We loved our stay here. The house is gorgeous. It is located on the quieter North side of the Island, which suited us fine. The views from every direction were stunning and we enjoyed as many meals as we could on the patio or the miradouro.
Ema was also a terrific host, responding quickly to our concerns.
Last May I spent a holiday with my husband and two daughters in this terrific place and we can all say how grateful we are to have found this amazing house! A great place for people who want to get away from the daily routine and want to experience the raw nature but still feel as if they were home. We loved to hear the birds in the morning and how we fell asleep listing to the sound of the water running outside. It truly is a refuge for anyone who is looking for a place to unwind or to spend quality time with the family because the surroundings are amazing to both relax and to create new memories with loved ones.
Ema was very quick to reply and just as nice when we got to meet her. We have appreciated how she helped us with our questions about which places and how neat the house was when we got there - it looked as if we were in a Hotel.
Great location if you're interested in touring the island as well as hiking.
The house is spacious. Lots of safe areas for children to play. Great BBQ area.
Away from the main roads so very quiet.
The hosts Ema (speaks English) and her mother are available at all times should you need anything.
Several supermarkets within easy driving distance. The main supermarket, Continente is about 8 miles away. If coming from Funchal airport you pass it on your way here. A smaller supermarket approx 2-3 miles stocks most things too.
A good variety of restaurants in Sao Vicente if you don't feel like cooking. Loads of snack bars all over the island
What a beautiful place. Ema is a superb , host , answering our queries immediately and accurately. We stayed for a week , enjoying the wonderful gardens, barbecue pit. There is a belveder where you can sit and enjoy the sea view while sipping sundowners. There are two bedrooms with queen size bed, a very well equipped kitchen and a large lounge with four futons for extra guests. The wifi is very fast. 38 down and 12 up.
The village is a five minute walk away and there's a nice little restaurant about three minutes walk away. The town has a small supermarket and you will pass two others on the way from the airport. Stop at the big Continente at the zona commercial in Ribeiro Brava on the way in to stock up.
This is an ideal base for the north coast and walking holidays. Book with confidence. We will be back.
I have enjoyed everything from the surrounding to the house itself and I can guarantee you that its the best place you can go during any season. I have been there during the summer as well as during the winter and I loved this little paradise! Close to everything you need and still far way so you are close to nature being able to listen to birds and the water running near the garden. Also the people who rent the place are very lovely since they make you feel just as if you were home. If you ever have the chance stay in Refugio!