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It’s October Fest time in Palheiro. You may have heard about the famous October Fest in Munich, Germany, which attracts annually thousands of people from all over the world. It’s all about having a good time with music, traditional German food and – of course – lots of beer.

Palheiro Golf is organising the 1st October Fest Tournament during the week of 28th September – 2nd October. There will be 3 golf competitions which are open to all golfers. In keeping with the Bavarian tradition, during this week and throughout the day, the Clubhouse will serve authentic German dishes and beer. On Saturday there will be a buffet dinner which can also be attended by non-golfers. So, if you have never tasted delicious German sausages you might want to plan a trip to the Palheiro Golf Clubhouse during this week. And if you have, you know you can’t miss this opportunity!

Tee-off times, reservations and information at Palheiro Golf tel. 291 790 120.

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  • A Festa da Cerveja chegou ao Palheiro Golfe! Muitos terão já ouvido falar da famosa Festa da Cerveja que se realiza todos os anos em Munique, na Alemanha, e que atrai milhares de pessoas de todo o mundo. Trata-se de um evento muito divertido, com música, gastronomia típica da Alemanha e – claro! – muita cerveja.

    Assim sendo, o Palheiro Golfe organiza, durante a semana de 28 de Setembro até 2 de Outubro, uma série de três competições de golfe, que estão abertas a todos os jogadores, que podem jogar em tantas competições quantas quiserem. Em linha com a tradição da Bavária, o restaurante Clubhouse do Palheiro Golfe servirá, ao longo do dia e durante toda essa semana, autêntica cerveja alemã e pratos típicos daquela região.

    No Sábado, 2 de Outubro, haverá um jantar buffet, tanto para jogadores como para o público em geral.

    Para quem nunca provou as deliciosas salsichas alemãs, fica o convite, para que não percam esta excelente oportunidade! Os outros não precisam de convite, pois já lá estão, de certeza! Coloque já na sua agenda uma visita ao Clubhouse do Palheiro Golfe durante essa semana.

    Inscrições e informações no Palheiro Golfe, tel. 291 790 120.

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    A satisfação de Doreen Yeomans e Robert Jesus pela vitória alcançada.

    Doreen Yeomans e Robert Jesus foram os grandes vencedores do Campeonato do Palheiro Golfe, um dos torneios mais importantes realizado no campo do Palheiro Ferreiro.

    Com meia centena de jogadores à saída, o campeonato ficou marcado por uma animada competição entre quatro jogadores. No primeiro dia  Peter Booth (75 pancadas) e  Jonathan Fletcher (78) foram os melhores, tudo indicando que eram os principais candidatos à vitória mas no segundo dia de competição tudo mudou.
    Roberto Jesus, com apenas 17 anos, arrancou 18 buracos sensacionais, totalizando uma pancada abaixo do par do campo (71 pancadas), garantindo desse modo uma vitória impensável, pois no primeiro dia o seu desempenho tinha sido discreto para um jogador de handicap 3,5: 82 pancadas.

    AO DIÁRIO o jovem confessou: “Não me passoava pela cabeça vencer o campeonato, pois no primeiro dia tinha feito um mau resultado”. Tudo mudou no segundo dia, eficácia explicada pelo campeão. “Os ‘shots’ para o green foram muito certeiros e ‘putei’ super bem”, destacou o novo campeão do Palheiro Golf.

    Jonathan Fletcher voltou a mostrar que é um jogador constante -  78/80 pancadas – e com isso arrecadou o segundo lugar,  ainda que nem todos os gestos técnicos sejam perfeitos, com Peter Booth a fechar o pódio (75/84).

