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Outstanding Views/Spacious/ WI-FI Internet/TV/BBQ/Gym/Licensed



Updated: 02-Oct-2016
Tranquil Retreat:near the forest, easy, quick access to the centre of Funchal.

The Apartment in Casa Alegra is a substantial, fantastically appointed modern 3 bedroom detached residence with incredible views over the bay of Funchal. It is the perfect base for exploring the whole island.

Perfect for singles, couples or large groups of friends and families.

The internal living accommodation available to you is 200 square meters over two floors (gym and barbecue area are on the ground floor in addition to this). The spacious sitting room, with real log fireplace and French windows is open plan to the dining room and opens onto the surrounding terraces. There is a large flat screen television with cable access (many language channels), Internet and some DVDs, books and magazines for guests to enjoy.

The 3 bedrooms, with large double beds sleeping up to 6 people comfortably are all with French windows too and have plenty of wardrobe space and terraces. The main bedroom has an en suite bathroom. There is one more bathroom and one further cloakroom / WCs. Every bedroom leads on to the terrace.

There is a spacious fully equipped kitchen with all the necessary utensils and separate breakfast area.

Outside there is cultivated garden, several generous terraces where you can enjoy magnificent views, dine in the sun, hammock and loungers for lazy afternoons and a traditional stone barbecue area. Views over the mountains, town and Funchal harbor are spectacular and the terraces are the perfect place to enjoy Madeira's famous New Year's fireworks.

Located in a tranquil, upmarket residential area, Casa Alegra is only 10 minutes from the center of Funchal by car or 20 minutes by bus (regular service, 3 minute walk to the bus stop and a bit longer uphill on the way back).

With the express highway only 3-4 minutes away by car, everything is within easy reach and renting a car is highly recommended for enjoying all that the beautiful island of Madeira has to offer. Alternatively taxi services can be arranged as required. Walkers will enjoy the local forest, not to mention the Levada walks Madeira is famous for.

Your English-speaking host lives alone in a separate self-contained flat on the ground floor, so is always on call if needed.


Arrivals welcome on any day.

Airport transfers and general taxi services can be

arranged on request.

There are supplies of guidebooks and local maps for initial use.

A baby cot if required is available (please request when booking).

Bed linen and full range of towels are changed weekly. Cleaning is done weekly too.

Beach towels are supplied as well.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I retired to this lovely island eight years ago. Before that I lived in central London for over 30 years. That's why I now prefer to live further from the centre of town and away from heavy traffic.

Funchal is built on hills. My house is suited on the central hill. That's why I have this superb view of the harbor and town below. I am only 10 minutes drive away from the center of town and the sea.

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30 Reviews

based on 30 holidaymaker reviews


wonderful views

  • 4 of 5

Enisa greeted us on arrival and made us feel at home in her spacious house. It is large and well equipped and situated in a residential area high above Funchal centre. It was very clean and had plenty of towels, spare bedding etc available.

There is a regular bus service from the end of the street which is only a short, but very steep, distance away. Once out of the centre of Funchal everywhere is steep!

There is a small supermarket and also a bakery a short bus ride away and a much larger supermarket a little further on, There are no restaurants within walking distance but Funchal is reached in minutes by car or bus and there is then a huge choice of eating places. Eating at home is easy as all you need for cooking is provided.

Being situated in a residential area the location is not at all touristy but it does suffer from the local dogs barking.

The view from the terrace and front windows are amazing with a panoramic view of Funchal and the bay, which is interesting both in the day and night time.

Enisa was a very helpful and friendly hostess and we really enjoyed our stay at her home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

On arrival Enisa met us at the gate and immediately made us welcome.

On the second day took us to the town on the bus to show us where to get tickets etc. The Villa is very well equipped with everything you might need for your stay. Sometimes up high it can get cooler in the evening. There is a lovely log fire place which makes the lounge very cosy. Every time you use the fire Enisa cleans the ashes and relays the fire for the next time. Enisa is the kindest person you could wish to meet and when we left we felt we had made a new very good friend. Thank you Enisa for everything and our really lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. As you are the couple who come to Madeira every year and know it very well, it is particularly appreciated. Looking forward to see you again.
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Fantastic Funchal

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house with quality furnishings,fittings, bed linen and towels. We had a wonderful holiday, a very big thank you to owner Enisa. The house overlooks the bay of Funchal so beautiful day and night views watching the cruise ships come and go. There are many attractions in Funchal to cater for all tastes. Wonderful restaurants, cafes, cleanliness, safety together with the friendly, helpful people make this a perfect destination. The house would be an escape from the heat and traffic of downtown during the height of Summer. We would give this property six stars if we could and hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always happy to hear that people enjoyed staying in my house, particularly when stay was long one like yours. Thank you. I agree with you Funchal is the perfect destination for all around rest. The best part of staying in my house is not only fantastic view of the bay of Funchal, and the peace and quiet, almost free of traffic, but the easy and quick access to the seashore and the centre of Funchal, and best of all, chance to connect with Nature any time you feel like, because this lovely forest is only about 6-7 minutes walk from my house. So here you really have it all for the perfect rest, body and soul. Looking forward to your next stay here.
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Lovely stay in wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had perfect ten days in december at this lovely house (which my brother recommended to us). With its space for originally six people the two storey appartement felt for the two of us a bit like a palace with its four terraces, the huge living room with the fireplace and the stunning view over Funchal and the harbour. The house is generous and very well equipped (my own kitchen at home is less appointed ;-), the furniture is elegant and in a good condition.

