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Madeira Self Catering Holidays,Hillside Location with Sea and Mountain Views - Apartment 1B

Bedrooms 1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



Apartment 1B

The tourist approved spacious apartment has a fully equipped open plan kitchen with a microwave, fridge / freezer and coffee maker The spacious open plan lounge has a corner style suite with a folding out bed, cable TV dvd/cd player and the large patio doors give access to the balcony with sun bed, table and chairs where you can enjoy a meal, surrounded by a stunning view over the village of Arco.The bedroom has twin beds, fitted wardrobe, unit and mirror; the balcony can also be accessed from the bedroom patio doors. There is a laundry room, with washing machine, drying frame, iron and ironing board. The fully fitted bathroom has a shower, mirror with power points for shaver and hairdryer.

Under cover parking right at the door, with automated gate at end of drive.

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About the property

Magicial view from the balcony

Two spacious fully equipped self-catering holiday apartments, located on the sunny south west of the Island, with a fantastic sea and mountain view.

The apartments have a open plan lounge and kitchen with patio doors leading out onto the balcony, double bedroom also with exit to the balcony and a fantastic view to waken up to every morning, bathroom with shower over bath, a private laundry room and a garden

Owners Brian & Catherine stay on site and will be there to welcome you to Casa Serena and give details of the apartment, welcome pack, local amenities and information on what Madeira has to offer.

Casa Serena Apartments are licensed and tourist approved so you can rent with confidence

Fully furnished spacious one bedroom apartment situated on the sunny south west of the island, hillside location with superb mountain and sea view. The fully equipped open plan kitchen has a microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, coffee maker, kettle and granite top breakfast bar. The spacious open plan lounge has a corner suite with folding out bed, cable TV DVD CD player and the large patio doors give access to the balcony with table and chairs where you can enjoy a meal, surrounded by a stunning view over the Arco valley. The bedroom has twin beds, fitted wardrobe, chair unit and mirror, the balcony can also be accessed from the bedroom patio doors. There is a laundry room with washing machine, iron, iron board and drying frame. The bathroom has a shower over bath, mirror with power points for a shaver and hairdryer. Under cover parking right at the door, with automated gate at the end of the drive. We have books / DVD of interest about the island.

Casa Serena was built in 2003 - 2004 to provide a high standard of accommodation and is personally supervised by the owners.

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Registration Number : 24477/AL

About Us

Brian Meldrum
Casa Serena Apartments, Rua Dr Rocha Gaouveia N113
9370-075 Arco da Calheta
Alojamento Local, 24477/AL
Tourist apartment rentals in Madeira Island Portugal
VAT Reg No242665560

Brian Meldrum
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Absolutely fantastic, you have been so very kind and helpful, will go home with lovely memories of Madeira, Paula Clark England.

We have been absolutely spoilt, thank you so much Best Wishes Kay Page England. Perfect, perfect, perfect we enjoyed our holidays in Arco Da Calheta, the view from the house is very pleasant Matos Family France. Lovely apartment to return to after a days walking Helen & Kevin Woodward. Wonderful apartment, wonderful view, wonderful hosts Pete Clarkson USA. We really loved the apartment and the view was fantastic Carol & Brian Christie Scotland. Excellent, well appointed apartment, kind and helpful host and stunning views Mike & Sandy Lambert England.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for Apartment 1Bon Arco Da Calheta on Municipality of Calheta

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The apartment is non-smoking , but guests are welcome to smoke on the balcony


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

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Apartment 1B
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 18 reviews

Just the Ticket

  • 5 of 5

A delightful ten days. We were first time visitors but will be back to both the island to this magical place perched high on the vertiginous slopes above a limitless ocean.

Driving motor cars on the wrong side of the road has always made me anxious but doing it on some of the roads hereabouts was a sort of aversion therapy.

Brian looked after us well and the odd minor snag was rapidly and good humourdly sorted. Everyone we came across was friendly and smiling.

We came for the walking and discovering and we will be back for more as soon as we can.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tim It was pleasure having you and Sue stay at Casa Serena. We look forward to your return. Best wishes Brian & Catherine
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Perfect Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the second time and it was perfect again. The apartment is very clean and comfortable, everything you need was available (coffee, tea, oil, spices etc.). Also, you get a welcome present consisting of a bottle wine and some fresh fruits. Worth mentioning was the breathtaking view! 😍

You can reach the next supermarket by your rental car in 5 minutes, where is a beautiful beach and lot of restaurants too.

