Canhas (Ponta do Sol)
Situated 5 minutes from the town of
Approx. 20 minutes from Funchal
Approx. 45 minutes from the Airport
Serrado da Cruz
Ponta do Sol
First of all take the speed way (VR1) in direction to Funchal.
Near Funchal you'll find signage Ribeira Brava. Stay this way to Ribeira Brava. Arriving Ribeira Brava (in the end of the big tunnel) turn right and you'll find a roundabout. Take the first exit going towards to the center of the village. After entering Gesteiro's tunnel you'll find a second roundabout. Take the first exit right, in direction to Ponta do Sol. You'll enter another tunnel and you'll find a third roundabout. Take the second exit to Lugar de Baixo. Cross this village. After one more tunnel you'll find another roundabout Take the second exit right - Paúl da Serra Canhas. Cross this street untill you find the last roundabout. Take the fourth exit (Paúl da Serra Canhas) and after 4,6 km in the main street you'll find Santa Teresinha's monument, with 3 stone achs. After this monument, turn right and you'll find Casa do Retiro's gate on the right side properly marked.
Casa do Retiro is a luxurious holiday house located on the sunny south coast of Madeira Island, in the quiet village of Canhas and near the center of Ponta do Sol.
This holiday house is ready to accommodate people with mobility limitations. It consists of five bedrooms, one on the first floor and four bedrooms on the ground floor.
This amazing house has an extensive private garden with oaks and trees from the indigenous forest "Laurissilva" and various stone objects used by previous inhabitants: mills, a wine press, a well and a spacious barbecue. On the inside, the house is furnished with items that include English and Portuguese pieces over one hundred years old, as well Madeiran articles.
The outdoor swimming pool and the covered jacuzzi invites you to relax. There is also a solarium with sun beds and warm water showers. The large barbecue and a games room with bar, table football and billiards are great for gatherings.
Near the house is the Sta. Teresa monument, which was erected by ancestors of the present owners.
Hiking areas are just minutes away. 200 meters away there are some restaurants, cafes, supermarket, pharmacy, health center, church, and ATM.
This house is for the exclusive use of the group or couple who rent it.
We much enjoyed our stay at the Casa do Retiro. It is a fantastic house owned by great and lovely people. The welcome was very warm and the house owner kindly provided grocery first day as well as a nice assortment of tropical fruits. Our kids liked the warmed pool and the jacuzzi very much and I believe that they found this the best thing of our entire stay at Madeira. The location of the casa is fine, if you like to be in a quiet and peaceful environment. Furthermore there were often clouds in other parts of the island, but it was sunny or only partly cloudy at the casa. In summary, a very nice stay and we would recommend the casa to everyone, in particular with young children.
Han sido tres días de ensueño. Todo es tal y como se aprecia en las fotos; una casa muy limpia y cuidada a la que no le falta el más mínimo detalle. Ideal si se quiere estar en la casa sin salir todo el día de allí tanto para familias grandes como para grupo de amigos. Nosotros fuimos 10 personas y la verdad es que toda la experiencia genial. La casa se limpia y recoge a diario y se dispone de todo lo necesario para poder hacer una vida completamente normal. El recibimiento con una cesta de frutas y una botellita de vino típica de la isla fué un grandísimo detalle. Lo mejor de todo sin duda alguna ha sido la atención por parte de los propietarios. Recomendable 100%
This first visit to Madeira has been a pleasing experience! Fine weather for the season enabled us to live outdoors - whether walking the levadas or the Eastern cape, relaxing in the pool or having all meals, except one!, in the yard! We have been the lucky to stay in Casa do Retiro and give our thanks to Family Noronha and to Mrs Graça for your hospitality and concern! PS: leaving tonight for -3 - -6ºC and snow in Copenhagen/DK!
Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. N. for the hospitality! Wonderful house - very comfortable, nice, clean! Perfect place to stay! A very warm and friendly welcome. It was very nice to meet you, and I hope to make friends! We were thoroughly satisfied with our stay and would recommend it to friends
I was looking for somewhere special to take my wife for her 50th birthday. Fortunately I found Madeira, and the wonderful owners of this place. We were greeted by the biggest, warmest smile you can imagine, and for our whole holiday their warmth and kindness shone through. The house is exactly as you see it in the photos and how it is described by the other reviews - it is perfect as you feel at home whilst surrounded by comfort and everything you need. All the little things are taken care of for you before you arrive - a wonderful welcome pack, including wine and madeiran cake and no need to go and buy wasking up liquid, sugar, salt and loads of other things as they are all there. I chose here not only for the swimming pool, jaccuzi, lovely grounds and spacious accommodation but also because my wife loves to sit and enjoy an open fire in the evening. The house was kept spotless for us and also stocked up with logs and timber and took care of all our needs. If you think this may be the place for you, then look no further. Thank you to the owners for letting us into your beautiful home and leaving us with such wonderful memories to look back on.
Our weekend in Madeira was perfect thanks to this amazing property and having everything we needed at our fingertips. Beatriz and Tito were wonderful hosts, there whenever we needed them and very helpful. Plus they left us a whole bunch of fruit, wine and food that was above and beyond what we expected! We went with a group of eight young people and found it difficult to leave the house due to the heated pool, jacuzzi, pool table and outdoor BBQ. There was plenty of space, a supermarket very close by and the house was easy to find from the directions Beatriz gave us. I'd recommend it to any large group or family...it really has everything you need and makes for a dream stay in Madeira!
Location de qualité,maison très agréable pour une famille nombreuse avec enfants. Equipements extérieurs (piscine,jacuzzi,salle de jeux) bien entretenus. Le ménage est fait chaque jour ce qui est un plus très appréciable. L''accueil a été charmant et les propriétaires ont fait preuve d''une grande gentillesse et attention tout au long du séjour.Le lieu est très calme et très agréable. En conclusion nous recommandons vraiment cette location !
Good night, Dear Tito, Cristina and Beatriz! Thank you for a wonderful stay in your home! Everything was just great! We loved it - and the comfort of your home, and beauty of the space around himself a beautiful house! And most of all, it was very nice to meet you and your spouse! I hope to see you soon at the next holiday on Madeira! Sincerely, Julia Barysheva from Russia
Famille Le Roy
Toute la famille Le Roy ne peut que vous remercier pour votre accueil chaleureux et pour la trés bonne semaine que nous avons passé dans votre agréable maison. Nos lieux favoris: -Le Pico do Areiro -Le jardin tropical de Monte Palace -Les grottes de São Vicente -Le mirador de Balcões (Ribeiro Frio) -Le piscine naturelle de Porto Moniz -Le jardin botanique (sauf les perroquets en cages). Un remerciement special à Madame Graça qui par son efficacité et sa discrétion a rendu notre séjour encore plus agréable. Merci pour toutes vos charmantes attentions tout au long de la semaine.
Quel bonheur ce doit être de vivre en permanence à Madèire! Quel calme, quelle douceur de vivre, quelles couleurs! Encore un grand merci pour votre accueil et votre gentillesse. Nous allons hélas être obligés de revenir, quand l'île sera en fleurs... quel charme!! Cordialement Famille Guiot (France-Lille)
Foi com grande prazer que voltei a esta casa dois anos volvidos. Costuma-se dizer: “Nunca voltes ao lugar onde já foste feliz” mas ignorei o velho ditado e mais uma vez não me arrependi. Vim cá com a minha família celebrar o meu 30º aniversário, uma data especial que merecia um ambiente a condizer (02.06). Gostei imenso da estadia e adorei as inovações na casa tais como a piscina e o jacuzzi. Um obrigada ao Dr. Tito pela gentileza com que nos recebeu. Adeus e até um dia
Dear Dr. Tito and Christina, We thank you for your hospitality and the wonderful stay in Madeira and the lovely house! Best wishes and kind regards Jana Hana
Maria, Laura, Vladimir, Hanna
Dearst Dr. Tito, his daughters and son, We came here totally weak and overworked and we had the pleasure to profit from your wonderful hospitality! We loved your house but specially your kindness! Thank you for the lovely cakes, the Champagne and your comfortable house that made it so possible to spend the best Xmas vacation ever. Thank you Maria Laura Valdimir Hanna Thanks for everything we really enjoyed our holiday!!!
