Fennel Cottage

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Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1


Pool Beach Nearby All Bedrooms En-Suite

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Close to the heart of Funchal city centre in Madeira, but enjoying a tranquil situation within the Quinta Vista Alegre estate, is tastefully-renovated Fennel Cottage. This characterful villa is tucked away amongst banana trees and vines, giving it the feel of a romantic getaway deep within an oasis of calm.

Fennel Cottage’s restoration has been careful to maintain a traditional feel, which means the original stone walls are still there to remind you of the cottage’s history and heritage. The villa feels both restful and elegant, making it a comfortable place to totally switch off and soak up the idyllic surroundings.

A stone staircase takes you to the front door of Fennel Cottage’s first-floor accommodation, which in turn opens into the spacious living area. Here you’ll find a sofa and two armchairs, with a beautiful coffee table crafted with wood sourced from the estate. There’s also a television for spending cosy evenings in watching films. The kitchen/dining room is well-equipped with every amenity you could need during your stay, such as an oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and toaster. There’s a small table for starting the mornings with a delicious breakfast as the sweet breeze flows in through the window close by. Sliding glass doors open straight onto a decked balcony with outdoor seating, giving you a lovely place to start or finish the day. The peaceful bedroom features a king-size bed and a mahogany chest of drawers, with the bathroom having a bath with overhead shower.

You have access to a separate, shared laundry room with washing machine, dryer ironing board and iron. The outside space is also shared and features several areas in which to unwind. On the front patio is a seating area that’s shaded by vines, making it the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink or casual meals. The swimming pool is set within a large terrace that’s dotted with sun loungers for the ultimate in relaxation.

Fennel Cottage is cute holiday home, which is part of selection of refurbished historical Quinta Barns. This holiday home, along with Bom Dia Villa and Funcho Cottage, are nestled within a historic banana plantation and within walking distance of plenty of amenities within Funchal.

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What you should know…

  • The villa is adults-only, meaning children under the age of 18 are not permitted
  • You share the outside space with the owner and their family
  • Whilst the estate is close to a road, the villa offers total peace and quiet

Property Features

Shared Pool Wi-Fi/Internet All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV DVD

The Villa

Fennel Cottage is a charming 1-bedroom holiday home that is suited to couples who are in search of a bit of romance. With a communal swimming pool and lush gardens surrounding the premises, you think you have woken up in a mini-paradise.

Ground Floor
- King bedroom, with en-suite bathroom
- Dining & living area
- Fully equipped kitchen

- Communal swimming pool, with Roman steps access
- Outdoor dining & furniture
- Parasols
- Private Parking
- Sun loungers


About the surrounding area of Fennel Cottage
Beach Nearby Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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Occupying a position within one of the most popular and privileged areas of Funchal, amenities are just a stone’s throw from Fennel Cottage. These include a restaurant and a bar that are both less than a five-minute walk away, with a 10-minute drive opening up an even wider choice.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch with stunning views across the sea down at the harbour, with seafood restaurants serving up fresh, delicious dishes. Also by the harbour are plenty of interesting places to visit. The CR7 Museum is dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably Madeira’s most-famous football player. Here you can see trophies won by the player, golden boots and several shirts. History lovers will enjoy 17th-century São Tiago Fortress, which is now also home to a contemporary art museum that showcases Portuguese works.

The heart of Funchal is cosmopolitan and cultural. The best place to get a literal taste of Funchal’s rich wine-making heritage is Blandy’s Wine Lodge. Go on a tour to learn more about the history of Madeira wine, and then finish the experience with a tasting. The old town, or Zona Velha, as it’s called by locals, is simply not to be missed. The narrow, cobbled streets are lined with beautiful buildings, some of which date back to the 15th century. These include whitewashed Corpo Santo Chapel.

Funchal is dotted with attractive gardens, with Madeira Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Tropical Garden being two of the most popular to visit. Take the cable car up the mountain to reach Monte Palace Tropical Garden and enjoy scenic sea and city views along the way.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Funchal Airport


Nearest Town/City Funchal


Nearest Restaurant

(Walking Distance)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(Walking Distance)

Nearest Beach Lido Beach


Nearest Golf Palheiro Golf


Nearest Tennis Associação De Ténis Da Madeira


Nearest Ferry Port Funchal Port


About the City

About Funchal

Funchal is the largest city on the island of Madeira and is encapsulated by Pico Ruivo and its neighbouring mountains, which look as if they have been seamlessly carved into the skyline by a Lusitanian God.

There is no better spot to start your holiday than in the Old Town, which illustrates its personality though street art, architecture and busy local businesses. There are many fine eateries, botanical gardens, a cathedral and impressive museums. Perhaps hop on the Madeira Cable Car as one of your first activities, as this will give you a great idea of the islands size.

Many flock Funchal in order to enjoy the Atlantic Coastline. This is home to its prominent harbour, where hundreds of boats and yachts, some of which enable visitors to embark on a magical sea voyage, can be found. Funchal really is a destination for lovers of the sea; as there are renowned surfing points, as well as being a great place to spot some whales.

