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Casa Rochinha, spacious 3 bed/2 bath house in hills above Calheta, heated pool



Updated: 14-Oct-2016
Sleeps 2-8, spacious & peaceful, BBQ terrace + loungers, log fire for winter

Sitting proudly in the hills above Arco da Calheta, this single storey stone-built house offers masses of space, comfort and an opportunity to enjoy glorious views and wonderful sunsets. The house is L-shaped, one end consisting of a huge open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining room with extensive windows/glass doors allowing you to enjoy the scenery .There is easy access to the garden, veranda, barbecue area & pool. The three south-facing bedrooms also lead out to the veranda, pool and garden. Pine trees cover the hills behind and a 'levada' (irrigation channel with footpath) runs below, inviting you to stroll east or west for as much as 20 km in either direction if you like!

REASONS FOR CHOOSING MADEIRA AND CASA ROCHINHA: For nature lovers, Madeira has plenty to offer, with a subtropical climate,fabulous views and a landscape covered with spectacularly colourful plants. Peter and Jeanne, the owners of Casa Rochinha, have established a lovely garden full of interesting plants. Part of the island has been pronounced a World Heritage protected site, this is the area of the Laurisilva forests located 15 minutes' drive away and well worth exploring, especially on foot. Walking the island has become very popular with visitors who can follow long trails along the islands water courses, locally known as levadas. For golfers there are two excellent golf courses and for those seeking sea swimming, you can pop down to the sandy beach at Calheta. The capital of the island is of course Funchal, 30 minutes' drive away. As well as being very attractive and spotlessly clean, it has interesting museums, Madeira wine lodges, an excellent variety of shops and many restaurants for all tastes and budgets.....


This has been a 10/10 holiday. The villa felt like home from day one and we have found it faultless; facilities and equipment have met our every need. The pool has been used most days, warming from a chilly 17ºC to a beautiful 27º today. The location of the villa is simply magical with different themes of the same view every morning and evening. The levada walks are just as good now as they were 18 years ago when we last visited Madeira and the views from the tops have been amazing. The kids have had a fantastic week & they should be pround of their achievement taking on the hard walks their Mums & Dads have done! Having said this they loved the beach at Calheta where they could enjoy a few hours of 'sand & sea'! Boat trips from Funchal to see fish/dophins were great. Rock pools for swimming at Porto Moniz also great. (Note from Charlie: I loved playing football on the sandy beach, swimming, the food and the glass bottom boat.)

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Nous avons eu deux semaines superbes. La maison est magnifique, la piscine est très agréable, la vue panoramique est très belle et le quartier est paisible. Nous avons passé un séjour très relaxant.

(and in English... We have had two superb weeks. The house is magnificent, the swimming pool is very agreeable, the panoramic view is very beautiful and the area is peaceful. We have had a relaxing time.)

Anna, Fabrice et Caroline
Aug 2012
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Casa Rochinha - June 2016

  • 4 of 5

The villa's elevated location provides a stunning view of the local area and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The house is comfortable and well equipped with modern conveniences. TV has all the major UK channels available. The property benefits from an alarm system. The pool's greenhouse type cover is a bit worse for wear but very effective providing pool temperatures consistently higher than the June average air temperature. The garden is well stocked and includes a number of the beautiful bird of paradise flowers. The property's pool/BBQ/garden area is private but not secluded. It is overlooked from a tree line above (very rare). Also from the Levada which although a small waterway has a footpath running along side it. The Levada is located about three metres below the length of the rear of the property before turning sharply right and incrediblly running up hill for 300 metres to disappear around a bend. However, anyone walking down the Levada path towards the property can see into the garden, but not the pool. The path is fairly well used particularly in the mornings, evenings and at weekends. Access route to the villa is mostly on steep country roads which in places are very narrow. A car with a medium size engine is required.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review.We are pleased that you had an enjoyable holiday staying at Casa Rochinha
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Spacious property with fantastic views

  • 4 of 5

This was our first visit to Maderia so weren't sure what to expect, but were very pleasantly surprised with all that the island had to offer. Casa Rochinha was very spacious and equipped with everything you might need to make your stay feel 'home from home'. The setting was very peaceful and the views were fantastic, especially looking down the hillside all lit up at night. Fortunately, even though it was early in the year, the weather was warm enough to have a dip in the covered, heated swimming pool and sunbathe on the furnished terrace. Walking along a levada was also easy, as one passes just below the bottom of the garden, and gave access to a very pleasant and easy walk through wooded terrain. You definitely need a car, but this enables you to visit places off the beaten track. Funchal is a definite must, especially the indoor market selling flowers, vegetables and fish.

Casa Rochinha is a good base for those who enjoy walking and exploring all that Madeira has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted that your first experience of Madeira was so enjoyable
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Idealic spot. Wonderful views and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa. Spacious and well equipped. We particularly enjoyed the built in outdoor BBQ, indoor fire place and swimming pool . Wonderful views and good lavada walks from the villa. You need a car- exhilarating drive up to the property.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you all had a very enjoyable holiday staying in Casa Rochinha.Peter and Jeanne Gilraine
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  • 4 of 5

Came for Christmas and loved the villa, Went in the swimming pool but was to cold then found the sea was best so had Christmas day having a swim in the sea and it was much warmer than the pool.

The first two days were cold and found that the heating did not do any good still after that when the sun came out (after 11am) then it was great out site.

