Casa Velha Do Palheiro
What We Love
- Breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The subtropical gardens are home to rare and exotic plants and flowers from all over the world
- Imaginative reinterpretation of traditional Portuguese cuisine served in the award-winning restaurant
- The spa’s Caci Ultra non-surgical facelift
What To Know
- Walking the long, steep, hairpin approach to the property isn’t practical
- You can hear a pin drop here, and the bucolic ambiance will not suit partygoers
- Ground floor guestrooms in the two wings can appear gloomy when the weather is overcast
- WiFi is free in the public areas
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
Converted from an early 19th-century hunting lodge, Casa Velha do Palheiro maintains a classical veneer that upholds the property’s noble past. The sober palette is enriched by colorful and decorative design flourishes including floral drapes and printed fabrics. Delicate sprays of fresh flowers arranged on polished mahogany furnishings further enhance the chic-rustic look. Madeira’s history and that of the estate is depicted through a series of fascinating lithographs that grace the walls, and the refined ambiance of a bygone age pervades the entire building.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms reflect the country house theme with their pastel-hued walls, flower-patterned décor and pastoral motifs. Comfortable oversize beds replete with marshmallow-soft pillows are set over wall-to-wall carpeting. Dark wood furniture lends weight to the dimensions. Bathrooms feature chunky enamel tubs with authentic brass fittings and traditional Portuguese tiles embellish the shower units. Some of the rooms afford pleasing garden and golf course views.
Regional gastronomy characterizes the menu at Casa Velha restaurant. Madeira-born executive chef Francisco Quintal draws on the Atlantic Ocean and traditional Portuguese recipes for his inspiration; southern European influences add zest and panache. An eclectic wine list includes Blandy’s own vintage Madeira. Signature treatments at the boutique spa include sports massages and special anti-ageing procedures. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools provide further recreation. Golfers meanwhile can play the stunning Cabell B.Robinson-designed 18-hole layout that meanders through the estate. The adjoining gardens are a world-class visitor attraction.
In the Area
The hotel is perched high above Funchal so guests will need transport to enjoy city sights such as Blandy’s Wine Lodge. Take a tour of the winery before tasting a heart warming Malmsey or a dry, chilled Sercial. History buffs should head for Quinta das Cruzes, the mansion-museum where João Gonçalves Zarco, the man who claimed Madeira for Portugal in 1418, lived. Terrace tables are quickly snapped up at Riso, the city’s celebrated rice-with-everything oceanfront eatery. For local character with a Mediterranean accent, make a date with Dona Amelía: The grilled scabbard fish is an island delicacy.
How to Get There
We have now stayed at Casa Velha half a dozen times and will continue to return: it feels like home. The staff are very competent and friendly without being obsequious. The rooms pass the bare feet test and are well furnished and equipped. The restaurant is excellent with an extensive breakfast buffet plus cooked to order. Dinner is finely cooked and beautifully presented. There is a good range of wines and spirits.
The setting is wonderful in a superb botanical garden, and good local walks. I don't do golf but clearly that is also a big attraction.
3rd visit, food service and ambiance all excellent. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. The half board is good value for money and always difficult to chose which of the the lovely dishes to eat, all served to your table with a wonderful selection of Portuguese wines you have no idea how to pronounce. The peace and quiet of the gardens never disappoints, you can walk round twice a day for a week and still see new vistas. Weather can be a problem at times as the hotel is is quite high up. Though 5 minutes in a car and you can always find some sun. Rooms and bathrooms could perhaps do with an update, provided the shabby chic ambiance is not lost. Bed too firm!
We booked ourselves a night in this delightful hotel after reading about it in the Essential Madeira magazine.
We were made to feel very welcome right from the moment of check in.
Our room was in the Annexe which is just across the path from the main building.
It was spacious , with 2 very comfortable armchairs + a charming round table upon which was a complimentary bottle of water and a half bottle of white wine. The bed was very comfortable indeed. There was also a good sized dressing table. The bathroom was also spacious and well stocked with toiletries.
The public rooms i.e. the bar and the library were tastefully furnished and very pleasant places to sit both before and after Dinner.
Luis (the Restaurant Manager) showed us the menu and wine list and assisted us in making what turned out to be excellent choices. Luis also has very good attention to detail and is obviously passing this on to his team who, make the Dining Room look absolutely beautiful. Our compliments to Margarida and Vitor who served us in the bar and restaurant. Our compliments also to the Chef who in addition to providing us with food that was not only beautiful to look at but a delight to eat. Also, for coming out to greet us, a very nice touch.
The hotel and it's grounds have a feeling of a beautiful Old English Country House. So lovely!
My husband and I have already decided that our next stay will be for 2 nights maybe, for my birthday at the end of the year.
Charming & comfortable hotel set in beautiful gardens where you can relax in the calm. Very welcoming and professional staff where everything is done to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. A little corner of paradise is Madeira.
We had a marvellous time in Casa Velha on the Palheiro estate. The garden rooms were beautiful, equipped with safe, tea and coffee, loads of storage, vanity mirror and large bath/shower room. It was peaceful and has lovely gardens which should not be missed. Breakfast was great with lots of variety and we had 2 dinners here during our week stay which were both great.
Staff were fantastic, very welcoming and happy but not intrusive. We had a small problem with the shower which was dealt with so quickly and without fanfare. Played golf too on their lovely course and the staff there were amazing too. Minibus drops you into Funchal twice a day (do book as this can get busy) and there’s a bus service to the clubhouse, although this doesn’t start until 9am which was too late for us.
Thoroughly recommend this place for a peaceful and relaxing break.