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Luxury Villa with Private Heated Pool, Continous Sea and Mountain View. WiFi



Updated: 03-Aug-2016
Villa in Ribeira Brava, Madeira - Quiet Rural Setting Close to all Amenities, Local restaurant less than 5 minute walk.

Crista da Aguia is a fantastic 3 bedroom luxury villa with private heated pool. WiFi. Licenced to Portugals holiday villa standards for your peace of mind. It is furnished to a high standard throughout and ideally placed to explore the whole island. Located in peaceful and pleasant area near the town Ribeira Brava. The villa is light and airy with panoramic views of the sea along the coast to Ponta da Sol and mountains towards the plateau of Paul da Serra. Suitable for Couples, or families with children. Travel cot and high chair, additional camp bed available on request. Our friendly representative is available by phone during your stay if you have any problems. Welcome pack -There will be essentials in the house on arrival, water, coffee, tea, sugar, bread, biscuits, milk in the fridge and provisions to make a small meal.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Mrs and Mr Melhuish,

We enjoyed staying at your villa very much. The sight was even better than it looked on internet.

Felix. Heidd 28 aug-12 sept 2010.

Just wanted to start by saying your villa is absolutely gorgeous and the surrounding countryside is magnificent. It was a brilliant base for our holiday last week

We would like to just say a big thank you, as thanks to your beautiful home we had one of the best holidays ever and after the rocky start everything was fab!

Thank you once more

Sian. Davey 24 july – 31 july 2010

Dear Mr Melhuish,

Just to let you know we enjoyed our stay in your villa in Madeira,lots to do and places to visit, the villa was very comfortable and spacious. Many thanks,

Martin . Griffin 27 may-10 June 2010.

Hello Mr. Mrs. JM Melhuish,

first of all we want to thank you -it is a beautiful house and we

enjoyed our holiday very much.

Especially because the weather was better in our second week as we were

in your house.

Helmut Prosch
Aug 2009
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


clean and well equipped villa with good views and nice pool but a bit isolated.

  • 4 of 5

The villa is well appointed, comfortable and clean inside. Pool was well used, and a decent size and depth for kids. gets sun from 10am for rest of day. Not sure it is heated but was warm enough in august. View is wonderful, but this is a villa that is well outside the urban areas, just down from village of boa morte. Drawback despite the views is feeling a little isolated, but this is perhaps a tradeoff. Lots of dogs around the area, lots of barking, and that included from other buildings just behind the villa which barked every time we walked past, so this may affect some people's decision to stay but not a big issue overall.

Ideally a car is necessary but this is expensive at peak times, especially if you need a 7 seater: the cost of this will exceed the cost of the villa itself for a week. There is however a local bus service (rodoeste company, timetable on internet, look for bus from boa morte to riviera brava) from just outside the villa down to the town of riviera brava which is about 4km down the hill; this is not walkable at all, but the bus only takes 15-20 minutes and costs 1.30 euros per adult each way. One has to plan however due to infrequent buses, especially at the weekend, where they are only a few running and only in the morning. Without the bus we would have struggled to stay in this villa.

The villa has a decent collection of DVDs and a table football. kitchen is well appointed and there is a fridge with small freezer. For self catering, there is a small but well supplied supermarket (pingo doce) in riviera brava. Very little choice of food in 2 local and rather run down stores attached to bars within walking distance.

Day trips are a must, 120-140 euros for the day for a 7-8 seater taxi, cheaper for that number than renting your own car and companies are flexible), and lots to see, really beautiful island, highlights were porto moniz and funchal itself, which is a lovely town.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect villa for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful villa was perfect for our family holiday with two teenagers. It was very spacious and airy, and very well equipped. The views were breathtaking, I couldn't wait to get up every morning to stare out at the scenery. The villa was spotlessly clean and the beds were very comfortable and the DVD collection came in very handy. Although the weather wasn't blisteringly hot we swam in the pool most days which was very pleasant. We walked up the hill a few times to walk along the Levada do Norte; spectacular through the forest and pretty easy walking. Mr Pizza down the road was adequate, but Muralha Grill down in Ribeira Brava is thoroughly recommended. It's an easy drive to Funchal, the cable car is really good fun, we also drove to Queimadas which was quite a long drive (we'd recommend driving past Funchal for a quicker but less dramatic route)but worth it and you need a car with a powerful engine to get up the hills, particularly the extremely steep driveway to the villa!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Funchal (Santa Cruz) approx. 37 minutes at 37 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar and local store at 400 Metres Nearest Ferry : Funchal to Porto Daily (20) minutes at 22 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Balanical palheiro Golf at 27 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Junction 1 Ribeira brave approx. 3 minutes at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Pizza 1.5km Ribeira Brava 5Km at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Ribeira Brava approx. 5 minutes at 3 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We have quite a few special interest vacations that can be arranged for you see under Further details.

We ourselves offer the 4x4 enthusiast information and guidance on hiring vehicles and exploring the lesser know roads of the island.

We supply a separate 4x4 guide and information pack for this activity.


5 mins to beach by car. Protected swimming area, swimming platform, splash pool, sun terraces, boardwalk, cafes/restaurants. The beach at Ribeira Brava is usually only frequented by locals and does not suffer the crowds of other locations on the Island. Beach front has a restaurant and sunning platforms. Small local harbour accessable through the cave in the cliff.


