A wonderful rental house that feels like a family home owned by a very helpful and charming family. From the planning stage (which was tricky due to the fact that we have a disabled daughter) to the final day, when they organised the taxi to the airport, they could not have done more to make our stay a pleasant one. We hope to return sometime and would thoroughly recommend a stay here.
We have just returned from a week at Villa Murphy and I think it is the best holiday home we have ever stayed in (and there have been many). Spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable with everything you could need. Location is quiet and away from the crowds but close to most amenities with a shop/restaurant just across the road. Sarah and Ciaran made us feel so welcome and sure that we could contact them if there were any problems. Luckily we didn't need to as everything worked perfectly. We can't wait to go back and would recommend Villa Murphy to anyone.
What a lovely place to stay! We have visited this beautiful island many times before but have always stayed in hotels in Funchal. We never thought of self catering but after a week in such a lovely place there will be no going back. Our villa was lovely. We had a really well equipped kitchen, a cosy living room (loads of books and dvd's), two spacious bedrooms and balconies upstairs and downstairs. How I miss our early morning cups of coffee sitting on the balcony with lovely views of the sea and just the sound of crickets and the odd distant cockerel as night turned to day. So peaceful and relaxing. We found the little shop just across the road really handy but what suited us best of all was that the house is located so close to places to walk. The levada Nova provided lots of easy walks with fabulous views and accessing the mountains that we could see from the back of the villa was a doddle. Our hosts were wonderful and looked after us so well - they even dropped by one day with a freshly baked cake and their own eggs collected that very day. A week just wasn't long enough.
I have holidayed in Madeira many times now and find the warm weather perfect
in September and the relaxed lifestyle helps me recharge.
Villa Murphy is the perfect place to do that. It is a beautiful villa: large; open;
airy; bright and well fitted with an easy relaxed atmosphere. The balcony
views are really panoramic as in the description (the photos you see on the
site, is what you get and more) and the garden is full of flowers and plants
from Madeira. There was even a bunch of bananas growing when we were
I especially loved the top balcony, looking out over the Atlantic with my
morning coffee was a great way to start the day.
The mini-market and snack bar close to the villa is very handy and the owner
Ilidio is very helpful. The villa is close to every thing you need, which is also a
great bonus, Calheta beach is only a 5 min drive away and is a lovely place to
eat, swim or just relax with a coffee or even a cocktail. As always I will be back
to Madeira and I will also be back to Villa Murphy and the beautiful views.
Stayed at Villa Murphy for a week - Madeira is idyllic - sunny days and warm nights but never too hot either way - the villa was delicious and very peaceful morning and night, bedroom balcony is great if you're a sun worshipper and the ground floor balcony is a dream for breakfast - there's a great little store right opposite on the street, and in Calheta, 5-10 mins drive there is a larger store down opposite the Calheta beach hotel which you can't miss. The beach is very good (admittedly it was out of season and we went there on weekdays deliberately) and the water clear and safe to swim in. Local restaurants in Calheta and Madalena Do Mar serve great food at good prices and its only a 30 minute drive into Funchal and a good base to explore the north side of the island too. Would recommend hiring a car. Friendly renters, super accommodation - we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mark and Pam
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