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Private Pool and Modern Villa with Traditional Charm (Children age 8+)

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Updated: 05-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

The ideal home from home to explore this beautiful island. 2 bedrooms + bedsit

Complimentary three-course lunch with wine with every booking. Casa Margarida is conveniently located - set back from the village road to Arco da Calheta, above two short flights of steps, with gardens and a superb sea view. The stone-clad house ensures a comfortable temperature throughout the year. The pool is in a sunny position beside the house with shower accessible from the poolside. The pool has solar heating enabling it to reach a up to 30 degrees C in the Summer. Temperatures remain high throughout the Autumn and are usually between 19 and 22 degrees in the Winter. The 40' flat-screen HD TV, receives over 100 channels including news, films, football, music and documentaries in English, and other European languages. The traditional Portuguese tiled kitchen and breakfast bar is separate from the sitting-room.

The main bedroom upstairs a balcony overlooking the sea and the village. The en-suite shower room has a large walk-in power shower, and the bedroom dressing area has two additional washbasins. The second bedroom upstairs has twin beds which can be made up as a double, en-suite with bath/shower, and the balcony with sea view. On the ground floor, the bed sitting room has a single bed and a bed settee and en-suite shower room.

There is free broadband WiFi throughout the property. There is off-road private parking.

We are sorry that we are not able to accept bookings for children under the age of 8 years due to safety issues relating to the swimming pool and stairways..

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About the Owner

Philip & Kate Francomb
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
5 March, 2017

27 Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)


Superb Villa in a quiet location

  • 5 of 5

The property was very homely, modern & clean. It is within 3 minutes walk of the local village with amenities, & within a 3 minute drive down the hill to the sea.

The villa was all it was advertised to be & very comfortable. It is South facing overlooking the sea, so the sun is around most of the day from about 10am

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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well presented holiday home

  • 5 of 5

Excellent spacious accommodation.very well situated for touring the island. This was our 8th visit to the island and our favourite area is Arco de Calheta. Weather not as good as on previous visits to the island so appreciated heating in evenings. Good to have Peter on hand who gave an excellent and prompt service. Really appreciated food provided for us as we had a late arrival. Would love to come back to the villa another time if possible. Thank you very much.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely villa with fabulous views

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the villa, location, pool and nearby Calheta Beach. We swam everyday in the sea and most days in the pool. Did some lovely walks and had some great meals. Would recommend New Era down by the Marina in Calheta. The weather was gorgeous too which is always a bonus. Would definitely recommend this villa for couples, friends or families its got everything you would want.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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well kept, tidy and in a good location

  • 4 of 5

Madeira is a beautiful island with an amazing natural landscape. Driving around the island and up and down the mountain is a unique experience. The Madeiran people are kind and helpful.

The house is in a good location, 45mins drive away from the airport and Funchal (city centre) and other sought after places like restaurantes are all easily accessible by car. Renting a car with full protection is recommended and useful. Madeira paragliding is 7mins away from the house.

The condition of the house is very good, tidy and well kept. Wifi, digital TV and house amenities are all available. I would recommended this property due to its well kept condition and location. Cabo Girao, Levada Walks (Mountains walks) are nearby (Tabua) and other places are quick and easy to access by car. Driving all way up to the top of mountain is a scary but exciting experience. Road infrastructure is very good and safe.

all in all, I had a very good experience- peaceful, romantic and beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay at the villa. So well equipped and a great location.

Such a relaxing place with great views.

Highly recommended, would definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, well sized villa with all you could need

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely villa in a lovely area with great views across to the sea.

The villa has everything you could ever need, with lots of space both indoors and out doors.

It was a little too cold to make use of the pool during our stay, but my daughter did venture in one day, for all of about 5 minutes.

We were met by Jane, who was really lovely and helpful and couldn't have made us more welcome. We were in touch with Peter, who was equally as helpful, and nothing was too much trouble.

We really appreciate having had the opportunity to stay at the villa and enjoy this magical island and would recommend both the villa and the island to anyone considering visiting.

Arco da Calheta is a quiet and peaceful place. There is a cafe/bar close by in the village along with a store where they have fresh bread. Over in Loreto you can find a Pizza Restaurant, where the staff speak English and are really pleasant. Well worth a visit for a meal out and very reasonably priced. Venture down the road to Calheta to enjoy a drink or a meal by the Marina.

Thanks to Philip and Kate for allowing us to rent your property.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. After sunbathing next to the pool, sipping Madeira wine in the warm winter sunshine, a quick swim is very refreshing. From summer to late autumn, the pool is warm and inviting.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Funchal International Airport at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : In Arco village at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Funchal at 25 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Palheiro Golf at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Village Cafés, restaurants in Arco & Calheta Beach at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Calheta Beach at 4 Kilometres Car: recommended

Arco-da-Calheta is less than an hour from the picturesque small city of Funchal and the airport, which is to the east of Funchal. The house is 280 metres above sea-level and enjoys a warm climate with sea and countryside views across the banana plantations. There is a range of small shops, bars and cafés in the village, and a gym, taxi rank, cash machine, post office, health centre and pharmacy. There is also a small hotel with a restaurant on the edge of the village.

Calheta beach, 5 minutes drive away, has a well-stocked supermarket, a bank, a selection of restaurants, including a hotel with restaurant and bars and entertainment. The bay is partly enclosed, with a sandy beach on each side, and is good for snorkelling and sea swimming.

In the Marina whale and dolphin-watching boat-trips and sea-fishing boat trips are available.

Calheta has a sugar-cane factory with a bar where sugar-cane products may be sampled. High above Calheta beach is the Casa das Mudas with a range of art and other exhibitions.

Driving up above Arco, you will reach Paul da Serra, a high plateau surrounded by mountains. Here you will find the ancient laurisilva forest with levada walks and waterfalls. Unless you are experienced it is strongly recommended to book a guided levada walk as the levadas vary greatly in degree of difficulty. Other non-levada walks, have stunning views and ever-changing cloud patterns in the many valleys.

The North coast is very pretty with several small towns and villages and a rose garden in Arco São Jorge. Palheiro golf course is east of Funchal, and there is a new golf course due to open to the west of Arco da Calheta, in Ponta do Pargo.

Car hire is strongly recommended.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter/Spring 2017 (for 2)
2 Jan 2017 - 28 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017 (for 2)
29 May 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2017 (for 2)
4 Sep 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Xmas & New Year 2018 (for 2)
18 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Tax Rate 5.0%

There is a returnable damages deposit of €100 payable at the time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 05-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 140 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Second Bedroom en-suite
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Main Bedroom en-suite
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bed sitting room en-suite and swimming pool shower
  • The downstairs shower room with toilet and handbasin provides an en-suite for the downstairs bed sitting rom, but is also accessible from the poolside to shower after swimming.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, The beds can be made up as twin or as a double
  • In addition to the two upstairs bedrooms, the downstairs bed sitting room has a standard single bed and a futon bed settee, able to accommodate two additional guests. The bed sitting room also has an en-suite shower room with power shower and direct access to the swimming pool.


  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • There is a George Foreman electric grill (barbecue). The underfloor electric central heating is in the sitting room, downstairs bed sitting room and en-suites, and is generally only needed during a few winter evenings. Filtered drinking water is provided from the cold tap in the kitchen. The steps to the house are unsuitable for infirm guests. The coffee maker is a filter coffee machine.

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