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Villa Babel, large villa with private pool in Madeira



Updated: 23-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Large villa with private pool to rent for self catering holidays in Madeira

Privacy, peacefulness and plenty of sunshine. Our Villa in Madeira has an unobstructed Atlantic Ocean view.

Self catering accommodation in Madeira of a very high standard, offered in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and sea-view balconies, private parking and swimming pool all for a relaxing holiday in Madeira.

A great range of amenities within walking distance and our villa in Madeira, is just 20 mins away from the airport... you can relax as soon as you arrive to Madeira Island. Villa Babel is the ideal choice for those who prefer the calm and privacy of the pool to the noise and crowds of mass tourism. Whether a family or a large group our private villa will undoubtedly impress and satisfy the self-catering traveler who enjoys being in control of his holiday.

Are we near local amenities?: Yes, the Garajau High Road is a short walk away and there you find a variety of small shops and quality, bars, cafes & restaurants supermarkets etc... all working till late to make your stay easy and more enjoyable.

Are there public transports?: Yes, there is a hourly bus service to down town Funchal. The journey takes just over 30mns and the last service is a 11pm. There is also a Taxi service. Just ask for the contact number of one of our recommended taxi drivers.

As in all self catering holidays, car hire makes it all the more comfortable and we may be able to get your a preferred rate from our recommended rent-car-car company. Just ask.

What activities can we enjoy?: Amongst a number of experiences our guests can enjoy we recommend:

Scuba diving (go to Galo Diving Club 10mns drive away)

Dolphin watch (occasionally seen swimming in the sea below the villa)

Toboggan trip (slide downhill in the safe hands of experienced 'carreteiros' - go to Monte)

Levada Walking (fantastic walks in the UNESCO protected forests - see our site for details)

Fishing (daily trips from Funchal Marina - Pre booking Only)

Wine Tasting (go to Madeira Wine Lodges - Funchal)

Half-Day Island Tours (explore the Island's Nature at your own pace - Pls ask for details)

Art Sacra Museum (go to Funchal )

Sandy Beach (check Calheta Beach on the West of the Island )

One day cruise to Porto Santo Island (please ask for details )

If you don't want to go far, just pick a selection from the many Portuguese Wines available at the local supermarket & relax by the poolside

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About the Owner

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Min familie og jeg (12 personer) havde en pragtful uge 42/2012 i Villa Babel. Der er masser af plads og udstyr og en stor swimmingpool. Poolbordet i underetagen blev brugt flittigt om aftenen. Boerneboernene (16 - 22 år) betegnede huset som det bedste vi har haft i de 12 år, vi har lejet hus i efteraarsferien rundt om i verden. Man faar rigtig meget for pengene, når man lejer Villa Babel.
Oct 2012
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Min familie og jeg (12 personer) havde en pragtful uge 42/2012 i Villa Babel. Der er masser af plads og udstyr og en stor swimmingpool. Poolbordet i underetagen blev brugt flittigt om aftenen. Boerneboernene (16 - 22 år) betegnede huset som det bedste vi har haft i de 12 år, vi har lejet hus i efteraarsferien rundt om i verden. Man faar rigtig meget for pengene, når man lejer Villa Babel.
Oct 2012
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)


Fantastic property, we will be back!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Villa Babel in August 2015. The villa was spacious and perfect for our family of 12. Very clean with all amenities nearby. Swimming pool was amazing and much enjoyed..children were particularly happy. We were also very lucky to spot a whale from our balcony! Special holiday indeed..we'll be back again and for a longer holiday! Thanks for having us.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super, superbe la villa Babel...

  • 5 of 5

Superbe ! En un seul mot… tout était vraiment super, une magnifique maison avec de grands espaces, une vue imprenable sur l’océan, un accueil chaleureux avec le propriétaire Manuel, toujours a votre service mais invisible…les chambres soignées tout équipées, propre, une magnifique piscine… terrasse, de quoi faire des courses pas trop loin. Nous étions 16 au total avec 5 enfants et c’était parfait. je ne peu que la recommander car nous avons tous passé une excellente semaine …et avec un bon zoom…nous avons même photographié des baleines depuis la terrasse… Merci Manuel pour votre accueil et peut-être à bientôt

Pierre-André et toute la famille .. :o)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful villa set in Garajou, just 10 minutes from Funchal.

