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Palheiro Cottage - Stunning views of mountains and sea. Free WiFi



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Lounge, Dining area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, balcony and roof terrace.

Palheiro Cottage has an 'Alojamento Local' Licence registration number Calheta - 13/12 and is fully insured. The cottage stands on a ridge and the views are breathtaking. The lounge/dining area/kitchen are all open plan on the first floor and encompass a large balcony accessed through patio doors which give outstanding views from the lounge over the valley. The kitchen is equipped with fridge/freezer, oven, hob, extractor,microwave, kettle, coffee maker and toaster etc.There is ample cupboard space provided. The lounge is furnished with TV, DVD player, free WiFi and Xbox, (FREE calls to landlines in over 50 countries), a 3 seater sofa and dining table and 4 chairs.The staircase leads down to the ground floor which comprises of a double bedroom with bedside shelves and table lamps, a triple robe with mirror, hairdryer and a dressing table. There is an en-suite shower room containing a Hydrotherapy cabin, a large hand basin over cabinets and W.C. A good quality single airbed can be provided to cater for a third person/child. All linen, towels and beach towels are provided and changed weekly.

Calheta is the driest, warmest part of the Island and boasts a Marina of international quality and 2 golden sand beaches. Also close by are the famous Lavada Walks . Close to the property is a bakery, general store, supermarket, hairdressers, hospital, doctors, dentists, garage and banks. We offer fishing trips or cruises on our boat (which has a full tourist licence and insurance) and a catering service if you don't feel like cooking. Laundry and maid service is available on request. We have spent many years in the restaurant/hospitality industry and will provide you with the highest quality accommodation at reasonable rates.

The Cottage is fully equipped with all tableware, glasses, linen, Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels. Linen is changed weekly. We have a good quality single airbed to cater for a third person if required. There is an assortment of books, dvd's and cd's. Also cards, dominos and games.

Our rooftop terrace offers unrivaled views of the Mountains and the Ocean with about a 270 degree panorama. The terrace is equipped with a table and four dining chairs, a 3 metre parasol,2 loungers and a gas Bar-B-Que, so you can enjoy a lazy day in the tranquility of the terrace garden or enjoy the pleasure of a bottle of wine whilst the sun goes down. The terrace receives full sunshine from around 9.00 a.m. until the sun sets over the West end of the Island.

Our aim is to provide you with a most comfortable and enjoyable stay in pleasant surroundings and with the total privacy of you own building. However as we only live next door, any problems can be resolved quickly and efficiently and we are nearly always on hand with help and advice to ensure you have a memorable stay on the Island.

If you have any specific needs or are celebrating a special occasion, we can help you to meet these with a special meal, or by assisting with any special needs/ requests (where practicable).

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Jenny and I have both been in the Licenced trade and I am a quaified Chef. We are both retired now and live next door to the cottage in the main house, so we are usually available to advise or assist whenever needed. However we will never be a nuisance to you and only seek to enhance you holiday experience.

Call Owner
Speaks English
Etapatlantica Unipessoal Lda
Graham and Jenny Venters
Etapatlantica Unipessoal LDA, Caminho Lombo da Estrela Nr 77
9370-161 Calheta Madeira Portugal
Business reg - , Funchal 1025389
Alojomental Local licenced - registration number Calheta 13/12
VAT Reg NoPT510740502

Guestbook comments from the owner

After staying in Funchal on many occasions we thought with a little bit of trepidation it was time to visit a different part of Maderia . We are so glad we did. Set up in the hills above Caletha the cottage has great views down into a valley and out to sea . You could watch kestrels and buzzards from the balcony. The directions given but Jenny and Graham where spot on , it took around 45 minutes to drive to the cottage from the airport mostly on the express way . I think a car is a must . We where made very welcome in the small bar which joins the village shop . We spoke no Portuguese and they spoke very little English but some how we spent a couple of hours on a couple of evenings chatting in the bar . The cottage is in a good location to visit other parts of the island . The cottage had every thing you would need for a holiday . Ideal for walkers and people who just like to sight see.
Feb 2016
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57 Reviews

based on 57 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect base for two in south-west Madeira

