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Villa Ricardo - A Charming Villa With Heated Pool

Villa with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and private pool in Vila Porto da Cruz, Madeira

From £801 per week

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Villa to rent in Vila Porto da Cruz, Madeira

A charming Villa with heated pool, located in a beautiful slope above the entrance of the Porto da Cruz village, enjoying uninterrupted panoramic sea view.

  • Villa
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ

Villa overview - owner's description

The Villa Ricardo is a charming villa located in a beautiful slope above the entrance of Porto da Cruz.

It is a large property with a high level comfortable accommodation in a quiet location, has several terraces enjoying uninterrupted panoramic sea view, and a subtropical garden of exotic fruit trees and small banana trees.
The property owner valued a stylish and friendly environment. The house has 3 double bedrooms, (with the possibility of an extra bed and cradle for baby), all with private bathroom (shower) and TVset. In the winter all the rooms are heated by a device that recovers the heat released by the fireplace, and automatically distributes it to the rooms. The sitting-room is equipped with TVset, DVD, Stereo System, Computer, Internet WI-FI, Safety Deposit Box, WC, and the kitchen is fully equipped. Outside you can enjoy the heated pool and the sunbathing area with views to the ocean and the Village.

In September, wine is made in Villa Ricardo, by a centennial traditional process. There is also a historical wine cellar.

Twice a week the house is cleaned, linen is changed and the rooms are provided with fresh towels.

Porto da Cruz, Madeira, Portugal
Porto da Cruz is one of the parishes belonging to the Machico council. Its name came from a cross (Cruz) that was placed by the explorers on the bay once used as port (Porto). The attractions of this small parish are hidden and youll have to take a closer look to find them. One of them is the old sugar cane factory, which is still operating, as it was when it started with the sugar production in 1927. It boasts a 26 meter tall tower and when its working you might even see steam coming out!

Not to be missed is also the place known as Penha dÁguia, an imposing rock that separates Porto da Cruz from Faial. Getting up there might be a challenge, as the road is very steep, but the songs of the birds will help you on the way up and once you get there youll be sure it was definitely worth

Porto da Cruz is also famous for its wine. Known as vinho seco americano (dry red wine made of a type of grape called americana), this local product is the theme for a celebration usually happening in September (Festa do Vinho). In Porto da Cruz there are another two wonderful religious celebrations, with great beauty. The first occurs on days 15 and 16 of August, and the second, at the following weekend (Saturday and Sunday). They are celebrations that visitors should not miss!!!

The Porto da Cruz village, has a Public natural swimming pool (sea water), a black sand beach, mini markets, restaurants equipped with several different kitchens, bars, transport services, health services, able to provide to the visitor, the satisfaction of emerging daily needs.

Madeiras capital, Funchal.
Madeiras capital, Funchal, is an enchanting town set on a glittering bay against a background of soaring green mountains. Winding cobbled streets meander between elegant colonial-style buildings, nestling into the shelter of the verdant hillside. Funchals historic core overlooks the harbour and features some fine government buildings and stately 18th-century mansions. Its deep natural harbour attracted early settlers in the 15th century.

What to see. The simple whitewashed Sé Cathedral was built between 1486 and 1514. Inside, its main features are the magnificent mudejar ceiling of Madeira cedar wood and the voluptuous Baroque carving of the golden Sacramento chapel to the right of the main altar. Now a museum, the Quinta das Cruzes on Calçada do Pico is the house where the islands discoverer, João Gonçalves Zarco, once lived. Next door is the pretty 16th century church of Santa Clara where he lies buried. The Old Blandy Wine Lodge occupies part of a former Franciscan friary dating back to the 17th century. Guided visits include a tour of the cellars and a wine-tasting session.

Nearby. Opened to the public in 1960, the Botanical Gardens on the edge of town display plants from all over the world, including desert cacti, rainforest orchids and South African proteas. The famous toboggan ride from Monte to Funchal is an exhilarating experience and takes approximately 20 minutes. Madeiran tobogganing was invented as a form of passenger transport around 1850. Much frequented by Sir Winston Churchill in the 1950s, the pretty fishing village of Câmara de Lobos to the west of Funchal offers spectacular views of the worlds second-highest sea cliff, Cabo Girão (589 m). Also within easy reach of Funchal is the deep valley location of Curral das Freiras (Nuns Refuge) near the centre of the island.