The villa is huge! Plenty of room for our party of 8 adults. Spread over 3 levels, we never felt crowded or on top of one another. In fact, sometimes it was hard to find one another! We each had our own bathroom, and there are two other "communal" ones. The furniture appears very Portuguese and is becoming for the style of villa Babel is. There is a basement room with a pool table, bar and disco lights for when the sun goes down and the views from each of the terraces and balconies are breathtaking. The pool was great for when the afternoon sun got a little too warm.

My only comment ( and it is in no way a criticism) is that the mattresses were perhaps a little hard for our taste, but that is personal preference.

Manuel the owner is lovely and extremely helpful, answering all our questions before arrival, during our stay and arranging our transfers to and from the airport. Whilst he lives on the 4th level of the villa, we barely saw him and it didn't impact on us at all.

It was easy to get around from Garajou even without a car but Madeira is very hilly so be warned! taxis into Funchal were around 20 Euros. The bus is 2.20 Euros.

All in all, we all loved our week in Madeira and at Villa Babel. Would highly recommend it and would happily stay at Babel again if visiting the beautiful island.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for being such delightful guests and I look forward to welcoming you again.
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Just amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have enjoyed Villa Babel a lot: the stunning views, the sunset around Funchal, the great swimming pool... Villa Babel was perfectly clean and confortable, Manuel was very kind and friendly, and helped us since the first moment with car rental and places for eating.

If you want to spend a very special and charming holidays on Madeira with your family and friends, choose Villa Babel :)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words and for being such wonderful guests. Wishing all the best in your careers and hope to welcome you again in the future.
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The property was fantastic, a beautiful Villa.

  • 4 of 5

The property was immaculately decorated and generally just a beautiful villa set in a tranquil and pleasant area. The bedrooms that we used were more than satisfactory and nicely decorated. The open plan living space and games area were lovely and even more spacious than expected. We were, however, unable to use the disco lights and sound system as there were issues with them at the time. This was a shame but we moved the stereo system from the floor above and the lights in the games room were effective enough anyway. The pool and garden was lovely, relaxing and peaceful and the perfect size for me to swim everyday and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I had been surprised to find out, after booking, that the owner, Manuel, lived/would be staying on the top level. There was a separate entrance to each property, and he was a very pleasant man who was pleased to help with any questions or queries, but I felt this should have been mentioned in advance. The reason I booked a villa holiday was in order to have relaxation and privacy but found that I could not fully relax as someone came into the property about 7 or 8 times throughout our two week stay. This was to clean the rooms as each guest left, to clean the pool and also to do gardening. Had we been made aware of this in advance it would not have been an issue but that is my reason for putting it on here, so noone else has a surprise. It is very difficult to tell the owner of the property that you do not want him there. As I said, he was a very nice man but I did find it difficult. In saying that, I still absolutely loved the property, the area, and the holiday as a whole and I would happily go back again now I have the full information. I did book through a different website so it may be that booking on here you would already have the details that I was not given. The local beach was great for scuba diving and the local restaurants were fantastic, especially frango de guiia- tasty, cheap, friendly, clean and with huge portions that meant leftovers which they were happy to box up for us to take home for the next days lunch. Overall I had the most relaxing holiday I have had in years in beautiful surroundings and would do it all again in a shot. Thank you Manuel for a lovely holiday and for your help and lift into town for the boys!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are are delighted that you, like many of our other guests before, have enjoyed our villa. On a long stay such as yours, especially when the group arrives/leaves in different days ( ...and we did our very best to accommodate the return of the couple that went to the airport a day earlier in error.. ) it is inevitable that our occasional presence in the villa will be noticed. It serves as customer support and can sometimes be extended to ensure that the property, its effects and surroundings are being kept in good condition for the benefit and pleasure of our visitors. Unfortunately, the disco area, although made available to your group, is only fully opened to private hire functions/events with DJ to operate our equipment.. ...it can be arranged on a future visit ;) We again thank you for your custom and look forward to seeing again. Our best regards, from all of us at Villa Babel
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Traumurlaub zum 25jährigen

  • 5 of 5

Wir sind eine Gruppe von 7 Männern, die seit 25 Jahren gemeinsam Pfingsten eine Woche wegfahren. Da wir in 2012 etwas Besonderes suchten, sind wir auf die Villa Babel und Manuel gestoßen. Aufgrund unseres Jubiläums haben wir zwei Wochen gebucht.