    Entre as senhoras,  Doreen Yeomans inscreveu no seu cartão 184 pancadas( 95/89) e fez melhor que Kim Camacho(93+ 91).  Na categoria Seniores, os vencedores foram Denise Chambers com 191 pancadas ( 98/93) e Mal Bickell com 165 ( 84/84)

    Diário de Notícias
    Terça, 21 de Setembro de 2010

    What is a Quinta? Many former Manor Estates and Countryside properties have been lovingly restored, improved and adapted to become luxury tourism getaways. There are several on the island of Madeira and the majority boast quite unique surroundings and buildings. However, there is now a new passion for luxury Quintas on Madeira and those that deliver exceedingly high standards have become especially renowned and are much sought after by both celebrities and the wealthier members of society alike.

    Today we will cover two of the most graceful Quintas on the island. Both are luxurious, 5 star properties. But they are worlds apart in terms of location and what they offer to the discerning traveler. Join us for an in-depth look at Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro and Quinta Jardins do Lago.

    Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro

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    Located in the hills above the Madeiran capital Funchal, next to the stunning Palheiro Golf course, lies the luxury country house hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro.

    This wonderful property is situated next to the famous Palheiro Gardens, originally created over 200 years ago by the 1st Count of Carvalhal. There is also direct access to the Golf Course, with privileged tee offs from the halfway house, a short stroll from the gate. If peace, tranquility and relaxation are requisites of your vacation – then seek no further.

    Within the extensive grounds there is a heated swimming pool with sauna and steam bath: Tennis or croquet, billiards or walking. For gentler relaxation they offer a morning room with library, and a very smart, comfortable lounge bar.

    The Palheiro Gardens – famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there, but for the beauty of their hillside setting, form a rich collection of plants from so many different parts of the world, gathered together over a period of 180 years or so. These private gardens are open to the public weekdays and attract over 40.000 visitors per year.

    Located within the Palheiro Gardens, on the perimeter of both Palheiro Golf and Casa Velha, a Tea House provides delicious homemade cakes, pastries and ice creams for the Garden visitors as well light snacks and refreshments for the energy burning golfers. Casa Velha guests have direct access from the hotel gardens.

    The Palheiro Spa is an exciting new addition to the Casa Velha Hotel. Set amongst one of Europe’s most beautiful gardens it is difficult not to experience an immediate sense of well-being and beauty.

    Palheiro Spa offer a comprehensive massage menu from around the globe, specifically designed golfers massages, botanical face and body treatments and “immediate results” non-invasive facial treatments.
    Their dedicated team of Physiotherapists, Masseuses, Beauty Therapists and Esthetical Therapists quietly strive to successfully create and carry out each guests individual spa journey.

    The hotel also owns a private motor yacht. The  ‘Balancal‘ awaits your pleasure at the Funchal marina. It is available for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching, as well as deep sea big game fishing and special charters.

    All rooms at Casa Velha do Palheiro have en-suite bathrooms, equipped with hairdryers and heated towel rails. All suites and superior rooms have additional separate shower cabins. Senior Suites are equipped with Whirlpool-baths.

    Where better to experience the intimate pleasure of a candlelit dinner than in the privacy of the elegant Casa Velha dining room. Surrounded by the renowned gardens of the unique estate, you can savour the delights of fine cuisine, expertly prepared and presented.

    Be it fresh Scottish salmon, or wild mushrooms from France, every effort is made to ensure a guests pleasure. The select menu, influenced by a Mediterranean palate and spiced with hints of the Orient, are both surprising and delightful.

    Guests at the Casa Velha may enjoy a wide variety of menus. As well as the superb Á La Carte menu, they have a Daily menu, a Light Meal menu and a special Gourmet menu. A Light Meal menu is also available as part of the room service / lunch menu. The Gourmet menu is a seven-course taste experience which is prepared per table, and includes four accompanying Portuguese wines. Simply a Gourmet Extravaganza!

