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Contemporary villa, heated infinity pool, sea-views | The Designhouse

Arco da Calheta, Portugal



Perfectly located amidst banana trees, close to the sunny resort of Calheta, with superb panoramic views of the sea, The Designhouse is a fabulous contemporary villa beautifully designed as the perfect holiday home. Thought has been put into every detail, making this the perfect option for a great family holiday, or for a get away break for one or more couples.

To benefit from the views and tranquillity, The Designhouse has an upside down layout. From the driveway, the main entrance opens to a hall with stairs leading down to the bedroom floor and then to the living area and sun terrace with heated infinity pool. The Cubist architecture of the villa is complemented by a Le Corbusier chaise longue and glass table and chairs, Wassily chairs, EGE carpets and Paul Henningsen lamps in the living area. Spacious and fully open-plan, the uninterrupted panoramic floor to ceiling sliding picture windows display the wonderful views over the banana treetops to the sea. The contemporary feel continues into the red themed fully equipped kitchen with central island, off of which is the laundry.

Both lead to the wonderful southern exposure sun terrace, which runs the whole length of the villa and features a beautiful heated 10m long infinity pool with waterfall. To take full advantage of outdoor living, a large comfortable sofa and outdoor dining table sits under a covered area for provides greater comfort in hot sunny days and balmy evenings.

The Master bedroom with double bed, en-suite shower room is on the first floor, features panoramic sea-views when lying on the bed, and leads to both a private balcony and the shared balcony. The second bedroom also features a double bed from which you can contemplate the ocean, and leads to the shared balcony. The third bedroom has two single beds and also leads to the shared balcony. A study with desk, and its own private balcony, for those that wish to ally business with pleasure, can be used to place up two extra beds.

The Designhouse offers the best of all worlds; although it is located in a tranquil position on a street with no exit, it is also only 3 Km from the village resort of Calheta with all its facilities, and only 1 Km away from the expressway that takes you all over the island. Funchal is only 30 minutes away and the airport a further 10 minutes drive. There are many walks around Calheta and easy access to the plateau of Paul da Serra, with its many levada walks, makes this villa perfectly located for walking in Madeira and for enjoying a lovely holiday surrounded by the beautiful Madeira countryside.


Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Bedroom 1, first floor, one double bed, built-in wardrobe, leads to private front balcony, sea-view
Bedroom 2, first floor, one double bed, built-in cupboard, leads to front balcony, sea-view
Bedroom 3, first floor, two single beds, built-in cupboard, leads to front balcony, sea-view
Up to 2 extra beds may be placed in the study

Bathroom 1, first floor, single washbasin, toilet, bidet, walk-in shower
Bathroom 2, first floor, single washbasin, toilet, bidet, bath with overhead shower
Bathroom 3, ground floor, single washbasin, toilet, walk-in shower

Fully equipped kitchen with island, 4-ring induction electric cooker, built-in electric double oven, microwave, under-counter fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, food processor, hand held liquidizer.

Sitting area with designer furniture, seating for 8, flat screen cable TV, MEO digital box, DVD, Bluetooth speaker, PS4, leading through large glass windows to the front sun terrace and pool. Variety of table games.
Le Corbusier designer Glass Dining table for 8.

Study on the first floor with designer desk and chair, private side balcony
Variety of table games, reading material, maps, guidebooks, and reference books on Madeira.
High quality Weber barbecue (coal)
Laundry with washing machine, iron and ironing board, clotheshorse.
There is secure parking facilities for up to 2 cars. Although not essential, as in most villas, a hire car is recommended.
There is free Wi-Fi connection throughout the living area

Cleaning and linen change is provided every 7 days.
All linen and towels are provided, including towels for the swimming pool.

