Charming restored stone cottage in Funchal centre – Casa das Vinhas - 16

Set amidst banana plantations, in the midst of the premium 5-star hotel area.

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 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 nº65910/AL.

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

Oven

Dishwasher

Cooking Utensils & Cutlery

Toaster

Cooker

Microwave

Fridge / Freezer

Coffee Machine

Kettle

Amenities

Washing Machine

BBQ

Beach Towels

Patio

Linen provided

Villa

Iron

Hair dryer

Towels provided

Safe

Separate Kitchen

Entertainment

DVD Player

Cable/satellite TV

Free Wi-Fi

Internet access

TV

Climatizing

Free standing fans

Safety

Smoke Detectores

Outdoor Features

Sun beds

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 -

Not suitable for children

No pets allowed

No smoking

Suitable

No wheelchair access

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

Secure parking

Nearest Airport

Funchal Airport

Bedroom 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.
Bathroom 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.
Kitchenette The corner kitchenette has electric hob, combined microwave/oven, fridge, toaster and kettle and plenty of crockery/serving/cooking equipment.
Madeira Airport : 23 kilometres AIRPORT
Funchal Port : 15 kilometres FERRY
Lido Beach Club : 15 kilometres BEACH
Palheiro Golf : 10 kilometres GOLF
Bar : 200 metres BAR
Restaurant : 200 metres RESTAURANT

Location Description:

Start Date End Date Nightly Rate (€) Occupancy Minimum Stay From To
01 Jul 2019 31 Oct 2019 103 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Nov 2019 17 Dec 2019 91 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
18 Dec 2019 03 Jan 2020 115 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
04 Jan 2020 03 Apr 2020 89 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
04 Apr 2020 18 Apr 2020 100 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
19 Apr 2020 30 Jun 2020 94 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Jul 2020 31 Oct 2020 103 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Nov 2020 17 Dec 2020 91 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
18 Dec 2020 03 Jan 2021 115 2 7+ nights Flexible Flexible

Rental & Booking Information

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 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 nº65910/AL.

Delightful cottage in lovely setting
<p><span>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.</span></p>
Richard Sills   Jun 2019
Fabulous, loved it!!
<p><span>We loved the property &amp; 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 &amp; 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</span></p>
Emma Boufler   Apr 2019
Fantastic little hideaway in the centre of Funchal
<p>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.&nbsp;</p>
Ann Rob   Mar 2019
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
Management comment
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 B   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   Mar 2015
Management comment
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 B   Nov 2014
Management comment
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 G   Sep 2014
Management comment
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!