The Lemon House
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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Lemon house is perched on the terraced slopes of Arco de Sao Jorge a sleepy village in the north of the island of Madeira. The house nestles in the old vineyards and looks out over wonderful scenery. Situated in Madeira's national park, a world heritage reserve which is the largest surviving area of ancient Laurel forest in the world. An area of ecological importance providing habitats to unique species of flora and fauna. With surrounding views of the sea, ancient forests and mountain slopes, it is a perfect location for those who appreciate peace, tranquility and nature. This is a great location if you are looking for a get away from it all place to escape, relax and unwind. The area has some of the most stunning walks on the island close by with spectacular scenery along mountain paths, through ancient forests, by waterfalls and along coastal cliffs.
The Lemon house is light, airy and spacious, comfortably furnished with high quality natural furnishings and fabrics and is 'eco -friendly.'
We use environmentally friendly household products and supply our guests with our own uniquely beautiful handcrafted natural olive oil soaps. Our surrounding organic garden has many lovely and exotic species of plants including giant tree ferns, birds of paradise flowers, air plants, orchids, jasmine, agapanthus, trumpet trees, and sub- tropical fruit trees including lemons,oranges,bananas,papaya, persimmon,philadendron and passion fruit. The house is accessed by a pathway running through the old vineyard, a wonderful experience in the late summer as the ripening grapes swell on the heavily laden vines ready for the wine making harvest in September.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Funchal|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Sea view|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||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, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
The kitchen and dining area look out over the garden and vineyards with french windows onto the front terrace The kitchen is well equipped for self catering. The cosy living area has french windows looking out onto the garden and vineyards, it is comfortably furnished and has a wood burning stove for the cooler times of year. Bedroom 1 has twin beds and french windows looking out over the vineyards with ocean views. Bedroom 2 has a double bed, own roof terrace,and ensuite bathroom with window opening onto private organic garden. Separate bathroom with walk in shower.
|Further details outdoors|
The village has an unhurried pace of life with a local restaurant, a small shop and a couple of local bars. There is also an organic restaurant about 25 minutes drive away. A traditional wood fired bakery produces local artisan breads which are available fresh and hot from the oven daily. The museum of wine making tells the story of local grape growing and wine production on the island, genuine Madeira wine and Madeira cake are available. There are beautiful rose gardens open during the spring and summer months. Some of the best walking and most dramatic scenery and coast line are here on the north of Madeira.
Guided walking and whale and dolphin watching trips from the main port and city in Funchal about 45 minutes drive away.
The nearest supermarket is approximately 20 minutes drive away, in the town of Santana..
The house is accessed by a foot path through the vineyard. Parking is available on the road at the front and rear of the property.
We recommend car hire.
Buses run from the village several times daily with a reliable service.
English, French and Portuguese,speaking representative available to answer questions.
Pick up and drop off at the airport may be arranged please request details.
Housekeeping, shopping and meals can be arranged at extra cost. Please ask for details.
The Madeira region
Madeira is known as 'the floating garden of the Atlantic;' with it's mild, warm climate. The north of the island is a beautiful location for holidays if you enjoy scenery, walking or just relaxing and getting away from busy tourist destinations.
The climate is usually warm in the spring and summer months, and cooler with more rainfall in late autumn, winter and early spring.
Funchal, the city and port has a charming, relaxed atmosphere with a lovely old town with art projects, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Arco de Sao Jorge is a great place if you want to experience peace and quiet and appreciate natural surroundings.
Local activities include a visit to the museum of wine making and vineyards, rose gardens, and spectacular coastal walking.
Madeira has a rich maritime history and was known for the production of sugar cane and Madeira wines. Wine making is still an important part of it's culture and there are plenty of wine lodges with opportunities to try and buy Madeira wine.
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27 Jun 2014
"A beautiful rural retreat"
We fell in love with the Lemon House from the moment we arrived, with a full moon over the mountain and perfumes from the beautiful garden filling the air. Inside, the Lemon House was fresh and clean… More
8 Feb 2014
"Be careful. Not good for a winter holiday."
