Funcho Cottage

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Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1
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Cottage Modern Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic


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Sitting peacefully within the Quinta Vista Alegre estate in a residential area of Funchal in Madeira, Funcho Cottage is a beautifully-restored cottage with plenty of character on offer. The cottage is surrounded by banana trees and vines, creating an atmosphere of exotic tranquillity.

There’s a sense of history and romance throughout Funcho Cottage. It exudes traditional charm from having retained its original, stone walls, as well as featuring select pieces of furniture crafted from wood found on the estate. Cosy, comfortable and set within idyllic grounds, this villa provides a total escape from it all.

Funcho Cottage's characterful accommodation is all on ground level, making it easy to get around and to walk straight out into the beautiful garden. Enter the villa directly into the open-plan living/dining/kitchen space. In the lounge area is a comfortable sofa and two armchairs for snuggling up and watching films on the television in the evenings. The dining table is perfect for intimate dinners and is ideally located by the well-equipped, corner kitchen for easy serving of meals. It’s also positioned to make the most of the sweet-smelling breeze as it flows through the entrance door and into the villa. The restful and tastefully furnished bedroom features a king-size bed, a fitted wardrobe and ensuite bathroom.

A convenient extra feature is the separate, shared laundry room with washing machine, dryer, ironing board and iron. There’s a patio to the front of the villa, with the shared seating area being a lovely place to enjoy drinks or meals under the shade of the vines. The highlight of the outside space is the large swimming pool, which is set within an attractive terrace that’s also home to a selection of sun loungers. It’s the perfect spot to simply unwind and soak up the quiet and laidback feel of the area, whilst also appreciating its natural beauty.

Funcho Cottage is a dainty stone cottage, which has been refurbished from historical Quinta Barns. This holiday home, along with Bom Dia Villa and Fennel 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…

  • No children under 18 are permitted, as this villa is adults-only
  • The outside space is shared with the owner and their family
  • Despite the estate being close to a road, the villa remains an oasis of calm
  • Although the swimming pool is private within the grounds of the villa, please expect to sometimes share this pool with the owners and other guests

Property Features

BBQ Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite TV

The Villa

Funcho Cottage is a sweet 1-bedroom holiday home, which overlooks a communal swimming pool and lounging area. This is an ideal couples retreat, where you can cuddle up at night and relax in one-another’s company.

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 Funcho Cottage
Walk to Village <1hr to Airport Tennis Nearby Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving
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Funcho Cottage is located in one of the most enviable areas of Funchal, with plenty of amenities close by. A restaurant and a bar are less than a five-minute walk away, meaning it couldn’t be easier to head out for an evening meal and drinks. Jump in the car and you’ll find an even wider range of restaurants, bars and cafés within a 10 minute drive.

The harbour at Funchal is always a lively place to visit – and you’ll find plenty to see and do here. There’s the CR7 Museum that’s dedicated to probably Madeira’s most famous football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, and a small casino for whenever you fancy a flutter. For a dose of history, visit 17th-century São Tiago Fortress. This impressive building is also now home to a contemporary art museum with Portuguese works on show.

Make sure you sample some Madeira wine as you stroll around the city’s characterful and colourful streets. You can go on a tour and enjoy a tasting at well-known Blandy’s Wine Lodge. Another must-visit is the old town, or Zona Velha, as it’s referred to by the locals. Here you’ll find a network of narrow, cobbled streets that are lined with old buildings. Many of these are churches, with 15th-century Corpo Santo Chapel being one of the oldest and prettiest.

Funchal is famous for its beautiful botanical gardens, with Madeira Botanical Garden being one of the most popular to visit. Also enjoy a scenic cable car journey up the mountain and then stroll around the sprawling Monte Palace Tropical Garden with all its exotic plants.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Funchal Airport


Nearest Town/City

(Walking Distance)

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



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.


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.


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!

