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Detached luxury villa with great sea views

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Infinity effect plunge pool open May to October

Casa Formosa is on a cliff in a lovely area to the west of Funchal. The villa looks out directly over the bay of Praia Formosa. You can see gardens and banana plantations. It is only one hundred metres above the beach so you can hear the the waves most days.

The spacious villa faces almost south and is in a very sheltered position. Two large sunbathing terraces have been built across house, giving full views two beautiful bays. The terraces are not overlooked. Guests can watch cruise ships or even whales pass by, whilst enjoying breakfast on the terrace or perhaps walk round the pretty garden with a cup of coffee.

The villa is at the end of a cul de sac so there is little noise and passing traffic.

Please take a look at our own website for more photographs of the fantastic views at madeiraheaven.com.

Guests say Casa Formosa is a very special house, extremely spacious both outside and in. We have repeat guests because for this reason.

Yet despite its unique and peaceful location, Casa Formosa is only minutes by car to numerous shops, restaurants, etc of Funchal.

The ground floor terrace overlooks the sea, with wide french windows that span the front living and dining area. These can be opened to let in sea breezes. A shaded seating area has tasteful outdoor wicker furniture providing dining for four. The left veranda has a colourful raised flower bed along its length, with a large covered barbecue built into the corner. This calm spot is not overlooked and has an extra dining area for four. The peaceful bedrooms all have access through french windows onto a path with a secluded raised flower bed.

The upper terrace has direct sun all day, with panoramic sea views of passing cruise ships and boats, as well as mountains. The very spacious upper veranda is equipped with eight sun loungers and is ideal for sun bathing.

For summer visitors, as an added bonus, we provide a plunge pool. Because of its location on the upper sun terrace, it provides an infinity effect view across the sea. It is a very popular addition to the villa facilities, especially families during the summer holidays.

More Details

Vivienne Kempin
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 April, 2017

About Vivienne Kempin

Retired teacher.

Vivienne Kempin purchased this villa in 2013

Why Vivienne Kempin chose Funchal

We did a lot of looking before deciding on this location. It has the best of everything.

What makes this villa unique

Beautiful views yet close to the city.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in São Martinho in Madeira

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The master bathroom has black granite work surfaces and can be used as an en suite to the master bedroom or as a family bathroom. Both have a powerful shower with plentiful hot water supplied by solar panels.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with private en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with adjacent shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , can be joined as a double
    Bedroom 4/second lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , sofa bed made up of two singles or one double
  • The arrangements for the bedrooms are very versatile. Couples staying alone can opt to rent the master bedroom. Two couples can stay in the equally sized master and second bedroom. Family groups can opt to include the third bedroom which is well suited to children. Teenagers love the fourth bedroom overlooking the sea. Maximum group of six, including children occupying beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Bed linen and towels weekly. Garden, pool and villa clean weekly included in rates. Guests without a car can be met at airport and taken to villa for same price as a taxi. Pool available during summer months.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


Fabulous villa!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful base for our holiday in Madeira. The villa is clean, airy, spacious (plenty of room for the 5 of us) and immaculately presented in a quiet area. We used the buses for the whole of our stay, and the bus stop is only 5 minutes walk away - and we 'oldies' all managed the short steep climb up to the bus stop! Vivienne (the owner) was extremely helpful during the booking process and I would recommend this villa wholeheartedly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and all that the villa has to offer. We looked at a lot of locations before we found Casa Formosa, and we thought it did provide that mix of space and wonderful views, whilst at the same time allowing easy access into town. We do have an excellent housekeeper in Maria, and the house, pool and garden are kept in immaculate condition. We do hope you visit again.
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  • 5 of 5

Five of us...young at heart pensioners in need of some winter sun..... spent a glorious fortnight on Madeira staying in this beautiful spacious villa. It was spotless and obviously well cared for and in a lovely quiet location with beautiful views. There was a good bus service into Central Funchal from the top of the road...a short steep walk.The villa is a good base for exploring the island...we found taxi tours really great value and we could choose where to go and how long to spend at different places. I would certainly recommend this villa to groups of friends or families...it is well equipped and there are two lovely terraces, as well as lots of space indoors. The owner is very friendly and was extremely helpful when we were making our arrangements...the personal touch made such a difference.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind comments. Maria, the housekeeper, does a great job of looking after the house and garden. I am glad that you found our taxi service to be useful and good value. Not everyone wants the bother of hiring a car on holiday. We hope to see you at Casa Formosa again, when you next want to escape the British winter!
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Amazing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a family holiday (6 adults and 1 3 year old) at Casa Formosa. The villa was perfect and helped us to have a wonderfully relaxed holiday. There are so many things to do locally and we especially enjoyed a jeep safari trip that took us right over to the west of the islan where we went swimming in some volcanic rock natural swimming pools. Getting in and out of Funchal was really straight forward on the buses that run from the top of the road. We visited lots of the local restaurants and booked a trip on the Santa Maria, a replica of Columbus's ship which was really lovely to do.

