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Casa do Mar: a secluded, luxurious villa + heated pool and spectacular sea views



Updated: 09-Oct-2016
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, exceptionally located above the sea at Arco da Calheta

This immaculate home was chosen by discerning owners because of its luxury and location. Tucked away at the foot of a coastal village it has peace, uninterrupted ocean views and winter sunsets that are breathtaking. The heated pool has an infinity edge and measures 9 x 4 metres. The house is on two floors and comfortably accommodates 6 adults. Downstairs the lounge & dining room face south with the kitchen, larder, laundry room and shower room behind. The two main rooms have sliding glass doors leading to the pool, terrace and garden. An open staircase leads to 3 bedrooms: the master with large double bed, dressing room, bathroom and private balcony and the second room with twin beds and balcony; both rooms have sea views. There is another double bedroom. A second bathroom and TV/reading room is also on this floor. Satellite TV.

Not suitable for the elderly or children under 10.

Local amenities: For couples and singles alike, this house offers a magical base for relaxing or for exploring perhaps the most beautiful area of Madeira. A car is necessary however the nearest restaurant is only 5 minutes walk uphill and has excellent food. Calheta beach is 8 minutes by car, with a well stocked supermarket, ATM, restaurants, new marina and golden sand imported from Morocco!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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Speaks English, French, some French and German

Guestbook comments from the manager

Needless to say, this house is awesome! We had a wonderful time in Madeira and a lot of it is because of this place. The infinity pool defnitely added that extra special touch to our honeymoon and we loved the extra arrangements that were made for us.

We highly recommend using the "Madeira Car Tours & Walks" book - this offers a good tour of Madeira for people who don't want to walk too much!

Thanks for this wonderful holiday

Vineesh and Sonali

from Massachusetts, US
Dec 2012
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29 Reviews

based on 29 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful Villa with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 with 2 grown-up children and this villa was simply perfect - spacious, well-equipped and a great base for touring Madeira.

The booking process was simple, Tony and Judith very responsive to enquiries and with Vanda available to help settle us in we got the holiday off to a great start.

You need a car, but then I would recommend that in any case since the island is definitely worth exploring and the road network is excellent.

I'm not sure I can add much more than is well articulated in other posts and accurately describe the luxury of this villa. I would add that over the last ten or so years we have enjoyed this type of holiday many times - private villas in Corfu, Algarve, Lanzarote etc. and we have not had a single bad experience. But this was the best yet, so if you are considering booking this villa then just do it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fab review! Huge thanks and come back when you can. Tony and Judith
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Secluded, spacious, light, airy and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, bright and airy rooms with uninterrupted views out to sea from all the principal rooms and outside sitting and dining areas. Lovely. Also, a good sized heated infinity pool shares the same lovely outlook over the sea. Couldn't be better if you want a peaceful and relaxing holiday. A car is fairly essential as even the village centre with its shop and bar is quite a little uphill walk away. But then, you will probably want a car anyway to explore the island or visit Funchal 30 minutes drive away. I would hope to stay here again if returning to Madeira.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very appreciative comments. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay so much. Best regards, Tony and Judith
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1st class property in a 1st class location.

  • 5 of 5

This was only our 2nd time in Madeira - we were there in 1979 and stayed at the Casino Park when it was almost new! We much prefer self-catering and we were delighted with our choice of Caso do Mar. It is all it says on the tin and much more - what a surprising place! There were only 2 of us so we rattled about as we like to do, and it would be just as comfortable for 6 x guests. A well kitted out and equally well run property. Booking was easy with Tony and Judith and getting into the property on arrival with Vanda on hand was a breeze. All in all, a first class week's holiday. Thanks to you all. We hope to come again in the future. Ann and David Wallwork, UK.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Heilbronn, Germany


  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th in CASA DO MAR. We enjoyed the nature, the flowers and the spectacular view from the terrace. The weather was fine, especially on the north side of the Island and in the mountain region (unusual for Madeira). The service of Wanda, David and Jose was perfect. Many thanks! Only after a rain the pool heater did not work. I think it is repaired in the meantime. Nevertheless, CASA DO MAR is the best spot for a Relaxing Holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guests such as you both are a real joy! Thanks for the happy comments and for your appreciation. Glad you had good weather and hope you might be back for your 5th stay sometime.... Judith and Tony
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norwich norfolk

