Hidden in a lush, green valley in the quiet West of Madeira lies our house, a delightful holiday home called ‘Raposeira de São João. It is a lovely and comfortable Madeira holiday home with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and the woods and hills of Fajã da Ovelha, a village in the Council of Calheta in the sunny Southwest of Madeira. Click on the panorama of the house and grounds below to get the feel of it. Make sure and view it in full screen.
Our stunningly renovated typically Madeiran home 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 old farmer’s house that is typical for the island’s original architecture. We have furbished and equipped the house for our semi-permanent stay in Madeira in winter. As a holiday home, it is suitable for up to four people, making it ideal for two couples or a couple with one or two not too your children. The comfortable furniture is of Dutch contemporary design for the most part. The contemporary furniture is combined with some antique family pieces and – mostly contemporary – art.
The living room has two small sofas and a very comfortable chair of a famous Dutch design (the design chair is called ‘Groeten uit Holland’ (Greetings from Holland, as the shape reminds you of a tulip) and an ample dining table with unusually comfortable chairs.
Two comfy bedrooms with ensuite facilities each are situated on the first floor. (Americans would call this the second floor). The master bedroom has a queen size bed with a box spring mattress.
The second bedroom, which we use as a guest room whenever we occupy the house, has high quality twin beds and has its own sitting area. All rooms, inculing the living room and the kitchen, have stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. Really things that you would look forward to in a holiday rental house in Madeira.
Both bedrooms have their ensuite facilities, consiting of a shower, a wash basin and a toilet. There is a separate guest toilet on the ground floor.
The kitchen is every cooking lover’s dream. It is fully equipped, as we live here in winter ourselves and we love mod-cons wherever we are and we wouldn’t settle for less in our Madeira house. It boasts all mod-cons like induction cooking with decent and sufficient pots and pans, sharp knives, an ample freezer-cooler numerous smaller items that you can check out in the page ‘equipment‘. Those who don’t really like to cook will enjoy the presence of a microwave and an oven to quickly heat a dish. You probably hate washing the dishes even more, so you will be relieved to learn there is a full-size dishwasher.
Now, have a look at our garden. Lovers of exotic plants and flowers can indulge in a multitude of shapes and colours, some of which you may know as indoor pot plants in your home country. Note that you should not expect a carefully combed English garden. As it is, the Islanders already think we are out of our minds to use the ground for decorative plants, where we could grow onions and potatoes. They think a house in Madeira should have veggies in the garden, and have decorative plants in pots on the terrace where nothing else can grow. But we wanted a garden. Ours is a bit on the wild side, blending perfectly with nature beyond.
Having said all that, we do have a number of fruit trees around the house, some of them still very young. If there is any fruit, feel free to pick it and eat it. There is a Mandarin, a struggling orange, a lush lemon tree, a very young guava and a young Araçais and Pitanga. Finally, on the trelis next to the guest room there is a passion fruit of the ‘Maracujá-Banana’ variety. Its fruits remind of small bananas and even the flavour has a vague banana-like element. Ample terraces give protection from all wind directions, and there is a large shady terrace next to the kitchen.
To complete the image, we include the floor plans of both the ground floor and the first floor.