The Houses

Wonderful sea view

Holiday home with a minimalist architecture and a stunning pool in Ponta do Sol, at Madeira Island

In one of the valleys next to the village, you’ll find two properties that stand out in the landscape thanks to the elegance of its architectural lines in harmony with the surrounding minimalism and tropical setting, which these fabulous holiday homes located in Ponta do Sol owe their personality to.

Staying in Casas da Vargem is the dream of anyone who wants to have a wonderful holiday in a local accommodation property that takes you to a state of pure relaxation, with the ocean and remarkable sunsets as a backdrop.

Your moment of relaxation in a pool house at Madeira Island.

In addition to all the comfort and experiences the interior has to offer, you’ll enjoy a good time in the infinity pool and the tropical garden, the perfect spots to have a glass of wine and drink to life.

The houses also have a biological garden

Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to harvest and have a taste of some products from our organic production garden, cared for with all the love. Our fruits and aromatic herbs will certainly delight you during your stay.

Name of property

Casas da Vargem


Madeira island / Portugal

Year of completion



Casas da Vargem are located in a valley in Ponta do Sol, Madeira, characterized by a mix of small banana plantations and single-family houses. A narrow road on the upper side of the terrain gives access to the inclined terrain 3 meters below, wich had 2 small stone storages in ruins. The scale of those storages, typical for the traditional construction in this area, were the basis for this project with 2 semidetached holiday houses. The storages were renovated and various new volumes with a similar size were organized sloping down the terrain, creating patios and gardens in between. From the other side of the valley the building shows as a collection of smaller volumes, fitting to the area. On the interior the rooms follow the natural inclination of the terrain, allowing the spaces to have a direct connection to the gardens and patios which have different levels of privacy, solar exposure, and shade. The two houses have a shared pool surrounded by lush vegetation, giving maximum privacy towards the terraces. Each house has a private exterior bathtub. The materials chosen are mostly traditional, natural materials like wooden floors, exposed stone facades for the renovated storages and terraces finished with “calçada portuguesa”, a traditional-style pavement using small basalt stones.






Rik Den and Carolina Sumares, Studio Dois, Calheta,

Interior Designer

Rik Den and Carolina Sumares, Studio Dois, Calheta,

List of publications

Archdaily, Architizer, Archello, Casas Vogue Brasil, Urlaubsarchitektur.

What to do at the location?

It’s a rural area, but it’s very close to the village center, where you can find bars, restaurants, beach, also some typical grocery stores, there is also levada(water channel) walks, about 20 minutes walk from the house.

Pets allowed?


Suitable for how many people (min/max)?

2 villas. A 2 bedroom house that takes 4 people, a 1 bedroom takes 2, there is the possibility of renting both at the same time, so it will be 6 in total.


Caminho Levada da Vargem n°43, 9360-575 Ponta do Sol/Madeira

Sustainability energy

The houses get warm water from a solar panel on the roof.

Further information/Categories

Family, hikers, Couples, single people, yoga clients…

ÖPNV/Public transport

Yes, there is public transport all day long

Sustainability house

The houses were carefully designed to stay comfortable all year long in a natural way. All rooms can be opened up to patios or exterior areas to (cross) ventilate when desirable and the windows are placed in such a way that they make use of the heat of the sun, without overheating.

Sustainability social

The houses give access to a vegetable, fruit and herb garden, where guest can discover the local products in the most natural way.