Annie and Martin from Essex, U.K.
What a wonderful way to celebrate my 50th birthday. This was our first trip to Madeira and we can’t think of a better place to have stayed on the island. We will always remember your kindness from the moment we arrived. The lovely and very unexpected gifts and provisons that made such a difference to other places we have stayed elsewhere . It was lovely to meet both Mr. Tito and Mrs. Cristina and Martin and to talk to Beatrice on the phone too. And a Big thank you to Mrs. Graça for keeping the home so clean and beautiful and a treat to come home every night, to clean towels and lovely made bed. The people of Canhas have also been so kind to us and we feel that we have made some special friends here. The island – well what can we say – one of the most beautiful places we have visited. Every corner brings a new surprise. Great views, great food and wonderful hospitality whererver we have been. We’ve walked levadas, had long sunny lunches, listened to fado music, danced in the bars. Had a truly wonderful time. We are all very sad to be leaving today but look forward to return as soon as we can. Thank you once again for your wonderful house and hospitality. We hope to see you soon.
Dear Family Noronha, we thank you for your hospitality and the wonderful stay in your lovely house Casa do Retiro!! We very much appreciated you warm welcome and enjoyed the Madeira Wine and Bolo de Mel. Since my husband works for an airline, we always prefered houses istead of staying in hotels during our holidays. Casa do Retiro is really one of the best because it is spacious and a very nice classic style and very well maintained. Thank you very much to Mrs. Graça for the housekeeping day by day! Tito, all success with your classic cars!! Best wishes and kind regards
Família Noronha, Muitos Parabéns pela magnífica casa!!! Nem parece que estamos na Ilha da Madeira! Um local soberbo e com tudo "à mão". Adorámos a semana que foi uma semana de descanso e em família. Era tudo o que estavamos a precisar para esquecer a confusão do Funchal e o stress do dia-a-dia. Um muito obrigado pela vossa simaptia e também obrigado à Sra. Graça. Esperamos voltar em breve!
A wonderful 2 weeks in Madeira. The boys loved the swimming pool and the hot tub & were in and out of it everyday. Your home is beautiful & the hospitality was perfect. The fresh fruit went down with 3 mangoes consumed by 2 boys in a day!! Great for exploring the island by car - the views are breath taking & the roads amazing. Thank you so much once again.
Dear Dr. Tito and Christina! How fast these 3 weeks of vacation have passed! Now we can say Many, many thanks for the really wonderful weeks in your holiday house on that lovely place on earth! Everything was perfect and also a "thank you" to Mrs. Graça for the ongoing housekeeping day by day what made lots of things easier and faster. After these 3 weeks we think to have seen a lot, have crossed the island in each direction again and again and made so great hiking trios along the levadas and up to the mountains. We enjoyed each day again and each trip was a new experience. We will keep this holidays for a long time in our minds. After the "whole day" excursions we enjoyed in the evening your great swimming pool, jacuzzi and for sure the barbecue + fireplace to think about the day, recreate and to make new plans for the next day. But after 3 weeks we have to say: we did not see everything and there are so many hiking trips we did not make. We will have to come back again in a near future! We will think for a long time on you both and your warm welcome, on the holiday house and on Madeira with it's great nature aroud. Many thanks again for the gifts as well! All the best!
Dear Family Noronha, we spent 3 wonderful weeks in this beautiful house. Everything is so thoughtfully equipped and carefully maintained. What a treasure! We were grateful to have spent my/ours parent's/grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary in this special surrounding. Thank you for the excellent Madeira Wine, Senhor Noronha. We had very good weather and started our days swimming in the pool, as well as relaxing in the evening. Our days were filled with explorations throughout the magnificent island. We had good food, wine and met wonderful people. We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for a lovely vacation and all the nice treats!