  • 4 of 5

Immaculately presented modern cottage, perfect for two, with everything we needed provided and in good order. Great outlook from main living area and balcony over steeply-sided valley of cultivated terraces. A bonus - village shop and bar a minute's walk for basic provisions every day, with friendly owner encouraging any visitor's attempts at Portuguese! Cottage owners living next door at hand for any advice, if needed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place to discover Madeira. Jenny and Graham are perfect hosts to make your stay as comfortable as possible.... and they are great cooks. We enjoyed the fish-barbecue, which we were invited to on the roof-top of the apartment. (This was for free and gives you the impression, you live among good neighbors. Thank you very much for a wonderful week. Andrea & Martin

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and it was a pleasure to have you. If Graham has a fishing trip and catches fish we often invite the fishermen and our cottage guests to a complimentary "fish BBQ". It is so nice to see complete strangers from different countries and backgrounds get on so well together to make a wonderful evening.
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Beautiful property in a stunning locations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week at Palheiro Cottage, hosted by Jenny and Graham and had a fantastic time. The cottage itself is beautifully appointed, with spacious living accommodation inside as well as plenty of outside space with the balcony and the roof terrace. We were warmly welcomed by Jenny and Graham, given a tour of the cottage and lots of helpful information about the local village, Calheta and beyond: such as supermarkets, parking tips and places to visit on the island. We felt reassured that we could come to Jenny and Graham with anything and it was lovely to say hello in the morning and stop for a friendly chat. It was the village chapel feast day during our stay and we were able to observe the village procession and the festivities with our hosts. The kitchen was stocked with basics and we very much enjoyed the meal service provided by the hosts; wonderful home cooked food and delicious wine. We had an amazing experience on the boat cruise with Graham on the Gavito, watching dolphins and whales and seeing the stunning coastline of Madeira from the water. Additional thanks to Graham for trying to teach my husband to fish! The boat trip was a truly exceptional experience and we would urge guests to book it! We hired a car during our week long stay to explore the island, taking a hire company recommendation from our hosts. This was essential for us because we like to have the freedom to come and go. We balanced our stay with trips around the island and days at home. For non drivers, there were always taxis available. Whether you are looking for a base from which to explore Madeira fully or if you are looking for a place to relax, soak up the sun and scenery then Palheiro Cottage is the perfect choice for either. This was our first visit to the island and will definitely be coming back to stay at Palheiro Cottage. Our thanks and best wishes to Jenny and Graham for being such fantastic hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you stay. We are always so pleased that our guests have enjoyed their stay at Palheiro Cottage. The weather is good all year round so for a relaxing holiday away from the cold and rain book your winter break now.
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Stunning view

  • 5 of 5

I do not know where to begin and I hope that I will not forget something to write:

1. As I wrote in the tittle view from the balcony is fantastic (especially at sunset), 180 degree horizontally & approximately 150 degree vertically, from ocean on the left to the clouds on the right.

2. It is a very peaceful neighborhood, and at night you can hear only the sound of crickets

3. The house is clean and well organized, it is equipped to feel like you are at your own home (to the thinnest details: books, binoculars, playing cards, spices, dishes...)

4. Location is very good and very near to the Calheta beach, but certainly if you are not hiker it is preferably to rent a car

5. Owners are the kindest people. Due to wind condition on the island we couldn't land and we lost one day in Lisbon. Because of all that we had situation with rent a car agency and we lost car too. Owners help us to overcome all problems, Mr. Graham wait for us on the airport, drive us to the cottage and they even find car for us which came to the cottage early in the morning.

