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Traditional Madeiran Quinta On Banana Farm, Large Modern Patio & Heated Pool, AL



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
3 Bedrooms, Balcony, Large Patio, Heated Pool, Garden, Sea Mountain, veg & fruit

Quinta Tabareu is our delightful family home, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It's a traditional Madeiran stone Quinta set on a banana farm in beautiful tropical gardens, 5 minutes from Calheta beach and 30 minutes from Funchal. Sympathetically modernized and retaining the original character, creating a stunning mix of traditional Madeiran and contemporary, with the addition of a large modern patio/entertaining area with pool, outside kitchen with barbecue and gas hob. The original features of the old house remain, including exposed stone walls, beams, wooden floors, casement windows and the original bread oven in the kitchen. Decorated with antiques and vintage finds the Quinta has all mod cons, Wi-Fi in all rooms and on the patio. There is one king size bedroom with en suite shower room which opens onto the patio and pool, a family bathroom with bath and over head shower, a twin single bedroom that can also be made into a super-king sized bed, and double bedroom upstairs on the 2nd floor with patio balcony and fabulous garden, mountain and sea views.The large, modern patio area is the perfect entertaining or relaxing area, with a covered porch, locally hand made chestnut dining table and 6 chairs, 6 loungers for sun bathing. Surrounded by a high, curved traditional volcanic stone wall the patio and tropical gardens have views of the sea and the mountains all around. A lush mix of tropical palms, hibiscus, geraniums, hydrangea and cool lawns make up the pretty garden. The banana farm includes an organic vegetable patch with fruit trees and though out of bounds to visitors a complimentary basket of seasonal vegetables and fruit is provided on arrival and throughout your stay. Facilities include local Meo cable TV, DVD with a selection of English films, WiFi in all rooms, wood burner in the sitting room for winter evenings and several radiators/heaters for the bedrooms. The pool has a solar cover, if guests want to heat the pool in cooler months we charge £70 per week. There are a few steps into the garden and house plus stairs within the house making it unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues, there are also some low beams between the bedrooms, kitchen and sun room, this is all part of the character of an old house. Quinta Tabareu is a real family affair, a lovely local family help us run the Quinta, Joao (who also speaks Spanish) maintains the garden, vegetable patch along with the bananas, his wife Rosa is our wonderful housekeeper and their daughter Susana and her husband Marcio (both speak perfect English) are on hand to do the key and help out when we are not available.

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

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About the Owner

Speaks English, A little French and German

27 Reviews

based on 27 holidaymaker reviews


Great Villa in Great location

  • 5 of 5

This Villa was fantastic big pool spacious living lovely lounge great kitchen but what we loved was the big out side table not shown in the pictures of the villa and a big undercover outside kitchen with BBQ we would all sit outside till late at night relaxing with views to die for we found a fantastic taxi driver called Antonio who would take you to the Harbour then pick u back up when you were ready for a very reasonable rate.The owner is a lovely lady called Alison and nothing is two much trouble this is definitely a place I will want to return to if you are thinking of going to Madeira then this is the villa to stay at . Martin from Southport.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Martin, couldn't have said it better myself! Thank you for your kind words, I'm so glad you all had a great time staying at Quinta Tabareu. We haven't had a chance to take new photos of the porch and dining area yet, we return to Madeira next week, hopefully the sun will be shining and we can take some good photos. The Madeirans are so kind and friendly, thank you for telling us about another taxi driver that we can recommend to our future guests. And please do come back to the Quinta if you visit Madeira again, you'll be very welcome! All the best, Alison
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Wonderful experience, beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to Alison and Graham in their lovely house , Quinta Tabareu , in Arco Da Calheta has been a wonderful experience .

The house was the setting for a lovely family holiday for us. Everything worked and the house was in perfect condition . Everything was as described and shown in the pictures . We were very excited for the house.

Old Style , no boring glass and concrete . Just the thing for us.

We also used the house as a base for many wonderful excursions to the lovely Maidera and main city Funchal .

It is very easy to get around Maidere by car , so even if the house is not located near Funchal , it was no problem at all .

When we visit Maidera again, we will certainly consider using the house again .

Thanks, Alison and Graham

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kent and family, Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay at our villa in Madeira..and we have to agree it is a great place to stay! We also love the traditional Quinta. It's a perfect way to spend a holiday in a traditional Madeiran house full of charm and character but with the benefits of all mod-cons, WiFi, the large patio and heated pool. It was lovely to meet you and your family, and we look forward to welcoming you to Madeira in the future. Kind regards, Alison and Graham
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  • 5 of 5

