2 Bedroom apartment to sleep 4; 2 bathrooms; area 90 sq. m
- english, *Google TRANSLATE available
About Sandy Becker
I have lived in Madeira for 24 years and love the Island. I never tire of the magnificent scenery with both mountain and sea views. The climatic conditions are perfect with temperatures throughout the year between 16 deg C and 25 deg C. The local folks are considerate and helpful and it is for these reasons that I am still here.
Why Sandy Becker chose Santa Maria Maior
For guests who wish to be a short distance out of the hustle and bustle and noise of the City, this is an ideal location. Calm and peacefulness is what you will experience with beautiful views overlooking the Botanic Gardens. At the same time you have the convenience of the local bus service just outside the apartment. The buses are an inexpensive mode of transport, very frequent and very reliable right on your doorstep.
Check-in: 10:30 am
Check-out: 12:00 pm
8 years and over
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Although there is no security deposit required, it would be appreciated if any breakages could be replaced with an article of similar value.
The apartment is completely self-catering and it is expected to be left in a clean and tidy state upon departure.
There is an extra charge of E6 per night each for guests above two. The apartment is registered for a total of four guests.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This property was superb. It was old fashioned but we loved it as it had that holiday feel.
Sandy was an excellent host and provider of tips for buses and places to go. She also took us to the supermarket when we arrived and we were able to stock up on the basics especially 2 huge bottles of water. We can't thank her enough and would highly recommend this property and her.
Thank you both for your kind comments and also for looking after the property as if it were your own. I look forward to seeing you both again in the future.
What a fabulous gem of a place to stay
We had such a good time in Madeira and Sandy and the apartment played no small part in that. The apartment is so well situated and the view from the balcony is stunning. Sandy was so welcoming and helpful. She was always on hand to help with anything - from shopping on the first day, organising bus passes, booking tours and supplying a cork screw when needed!!!! Thank you for a fabulous 5 days - I can't wait to come back!
Dear Susan and Sue,
So pleased you both enjoyed your stay. I must say that you surely got around the Island....both near and far. You still have a few Levadas to walk and it will be my pleasure to have you back in the future. Thank you Ladies for your kind remarks.
A lovely. private rental. overlooking Funchal and the Cruise Ship harbour, within easy public bus
We had been to Funchal twice, once on a Package holiday. then on a Amazonia cruise. We wanted a holiday that was different, and more satisfying. I had recently recovered from major operation and we both needed somewhere to recuperate. We went to HomeAway, and decided on Sandy Becker's mountainside apartment, because it appeared to tick all of our needs.
We soon paid the deposit and confirmed our booking. We confirmed travel by Jet2.
Sandy Becker was in email contact from the beginning. She rated our 5* grading from the onset, by nicely explaining on line, the apartment position, arranging a taxi to meet us at the airport, greeting us when we arrived, and then carefully showing us around the property and workings. Later, in her car, Sandy took us to get our GIRO town bus, discounted, tickets, and to a supermarket to buy the immediate things for our settling in.
Next day Sandy took us by town bus, us into Funchal to show us the essential landmarks such a bus stops to get to and fro the apartment. We also shopped at the best supermarket, with Sandy showing where familiar items were and at the same time, restaurants where best to dine well, at very sensible cost.
We later found this to be good advice, which not only saved us money, but also gave us some excellent meal out occasions. Sandy then walked us through to Old Funchal, sightseeing, towards the Cable Car and the Fort, after confirming we could find our way back to the apartment left us to explore.
Our holiday in Funchal was 34 nights. Sunday is a quiet day in the city! However every Sunday invited us to join her in her car to visit places well off the beaten track.
We went to the Sunday Market at a village on top of the mountain, visited a historic park, had a thrilling drive back!
On the following Sundays we went to two superb Golf Courses, spent a day in Blandys Garden Park, were lucky to actually walked under a rainbow, then found it became a double rainbow. managed to photograph the event!
The 29 bus from the stop near the apartment took up to the peaceful, forest Levada walks where we loved to walk most days, and we learned from Sandy other bus options to different Levadas.
I came home s much fitter, my wife completely content, after my survival from Boerhaave;s Syndrome Op at Easter.
It was all down to the finding this place where we relaxed, ate, walked miles, slept long and lived well.
A good choice in finding Sandy Becker's apartment, and meeting Sandy. Thank you!
Thank you so much for the Review. I must say that even though you did not rent a car, you certainly managed to see a goodly part of the Island by using the local bus. It is nice to know that your holiday in Madeira helped with your recuperation and it will be my pleasure to have you both back again.
Freundlicher Gastgeber, zentrale Lage, ruhig
Wir waren diesen Sommer für 3 Wochen mit 4 Personen zu Gast bei Sandy. Das Appartement ist so wie in der Anzeige beschrieben. Es ist komplett eingerichtet und hat Platz für 4 Personen mit zwei Schlafzimmern und zwei Bädern. Der Wohnraum ist großzügig gestaltet, verfügt über großzügige Sitzgelegenheiten und einen separaten Essbereich. Die Küche ist ausgestattet mit allem was man benötigt, wenn man sich selbst versorgen möchte und es gibt sogar zwei Balkone. Neben Tisch und Stühlen auf dem großen Balkon gab es sogar noch 2 Liegestühle für den kleineren Balkon. Und sollte etwas fehlen, ist Sandy ein engagierter und freundlicher Gastgeber.
