A 4 room bed and breakfast, fantastic lounges and dining room, antique luxury
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About Johnny Bjelkaroy
I am a dentist from Norway who changed the cold climate to the temperate of Madeira.
Johnny Bjelkaroy purchased this House in 1993
Why Johnny Bjelkaroy chose Porto Moniz
In the month of April 1993 I bought an old house in Seixal. It was a typical small village home, built 1779. To get in, you climbed the stone steps, and got into the first floor. Here you had two bed rooms, a living room and a kitchen. From the kitchen there was a door leading out to the back of the house. The bottom floor had two doors leading into the wine press. Next to the house was a small shed. We started the reconstruction. The shed was changed and became part of the house, this is where you now can find the kitchen and the dining room. The floor of the wine press was dug down so that we cold have the convenient height in the bottom floor, and this part of the house was turned into the lounges. So now you have a front with 3 doors and 3 upper windows, where in earlier days there was just two doors and two windows. In the upper floor, we made 3 bed rooms, each with its private bath room, and, where the former kitchen was found, a small living/reception room was made. We also made a communication with a staircase to the ground floor. In the garden, a small garden house with one bed room was constructed. The house was opened for rural tourism in 1996. In 2012 the municipality had to expropriate the garden to open the road, and we were forced to reconstruct the house again.
What makes this House unique
Where you first had the stairs and the patio, in front of the main door, we made a more monumental entrance for the house, and a chapel was constructed. The Library, terrace, bed and bath room was also made above a garage, laundry and the wine cellar. The stone walls of the garage is from the old stone wall in the garden. In the attic we made storage rooms and access to the chapel terrace. Mind your head if you go out there, but the view is worth an eventual bump on your head. The only part of the garden left is in the porch, where you will find a big Dragon tree, Frangi Pani, a lot of different flowers, an Araucaria and some smaller palm trees. Being that the name of the house is Casa das Videiras, meaning the house of the wine plant, we ordered tile panels to be painted all with the motifs of harvest and wine making. The first one is the harvest of the grapes. Here the motive was taken from an old tile panel, now ruined, from the Portuguese city of Setubal. All next four panels are taken from old Madeira paintings. The second panel is showing a typical Madeira wine press. The grapes are pressed first by foot and then in the wine press. The stone of the old wine press from the house is the base of the table in front of the first panel, and the wooden screw is made into the lamp in the living room. The third panel is the boy transporting the grapes in a wicker basket to the wine press. The forth panel is showing a “borracheiro”, young men carrying the wine in goat skins from the north of the island to Funchal. The fifth panel is showing a typical tavern where the wine was consumed. The two dogs are Tassen and Bjorn, our house companions. The recommendable artist making the panels is Agostinho Duarte, Don Duarte Azulejaria, The main entrance of the house and the main door is inspired from the old Portuguese manor houses. I
Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Remember this is a house with a lot of antiques. Normal care is to be taken so you will not destroy things. Enjoy this fantastic home
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
2014 Christmas holiday stay - wonderful
The property was just as described with many beautiful antiques. We had both a active (walking the nearby levadas) and restful 10 days at the casa. We found the property comfortable. If we are return to Madeira, we would stay here again.
Adresse bien placée pour un séjour sympa
Jolie maison refaite dans l'esprit de l'ancien. Assez bien placée géographiquement...dommage qu'elle soit face à un lotissement.
La maison est propre et bien tenue. Les petits déjeuners sont copieux et assurés par une dame gentille mais peu communicative et pas très joyeuse pourrons nous dire !...
Thanks for the review.
Have a Happy New Year
Super Séjour chez Johnny
Nous avons vraiment passé un agréable séjour dans le B&B de Johnny. La maison est très soignée, et la décoration est surprenante et vraiment charmante. Nous avons beaucoup aimé. La chambre est propre et très confortable. Le ménage est fait chaque jour.
Nathalia qui nous a accueilli est très gentille et vraiment très serviable.
Johnny nous a communiqué des informations très complètes sur la location qu'il propose et sur tout ce qu'il y a à faire dans le secteur.
Nous recommandons à ceux qui se rendent sur l'île de Madeire de faire un détour du côté de Seixal et d'aller à la Casa das Videiras (chez Johnny).
Merci de proposer ce si bel endroit.
I hope that you one day will come back.
Your are always welcome.
Thanks and until another day.
Seixal is a picturesque old village, most people living form the agriculture, specially vine. This is one of the villages in Madeira where there is production of both the fortified Madeira vine and table vine. Seixal is next to the sea, and both sandy beaches as well as ocean pools are to be found. Several mountain walks and levada walks start from Chão da Ribeira just above the village. In this area you will find the laurel forest, Laurisilva, and old forest from before the late ice age. This is the habitat for the original canari birds.
In the village Seixal there are several small bars, supermarkets and restaurants. Fish is one of the specialities.
The Clube Naval of Seixal is one of the best arrangers of cannoning.