Studio Flat with 90m2 and esplanade with some amazing views
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About Bruno Fontes
I was born and raised in the Madeira and I work as a mountain guide. Being so, I can explain and show to my clients all the best tracks for walking /trekking in this magical Island.
Bruno Fontes purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Bruno Fontes chose Estrela da Calheta
With all my years of experience working and dealing with people from all Nationalities I decided to put together some ideas and contrasts and come up with ‘House Fontes’. Knowing Madeira almost like the palm of my hands I decided to construct my house here in Calheta because of the easy going style of living, from being preserved from big masses and her rural aspect and surrounding sceneries and views.
What makes this Apartment unique
As unique benefit you’ll be able to share and to be part of the rural way of living of this town surrounded with cultivated gardens and a vineyard to make the famous Madeira Wine just in front of the house. Our main host will be our dog called ‘Jakie’ who definitely will come to see you every morning and every afternoon in the garden. In our house you can profit from the swing on the front porch, the pond in the garden with the waterfall and if you like cooking I’ll be able to use the entire aromatic herbs you can from our garden. On the top of it we’re offering you a trip on a jeep through Eucalyptus and Mimosa forests and on the tracks where you’ll never dare to go with a normal car. Just be ready for some sense of adventure and leave the rest for us!
Check-in: 12:30 pm
Check-out: 1:00 pm
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Welll... we were really impressed as soon as we got to the apartment, everything was more than we could hope for.
Bruno was very attentive and welcoming, took us through the itinerary of the house and the local amenities.
The apartment was very well equipped, clean and decorated lovely, like home from home.
The views from the garden were awesome and we didn't want to go off too much as it was relaxing and very chilled.
I have visited Madeira 8 or 9 times in the past 20 years, stayed mostly in hotels and self catering near or around Funchal, which was lovely but to be honest, staying up in the west tside of Madeira in the cultural part with local people was the best ever, sitting in the garden looking across at the sea and all the countryside, watching the day to day life of the people and the animals. The farming of the land and watching the beautiful sunset go down in the evening was the best.
The house was all equipped with everything you would want even down to a magnifying mirror in the lovely clean bathroom.! Essential for make up! 😊�
We were offered the use of freshly grown herbs and tomatoes from the garden which we did, as we like to cook local produce.
All in all I think you could not wish for anywhere better to stay in Madeira especially a home from home atmosphere.
Week done Bruno and Maria! See you next year!
Relaxing and well appointed accommodation
Although further away from Calheta than I thoiught ( that being down to my ignorance) the accommodation was great in all aspects. The best was the small grassed area and terrace - great views and very comfortable. Kitchen area well equipped, plenty of options about where to eat at the property, well furnished. Bruno and Maria were extremely attentive, without being over bearing. Would highly recommend if you're looking for a quiet retreat. Close enough for access to western areas of the island and the north coast too.
A great place to stay
The apartment is beautifully clean and well equipped. It is a very good location for exploring the west side of Madeira as the beautiful high mountainous regions are just up (the very steep but easily drivable) road the house is on. A car is essential. Calheta also has a lovely man- made beach, which is the only place we found on the island where the sea was easily accessable; and I love to swim in the sea. The picture of the sunset is exactly as you'll see it from the pretty, small sheltered garden, which is a fantastic place to relax at any time of day.
We had 3 weeks in Madeira from 9th to 31st December and loved the Country. We stayed in 3 different parts of the island. This was our last stop. The views were excellent from the property. Marie even came to meet us on the first day. The weather was great for walking so all in all excellent end to the overall holiday. I would just add that the apartment could do with being decorated as its looking tired in place but once this is achieved it will be a wonderful spot to enjoy Western Madeira. Bruno & Marie are lovely hosts who just leave you to enjoy your holiday but you know they are around if needed.
Vom Vermieter hängengelassen
Den warmen und freundlichen Worten aus der Emailkonversation ließ der Vermieter leider keine Taten folgen. Weder tauchte er zur verabredeten Zeit am verabredeten Ort auf noch war er telefonisch oder per Email erreichbar. Erst nach fünf Stunden - als der erste Urlaubstag schon längst durch die Unsicherheit und Suche nach einer Ersatzunterkunft verloren war - kontaktierte er uns. Mag ja sein, dass ihm das Handy auf einer Bergwanderung ins Wasser gefallen war. Aber warum genau wandert der Vermieter in den Bergen, wenn wir eine Verabredung hatten? Sein späteres Angebot, die Unterkunft als Schadenersatz gratis zu nutzen, schlugen wir mangels Vertrauen in seine Professionalität aus...
I’m sending my apologies to you again regarding this unfortunate incident.
Since I’ve been renting my house I never ever had any problems or complaints replying to the emails, phone calls or even with our hosts on the arrival day.
I've been working as a professional tour guide for almost 15 years and that day I was doing what I like to do best, walking in the mountains with my clients. Unfortunately on that morning my phone felt into the water and from that moment I did panic because there was no possible way for me to contact you or even my wife that was expecting my phone call to go and pick you up in our meeting point.
Finally I did manage to get a new phone and your call was exactly at 14:48pm, I try to call you back for the first time at 16:34pm but no answer from you. Then I did send you an SMS at 16:42pm saying that I was very sorry for that and explaining what has happen with my mobile phone and I’ve also suggested you an offer for you to stay in our house for free for the 3 nights but unfortunately you texted me back at 17:30 declining my offer.
Our responsibility and professionalism with our clients is always our top priority, unfortunately that was the first time we ever had a problem like this one and I'm very sorry that it actually happen to you.
We still learning and improving from our mistakes but it can always happen to anybody, because nobody is perfect.
Un excellent choix!!
Très bel appartement, parfaitement équipé (il y a même un ordinateur portable) et très grand (pour 2 personnes bien sur). Il est de plus idéalement situé vous visiter toute la partie ouest et le centre de Madère.
Situé sur la petite route qui relie Calheta à Rabacal, il permet d'atteindre rapidement et très facilement les nombreuses randonnées aux alentours de Rabacal et Paul da Serra. Commerces également très proches en voiture.
Enfin un très grand merci à Bruno, pour son accueil, sa gentillesse et ses conseils pour les randos.
De quoi rendre le séjour encore plus agréable.
The 'House Fontes' was designed and constructed in general for all types of clients being them passionate about nature, landscapes, hiking, water sports or just for a relaxing stay in a very charming and quiet area of Calheta.
Having an area of approximately 85m2 this studio flat has also an esplanade to be the envy of any nature and landscaping lover and also a place where we can sun bath any time of the day or just to assist to one of the best sun sets on the island. The spaces are shared with different combinations of light and environments ranging between modern and rustic styles.
As Mountain Guide and native of this fascinating island, I gathered several themes and activities to offer and share with the customer such as: doing private guiding or advising you in doing short or long walking distances in your mountains or famous Levadas, transfers to take and to bring back after the walks, renting a car for one or more days, mountain biking, Whale/dolphins or bird watching.
Other Activities: Paragliding, dolphins and whale watching,rum distillery
Golf: They are constructing a golf course only 2km away design by one of the best golfers from all times called Nick Faldo but isn't finished yet, unfortunately. Apart of this one we still have another two golf courses in Madeira where you can have some of the best views in Madeira at the same time you play.