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Casa Velha do Palheiro

Portugal, Europe

This luxurious resort boasts a stunning setting in the old Palheiro Gardens amidst the foothills of Funchal. The resort is situated within easy access of the Palheiro Golf Course, and allows guests to explore the area with ease. Guests can enjoy a number of enthralling activities nearby. Comprising 3 buildings, this spectacular resort appeals to discerning travellers seeking a cocoon of peace and serenity away from the rest of the world. The hotel enjoys a spectacular architectural style, alluring visitors into the elegant surroundings of the lobby. Oozing regal splendour and opulence, the hotel is sure to impress. The guest rooms are sumptuously appointed, featuring luxury and decadence at every turn. The resort affords guests a seemingly boundless array of exciting facilities, ensuring that there is never a dull moment.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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  • Small pets allowed (under 5 kg)*
  • Car park
  • 24-hour reception
  • Wired Internet
  • Wi-fi
  • Local and international calls
  • Car hire*
  • Transfer service*
  • Room service*
  • Laundry service*
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  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee

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An Elegantly Luxurious Five Star Country House.

Review by Ann E

Here's a very beautiful and very special five star hotel.

We have been regular visitors to this amazing island over the past ten years, regularly spending a couple of months of total relaxation. The five star hotel we had been loyal to during that period, embarked on a change of direction, forcing us to look elsewhere, and I am so pleased we did.

32 beautiful rooms, a magnificent restaurant and relaxing bar, excellent pool, spa, tennis, even an 18 hole golf course. All set in a vast estate allowing great walks and wonderful views over Funchal.

The staff are all one would expect from such a fine establishment, courteous, helpful and very kind.

A wonderful place for an elegantly luxurious break.

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Aug 2021

Review by T S France

Casa Velha do Palheiro Hotel is located in the north of Funchal next door to Palheiro Gardens and close to Monte Botanical Gardens and to the itinery to Pico do Ariero. Please note that a vehicle is required. The road to access this estate is a severe climb even for a car especially with our Panda...

We stayed in the Golf Wing building on the ground floor so that we could profit from the terrace in the evening (good choice).

The room is classic old english style but in good state with very good bedding and fresh linen...

The bathroom (1 x small shower + 1 x bath + 1 x sink + 1 x Toilet) is under the 5* standard but not off putting.

The amenities pool, spa, tennis court, badmington, ping pong & kit are included for guests of the hotel which is nice.

The breakfast served either inside or outside is ok with a choice of pastery, fruit, savery, juices ect...however the filter coffee served every morning was not good a self expresso machine might be a good option...But I must admit that it was very nice to breakfast every mornin in the garden.

The staff are all very very good especially Lhuis, Sergio and little gesture (the Madeira wine bottle, Bolo, Mineral water) are always welcome.

We do recommand Casa Velha do Palheiro it is a nice place to stay.

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The Perfect Five Star Country House Hotel.

Review by Corvette1544 Broadstairs, United Kingdom

Having holidayed in Madeira for eight weeks each year since 2011, and having spent that time in a similar, but lesser property, we were overjoyed to discover this beautiful hidden gem.

Set in a 324 acre estate, this stunning Georgian mansion has been scrupulously maintained by the fastidious owners, one of the islands very wealthiest families. There are luxurious guest rooms, both within the mansion itself, and in the additional low rise wings, built in 1997, in the same architectural style as the original home.

There is a large outdoor pool, a lovely spa, complete with heated indoor pool with jacuzzi jets, a sauna, and a nicely equipped gym.

For those seeking a more active break, there are tennis courts, and an 18 hole championship golf course.

Gourmet level lunches and dinners are served in the hotel's beautiful restaurant, and in the elegant golf club house.

For garden lovers, the are the vast ornamental Palheiro gardens, famed amongst the most beautiful on the island.

This hotel is truly peaceful...

There is never any traffic noise to be heard, and no planes fly overhead, and yet, busy buzzy Funchal is just a 10 minute cab ride away.

Don't leave it too late to book, this elegant hotel has just 32 rooms, so the very highest levels of personal service are assured.

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Fourth Time Lucky!!

Review by Steve B London, United Kingdom

After 3 COVID-related aborted bookings, my wife and myself are approaching the end of a most enjoyable 7 night stay at the Casa Velha do Palheiro (a Relais & Chateaux member) located within the impressive 150 Hectare Palheiro Nature Estate in the hills overlooking Funchal.

A former Hunting Lodge (dating back to 1804 - the subsequently history, together with artefacts, are available to interested guests in the Basement Exhibition Room) that opened as a Hotel in 1997 and is conveniently located between Palheiro Gardens (one of the best on the Island with free access to Hotel guests) and the 18 hole (Par 72) Championship Golf Course (hourly shuttles can be booked via the Reception) where we completed 6 challenging rounds during our stay! It has 33 well appointed rooms and 5 suites - we stayed in the Rei Dom Carlos one in the Main House. It was most comfortable with a large, modern Bathroom and overlooked the front lawn.

On the F & B front, excellent Breakfast & Dinners can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. Service was excellent throughout our stay with particular mention to both Louis & Margarita...

The same applies to the Housekeeping team and especially Sergio on the Front Desk who was incredibly helpful when dealing with our 3 aborted bookings!

All in all, it was the perfect golfing arrangement and - as such - likely to be repeated before too much longer!

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Golf and stay in the hills

Review by Antiblackberry Reading, United Kingdom

Madeira is very hilly, so it must have been quite an effort to carve out the golf course on this estate high above Funchal. Appreciated the lovely setting for the hotel, and once again found the local staff friendly and welcoming. Comfortable and clean room, though limited view and no balcony for us...

Excellent breakfast service to table while enjoying the fresh air of the garden. Very nice evening meal, again with very attentive service. Pool area fairly simple - sun loungers could do with an upgrade. Had the impressive indoor spa area to ourselves. Hourly shuttle service to the golf Clubhouse ( or twenty minute walk via the back of the hotel and along the course - ask for directions). Golf was excellent, with challenges for all reasonable levels. Buggy essential, hire clubs reasonable quality. Clubhouse has fantastic view across to Funchal; not busy at all when we visited but good service and excellent food.

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