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Charming restored cottage set in a Quinta in Funchal centre | Casa das Vinhas

16
Funchal, Portugal
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Sleep
2

Description

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Casa das Vinhas is one of three charmingly restored gems that sit within the 4-acre working estate of Quinta Vista Alegre where bananas and vines are grown and century-old tropical gardens are tended. Astonishingly, this oasis of tranquillity is found in the main tourist zone of Funchal, near the sea and Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel.

Converted from the old Billiard House, Stables and Factor's accommodation the cottage walls are of original stone and interiors are spacious, characterful and well designed with top quality furnishings and equipment.

The large swimming pool is shared with the owner and their family (for a few days of the year this may include family children). The front patio is shaded by vines and a shared seating area, surrounded by banana trees, has 4 chairs, table & sun umbrella, the perfect place for some light reading or for enjoying an evening drink. Casa das Vinhas is on the ground floor and sleeps 2 guests.

Entrance is directly into the living/dining room which is furnished to a high standard, some pieces locally crafted from wood from the estate. The sofa, two armchairs and the dining table seat up to 4 guests (ideal to share with friends/family staying next door) and there are table lamps for reading. There is a TV with cable & satellite channels, including German channels. The corner kitchenette has electric hob, combined microwave/oven, fridge, toaster and kettle and plenty of crockery/serving/cooking equipment. The bedroom (with double king bed) has a fitted wardrobe with drawers (and small safe), vanity section with mirror and an en-suite bathroom with large shower, basin, bidet and W.C.

 

A private, electric entrance gate leads to a shared secure car park and a short, cobbled driveway. Casa das Vinhas is entirely on the ground-floor, ideal for those less mobile.

Linen, bath & pool towels and weekly cleaning are provided. There is a shared separate laundry room with washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board available for guests' use.

These villas in Funchal are adult only and do not accept children. The swimming pool may be used between 09:00 and 17:00. Free Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth speaker are available for guests' use. An electric fan is provided in summer and a portable electric heater provided in winter months. 

The 4 acre estate of Quinta Vista Alegre has been in the Zino family for 70 years, the owners being the third generation. The main house (currently occupied by the owners) was built around 1867. It is a working Quinta growing vines and bananas. Much of the garden was laid out by an English family, the Stanfords, between 1902 and 1912 and Charles Thomas-Stanford wrote "Leaves from a Madeira Garden" about his garden and the island.

Opposite the entrance to Quinta Vista Alegre (where the cottages are) is the entrance to Quinta Magnolia, previously an British Country Club which is now Government owned. Here you can enjoy beautiful gardens, a fitness circuit, and two tennis courts, all set in an area of about 40.000 square meters. Just down the street you have the two most prestigious hotels on the island, Belmond Reid's Palace, and the Savoy Palace. There are no other villas in Madeira that offer this mix of tranquil character and traditon with a central sought after location.
Nearby are other excellent hotels and a good variety of restaurants, cafés, bars, and small supermarkets. You can enjoy sea swimming at the public Lido about 1 km by foot, or you may just want to walk along the coast in this area. Funchal town centre is only a 20 minute leisurely stroll away (less than 2 kilometres).
Buses/taxis are close and frequent. A car is not essential but advisable to explore this beautiful island. 

Booking notes
The cottages are adult only and children under 18 are not permitted. Maximum occupancy in each cottage is 2 people.
The advertised prices are based on a 2-person occupancy.

To secure your reservation we require a 30% deposit, or the full amount if you are arriving within 8 weeks. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. 

This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº65910/AL

Amenities

Character properties set within a banana plantation in the heart of the hotel area
Property Type

Cottage

Bedrooms

1

Bathrooms

1

Sleeps

2

Lounge Seating

2

Dining Seating

2

Floor level

Ground

Holiday Type

Long-term stays (Over 1 month)

