Hidden in a lush, green valley in the quiet West of Madeira lies the comfortable holiday home ‘Raposeira de São João’. It is a delightful Madeira holiday home with spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean, the woods and the hills of São João, near Fajã da Ovelha, a village in the municipality of Calheta in the sunniest part of the island. Click on the interactive panorama image below to get the feeling!
Our stunningly renovated typical Madeiran house is for rent for the best part of the year. Raposeira de São João is a holiday home that really isn’t. It is a lovingly renovated farmer’s house, typical for the island. We have furbished and equipped the house for permanent residence. It is an ideal holiday home for two, three of four people, making it very suitable for two couples, or a couple with one or two not too young children. The comfortable furniture are mostly of contemporary Dutch design. We have combined them with some antiques and modern art. The living room has two small sofas and an armchair (a famous Dutch Design called ‘Greetings from Holland as it reminds of the shape of a tulip) and an ample dining table with comfortable chairs.
Two comfy bedrooms are situated on the first floor (Americans would call this the second floor). Both have ensuite facilities.. The ‘master bedroom’ heeft an ample double bed with a boxspring matress.
The second bedroom, which we use as a guest room when we are in Madeira, has high quality twin beds and has its own sitting area. All rooms, including the living room and the kitchen, have stunning views over the ocean, the hills and the woods. Really things that you would look forward to in a Madeiran holiday home!
The ensuite facilities of both bedrooms consist of a shower, a washbasin and a toilet. A separate guest toilet is situated on the ground floor.
The kitchen is every cooking lover’s dream. It is ffully equipped, as we live here ourselves in Winter. It boasts all mod-cons like induction cooking, decent pots and pans, sharp knies, an ample freezer-cooler and numerous smaller items that you will find in the page ‘equipment‘ . Those who don’t like cooking will be pleased to find the oven and the microwave to quickly heat up someting ready-made. You probable hate dish washing even more, so you will be relieved to know there is a dishwasher, tool.
Have a look at our garden. The lovers of exotic plants and flowers can indulge themselves in the multitude of shapes and colours. Throughout the year there is a multidude flowers, some of which you might know as indoor pot plants in your home country. Note that you should not expect a carefully combed English garden. The islanders think we must be out of our minds to have a garden with decorative plants. They think land is for potatoes and onions, and decorative plants are kept in pots on the terrace that isn’t suitable for growing veggies. Still, we wanted a garden, but it is a bit on the wild side, blending beautifully with the nature beyond.
Having said that, we do have some fuit trees (some of them still very young) around the house. All fruit that you may find – it varies according to the season obviously – you may pick and eat. There is a mandarin, an orange that is a bit struggling, lush lemon tree, a young araçais, a very young guava, and a young pitanga, which in some countries is called Surinam Cherry, for unknown reasons. It does not look like a cherry and it certainly doesn’t taste like one. Finally, on the side terrace, there is a richly flowering and carrying passion fruit of the variety ‘maracujá-banana’ which carries fruits reminding of small bananas and even having a vague banbana flavour. Ample terraces will give you a sheltered spot in every wind direction, and there is a large shaded terrace off the kitchen.
To complete the image, please find the floor plans of both ground and first floor below.