Dear Family Noronha! Thank you so much – you were so Great hosts – and also a big thank you to Mrs. Graça – you made our Christmas and New Year- vacation a very special and wonderful experience! The house is gorgeous – especially for dog-owners! Our 4 mini dachshunds Josy, Pauline, Jule and Lucy felt as comfortable as we did. They loved to check out the garden without being cheesed by us. So everybody experienced a great relaxing vacation. Madeira is an awesome island and it’s worth to come back one time! But one thing is clear: when we return we’ll come back to this house! A big THANK YOU from Olaj + Anne from Weimar/Germany and from Roland + Gabi from Hannover/Germany and of course a big thanks from Josy, Pauline, Jule and Lucy =) PS: Your tip for the new year's fireworks display at Funchal was AWESOME!!! Thanks a lot =)
Margit und Enzo un Renate und Klaus
Acht Tage verweilten wir auf dieser schönen insel und lieben alle pracht über uns ergehen: naturerlebnisse in ihrer prächtigen vielfalt, ausgiebige jouren in alle Richtungen - all unsere sinne kamen dabei auf ihre kosten möge dieses schöne fleckchen so natur belassen bleiben, denn auch die vielen baustellen entgingen nicht unseren blicken. In diesem schönen Häuschen fühlten wir uns sehr wohl, genossen abends die wohlige wärme am kamin, freuten uns über den unsichtbaren "Hausgeist "(Sra Graça) und erprobten fleibig in der küche kulinarische genüsse. Ein herzliches Dankeschön sagen die "Rand-Berliner"
Wir motorradfreunde Priestersöd aus Aschau im schönen Bayern, verbrachten in der Casa do Retiro auf der Insel Madeira sieben wunderschöne Tage. Kurren über Kurren, Berge über Berge, all das was ein Biker herz erfreut fanden wir hier vor. Der Gute Geist des Hauses Sra. Graza sorgte dafür, das wir uns in diesem Hause mehr als wohl fühlten. Diese Zauberhafte Insel hat uns einen her lichen Urlaub beschert, sodas wir uns eines Tages bestimmt wieder sehen werden. Obrigado
Muito obrigado pelo fim-de-semana que nos proporcionaram. A casa é magnífica e muito confortável. Esperamos ter oportunidade de regressar.
Nous étions dix adultes et cette maison très grande était très adaptée à ce nombre :cinq chambres ,trois salles de bains ,grande salle à manger, salon ,véranda abritée ; le plus c' était la piscine avec le jacuzzi ; les propriétaires sont très sympathiques et très avenants : à noter également la présence d une femme de ménage très discrète et très efficace ;nous ne pouvons que recommander cette maison
Une très belle habitation dans un endroit qui vaut le détour. Toutes commodités, dont commerces de proximité.
We would like to express our thanks to the family Noronha for the wonderful holiday we had in the Casa do Retiro. The whole villa with the garden possesses its specific genius loci; at the same time it´s very comfortable, tastefully furnished, very clean (the house maid comes every day and does her job excellently). The secondary road in the vicinity of the house did not disturb us at all (it was our prior concern to have a quiet place) - the yard behind the house is completely sheltered. During the evening and night it´s absolutely calm. We enjoyed the fact that the family Noronha adheres to the place - what a contrast to a faceless milieu of some hotels! The monument next to the garden represents a moving testimony from the history of the family. Best Regards, Katerina
Sabine and Holger
Many thanks to family Noronha for the great holiday we had in the Casa do Retiro! The house includes everything what is needed for a stay over a longer time. The house itself is tasteful equipped with beautiful old furniture and very personal things from the family’s history. The technical equipment whatever you need, is completely available. In addition you will have in the house also a WLAN-access for permanent internet. The house itself is situated in a village-like environment and around you have access to all really needed things, like pharmacy, small supermarket or a bank and a cash machine. The beautiful big swimming pool and the whirlpool we enjoyed as really big "add on" especially on hot days or after extended hiking tours. The ambient area is completed with a big barbecue (what can be used as fireplace), a nice garden and a "gaming room". The house and all around is in very clean condition and a house maid comes everyday! Family Noronha is taking care about all the wishes of their residents to make all things perfect for the stay in their holiday house and that you have these weeks on Madeira in mind for a long time. We have enjoyed our weeks of vacation completely and can only recommend that lovely place for a stay on Madeira! Best regards Sabine and Holger
First of all, like the other reviewers, I also want to thank the family Noronha for their kindness and good help before and during our stay. The furniture on the photos shows the old style of decoration in the house, it is old, but well maintained and since the whole house is in this style it looks nice. We had a perfect vacation for 6 days on Madeira. The villa was our main station from where we rented a car to visited as much a possible of different parts of the island. I recommend car rental because you can decide when and where you want to go. We didn’t used public service. Location is good because supermarket and nice pizza restaurant is around the corner. The villa was perfect! We used the swim pool, Jacuzzi, pool table, all the bedrooms, the showers and living room. We stayed in the Villa with 6 men aged between 27 and 31. We all had separated rooms except 2 of us who stayed in single beds. Showers are good with temperature and pressure, also when used together. I had very good e-mail contact with the contact person of the villa. I had several question about linen, towels, arrival time, etc... And every time within a day I received a answer. During our stay we got out of firewood for the fireplace inside the house and the fireplace outside the house (great for barbeque use). I send a e-mail to the contact person and the next day we had new wood. Finally the housecleaning service; each day our house was cleaned, showers, bedrooms, kitchen, dining and living were cleaned but our moved furniture stayed at our moved location witch was perfect! Because we moved chairs into a position that for us was more friendly. Our breakfast and dining dish was also cleaned each day. And more then enough fresh towels for shower and swimming each day Concluded; Great villa with everything you can imagine and perfectly great cleaning service. All in service of a friendly family that consider their guests as kings.