Quiet

City

Swimming Pool

Pool

Shared

Unheated outdoor pool

Kitchen Facilities

kitchen

Oven

Fridge / Freezer

Coffee Machine

Kettle

Cooker

Microwave

Cooking Utensils & Cutlery

Toaster

Amenities

Washing Machine

BBQ

Beach Towels

Patio

Linen provided

Villa

Iron

Hair dryer

Towels provided

Safe

Separate Kitchen

Entertainment

Cable/satellite TV

Free Wi-Fi

TV

Children Television Networks

DVD Player

Internet access

Wireless Internet

Air Conditioning/Heating

Free standing fans

Safety

Fire Extinguisher

Additional Covid-19 related documentaion required

First Aid Kit

Outdoor Features

Sun Loungers

Garden

Outdoor furniture

Veranda

Distances

Walking Distance to Beach

Walking Distance to Supermarket

Walking Distance to Bars/Restaurants

Walking Distance to Town Centre

Suitability

CHILDREN -

PETS -

SMOKING -

RESTRICTED MOBILITY -

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS -

PARTIES

Not suitable for children

No pets allowed

No smoking

Suitable

No wheelchair access

Parties Not Allowed

Activities

Beach

Places of Interest

Diving Snorkelling

Tennis courts nearby

Marina

Golf course within 30 min drive

Watersports

Town Centre

Hiking/Walking

Botanical Gardens

Golf

Car Requirements

Car Not Necessary

Private Entrance

Secure parking

Check-in/Check-out

Express Check-in

Contactless Check-in

Guest Identification Required

Staff Follow all safety protocols from local authorities

Temperature Checks on staff

Express Check-out

Contactless Check-out

Private Check-in and Check-out

Staff wear personal protective equipment

Cleaning and Sanitization

Enhanced Cleaning Practices

Guest Accommodation cleaning can be avoided on request

Housekeeping Weekly

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

Portugal clean and safe sanitization protocol followed

Guest Accommodation sealed after cleaning

Hand Sanitizer Available

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

Plates, Cutlery, Glasses and other tableware sanitised

Nearest Airport

Funchal Airport

House Size:

  • 80
  • Ground Size:

  • 40000
  • touristicLicenceLabel

  • 65910/AL
  • Rates

    Start Date Nightly Rate (€) Occupancy Minimum Stay From
    01 Nov 2022 94 2 7+ Nights Flexible
    19 Dec 2022 119 2 7+ Nights Flexible
    04 Jan 2023 96 2 7+ Nights Flexible
    01 Apr 2023 108 2 7+ Nights Flexible
    15 Apr 2023 101 2 7+ Nights Flexible
    13 Jun 2023 111 2 7+ Nights Flexible
    01 Nov 2023 97 2 7+ Nights Flexible
    19 Dec 2023 123 2 7+ Nights Flexible

    Rental & Booking Information

    The rental value varies with the number of people occupying the property, so please ensure you enter the correct dates, number of adults, children and infants. Please note that supplements apply should additional people join you for any length of time.

    To secure your reservation we require a 30% deposit, or the full amount if you are arriving within 8 weeks. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. 

    This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº65910/AL

    Availability

    Booked Provisional Available

    Map

    Local Amenities Nearby

    AIRPORT: Madeira Airport - 23 kilometres
    FERRY: Funchal Port - 1.5 kilometres
    BEACH: Lido Beach Club - 1.5 kilometres
    GOLF: Palheiro Golf - 10 kilometres
    BAR: Bar - 200 metres
    RESTAURANT: Restaurant - 200 metres

    Reviews

    The beautiful cottage was wonderful, clean and the place magical! We were so lucky to find such an amazing spot with wonderful hosts just on the edge of the centre of Funchal making it so easy to navigate but also totally unique in that the surrounding area is mainly hotels and we felt like we were in the countryside with wonderful views and privacy . Truly an oasis and a real find!

    Susan Brewster   Oct 2022
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    Thank you for your kind words about our property!

    We ha a wonderful stay. The place is wonderful, quiet, and nicely located in Funchal.

    Kim Peter   May 2022
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    Thanks again, we had a wonderful time
    We had a nice time at Our Madeira.
    Hanne S   Apr 2022
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    Thank you!

    Lovely villa in a great location. Swimming pool was fabulous.

    Jacqueline Simpson   Mar 2022
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    Thank you for your kind words about our property!
    Le cadre exceptionnel avec les bananiers et les vignes, la piscine

     

    Marie-Hélène Martins   Jan 2022
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    Merci!

