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“A very pleasant cottage in rural environmant” 5 of 5 stars
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Calhau Grande
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Caminho do Massapez no 10, Arco da Calheta, Calheta, Madeira 9370-077, Portugal   |  
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Calhau Grande, Calheta
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Nice, France
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“A very pleasant cottage in rural environmant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

We spent a few nights in Sapateiro house and we enjoyed the place very much: A nice appartment on 2 floors, a nice terrace with ocean view to take our breakfast and flowers everywhere !
The place has a very good situation for doing hikes along the levadas of South madeira especially around Rabaçal and Porto Moniz: Wonderful landscapes in luxuriant vegetation with water everywhere ! We tested local restaurants around Calheta and appreciate a lot tle local cooking.
Thanks to Sofia for her warm and thoughtful welcome in french (your french is very good)
Sure we will come back to Madeira!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

We stayed at Calhau Grande for 3 days, staying in the highest of the 3 houses, Tenda. The location is stunning and it was lovely to stay in a rural part of the island. There is a village shop 100 metres away for fresh crusty rolls for breakfast looking down over the sea and the supermarket is only 5 minutes drive at Calheta. Easy to drive up to Rabacal for the 25 Fontes levada walk. And very relaxing to lie on the balcony underneath the stars, listening to the frogs in the pond below. Sofia was very welcoming, bringing us home-grown fruit. Definitely a place to visit again.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

If you are going to Madeira and you want to plan to have peace and calm with the most amazing view from a bed possible...this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

We stayed at Calhau Grande for 6 days and it was a magnificent stay, breathtaking sea-view, cosy room, very sweet people and splendid hospitality. We felt at home and very welcomed.

Calhau Grande is truly Madeira's best places to stay with good atmosphere and very caring and sweet hosts. 5 out of 5 stars! We will definitely return!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2011

We stayed a couple of days at Calhau Grande, house Palheiro. The house is inconveniently placed on a steep hill in the middle of nowhere, inside is small and furniture uncomfortable. You will have a hard time relaxing in the house. The worst part is the bed, which is short and small, hardly fitting one person, with old bedding. We had ants all over the kitchen, and there were no cleaning supplies.

The house itself has not enough privacy, as the other cottages on the property are placed too close to each other. As a mater of fact, house Palheiro was right next to where the owners mother lives, so you will share your lawn/garden with her and other guests passing by. The pool is small with a great view, the owner is kind and the garden lovely.

The Calhau Grande website is deceiving and we will not go back.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

We had a really wonderful stay in July 2010 in Casa Calhau Grande (House Sapateiro). The place is so peaceful, charming - you can feel the good vibrations of the old stones and walls there! I can reconmend Casa Calhau Grande very much for all those, who hate faceless hotel-cubes but want to make an individual and independent holiday, where you can feel the "soul" of the country and his history - and you will meet people there, who think the same (Eva at first). Of course these are self catering homes, so there is no "Service", no Breakfast-buffet, no room service, but you have time and space to do all YOU want to do. A great experience!
BY the way: there are defenitely no problems after the storms in february 2010 in Madeira. Well, one or two tine roards are still closed (because washed away and not here) and in Monte/Funchal you can see some damages still. But this does not mean any problems for visitors!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sherbrooke, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

We really enjoyed our visit in Madeira and staying in Casa do Calhau Grande made our stay even more memorable. It was very nice to take a swim in the pool after a day of discovering Madeira and to be able to relax with a nice view on the sea.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Caminho do Massapez no 10, Arco da Calheta, Calheta, Madeira 9370-077, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Calheta > Arco da Calheta
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Arco da Calheta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Calhau Grande 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Calhau Grande is a group of rural self catering cottages located in Arco da Calheta with panoramic views over the ocean.The cottages were careful and eco-friendly restored, fitting in the natural and country environment, framed by the beauty of the sea view and the energy of the stones.It´s familiar, romantic, cozy and peaceful!You can also find the gardens, relax by the swimming pool, enjoy the agricultural land with fruit trees, vegetable gardens and aromatic herbs.Live this Madeira experience with us! You will be warmly welcomed! ... more   less 
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