The villa is on a local bus route. The island has a good bus and taxi service. Car Hire is recommended. Full guest meet and greet service provided with easy to follow directions to the meeting point from the airport or ferry (directions in words/pictures). Our representative is available by phone during your stay if you have any problems - for peace of mind.

Pickup and drop off to airport available €30, payable to our representative.


By car 5 mins Ribeira Brava/beach, 18 mins Funchal, 35 mins Airport. The villa's central position makes it ideally suited for exploring the island. Walking Nearest bar/ice cream parlour/restaurant 5 mins, nearest shop 10 mins. Lavada walk (levada North) east or west 20 minutes. Many local paths to wander close to the villa.

if you are planning on doing the many walks on the island a torch and waterproof are handy as you may encounter tunnels on many of the routes.

Further Details:

Local shops, supermarkets, banks/cash machines, sports facilities restaurants, bars. There is a wide selection of activities on the island. Aerial pursuits (hand gliding, paragliding, available). Beaches/coast (pools, sand, views, worlds highest cliffs, 8 cable cars). Bird watching (tours available, bird books, lists provided). Boat trips (half or full day boat trips, coast islands, historic/modern boats). Canoeing (coastal, white water in heavy rain rare). Canyoning (worlds no 1 location for this sport, the world champions train here). Coast (walking, driving, nature). Diving (a popular location for diving fish, wrecks). Driving (open roads fast road/tunnel links or twisty drivers roads, (European rally championship event). Events (many all year round, list available). Fishing (one of the worlds best large sea fish resorts, many world records). Four wheel drive (organised or self drive, off tarmac routes, maps, comps, we provide a detailed information pack on this activity for enthusiasts). Gardens (many tropical and subtropical gardens, be early in the year for the orchids). Go kart racing (Formula go Kart track). Golf (3 very high quality world class golf courses). Hill walking(extensive dramatic hill walking routes to 6000ft). Horse riding (horse riding routes available but limited). Mountain bikes (mountain bike routes). Museums (quite a lot actually from modern art to natural history). Shopping (modern shopping complexes or stroll around the little shops). Space (the high peaks provide crystal clear views of the night sky). Sport centre facilities (full sport centre facilities available). Walking a Levada (approx 2000Km of Levada paths very dramatic).

Walks near or from the villa (Levada walks, other routes close to villa). Water sports (water sports available). Wild walking (there are many wild walks go prepared). We can book many of the above activities for your holiday.Many unusual activities, not found in the tourist books just ask.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
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1 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
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19 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
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1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £178

Booking Notes:
For all booking requirements or any questions please contact owner by telephone, or email. Deposit of 150 Euros required within seven days of booking request. Full payment required 6 weeks before departure. There is a refundable 200 Euros breakage deposit. We are flexible on bookings. We will accommodate short notice bookings within reason and availability.

Changeover Day:
Part week bookings accepted (minimum charge 5 days) Flexible arrival times any day to match your flights. The Villa is usually available from 16:00 on arrival, departure by 10:00 if there is a follow on booking, flexible if no follow on booking.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week (7 days), Discount available if you do not want the pool heated or for two guests only
Additional camp beds and cot are available no extra charge, maximum occupation 8.
Costs in other currencies are per daily exchange rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • En-suite bathroom bath/shower, basin, wc, bidet. Family bathroom large walk in shower, basin, wc, bidet. Downstairs cloakroom basin, wc. All are fully tiled and have built in cabinets with mirror, lighting and shaving point. Towel rails. Hairdryer.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 3 Bedroms, Sleeps 6; cots and camp beds available Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 double bed en-suite. Bed 2 double bed with balcony. Bed 3 2 single beds (bumpers available for infants) with balcony. All have fully sprung mattresses, large fitted wardrobes, bedside tables/lamps, chairs and mirror. Sea and mountain views


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: Built in 2009 the villa is furnished to a high interior design standard throughout. For those who wish to come to the island for Christmas and the world beating New Year fireworks, or the walking festival January or the Carnival February. Please note that this is a non-smoking villa.The villa is suitable for children (our 5 year old never had any problems), the pool terrace are fenced for your safety, there are locked gates controlled from a remote intercom within the villa for added security. But there is little crime to worry about on the island, all the bedrooms have views of the sea and mountains, watch the spectacular moonlight seascapes while lying in bed. Our friendly representative will meet you at the arranged meeting point and will take you to the villa and show you around and is available by phone during your stay if you have any problems - for your peace of mind. The villa is Licenced to Portugal's Holiday villa standards for your peace of mind. Outside: The villa has a large 4x7m heated private swimming pool which is located on its own terrace close to the villa. the pool is available for use all year round. All terraces are either tiled or finished in non slip surfaces, and protected by enclosed ornamental railings. Outdoor teak dining table with 6 chairs and large umbrella. Poolside loungers available for six people, plastic outdoor tableware provided. Outside Barbecue available. There are planted borders of tropical plants, consisting of, ferns, flowering shrubs, various bird of paradise plants (large and small), yuccas and traditioal Madeiran plants. Utility Room: Large utility room with an automatic washing machine and tumble dryer, vacuum cleaner, iron/ironing board and other cleaning products/consumables. Mobile barbecue, beach towels. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, beach towels and linen are provided. Weekly maid service is available if required. Airport tranfers available €30. Our representative will meet and show you the villa. She will be available to help if you have any problems. Other: Large Dramatic Staircase in Red Granite and Wood, with Large Landing that Serves the Three Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Large Art Deco Painting With Large Chandelier. Two Floor To Ceiling Windows.

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