Villa Calhau

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Sleeps: 2 - 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3
Oliver Approved


Pool Modern
Great Value
Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids


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This beautiful modern villa is situated in the quaint hillside village of Faja de Ovelhua just outside Calheta on the southwest coast of Madeira. This sleepy village dotted with traditional houses and beautiful gardens will lure guests to its tranquil heart, rich in nature and boasting views right out across the Atlantic Ocean. With stunning hiking trails on your doorstep and the vibrancy of Calheta just minutes away, you will have everything you need for a fantastic getaway in this quiet corner of Madeira.

The villa sleeps up to six people across bright stylish living spaces. Situated entirely on one level, it boasts some wonderful entertaining spaces. The main open-plan living-dining area will wow guests with its chic design, with fresh bright décor and lovely attention to detail through contemporary artwork and elegant furniture. It’s bank of glass doors will flood the space with natural light and enable you to appreciate those breath-taking vistas from the comfort of the lavish seating area or whilst enjoying meals at the sleek dining table. The ultra-modern kitchen offers guests a fabulous space in which to cook up a Madeiran feast, however a second more rustic kitchen-diner just next-door also offers a traditional brick barbeque and pizza oven as well as access onto the terrace area.

You will find two delightful double bedrooms at Villa Calhua, both finished with stylish design features, creating bright relaxing spaces in which to retreat at the end of a long day exploring the Island. Each offer modern en-suite bathrooms and access on to the lovely terrace, ensuring you are never more than a few steps away from basking in the sunshine or diving into the refreshing outdoor pool.  There is also a sofa-bed option at the villa accommodating two more guests if required.

The outside space encompasses a wonderful decked area, running the length of the villa, ensuring access from every room. Stylish loungers face out toward the breath-taking sea view, where you’ll love to recline and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings before cooling off in the pool. And with sumptuous outdoor seating, swinging hammocks and elegant dining furniture you will love to maximise your time outside. Dining al fresco with your guests, enjoying a bottle of local wine as the sun sets on another beautiful day will be a memory you’ll treasure forever. 

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The location of the villa is relatively remote, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of nature
  • A car would be advisable so as the many activities on offer on the Island can be accessed easily

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV DVD Waterfront

The Villa

Villa Calhau is a 2-bedroom villa, which sleeps up to 6-guests. The villa is spread across one storey and is blessed with quite stunning views of the Madeira coastline.

Ground Floor
- Double bedroom
- Double bedroom, with en-suite bathroom
- Communal bathroom
- Dining & living area, with sofa bed
- Fully equipped kitchen

- Private swimming pool, with Roman steps access (3mx5m, with a depth of 1.5m)
- Awning
- Barbecue
- Hammock
- Lawn area
- Outdoor dining & furniture
- Parasols
- Private Parking
- Sun loungers


About the surrounding area of Villa Calhau
Beach Nearby <1hr to Airport Watersports Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The Villa is situated in the quiet hillside village of Faja de Ovelhua, just outside Calheta on the relatively rural southwest coast of Madeira. A quaint village set high amongst lush banana plantations, dotted with traditional houses and criss-crossed with narrow sleepy tracks, you will enjoy wonderful vistas uncompromised by hordes of tourists. Some of the most awe-inspiring hiking trails can be found in this beautiful area so make sure you pack the right footwear to enjoy these unique journeys.

A few minutes’ drive away, you’ll find the more vibrant village of Calheta. A variety of shops, some delicious seafood restaurants, pretty churches to amble round and a lovely modern marina with its own selection of bars and restaurants awaits. Families will love the beautiful sandy beach here, with sand imported from Morocco and azure crystal-clear waters that are calm enough for kids to enjoy. Activities range from surfing, canoeing, whale watching and even paragliding, so the whole family will find something they love.

There are 2092km of hiking trails that Madeira is renowned for, and you are ideally located to explore some of the most breath-taking right on your doorstep. These narrow stone irrigation channels run across the Island through lush mountain countryside to deep into the Laurislilva forest. Spectacular scenery awaits, from awe-inspiring Ocean panoramas to glorious hidden waterfalls.

For a more adrenaline-pumping experience, this dynamic landscape can also be traversed by mountain bike or even on a 4x4 tour.  For the more serene however, perhaps try a wine tasting tour on the south coast of the Island, a day trip to the historic Capital of Funchal with its charming old town, or a relaxing afternoon in the black lava bathing pools of the north.  With a fantastic year-round climate and a diverse landscape from majestic mountain ranges, to beautiful beaches and lush forest, you and your family or group of friends will love the very special Island of Madeira

Read more about Calheta

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Madeira Airport


Nearest Town/City Calheta


Nearest Restaurant Pizzeria Ristorante Naye


Nearest Bar/Pub Loreto - Traditional Bar


Nearest Beach Praia da Calheta


Nearest Golf Palheiro Golf


Nearest Tennis Campo de Ténis - Ponta do Sol


Nearest Ferry Port Funchal Harbour



Please be aware that the location tab shown on the website is not based on the property's exact location; therefore, all location amenities are an approx of facilities, restaurants, and villages/towns you might find around the property. The property's exact location will be provided to you before arrival and might come along with some recommendations about the area and what to visit.


Calheta, meaning ‘Small Cove’, is where many tourists flock to in order to indulge in beautiful man-made beaches and striking scenery.

This part of Madeira is formed of several municipalities, each with something unique and special to offer. Calheta Village is an ideal place to start especially if you enjoy a stiff drink! An old sugar cane factory still produces one of the world’s most respected white rums – Aguardente…perhaps you want to leave this part of your holiday till late in the evening!

