Old meets new at Quinta da Casa Branca. The old is an elegant and luxurious 19th Century Manor House – originally the residence of English wine merchant John Leacock, the Manor House is home to Casa Branca’s five luxury suites. The décor of the house and suites is classical: grand columns and archways, imposing stone fireplaces, venetian chandeliers and dark cedar floors with antique Portuguese furniture to match.
Quite a contrast to the new: a modern, Boutique Quinta which is hidden in-amongst the olive trees and camphor of the botanical gardens. The Quinta was constructed in 1998, and it’s a very contemporary, very sober design in dark local stone and glass which sits very well next to its 19th Century neighbour. The Quinta’s rooms are all on the ground floor, all facing south with floor-to-ceiling windows opening up directly into the garden. The classical grandeur of the Manor House is impressive, but there’s something quite special in how the Quinta blurs the line between the inside and outside.
Sheltered from the city by it's lush botanical gardens, it's easy to forget the centre of Funchal is a short walk away.
Most of our guided activities begin in Funchal: our guided tours, cycling trips, and guided hikes. The quinta is also a good option if you’d like to go whale watching from the marina in Funchal.