Overview

Casa Velha do Palheiro began life as the summer residence and hunting lodge of João José Xavier do Carvalhal; the 1st Civil Governor of Funchal in 1801.

When Joao passed away without a direct descendant, the estate was purchased by industrialist (and later wine merchant) John Blandy in 1885. John exported coal from Britain to India, and Madeira was the perfect en-route resupply point. From Palheiro’s commanding position high above Funchal’s natural harbour, John could track the comings-and-goings of his cargo fleet. The casa itself was converted into the island’s first, five-star country-house hotel in 1993 and is now managed by John’s great, great grandson Adam Blandy, and his wife Cristina. There are thirty-two rooms and five suites, with a warm floral-patterned décor and dark hardwood furnishings. The comfortable guest lounge, bar and restaurant are also beautifully decorated, with gilt-framed oil paintings and lithographs of the island. There’s also a spa, sauna, gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis court and croquet lawn, and the famous Palheiro gardens and golf course.

Facilities

Air conditioning

Bar

Fridge

Gym

Hairdryer

Kitchen

Laundry

Pool

Restaurant

Room service

Safe

Spa

Telephone

TV

WiFi

Location

Casa Velha do Palheiro is only a short drive from Funchal, and the perfect choice for anyone hoping to explore eastern Madeira.

Activities

Most of our guided activities begin in Funchal: our guided tours, cycling trips, and guided hikes. The casa is also a good option if you’d like to go whale watching from the marina in Funchal.

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