|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This beautiful cottage style villa has been converted from the original Post Office and Village Shop. The house is filled with original and traditional Madeiran features and has been sympathetically renovated to provide a base for a perfect holiday. If you like the idea of living within a typical Madeiran community while relaxing in the quiet haven of the substantial tropical gardens, you will love this house. With three sun terraces for al fresco dining for 8, and a sun deck area in the garden - in full sun all day – and a wood BBQ the villa lends itself to a very social holiday.Upstairs: two double bedrooms both with access to the south-facing sun terrace benefiting from fabulous sea and mountain views, large family bathroom and study room.
Downstairs: two double bedrooms and bathroom. Two lovely sitting rooms – one with original bread oven.Large kitchen and dining area converted from the original shop and still retaining the shop counter and cupboards.
kitchen: Large kitchen and dining area converted from the original shop and still retaining the shop counter and cupboards. The kitchen is fully equipped for those who enjoy cooking and entertaining at home with the opportunity to experiment using exotic fruits from the garden. The refectory table seats 8 people.
The upstairs: The pretty hallway with original parquet floor and original painted walls in pastel colours leads the length of the house opening onto a terrace either end. The main bathroom with parquet floor and central bath with shower attachment toilet and bidet is half tiled with local tiles.
The two double bedrooms decorated in pastel shades each have two windows – one each opening onto the east-facing terrace. One bedroom has a 140/190cms double bed and hanging space for clothes. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans. The second bedroom is “pink” with the second window looking out over the garden and hills. A 160/200cms double bed in this room comes with hanging space for clothes, colourful bed linen and summer and winter duvets for all bedrooms are provided. Towels (but not beach towels) extra pillows and bed linen are also provided for guests.
The upstairs terraces : The upstairs terraces are reached via the house or an exterior staircase. Find locally commissioned sun-loungers, table and chairs so you can enjoy breakfast in the morning sun or just a relaxing read, or spend your time gazing out to sea. Part shaded by the vines, part exposed to direct sun, you can idle the hours away here in comfort.
Outside the west-facing terrace also has an exterior staircase leading from the upstairs hallway down to the main terrace.
An original Portuguese seating bench, a dining table and chairs offer “al fresco” eating under the grape-vines. The original outside cookhouse has been converted into a BBQ room with the original outside stone sinks.
We are both retired and live in the UK and France with visits to our Madeira home. I made my career selling French reproduction furniture to the top UK shops. My professional interests are in interior design and I have loved renovating our Madeira house without having to compromise.
Ezekiel purchased this cottage in 2005
We chose Madeira first because of it's climate - it avoids the unbearable heat you get in southern Europe in the summer and in winter it is often like the best of an English summer. Arco da Calheta and the surroundings get the best weather in Madeira. We chose a location in the local community, not isolated in inaccessible areas, and we didn't want a modern villa, so we eventually found a characterful house for renovation, which was the original shop and post office which had been the hub of the village. We retained its original features and redecorated it with local characteristics in mind using typical pastels in some areas, and vivid tropical colours and bright tiling elsewhere. The house came with a large mature garden with custard apple, guava, banana and avocado established and we added many other tropical fruits and tropical flowers to produce the excitement of a mini-jungle and plantation. We equipped the house lavishly as a home from home knowing that we would bring friends here for holidays and to avoid limiting the facilities to the basic ones you sometimes get.
The villa is perfect for an extended family and has often been used by pairs of families holidaying together, one family using the downstairs bedrooms, the other family the upstairs bedrooms. This gives the guests some independence while retaining the social areas, the many terraces, the two sitting rooms, the indoor and outdoor dining areas. Kids love to explore the sub-tropical garden which has grown into a mini-jungle and a productive banana plantation, not to mention the grape, guava, avocado and passion fruit harvests. Many individual couples have enjoyed the house at the basic price when we shut off either the unused downstairs or upstairs bedrooms. The villa is quite different from standard modern villa accommodation. It is equipped to the highest standard, it has space to spread into, the garden is a fantasy and the house is beautifully and unusually renovated while the location in the village lets you sample village life, its festivals and processions close-by.
We had a lovely time staying at the old post office, it's a charming and stylish character property with the additional modern trappings one might hope for whilst relaxing abroad. Luxuriant bathroom, TV room with large DVD collection for a cosy film night, study area, roof terraces with calming views, BBQ house for cooking and eating alfresco, and a great fun kitchen to cook in if you want to eat indoors beside the genuine original shop counter now dividing the kitchen / diner. In addition of course there was a lovely garden with a large variety of fruits and flowers, many of which I was not familiar with but enjoyed studying nevertheless.
The surrounding area was also a pleasant surprise, and the house provided a good base from which to pootle off and explore nearby villages and towns, also luckily with the islands only two sandy beaches a couple of mins roll downhill in the car, we always had an option to swim in the sea or eat at the local marina for lunch or dinner if we fancied it.