Brian and his wife are very friendly and helpful and you can always have a smalltalk. 😊

We are looking forward to see you and Madeira again in 2 years!

Best regards

Kathrin and Andy

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Andy & Kathrin Many thanks for your nice comments,great to have you stay with us for the second time. Casa Serena has a fantastic view and is the ideal place to stay when exploring the island of Madeira Look forward to your next visit Best wishes Brian & Catherine
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Toller Urlaub!

  • 5 of 5

Vielen Dank Brian für eine tolle Unterkunft auf einer wunderschönen Insel!

Die Kommunikation vorweg war lückenlos, die Wegbeschreibung zur Wohnung treffend:)

Brian nahm uns in Empfang und wies uns in Wohnungs-und Inseldetails ein. In dem übersichtlichen und sehr geräumigen Appartement mit einem genialen Blick auf den Atlantik fanden wir ein Begrüßungsbstkörbchen und eine Flasche Wein vor. Vielen Dank dafür.

Die Wohnung ist sehr sauber und gepflegt, in der Küche findest du alles, was du brauchst. Der Balkon ist riesig, geht die Sonne weg, findest du neben dem Appartement einen hübschen Garten, in dem du die letzten Sonnenstrahlen genießen kannst. An besonders kühlen Tagen schaffen es die zwei süßen Heizkörper nicht, die gesamte Wohnung richtig aufzuheizen, aber du findest genügend Küscheldecken!

Wir hatten rundum einen super Aufenthalt und können das Appartement sehr weiterempfehlen!

Viele liebe Grüße aus Hamburg!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Misleading information

  • 3 of 5

We rented an apartment at Casa Serena for two weeks, but decided to leave after nine days. The apartment was very clean and the view is fantastic, but we found it quite poorly planned with insufficient lights (no lamp above the kitchen sink and only one bedside lamp), poor heating, which we were advised not to use, and a tricky hot water boiler. The only comfortable furniture were the plastic chairs in the balcony.

More important the nearby restaurant, Engenho Velho, and shops mentioned in the description we read were closed and had been for quite a while. We had counted on going out for dinner at night, but driving to Calheta in the dark seemed perilous for someone not used to hairpin curves and steep and narrow roads, so we cooked supper ourselves almost every night.

This could have been OK, but the kitchen lacked basic equipment such as trivets, sharp knives and cutting boards. There was no dish drainer and the frying pan was useless.

Most of the information brochures in the apartment were more than 10 years old and the TV-set probably dates back to 2004.