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20 out of 21 people recommend staying here

Couple from Sedgefield, United Kingdom Feb 2016

The villa was absolutely fabulous and very well cared for; spotlessly clean throughout. The Villa owner and Mrs Rubina, the caretaker, could not have been more helpful and welcoming. We loved Porta da Cruz as a location. Their contact with us prior to arrival was excellent.

This was our first visit to Madeira and we thought the island beautiful. Although we didn't have the best weather, this didn't stop us getting around and seeing places.

Just one comment on the directions given from the airport, particularly if you arrive after dark! It would be helpful if it was suggested that visitors take the second exit off the main road to enter Porta de Cruz, and that SECOND is emphasised, as this makes finding the villa so much easier, and avoids a nasty piece of road.

We would happily recommend the villa, and its pool, to others.

Family from Dudley, United Kingdom Sep 2013

The contact and service from the owner, but more so from his representative was first class. However, what needs to be stated more accurately is that the villa is only suitable for able bodied people.
Overall the villa was ideal for a base for hikers and superb for site seeing. My only reason for declining to recommend to other people is that the location has a immense amount of constant road traffic from the road immediately in front of the property. Which could be a negative with most people. With this in mind it would be a love or hate situation.
The actual Villa itself could not be faulted.

From Etobicoke, Canada May 2010

Excellent property. Pool and view were fantastic. The small town of Porto da Cruz was very nice and laid back, facilitating a more relaxing vacation. It was a short and easy drive into Funchal or to many levadas.

The only difficulty was in finding the property the first time. The directions provided were fine for getting to Porto da Cruz but not that helpful in finding the property in town. However a cell phone number was also provided so once in town you could call and be talked the rest of the way in.

From St. Albans, United Kingdom Jun 2009

As a small group of 20-something friends, we very much enjoyed our stay at Villa Ricardo. It is everything as described (in detail) on the website and more. On arriving, we were met by Betty and Mr Ramos and shown around the villa, offered a tasting of the in-house Madeira wine and told to eat as many bananas as we liked supplied from the banana trees in the grounds of the villa!
The villa and pool facilities were excellent and well maintained, and the villa was thoroughly cleaned twice during the week. One possible improvement would be to have some ceiling fans or portable air conditioning units in the bedrooms as they do get a bit warm at night, but otherwise 10/10.

From Hitchin, United Kingdom Apr 2009

The villa suited our needs perfectly. Being a family with grown up children scattered around the UK, it provided a perfect place to enjoy each others company in a delightful setting and very comfortable villa.
Mrs Betty was extremely welcoming and as well as showing us around, showed us to a restaurant where we could still eat at 10pm. Everything was well thought out. There is only a very small oven and a two ring hob but we were able to be creative in our cooking!
The use of the internet was invaluable, if a little expensive. The extra charge for 4th, 5th and 6th persons did mean that this was not a particularly cheap option but having said that, it proved to be a wonderful holiday and we would have no hesitation in returning to this property or recommending it to others. The owner, Ricardo, met us before we left and invited us to sample his home made wine in the impressive winery under the villa, giving us a lovely send off.

From Reading, United Kingdom Jan 2009

We had a brilliant stay in this beautiful house. Particular plus points were: views of the enormous surf from most of the windows of the house and the real wood fire. Mrs Betty looks after the cleanliness and is very helpful with recommendations - she even took us to the centre of town when we arrived at lunchtime to show us around. Each of the three bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom (showers/no baths). The garden is a real treat as well - bananas and mangoes, and it backs onto a vineyard.
Thank-you for such a wonderful stay.

8 other reviews

Marissa and Jonathan Bye Dec 2016

We enjoyed our stay at the Villa Ricardo very much. The villa was extremely clean when we arrived with plenty of towels and linen. It was very comfortable, with everything we required; the Christmas decorations were a thoughtful touch. It was a pleasure to meet Senhor Ricardo on our arrival; Rubina is a delightful woman who was most helpful with anything we needed. Porto da Cruz is an attractive little town; we particularly enjoyed several evening meals in the Pipa restaurant. We would definitely recommend the villa to others. Marissa and Jonathan Bye.

Marissa and Jonathan Bye Dec 2016

We enjoyed our stay at the Villa Ricardo very much. The villa was extremely clean when we arrived with plenty of towels and linen. It was very comfortable, with everything we required; the Christmas decorations were a thoughtful touch. It was a pleasure to meet Senhor Ricardo on our arrival; Rubina is a delightful woman who was most helpful with anything we needed. Porto da Cruz is an attractive little town; we particularly enjoyed several evening meals in the Pipa restaurant. We would definitely recommend the villa to others. Marissa and Jonathan Bye.