    We loved our stay at Stanford Cottages. The place was clean, quiet and we spent a lot of time chilling by the pool. Communication was one of the best ever I have seen across Airbnb. Before arriving a proper information docket was sent to us which included all information about the house, Funchal, Madeira, pharmacies, shopping, travel and tourism etc! We found this very professional. During the stay as well, Buffy was very responsive and available for questions or any issues. The heater in the bathroom wasn't working which she was able to get fixed on 31 December!!! Overall we loved our stay and will be back again.

     

    Amit Tiwari   Jan 2022
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    Thank you!

    Lovely traditional Madeira accommodation . Cottages in the grounds of a fabulous working Quinta. Hosts were very accommodating and helpful. The pool a real treat after walking all day. Surrounding area has a lot of great restaurants- we would love to return next year.

     

    Wendy Matheson   Dec 2021

    Ein außergewöhnlicher wunderschöner Ort, eine Oase und doch mitten in der Stadt, alles fußläufig erreichbar und doch fühlt man sich wie auf dem Land, sehr aufmerksame, charmante, großzügige Gastgeber. Wir haben uns fantastisch erholt, hatten alles, was man braucht. Wir kommen ganz sicher wieder.

    Katja Wischnewski   Nov 2021

    What a fabulous find in Funchal with hosts who made aspect of our stay easy and comfortable. We were fortunate to research Casa das Vinhas with such glowing reviews and confident that our stay would combine the feeling of a working estate and country life in Funchal. It was a special return to the island as my partner had lived in Madeira for a number of years some time ago and our hosts made our stay memorable. The quality of accommodation and the flexible personable manner made it a pleasure and therefore really appreciate staying at Casa das Vinhas. Everything you see of the accommodation is as described, and is of a lovely quality. We were so comfortable it was like home from home. The ability to use the laundry and pool are an absolute bonus and we thoroughly enjoyed being in our cottage tripping out to Funchal and much further afield. Whether eating in or out there is a very good choice of options for Funchal in the locality and local bus stops within 300 metres either side of the road for those less energetic! Suffice to say we would recommend Casa dad Vinhas and absolutely look forward to returning there and to Madeira as soon as possible.

    Graham Hutchinson   Oct 2021

    Le cadre exceptionnel avec les bananiers et les vignes, la piscine

    Marie-Hélène Martins   Aug 2021
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    Merci

    Fabulous find within walking distance to Funchal. Charming, quiet, comfortable and full of character. Vines and vegetation surrounding you at every turn. A lovely pool catching the best of the sunshine, and a welcome treat after a long day walking around this diverse and natural island! Thanks so much Buffy and Frank!

    Catherine Ellis   Aug 2021
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    Many thanks for your comnents

    Quinta Stanford is in the centre of the city of Funchal, capital of the island of Madeira. From the Quinta it is possible to walk to the areas of greatest tourist attraction in the city, the main hotels and restaurants located on Estrada Monumental. As a working Quinta it is extremely quiet and completely enclosed and surrounded by gardens, vineyards and banana plantations, which give it a spectacular "hacienda" air of the 19th century, which is what it is in its purest form. We stayed at Casa das Vinhas, a rustic ground floor house with stone walls. It consists of a fully equipped kitchen, dinning / living room, a bedroom with a huge bed, extremely comfortable mattress, and pillows at will. The bathroom with a shower, basin, and bidet. The outdoor patio to the house has a table with four chairs and an umbrella, providing what is necessary for breakfast/eating/dining outdoors under the vineyard and enjoyment of the tranquillity of the place. Alongside the house there is a large swimming pool (12 x 6 meters) in which we enjoyed swims early in the morning (before breakfast!) or at the end of the afternoon back from our "Levada" walks. Anyway, a dream vacation in a frankly unbeatable place. The attention and care of the owners, Frank and Buffy Zino, has been frankly special and we have enjoyed pleasant conversations, always with a special cordiality and respect for our privacy. This is our fourth trip to Madeira. We have previously stayed at other apartments but from now on we will look no further. There is no doubt in terms of location, facilities and friendliness of the owners. In summary "A luxury"