Nach übereinstimmender Ansicht war das der mit Abstand beste Urlaub in diesen Jahren. Ein großes, freundliches und helles Haus, Swimmingpool, Grill, ‚Spielkeller‘ (seit unserem Aufenthalt auch mit einer Dartscheibe (wir sind alles Steel-Darter)), ein absolut zuvorkommender Manuel (der in der obersten Etage wohnt, den man aber nur zu Gesicht bekommt wenn man das möchte), ein spezieller Hauswein (den wir gerne genommen haben, nicht wahr Manuel :-) – mit einem Wort traumhaft.

Funchal ist mit dem Bus in 20 Minuten erreicht, in der Nähe des Hauses gibt es Einkaufsmöglichkeiten aller Art, einen Kiesstrand, und die abendlichen Sonnenuntergänge vermissen wir jetzt noch.

Dank an Manuel, mal schauen was wir zum 30jährigen so vorhaben ;-)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Worte. Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch in der nahen Zukunft. Herzlichst von uns allen.
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Villa Babel

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Madeira Airport at 10 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Various at 0.3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Funchal Harbour at 7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Palheiro Golf at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Tourigalo at 0.3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Garajau Beach at 750 Metres Car: recommended

Situated in the Garajau overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Funchal harbour, Villa Babel is only a short walk away from the High Road. There you can find a number of quality restaurants, bars & cafes with a good range of local gourmet awaiting to be explored. For seashore swimming just walk down the Garajau Beach just below 'Christ the King' statue; an amazing setting right in the heart of Garajau's Natural Reserve.

We are only 10 mins by car to Funchal, the capital of Madeira. There you can take a dolphin & whale watching boat trip or simply treat yourself to a wine tasting visit to the Madeira Wine Cellars. To complement you holiday, visit the Reid's Hotel for an afternoon tea in the 'good-old' colonial style.

For a good night's entertainment which includes dinner, drinks and a truly professional show try the Pestana Casino in Funchal.

Locally in Garajau there is entertainment nightly in the Don Pedro Hotel.

Otherwise, just bring your favorite music and relax in our ample lounge.

Other Activities: whale & dolphin watching

Golf: Golfers will be pleased to know that the 18-hole Palheiro golf course is no more than a 10minute drive. Classic Madeiran hills, ridges and deep valleys have all been incorporated into the terrain to produce a dramatically interesting course, with stunning views over the Funchal Bay.

The spectacular 27-hole Santo da Serra golf course (also known as Campo de Golfe and home to the Madeira Island Open) is just over 20mns drive away. This is Madeira’s oldest golf course. It sits high up on a plateau and is marvelously scenic with inspirational views back up the mountains and out over the Atlantic below

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Departure Cleaning £54.38
Refundable Damage Deposit £4.18
Tax Rate 5.0%
Stay tax £4.18 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Minimum Rental in Low Season: 4 Guests staying 1 week
Minimum Rental in High Season: 8 Guests staying 1 week

Children of up to 8yrs old get a 40% discount each ( Low Season Only ).

A reservation deposit of 20% is required.

Remaining balance payable on arrival.
Large families & groups are welcome and discounted rates may apply.
Quotations available on request.
Extended stays possible. POA

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Family
  • Luxury


  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • Oceanfront
  • rural


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 650 m²


  • Room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Room 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Room 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Room 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • All our rooms have en-suite facilities. There's a WC serving the lounge/dinning area.


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, Family Room
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Children's room
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Granny's Room
  • Quality accommodation. Ample living & dinning area. All rooms ( except the Granny's room ) with 'En-Suite' facilities and sea-view balconies Mesmerizing views over the Ocean.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome

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


  • Towels and linen are included and are changed every 7 days. The villa is fully cleaned before arrival. The pool is serviced/maintained weekly, normally on Tuesdays. Our guests, are kindly reminded that recycling is compulsory in Madeira. More details available on arrival. The villa is suitable for families with children. No smoking inside the house and no pets. Free wireless broadband ( must bring your own laptop )

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