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
If you want to stay in an elegant place, within a wonderful park, in an extremely peaceful environment this is your place.
The service is good and the people are friendly. It’s a little bit far from town but who would want to move from such a place? You would want, because of the restaurant management. First, prices are very high compared to quality and diversity of food. They could be justified by the place, but if you are a guest of the hotel you are already paying for it. The half board offers a menu with zero alternatives for starters and dessert and only one for the main dish. The a la carte menu gives limited alternatives and is even more expensive. Worst of all the kitchen resorts to third rate restaurants’ ways as serving a 20 plus euros risotto made with precooked rice. I can prove it because I received the above mentioned risotto less than five minutes after ordering it, while it’s impossible to prepare a proper risotto in less than 12-15 minutes. Probably they count on the fact that, by taxi it will cost you around 40 euro for the round trip to Funchal restaurants. Better walk to the golf club house and eat there.
It’s a shame because the place is a real paradise.
We have just returned from spending 12 wonderful days at Casa Velha do Palheiro, it was meant to be 10 but we were having such a lovely relaxing time we extended for a further two days.
We visited Funchal for the first time last year. We came here to play golf but did not stay at the hotel, we thought if we came back we might like to try the hotel and we are just so glad that we did.
We stayed in a suite in the main house which was perfect, lots of space with lovely furnishings and colours. We had everything we needed, Nespresso machine and also tea making facilities, fresh fruit every other day and water.
The restaurant food is excellent, we mainly ate from the A la carte. Lovely fresh fish dishes and excellent desserts, couldn’t manage a starter as preferred dessert.
Staff were absolutely lovely, so very helpful and friendly with sense of humours. Luis who runs the restaurant is the perfect host and certainly great at customer relations. He spent time talking to guests making them feel welcome and there are many repeat guests who seem to love him. Other members of staff who were fabulous are Lisete, Cindy, Sonia, Juan, Ricardo, Alex, Daniel and Victor to name but a few who make your stay the best it can be.
Do use the Spa, Sandra is absolutely fabulous at what she does, from facial to massage. I even persuaded my husband to have a golfers massage which he thoroughly enjoyed, and felt great for it. The pool area was quiet as there weren’t too many hot days for sitting by the pool but we managed a few. The hot season hadn’t started so not sure how this is serviced but I’m sure it will be as good as everything else on offer.
The gardens are magnificent and so special, just to sit and relax overlooking the gardens makes this place so very enjoyable and relaxing.
The golf for my husband was good despite an injured leg but greatly enjoyed. The clubhouse is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a nice lunch after a mornings golf and take in the wonderful views.
I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to all at Casa Velha do Palheiro for making our break special and I do hope the management appreciate every single one of you following such wonderful reviews. It couldn’t be done without you.
Our first visit to this hotel. Wonderful setting, great staff, great food and excellent golf and gardens. The location in the hills above Funcal provided for for a very relaxing break. If you want peace and tranquility. this is the place. Couldn't find a single fault and will definitely return.