    Facilities at the Casa Velha do Palheiro:

    • Morning room / Library
    • Lounge / Bar
    • Sitting room
    • Games Room
    • Meeting Room / TV Room
    • Free WiFi in public areas and garden
    • No charge for incoming faxes
    • 7 day In-house laundry service
    • Dry cleaning (next day service)
    • Wake up service
    • Multi-lingual hotel personnel
    • Medical Doctor on call
    • Private Parking
    • Golf Adjacent to Palheiro Golf Course
    • Palheiro Gardens Free entrance on weekdays
    • Big Game Fishing
    • Sauna – no charge
    • Steam room – no charge
    • Fitness room – no charge
    • Heated outdoor and indoor Swimming-pools
    • Spa
    • Badminton, Croquet, Table tennis
    • Billiards
    • Card table and Board games
    • All weather tennis court – floodlit

    You can find detailed information and online reservations at the Casa Velha do Palheiro website:  www.casa-velha.com

    Quinta Jardins do Lago

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    Further west along the green hills surrounding the city of Funchal, close to the historical area, you will find a charming and welcoming Madeira island Quinta that was built in the 18th century.

    Quinta Jardins do Lago is a small luxury botanical garden hotel.
    Until recent times it was the home of well-known French and British families. During the Napoleonic wars General Beresford, Commander of the British forces on the island chose it as his residence. His magnificent sideboard, a reminder of his stay, still adorns the magnificent dining room.

    Today the Quinta Jardins do Lago, with its 31 double rooms, 4 historical Junior Suites and 5 Premier Suites, all facing south to the luscious gardens and the blue Atlantic ocean, has been passionately designed to offer the best accommodation with modern functionality in traditional comfort and style. This is undoubtedly the reason why it has become Madeira islands most sought after small luxury botanical garden hotel.

    The lush Botanical gardens are absolutely amazing with more than 500 different species of plants which are unique in their variety and natural beauty.
    With an area of 2.5 hectares full of wonderful examples of rare species and old trees as well as many colourful and delicate flowers, the flora of ‘Quinta Jardins do Lago‘ is such a rich and diverse collection that it can rival any good botanical gardens.

    The garden has a fantastic collection of centenary examples, such as Dracaena Draco from Madeira, Syncarpia Glomelifera from Australia, Cinnamomum Campitora from China / Japan, as well as many fantastic varieties from all over the world as Jacaranda Minosifolia from Argentina, Pandanus Utilis from Madagascar or the Erythrina Abyssimica from Tropical Africa.

    Many of the trees in this Madeiran Quinta were planted in the early eighteen-century. The different owners of this Quinta always kept contact with various Botanical Gardens worldwide and invested lots of love and time improving these relaxing and colourful gardens which for 47 years have been the home of “Colombo”, the Quinta`s giant tortoise.

    The Quinta has 11 Standard Garden view rooms, 20 Superior Panoramic view rooms, 4 Historical Juinior suites, a beautiful Premiere suite with a large balcony and a magnificent Presidential Suite.

    All rooms feature:
    •    Large balconies facing the beautiful gardens
    •    Sitting area
    •    Air – conditioning and heating
    •    Cable TV
    •    Direct dial telephone
    •    Free Safe deposit box
    •    Mini Bar
    •    Private marble bathroom with double basin, Makeup mirror, hairdryer, bath/shower, bathrobes and separate w.c
    •    Hairdryer
    •    Free internet connection (on request)
    •    Blackout drapes curtains
    •    Iron/ironing board (on request)

    The Quintas facilities include an acclaimed, elegant evening Restaurant with al fresco seating for the perfect evening, offering Madeiran and International first class cuisine served with high professional standards and welcoming Madeira traditions. A cosy bar for the sunset cocktails and nightcaps where one can enjoy good music in a relaxing atmosphere.

    Nestled around the special tropical swimming pool a bar offers refreshing drinks, snacks and quality food cooked simply with the freshest local ingredients in what is a truly relaxing area.
    An elegant breakfast room with verandah, featuring an exceptional sixteenth century ceramic wall panel with garden seating surrounded by beautiful and pleasant flowers is the ideal way to start your day.

    Other facilities available are the 24 Hours Reception; Library; Billiard Room; Meeting Room; Private Parking; Room Service. Heated large freshwater swimming pool; Sun terraces with sun beds, umbrellas and towels; Well equipped Gym; Sauna; Turkish Bath; Jacuzzi; Tennis Court; Croquet and Table Tennis.

