A house, a garden, a forest and complete privacy

Introduction
The Peak Cottage is located at the Pico Alto locality in a small parish named Santa that belongs to the village of Porto Moniz. It's a recent construction that was designed and built from scratch, with architectural strokes of a rustic simplicity and made in a traditional Madeirian style, in order to create a relaxing environment and to provide a pleasant comfort, healthful rest and a self catering accommodation to those who intend to recover the lost energies from the active urban life.
Rustic Style
There is a predominance of wood, brickwork and some old, traditional tools and objects, once forgotten, in the attics of local people (from our family). For this reason it fits in the rustic tourism category.
Built in an open plan, the ground floor combines a living room, a WC, a kitchenette and a traditional fireplace. The upper level consists of a bedroom with a bathroom. Click here to see more photos of the cottage. The ambient temperature varies between 13, in the winter, and 27 in the summer.
Supermarket and restaurant at hand and complete privacy
The house is isolated at the edge of the forest, with the nearest neighbours three minutes away (on foot). Ten minutes away (also on foot) you can find a local supermarket and also a restaurant if you don't intend to use our facilities to cook.
Walk over the clouds
It will take approximately one hour to drive from Funchal to Santa, if, after Ribeira Brava, one goes trough the Rosário tunnel that precedes the village of São Vicente. It will take 10 minutes more, in case one goes trough the alternative route: Encumeada - Paul da Serra.
You can enjoy landscapes of rare beauty, characteristic of Madeira''s Paul da Serra upland/plateau, like the frequent "seas of clouds" (photo on the right), and others no less spetacular like the one depicted in the photo on the left.

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The sea at hand

Natural (sea water) swimming pool
The village - at seaside - is around 10 minutes away from the Peak Cottage (by car), offering several restaurants, other supermarkets and a few shops. Here, the main attraction is a natural (sea water) swimming pool (photo on the right). The sea views are outstanding.
Black Sand Beach
A few miles away (in Seixal village) one can find a black sand beach (photo on the left, taken in the winter). In Madeira Portugal beaches can be of a breathtaking beauty. The forest, near from the country, mountain and the sea, with many possibilities of strolls and hiking paths, surrounds the Peak Cottage, where one can watch nature and wildlife very closely. Nearby you will find levadas and water falls.

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Explore Nature

Levada walks
Levada is the name given to the irrigation channels that cross the entire island. These channels take water from places where it's abundant to others where it's not. Most levadas offer very beautiful walks, some pictured in this page (see an example on the right), where you can adventure yourself.
Madeira's Natural Forest - Laurissilva
The Laurissilva occupies more than 20% of the surface of the island. You can find the majority of it on the northern side of Madeira Island (thus near the cottage), due to the lower temperatures and higher humidity.
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This is the biggest area of Laurissilva in the world and is said to be the best preserved. The word Laurissilva comes from the Latin "silva", which means forest, and from "Laurus" (lauraceae), family of the arboreal species that inhabits the forest.
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Nowadays, it's classified as a "UNESCO World Heritage" site. Apart from its dazzling beauty, its natural puzzle of shapes and shades of green reveals all the dynamism that is typical of a balanced ecological system. More info.

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Organic Agriculture

Local Agriculture
Near the cottage, we enter the countryside, where one can find fields, filled with socalcos (local term meaning a terrace or piece of land on the side of a mountain or hill sustained by a wall) used for local agriculture which is still mainly manual. Trough frequent dialogue, we alert the local population about the inauspicious consequences to the environment, of using chemical products in agriculture. Our long-term objective is the wide spread implementation of organic agriculture.
Organic vegetable garden
In the back of the cottage we have our little biological vegetable-garden with cabbage, parsley, aromatical herbs and tea herbs planted. Unfortunately, some birds have been eating our plants. To minimize this drawback, we placed a scarecrow. Therefore we believe our initiative fits also in the categories of ecotourism, agritourism and sustainable rural tourism.

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Last modified in 2012/02/19 hits since 2001/08/26