Swimming pool dimensions and heating
Type: Rectangular infinity pool with waterfall
Length: 10m
Width: 3m
Depth: from 1m to 1,80m
Pool heating is optional and costs 140,00€ per week for a setting of 24ºC, paid in cash on arrival.
A supplement of 30,00€ per week applies for each additional degree setting up to a maximum of 26ºC
Pool heating can be provided and should be requested at least one week in advance. Should it be requested after arrival at the villa, the minimum charge applicable is one week, which is payable from the time the heating is turned on.

Booking Notes
The advertised prices are based on a 4-person occupancy and supplements apply should additional people join you for any length of time. 
To secure your reservation, a deposit of 30% is required, or the full amount if within 8 weeks or arrival, and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Should you cancel up to 8 weeks prior to arrival only the deposit is non-refundable, and within this period the full amount.


This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº 26590/AL


Beautiful contemporary villa set in the midst of a banana plantation
Property Type








Lounge Seating


Dining Seating


Floor level


2nd floor

1st floor

Holiday Type

Long-term stays (Over 1 month)


Country Walking

Mountain views



Rural/countryside retreats

Swimming Pool





Kitchen Facilities



Cooking Utensils & Cutlery




Fridge / Freezer

Coffee Machine



Washing Machine


Hair dryer

Towels provided

Linen provided





Beach Towels


Sun roof/roof terrace


Separate Kitchen


Cable/satellite TV

Free Wi-Fi

PS4 Console


Children Television Networks

DVD Player

Internet access

Selection of Console Games

Wireless Internet

Air Conditioning/Heating

Free standing fans


Smoke Detectores

First Aid Kit

Fire Extinguisher

Additional Covid-19 related documentaion required

Outdoor Features

Sun beds

Exterior Lightning

Outdoor furniture


Walking Distance to Beach

Walking Distance to Supermarket

Walking Distance to Bars/Restaurants

Walking Distance to Town Centre








Suitable for children over 5

No pets allowed

No smoking

Not suitable

No wheelchair access

Parties Not Allowed




Country Walking


Golf course within 30 min drive

Car Requirements

Car Recommended

Secure parking

Parking space

Private Entrance


Express Check-in

Contactless Check-in

Guest Identification Required

Social Distancinging following guidelines from local authorities

Staff wear personal protective equipment

Express Check-out

Contactless Check-out

Private Check-in and Check-out

Staff Follow all safety protocols from local authorities

Temperature Checks on staff

Cleaning and Sanitization

Cleaning produtcs against covid-19

Enhanced Cleaning Practices

Guest Accommodation cleaning can be avoided on request

High Touch Surfaces Desinfected

Linen and Towels washed in at least 60ºC/140ºF

Plates, Cutlery, Glasses and other tableware sanitised

Desinfectants used for cleaning

Guest Accommodation sealed after cleaning

Hand Sanitizer Available

Housekeeping Weekly

Linens,towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authorities guidelines

Portugal clean and safe sanitization protocol followed

Nearest Airport

Funchal Airport

House Size: 350
Ground Size: 1000
Touristic Licence: 26590/AL


Start Date End Date Nightly Rate (€) Occupancy Minimum Stay From To
18 Jul 2020 29 Aug 2020 360 8 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
30 Aug 2020 12 Sep 2020 250 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
13 Sep 2020 31 Oct 2020 175 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020 142 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Dec 2020 18 Dec 2020 110 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
19 Dec 2020 26 Dec 2020 162 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
27 Dec 2020 02 Jan 2021 173 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
03 Jan 2021 12 Feb 2021 142 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
13 Feb 2021 20 Feb 2021 170 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
21 Feb 2021 26 Mar 2021 150 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
27 Mar 2021 10 Apr 2021 200 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
11 Apr 2021 14 May 2021 150 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
15 May 2021 21 May 2021 150 4 5+ Nights Flexible Flexible
22 May 2021 28 May 2021 150 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
29 May 2021 30 Jun 2021 175 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Jul 2021 22 Jul 2021 270 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
23 Jul 2021 28 Aug 2021 370 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
29 Aug 2021 11 Sep 2021 250 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
12 Sep 2021 31 Oct 2021 175 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Nov 2021 30 Nov 2021 142 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021 110 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
18 Dec 2021 25 Dec 2021 167 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
26 Dec 2021 02 Jan 2022 180 4 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible