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At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services 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

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 16:00 - 19:00
Departure time 10:00
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
Pool towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. 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 rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet connection included
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations upon request
Changeover day Flexible except Sundays.
Pets welcome? Not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & vaping are not permitted
Pool heating charge? Not available at this property
Tax Tourist tax not applicable
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Parties are not permitted at this villa & children under 18 are not permitted
An electric fan during summer & a portable electric heater during winter are avaiable upon request.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 11th 2023 - Dec 19th 2023 £750
Dec 19th 2023 - Jan 4th 2024 £949
Jan 4th 2024 - Mar 24th 2024 £796
Mar 24th 2024 - Apr 8th 2024 £895
Apr 8th 2024 - Jun 17th 2024 £834
Jun 17th 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £918
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £803
Dec 21st 2024 - Jun 13th 2025 £1,017

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 11th 2023 - Dec 19th 2023 €820
Dec 19th 2023 - Jan 4th 2024 €1,037
Jan 4th 2024 - Mar 24th 2024 €870
Mar 24th 2024 - Apr 8th 2024 €979
Apr 8th 2024 - Jun 17th 2024 €912
Jun 17th 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €1,004
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €878
Dec 21st 2024 - Jun 13th 2025 €1,113

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 11th 2023 - Dec 19th 2023 $883
Dec 19th 2023 - Jan 4th 2024 $1,117
Jan 4th 2024 - Mar 24th 2024 $937
Mar 24th 2024 - Apr 8th 2024 $1,054
Apr 8th 2024 - Jun 17th 2024 $982
Jun 17th 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $1,081
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $946
Dec 21st 2024 - Jun 13th 2025 $1,198

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.


  • Delightful cottage in lovely setting

    on 07/06/2019

    Set in the delightful grounds of a Quinta the cottage is well situated for access into Funchal. It is well furnished and appointed and the owners were most welcoming and helpful

  • Fabulous, loved it!!

    on 24/04/2019

    We loved the property; having a pool was a real luxury as we pretty much had it to ourselves the whole stay. Our cottage was lovely, had everything we needed; the grounds were really pretty. We didn't meet the owners until the end of our stay as they were away. A really nice couple who we instantly liked. If we ever go back which I'm sure we will we would definitely stay there again without a doubt. The location is great as it's away from the town but close enough to walk in. An added bonus was that the owners have 2 lovely dogs who we adored as we a huge animal lovers.

  • Fantastic little hideaway in the centre of Funchal

    on 15/03/2019

    Funcho Cottage through a door in a wall...all very Harry Potter! It is very magical inside the walls. Peaceful. is a working Quinta! Bananas surround you. The owners live closeby; they greet you and bid you farewell..but are there if you need anything. They are very lovely. You have everything you need. We hired a car but it did not leave the driveway. We walked everywhere. Loads of lovely places to see and lots to do. Restaurants and cafes abound. Don't hesitate to book! You will have a fab time! Good travels.

  • Truly is an oasis in central Funchal

    on 06/11/2016

    We had never been to Madeira before and booked Funcho Cottage after much deliberation. We were not disappointed. The cottage is clean, the bed comfortable, the living accomodation is bright and the kitchen well equipped with very good cooking facilities, should you wish to cook. There is even a barbecue. The outdoor area is very spacious and the swimming pool is more than adequate. My husband and I had the full use of the pool to ourselves, very peaceful. We loved seeing the owners dogs, who were very friendly on occasion, and Frank and Buffy are very welcoming, helpful and discreet. It is a short walk down a hill to turn either left into the centre of Funchal and the port area, or right to the hotel strip, the first one on the main road is Reids Hotel, where you can book for a posh tea. There is a super market down the hill too. Turn towards the centre and you get an excellent meal at Kontiki's, steak on the stone, and a good pint at No2 Pub. Overall, an excellent base with peace and quiet, being amongst it all. We had a fab holiday. But, like all holidays in the heat, remember to take the sprays/creams in case you are bitten. We hope to return to this beautiful oasis.

  • Serendipity

    on 02/06/2015

    Serendipity is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of our recent stay here. Frank and Buffy have created a wonderful retreat within the grounds of their stunning property. The cottage we stayed in was very well equipped, stylishly appointent and wonderfully clean with thoughtful touches. The pool area was a particular favourite bordered with many flowers and vines. Plenty of space to sit out for breakfast and the mandatory G&T in the evening. You never felt you were in the middle of a buzzing city. When you did want to ventre out of the gated property there it was, the vibrant friendly city of funchal. Great eating places a short walk away, a great bakery just down the hill for your daily bread and the must have custard tarts. All this was topped by the caring approach of Buffy and Frank. There when you needed them and not when you didnt. Fabulous. A rare and special find. Would love to keep this place a secret but that would be really mean to deprive everyone of something that is unique. A special place one had the good fortune to come across. Go there while you can , not going to stay a secret for long. The last word. Serendipity!

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