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Banda do Sol Self Catering
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Banda do Sol Self Catering
Lavender Cottage
Swimming Pool terrace
Al fresco dining on the private terrace
Open plan dining and kitchen area
Main Bedroom
Spacious second bedroom
Luxurious bathrooms
Wood burning stove for any chilly evenings
Dolphin & whale watching excursions from our local marina
Walking the Levadas
Spectacular views
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Estreito da Calheta, Calheta, Madeira, Madeira Islands

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Ann B
2 reviews
“Just fantastic........”
Reviewed 23 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We stayed in Lavender cottage, a two bedroom, two bathroom cottage, for a week in September 2017.
The cottage is beautifully appointed, very clean, of a very high standard and well equipped for cooking. The beds (one double and two singles) are very comfortable and the standard throughout the bungalow is very high.
The lounge has comfortable sofas and a TV with plenty of channels as well as a DVD player and a range of DVDs. The internet is very good and reliable.
There is a separate utility room with a good washing machine for use by all guests.
The attention to detail and all the small touches throughout really make this an exceptional property.
The southerly views from the cottage are amazing as the cottages are located up a steep road (aren’t they all in Madeira!) a few hundred feet above the sea below and the property has with two patios to sit on that allow you to take the sun all day long and look out to sea. There is a lovely dining area with sliding glass doors on two sides which is great for breakfast or an evening meal as there is everything available to cook a full English roast!
There are ceiling fans in both bedrooms.
Lavender cottage shares a lovely refreshing fresh water pool with the neighbouring one bedroom cottage and the studio which is located at the owner’s house just up the drive. There are plenty of sun loungers and a large umbrella. There is ample off-road parking with electric gates so the properties are very secure.
Banda Do Sol is located at the western end of the island about 45 mins (and 34 tunnels!) from the airport. It’s easy to find if you follow the very good directions. It’s about 30 mins to Funchal town.
There are a number of supermarkets nearby in Calheta and Ribiera Brava – we found the Continente chain to be best. There are also local restaurants and we only tried New Era in Calheta which was very good.
Banda Do Sol is a fantastic choice if you want peace and quiet, great views and you’re happy to drive as it’s a great base from which to explore the whole wonderful island of Madeira. Don’t miss the lighthouse at Ponta Do Pargo, Porto Moniz, the Nun’s Valley (Curral das Freiras), the peak at Pico Areeiro, the little houses in Santana and of course Funchal itself with the cable cars and Botanical and Tropical gardens.
Last but not least we must mention Heather the owner – she is a wonderful host with loads of local knowledge and can’t do enough to help her guests have a wonderful stay. There was a nice welcome pack of essentials (food/drinks) waiting for us on arrival and the whole experience of booking, payment and arrival was one of the best we’ve ever experienced. Heather’s aim is to make Banda Do Sol a ‘home away from home’ and it certainly lives up to that motto.
Lavender cottage gets the thumbs-up and 5*’s from us. If you want to know anything more please get in touch.

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maxgisler
Buelach, Switzerland
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“Perfect stay at Madeira”
Reviewed 13 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

It's a very good Place to relax and we felt from the beginning like at home.
the clean Bungalow is well equipped and in the kitchen you'll find everything.
the view from the cottage is just stunning. i miss them already
it was one of the most peaceful and relaxing holidays we've ever had.
Thank you Heather :-)

If you stay there, you need a car

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Liked best: well equipped Cottage and the stunning view
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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leif ö
Jonkoping, Sweden
2 reviews
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“Wonderful stay on a wonderful island”
Reviewed 20 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

As we stayed for a month we had the chance of seeing and experience most of the Island.
Here at Lavendel cottage we felt as home with the house and the beautiful surroundings,
nice and well equipped kitchen (we did cook many times, we also grilled several times on
the new outside grill.) The most useful thing were though the inglassed outside place
were we could sit at any time of the day and look at the stunning wievs. Alltogether a
place to long for.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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DizzyBea
Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“It's worst getting lost for :)”
Reviewed 28 April 2014 for a stay in January 2014

A wonderful, tranquil well equipped holiday home. The beds are the most comfortable holiday beds we ever slept in. The bathrooms are spotless and the kitchen is well equipped. Heather and her parents are brilliant hosts. You don't have worry about buying condiments, washing up liquid, oil etc. if you choose to cook, like in most self catering accommodations. The laundry unit is a great addition to provide ultimate comfort.
In my opinion, unless you are super fit a car is a must. By comedy of errors we got lost a few times trying to make our way "home" but if we ever go back to Madeira we would never stay anywhere else.

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Liked best: Tranquility & Fresh Air
Liked least: Steep roads
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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heatherjo...
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Away from the hurly burly”
Reviewed 7 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

great place to stay if you like peace and quiet yet only half an hour drive from funchal. good area to base for levada, coast and mountain walks. well equipped cottages, gorgeous location, knowledgeable likeable owners live on site. electronic gates to property...as do most properties on this amazing island.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Extended Family
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