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Lovingly restored old villa, heated pool, garden, sea views | Quinta Girassol

Ponta do Sol, Portugal


Quinta Girassol is a beautiful restored old farmhouse, with large gardens, heated swimming pool and direct sea-view, tucked into the hillside above the south coast village of Ponta do Sol, known as one of the sunniest places on the island. It is without doubt the perfect holiday retreat and gives you the beauty and tranquillity of the Madeiran countryside, yet only a 25 minute drive to the hustle and bustle of the capital, Funchal.

Entrance is via a large covered hacienda with dining table and chairs for dining al-fresco, and comfy wicker chairs for relaxing with a glass of wine. On the ground floor you have the traditionally furnished lounge with comfortable sofa, armchairs, plasma TV and DVD player. The well-equipped kitchen with adjoining dining area opens directly onto the front terrace. Upstairs are the three bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom, two of which have French windows opening out to a large balcony and stunning ocean views. The third bedroom overlooks the large garden and shares the family bathroom.

The heated freeform swimming pool occupies the south facing sun terrace with sea-views. Surrounding the pool terrace and to the side of Quinta Girassol are large mature gardens with lawns and trees. Through them runs a real working typical Madeira levada (irrigation channel).


Swimming Pool
Type:  Freeform
Length: 9m
Width: 4m to 6m
Depth: from 0,8m to 1,5m
Pool heating is optional and costs €120 for a setting of 24ºC, payable in cash on arrival. For higher temperatures, there is an added supplement of 30€ per week per degree C setting above 24ºC, up to a maximum of 26ºC.Please note that pool heating should be requested at least one week prior to arrival to ensure the correct water temperature; if requested at the last minute or after arrival, the minimum amount is the price for one week, due from the time pool heating is turned on.

Ponta do Sol resort, at sea level, 5 minutes by car (2,9 Km) away, is very popular for Villas in Madeira, and offers restaurants and cafés (and three small hotels), as well as a couple of trendy bars. Before reaching the town, you will find, on the roundabout that provides access to the motorway network, a small shopping centre with a row of shops and cafés and the nearest supermarket. Ponta do Sol is known as the sunniest place in Madeira, and the whole town front is a rocky beach with access to the sea.

The capital, Funchal, is an easy 25 minute drive away on the motorway. 

There are walks around the hills of Ponta do Sol 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, 1st floor, King double bed, en-suite shower room, sea-view, doors opening to balcony.
Bedroom 2, 1st floor, King double bed, sea-view, doors opening to balcony.
Bedroom 3, 1st floor, Two Single Beds, view over the garden. 

Bathroom 1, 1st floor, Single washbasin, walk-in shower, toilet.
Bathroom 2, floor, Single washbasin, whirlpool bath, walk-in shower, toilet.
Guest toilet, Ground floor, single washbasin, toilet. 

Fully equipped kitchen. 4-ring electric cooker, built-in electric oven and microwave, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, hand held liquidizer.
Dining table for 6.

Sitting area, seating for 6, with flat screen cable TV, DVD, Bluetooth speaker.

Washing machine, iron and ironing board.
There is secure parking facilities for 1 car. 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.

Booking notes
The advertised prices are based on a 2-person occupancy and supplements apply should additional people join you for any length of time.
A security deposit of 200€ is required, charged in advance to a credit card.
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 111563/AL


Character Madeira villa with spacious garden
Property Type








Lounge Seating


Dining Seating


Floor level


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



Separate Kitchen


Cable/satellite TV

Free Wi-Fi

Smart Tv

Wireless Internet

Streaming service - Netflix

DVD Player

Internet access


Children Television Networks

Air Conditioning/Heating

Free standing fans


Smoke Detectores

First Aid Kit

Additional Covid-19 related documentaion required

Fire Extinguisher

Safe Deposit

Outdoor Features

Sun beds

Private Garden

Exterior Lightning

Outdoor furniture



Roof Terrace








Suitable for children of all ages

No pets allowed

No smoking

Not suitable

No wheelchair access

Parties Not Allowed




Country Walking

Places of Interest

Golf course within 30 min drive

Car Requirements

Car Recommended

Private Entrance

Secure parking


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: 180
Ground Size: 1100
Touristic Licence: 111563/AL