    Miguel Veiga   Jun 2021
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    Many thanks for your amazing comments!
    Truly is an oasis in central Funchal
    We had never been to Madeira before and booked Casa das Vinhas after much deliberation. We were not disappointed. The cottage is clean, the bed comfortable, the living accomodation is bright and the kitchen well equipped with very good cooking facilities, should you wish to cook. There is even a barbecue. The outdoor area is very spacious and the swimming pool is more than adequate. My husband and I had the full use of the pool to ourselves, very peaceful. We loved seeing the owners dogs, who were very friendly on occasion, and Frank and Buffy are very welcoming, helpful and discreet. It is a short walk down a hill to turn either left into the centre of Funchal and the port area, or right to the hotel strip, the first one on the main road is Reids Hotel, where you can book for a posh tea. There is a super market down the hill too. Turn towards the centre and you get an excellent meal at Kontiki's, steak on the stone, and a good pint at No2 Pub. Overall, an excellent base with peace and quiet, being amongst it all. We had a fab holiday. But, like all holidays in the heat, remember to take the sprays/creams in case you are bitten. We hope to return to this beautiful oasis, Pauline and Brian
    Pauline Bell   Dec 2020
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    We are so glad, Pauline and Brian, that your holiday was such a success and glad that we managed to meet you on our return. The pool is very secluded and quiet which our guests appreciate and it is also a sun trap! As the pool is 12 x 6 meters one can really swim properly. Many of our guests call Quinta Stanford and oasis. We are so lucky having so much space in such a central area. We look forward to welcoming you back.

    Gazde deosebite, atente si calduroase

    Cristinel Cantar   Nov 2020
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    mulțumesc
    Fantastic Villa....a hidden gem

    This villa is a fantastic place to stay. Walking distance of town and the marina, but it feels so secluded. The property has two other villas with a total maximum of 6 guests staying at anyone time. Private pool, walled property with banana trees and grape vines makes it a very unique destination and one I will return too ����

    Elizabeth Shreeve   Sep 2020
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    Thank you for your great comments
    A charming oasis in beautiful Funchal City

    Everything we were looking for in a home-away-from-home in Funchal. The hosts were wonderful and welcoming, the accommodations charming and clean, and the property is beautiful.

    We enjoyed everything about our 2 week stay at this charming property. The privacy of being surrounded by banana trees, the accommodations were cozy, clean and comfortable, and our host / owner Buffy made sure we had everything we needed and made us feel at home. We'll visit again as soon as international travel is safe and available.

    Jane B McNeill   Mar 2020
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    Thank you
    Mooie plek midden in t centrum

    Prachtige Quinta dicht bij het centrum. Heerlijk huisje, met alle voorzieningen. Prachtig zwembad, lekker voor de zomer! Vriendelijke eigenaresse, met 2 lieve hondjes!

    Han And Yvonne Rutten   Mar 2020
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    Thank you

    A perfect tranquil finca set in Funchal. Beautiful grounds and lovely pool. The cottage we stayed in Was comfortable, clean and had all the amenities required for a pleasant stay. The owner was helpful and made us feel welcome, we would love to return to complete some more walks on this stunning island.

    Mary Wilford   Nov 2019
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    Thank you very much for your kind comments. Look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. Ann
    An oasis of tranquility
    Lovely accommodation in a terrific location. Everything first class.
    Chris Ray   Sep 2019
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    Thank you very much for your comments.
    sehr gepflegt, freundlicher Empfang, gute Ausstattung

    sehr gepflegt, freundlicher Empfang, gute Ausstattung

    Thomas Koschela   Aug 2019
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    Many thanks for your comments
    Delightful cottage in lovely setting

    Set in the delightful grounds of a Quinta the cottage is well situated for access into Funchal. It is well furnished and appointed and the owners were most welcoming and helpful.

    Richard Sills   Jun 2019
    Delightful cottage in lovely setting

    Set in the delightful grounds of a Quinta the cottage is well situated for access into Funchal. It is well furnished and appointed and the owners were most welcoming and helpful.

    Peter Richard Sill   Jun 2019
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    Thank you for your kind comments
    Fabulous, loved it!!

