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Desiree

Ideal for Couples and Families. Great location if you're interested in touring the island as well as hiking. The house is spacious. Lots of safe areas for children to play. Great BBQ area. Away from the main roads so very quiet. The hosts Ema (speaks English) and her mother are available at all times should you need anything. Several supermarkets within easy driving distance. The main supermarket, Continente is about 8 miles away. If coming from Funchal airport you pass it on your way here. A smaller supermarket approx 2-3 miles stocks most things too. A good variety of restaurants in Sao Vicente if you don't feel like cooking. Loads of snack bars all over the island.

UK, 2017

Leigh

Where to start ? Well, let's start with Ema. When we started the booking process we were very impressed with the speed of her responses. Every question or request met with instant replies and they were all taken care of, from pre booking through our actual stay. She sent us good information on how to find her home and grocery shopping etc. Top marks in this department. We rented a car ( a recommendation for staying here ) and stopped at the Ribeira Brava Continente supermarket as recommended ( turn off at the zona commercial) to stock up on food and wine. Make sure to stock up on wine , Madeira and the local cheeses. Then on to Ema's house. It's about 45 minutes from the airport and easy to find. The house is a beautiful as the photos show. Set in the spectacular Sao Vicente valley , the house has lovely gardens , patios , a belvedere with a sea view and an outdoor barbecue structure. A small stream runs next to the garden. Ema met us there and showed us around the house. There was a bottle of Madeira and traditional biscuits set out for us and a fire in the fireplace to warm the living room. There are two bedrooms with comfortable queen sized beds. The living room has four double futons. We picked Sao Vicente as a base for the north coast and were very happy with our choice. There's a small restaurant within five minutes walk and eight minutes will see you in the village center where there are shops and restaurants. A few more minutes and you'll be on the coast where there are more restaurants and a small supermarket. In SV we were perfectly positioned to access many levada walks, villages and valleys. There's even a volcanism center in town where you can walk through old lava tunnels from the early days of the islands formation. We made side trips to see the aquarium at Porto Moniz , walked the levadas at Sierra da Paul, Ribeiro Frio , explored the Chao do Cancelas up from Seixal We even took a day off to relax, sit in the garden and read. We really enjoyed our stay. There are so many walks within a short drive , the village to explore , restaurants to try and beautiful gardens to just relax in. We are already planning our next trip back. Ema is an artist who produces superbly detailed pen and ink surrealist drawings. Ask to see her work. We took one home with us as a souvenir to remind us of the good time we had and encourage us to hurry up and book our next holiday there. In short, we highly recommend this home for couples or groups.

USA, 2017

Dominique

Maison très fleurie comme sur les photos , un vrai havre de repos avec le chant des oiseaux et le bruit de l'eau de la levada qui court au fond du jardin . Surtout aller au resto la Caravela conseillé par Ema ou on mange de l'excellent poisson il faut gouter le poisson perroquet et le poulpe grillé, succulents.

France, 2017

Nathalie

Maison offrant de grands espaces intérieurs et extérieurs. Nous avons apprécié le calme et la quiétude de l'endroit.

France, 2017.

Elio

We loved our stay here. The location is every bit as beautiful as the pictures show, and there are multiple patios and gardens to enjoy the scenery. It was also a great location for our children. Our 4 year old loved the swing and gardens. There was also a crib and high chair for our infant. We had most of our meals there outside to take in the view. Sao Vicente is a short walk away (but like most things in Madeira it is also a steep climb). With a car you can explore the rest of the island easily, especially the western half with fewer tourists. We loved the pools at Porto Moniz and the lava caves that are right in Sao Vicente. Ema had some great suggestions for some hikes near the Paul da Serra too. Funchal is about a 40 minute drive away. Ema was very responsive and accommodating. Her parents live in the house next door. Neither speaks English, but they were both very friendly. Ema's mother took our son with her to feed her chickens and grab an egg. One last note: The house is fire heated, so it helps if you know how to start a fire. There was plenty of firewood and fire starters, so it wasn't that difficult.

Netherlands, 2017.

Anita

Was für ein wunderschöner Garten! Und den Salat durften wir uns gleich selber im Garten schneiden. Lecker! Die Gastgeberin ist sehr zuvorkommend, wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Auch mit kleinen Kindern absolut zu empfehlen. Gerne wieder!

