We really enjoyed our stay. Ana was most helpful and provided us with local information. There's a nice little outdoor kitchen where we had our breakfast and there's a lovely garden with a view to the sea.
There's a little supermarket and a bakery within walking distance, also a decent restaurant and local bar. No tourists in evidence but the locals made us very welcome. Try the Poncha - it's a cocktail made with citrus fruit, honey and local rum - guaranteed to blow your head off.
Good bus service into town. You can buy a 7 day ticket at the Pay Shop (same as our Pay Point Stores) next to the supermarket. Excellent value. If you're going for a fortnight take a passport photo to get a 2 week pass. (You have to buy this in town at the Horários do Funchal in the Anadia Shopping Centre.
Take a trip on the 93 bus - better than Alton Towers.
There is no shortage of good restaurants in Funchal at very reasonable prices - especially in the Old Town.
The Botanical Gardens at Monte are a must see.
We had a very restful and laid back holiday. At no time were we hassled or bothered but could text for help or advice if needed. Ana even arranged our transfers to and from the airport.
If you want a swimming pool, all mod cons, set times for breakfast, MacDonalds, fellow Brits to socialise with, don't stay here. If you want to live among the local people, in a very nice residential area, with an insight into the Madeiran way of life, this is just the job. We recommend visiting the local bar on Sunday lunchtime. Good fun.
For what we paid for this stay, we think it was a bargain.
Useful tips for packing: there's a washing machine, iron and ironing board, clothes lines and pegs. We found hand wash, washing up liquid etc. Stuff that people had left behind had been left for use by the next guests. I think there was coffee and sugar. Ana had left a welcome dish with cake, biscuits, fruit, jam and butter. There was fresh orange juice and beer in the fridge. Very thoughtful. The only thing we had to buy was toilet paper (there was enough to be going on with!) You'll need to take a little jar of detergent if you don't want to buy a whole box/bottle when you get there.