    We loved the property & having a pool was a real luxury as we pretty much had it to ourselves the whole stay. Our cottage was lovely, had everything we needed & the grounds were really pretty. We didn't meet the owners until the end of our stay as they were away. A really nice couple who we instantly liked. If we ever go back which I'm sure we will we would definitely stay there again without a doubt. The location is great as it's away from the town but close enough to walk in. An added bonus was that the owners have 2 lovely dogs who we adored as we a huge animal lovers

    Emma Boufler   Apr 2019
    Fantastic little hideaway in the centre of Funchal

    Enter Casa das Vinhas through a door in a wall...all very Harry Potter! It is very magical inside the walls. Peaceful. But...it is a working Quinta! Bananas surround you. The owners live closeby; they greet you and bid you farewell..but are there if you need anything. They are very lovely. You have everything you need. We hired a car but it did not leave the driveway. We walked everywhere. Loads of lovely places to see and lots to do. Restaurants and cafes abound. Don't hesitate to book! You will have a fab time! Good travels. 

    Ann Rob   Mar 2019
    great situation and immaculate cottage for 2
    Peaceful location but within walking distance of everything Funchal has to offer. Very thoughtful and attentive hosts.
    maureen hodge   Mar 2018
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    Thank you for your comments
    A genuine hidden Madeiran gem! Beautiful hideaway unbelievably in a central location within Funchal
    Although we only know a few places in Funchal we are sure that The Cottage must be one of the best. We had an unforgettable stay on the island in particular driven by the cottage both in its location and grounds - and most importantly our hosts . Everything was as described or better and the view from the cottage onto the grounds is simply amazing. Absolutely terrific hosts and their property offers something genuine and magical to visitors; a rare find where the original Madeiran culture meets modern needs. Situated in a quiet quarter in the town there is only a short walk to the sea, restaurants and city centre. The Island is really overwhelming with incredible landscapes and architecture. Thank you once again to our very kind hosts. Highly recommended and we would definitely stay again.
    Louise Ostendorf   Jan 2018
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    We are indeed very priveliged with our location and are one of the few remaining working Quintas in Funchal. We are delighted that you benefitted from this and enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you back soon
    Truly is an oasis in central Funchal
    We had never been to Madeira before and booked Casa das Vinhas after much deliberation. We were not disappointed. The cottage is clean, the bed comfortable, the living accomodation is bright and the kitchen well equipped with very good cooking facilities, should you wish to cook. There is even a barbecue. The outdoor area is very spacious and the swimming pool is more than adequate. My husband and I had the full use of the pool to ourselves, very peaceful. We loved seeing the owners dogs, who were very friendly on occasion, and Frank and Buffy are very welcoming, helpful and discreet. It is a short walk down a hill to turn either left into the centre of Funchal and the port area, or right to the hotel strip, the first one on the main road is Reids Hotel, where you can book for a posh tea. There is a super market down the hill too. Turn towards the centre and you get an excellent meal at Kontiki's, steak on the stone, and a good pint at No2 Pub. Overall, an excellent base with peace and quiet, being amongst it all. We had a fab holiday. But, like all holidays in the heat, remember to take the sprays/creams in case you are bitten. We hope to return to this beautiful oasis, Pauline and Brian
    Pauline B   Nov 2016
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    We are so glad, Pauline and Brian, that your holiday was such a success and glad that we managed to meet you on our return. The pool is very secluded and quiet which our guests appreciate and it is also a sun trap! As the pool is 12 x 6 meters one can really swim properly. Many of our guests call Quinta Stanford and oasis. We are so lucky having so much space in such a central area. We look forward to welcoming you back. Frank & Buffy Zino
    Serendipity

    Serendipity is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of our recent stay here. Frank and Buffy have created a wonderful retreat within the grounds of their stunning property. The cottage we stayed in was very well equipped, stylishly appointent and wonderfully clean with thoughtful touches. The pool area was a particular favourite bordered with many flowers and vines. Plenty of space to sit out for breakfast and the mandatory G and T in the evening. You never felt you were in the middle of a buzzing city. When you did want to ventre out of the gated property there it was, the vibrant friendly city of funchal. Great eating places a short walk away, a great bakery just down the hill for your daily bread and the must have custard tarts. All this was topped by the caring approach of Buffy and Frank. There when you needed them and not when you didnt. Fabulous. A rare and special find. Would love to keep this place a secret but that would be really mean to deprive everyone of something that is unique. A special place one had the good fortune to come across. Go there while you can , not going to stay a secret for long. The last word. Serendipity.

    Gina Burt   Jun 2015
    Lovely stay in Madeira

    We stayed at Casa das Vinhas for one week and really enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was perfectly located for easy walking into Funchal centre and a variety of excellent restaurants, it had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and was very peaceful. We would recommend this accommodation. Recommended for: Sightseeing, Tourists without a Car, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway.