Beautiful but tired villa in a stunning location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this villa 7 years ago,and found the villa and the views to be stunning.We decided it was time to pay Casa Do Mar another visit,we found the villa to be a little tired,in need of a bit of TLC,most of the crockery is chipped,the wall in the dining room is damp with mould growing on it,the laundry room was quite dirty,plug socket hanging out of the wall,there must have been a leak as the wall was in a bad state of damp,and the ceiling and wall in the downstairs shower room were so bad the plasters falling off and mould growing,silly things like no plug in the kitchen sink,we bought one along with a washing up bowl,would we stay there again most definitely if it is given a good clean up


  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and I am sorry that you felt that the condition of the villa was not up to standard for your stay in June. It is a great pity that you did not bring any of this to Vanda’s attention at the time so that we could have rectified things immediately - but that does not detract from the fact that issues needed to be addressed. Rest assured that as soon as there was a window of opportunity all repairs were carried out, crockery replaced and Vanda was extra scrupulous about her cleaning. Throughout summer the villa has been occupied and guests have been happy so I hope you’ll feel willing to give it another go, as you suggest! Best wishes, Tony
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Relaxing (or not)

  • 5 of 5

The first impression of the villa was very positive. Vanda showed us how to work everything and where everything was. Once we had settled in and unpacked, we went to the supermarket (not far, but you need a car) to provision ourselves for the stay. Then it was relaxation for the next 3 days, allowing for the 2 days of torrential rain. Although the villa and the area are not big on nightlife, we had what we wanted, which was peace and quiet. A nice brisk uphill walk each morning for coffee at Paulinos, and a leisurely stroll back down again for lunch. The situation of the villa, and the uninterrupted view of the sea are indeed spectacular. (Take your binoculars to boat watch and view the buzzards, dolphins and other wildlife which you can see from the patio.) We felt secure behind the electric gates.

Rather than try to find our way round on our first trip to Madeira, we went on Jeep Safaris, which were superb (though not for the faint hearted!). We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry to hear you were hit by a couple of days of torrential rain but nevertheless it sounds as though you made the most of your two week stay at Casa do Mar. Thanks for your appreciative comments and helpful suggestion of Jeep Safaris for future guests. Hope you'll be back for more of the same! Tony
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Funchal International Airport (FNC) at 38 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Engenho Velho at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Funchal at 26 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : the coastal road, not a motorway at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Engenho Velho at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Calheta Beach at 3 Kilometres Car: necessary


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn, various festivals
10 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
Low season
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
Christmas + NY Fireworks
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

pool heating maintaining the water temp at min 25ºc (higher in summer), fresh linen, bath towels and pool towels. Weekly cleaning/change of linen and towels. Wifi.

RATES show for 2 guests. Each additional guest is charged at €10 per night, maximum 6 persons.
PAYMENTS are accepted by bank transfer in euros (or equivalent in pounds sterling) OR by credit card via PayPal for which we charge an additional 3%. A 30% deposit must be paid at the time of booking; the balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival.

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Updated: 09-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Room


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 220 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet, En suite with bedroom 1
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Upstairs
  • Shower room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Downstairs
  • All bathrooms are immaculate, spacious and with luxury fittings.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, + dressing room, en-suite bathroom and private balcony
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, with private balcony
  • Master bedroom has a double bed with separate dressing room + bathroom en suite; the large bedroom 2 has twin beds; both of these rooms have private balcony and superb ocean view. Bedroom 3 has a large double bed. A hair dryer is provided.


  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • Please note: The pool is electrically heated and in the summer the water temperature remains at about 25-26ºC however, in the winter months the water temperature may well not rise above 21-22ºC. Because of the open staircase and the infinity edge pool, the owners regret that the property is considered unsuitable for children under the age of 10 years and for the elderly. Sorry, no smoking inside - only outside on the terraces or upstairs balconies.

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