    You can find detailed information and online reservations at the Quinta Jardins do Lago website:  www.jardinsdolago.com

    Author: Chris Szabo, MD – Navega Bem – Madeira island – Portugal.

    Summer Hols Golf 2010

    B.E.S. Kids Open – Palheiro Golf Tournament 3.9.2010

    The closing tournament of the Summer Hols Golf activities programme was held at Palheiro Golf last Friday, 3rd September 2010. About 50 youngsters participated in BES Kids Open, which is sponsored by BES bank.

    The activities started at 14.30h, after most of the participants lunched together in the Palheiro Clubhouse. First came the 6 hole competition, for more accomplished players, who tested their skills on the Palheiro Golf championship course. The Academy competition was next, for intermediate level players. The tournament ended with the little ones completing 5 holes on the putting green.

    The competition was followed by a prize-winning tea, with lots of proud looking parents looking on. Winners were as follows: 6 holes: 1st place to Gonçalo Araújo, followed by Madalena Fernandes in 2nd and Leonel Pereira in 3rd. Academy Competition: 1st Oliver Gouveia, 2nd Matilde Fernandes and 3rd João Pedro Gonçalves. In the Putting Competition Joaquim Abreu came 1st, with Ana Teixeira a very close 2nd, with just one shot between them. A tie-breaker was necessary for the 3rd place, as three players scored the same points. João Reis Gomes won 3rd prize, thanks to the best score on the last hole.

    The children’s natural exuberance made the event a fun affair, but the fact that there were some special medals this year made for some extra excitement. This year the Summer Hols Golf organization decided to award medals to athletes that stood out in other ways that are also important to golf – and everyday living too, in fact. Thus the Assiduity Prize was awarded to Daniela Matias, the Fidelity Prize to brothers Pedro and Nuno Camacho, the Good Behaviour Prize to Pedro Andrade, the Eagerness Prize to Guilherme Calção, the Sociability Prize to João França Ferreira, the Young Revelation Prize to Joaquim Gouveia and the Most Dapper Prize to Gustavo Gouveia.

    Palheiro Golf would like to thank BES Bank for their support in training these youngsters by sponsoring the tournament for the 2nd consecutive year, Casa Velha do Palheiro Country House Hotel, for providing tea for all the athletes, and all the staff members whose effort helped make this programme happen, as well as all the parents and young golfers for their presence and participation.

    Tuition in the Palheiro Golf Training Academy re-starts on October 2nd. Meanwhile, the Golf Skills Challenge is next Saturday 11th September and the pre-Season tournament is September 18th.

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    Férias no Golfe 2010

    B.E.S. Kids Open – Torneio no Palheiro Golfe 3.9.2010

    Realizou-se no Palheiro Golfe, na passada sexta-feira dia 3 de Setembro, o torneio de encerramento do programa «Férias no Golfe» denominado B.E.S Kids Open, que contou com a presença de meia centena de jovens.

    As actividades começaram a partir das 14:30h, depois dum almoço que contou com a presença da grande maioria dos participantes. A competição de 6 buracos foi a primeira a arrancar e os jovens com nível técnico mais elevado puseram à prova o seu jogo no campo principal do Palheiro Golfe. Seguiu-se a competição realizada no percurso Academia para os jovens com nível intermédio. Por fim, os mais jovens tiveram a sua competição no putting green, onde completaram os 5 buracos que compunham o desafio.

    Concluída a competição, foi hora de consagrar os vencedores numa cerimónia de entrega de prémios, que foi acompanhada por muitos pais, que fizeram questão de estar presente para a conclusão do evento. Quanto aos vencedores a classificação ficou ordenada da seguinte forma: 6 Buracos: Gonçalo Araújo foi o vencedor, seguido de Madalena Fernandes e Leonel Pereira; na competição da Academia o vencedor foi Oliver Gouveia, com o segundo lugar a pertencer a Matilde Fernandes e o último degrau do pódio para João Pedro Gonçalves. Na competição destinada aos mais novos, o Putt, o grande vencedor foi Joaquim Abreu, com Ana Teixeira a conquistar o segundo lugar e a apenas uma pancada de diferença. O terceiro lugar foi encontrado após desempate, pois havia 3 atletas empatados, sendo João Reis Gomes o contemplado por ter finalizado com o melhor último buraco.