We have subsequently recommended the house to two sets of friends both of which told us they had a great time, one colleague of mine stayed for the second week of his honeymoon after staying in a luxury hotel in Funchal and said he had a great time with the BBQ hut and it made their trip.
We are planning on returning next year to the Island with some friends and would be more than happy to stay at the old post office again.
We had a wonderful time at your lovely home in Arco da Calheta, such a fascinating house and with lovely views and always somewhere to sit in the Sun or shade. Plenty of room, in fact so much so that we didn't ever visit the second lounge! Every utensil we could have wished for was supplied so we were able to eat in or out as the mood took us.
Ezekiel and Anna, your representatives in Madeira, were excellent and everyone we met was so friendly and welcoming – we will certainly go back to Madeira again.
We had some excellent meals out during our stay and our favourite restaurant was the Cantinho da Magdalena – their Paella was one of the best we have ever eaten!
We walked a different levada each day and it was amazing how each had a character of its own – so nice to be able to walk deep into the countryside yet walk on the level.
Thanks again and we wish you and Karen well.
We had a lovely holiday at the Old Post Office, it was great to have such a well equipped kitchen which has been the best so far in all the houses that we have stayed at in Madeira. The beds were very comfortable all the rooms are simply furnished with a splash of colour in curtains and cushions.
The house was cold however in the evening during our stay despite a heater being on in the television room, a wood burner would be better suited.
Watch out for rugs that are on slippery floors.
The view from the upper terrace was good with the Church tower and Sea views in the background, we liked looking at the stars at night too from this terrace. Drinks in the evening went down very well.
The outdoor BBQ hut was a treat and we had some lovely food cooked on it. Garden had some fruit and Banana plants (Bananas were on the Plants) and Avocado's and lovely flowers but we went in January and of course not everything was out.
In all we had a very pleasant holiday and good weather.
Our winter break couldn't have been better spent than in this stylish and well-maintained, well-equipped cottage with tropical garden.
During the day enjoying the sun (21°C on New Year's Day!!) on one of the roof terraces or in the garden, reading (the owners have a great selection of books), eating freshly picked avocados, bananas and custard apples while listening to the birds ... what more do you want?!
If you prefer a little bit more action: Funchal is only a 25 min. drive away (stunning scenery) and is a fascinating, charming town. Love it!
During the evening, taking your time for preparing a nice meal in the spacious kitchen and lying comfortably on a sofa in one of the two (!) sitting rooms, watching dvd's, listenig to music (a broad selection of dvd's, cd's is available & free, fast and reliable WIFI) or relaxing in the most beautiful bathroom you can imagine!!
We stayed 9 days - and our holiday cottage felt like 'a home'.
We hope to be back next winter!
Our regards to Ezekiel and Ernesto 'the local taxidriver'!
Danielle & Nigel
We stayed in this beautiful cottage during our holiday in Madeira. It is furnished in typical madeiran style. You can enjoy the sun and a stunning view from the upper terrace.
The garden is nice and big with a big variety of tropical fruit trees. (bananas, passion fruit, avocados...) We really enjoyed using the barbecue room on some of the evenings.
The cottage has a great location. There is a lovely sand beach nearby, a good choice of restaurants and whale watching trips.
We really enjoyed staying in this fairy tale cottage and would highly recommend it for anyone planning a holiday in Madeira.
Andrea and Daniel
We had a fabulous stay in Madeira - it was a great time of year to go (late October / early November) - weather was still warm and it felt like we had the place to ourselves!
Casa Velha dos Correios was the perfect place for us to stay. We are a young family (2 pre school children) and we had a great time exploring the house and the garden with all the home comforts available to us (cot / high chair / cutlery / dishes etc etc) and the beach was just a short drive away.
We would love to go back!
The house is perfectly placed to experience the many festivals and religious ceremonies of the Maderian village calendar. Close to all local amenities, modern and traditional coffee bars it’s an easy walk to pharamacy, small supermarkets and Post Office. Situated in the sunniest area of Madeira on the south coast, Arco da Calheta sits above the coastal village of Calheta with easy connections to the airport and Funchal. Calheta is just 2 kilometres away and has the island’s only sandy beach and with other nearby coastal villages is a great place for sea activities, big game fishing, whale watching and wind surfing. There are also many restaurants and a large supermarket. Well placed as a starting off point for further island explorations including the famous Levada walks and laurel-silva forests, botanical gardens, and the renowned fish, vegetable and flower markets of Funchal..
Golf: 3 Golf courses
|meet and greet||£34|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£86|
Weekly rate of 400 euros is for 2 persons. For each additional person there is a charge of 50 euros per week to a maximum of 700 euros.