    Fiona Miles   Mar 2015
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    Glad the weather cheered up during your stay! Yes, we are lucky having such a large green area of "Quinta" in such a central position among so many amenities. We hope that your comments encourage future guests and that we may welcome you back again. Frank and Buffy
    Superb

    Stayed here for 5 nights in late October. the cottage was well equipped and comfortably furnished,with an outdoor dining area amongst the banana trees. The pool was clean and just the right temperature for cooling off,with plenty of loungers available. The cottage is ideally located,with many restaurants within a 5 minute walk,as well as two supermarkets. Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner,having been collected from the airport by Carlos. The bottle of Madeira was a welcome touch and the kitchen was already supplied with tea bags.

    Steven Baker   Nov 2014
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    Thank you!
    Relaxing stay

    Really enjoyed our stay in Casa das Vinhas. Top quality accommodation, styled really nicely and comfortably. Large pool with lounge chairs, sunny outside seating area to dine in, well located in between Funchal city/Port area and the tourist zone/Lido. We managed well without a car but you need to be able to manage a steep walk home. We weren't really disturbed by the road but it was hot sleeping at night without any air conditioning. Only 2 other cottages so it never felt over-crowded. Well stocked facilities which made a great home from home for our stay.

    Joanna George   Sep 2014
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    Many people manage well without a car as we are indeed central and public transport is excellent throughout the island. Having a 12m x 6m pool with a maximum of 4 other guests does stop overcrowding and is a good way to cool off in the heat!
    Idyllic Location
    This is the most perfect location. A scenic walk into Funchal takes about 15 mins which can take you through the fabulous gardens with some great sea views, it took us about 25 mins coming back as there are a few steepish hills to tackle but there is a bus stop near the gate if you prefer and we found local transport everywhere to be excellent. We were very impressed that once through the green door, the natural banana plantation setting for the cottages was like a being transported into another world and any traffic noise almost disappeared. The accommodation has been renovated to a very good standard and provides most things you could possibly want with an excellent sized swimming pool that, when we were there, almost felt like it was just for us. The bottle of Madeira wine and fresh fruit was very welcome and the only thing we thought lacking was books on the local area, flowers and wildlife, local bus service information and perhaps some books or leaflets on walking the levadas. There are so many restaurants to choose from to suit any taste you really are spoilt for choice and there is a patisserie and Spar shop nearby for your daily essentials. We found Buffy & Zino very welcoming and friendly hosts but not at all obtrusive. This is a very relaxing place to stay and we would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes peace and quiet together with the convenience of being close to everything. Thank you both for sharing your oasis in Funchal. David & Linda, Norfolk, UK
    David Seaman   May 2012
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    Thank you for your comments
    a wonderful holiday
    We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Madeira at the Casa das Vinhas. It was our first visit to the island and first time ever staying on a banana plantation! The cottage is quaint, clean, airy, comfortable and well equipped with everything you need. The sofa is so comfy to lounge on after a good days levada walking! The location is great as you are only a 15-20 min walk from the centre of Funchal and yet you have complete peace and quiet at the property. There are plenty of restaurants and a couple of little food stores nearby if you don't want to go into the centre. We would highly recommend the cottage and Madeira as a holiday destination. The levada walks are fantastic and easy to follow, we saw whales on our boat trip, its easy to get about on the local buses and by taxi, the local food and wine is great - in short a wonderful holiday, we'll be back.
    Paula Clark   Apr 2012
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    So pleased that your first visit to Madeira was such a success and that we helped in making it so! The whales are always exciting to see, as are the dolphins and the weather continues to be great with warmth and sun.
    Home from home
    We run a 4star b&b near Shrewsbury UK and know all about setting standards.This cottage was a winter escape for us and it certainly fitted the bill for us.Everything is within easy reach including a local Spa shop and tea shop .You can walk into Funchal in about 15 minutes via a lovely park overlooking the ocean.Or if you prefer there is a bus stop outside the gates to the property. The cottage,although fairly central is in fact a banana plantation and is set in about 8 acres of land.The cottage has a very well equipt kitchen and with comfortable sofas to relax in the evening.It also has a satellite dish which means you can pick up all the UK channels if you wish. The area is quiet and peaceful which certainly helped us to relax before our return to the UK.Well done Buffy.