The trouble is that the description of the apartment perhaps did too. We can see that you have now updated it.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Birgitta & Jan Askeberg, Thank you for your review, I am a bit confused with your comments especially the word misleading. Before you left you put a very nice review in our visitors book, also telling us your were leaving early because you wanted to see the east side of the island, so you decided to find a place in the east as Jan was not enjoying the driving in Madeira. In answer to your comments Insufficient Lighting There are seven lights in the living area including one over the sink which is in front of a window. Heaters We have two heaters in the living area,this can be needed to take the temperature up a few degrees in the evening at certain times of the year. We certainly did not tell you not to use them, but did ask you to switch of before going to bed, also if the apartment was unattended for safety reasons, unfortunately you ignored my request. Not sure what you meant about hot water boiler as it works automatically. Seating We have two sofas, three chairs at the inside table ,two at the breakfast bar and two out side, so quiet a choice!. Shop & Restaurant, the shop is 200 metres up the road from Casa Serena this has never been closed. The restaurant ( hotel ) has been closed for a short period of time ( under new owner ),also there is a good restaurant at Loreto a short but steep walk. Road to Calheta Beach is of good quality and would cause not problem for the average driver. Kitchen fully Equipped chopping board was in the kitchen, knives have been sharpened ,but frying pan is in good condition,there is a built in draining board for the dishes. Information in Apartment we leave information about lavada walks in the apartment as this can be useful to future guests also about the inland in general. TV Yes the TV is old and is due for replacement ( soon) ,but as many guests often say to us , the view from the balcony is our TV while we are staying at Casa Serena. I do not understand your comment on the end of your review, we can see that you have now updated it I feel that the description is correct to the best of my knowledge, and what you see is what you get. The last thing I say to new guests at the end of the meet & greet is if there is anything we can help with, please come to our door and ask,unfortunately,you choose to do nothing.  
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Exceeded Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Serena really lives up to it's name and the photos can't convey just how lovely the accommodation and the setting are. On arrival we were given a truly warm welcome by Brian and Catherine. Although they live on site they are not intrusive and always ready with advice and information, nothing was too much trouble and one gets the impression that they sincerely enjoy what they do. The facilities were immaculate, I have often had to clean holiday accommodation before I felt comfortable, but not so here! The kitchen has enough equipment for the dedicated cook. The view from the balcony was stunning and so breakfast each morning was taken there. It was thrilling to watch buzzards wheeling and to hear an amazing dawn chorus accompanied by the cockerels! There is a well-stocked supermarket in Calheta, just a short drive away. Take a phrase book as the locals appreciate attempts with some Portuguese and a few of the shop assistants spoke no English. There is also a little local shop within walking distance. We were left wine and fruit as a welcome pack and Brian and Catherine had gone the "extra mile" by getting some basic items of shopping at our request. We hired a car which we felt was essential to seeing as much of the island as we wanted to in our limited time. The roads can be hair-raising but just take care and allow plenty of room on the bends! If you make the journey to Sao Vicente then the Restaurante Cavello does an amazing omelette, chips and salad for a very reasonable price. We went twice! If it's chilly, eat upstairs and enjoy the view. I can't recommend this accommodation and location highly enough and Brian and Catherine are to be commended for their attention to detail. I hope we can return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sue, Thank you so much for your comments on the standard of your accommodation at Casa Serena and some of the interesting places you visited while on holiday in Madeira.. It is the icing on the cake when people return home and take the time to comment on there experience while staying at Casa Serena, the one important thing for us,is that our guest are leaving after a enjoyable holiday. Many thanks for your review and I am sure this helps others to make the right choice when booking a holiday Best wishes Brian & Catherine
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Lovely apartment, very helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three weeks at Casa Serena, Jan 17th to February 6th.

The apartment was superb, very clean and well equipped. Brian and Catherine were extremely helpful with local knowledge. The weather was poor and around us several landslides cut off the main routes to Funchal resulting in having to use the mountain roads, a bit hair-raising at times. Absolutely essential to have a hire car but make certain you check it our before driving off, especially tyre pressures.

We love levada walking but this was also a bit tricky with slippery conditions and mud slides.

We enjoyed good local resaurants,( make a point of going to the "look-out point" just outside Arco Calheta, best coffee on the island, and stunning views.

If you are planning a trip to Madeira we would heartily recommend Casa Serena as a base for exploring the island.

All in all we enjoyed ourselves, but if we returned we would probably opt for March/April.

Mike and Carol Langstaff

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2011
  • Date of Stay: January 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike & Carol, for your lovely comments about the apartment. We are glad you came to escape the very cold winter weather in the UK. Here the weather was a bit mixed ,but there was always some sunshine around for you to enjoy a little relaxation in the garden,(18-21C ). When in Madeira over the winter, if you choose the higher lavada walks it will be cooler as they get up to 1800m ASL, so best to use the lower lavadas which provide some fantastic walks with scenery to complement whole experience. We have another main road opening soon this will give you a choice of four different ways to travel round the island or go to Funchal, but you can not beat the old roads ,which are very quiet, to get the feel of the island
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Ribeira Brava
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

These two tourist approved spacious fully equipped holiday rental apartments, in the sunny south west of Madeira, located on the hillside with a fantastic view of the sea and the village of Arco da Calheta with its many banana plantations The apartments are 70m from a local viewpoint, 100m away from the nearest coffee bar.Located above is the village of Loreto with a well- stocked supermarket and a Italian restaurant , the village of Arco da Calheta is a 15 minute walk where you will find a post office, cafe bars, chemist and varies shops.A five minute drive will take you to the village of Calheta with its golden sand beaches and a marina. You can take a boat trip to see the dolphins and whales, or fish, swim, sail, enjoy the local cuisine.

The village of Calheta has a large supermarket ( open 7 days a week),with with a good variety of eating places.