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Casa Velha do Palheiro
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua da Estalagem 23 | Palheiro Golf Sao Goncalo, Funchal, Madeira 9060-415, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #10 of 91 hotels in Funchal
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Fairytale Wedding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We were recently married at Casa Velha and had the most wonderful fairytale wedding imaginable, we were delighted to be able to use the chappel belonging to the Blandy Family set in the magnificent Palheiro Gardens. The managment and staff were fabulouse, incre
dably attentive to not only us but all of our forty three guests.
The hotel has a comfortable and timless feel and the food exceptional, with fine wines served from an excellent celler.
The golf course is always a delight to play and all of our guest enjoyed the challenge.
This was our sixth visit to Casa Velha. We run luxury golf trips worldwide, so we have lots to compare and we could not think of another place we would have got married in.
A huge thankyou to everyone their and we are looking forward to returning next year.
Gary and Marion Pike

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

House beautiful, gardens exquisite, food, (in the award-winning restaurant), simply delicious and way up there with the Michelin quality. Dress smartly for dinner - it just enhances the whole experience! Exceedingly comfortable bed in a large airy bedroom. Daily papers set out in the large airy library bedecked with beautifully upholstered sofas and chairs. Staff are friendly, attentive and always available. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble. A short walk through the adjacent golf-course brings you to the club-house where you can enjoy a drink and a lunch of the same quaity of the main house but somewhat cheaper! Daily transport provided by the hotel down to Funchal where you can experience an even wider variety of restuarants and attractions. This was our third visit to this friendly island and our fourth will most definitely be back to this hotel. It might almost be worth taking up golf for an even better experience!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

We spent a week in early march 2012: large clean room, excellent cuisine, friendly and helpful personnel, lovely gardens, challenging golf, altoghether a place to recommend if you are looking for a quiet but luxurious stay and... if you play golf. We will certainly return.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

I got myself a golfing package - the golf course is all around the hotel. The setting is beautiful, all green, well kept gardens. The house breathes history and old style, meals are great and casual smart dress in the evenings. The personnel is kind and tries to meet all your needs.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jonathanfletch, Director at Casa Velha do Palheiro, responded to this review, March 1, 2012
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you in the near future. We will make sure your room is super warm!
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brecon Beacons
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

Anyone who doesn't think this hotel is anything but excellent should not go on holiday as they are going to be disappointed wherever they go.
From the moment we were greeted at the airport to the moment we left, everything was just wonderful. The hotel staff were very professional yet warm and friendly. The restaurant was wonderful as you would expect from a Relais and Chateaux hotel. We had a complementary meal on the first night, and having visited Madiera several times in the past decided that their was no point in eating anywhere else when probably the best restaurant on the island was on our doorstep. The menu changed every night, and their were complimentary pre starter and pre dessert courses. The presentation of the food was stunning, and the food was delicious and generous. The Maitre de, Luis and his staff we attentive informative and great fun. The dress code seems to have been relaxed since earlier reviews, and I think the reviewer with the 'stylish white canvass shoes' might have got away with it now.
The golf course is fabulous, with five different tees on every hole to suit all standards of golfer, some very challenging holes, which become more playable once you know your way around. Billy Casper, the twice US Open and US Masters champion was playing the course on one of the days we were playing.The hotel will take you to the clubhouse if you wish, but it is a pleasant stroll from the hotel and you can store your clubs in the clubhouse where they are cleaned for you after every round. The hotel will clean your shoes whenever you wish. The starters and the clubhouse staff recognised us after the first day, and had our clubs and buggy waiting for us when we arrived.
The catering at the clubhouse is managed by the hotel, and shares the hotel waiting staff, and the food is of a very high standard and reasonably priced.
Between playing golf, eating lunch at the clubhouse, relaxing in the spa and dining at Casa Velha in the evening, we had no need to leave the grounds of the estate.
A fabulous holiday we will definately be back.
I have just read through the review and think it looks a bit like an advert for the hotel, if anybody reading the review want's to contact me I would be more than happy to confirm the validity of the review.
John Porter

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011 via mobile

Quality in a relaxed homely atmosphere. Excellent and friendly personnel. Quiet, close to golf course, fine dining, and outstanding wellness and spa ficilities.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

An excellent hotel if you like a relaxing and comfortable stay. Staff is not imposing at all, but are very helpful if required; good eye for detail and small additional items like fresh fruit every day and tasty espressos in your room definitely add to the feeling of comfort.
The restaurant is excellent, although if you like meat the focus on fish is a bit too strong and if senior staff is not around it seems to us that the level of service if dropping slightly( still very good though).
The very nice gardens and extensive compound are very inviting to some strolls.
The complimentary bus to Funchal is a nice add-on and defintely advisable.
The drawback for me is that the hotel (but this probably applies to most hotels) is not very smoker friendly.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jonathanfletch, Director at Casa Velha do Palheiro, responded to this review, March 1, 2012
Thanks for your comments and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay here. Regarding the smoking - we are at the mercy of the law regarding smoking areas but are pleased to say we have a smoking area in one of the public areas.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Address: Rua da Estalagem 23 | Palheiro Golf Sao Goncalo, Funchal, Madeira 9060-415, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#14 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#15 Family Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa Velha do Palheiro 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Velha do Palheiro is a graceful 5 star Madeira country house hotel with 37 luxurious rooms.The hotel is situated next to the famous Palheiro Gardens, originally created over 200 years ago. Hotel facilities include: Championship golf course, full spa facilities including indoor and outdoor heated pools as well as a variety of treatments, fishing boat for whale and dolphin watching and big game fishing. ... more   less 
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