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Astonishing apartment in a very quiet, charming and rural area of Madeira

Bedrooms 1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Studio Flat with 90m2 and esplanade with some amazing views

The 'House Fontes' was designed and constructed in general for all types of clients being them passionate about nature, landscapes, hiking, trekking, water sports or just for a relaxing stay in a very charming and quiet area of Calheta.

Having an area of approximately 90m2 this studio flat has also an esplanade to be the envy of any nature and landscaping lover and also a place where we can sun bath any time of the day or just to assist to one of the best sun sets on the island. The spaces are shared with different combinations of light and environments ranging between modern and rustic styles.

The vineyards with its own wine press and cellar : Being this apartment surrounded by beautiful vineyards to make the famous Madeira Wine and cultivated terraces its geographical location is also perfectly accessible to all kinds of shops, restaurants, bars, local museums and a wonderful sandy beach just a few minutes away not to mention as well one of the best preserved and natural sites for walking and hiking trails in the whole island of Madeira.

Looking for a walk?: As Mountain Guide and native of this fascinating island, I gathered several themes and activities to offer and share with the customer such as: doing private guiding or advising you in doing short or long walking distances in your mountains or famous Levadas, transfers to take and to bring back after the walks, renting a car for one or more days, mountain biking, whale/dolphins or bird watching, jeep expeditions or even a tour around the island. Basically, my mission here is to provide you the most exciting and enjoyable holiday that you can have in Madeira!

More Details

Bruno Fontes
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About Bruno Fontes

I was born and raised in the Madeira and I work as a mountain guide. Being so, I can explain and show to my clients all the best tracks for walking /trekking in this magical Island.

Bruno Fontes purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Bruno Fontes chose Calheta

With all my years of experience working and dealing with people from all Nationalities I decided to put together some ideas and contrasts and come up with ‘House Fontes’. Knowing Madeira almost like the palm of my hands I decided to construct my house here in Calheta because of the easy going style of living, from being preserved from big masses and her rural aspect and surrounding sceneries and views.

What makes this apartment unique

As unique benefit you’ll be able to share and to be part of the rural way of living of this town surrounded with cultivated gardens and a vineyard to make the famous Madeira Wine just in front of the house. Our main host will be our dog called ‘Jakie’ who definitely will come to see you every morning and every afternoon in the garden. In our house you can profit from the swing on the front porch, the pond in the garden with the waterfall and if you like cooking I’ll be able to use the entire aromatic herbs you can from our garden. On the top of it we’re offering you a trip on a jeep through Eucalyptus and Mimosa forests and on the tracks where you’ll never dare to go with a normal car. Just be ready for some sense of adventure and leave the rest for us!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Estrela da Calheta in Madeira

Property Type:
  • apartment
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • town
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Suitable for two persons to have a shower or bath at the same time, both facilities in this bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Very modern with plenty of light throughout the day.
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)


A great place to stay

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is beautifully clean and well equipped. It is a very good location for exploring the west side of Madeira as the beautiful high mountainous regions are just up (the very steep but easily drivable) road the house is on. A car is essential. Calheta also has a lovely man- made beach, which is the only place we found on the island where the sea was easily accessable; and I love to swim in the sea. The picture of the sunset is exactly as you'll see it from the pretty, small sheltered garden, which is a fantastic place to relax at any time of day.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic views

  • 3 of 5

We had 3 weeks in Madeira from 9th to 31st December and loved the Country. We stayed in 3 different parts of the island. This was our last stop. The views were excellent from the property. Marie even came to meet us on the first day. The weather was great for walking so all in all excellent end to the overall holiday. I would just add that the apartment could do with being decorated as its looking tired in place but once this is achieved it will be a wonderful spot to enjoy Western Madeira. Bruno & Marie are lovely hosts who just leave you to enjoy your holiday but you know they are around if needed.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Vom Vermieter hängengelassen