Just had a very enjoyable stay at this excellent villa. Delightful view in a very pretty setting.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you James! So glad you enjoyed your stay at Quinta Tabareu, it was great to meet you and the family. And we have to agree that the house is a superb holiday home, perfect for a relaxing holiday or a base to explore the rest of beautiful Madeira from. All the best, Alison
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful holiday at the beautiful Quinta Tabareu. It is located in a peaceful spot 5 mins drive from Calheta. The house has everything you would need for a relaxing holiday, including plenty of books, games, DVDs and a gorgeous heated pool. The kitchen is well equipped and the bed was very comfortable. The garden is lovely and we made full use of the BBQ area. The location is quiet and perfect for exploring the island and Madeira really should be explored as it is simply stunning. I liked everything about Quinta Tabareu and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jacquie, Thank you so much for your kind review, we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your holiday at Quinta Tabareu. Yes Madeira was made for exploring! It's a truly wonderful island with something for everyone, and Quinta Tabareu is a perfect base. Thank you also for the thoughtful comments in our guest book, I'm sure future guests will find your ideas on things to do and see very helpful. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. All the very best, Alison and Graham
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A lovely quinta and a superb holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a superb holiday staying in this lovely quinta. We are veterans of villa rentals, now in our 12th year, mainly through this website so feel qualified to comment! The quinta itself was very well equipped, tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean and unusual in that cleaning products, washing powder, dishwasher tablets, loo rolls etc were supplied as were coffee, tea bags, olive oil, herbs etc-plus a welcome basket of fresh fruit and vegetables-thank you.

The beds were very comfortable, made up with soft cotton bedlinen and in combination with cool, dark rooms guaranteed a good nights sleep.

The outdoor seating and cooking areas are superb, catching the sun all day-we cooked outside for 3 nights out of our 7 day stay. Opting for pool heating was a good decision-the pool temperature was around 32 degrees-perfect for a family swim at the end of a day exploring the island..

We found some good local restaurants, Naye's pizzeria 5 minutes up the road in Loreto was really friendly and served delicious pizzas and others in Calheta and Funchal were also very good-we have left some recommendations in the guestbook.

My only (very minor) reservation would be that a party of 6 people may find the quinta cosy if the weather was inclement making the outside spaces less accessible. For our family of 2 adults and 2 older children, we had more that enough space even on the days with less sunshine and more precipitation!

All in all, a lovely place to stay and a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Patricia! So glad that you all enjoyed the Quinta, the pool and all the delights of Madeira. Our aim is to create a home-from-home to give our guests a perfect base to relax and explore the island. We have just added a new porch over the sun room creating a covered dining/seating area giving the house another space to use whatever the weather, making it even more suited to parties of 6 guests. You are most welcome back at Quinta Tabareu anytime! Kind regards, Alison
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Even better than it appears on the website.

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish a fabulous holiday in this beautiful Quinta. Alison and Graham were so easy to communicate with and so helpful, from finding us when we got lost on the way from the airport, to minor queries during our stay. There has been so much thought and care put into the property, it is pretty much perfect. Comfortable beds and sitting areas, well equipped kitchen, outdoor space with views to die for and a pool that is heated to a very comfortable temperature ( we've been promised this at other properties and it rarely is).

We shopped at the local supermarket, cooked super fresh fish, and ate lovely meals in restaurants in Calheta and Funchal for very reasonable prices. The views from the mountains and on the north side of the island look like they would be stunning from the glimpses we had, unfortunately there was quite a lot of cloud on the days we travelled that way. The many gardens are amazing, Madeira is an island that had not entered our minds until this year, but we are so glad we discovered it, there is so much to see and do, we will be returning and this property will be our choice of home while we are there, so we are not recommending it, in case it gets booked out!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diana, Thank you for your kind words, we're delighted to hear that you had such a great time at Quinta Tabareu! It is a lovely house in a great location and we try to keep it very much as our home and a welcoming 'home from home' while our guests are holidaying in Madeira. The warm pool in the winter months is an added bonus, so glad that you made the most of it and the views from the patio. You are welcome back anytime, just drop me an email. Very best regards, Alison
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From the Owner

We fell in love with Quinta Tabareu at first sight. The previous owner had renovated the old stone house in keeping with the typical Madeiran style, retaining the original charm. We added the large patio area, pool, outside kitchen, sun room leading to the covered dining area, and wi-fi in all rooms. The Quinta is our family home, we feel part of the village and local community, who are warm and friendly. It is ideally situated for a relaxing holiday and for touring the island, it's just a 5 minute drive to the sandy beach and harbour at Calheta with a choice of bars, restaurants and the local supermarket.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Funchal at 45 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Sports Bar at 150 Metres Nearest Golf : Palheiro at 45 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Engenho Velho at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Calheta at 3 Kilometres Car: recommended