Start Date End Date Nightly Rate (€) Occupancy Minimum Stay From To
18 Jul 2020 29 Aug 2020 200 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
30 Aug 2020 12 Sep 2020 170 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
13 Sep 2020 31 Oct 2020 135 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020 114 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Dec 2020 18 Dec 2020 99 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
19 Dec 2020 02 Jan 2021 138 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
03 Jan 2021 12 Feb 2021 114 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
13 Feb 2021 20 Feb 2021 130 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
21 Feb 2021 26 Mar 2021 120 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
27 Mar 2021 10 Apr 2021 150 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
11 Apr 2021 28 May 2021 120 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
29 May 2021 30 Jun 2021 135 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Jul 2021 22 Jul 2021 170 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
23 Jul 2021 28 Aug 2021 220 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
29 Aug 2021 11 Sep 2021 170 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
12 Sep 2021 31 Oct 2021 135 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Nov 2021 30 Nov 2021 114 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
01 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021 99 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible
18 Dec 2021 02 Jan 2022 150 2 7+ Nights Flexible Flexible

Rental & Booking Information

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 nº 10489/AL


Booked Provisional Available


Funchal Airport : 35 kilometres AIRPORT
Ponta Do Sol Beach : 2 kilometres BEACH
Madeira Expressway : 1 kilometres HIGHWAY
Bar : 500 metres BAR
Restaurant/café : 500 metres RESTAURANT
Funchal Port : 25 kilometres FERRY
Palheiro Golf : 30 kilometres GOLF


