheiro Cottage - Stunning views of mountains and sea. Free WiFi
average rating of 4.8867927 based on 98 reviews

great location

  • 4 of 5

We got a great welcome from Jenny when we arrived. The apartment is lovely - well equipped with great views from the balcony up to the hills and down to the sea. The rooftop terrace is a great place to relax - a real suntrap, but there's a hefty parasol to protect you from sunstroke!

The little town of Calheta is lovely - with a created sandy beach and some nice restaurants by the marina. it's about 5 minutes drive downhill.

The drive up to the apartment is a bit steep - but then so is a lot of Madeira! You'll get good at driving in first gear!

Make sure you check out the rum factory near the beach in Calheta, and the Modern Art gallery - part way down the hill.

A lovely apartment, would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it always makes us happy to know that our guests have enjoyed their stay in our cottage and Madeira. So for a relaxing break and to beat the winter blues book your winter break now.
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Our Madeira week

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Palheiro cottage and were made extremely welcome by Jenny and Graham. The accommodation was perfect. Very clean, comfortable and well equipped for our stay. The views were stunning and local coffee shop perfect (and very cheap) Jenny and Graham were extremely helpful and friendly and we would most certainly recommend them as hosts, with Palheiro cottage for holiday accommodation. We would love to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it always gives us so much pleasure that our guests have had a good time at Palheiro Cottage and most of all that they enjoyed Madeira. Madeira is an all year round holiday destination so to get away from the hustle and bustle to relax in the most beautiful countryside in what must be the safest island in the world book now for a holiday to remember.
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  • 5 of 5

We hadden een topweek in het huis van Graham en Jenny. Na een gastvrij onthaal waren zij beschikbaar voor hulp en advies wanneer wij daar maar behoefte aan hadden. Het huis is gezellig en voorzien van alle gemakken. Het uitzicht vanaf het balkon en het dakterras is spectaculair. Het buurtje is uiterst rustig, maar getuigt toch van locaal gemeenschapsleven . Het is een prima locatie voor het doen van alle levada-wandelingen op het westelijk deel van het eiland, sommige direct vanuit het huis. Wil je de populaire 25 Fontes wandeling maken, profiteer dan van de nabijheid en begin vroeg. Dan ben je de drukte voor.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dank je wel, het maakt ons altijd blij om te weten dat onze gasten hun verblijf bij ons hebben genoten en genieten van de schoonheid van Madeira.We zijn het hele jaar geopend, zodat voor de mooie Levada wandelingen, relaxen op het strand of gewoon genieten van de rust en kalmte Madeira - boek nu voor een vakantie om te onthouden.
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A place apart

  • 5 of 5

An ideal quiet location for 2 people. Clean, well equipped, compact, with great views. Situated on a steep, narrow residential street with limited parking. A car is needed. Jenny and Graham were excellent hosts willing to offer help and advice when needed. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are always so pleased that our guests have enjoyed their stay at our cottage. Our road is a normal size side road in Madeira, there is off road parking for approximately 8 - 10 cars within 50 meters of the cottage. So for a relaxing holiday close to the levada walks, beaches and marina book now for a holiday to remember.
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une envie : y retourner

  • 5 of 5

Un accueil chaleureux, une maison agréable, une vue magnifique et cerise sur le gâteau une excellente cuisine, bref que du bonheur.

Isabelle et Jean Michel

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci, ce fut un plaisir de vous avoir. Nous sommes toujours très heureux de savoir que nos clients ont profité de leur séjour à notre chalet. Donc, pour un séjour de détente dans le réel Madère loin des zones touristiques, mais près de la Levada promenades, la plage et les routes principales réserver pour un séjour inoubliable.
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Wonderful place and hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Palheiro cottage. Jenny and Graham are wonderful owners who made you feel right at home. The apartment is well equipped and has a great view, both from the balcony and rooftop terrace. Jenny gave us wine and a sensational home-made lime marmalade as a welcome gift. The marmalade alone is worth the travel. All in all, the place is a gem and highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it was a pleasure having you. We are always happy to know that our guests have enjoyed staying at our Cottage and that they loved the beauty of Madeira. Graham makes the jam/marmalade with the fruit from our garden or from fruit that is given to us by the villagers. So for a relaxing holiday in the real Madeira away from the tourist areas book now and we guarantee you a jar of our homemade jam!!!
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.15 Kilometres
Small shop and bar
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Via Rapida
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Kilometres
Restaurant Estrela
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Our cottage is located on the outskirts of Estrela which is the commercial centre for the Calheta Region. We are withing easy walking distance of the village and some Lavada Walks . Also some of the most spectacular Lavada Walks (the 25 Fontes at Rabacal) are within our region and are easily accessed by car. The Marina is but a short drive from the cottage and this has a number of Restaurants and Bars. There is also a sand beach next to the Marina with a safe swimming area, although you may choose to go out to sea with Graham on his boat and swim in the Ocean or view the Whales and Dolphins or even go fishing for your supper! The boat is fully licenced and insured. 15 Kilometers away is Cabo Girao, the second highest Sea Cliff in the World with a cable car from the top to almost the bottom and a view point with glass floor.Swim in the natural pools at Porto Moniz which is just a short drive away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Calheta, Madeira

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Special
1 Dec 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We require 25% of the rental to secure your booking then the remaining balance 30 days prior to check in.
We accept payments via bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
There are no hidden charges, cleaning is included in your rental cost.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance for any unexpected emergencies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Calheta in Madeira

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Computer Available
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Fitted with Hydrotherapy cabin, hand wash basin and w.c. All towels provided and changed weekly.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • The bedroom has a double bed. A cot is available and a good quality inflatable single bed can be provided for a third person. .
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Single air bed available to cater for third person . Safety gate for stairs and cot available. FREE calls to most European land line numbers. SMOKING IS PERMITTED ON THE BALCONY OR THE ROOF-TOP TERRACE.

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