Rental & Booking Information

The advertised prices are based on a 4-person occupancy and supplements apply should additional people join you for any length of time. 
To secure your reservation, a deposit of 30% is required, or the full amount if within 8 weeks or arrival, and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Should you cancel up to 8 weeks prior to arrival only the deposit is non-refundable, and within this period the full amount.

This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº 26590/AL


Booked Provisional Available


Funchal Airport : 47 kilometres AIRPORT
Calheta Beach : 3 kilometres BEACH
Funchal Port : 25 kilometres FERRY
Madeira Expressway : 1 kilometres HIGHWAY
Restaurant : 3 kilometres RESTAURANT
Bar : 3 kilometres BAR
Palheiro Golf : 30 kilometres GOLF


Nice villa with spectacular view!
Nice villa with plenty of space and modern interior. The main attractions are the view and nice infinity pool. The villa has everything you need: complete kitchen, games, books and a playstation... we have never seen anything like it. Also within a few minutes you are in Calheta to buy your groceries or visit a restaurant or the beach. Would recommend it anytime!
Kim K   Jun 2016
Management comment
Thank you very much for your super review - our first one. This is very important for us as the house has only recently entered the holiday rentals market. We think it is a special house and we are glad that you also thought so. Thank you for your recommendation.
The villa is about 20 mins walk away from Calheta, which is a lovely harbour with a good supermarket and a hand full of nice and very friendly restaurants. The villa itself is superb: very well specced out (it had absolutely everything you could think of!) and hugely spacious. A lot of the equipment is brand new and the villa itself is only a few years old. The outside space and pool are fantastic with really comfortable sunbeds and outdoor furniture. We have stayed in a lot of villas and this is by far the best we've stayed in and will definitely be back. We have already recommended the villa to at least 3 other couples in the 6 days we've been back home.
Claire H   Jul 2016
Management comment
Thank you very much for your super review. This is new to the rental market and so all positve reviews are greatly appreciated. We have to agree in that it really is a super house, great location and very well appointed. Thank you.
We have just had two wonderful weeks in the design house. The villa itself is just gorgeous, from nearly every window you can see the sea! Really comfortable and modern with everything you need and more. It is exactly as it looks in the photos. From booking the villa to arriving, everything was made easy and effortless by the staff involved. The pool is beautiful and my children loved splashing around in it. A car is definitely needed, you can walk to the beach but you would need to be super fit as the hill back to the villa is immense!! We booked a car through the management company which was great. The car company picked us up from the airport and drove us a short distance away to their offices where we picked up our car. I would highly recommend the service. The Island is so beautiful that having car will allow you to explore the amazing things there are to see, of which there are many. The only thing I would suggest that could improve the villa is air con in the bedrooms or at least fans. It does get very hot! We have had a wonderful holiday and will most definitely return to the little piece of heaven that is the design house.
Emma S   Jul 2016
Management comment
Thank you for your lovely review and kind comments. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in the Design House.
What a great stay!
Our overall impression is GREAT and more than word can say. Close to the airport and all facilities, the house is really comfortable, very clean and well equipped. Due to its location, you are pretty close to all main sites to visit in Madeira. The pool will be really appreciated by everybody (2 adults & 3 children) specially after a long walk in the Levadas. Don't hesitate to rent this house for your holidays!
Catherine F   Sep 2016
Management comment
Thank you very much.
You won't be dissapointed