Die Aussicht ist sehr schön. Die Lage ist am Rande oberhalb von Funchal und so kann man wunderbar auf die Stadt und den Hafen schauen. Direkt vor der Tür befindet sich eine Bushaltestelle und in unmittelbarer Nähe eine weitere, die durch 2 Buslinien bedient werden. Eine davon fährt direkt zum Flughafen. Der Bus direkt vor unserem Appartement benötigte 7 Minuten bis ins Zentrum. Die Busverbindungen über die Insel sind sehr gut. Ein Auto war für uns nicht erforderlich.
In unmittelbarer Nähe liegt der Botanische Garten (etwa 5-10 Minuten Fußweg). Dort befindet sich sogar eine Seilbahn mit der man nach Monte hochfahren kann, wo sich ebenfalls ein sehr schöner Garten befindet, in dem man Stunden verbringen kann.
Sehr gut fanden wir, dass Sandy uns ein Taxi organisiert hat, was uns vom Flughafen abholte. Sie hat uns anschließend angeboten, den ersten großen Einkauf gemeinsam mit Ihrem Auto zu erledigen. Das erleichterte den Start in einen gelungenen Urlaub.
Sie hat uns kurz in das Appartement eingewiesen, uns wohl dosiert Informationen zu Busverbindungen, Ausflügen, Wanderrouten und sonstige Tipps gegeben. Sogar die Buskarten hatte sie schon parat, die man in Funchal an bestimmten Stellen für eine bestimmte Anzahl Busfahrten aufladen kann. Das ist wesentlich günstiger. Sie bestellt bei Bedarf ein Taxi und vermittelt auch bei Tagesausflügen privat oder in kleinen Gruppen. Sprechen Sie sie einfach an. Sie spricht englisch, aber ich denke selbst als nicht englischsprechender Gast sind diese Dinge vermittelbar. Ich spreche englisch, alle anderen in unserem Quartett nicht und es sind alle auch gut allein zurechtgekommen.
Sandy ist jederzeit erreichbar.
Liebe Sandy, wir bedanken uns herzlich für den gelungenen Aufenthalt.
Thank you All for your kind comments and for making use of the apartment. You gave a lot of information about the Island and the local Transport and I know that this will be beneficial for other guests who visit the Island, particularly if they do not wish to rent a car. Thank you for your traditional gifts from Germany....they are much appreciated. I hope to see you again in the future.
Property was as shown in the photos.
Sandy was very helpful with suggestions for our stay. Always available for any questions we had. Hot water tank problem was resolved the same day even though it was a national holiday. Easy ten minute acces to Funchal by bus. The only suggestion I would make is that for transatlantic guests a few basic provisions could be available so that a main shopping could be done the next day.
Thank you for the kind comments which are greatly appreciated. As 'Transatlantic Guests' it was good to know that you had no difficulty in exploring the Island using the local transport. Should you ever decide on a return visit you would be most welcome.
Relax in Funchal
Very nice apartment overlooking the harbor and city of Funchal. Great views from the balconies. The apartment comes with all you need. Sandy the owner is a wealth of information for traveling through Madeira and assisted with maps and timetables. We rented a car, but city and regional buses can get you almost everywhere. Driving on the narrow and steep streets can be high adventure, but the highways and secondary main roads are no problem. We used the city bus almost every day to the Funchal Old Town and shopping areas. Our one week stay flew by.
Dear Richard and Gerli,
Thank you so much for your Review, which I have just come across. I notice in the short time that you were here you were able to 'pack-in' a considerable amount of touring. Lovely to have had you.
The apartment is just 50 metres above the BOTANICAL GARDENS with access by CABLECAR to the village of MONTE (known for it's magnificent GARDENS, CHURCH and TRADITIONAL TOBOGGAN RIDE which is still in existence). One is presented with spectacular panoramic views of the City and Harbour - particularly towards evening - with just a 10 minute (2.5 km) bus ride into Funchal. For hikers and walkers the local bus (directly outside the building) will transport you to the LEVADA WALKS leading to MONTE, the Tea House and CAMACHA. Also, in close proximity, a shopping centre provides the amenities of a mini-supermarket; chemist; bakery; hairdresser; general store; dry-cleaners; fruitery; florist and cafes. The apartment does have street parking space for a car rental although this is not a necessity as the bus service is an excellent, reliable and economical mode of transport. The Motorway is just 1.5km distance and the Airport is a 20 minute drive to the apartment (20 km).
Other Activities: LEVADA WALKS, GARDENS & SCENIC BEAUTY, DOLPHIN WATCHING (Catamaran) as well as many cultural museums.
Golf: Madeira has two Golf Course facilities........Palheiro Golf Course is situate high above the City of Funchal in close proximity to the Botanic Gardens, commanding a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Santo da Serra Golf Club (18 hole) is approximately a 30 minute drive from the City and is known for hosting the annual Madeiran Open.