    A característica exuberância das crianças e jovens animou naturalmente o evento, mas a atribuição de umas medalhas especiais provocou particular entusiasmo. Este ano a organização das Férias no Golfe atribuiu também prémios aos atletas que se destacaram noutros aspectos, também eles muito importantes no golfe – e no dia a dia também. Desta forma o Prémio Assiduidade foi entregue a Daniela Matias, o Prémio Dedicação aos irmãos Pedro e Nuno Camacho, o Prémio Comportamento a Pedro Andrade, o Prémio Entusiasmo a Guilherme Calção, o Prémio Camaradagem a João França Ferreira, o prémio Jovem Revelação a Joaquim Gouveia e o Prémio Mais Janota a Gustavo Gouveia.

    O Palheiro Golfe agradece ao Banco Espírito Santo que, pelo segundo ano consecutivo, colabora com a formação destes jovens, patrocinando este torneio, à Estalagem Casa Velha do Palheiro, que ofereceu o lanche aos atletas, e a todos os colaboradores que possibilitaram a realização deste programa de verão, bem como aos pais e aos jovens atletas, pela sua presença a participação.

    A Academia de Formação Palheiro Golfe retoma as aulas no dia 2 de Outubro, havendo, entretanto, outras actividades, nomeadamente o Golf Skills Challenge já no próximo Sábado dia 11 de Setembro e o c de pré época no dia 18 de Setembro.

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    ON HIS 42nd birthday last year, Jonathan Fletcher caught three giant blue marlin, the smallest weighing in at an impressive 800lbs. A perfect fishing day, but not a wildly unusual one on Portugal’s Atlantic island of Madeira, home to some supersize marine life.

    Fletcher moved from Richmond to Madeira 17 years ago, swapping the Thames for ocean views. He now lives there with his wife and three young daughters. “In 1993 there was one supermarket, a poor choice of restaurants and limited nightlife,” says Fletcher. “That’s all changed. The capital, Funchal, has gone from being a quaint town to a mini city and there’s a good club scene.” He should know. When he isn’t at work as director of Palheiro Golf Club another hobby is DJing in Funchal.
    A lack of sandy beaches may have held back tourism, but this dormant volcanic island is popular with repeat customers — and not only the blue rinse brigade. Activities on offer include surfing, canyoning and mountain biking on the levada trails while a new generation of design hotels, such as Choupana Hills and The Vine, welcome a younger crowd.

    In February this year one month’s rainfall fell in one hour on Madeira, turning the steep, narrow streets above Funchal into rivers and resulting in landslides and the loss of 42 lives. Six months on, the island bears few visible scars. “Madeira is fully recovered,” claims Conceicao Estudante, Madeira’s secretary of tourism. “The hotel area was not affected at all by the floods and there are clear signs of recovery replacing the cancellations” FIRST RESORT COMPLETED Madeira’s first residential resort has just been completed. Palheiro Village has 79 apartments and villas priced from Pounds 269,230. The steep site is part of the Palheiro Estate, owned continuously from the 1880s by the Blandy family whose fortune came from the famously sweet Madeira wine.
    Current patriarch Adam Blandy brought in builders from the Algarve’s exclusive Quinta do Lago. All properties at Palheiro have sea views and share a large communal pool. Portuguese, British, Irish and northern European buyers have bought half of the properties to date, with six families living there year-round.

    “Madeira is known as a winter destination, but last year at Palheiro — the first that rentals operated — we had 94 per cent occupancy in August,” says Roger Still, of Palheiro Village. “Madeira has an even temperature without the heavy heat of the Algarve in the summer months, so is ideal for families and golfers.”

