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“Tranquil spot”
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Colina da Faja
Sussex
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“Tranquil spot”
Reviewed 15 May 2010

We stayed at the Colina da Faja for 4 nights. The room was very spacious, with a modern bathroom which was lovely. It had stunning views from the terrace. The hotel is away from the busier parts of Madeira and right on one of the main levados. A really quiet spot - the only disturbance was a cockerel from the house further below and even that seemed to rise late! As other reviewers have said, the track down to the hotel is steep - but we found it easily driveable with care. This is really a B and B as it does not do evening meals. You do need a car to get to the nearest restaurants (although you are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare meals if you would prefer). We liked Chicos - a really typical local restaurant serving good home cookling, in Prazeres. Overall, we found it extemely relaxing and welcoming and would definitely return

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and loved every minute.

It is located in a quiet Madeiran village with beautiful walks, coastal and mountain drives on the doorstep. There is a levada running through the hotel grounds. We are not big walkers, but we had a stroll along the levada about 0.5h each way - it was delightful.

The position of the hotel is truly amazing - about 500m above the sea level overlooking a beautiful valley and the ocean. All bedrooms have beautiful sea views.

Everything looks exactly like the photos on the web.

The building is beautifully designed with terraces on several levels all with great views. The rooms are great - very cosy with wooden floors, comfortable beds and good bathrooms. Our bedroom had french doors which opened onto the terrace; it was so lovely to open them every morning to a see the beautiful ocean. There are shutters on the windows, that kept the room very dark at night. It was great for a good night sleep.

The towels are changed every day and the beds are made.

Breakfast was very good with all the guests sitting around one big table. The guest can also use the hotel's kitchen / fridge and dining room to prepare / have drinks and meals, which was very useful. There were several nice eating places within an easy drive. We enjoyed 'O Pricipicio' in Faja da Ovelha and 'Chico' and 'Jardim' in Prazeres.

The swimming pool is beautiful - a little cool in November, but we still had a dip twice.

There are cosy common areas for reading, playing games or having a quiet drink.

The staff was very kind and friendly, always happy to help and answer questions. On my husband's Birthday we found a bottle of sparkling wine in our room, which was such a kind gesture!

You might see reviews on other Internet sites about the steep road leading to the hotel . The road was a little tricky - but only for about 100m. It was manageable and definitely worth it.

We can't wait to stay in Colina da Faja again one day.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Colina da Faja
Address: Sito de S. Joao, Faja da Ovelha, Calheta, Madeira 9370-303, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Calheta > Faja da Ovelha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Faja da Ovelha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Colina da Faja 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colina da Faja is the ideal place for nature lovers and walkers who wish to discover the beauty of Madeira Island trough the "Levadas" (walking trails constructed to transport water). In front of the house, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful and long Levadas called Levada Nova. It starts on Ribeira Brava and ends in a small village after Ponta do Pargo. This small house, with 9 rooms, is situated in Faja da Ovelha, Calheta, in the south west coast of Madeira Island. This is both the sunniest and most intact side of the island. ... more   less 
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Colina Da Faja Madeira/Faja Da Ovelha

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