    Tom Meeks   Feb 2012
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    Thank you for your comments
    Even Better.....
    I must admit to a certain amount of anxiety on two counts. We had stayed at Casa do Feitor last year and I was concerned that a second stay could not match the surprising comfort of the first, and that perhaps the standards had slipped a bit with time. I needn't have worried. This is a remarkable property. I provides everything that we could wish for in a holiday home. Yes, it is clean, yes, it is very well maintained, yes, it is equipped to a very high standard, and yes it is very well located, being within walking distance of the centre of wonderful Funchal and yet having a privacy that you would only expect in a much more rural setting. But over and above all that there is a ambience to the place; a feeling of being in the right place. And this is accomplished without any feeling of being fussed over; Buffy is always available without being intrusive. I can recommend Quinta Vista Alegre cottages without reservation; the perfect context in which to explore Madeira.
    bill chase   Feb 2012
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    Thank you for your comments
    An oasis in Funchal
    We stayed for two weeks in March. The cottage is clean, spacious, airy, comfortable, south facing and delightfully situated in a private estate. The owners are very pleasant and helpful. Their Estate is a pleasant 15 minute walk, all downhill, into town. If you plan to rent a car get a small one as the entrance to the drive is narrow and manoeuvering within the car park tricky. If you plan to do a lot of cooking get up to date with the concept of combi microwave ovens. We hope to return.
    Roger Barnes   Mar 2011
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    The most fabulous and romantic holiday hideaway
    Hidden behind private electric gates was the most quaint stone cottage where we spent a blissful 10 nights. The accomodation was fantastic with everything you need for a wonderful self catering break. The bed is one of the most comfortable we have ever slept in!! The owners were very discreet and on hand when you needed them, they were on holiday during some of our stay so we had the Casa to ourselves which was definately an extra treat! Though they live on the property and for 5 of the nights there were other guests there, we felt as if we had the pool and patio terrace to ourselves - we were very lucky to have chosen the time to go that we did, though even with other guests there it was fine. The pool is gorgeous, crisp and fresh and large enough to have a proper swim in everyday with lovely comfortable sun loungers to lay on. The Casa das Vinhas is located at the top of a slight hill and Funchal is definately best discovered on foot so if you enjoy walking this is a wonderful destination. At the bottom of the hill is a paper shop, coffee bar, pizza restaurant and a fabulous ice cream parlour (the coconut and passion fruit sorbet is to die for!). The food and drink in Funchal is out of this world and a "treat" trip to Villa Cipriani is a definate romantic recommendation. We also had a magnificent seafood lovers dream of the seafood platter in the Case Madeiranese - washed down with sangria - utterly gorgeous! All in all we heartily recommend the Casa das Vinhas for a holiday which is very reasonable in price considering the feeling of privacy, comfort and luxury you have in the accomodation. The climate is wonderful with warm sunny days and cool evenings, ideal for the 15 minute walk into the harbour area and beyond. Thank you to the owners for providing us with the base for a lifetime of fabulous memories from your romantic holiday getaway. If we had one idea for you to further enhance the stay it would be to offer a welcome hamper (even at extra cost) with bread (maybe Bola de Caco), milk, ham, tomatoes, cheese, a couple of beers, water, coca cola that sort of thing so you have the basics to start you off, maybe a few extra toilet rolls. Other than that a perfect stay - thanks again and we hope to return one day.
    Samantha Carroll   Sep 2010
    Management comment
    Delighted you enjoyed your holiday so much and thank you for your kind words. We look forward to having you back!
    A little bit of Heaven on Earth
    A delightful cottage with a lovely pool. We were provided with everything to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The location is perfect, an easy walk into Funchal, also a regular bus service from the gate, yet a realy tranquil setting amongst vines and banana groves.The owners were keen to make sure we had all we needed to make our stay enjoyable and maintain the property and grounds to a very high standard. We have no hesitation in recommending this property. We found it to be "a little bit of Heaven on Earth"
    Pam Bolton   Jun 2010
    Management comment
    Delighted that you enjoyed your holiday with us and I hope this helps others find our "Little bit of Heaven on Earth" here in Madeira.

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