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Villa Soldado, Fajã dos Padres


José Soldado House is located in Fajã dos Padres, a very special place in the south coast of Madeira island.
Fajã dos Padres is a small piece of land by the sea, at the bottom of a cliff approximately 250 meters high.

The house is part of a small set of ancient houses that were rebuilt over the last years, and are set within a organic farm producing several tropical fruits as well as the famous Madeira wine. The property has also a restaurant, which serves a selection of dishes with origins in the traditional Madeira cuisine.

José Soldado house is perched over the sea, thus benefiting from an extraordinary view of all the cliff of Ribeira Brava and over Ponta do Sol.

Adventure starts on arrival
Fajã dos Padres can only be reached by sea, or by means of a modern scenic lift.
The lift trip starts at Quinta Grande, and entails approximately 250 meters, experienced in a 4-minute downward travel, along the coast of the huge cliff down to Fajã dos Padres.
Notice that from the road, there are 180 steps down from the top of the cliff to the lift and 180 steps from the lift to the bottom.
Through the lift’s panoramic window, visitors can enjoy each minute of the descent admire the southern coast of Madeira all the way to Ponta do Sol, the small bay of Fajã which gets nearer every second or, simply, enjoy the view of the sea as far as the sight beholds.

And once arrived to Fajã, guests will benefit from the absence of vehicles in the whole property, and take advantage of the walks in old alleys opened along tropical fruit orchards.

At José Soldado House guests will feel surrounded by the magnificence of nature.

The sea is right in front of the house, and Fajã dos Padres exclusive rocky beach is some steps away. A small pier and a solarium help having a comfortable swim in the Madeira mild and transparent waters.

Nice walks can be taken inside the property, trough old alleys opened along the fruit trees, and below a trellis of malmsey vine.

Guests can freely use the lift whenever they want to go out to explore Madeira Island, visiting the nearest villages, trying out a levada walk, or having a thrilling experience of whale and dolphin watching.


A unique holiday house perched over the beach, located in the beautiful Fajã dos Padres, a must go site on the south coast of Madeira island.


Property type: Cottage

Room details


1 bedroom, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
2 single sofa beds located in Living room, 2 cots
Room for 4 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
1 bathroom

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
TV Languages in Local
Hair dryer
Pots / pans
Towels / linen

Outdoor facilities

Private garden
Sea view


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Sports Center
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Theme Park

Prices and availability

Last updated 14.06.2014

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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 1 Months 20%


Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Extra Persons All year Occupancy: more than 2 people £86.69 per additional person

Paid with booking

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
breakfast All year Occupancy: per person £30.34 per person per week

Paid locally


This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 300m
  • Nearest bar: 0.5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 500m
  • Nearest supermarket: 3km
  • Funchal city: 15km
  • Ribeira Brava: 10km
  • North Coast: 15km


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3 out of 3 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 02 June 2012
Quiet, secluded and private. An ideal getaway for adults seeking to rest and recuperate. The staff are super friendly and the cottage was clean, bright and comfortable. In hindsight we would have rented a car rather than rely on taxis. The site is isolated - think of it more as an island within an island. The restaurants very limited opening hours mean that you will want to visit supermarkets to stock up on the essentials.
Faja dos Padres is something VERY special- a place hard to find these days on the international tourist map. it is affordable, yet totally private and secluded, in fact only shared at most by 10 other guests, but most likely even less. it is a nature enclave, which removes you from madeiras otherwise densly urbanized landscape. the simplicity is for those who cant stand the tasteless and standardized rental home and will rather want to spend time in a simple stone house with some history but all very unpretencious.
just as advertised, a unique setting. Amazing variety of fruit being grown, property very private and tranquil (all yours after 6pm when visitors to the bar/restaurant have left)! Well presented accommodation right on the sea line with unimpeded views. A little basic regarding cooking utensils but adequate. Owners couldnt be more helpful and friendly. Only reservation is regarding access as the 150 steps to the lift and similar number from base of lift to ground level can be taxing!! Plus lift requires a head for heights!! but both well worth the effort!
2 other reviews
Fajã dos Padres is a fantastic place - quiet, peaceful, beautiful and confortable. The proprietors are friendly and the restaurant staff helpfful and excellent cooks. We highly recommend the place and hope to come back one day.Ungar C.2008-03-30
We really enjoyed our stay with you, the houses were lovely and Faja itself is simply stunning. Thank you to everyone for making our stay so enjoyable. Smith, D2008-04-02


About the owner
Owner score 200
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Located in: Portugal
Joined: May 2008