We originally had planned to do a lot of hiking but the house felt so comfy and homely that we spent quite a lot of time just sitting on one of the terraces enjoying the view.

There are only two things that must be considered: A car would be advisable (there is a bus to the centre but it's only once an hour and walking would need a pretty good condition) and you would have to get used to all the barking dogs in the neighborhood - but this is a "problem" in whole Funchal).

Overall we can highly recommend this house. I'm pretty sure we will do it again :-)

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay here. As for the car, almost all the people who rent with me do rent the car. It really is the best way to see the rest of the island , and it is worth it, because there is so much to see and enjoy on this little island. As my house is on the central hill, it is very quick access to the centre of town (10 minutes) and yet it is so enjoyable to rest here in the fresh air, because it is almost traffic free. As for the dogs, they do have a lot of rest from barking too... and then it is a complete silence in my neighbored. I personally think it is not annoying and constant as traffic and general noise is. You still can enjoy your solitude and almost everybody loves it here because of it. But then again I love dogs, though I don't have one. Hopefully, I will see you again in lovely Madeira.
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Kelly Bray, Callington

Birthday Visit with friends

  • 5 of 5

Due to timing of flights arrived late but we were well met by Enisa, when we found the house, difficult in the dark, but all was well.

House is great, plenty of room and great views over Funchal, well appointed kitchen in fact possibly too well appointed and Enisa is very helpful with information.

Place was very clean and the sound system with the TV is really powerful, a list of the available TV channels would have been helpful but in the end we just founds an MTV channel with the music we liked, well some of us.

Local supermarket was good and the bar down the road is really good value for drinks and bread, but only seemed to sell cakes but for a really good lunch ask Enisa about the cookery school, it's really good.

We had plenty of lunches in town, all of them good, but the best was from the Muralha down in the old town, and you must have the Espada (Scabbard fish) either with the traditional banana or with the garlic sauce.

All in all a really good time was had by us all but we felt that although you can get a bus close to the house a car is really useful, if only for the shopping, and if you need to sleep with the bedroom windows open and/or are a light sleeper then ear plugs could be useful, as the local dogs can occasionally be noisy.

The walk from behind the house just up the hill is interesting and there are always the Gardens and the lavadas and the catamaran trips to whale watch.

It was a great holiday in a great place, and over 20 C at the end of November, fantastic.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very informative review. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay here. You are right about the list of television channels, I should have done that, but for some reason never thought of it…I will rectify that and make one for my future guests. Hope to see you all again some day.
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Wonderful view !

  • 5 of 5

Enisa was a fantastic owner ! We arrived earlier than expected and she welcomed us very well. Every morning, she came to say hello while we had our breakfast on her lovely balcony. The view is amazing every day. She kept the house very clean while we went hiking. She gave us good advices according to the weather. The house is huge and we used her great barbecue to cook a delicious tuna. We did not use all the house's possibilities because we were outdoors most of the time. It is a really great place to stay in Funchal. Moreover, the local highway is just 5/10 minutes from the house. You can park the car in the street next to the house which is relatively flat for the streets in Madeira (you'll see!). We had a wonderful week with our family thanks to Enisa's house. So don't hesitate !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for finding the time to give me a review and very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in my house. It is tranquil little retreat if you love peace and quiet after long hikes, enjoying the spectacular views from the terraces, and yet access to all island is very easy and quick. See you again some time. Madeira can be addictive, particularly for NATURE lovers and hikers.
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From the Owner

I bought this house because I wanted to live close to unspoilt nature and yet have an easy and quick access to the centre of Funchal. I am very near a beautiful forest ideally suited for daily walking and enjoying this exquisite, peaceful region of unique natural beauty and diverse scenery. It is perfect for a healthy living, and the quiet rest after your various activities in town or Levada walking. It is very quiet in my neighborhood.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Funchal International Airport ( FNC ) at 23 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Funchal at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Punta Gorda, Lido, at 6 Kilometres Car: recommended

Nearest food shops are in Sao Roque, 3 minutes by car: very large bakery, supermarket, small fruit market and usual amenities. One of the biggest, well stocked supermarkets is only 5 minutes away by car. It is open until 22:00 pm every day. Other big supermarkets in Funchal and Madeira Shopping Centre are all within 10 - 15 minutes' drive.


Rental rates

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16 Sep 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
Christmass/New Year
16 Dec 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
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16 Jan 2017 - 15 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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16 Jun 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rental Basis: apartment in a detached house
Rental rates quoted in: Euro

The prices are for 2 people. Each additional guest: € 10.00 per night.

Long term renters are welcome. For price ask owner.

Arrivals welcome on any day.

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From the Owner

The house is built at such an angle that even during the hottest weather the inside of the house is just pleasantly warm, never oppressively hot. It is suited in a lovely, quiet suburb, residential area on one of a small central hills, 10 minutes by car to the centre of town. You can enjoy daily walk and run in the forest and go for a swim in the sea on the same afternoon. This is an ideal place to get away from it all, stay and exercise in a fresh air, far from noise and traffic, connect with nature and enjoy the most spectacular views over surrounding hills, the Funchal harbour and the sea beyond.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 200 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bidet
  • 2 Bathrooms Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Wash basin, Toilet, Bidet Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower, Wash basin, Toilet, Bidet Extra WC - Wash basin, Toilet, Bidet


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 3 Bedrooms, sleeps 6 Bedroom 1 - 1 Double bed Bedroom 2 - 1 Double bed Bedroom 3 - 1 Double bed


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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