Have you ever imagined spending a vacation in a Madeiran “Quintas”?
Since the XVII, some manor houses in Madeira called “Quintas” began to receive travellers in search of the Island “air cure”. They were also the lodging of choice for wealthy merchants, passing through Madeira, on the Atlantic Route.
These manor houses are usually set in nature and have a particular architecture, which mixes the local with the British style. They have beautiful gardens, with paths covered with traditional pebbles, among centuries-old trees, flowers, ponds and swimming pools. The scenery is quiet and romantic; it inspires rest and happiness… a place where you breathe sensuality, elegance and beauty.
Come and meet them!
Located on the “Avista Navios” Road, it offers beautiful views over Funchal Bay (as the name “Cruise Watch” implies). Built in 1844 and remodelled in 1980, this “Quinta” maintains the original house, full of charm, history and comfort.
It was built in 1801, as a hunting lodge and then as a summer residence for the 1st Count of Carvalhal. Later it was transformed into Casa Velha do Palheiro, a member hotel of Relais & Châteaux. Discover its “Palheiro” Gardens, with a magnificent collection of magnolias, camellias, a cosy chapel, a tea house and many ancient trees. It also allows direct access to the Palheiro Golf course.
The Quintinha of São João is a beautiful manor house of the XVIII / XIX century. In 1982, it was bought by Dr José Barreto, who restored the house and transformed it into this lovely hotel. Its décor is impressive, with elegant furnishings and beautiful antiques. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden, where you can find an outdoor/indoor swimming pool and a SPA.
This house belongs to a descendant family of John Leacock, one of the forerunners of the Madeira wine commercialisation in the 19th century. In the motherhouse, you will find luxurious suites with exclusive decoration. It also offers a gourmet restaurant in its dining room. On this property, there is another modern design building integrated into the natural vegetation, which is a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”. Strolling through its extensive gardens is like finding a true oasis in the city of Funchal.
Located in Monte, a historical area of Funchal, this Quinta stands out for the restoration of its original house as well as Quinta do Monte Chapel, which you can find in its gardens. The gardens panoramic sea views are an excellent feature for those looking to relax in Madeira.
Also known as Quinta da Achada, this construction dates back to the middle of the XVIII century. It offers surrounding gardens, with leafy trees, porches with flowers and lakes. Inside, the house maintains a sober and elegant decoration, illuminated by large windows with French doors that open onto the garden. It’s an invitation to dream.
This hotel opened to the public in 2002 after the reconstruction of an old manor house. The privileged views over Funchal predispose you to relax on the terraces and panoramic balconies. The distinct and refined decor match its hospitality.
Located in the western part of Funchal, this Quinta is about a 15-minute walk from Funchal Harbor. It maintains the traditional Madeiran decoration with high ceilings and original wooden floor. It’s a charming place to stay.
Quinta da Rochinha, at Ponta do Sol, is about a 25-minute drive away from Funchal. Located on the top of a cliff, it offers fabulous views of Ponta do Sol and the sea. The motherhouse is the original, and its decoration excels in contemporary design and distinction. It also hosts many cultural events, such as the L Concerts, an independent music festival.
Serra Golf 4*
Hotel PortoBay Serra Golf lays in the vicinity of Santo da Serra golf course, about 30 minutes drive from Funchal. It was once a Tea House, as well as a private residence. In the 90s, this house was restored and opened as a hotel. Its decoration is elegant, comfortable and exhales good taste. Its romantic style features some new art details. It also has a garden area with an indoor pool and sauna; an excellent choice for those looking for a peaceful environment, golf and comfort in Madeira.