“A romantic mountain retreat in the northeast of the island with cosy self-catering wooden lodges and total tranquillity”
Ten stilted cabins dot themselves across the grounds (2 of these pair up for family stays); there's a sweet Little Stone House tucked away near the manager’s lodge, a Log House and a Red House near the gates. All is well-tended, secluded and very romantic. You get a swimming pool on the lawn and a tranquil, tropical, back-to-nature feel. Each perched home feels woody and rustic, with its simple kitchenette, tiny bathroom and deliciously comfortable bed - think luxurious camping. A place to unwind: rest body and soul against a background of bird ballad and river rush, take a dip into the pool or get sporty.
- The setting: tropical gardens, paddling ducks and an all-pervading sense of serenity
- Quirky design pieces in the stone cottage and the red house add a refreshingly arty touch
- The Little Stone House, a former cowshed, is full of rural charm and comes complete with flowers round the door
- Despite the remote feel, it's only 10-20 mins' drive to the seaside town of Machico, the golf course of Santo da Serra, and Madeira's Santa Cruz airport
- It's often cloudy or wet up in these hills, and a good 5 degrees cooler than the coast
- The nearest shops and restaurant are 1km away, so you'll need a car
- The cabins are very simple and rather dark, with a bit of fraying around the edges, and basic kitchenettes
- No room service, nor breakfast, coffee or tea facilities. This is strictly self-catering
- Not for movers and shakers - the pace of life here is slow, slow, slow
Best time to go
- Boutique Cottages
- 10 cabins (for 2) + 3 cottages (for 2-4)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
You have a choice of 10 stilted Mountain Shelters, the Red House, the Little Stone House and the Log Cabin. All have a small outdoor sitting/dining area and a simple stylish décor.
The Little Stone House by the river is our favourite. It used to be a cowshed, now it’s been renovated to make a pretty 2-storey cottage, hidden away from the lodges, wreathed in delicate flowers. The décor is unusual, combining such quirkeries as a tailor’s dummy with an attractive muted natural palette. There's a lovely dining/sitting room area, a stylish brown leather sofa, and a proper little kitchen, as well as 2 single beds that are pulled together when a couple stay.
The slightly smaller, single-storey Red House is perfect for a couple with 1 or 2 younger children. It has a compact terracotta-tiled sitting room with a sofabed (fine for 2 children; cots are also available), a circular dining table and a small kitchen. The Log Cabin, which we haven't seen yet, also has plenty of space for up to 4.
The perched cabins lie somewhere between a mountain lodge, a treehouse and a shed. Furnished in natural colours, they have pine walls and floors, really comfortable double beds and small but perfectly formed kitchenettes. The bathrooms are compact with small showers and heated towel rails (white towels provided). Underneath each lodge is a shaded open-air eating and chilling area; wraparound balconies guarantee forest and river views. Steep steps up to the bedrooms mean that these are not toddler-friendly.
There is also a double cabin that is ideal for families with older children, or for 2-4 friends; it's a combination of Mountain Shelters 2 and 3, linked by a shared deck, each with its own outdoor stair, each with a bedroom up and a living area below.
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Full kitchen
- Internet access
Quinta das Eiras is fully self-catering. No food is provided, not even tea bags, so you’ll have to stock up. The nearest shop is the small grocer's in Santo da Serra, less than a kilometre away. The capital, Funchal, is a 20-minute drive. There's a mini fridge as well as a 2-ring hob in each cabin, and all the cutlery and plates etc you’ll need, plus a coffee pot and saucepans. There are no ovens but the Red House and Stone House do have microwaves. Note there are no barbecues on site.
Santo da Serra's restaurants serve hearty Madeiran food (skewered meats, baked fish). There's also a bakery in the village that, it is hoped, will soon be making breakfast deliveries to the Quinta.
- Full kitchen
- In house cook
- Relax in the tropical gardens with occasional dips in the pool
- You're well placed for hiking, with forests and levadas surrounding the retreat (levadas are irrigation channels that provide a wonderful network of walking trails throughout the island)
- Painters and writers find inspiration in the solitude and tranquillity - your chance to write that novel
- Ask Luis about hiring a yacht : he sometimes has access to a 50-foot ocean-race-winning beauty that can be hired for 1 or 2-night cruises with a skipper
- Or set off on a mountain bike - you can hire them locally
- Golf: Santo da Serra's 27-hole course, home to the Madeira Island Open, has spectacular views to mountains, valleys and the islands of Desertas and Porto Santo - and is only a mile away
- Visit the seaside towns of Machico and Canical, 10 minutes away, for ice creams, swims and paddles in the sea. They also offer several elegant dining options
- There's diving off the coast nearby
- Horse riding and jeep safaris can be arranged
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Horse riding
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
- Whale watching
The natural setting is great for kids - but the pool isn't fenced and the narrow steps up to the stilted lodges might be a problem.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Log House has 2 double beds, while the Red House has a double bedroom and a living room with double sofabed. Families with older children might like the Double Cabin which is a pair of stilted cabins with a shared (indoor) living space between them. All rooms have handy kitchenettes.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Quinta das Eiras is in the northeast of Madeira, near the village of Santa do Serra, just 10 minutes from the coast.
Funchal (8km). Click the links below for a list of airlines.
You'll need a car here and ideally should rent a comfortable one and be a confident driver – the hills and country roads in this area are a little hair-raising. See our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Madeira and getting around
- Funchal 8.0 km FNC
- Beach 8.0 km
- Shops 0.6 km
- Restaurant 0.6 km