I will certainly recommend this property to all my friends and this beautiful island too, and I hope that I will visit it again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday here in Madeira and that you enjoyed our cottage. We are sorry for the delay you had arriving and were more than pleased to fetch you from the airport and organise a hire car for you. We look forward to seeing you both again.
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great location

  • 4 of 5

We got a great welcome from Jenny when we arrived. The apartment is lovely - well equipped with great views from the balcony up to the hills and down to the sea. The rooftop terrace is a great place to relax - a real suntrap, but there's a hefty parasol to protect you from sunstroke!

The little town of Calheta is lovely - with a created sandy beach and some nice restaurants by the marina. it's about 5 minutes drive downhill.

The drive up to the apartment is a bit steep - but then so is a lot of Madeira! You'll get good at driving in first gear!

Make sure you check out the rum factory near the beach in Calheta, and the Modern Art gallery - part way down the hill.

A lovely apartment, would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it always makes us happy to know that our guests have enjoyed their stay in our cottage and Madeira. So for a relaxing break and to beat the winter blues book your winter break now.
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Our Madeira week

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Palheiro cottage and were made extremely welcome by Jenny and Graham. The accommodation was perfect. Very clean, comfortable and well equipped for our stay. The views were stunning and local coffee shop perfect (and very cheap) Jenny and Graham were extremely helpful and friendly and we would most certainly recommend them as hosts, with Palheiro cottage for holiday accommodation. We would love to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it always gives us so much pleasure that our guests have had a good time at Palheiro Cottage and most of all that they enjoyed Madeira. Madeira is an all year round holiday destination so to get away from the hustle and bustle to relax in the most beautiful countryside in what must be the safest island in the world book now for a holiday to remember.
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From the Owner

We bought the main house in 2009, it was in a very bad state but as soon as we saw it we just fell in love with it and so we renovated it and then we did the cottage 3 years later in early 2012. It was a derilict 'Cow House' and we did the reconstruction sympathetically to the original style and in a manner that we would be happy to stay in it ourselves, Hence the cottage is very well equipped to a high standard and is very comfortable. We chose to live in this area as it is very quiet and the views are out of this world. The house and cottage are a little off the beaten track and so you will experience the 'Real' Madeira as against the Tourist images usually offered. Also, being at 400 mtrs altitude it does not get too hot in Summer or too Cold in Winter.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Funchal at 55 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Small shop and bar at 0.15 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Funchal at 25 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Via Rapida at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Restaurant Estrela at 0.7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Calheta at 3 Kilometres Car: recommended

Our cottage is located on the outskirts of Estrela which is the commercial centre for the Calheta Region. We are withing easy walking distance of the village and some Lavada Walks . Also some of the most spectacular Lavada Walks (the 25 Fontes at Rabacal) are within our region and are easily accessed by car. The Marina is but a short drive from the cottage and this has a number of Restaurants and Bars. There is also a sand beach next to the Marina with a safe swimming area, although you may choose to go out to sea with Graham on his boat and swim in the Ocean or view the Whales and Dolphins or even go fishing for your supper! The boat is fully licenced and insured. 15 Kilometers away is Cabo Girao, the second highest Sea Cliff in the World with a cable car from the top to almost the bottom and a view point with glass floor.Swim in the natural pools at Porto Moniz which is just a short drive away.


Rental rates

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We require 25% of the rental to secure your booking then the remaining balance 30 days prior to check in.
We accept payments via bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
There are no hidden charges, cleaning is included in your rental cost.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance for any unexpected emergencies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 03-Dec-2016
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From the Owner

We offer a range of additional services with the cottage ranging from an evening meal service, boat trips for big game or bottom fishing or just a gentle cruise along the coastline and airport transfers.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Computer Available
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • 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

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 80 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Fitted with Hydrotherapy cabin, hand wash basin and w.c. All towels provided and changed weekly.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • The bedroom has a double bed. A cot is available and a good quality inflatable single bed can be provided for a third person. .


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 2 garden chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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


  • Single air bed available to cater for third person . Safety gate for stairs and cot available. FREE calls to most European land line numbers. SMOKING IS PERMITTED ON THE BALCONY OR THE ROOF-TOP TERRACE.

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