Thank you for you very nice review and recommendation.
This villa was top notch and perfect for our week long stay. Amazing views, private, and quiet are always the best boxes to check and they all are here and then some. The beds were very comfortable and with quality linens. Since our visit was in March, we didn't really get to enjoy the pool, as it was a bit too cool outside most of the time to use. But is a lovely infinity pool and the water is kept at a nice temperature. The gourmet kitchen was fantastic and had everything one would need while cooking. We did not have the same problems with plumbing as mentioned before, so maybe some things were repaired. We were also surprised there were not more reviews, but were told that although this villa has had a long standing 5 star rating, but a new property management was recently hired, and all of the old reviews were lost in the don't let the lack of reviews sway a decision - the place is excellent and I would highly recommend it a stay in it while exploring this beautiful island!
Hannah M   Mar 2016
Management comment
Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your review, and your positive comments and recommendation is certainly very much appreciated. We recently took over the reservation control and management of Quinta Girassol, but unfortunately Homeaway do not allow reviews to be carried over from management company to another. I can confirm that Quinta Girassol consistently received 5 star reviews and we hope that yours is the first of many. Thank you once again. Linda, Norberta & Ricardo - The team from OurMadeira.
A little bit of paradise.
Just as described, if not better. Well maintained and very clean. Great facilities. Wonderful location. Local area was a dream. Followed instructions to local restaurants and shops. Coming back next time for Dolphin watching X
Anonymous   Aug 2016
Management comment
Thank you very much for posting your review. Delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return visit.
Wonderful Villa & Location
This was our first time in Madeira, so decided to stay in Ponta do Sol, which we think was a good move as the weather seems to be always much better there. We had a great stay at this Villa, it was far better equipped than expected, everything you need is there, even blenders, juice makers etc etc. It is beautifully furnished and the gardens for us were the best part, landscaped and with stunning views over the sea. Vanda and the Managers were super helpful throughout, so would highly recommend staying in Ponta do Sol and this wonderful Villa!
Nicky V   Aug 2016
Management comment
Thank you very much for your kind comments and recomendation. We are pleased to have exceeded your expectations!
Beautiful, relaxing, very special place.
We found the house to be very beautiful, with a stunning, commanding view of the ocean. The house itself is very well equipped and decorated beautifully with taste! I read a review here about noise but for us we were not bothered by this, wherever you are in Madeira you can hear some cars, we have been coming to Madeira for 9 years and for us this place is the best we have rented to date, you can't beat its location, the pool, the outside dining area and the exquisite gardens. Beds are quality and linens too which is important to me! Would recommend the Whale watching in Calheta and of course the numerous Levada walks.
Peter D   Nov 2016
Management comment
We have to agree with your comments and thank you for sharing these. Quinta Girassol has been a favourite rental property for a good few years now and we frequently have returning guests. Reading your comments I think you will be another one! See you next time.
A magical spot with stunning gardens!
We rented this house with our two children. The house its self was fantastic. It was so nice to stay in a traditional plantation home. The house was decorated beautifully with French doors in every room facing the sea. The house is located in ponta do sol, and where Funchal was often cloudy, we would always find the sun waiting for us when we got home in ponta do sol (point of the sun). The infinity pool was amazing and a favorite spot of mine was just resting on the pool wall looking out onto the great Atlantic sea. The gardens where wonderful, with fruit trees and lush grass with a levada running right through the property. The kids had a wonderful time playing in the garden that was all gated in. In the back of the house there where many strolling levada paths, that the children and I had a great time exploring. We could also walk down into town, but you have to climb those step all the way back up. My six-year-old could do it, so there is still hope for us. I loved reading the guest book and there was a wonderful artist who stayed here and drew a picture of the house. It was just perfect. I know that Madeira is a Volcanic island, so I was prepared for all the house to be build into the mountain and road running all over it. In Ponta do Sol you can drive through the old road right along the cliffs edge and drive through a water fall, amazing! I would recommend this house to and beg you to take me with you!
Jade V   Nov 2016
Management comment
Thank you very much for your super review. Delighted that you enjoyed the house and the location and hope you return one day.
Terrific stay, lovely house & gardens
We had a super time here, great house, well equipped with stunning views. We enjoyed our evenings with such views, pool is heated and the gardens are beautiful. Would love to return in a summer soon! Great restaurant at the nearby hotel in Ponta do Sol. Highly recommend this house.
Jenny Banbury   Feb 2017
Management comment
Great that you had a super time and great that you have posted a super review! Thank you very much indeed. We very much look forward to your next visit.
Wat een mooi huis....alles erop en eraan... met een prachtig uitzicht...mooie tuin...en een heerlijk zwembad... we komen zeker terug hier....!
Lia Beijer   Feb 2017
Management comment
A lovely, lovely review. Thank you. We very much look forward to your return visit.
A lovely secluded villa with a great view.
Quinta Girassol is a very attractive villa set high up, with a beautiful view of the garden and pool, and the ocean beyond. We had a very relaxing holiday there. We hired a car to travel around the island, as the villa is quite secluded.
Dorothy Rudrum   Mar 2017
Management comment
Thank you for your 5 star review. Very much appreciated!
Wunderschöne Villa mit Traumblick
Wir haben im April 2018 zehn herrliche Urlaubstage in dieser wunderschönen Villa mit einem traumhaften Blick auf das Meer und umgeben von Bananengärten verbracht und wären gerne länger geblieben. Das Haus ist sauber und sehr gut ausgestattet. Bis zum Meer, der Tankstelle mit Lebensmittelmarkt und Bäcker sind es nur wenige Minuten bergab. Der Empfang mit Schlüsselübergabe und die gesamte Abwicklung war sehr nett und umkompliziert. Danke und wir kommen bestimmt mal wieder.
Thomas   May 2018
Management comment
Vielen Dank für Ihre Meinung und freundliche Kommentare. Wir freuen uns, Sie wieder zu begrüßen. Thank your very much for your review and kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Great views and so comfortable
This is a well equipped, clean and comfortable home. We loved the week we spent here. It is closed to towns, restaurants and shopping. We enjoyed dinners on the porch and many of the local restaurants. It's central location makes it easy to explore the island. I would definately rent here again.
Anne Stevens   Jun 2018
Super Urlaub
Das Haus war ein Traum, so wie unser ganzer Urlaub. Ein netter, persönlicher Empfang mit den wichtigsten Lebensmitteln für den ersten Tag. Der Ausblick auf das Meer mit den Delphinen und der Pool genial. Freundliche Nachbarn, saubere große Zimmer und ein voll ausgestattete Küche. Wir kommen bestimmt mal wieder.
Thomas Heinzig   Jul 2018
Management comment
Einige tolle Kommentare. Danke vielmals
Super Unterkunft, sehr zuverlässige Informationen und freundliche hilfreiche Begleitung vor Ort.