An absolute gem of a house in a stunning location and Island! This was our first visit to Madeira and we absolutely loved it and will make it our regular place to holiday. So much better and nearer than the Caribbean! The design house was perfect for our stay and the images are a good representation of what you get. It is new, modern, well equipped and set in lovely grounds with stunning sea views and no near neighbours. A car is a must in our opinion as it is not easy to walk to local bars/restaurants although a taxi would suffice. The management company were a delight to deal with and the car booking company they suggested worked out perfectly. Thumbs up from us!
Ken F   Nov 2016
Management comment
Well that is a great review for Designhouse and your comments about our management company, OurMadeira, is very much appreciated. We are glad that you will be a regular visitor to Madeira. Thank you very much indeed.
A beautiful house with a magnificent view.
A very beautiful, well kept spacious house with a magnificent view the Atlantic ocean amidst a Palmtree estate. You will find a lot of space for six people, a nice and perfectly equipped kitchen and a very clean place. On demand, the pool can be conveniently warmed up. A perfect place for a leisurely time.
Thomas Saers   Apr 2017
Management comment
Thank you very much for your nice comments.
Superbe location
Location conforme aux annonces : propre, spacieuse, bien située. Proche des sentiers de randonnée, des bateaux pour se balader avec les dauphins et d'Helmut et ses parapentes. Nous avons passé 10 jours à 6 sans soucis. Un merci à l'équipe de Our Madeira pour sa réactivité et ses réponses pertinentes à toutes nos questions
Karine C   Apr 2017
Management comment
Merci Beaucoup! Delighted you enjoyed Designhouse and its location. Thanks also for your kind comments about our company - Our Madeira.
This villa is absolutely fantastic. It has everything you need and the views are just stunning. We would definitely come back for another holiday here!
Hannah Farmer   Jun 2017
Management comment
Thank you so much and hope you manage to come back again.
Super villa bien entretenue, moderne ,magnifique piscine
Belle réception et avec quelques marchandises,l'endroit est magnifique, calme, vue sur la mer ,autour d' une plantation de bananes! a manger si elles sont mûres ! nous avons eu un immense plaisir de revenir une 2ème fois dans cette belle villa
Christiane Imhof   Sep 2017
Management comment
Merci Beaucoup.
Perfect Location for a Perfect stay!
Perfect Location for a Perfect stay!
Harald Reuter   Dec 2017
Management comment
Thank you!
design housse
excellent séjour dans cette magnifique villa... idéalement situé pour les visites et le climat... confortable et moderne, je recommande cette location! propriétaire disponible et agréable
Cindy Chevallier   Jun 2018
Management comment
Merci Beaucoup!
Amazing house in amazing location!
Travelled for a weeks holiday with my wife and 2 young children. Having been to Madeira before we knew we wanted a villa around Calheta. Our Madeira recommended The Designhouse and we couldnt have found a better house or location. We absoulutely loved it and will definitely use it again in the future. Great for families with all the ammenities you could want, a few minutes drive from the beach & supermarket at Calheta and an easy drive to Funchal or to/from the airport.
Edward Melim   Jun 2018
Management comment
Thanks so much for your great review. Hope to Welcome you back in the future.
Excellent house
Just had everything you need and more defintley coming back location perfect defintley need a car in a one word to describe it PARADISE
Robert Marsland   Jul 2018
Management comment
Thank you very much. We look forward to your return visit.

We had a lovely time. Great to return. Very interesting house with lots of artistic touches. Memorable.

Patricia Hornsby   Dec 2018
Exeptionnel! Difficile de trouver mieux!

Cette maison est un paradis. La vue est a coupé le souffle avec aucun vis à vis, au milieu des bananes et en plus une vue incroyable sur l'océan. La maison est très grande avec toutes les commodités! La piscine est parfaite et demander le supplément pour la chauffer à été une bonne idée. On était en plein hiver et on se sentait en plein été, piscine et bronzette possible! Magique! Caletha n'est pas loin pour y faire des courses et boire un verre et manger.( 20 min à pied ou 3 min en voiture).Je recommande vivement cette adresse. Merci à toute l'équipe!

Laure Rausis   Jan 2019
It is an amazing place with a stunning view.