Madeirans are also notorious for their elaborate festivals. If you’re travelling during the New Year, you will be treated to one of the world’s biggest Firework Festivals…a dazzling sight! During late February & early Mrach, you are able to witness Carnival and the streets of Funchal are lit with parades and festivities. If that’s not enough for you; the Atlantic Festival International Fireworks Competition, Wine Festival and Christmas are all noteworthy dates for anyone visiting Funchal.

There are some incredible villas on the island and we believe that we have done a great job finding them for you. Have a browse and let us know what you think.

Prior to Booking

Please be aware that Madeira is an island nation that experiences weather patterns dictated by the North Atlantic Ocean. This sub-tropical rainforest type climate can result in the island experiencing erractic weather patterns. When thinking about booking your holiday to Madeira, please consult Foreign travel advice for more information.

Entry Requirements

Tourists who are British Citizens will not require a visa and upon arrival and Departure Tax is included in most flight costs. Please check Entry Requirements before departure.

2020 Local Public Holidays

1st January - New Year's Day
40 Days before Easter - Carnival Tuesday
10th April - Good Friday & Easter Sunday
25th April - Liberty Day
1st May - Labour Day
10th June - Portugal Day
11th June - Fest of Corpus Christi
1st July - Madeira Day
15th August - Our Lady of Assumption Day
5th October - Day of the Republic
1st November - All Saint's Day
1st December - Restoration of Independence Day
8th December - Immaculate Conception Day
25th December - Christmas Day
26th December - Boxing Day

Getting There

Madeira is served by Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo CR7, Funchal.

From the UK:
Direct flights are available from London on Air Portugal, British Airways, easyJet  and many others. Chartered flights are also available from several other UK airports.


Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service 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 Credit cards details may be requested as guarantee
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
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? Included in the rental price
Tax Included in the rental price
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay 7 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.
Other Ts and Cs Parties are not permitted at this villa & children under 18 are not permitted

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 2nd 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 £928
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 £834
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 4th 2021 £1,072
Jan 4th 2021 - Apr 13th 2021 £817
Apr 13th 2021 - Apr 18th 2021 £953
Apr 18th 2021 - Jun 30th 2021 £877
Jun 30th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021 £928
Oct 31st 2021 - Dec 17th 2021 £834
Dec 17th 2021 - Jan 3rd 2022 £1,072

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 2nd 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 €965
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 €868
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 4th 2021 €1,116
Jan 4th 2021 - Apr 13th 2021 €850
Apr 13th 2021 - Apr 18th 2021 €992
Apr 18th 2021 - Jun 30th 2021 €912
Jun 30th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021 €965
Oct 31st 2021 - Dec 17th 2021 €868
Dec 17th 2021 - Jan 3rd 2022 €1,116

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 2nd 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 $1,086
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 $977
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 4th 2021 $1,256
Jan 4th 2021 - Apr 13th 2021 $957
Apr 13th 2021 - Apr 18th 2021 $1,116
Apr 18th 2021 - Jun 30th 2021 $1,026
Jun 30th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021 $1,086
Oct 31st 2021 - Dec 17th 2021 $977
Dec 17th 2021 - Jan 3rd 2022 $1,256

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Madeiran Oasis

    Posted by John on 30/04/2019

    A fabulous holiday retreat if you want a peaceful holiday, yet be with in walking distance of the bustling city of Funchal. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Beautiful accommodation in lovely surroundings

    Posted by Thompson Family on 20/04/2019

    We had a great stay here. The apartment was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Buffy couldn't be more helpful. I would highly recommend the accommodation.

  • Wonderful

    Posted by Anne on 15/09/2016

    We're almost reluctant to review this property but that would be selfish of us. Having found it, we don't want to share it. We can honestly say that we have never stayed anywhere like it. It's like a different world - peace and quiet reign. The cottage was beautifully furnished and had everything you could need - a fully fitted kitchen, balcony, TV , dvd player, books, Wi-Fi. There is even a washing machine and a tumble dryer available. Every home comfort is provided. Outside is spectacular with vines and banana trees. The large pool is beautiful with loungers and umbrellas. We spent every morning at the pool and sometimes returned for a swim later in the day. Buffy and Frank made us very welcome, as did the dogs who came to see us most days. The property is well within walking distance of the centre of Funchal and all amenities including supermarkets and restaurants. We've fallen in love with Fennel Cottage and hope to have many more holidays there. We really can't praise this beautiful property highly enough.

  • Perfect in every way

    Posted by Phil & Hazel on 17/02/2015

    This was our first visit to Madeira and we found Fennel Cottage to be perfect in every way. We felt so at home surrounded by the banana trees. Some days we were reluctant to open the gates and venture into the outside world. The owners, Buffy and Frank, are special people.

  • A great place to stay and relax

    Posted by Frankland on 29/09/2014

    Our stay here was part of our 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations. The accommodation here did not let us down. The comfortable apartment is fully equipped for self catering although there are many places to eat out close by. We had a car and although the entrance is a bit tight after a while presents no problem. Owners Frank and Buffy made us most welcome. We would definitely recommend this property.

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