Jardim do Mar is where you will find many of the locals on dawn patrol, taking to the waves and surfing. The waters can both be heavy and flat, making them ideal for abilities of surfer. Akaw!
For lovers of seafood, you should look no further than Paul do Mar. This is a village where most of the fisherman work out of, so you know you’ll be able to find the catch of the day here.

For those who have travelled to Madeira for its inland beauty, then look no further than Arco da Calheta and Prazeres. Within these locations you won’t only be able find some stunning hiking trails, but you’re also likely to stumble across some traditionally styled Parishes and unforgettable views.


The island of Madeira can be found south west of mainland Portugal, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the island’s location, its is considered to have a Mediterranean climate that serves locals and visitors all year round – making it an ideal escape from reality at any point in the year.

What we love Madeira for is its seemingly ongoing festivals! Madeirans have found an excuse to celebrate most things; including film, their natural surroundings and key patron saints. This means that planning a visit during these days and even weeks of commemoration is well worth it (scroll down to see some key dates).

Madeira is divided into several municipals, each with a special offering to those who visit this island. Our favourite two communities are Funchal and Calheta and these are where you will find most of our beautiful villas.

Madeira’s landscape extends much more than a striking coastline. Make sure you pack some hiking boots and venture inland during your stay. With mountainous trails along Vereda do Arieiro, or more countryside appropriate paths like Levada do Risco and waterfall chasing treks like Levada do Caldeirao Verde – this archipelago has everything a keen outdoors person requires.

For those who enjoy either playing or watching sports, you’ll be happy to know Madeira offers so much selection. Madeira is also home to three notable football clubs, so if you’re visiting during the football season and want to see a good quality of football, you have every chance to. Porto Santo Golfe is the island’s renowned golf course. With an 18-hole course (Par 72) overlooking a Galapagos-like backdrop, golf enthusiasts will certainly want a ‘slice’ of the action! Surfers can access some great beaches like Jardim do Mar, Ponta Pequena, Paul do Mar, and Fajã da Ovelha in order to find some swell. Or, if you’re simply looking to recline on a sun lounger and soak up some rays, whilst listening to crystal clear waves break as they hit the shores, you will find plenty of man-made beaches & Lidos created for your leisure!

With a superb climate, close proximity to the coastline, wonderful cuisine, charming locals and astonishing scenery – this is a fabulous holiday choice for families & friends.

But while you're enjoying one of our fantastic villas in Madeira, you may well want to take some time out from all that sun worship to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we've put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!

Download our Madeira travel guide >>


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Villa Calhua is located in a lovely quiet semi-rural location, with two double bedrooms on the same floor as the living areas, a sofa bed option, an open plan entertaining area with television and a fantastic outdoor pool

There are a variety of family-orientated activities close by, including snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing and whale watching as well as an array of hiking trails

There is a fabulous sandy beach nearby ideal for snorkelling and sunbathing, with shops, cafes and a modern marina

Just 30km east of the villa Madeira’s lively capital Funchal offers a range of activities kids will love, including a cable-car ride, taboggan run and a lovely kids lido ensuring they can swim and play safely

The caves at São Vicente were formed when the lava from the volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago forced the hot liquid through the rock. Now it is possible to walk through some of these passageways which give a fascinating insight in to the geology of the area. There is a great museum and 3D cinema as part of the experience.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service Available
  • Welcome Pack Included
  • Grocery Pre-shop Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €200, charged to clients' credit card 48 hours prior to the arrival and refunded in full after departure, subject to full damage inspection
Arrival time Between 4 - 10 pm, late arrival between 22h - 00h will have a penatly charge of €20, after 00h there will be a penalty charge of €40, to be paid in cash on arrival.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Not included in the rental price, extra €140 to be paid with the balance to OT. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Tax Included in the rental price
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay 5 nights
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included
Pets welcome? Pets are not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping is not permitted inside the villa
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 5, it will cost an additional £30 per person per night.

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 29th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 £1,038 £1,453
Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £1,359 £1,903
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 £1,433 £2,006
Sep 29th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £1,087 £1,522
Dec 21st 2024 - Sep 1st 2025 £1,433 £2,006

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 5, it will cost an additional €32 per person per night.

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 29th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 €1,129 €1,581
Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €1,479 €2,070
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 €1,559 €2,183
Sep 29th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €1,183 €1,656
Dec 21st 2024 - Sep 1st 2025 €1,559 €2,183

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 5, it will cost an additional $35 per person per night.

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 29th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 $1,224 $1,713
Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $1,602 $2,243
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 $1,690 $2,365
Sep 29th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $1,282 $1,794
Dec 21st 2024 - Sep 1st 2025 $1,690 $2,365

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Wonderful house with an outstanding view!

    on 17/06/2019

    A wonderful house with an nice interior. The view from the terrace is amazing. The pool was really clean too. We had not used the pool heating and it was around 21°c all the time. The kitchen was very well equipped too, but with no dishwasher.

    We would always recommend this house and when we would come another time to Madeira Island we would book this house a second time!

  • Great house with fantastic views!

    on 28/07/2018

    Modern house in a quiet location with fantastic views and great pool.

  • Excellent

    on 01/06/2017

    A very beautiful, comfortable, clean villa for people looking for peace. Located in the most rarely visited by tourists parts of the island, high on a hill, with a good view of the ocean. It has its pluses - a very peaceful neighborhood but also cons

  • Luxury

    on 08/05/2017

    Large luxury place, with great outdoor area.

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