The accommodation was very spacious even with so many of us staying there. We enjoyed the pool even though it was Novemeber and not heated, it was a good way of cooling down at the end of the day.

We would love to return to Casa Formosa in the future and could not recommend it enough. We needed a large villa to house all of us and I would definitley recommend it to families who were looking for plenty of room for a big family gathering!

Vivienne offered lots of advice before we went on holiday and was always very quick replying to emails and telephone calls. Thank you for a perfect family holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased that your small son enjoyed the trip on the pirate ship. It's always a pleasure to be able to see it pass by each day from the house, along with the catamarans, fishing vessels and the odd cruiser. It's good to see that families enjoy the villa and that there is space for everyone. I think it helps especially that the pool table is on a separate floor - especially popular with teenagers. The adults tend to stay on the middle floor chatting and looking at the views, whilst the sunbathers go on the top floor veranda by the pool to sunbathe in peace! I do hope that you find time to return. We have had quite a few families where mum, dad, the children and sometimes grandparents have come along - and they have all found the villa a great place to stay.
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Lovely Place

  • 5 of 5

Casa Formosa is a lovely place to stay, exactly as the description states. The hill climb to the main road for the bus is a bit steep but not very far, lovely quiet neighbourhood with fantastic views. We ate in Funchal most evenings at different places, food and service was impeccable. Cannot recommend Casa Formosa enough, well worth a visit, looking forward to our return trip. Many thanks to Vivienne and Sara.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It is always so helpful for future guests to get a good picture to see if Casa Formosa is the place for them. I think it is very important to give an accurate picture, as no one wants unhappy guests! I agree that the slope to the bus stop would be too much for the very elderly or perhaps those with mobility problems. But guests get round that by simply phoning the taxi service who come to the door, and take you wherever you want to go. If there are a group of you, it can work out to be almost as cheap as the bus. We looked at a lot of locations before choosing the house, and we still think its combination of peace and quiet and views, plus quick access to everything in Funchal is a great option.
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Funchal, Madeira

Casa Formosa

  • 5 of 5

Casa Formosa is an extremely well equipped and imposing Villa in a quiet location. We thoroughly enjoyed the use of the upper relaxing area and infinity pool and it was great on the evenings we spent in having a barbecue. The views are delightful and the beach well within walking distance for normally fit bodies. While there are not many facilities close by we eat at So Espeto a couple of times and found the food very good and reasonably priced. The bus service to Funchal and Camara do Lobos is every half hour or so and it would be well worth investing in a bus pass. The owners communicate very well and were very helpful. The only downside is that the climb to the top road is steep for anybody a bit infirm and we did find the bedrooms a bit warm at night. All in all a very good holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind review and I am glad that as regular visitors to Madeira you enjoyed staying at Casa Formosa. We did chose the house for its splendid views and also for the quietness of the location. It can be quite noisy nearer into town and, unfortunately, rather built up. I do apologise for the bedrooms - I gather one of the room fans failed. I will make sure that it is replaced as soon as possible. It is true you have to walk up the slope to the bus stop. However, practically everything on Madeira is built on a slope, as it is a volcanic island. I even have had one guest write to thank me as she was much fitter at the end of the week than at the beginning! However, by Madeiran standards, the slope is quite mild and my elderly neighbours positively whizz up it!
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Sherfield Upon Loddon, Reading, United Kingdom


  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from a weeks visit to this lovely villa, It is in a delightful residential setting which is both peaceful and yet close to many facilities.

The owner Vivienne was a delight to deal with both before, during and after our stay. We were provided with all the information needed before our stay and recieved the entry details well in advance. When we had a problem during our stay she was very quick in responding and helping us.

The plunge pool was a delight to return to when we had had a long walk along the levada's, the perfect way to cool down.

The local restraunt So espeto whilst not brilliant looking from the outside had excellent food and was only a short walk (uphill) from the villa.

All in all a great villa. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
23 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
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May holiday through June
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July High Season
8 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
31 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
4 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November to early December
29 Nov 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
19 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

The price is for up to four people. There is an additional extra charge for extra guests, depending on the number and time of year. Please enquire.

The price of the villa is based on an occupancy of four, including children who occupy a bedroom. The maximum occupancy is six adults, with the use of the third bedroom. There is an extra charge for this. There is the possibility of using the fourth bedroom/lounge for extra room. This is not suitable for young children but ideal for teenagers. Again, an extra charge will apply.
Non smoking villa.
To make a booking, 30% of total amount is required to confirm your stay. Remainder six weeks before, plus refundable £250 security deposit.

A non refundable deposit of 30% is payable to secure the booking. The balance is payable six weeks before the start of the holiday. Preferred payment is by bank transfer or a UK cheque.

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