Quinta Tabareu is located in a village on the sunniest part of the island, the perfect base for exploring, a car is necessary to capture all the charms this beautiful island has to offer. If you fancy lunch or dinner Calheta beach and harbour is just a 5 minute drive away with bars and restaurants. There is a sports centre with gym facilities and playground 5 minutes up the road, where they also have a bar serving coffee, beer and cold drinks. At Calheta harbour there is also fishing and whale/dolphin watching trips, 2 large hotels with restaurants, bars and a spa, a large supermarket and a sandy man made beach plus numerous restaurants and bars selling local and international dishes. A little further up the road is a stunning modern museum and art gallery, Casa Das Mudas. You can pick up levada walks close to the house or take a walk on the country roads and enjoy the local scenery including mountains and coastal roads. The island has a wealth of beautiful levada walks and stunning mountain and coastal scenery to explore, with different flora and fauna in the varying micro climates found on the island.. Guided tours are available of the more rugged parts of the island, details at the Quinta. The Quinta is 30 minutes drive from Funchal, a bustling town with cobbled streets, a huge choice of restaurants and bars, shops, museums. Golf is available at Palheiro above Funchal and also at Santo do Serra near the airport, there are tennis courts in Arco. You can do paragliding from the top of the mountain in Arco, near the bar Costa Verde, or just sit on the patio by the pool watching them gliding around the thermals over the village. There is a small supermarket in Loreto selling basics and more, a pharmacy in Arco plus another little supermarket, bakery, hairdressers, post office, a couple of bars and a lovely church.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid season
23 Sep 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas New Year
19 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Low season
7 Jan 2017 - 20 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
21 Mar 2017 - 20 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
21 Jun 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Rates are for 2 people, extra visitors charged at £10 each per day. Not suitable for the elderly, children are welcome but under constant supervision due to the stairs and pool. Pool heating is an extra £70 per week. No pets allowed.
All bed linen & bath, pool towels included, weekly change of linens & cleaning stays of 8 days or more, WiFi in all rooms, seasonal vegetables & fruit from banana farm.
Payment required in full if booking less than 60 days from check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

The Quinta is a charming Madeira stone family house full of character, offering great views, decorated with antiques and vintage finds, a wood burner in the sitting room takes the chill off cooler winter evenings. With the addition of a large patio area, swimming pool that can also be heated in winter for an extra fee, and outside kitchen barbeque surrounded by lush tropical gardens full of bird song. A great mix of contemporary and traditional. The mountain, village and sea views are stunning. One of the added bonuses of the house is the small banana farm and vegetable patch, which is tended by Joao, the husband of our housekeeper Rosa. We love picking fruit and veg for the table, it's one of the things we love most about staying here, fresh seasonal fruit and veg is also available to guests though the farm and vegetable area are out of bounds, Joao will keep the kitchen stocked up. The top bedroom has a large patio with great views and a table for 4, a perfect spot for coffee in the morning or a romantic evening setting. The porch by the patio provides a covered dining area with a large hand made chestnut table and 6 chairs, the perfect spot for relaxing day or evening. Claheta beach is just 5 minutes drive away. It's in the sunniest part of the island, and a perfect base for exploring the whole of Madeira at any time of year.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Printer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
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  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
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  • Hob ...
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  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


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

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 150 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, ensuite shower room to main bedroowith sink, toilet, bidet
  • Family bathroom with bath and over head shower, bidet, toilet and sink, ensuite bathroom to main bedroom with shower, toilet, sink with painted cupboards below, and bidet. The ensuite shower room has a shower cut into the stone wall, bidet, toilet and basin with painted cupboards below. There is also a toilet in the outside kitchen area and an outside shower with hot and cold water.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, Double bed with balcony, garden, sea, mountain views
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, King size bed, ensuite shower room, french doors to pool
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 2 single beds,can be pushed together to create super-king
  • Main bedroom has a king size antique style painted metal bed, en suite shower room with sink, toilet, bidet, triple aspect, plenty of cupboards, bedside cupboards, French doors onto the patio, pool and garden, views of the sea and mountains, a charming room. On the same floor, the family bathroom and a twin room with 2 hand made chestnut single beds which can be fixed together to create a super king, a small chest of drawers and open hanging for clothes, with views of the mountain and village. Upstairs on the 2nd floor is a further double bedroom with open hanging for clothes, a small chest of drawers, bookcase and a lovely balcony, patio area with a metal table and 4 chairs, gorgeous views of the garden, mountains and sea.


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  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
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  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Quinta Tabareu is our much-loved home, we hope you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, home from home. We provide bed linens, bathroom towels, coloured pool towels, changed weekly when the house is cleaned. There is WiFi in every room & on the patio, DVD's, local cable tv MEO, books, board games, a wide selection of tourist info plus info on the best places to eat on the island. We also provide shampoo, shower gel, hair dryer. The pool can be heated for an extra fee £70 per week, it uses an ozone system which is more body & eco friendly. The patio has dining for 6, 6 sun loungers, outside kitchen, barbeque, gas hob, sink, toilet and hot/cold water shower by the pool. The Quinta is a unique mix of original Madeiran character with contemporary style, set on a small banana farm providing seasonal fruit & vegetables for guests, the perfect base for holidaying in Madeira. It has a wood burner in the sitting room, heaters in the bedrooms making it an all year holiday home.

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