  • 1 of 5

Den warmen und freundlichen Worten aus der Emailkonversation ließ der Vermieter leider keine Taten folgen. Weder tauchte er zur verabredeten Zeit am verabredeten Ort auf noch war er telefonisch oder per Email erreichbar. Erst nach fünf Stunden - als der erste Urlaubstag schon längst durch die Unsicherheit und Suche nach einer Ersatzunterkunft verloren war - kontaktierte er uns. Mag ja sein, dass ihm das Handy auf einer Bergwanderung ins Wasser gefallen war. Aber warum genau wandert der Vermieter in den Bergen, wenn wir eine Verabredung hatten? Sein späteres Angebot, die Unterkunft als Schadenersatz gratis zu nutzen, schlugen wir mangels Vertrauen in seine Professionalität aus...

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christian, I’m sending my apologies to you again regarding this unfortunate incident. Since I’ve been renting my house I never ever had any problems or complaints replying to the emails, phone calls or even with our hosts on the arrival day. I've been working as a professional tour guide for almost 15 years and that day I was doing what I like to do best, walking in the mountains with my clients. Unfortunately on that morning my phone felt into the water and from that moment I did panic because there was no possible way for me to contact you or even my wife that was expecting my phone call to go and pick you up in our meeting point. Finally I did manage to get a new phone and your call was exactly at 14:48pm, I try to call you back for the first time at 16:34pm but no answer from you. Then I did send you an SMS at 16:42pm saying that I was very sorry for that and explaining what has happen with my mobile phone and I’ve also suggested you an offer for you to stay in our house for free for the 3 nights but unfortunately you texted me back at 17:30 declining my offer. Our responsibility and professionalism with our clients is always our top priority, unfortunately that was the first time we ever had a problem like this one and I'm very sorry that it actually happen to you. We still learning and improving from our mistakes but it can always happen to anybody, because nobody is perfect. Bruno Fontes
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Un excellent choix!!

  • 5 of 5

Très bel appartement, parfaitement équipé (il y a même un ordinateur portable) et très grand (pour 2 personnes bien sur). Il est de plus idéalement situé vous visiter toute la partie ouest et le centre de Madère.

Situé sur la petite route qui relie Calheta à Rabacal, il permet d'atteindre rapidement et très facilement les nombreuses randonnées aux alentours de Rabacal et Paul da Serra. Commerces également très proches en voiture.

Enfin un très grand merci à Bruno, pour son accueil, sa gentillesse et ses conseils pour les randos.

De quoi rendre le séjour encore plus agréable.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect space to relax and enjoy

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day stay with Bruno and were extremely sad to leave Madeira behind. Bruno was so helpful with all the planning of the surprise holiday for my Fiancé's 30th Birthday. The accommodation was a perfect home-from-home to retreat to and relax after exciting days exploring the island, and provided everything we could need. After our arrival Bruno shared some madeira wine with us and set us a fantastic itinerary for the week and also recommended a couple of nice spots to eat. Our favourite day was walking up to Pico Grande - not for the faint hearted! On our last day we enjoyed the thrilling Jeep ride and we always loved saying hello to Jack the lovely small dog.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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I would give this more than 5 stars if I could

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is everything it says on the website, it was an absolute delight, spotlessly clean with fresh decor, furnished to a very high standard and had absolutely everything we needed. It's all you could ever ask for and more in a holiday apartment. It's so close to all the shops, bars, marina and the beach. Bruno is the most helpful person you could wish for, nothing is too much trouble and he provides the best information pack you will ever need and he is always ready to help via email if you have any questions. So if you want a good base for touring or a quiet space to recharge your batteries, surfing, sailing, cycling, walking or doing nothing this really is the place to come. We have never stayed in a place where the minute you walk through the door you feel so at home except here. Our best accommodation experience ever! We're happy to endorse your place, it really is luxurious and we'd be pleased to stay there again. So go on, get booking straight away - book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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