It is an amazing place with a stunning view. 

Emma Streman   Jan 2019
Management comment
We hope you visit again one day. Thank you.
An excellent holiday

Everything was great about this villa: location, cleanliness, pool, facilities, bedrooms, the villa itself. It is in a banana plantation and so peaceful and beautiful. The pool was fabulous and we spent lots of time there and relaxing on the sunbeds. We visited local beaches and swam in the sea. (NB, you do need sea shoes to walk over the pebbles into the sea.) There is a very good local supermarket a few minutes drive away and good restaurants and ice cream parlour at the marina. It was our first visit to Madeira and we found it restful and quiet. Roads were well-maintained and easy to navigate. It was easy to organise this whole experience and definitely use the carhire recommended by the manager. We had a brilliant holiday in the Designhouse and would love to come back.

Honor Schmidt   Mar 2019
Management comment
Thank you for your comments and very useful for future guests. Good to hear that all was good with the car and we certainly hope you choose to come back to the Designhouse.
Every bit as good as the photos

We have just returned from a 10 day stay at the Design House and really enjoyed our time there. The villa was very comfortable, clean and every bit as good as the photos depict (if we uploaded photos, they would look pretty much the same). Arco da Calheta is a lovely place to be and on Madeira's sunny side and is very conveniently placed for levada walking, etc. Note to self: if/when we return, the size of car we hire should be smaller than a Renault Megane which we nearly grounded when trying to drive down the very steep short driveway (we did not repeat this experience!).

Fiona Christian-Edwards   Apr 2019
Stunning Villa in a beautiful location!

Stunning Villa in a beautiful location, very quiet and peaceful but close to the resort and beach in Calheta. The villa is very spacious and tastefully finished throughout. The views are just unbelievable looking out over the ocean. 6 of us stayed for a week in the villa and we loved it. I would definitely recommend hiring a car, and the whale and dolphin watching boat trip from the harbour is a must :) The hosts couldn't have been more helpful throughout, all in all a great holiday in an amazing villa.

Dean Standish   Jun 2019
Management comment
Thank you for your comments. Very much appreciated :)
Un havre de paix, relaxant au possible

The DesignHouse présente bien des atouts. Sa situation géographique, pour commencer : elle permet d'organiser à la journée des excursions dans toutes les directions de l'ile, en privilégiant les petites routes à l'aller et les voies rapides au retour : aucune fatigue. Et des allers/retours faciles à Funchal, pour une découverte de la capitale en plusieurs étapes. Son environnement : elle est fort agréablement située à l'écart de toute agitation (sans être isolée, mais sans vis à vis), offre une très agréable vue sur l'océan et la végétation environnante. Le soleil accompagne petits déjeuners et apéritifs en terrasse, au calme : de purs moments de bonheur. Son confort : parfaitement équipée, à tout point de vue. Décoration très agréable. Un supplément à régler pour le chauffage de la piscine : un rien, comparé au plaisir d'une séance de natation dans une eau à 29° en cette période de l'année. D'excellentes directives écrites pour s'y rendre (peut-être faudrait-il juste préciser à l'arrivée qu'il faut prendre, au dernier rond-point, la voie pourtant indiquée sans issue), un excellent accueil et une bonne assistance immédiate par téléphone (un petit problème avec le compteur un matin). Des commerces et des restaurants à proximité. Un séjour idéal : nous ne pouvons que recommander cette location, que se soit pour des couples d'amis ou pour une famille.

Phillippe G   Jun 2019
The House complies with the indications and photographs.

The House complies with the indications and photographs. Immersed in a banana tree forest, silent, spacious and relaxing. It is equipped with every comfort and the kitchen is also perfectly equipped. The pool is relaxing and allows excellent ocean views. Calheta, as seen, is one of the quietest and sunniest areas of the island. Perfect the Host. Recommended experience.

Moiravvo   Aug 2019

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