We went all over Madeira and was good in the caves and also going on the sled basket.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ocean swimming on Christmas day sounds wonderful! Sorry you had some unusually chilly weather and hope you put the log fire in use - it makes the living area so cosy. Glad you took the opportunity to do so much exploring. Thanks for your comments and Happy 2015 to you all. Tony.
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Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a wonderful stay in Casa Rochinha from April 24th to May 8th 2014.

We were given a warm welcome by Vanda who supplied us with alot of information about the house and its surroundings

Everything is perfectly decorated, we lacked of nothing here. The location of the house is unbeatable with the fantastic views of the coast and was a perfect starting point for our extensive hikes.

Altogether a great holiday with best weather conditions and pleasant temperatures.

A very nice walk in the vicinity is through the tunnel to 25 fontes. Take the old cobble road from Calheta to Paul da Serra and park at the roadhouse.

Do not forget flashlights - you will need them as the tunnel is 800 meters long and very dark. On the way back you can take the steep but worthwile

descent to the lower Levada da Roche Vermelha, where you may enjoy the impressive landscape without a steady stream of tourists.

Unfortunatley most old costal roads along ER101 have been closed, but the ones still in service are an exciting drive with tremendous views.

The road between Boca de Encumeada and Paul da Serra was still closed tue to rock fall several weeks back.

We tried Rocha Mar based on a recommendation in the guestbook and were very satsified with food and price relationship.

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Nadine and thank you for your kind comments. We are very happy that you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed Casa Rochinha so much. You obviously had some super hiking too! Very best wishes from Tony, Vanda and from Peter and Jeanne (the owners of Casa Rochinha).
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Wundervolle Casa Rochinha, wir lieben dich...

  • 5 of 5

Zwei Berliner hatten einen tollen Urlaub. Diese Villa ist grandios. Unser Urlaub auf Madeira war mit der Casa Rochinha perfekt. Lage und Ausstattung sind genau das, was wir gesucht haben. Wir können sie nur weiterempfehlen und bedanken uns herzlichst bei Tony und Vanda, für die unkomplizierte Kommunikation.

Danni&Steffen aus Germany

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Danni and Steffen, and we wish you a happy Christmas! Tony. Here's a translation in English.... Two "Berliners" had a great holiday. This villa is terrific. Our holiday in Madeira was perfect with the Casa Rochinha. Location and amenities are exactly what we were looking for. We can only recommend it and thank you sincerely at Tony and Vanda, for easy communication. Danni & Steffen from Germany
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Funchal at 50 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Funchal ferry to neighbouring island, Porto Santo at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Arco da Calheta at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Calheta at 8 Kilometres

Florenças is approximately 8km north west of Arco da Calheta, a pretty village on the south coast of Madeira. It is the perfect holiday destination if you want to be 'away from it all'. Thanks to the new coastal road system everywhere on the island is now within easy reach, including the bustling capital city of Funchal. Some of the island's top attractions are only a short drive away: on your doorstep you have magnificent levada walking and within ten minutes you can be on Madeira's only golden sandy beach at Calheta. Here there is also a large marina offering dolphin and whale watching boat trips and deep sea fishing excurions. Fifteen minutes' drive will bring you to the laurel, levada and waterfall wonderland of Rabaçal and the wide open expanses of the Paul da Serra.

Other Activities: Calheta beach, 10 kms away, is the only beach with golden sand on the island. Deep sea fishing is available from the new marina next to the beach.

Ski: JULY 2007: MR & MRS ORR from Stenhousemuir, Scotland

We have had a superb holiday - great weather, fantastic views, lovely places to visit and eat. The Casa is beautiful, spacious and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Although we ate out quite a bit it was a pleasure to cook in the kitchen! We were surprised by the relatively low cost of food in the supermarket in Calheta, the fillet steaks were a treat. There are plenty of excellent restaurants - we enjoyed the espada at Calheta Beach Hotel with the passion fruit sauce adding that extra 'zing'! We have travelled the length and breadth of the island and it was great to return in the late afternoon and have a swim in the pool. Temps were between 25º-28ºC, just perfect! The fact that the casa is 'off the beaten track' and in a real rural area adds to the sense of peace and tranquility and has ensured we are returning home relaxed and refreshed!



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5 Sep 2016 - 8 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Year Fireworks
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

INCLUDED: Bed linen, towels and weekly cleaning. Wifi internet access. Baby cot + high chair on request. Logs for fire.Electric heaters.Hot water.
NOT INCLUDED: Pool towels. . The pool's permanent cover retains the heat from the solar heating and there is no additional heating so it can be chilly in winter months depending on weather.

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Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All


  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Leisure Activities

  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing

Floor Area

  • 190 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, with 'His & Hers' basins
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Shared
  • Guest WC - Toilet, next to front door


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Large double + single beds
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Double + single beds
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, 2 single beds + room for additional mattress if required


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • KITCHEN: Fridge/freezer, electric hob and oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and dishwasher. Laundry area with washer, tumble dryer, drying rack, iron and ironing board. GENERAL: Linen and towels and weekly cleaning provided, bring your own pool towels. A charge is made for firewood. ENTERTAINMENT: TV, DVD player, radio/CD player, plenty of DVDs, CDs, books & games. Broadband access, bring your own laptop. OUTSIDE: Garden all round house, pool (11x5 metres), shower, sun terrace, veranda and BBQ area, all south facing. Sun loungers, garden dining table & chairs. Garage as well as driveway for private parking. PLEASE NOTE: This house sits at an altitude of 600 metres. The pool is solar heated and has a solid cover, but in winter months the water temperature may well not rise above 20 degrees. SUITABILITY: Ideal for romatic couples, families and those with limited mobility. Smoking outside only. SEE 'FURTHER DETAILS'...

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