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“Fantastic Villa” We really enjoyed our stay at this fantastic villa. It is located in a very respectful area of Funchal and is just a 20-25 min walk into the city. There is also a very well stocked and reasonably priced supermarket and other convenient stores a five minute walk away.
The villa was spotless and had everything we needed. There were only two of us so we had lots of space but it would also comfortably accommodate 6 people. The photos did not show the semi covered patio area which is a shame because this is a nice space and we tended to use this terrace because it get the sun until late lunchtime. The outdoor terrace is a beautiful place to sit and admire the fantastic garden but if you are a sun worshipper be aware that it does not really get the sun because it is shaded by a lovely big tree. If you prefer the shade this is the perfect place to chill out.
You cannot really appreciate the real beauty of the garden from the photos. It is stunning and so well looked after and is a real pleasure just to sit and admire.
Joao, lives in a small flat below the property and was a truly fantastic host. He is very mindful of respecting guests privacy and keeping himself to himself so we did not feel in the least bit imposed on (I was concerned that it may be a bit of an intrusion having a stranger so close by but it wasn't at all). He has two very friendly dogs in his enclosed garden and a lovely little cat. The cat came to visit us because we encouraged her to do so because we love cats. Again, if you are not very keen on animals Joao is very respectful of this and will keep them under wraps. We became quite friendly with Joao and he accompanied us on a levada walk and took us to some viewpoints and a traditional Portuguese restaurant. It was like having our own personal tour guide and we greatly appreciated his company because he was so informative about the island and there was no chance we would have found any of these places on our own!
Highly recommended as a place to enjoy to relax and a base to explore the beautiful island. It is close to the motorway (not too close though) so the road networks are very accessible.
Please be aware that the mattresses are in great condition but they are very firm which may not suit everyone!