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  • Calheta Beach Hotel sounds ideal.
  • Played golf last week at Santo da Serra, was smashing weather and course is superb, but as you can imagine very hilly.
  • Cheers Toby. We used to see it quite a lot, and buy 6 packs at a time. Not seen it for months. We are bringing over our own bacon next time we come, courtesy of M&S. :)
  • Yes you do. You will need internet access with a WIFI modem. I assume there is no cable in Madeira so it would come via the telephone line. Another possibility would be by satellite dish. Again not sure if its available. I just use a dongle as I'm…
  • Ah yes I've come across this before, but it didn't seem to work. I'll retry, thanks for the info.
  • Out of interest Alex how do you watch BBC Iplayer abroad, do you use a proxy server?
  • Again I agree. I don't have time for estate agents either in this country or Madeira. At the end of the day they are sales people. Read between the lines and make your own judgements, take everything they say with a pinch of salt, whether they are r…
  • We have a villa in Madeira and I totally agree with Madeiraplus. There are lots of things to take into account. I can give you some pointers if you pm me. We got a lot of help from a particular couple living on the island, and have become friends. G…
  • Mainland Portugal.
  • Aye but their prices don't look inspiring. For the first time ever we are flying with TAP later in the year, because they were cheaper than Easyjet. I thought Easyjet was a budget airline? Not any more.
  • We used a lawyer and had the property surveyed, even thought it was a new build. Most people were surprised we did this. Just do what you would do at home. Would you buy a property at home without using a lawyer or having a survey? We also tried to …
  • Importing a car is a nightmare. As arumlilyplant says, there are lots of sites that will advise you.
  • We used Simmons & Simmons in Funchal. They are quite expensive though. But good English speaking lawyers.
  • You could target ex-pats or holiday home owners for your business. For instance we are not happy with our air con, but can we cant find an English speaking firm who could help. The company that fitted our via the builder, have already tried to rip …
  • ROFL Infinity certainly has a word with words. I wonder what his chat up lines are like? :)
  • Calheta Hotel is very good.
  • You are right, Easyets prices have gone up a lot. Just over 3 years ago we paid about £90 return for both of us to go to Madeira in January. This year it was £250. Having said that, no one got near that price. The nearest was around £400 I think.…
  • Hi JandJ. A couple of observations. Firstly there is only 1 property I can find on Norbregas website for Paul do Mar. If this is yours, then it looks very nice inside. Problem is if its absolutely on the sea front, where are the sea views? Paul do M…
  • No, but we have a holiday home in Estreito da Calheta. As far as food goes, it depends what you eat. If you buy local you can live cheaper than the UK. But if you want all your branded UK food than its very expensive. The supermarkets are great and …
  • I've visited both courses, but not played yet. It is quite expensive, but they do special offers. They do get mist sometimes, but then that is to be expected. Look on the webcam that they have on the course. http://www.netmadeira.com/webcams-madeira…
  • Act like you would in the UK. Use a reputable lawyer who speaks good English, unless of course you speak Portuguese. Be wary of ALL estate agents, and don't believe everything they tell you. Do your own research. There are some great deals to be had…
  • I'm no lawyer, but I think legal action would be very difficult, and cost a fortune. You would be poorer and the lawyers richer. With no guarantee of getting a carrot. Unless of course you can get a lawyer to take on the case on a no win no fee basi…
  • We met David Albon around the time he met the Archers. He took us to a plot and promised he would build the house of our dreams. He produced plans from is office in Ribeira Brava, and when we wanted amendments they were emailed almost immediately. T…
  • Good luck with your move. We purchased our villa a couple of years ago but only use for holidays. As Limbo says you will be lucky to escape bank charges, they charge for everything. We are with BANIF who seem pretty good. the only thing we can't pay…
  • Hi Joao Try Tony Norbrega he is a licensed estate agent and should be able to value your property.
  • We just use local villagers for changing beds and washing linen etc. The locals are often poor and need all the help they can get.
  • Thanks Joao we are over to Madeira again soon, I'll make some enquiries.
  • joao correia Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > yes. i found because we are living in uk we just > install gutering around the roof and that stop the > water runing downs the walls and we dont have the > dam…
  • No only certain months, but you can get rain at any time. Nov, Dec, Jan are the wettest months. Tell me though how many places do you know where you can sunbathe all year round? http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Funchal+Portugal+POXX0014?from=mo…
  • You're getting mixed up between temperature and amount of sunshine. I guess Funchal because it's a city is warmer, also because of all the buildings you can get out of the wind. Where we are [Estreito] it is often sunny but can be cooler because it'…