Very Good 558 Reviews
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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Hunting lodge turned country house hotel surrounded by subtropical gardens and a hilltop golf course

The Look

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

Casa Velha Do Palheiro
Rua de Estalagem 23
Funchal, 9060-415 Portugal


4.5 Very Good 558 Reviews
Relaxing getaway
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed 5 days in this peaceful haven and it was truly blissful. The hotel itself is well appointed. In the heart of gardens bustling with flowers and plants located on a hill, offering breath taking views over the ocean and the hills around. The high quality restaurant offers a daily menu deal, interesting for residents dining at the hotel every day, I gather most guests since the hotel is fairly isolated. The restaurant is old fashioned. Special mention given to Luis who made us feel perfectly at home ! Breakfast is incredible with homemade pastries and delicious homemade jams and wide choices.
The spa is the "to-go" place after a day exploring Madeira's nature or a round of golf. 30min of massage was offered to us !
As per the golf course, be prepared for real sport ! It is very hilly but offers incredible views over Funchal's bay.
I would recommend for a few days of relaxation.

Excellent in All Respects
Reviewed 4 months ago

Lovely relaxing hotel with excellent service and food. Nice Spa - all set in a peaceful location between the Palheiro Gardens and Golf Course. The perfect place for a relaxing getaway. One of the nicest hotels I have been in. I would most certainly return.

McGaughey / Mcmaster Party
Reviewed 5 months ago

This hotel surpassed our expectations of quality and service .The rooms are very comfortable, The food is excellent .If you are looking for a tranquil and relaxing holiday this is the place to stay . Our party had a great time

Lovely Country House Hotel
Reviewed 5 months ago

If you like to stay in a country house hotel, then you will like this. It is very peaceful, the gardens are beautiful & the swimming pool and spa are not at all crowded.
However the most amazing bit is the food. Fine dining every night did not get too much - it was always wonderful and well worth going for the half board option.
We made use of the shuttle bus down to Funchal, as this saved money on taxis.

Nothing not to like
Reviewed 6 months ago

The place, the people, the food, the surroundings are all excellent. If you also play golf, then this hotel is a must. We have now stayed here 3 times and each time we find more to like and more reasons to return. An amazing country hotel, perfect for older couples who enjoy quiet surroundings with quality service.