Ausgezeichnete Ausstattung, toller Pool. Wir haben uns sofort heimisch und wohl gefühlt.

Georg Dregger   Oct 2018
Our perfect winter getaway

Despite the pictures we were unprepared for the stunning setting and superb property. We needed nothing more for our perfect winter sun holiday. The position is excellent for a Madeiran experience. Close to all amenities but not too close. ( We hired a car for the duration and explored the island. The car parking arrangement is a bit of an "adventure" until you get used to it) The walk up from Ponta do Sol is not for the faint hearted but Nelson Lala provides an excellent taxi service 24 hours a day. The infinity pool was great, yes even in February! The house was well equipped for us to cook if we wanted with inside and outside seating options but there is plenty of choice locally to dine out.

Philip Tidey   Feb 2019
Beautiful home, great antiques, lovely grounds

The house is beautifully cared for and well equipped. The information book left by the owner was very complete and quite helpful. We enjoyed the porch at all times of the day and found the location perfect for exploring levadas on all parts of the island.

Melody Mcfate   Mar 2019
Lovely villa, stunning views

A very nice, high standard villa. Beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms with comfortable beds. Cosy traditional living room. Well equipped kitchen. Outside, it was a pleasure to sit on the veranda and admire the view out to sea. It's walking distance, uphill, to the village. We didn't walk down to Punto do Sol, but it's an easy 5min drive. Our only complaint, is that there's a problem with ants in the kitchen and nothing could be left out on the units. We think the problem is that there's a leak under the sink somewhere as it did have a strong damp smell. This wouldn't put us off in staying again, but is something that needs looking at. All in all, a beautiful villa.

Menna Hughes   Mar 2019
Management comment
Thank you very much for your comments. I think the ants were a one off, as we have been keeping an eagle eye but haven't seen any. We would love to welcome you back again."
Exceeded expectations

Property is one of the best we have stayed in. Like every property it has its minor niggles and annoyances however go beyond that and you find a wonderful holiday home. The kitchen is well equipped, albeit a knife sharpener would be a welcome addition. The bedrooms are airy and spacious and the bathrooms are both excellent. The lounge we didn't really use as we liked the kitchen/dining area or either of the two terraces. The property is south facing. In the morning the sun is on your left allowing early sun bathing or, in the afternoon, the sun is to the right to do more. The swimming pool is neither very big nor very deep but it is lovely to simply slip into to cool off. When fitting the pool cover in the evening, ensure the winding wheel is to the house side of the pool and it is placed across from the semi-circular steps. The house is really easy to find.... Once you know where it is! From Funchall airport as you arrive into Ponta do Sol there is a roundabout with a BP garage on the left. Take the 3rd exit up a hill and over three or four speed bumps with chequer board markings to a roundabout where, again, you take the 3rd exit up another hill. A garage with a green door will come to you on the left. Slow down and prepare to pull onto a short concrete driveway around a right hand corner and just before a zebra crossing. If you go over the crossing, you've gone too far. The name Girassola is on a plaque on a wall to the right hand side of a green metal sliding door. There is no doubt we will do this again in the same quinta. Thank you.

Peter Bradley   Apr 2019
Management comment
Thank you very much for your comments. Hope you come to stay again.
Erholung pur

Unkomplizierter und sehr freundlicher Empfang. Das Haus ist sehr gut ausgestattet. Wir haben uns dort sehr gefühlt und haben nichts vermisst. Wir kommen gerne noch einmal zurück.

Annonymous   May 2019
It was a very peaceful and relaxing place with stunning views.

We very much enjoyed our stay, it was a very peaceful and relaxing place with stunning views. The villa was beautiful and clean. The only point we would recommend is to hire a car as the supermarket is at the bottom of the hill and the public transport isn't easy to work out.

Jane Woodall   May 2019
Lovely villa with fantastic views

Lovely villa with fantastic views. Perfect base to explore the paradise of Madeira

Stuart Mayers   Aug 2019
Management comment
Thank you. Glad you liked it

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