Lovely villa located up the winding roads of Canhas. We were met by the owners, who gave us a typically Madeirense, warm welcome! We were shown around the villa, introduced to the maid, presented with our welcome gifts and then left to our own devices for the remainder of our stay. The house was beautifully presented, clean and well maintained. The maid turned up every day, and cleaned everything! Bedrooms, bathrooms, the pool, the kitchen, she washed everything in site! The pool, paddling pool and the jacuzzi were constantly used, we really liked the fact that you could lock the gates to the pool as we have young children. We made good use of the games room and spent alot of time there! The barbecue facility is lovely and we enjoyed quite a few espetadas. Our children enjoyed the garden and loved playing there. There is also wi-fi, which we found invaluable. There is plenty of room to park your car(s) and the villa is quiet, peaceful and secure. There is a restaurant, supermarket, ATM's and a pharmacy literally 2 minute's walk from the villa. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we are a family of 5 with 2 young children and we cannot hold Casa do Retiro in high enough regard. I think the one thing that sums up how much we enjoyed our stay here, is that my children are constantly asking me, "when are we going back to the holiday home?" To the owners I say, congratulations on having such a beautiful home, we hope to see you again soon, when we next visit Madeira. Obrigado!
We are just back in the real world from a perfect holiday. There is not much I can add to what the other reviewers wrote. Casa do Retiro is the perfect place to spend a paradise vacation. We stayed with the whole family (grandparents, parents and kids) and everybody was happy. There is nothing left you could wish for. What we found quite exceptional is that the owners did not only prepare a wonderful welcome for us, they picked us up from the airport and had been grocery shopping for us so that we could start our vacation right away and did not have to worry where to get food. We also enjoyed Senhora Graca´s daily house keeping and her friendlyness. Thank you for the wonderful memories. We will be back.
Excelente casa para uns dias de descanso...oferece óptimas condições, cada recanto da casa tem história, um jardim fantástico e o pormenor da piscina e jacuzzi veio melhorar ainda mais... Adoramos e iremos regressar com certeza. Foi um fim de semana em grande. Obrigado
Represento um grupo de 8 jovens que teve uma estadia de 5 dias na Casa do Retiro e antes de mais gostaríamos de agradecer a simpatia, amabilidade e recepção do Sr. Noronha. A casa é maravilhosa, com uma decoração clássica, bem cuidada e carregada de história em cada canto com comodidades que são fantásticas. A piscina aquecida, o jacuzzi, a churrasqueira, a zona de jogos com os matraquilhos e o snooker, tudo absolutamente fantástico. Muito bem localizada, com supermercado, farmácia e pizzaria mesmo ali ao pé. Referimos ainda que as pessoas da vila são muito simpáticas. A opinião do grupo foi comum, foram dias impecáveis e a vontade de sair não era nenhuma. Aconselhamos a quem queira e possa e esperamos voltar um dia. Cumprimentos e Obrigada em nome de todos Susana e grupo de Lisboa