We stayed for 2 wonderful weeks at end of August. The villa is as good as the photos but the hospitality and service is second to none. Ricardo and Rubina were wonderful hosts and we enjoyed their company and that of the grape pickers with whom we shared an occasional aperitif. Port da Cruz is a quiet village with nearby Machico offering a good range of shops/restaurants. If you want to sample the real Maderia and its friendly people, then this is as good as it gets. Recommend plan your trip around local festivals as that just adds to the charm. Villa RIcardo is a gem well worth the visit.

Excellent accomodation. Very well kept, and clean, with all necessary amenities in place. Beautiful viwes on the ocean and the mountains from the house. Very comfortable and a pleasant stay. Special thanks to the owner of the villa Mr. Ricardo and the houskeeper Betty who was extremely friendly and helpful in everything. Beautiful surroundings, easy access to the ocean and the beach. Overall imperession is extremely good. Villa Ricardo made our holidays in Madeira unforgettable!

The villa was even better than expected, being very well equiped and in a fantastic position overlooking the scenic village of Porto da Cruz. Unfortunately we did not meet the owner, but found the owners representative extremely friendly, helpful and courteous as was the general attitude of the islands population we met. We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to others.

Fiquei hospedada com a minha família nesta maravilhosa casa, e adoramos. A Vila do Porto da Cruz é muito acolhedora, e tem tudo o que nós necessitamos, nomeadamente restaurantes, farmácia, centro de saúde, mini-mercados... Aconselho vivamente. A casa está muito bem equipada, e a piscina faz as délícias dos miudos! Experimentam!!

"Very good holiday with comfortable accomodation very well equipt. well recommended."

"We had a very relaxing week. The villa is very well equiped in a fantastic location. Would definately recommend this villa."

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This villa is:

4km from the nearest beach 3km from the nearest bar 3km from the nearest restaurant 3km from the nearest supermarket 12km from Madeira airport 27km from Funchal (capital) 10km from Golfe course in Santo da Serra 1km from Levada (trekking path) 5km from Public natural swimming pool (sea water)

Local activities

Boat hire 45km Golf 15km Horse riding 15km Mountain biking 45km Sailling 15km Scuba diving 45km Tennis 15km Water skiing 45km Wind surfing 15km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 1km Local food market 4km Museum 1km Shopping 15km Theatre 35km Theme park 15km Cinema 35km

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Outside this villa in Vila Porto da Cruz, Madeira
This villa is in the town near the sea and mountains. It has a pool, a balcony, a barbecue, a garage and outside lighting. Car hire is not necessary as the villa is less than a 15 minute walk to a large selection of shops, bars, restaurants; however parking is available if required.

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 18 February 2019 - 28 February 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 March 2020 - 5 January 2022: the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Late booking discounts

  • Receive 15% off if the booking is made within 3 weeks of the arrival date.
  • Receive 25% off if the booking is made within 1 week of the arrival date.
  • Receive 10% off if the booking is made within 5 weeks of the arrival date.

Long stay discounts

  • Receive 15% off if the booking is for 1 month or more.

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



  • Extra Persons

    £101.61 per week for each additional person if there are more than 2 people, paid with booking


  • POOL HEATING - months October to May inclusive 21/22 ºC. Additional heating [24/25 ºC] can be ordered in advance, in the Winter, at an additional charge.

    £262.79 per week, paid locally

  • INTERNET PACK - The access to the wireless network of the house through your personal LAPTOP / IPAD / TABLET / SMARTPHONE, is for free.

    £0.00 per weekpaid locally



3 bedrooms, Sleeps 7:

  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 single sofa bed in twin bedroom, 1 cot


3 bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Swimming pool

Private pool with electric heating, Size 8m x 4.5m, Depth 1m to 1.6m


CD player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, German, French, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Central heating, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire optional


Cooker, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Microwave, Oven, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Garage, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Sea view

Suitable for

Children, Infants

Extra information

Twice a week the house is cleaned, linen is changed and the rooms are provided with fresh towels. - The use of the Internet in computers Villa, and the Wi-Fi access from your own laptop, is an extra, and costs 45.00 €/week. - Pool heating - water temp approx 26ºC, can be ordered in advance, at an additional charge. Max. Capacity 7 persons. Down payment / Deposit requested. Rate depending on the number of persons.


Average rating from 21 reviews

Private Owner From Funchal, Portugal Member since Oct 2007

Past bookings: 26 bookings

Last seen: 2 years ago

Number of properties: 1

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