Switzerland, 2017

Julia

Quiet peaceful location. The gardens are beautiful and there are multiple outdoors areas for relaxing. The hammocks got a lot of use and the outdoor grill was really fun (we used it 2 of the 5 nights). It is a 5 minute walk to the old town and 15 minutes to the waterfront. A very enjoyable and peaceful stay.

Hungary, 2017

Irene

Sao Vicente is a nice place to be located during your holidays, and the house and the owners are great. There are lots of beautiful houses you can rent in the island, but this is the definitive one you are looking for if travel with children. There are tons of toys for them to play with! Besides, the property has a beautiful garden full of hidden corners to find. Definitely, it's a paradise for kids.

Spain, 2017.

Sarah Francke

Maison spacieuse, au calme, jardin et terrasses magnifiques, on est bercé par le chant des oiseaux. Ema et sa maman qui habite la maison voisine sont adorables, toujours disponibles tout en restant discrètes. Un excellent séjour pour toute la famille.

France, 2017.

Nicholas and Thierry

Cette maison semble avoir été conçue par un Jésuite de retour de Macao pour sa retraite temporelle et spirituelle. La noblesse des matériaux, l'esprit épuré, la fonctionnalité, tout semble avoir été étudié par un esprit pur et rationnel. Vous êtes là entre un Lodge digne de Doris Lessing face une nature brute et primaire qui s'oppose à un jardin dont l'ordonnance toute Britannique apaise les sens et l'esprit. Ema est une hôtesse parfaite, bavarde, joviale, serviable et enthousiaste. Sa maman voisine, cultive un potager à l'image de son hospitalité toute insulaire. Je voulais y retourner en septembre mais il semble que je ne sois pas le seul à avoir eu l'oeil sur cette belle opportunité. Chère Ema je vous souhaite tout le succès que vous méritez et espère vous revoir prochainement. Cordialement vôtre, T. & N.

France, 2017 twice.

Kristin

Es war wunderschön in diesem Häuschen mit wundervollem Garten, vielen Terassen rund um das Haus und tollem Grillplatz. Vielen Dank an Ema und Mena, die unseren Urlaub mit frisch gebackenen Kuchen und Salat aus dem Garten und sogar Kinderspielzeug perfekt gemacht haben. Unser Sohn 3,5 jahre hat sich sehr wohl gefühlt. Die Unterkunft ist sehr kinderfreundlich. Die Lage ist sehr ruhig, Auto ist jedoch zu empfehlen! Im Haus befindet sich auch ein Kamin, für kältere Tage. Das Haus ist komplett ausgestattet und sehr sauber. Vielen Dank!

Deutschland, 2017.

Sarah Robins

Last May I spent a holiday with my husband and two daughters in this terrific place and we can all say how grateful we are to have found this amazing house! A great place for people who want to get away from the daily routine and want to experience the raw nature but still feel as if they were home. We loved to hear the birds in the morning and how we fell asleep listing to the sound of the water running outside. It truly is a refuge for anyone who is looking for a place to unwind or to spend quality time with the family because the surroundings are amazing to both relax and to create new memories with loved ones. Ema was very quick to reply and just as nice when we got to meet her. We have appreciated how she helped us with our questions about which places and how neat the house was when we got there - it looked as if we were in a Hotel.

Australia, 2018.

Cyrille

Un endroit vraiment charmant où séjourner à São Vicente. Calme, spacieux et authentique. Quand il fait beau, les terrasses et le jardin deviennent des endroits parfaits pour se détendre (hamac, chaise longue, son du cour d’eau). Mention spéciale à l’équipement disponible pour de jeunes enfants (chaise, baignoire, lit et même balançoire).

Switzerland, 2018.

Marc

Nice spot in a very calm area on the mountain slopes of Sao Vicente. The house was a very good retreat during a two weeks bad weather period for us with a nice garden which we couldn´t use that much due to the heavy rain. We were welcomed with a traditional cake and some wine and got some fresh eggs from the chickens in the garden. The owners live close by but leave you pretty much alone unless you need them. Ema was always available by phone to translate as here parents do not speak English a lot. The house was nice and equipped with everything you need. Thanks for the stay.

Deutchland, 2018.

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