We really enjoyed our stay in the apartment. There's loads of space - a decent sized bedroom and kitchen, plus the big terrace outside where we enjoyed having our breakfast each morning looking out on the stunning views of the town and harbour. The house is on a very steep hill about 10 mins walk down to the town (once you're there it's easy to get to the old town area or the cable car by walking along the sea front) but a very challenging uphill walk back! So you need to have a decent fitness level if you plan to walk it every time. We got a taxi back a few times to save our weary legs, which was about EUR7-8.
There are a few shops just 2 mins walk up the road to get your essentials which was handy. We really appreciated the welcome pack from Michael - kitchen already stocked with bread, milk, coffee, fruit etc and there were other bits and bobs left by others which was helpful. Word of advice - don't leave any food or dirty dishes out overnight or you'll get a visit from the tiny ants!! :-)
The apartment is a great location whether you are just staying around the town (as we did) or using as a base to explore the whole island. You are in a proper Madeiran neighbourhood rather than the noisy, touristy hotel zone which we really liked as it felt very authentic! If I had one small criticism it would be that we found the bed a little uncomfortable, however we had a very enjoyable stay, and would recommend the apartment to anyone. Very helpful friendly host and everything exceeded our expectations so we hope to visit again.
A warm welcome given by helpful host, a bowl full of sumptuous fruit, a kitchen and a terrace with a view to sea, mountains and twinkling lights, ....what more could one want. Easy downhill walk into town, a bus to return in needed for seniors like ourselves. Comfortable, quiet nights.
The accommodation was near the top of the Calcada do Pico down a side street leading to the Fortelaza do Pico,unfortunately the entrance to the surrounds there is closed.Down the hill to the sea front with marina and harbour is about 800metres of wonderfully steep hill most of it pebbled in the traditional Portuguese way-the return journey is challenging!.Many small bars/cafes can be found in the area to enjoy local ambience.The flat itself has an open veranda looking out over the houses to the harbour where the cruise ships can be seen coming and going.The welcoming pack provided by Michael,the owner,included food, wine and a large bowl of fresh fruit with local specialities to taste.Fully recommend for a single or couple.
Could write pages about this beautiful apartment and its location but sadly not enough time!
This was the first time we had visited Madeira and certainly won't be the last. Our host Michael was amazing - so helpful and interesting - gave us lots of information about the island and even took us (as he was on route) to a few places - very kind and thoughtful.
The apartment was stunning very stylish and was fitted out so well - a lot of thought to detail. The views were breathtaking looking down over Funchal and the harbour and out to sea.
The location is as far as we were concerned probably one of the best on the Island - Your neighbours are locals rather than tourists and it was good to hear the sounds of every day life. There are a few shops and bars at the top of the road (about 5 mins walk) including an amazing bakery(and cafe) and a fruit and vegetables shop (which sold other basic food items). However the apartment is situated at the top of a steep road which is manageable and there are alternate routes which are easier so not to be put off by this - however at the end of our 11 days we were sprinting up the road instead of stopping every few paces!!
As we were staying over a week Michael provided us with basic food items such as bread, milk, juice, coffee, butter a really nice bottle of wine and an amazing bowl of fruit including local fruit which we had never seen before! There were other items left by previous guests such as oil sugar, salt etc which was very
I would highly recommend this apartment and we would not consider staying anywhere else (unless full !!)
This is a very pleasant apartment for 2 people with a great view over the bay at Funchal. It's been thoughtfully designed and equipped by Michael. As we were staying for a week he provided useful basic supplies and also a huge bowl of delicious local fruits. We loved the view from the terrace even though we had to wrap up in the the cosy fleece provided for the January evenings.
The spiral staircase up to the apartment was manageable if narrow (both over 60, one with slight mobility problems). The number 15 bus which runs roughly once an hour (but with a gap of almost 2 hours between 3pm and 4.45pm most days) is an alternative to a short but fairly steep walk from the centre.
We would certainly stay here again if we go back to Madeira again.