The house has lain very nicely in a quiet and green scenery. Delightfully for all those search the rest and relaxation and with pleasure detain walking and themselves in the nature. It is equipped very well, very comfortable and maintained extremely. The pictures correspond to the reality. Maria is a very hearty, helpful and uncomplicated render. The place postage Moniz is good by the car to reach. Here there are many places. It was a marvellous week which we have spent in the house. We would not have explored this side of Madeira so and would have experienced if we had not lived there. It is to be recommended really very much. However, a car is necessary compelling. I hope this translation works well.
Casa de Campo is located in Ribeira de Janela - a small rural village in a very beutiful valley. It is the perfect starting point for various hikes. So if you want an authentic Madeira experience - go north!
The house is bigger than expected, beautifully located with view on the sea. On sunny days you can enjoy the terrace from which you can also watch what is happening around the only shop of the village - a little glimpse on the every day life.
It was quite cold in February but there is a big fireplace in the living room, which heats up quickly and creates a cosy atmosphere. We enjoyed it after our long hikes.
A big bonus: the traditional grill place INSIDE the house, in an extra "grill area".
The house owner, Maria, is very warmhearted and friendly. She even picked us up on the way from the airport and showed us the way to the house.
Despite some initial confusion about where to meet the owner, Maria was incredibly kind and drove to the airport to direct me to Casa de Campo - about a 75 minute drive.
The villa is lovely, remote and very quiet. There is a small shop nearby within walking distance. Access to the villa is via a very steep and very narrow lane. Although I could squeeze my Peugeot 208 between the stone walls it's not for the faint-hearted however you can park at the top of the rise and walk a very short (albeit steep) distance to the villa. It is well-serviced and affords lovely views to both the ocean and valleys and hills. It has a Philips ambi light tv with a plethora of stations for adults, kids and teens should you find the time to actually watch anything but what's on offer in Madeira both night and day! There's also a selection of CD music from a stereo system and the kitchen is well equipped with everything you'll need for your stay. The master bedroom is located upstairs adjacent to the second bedroom (2 single beds) and is a very decent size and affords views to the ocean. Beds are very firm and I ended up doubling over some spare blankets to provide extra cushioning. This is not a criticism just an observation. There is also a lovely terrace to enjoy your evening cap or morning repas.
At the time of writing the lock on the front gate was not working so I had to leave the main section of gate unbolted. Not a major issue but just something to be wary of to prevent you from being locked out. Test it first. Overall it's a beautiful quiet location and Maria is a wonderful hostess. I'll definitely return and have no hesitation recommending this wonderful villa.
For travelling around the island I would recommend paying a little extra for a newer decent model hire car. Madeira Hire cars (booked through Holiday Autos) presented me with a clapped out VW which I had to exchange for an upgraded Peugeot 208 for an extra €30. At this time of the year there were no queues at the service desk and the price was very reasonable and included full insurances.
Visit the remote NE of the Island and take lunch at the Quinta do Furão, a country house hotel below Santana affording magnificent terraced views of the wild Atlantic slamming into rugged and very vertical cliffs.
Take a drive up to the summit of Pico do Arieiro cutting its way through the volcanic heart of the island. The views won't disappoint.