Penthouse Apartment in Garajau
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Our superb spacious open-plan penthouse is located in the upmarket coastal, residential area of Garajau, about 15 minutes drive east of Funchal city centre. The property features a superb 30ft x 40ft private south facing terrace with panoramic views of the Atlantic, looking onto the Deserta Islands. As well as the spacious south facing terrace, there is a further west facing enclosed balcony which catches the evening sun.
The apartment features an open-plan lounge with west and south facing patio doors, opening onto the south facing spacious conservatory and terrace. There is also a west facing enclosed balcony. There is a dining room, which seats 6 and a spacious kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, full cooker and hob and a long breakfast bar. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en-suite. The double bedroom opens onto the west-facing balcony, with sea views, while the twin bedded room has views of both the sea and the mountains. The sea is visible from every room.
The conservatory area has tables and chairs and is perfect for cooler days.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Garajau Lido 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Funchal 13 km, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation is open plan. The lounge, dining room and very large kitchen are to the south and the bedrooms and bathrooms to the north.
The lounge features two patio doors facing west and south, with superb sea views, a settee, two large armchairs, TV, DVD, CD, tape recorder and radio.
The fully fitted kitchen has everything one should need.
The double bedroom and the west facing aspect of the lounge open onto a west facing balcony with chairs and a table.
The apartment is serviced by two lifts.
The housekeeper visits weekly to prepare the penthouse for incoming guests or to refresh linen etc for guests staying more than one week.
|Further details outdoors|
The private terrace, is the main feature of the property. It is impossible to describe the breathtaking views, the space and the ambience. It affords panoramic views of the Atlantic with plenty of space to walk around, sun bathe, relax on the sun lounges and generally chill out and watch the ships go by. The terrace is totally private and is for the exclusive use of our guests.
The west facing, enclosed balcony, accessible from the double bedroom and west facing lounge patio door, captures the evening sun. It is a lovely place, in the early evening, as the sun goes down.
The southern aspect of the lounge and kitchen open onto a very large conservatory, with 4 sets of patio doors and superb sea views, which in turn open onto the large, private, south facing terrace. On cooler days the spacious conservatory offers a pleasant outdoor area to relax.
There is also a luggage room to store cases and outdoor walking boots.
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Changeover day is flexible because of the the daily flights from Gatwick and Stanstead and 3 flights per week from Bristol, as well as charter flights on Mondays and Fridays from most regional airports, who allow flight only bookings.
Booking period is from 13.00 arrival day to 9am on day of departure, but luggage will be catered for if flights are outside these times.
The taxi service to and from the airport is a feature appreciated by many of our guests
Unlike th remote west of the island, car hire is not necessary in Garajau as there is an excellent local bus service, which runs near the apartment every half hour.
The Madeira region
Madeira (Wood) is a beautiful verdant island. It is Portugal's "Jewel in the Atlantic". The island is a haven for anyone who enjoys walking, whether your taste runs to gentle strolls or hard core hiking. Madeira’s system of irrigation channels, known as levadas, carry water down from the mountains on gentle gradients. These levadas provide a ready-made system of trails. There are 1300 miles of them, crisscrossing the island, and they have level footpaths running along their entire length. Walkers of all ages and abilities can take in some of the finest countryside, surrounded by colourful foliage and spectacular views.
Madeira’s greatest attraction has to be the subtropical climate, sometimes known as “the island of eternal spring”. Even in winter the temperature rarely falls below 17C, and rarely exceeds 23C in high summer.Garajau has an excellent bus service to and from Funchal as well as to the next viallage Canico and its costal resort of Canico de Baixo. The beach at Garajau has been recently restored with access by road or cable lift.
The landscape is covered in a green mantle of rich subtropical foliage. The variety and profusion of flowers makes the island a permanent flower show. Birds of Paradise, with their bright orange beak-like flowers, blossom in open fields. Fragrant hydrangeas line walking paths (levadas) that skirt the edge of mountain terraces.
The landscape and vegetation, coupled with the ever friendly Madeirans and the appetizing food, combine to ensure that Madeira is a place of immense appeal which draws one back again and again.
Located on the sunny, dry, southern coast of Madeira, Garajau is situated, midway between the airport, and the capital, Funchal. Taxi journey time to both is just 12 minutes. Garajau has long been known to be one of Madeira’s high class residential areas and is named after the black-headed sea birds, terns, which nest in the cliffs.
Just below the town is a 200m high headland with a fine "miradouro" - a statue of Christ with outstretched arms, similar to the larger statues in Rio de Janeiro or Lisbon. This is a wonderful spot to watch the sun go down and it has great views west to the Bay of Funchal. The coastline here at Garajau is also a conservation area, and was one of Europe’s first underwater nature reserves, providing sanctuary for whales, dolphins and seals. The sea shore has now been updated and opened up with a new cable lift to take visitors down onto the beach and a beachfront restaurant.
Garajau is also ideal as a location to start the many levada walks in Madeira.
Both Golf courses are within easy reach and the coastal area of Caniço de Baixo boasts three world renowned diving schools.
Garajau’s high street combines the Hotel Dom Pedro Garajau on one side of the road and a multitude of shops, bakeries, coffee shop, ice cream parlous and a few patisseries, and a medium sized well stocked mini-markets with ATM outside, a bank [ Barclays] and several restaurants, bars and apartments on the other. Our apartment is on the next street round the corner from all these amenities.
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