This was a nice house in a pleasant unspoilt village. Good position , very quiet & attractive.with nice garden & terraces.The downside was the standard of cleanliness and lack of drying facilities.Th… More
Please see a previous guest review 'the house is cleaned to a high standard.'
The guests who made the comment that the house needs a deep clean contacted me a week after their holiday and sent me a photo of some hardened glue on a skirting board which they insisted was dirt. They complained that it rained a lot during their stay - I informed them before they booked the house that January can be a rainy and cool month. Most guests who book a holiday in the winter are prepared for this and are realistic about what to expect. The north of Madeira has a higher average rainfall than the south and west of the island, particularly in the winter months. This is the reason it is so beautiful and sustains the largest surviving ancient Laurel forest. Of course a house will feel cold and damp on a rainy night until the heating is switched on. Electric heaters are provided in every room making the wood burner an optional source of heat. A large basket of wood is provided during the cooler months and guests can choose if they want to light the fire. These guests did not read the instructions on how to switch on the electric heating. Clothes driers are provided for drying wet clothes over the radiators.
There is a choice of bedrooms with double and twin beds, the double bed is used regularly by returning guests over 6ft tall without any complaints. The mattresses are new with good quality mattress covers. Electric blankets are provided on the beds during the cooler months.
Clear and detailed written directions to the house are provided and guests usually find the house without any problems.
14 Jan 2014
"The house is beautifully and tastefully furnished, to a high standard and very comfortable."
The house is absolutely stunning and much bigger than we expected, better than anything else we have rented for the cost. There is everything you could possibly need in the kitchen with a huge fridge … More
9 Jan 2014
"Relaxing stay in charming tranquil house"
The Description of the house is accurate, reflecting the owners appreciation of nature. The garden is lovely. The house was cleaned to a high standard, the living areas spacious and uncluttered making… More
2 Dec 2013
"Exceptional location and standart, with a few lows on the cleanliness but absolute quieteness, perfect remoteness"
What a contrast between the fantastic welcome, the very high standard of the house, and then... the sloppy cleaning...From the very first contact, Gaynor, the owner, was so nice and helpful, making th… More
The house is cleaned by the housekeepers before/after each guests stay. Guests are politely requested not to leave the house in a dirty or untidy condition, this is not the same as asking them to clean the house for the next guests.
There is no barbecue listed, this guest was told there was no barbecue before he booked the house.
All rooms in the house have electric heating, a basket of wood is supplied free of charge for the wood burner. In a self catering property it is usual for guests to take care of their own expenses.
The beds have mattress covers which reflect the high standard of hygiene provided.
1 Sep 2013
"A beautiful house and location"
We had a wonderful time at lemon tree house.it really is a home from home, everything you will need is there,and the village is peaceful and relaxing.
10 Aug 2013
"Very quiet, pretty, and relaxing place"
Everything was perfect: nice house, we appreciate the terrace with a very nice small garden smelling so good with all the flowers! Housekeepers are very friendly and helpful.
1 Aug 2013
"solitude - rejuvenation and glorious views"
I needed a week away from work. This was a perfect choice.
I found the house home from home. Clutter free, simple and furnished with the flair of an artist. My priority was a peaceful chemical free week. The garden and house were perfect. Spent my time wandering the organic garden, spying on the butterflies and snoozing on the patio admiring the views. Hardly a car went by and the aroma from the bakery across the road had me pottering across to purchase real home made fresh bread.
rejuventing holiday for sure.
16 Jul 2013
"Schönes Haus in einem kleinen Ort an der Nordküste"
Das Lemon House ist ein sauberes gemütliches Haus in dem wir uns sehr wohl gefühlt haben.Von der Terrasse aus hatten wir einen herrlichen Ausblick auf die Bucht unterhalb des Dorfes, die Berge rundh… More
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