    The one-and two-bedroom apartments are the most popular to rent, achieving 17-20 weeks a year on average. A week in high season in a one-bedroom apartment starts from Pounds 538 and Palheiro offers a full management service for 30 per cent of the rental price. Also on the estate are a championship 18-hole golf course, new spa and gym with indoor pool and the beautiful gardens, begun 200 years ago and painstakingly cared for by the Blandys.

    Palheiro Village is Madeira’s first completed resort, but others are following. QuintadoLorde in the southeast is based around a marina and hotel with 127 apartments and villas planned and prices from Pounds 221,800. Also in the planning stages is Azulara, a development of 112 apartments and 61 villas on the slopes above Funchal.

    FUNCHAL IN DEMAND Half of Madeira’s 250,000 population lives in Funchal on the south coast, close to the international airport. A three-bedroom apartment in popular areas of Ajuda and Estrada Monumental costs Pounds 248,520. Liliana Ornelas, of estate agent Ilhocasa, says Madalenas is more affordable and increasingly in demand. Fifteen minutes west of Funchal, Camara de Lobos is a good waterfront spot. Expect to pay Pounds 260,279 for a town house and Pounds 579,880 for a villa there. Prices fall dramatically on the isolated and windy north coast. Ilhocasa has a three-bedroom house in San Vicente for Pounds 132,540.

    CONTACTS AND FACTFILE Palheiro Village 00 351 291 794 015; palheiroestate.com Quinta do Lorde: contact Savills 020 7016 3740; savills.co.uk/abroad Ilhocasa 00 351 291 200 990; ilhocasa.com TAP and easyJet fly from Gatwick or Stansted to Funchal Allow seven per cent for buying costs including six per cent IMT (stamp duty) Annual service charges at Palheiro Village are Pounds 2,400 to Pounds 4,880.

    ‘THIS ISLAND GAVE US THE GOOD LIFE’ WHEN a travel agent suggested to Roger and Hilary Still from Norwich that they try Madeira for their next holiday their first reaction was that they were not old enough. “But it certainly fitted our brief of somewhere short haul with good food and wine and no lager louts,” says Roger. “That was 2000. We loved it and have been back every year since. Madeira really does have the wrong image.”

    Five years ago the Stills were close to purchasing a property in Spain when they saw an advert for Palheiro Village. “Madeira is safe, but we wanted the security of being in a gated resort,” says Roger. “For what we paid we could have bought land and built our own house, but then we would be on our own with no golf course or facilities and renting would be more problematic.”

    The couple, who own a food company and are in their mid-fifties, bought a three-bedroom villa in Palheiro Village in August last year where similar property costs Pounds 579,880. Roger says: “Our English-speaking lawyer helped us to get a fiscal card and write Portuguese wills.” Call Palheiro Village on 00 351 291 795 161 or visit palheiroestate.com

    Copyright c Associated Newspapers Ltd. 2010

    Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company.

    Evening Standard; London (UK), Aug 25, 2010 | by Cathy Hawker

    Madeira – Compact island big on charm

    Madeira’s pretty capital Funchal has long been overlooked, says MARC DA SILVA

    Renowned for its cake, wine, flowers and sub- tropical climate, Madeira has long attracted tourists all year round. However, the Portuguese island’s historic capital city Funchal is often ignored as a place to buy a holiday home.
    Just under half of Madeira’s population of approximately 250,000 inhabitants live in Funchal. The city offers a calendar of cultural events and festivities for tourists and locals alike, including a carnival plus flower, wine and jazz festivals.
    Funchal attracts around one million tourists a year, primarily from Britain, Germany and mainland Portugal. They are drawn by the long stretch of harbour full of fishing boats, the fine selection of botanical gardens, the colourful market and array of old streets filled with stylish boutiques and restaurants offering traditional Portuguese cuisine.
    “A lot of people would feel very comfortable owning property in Madeira,” said Robin Stickells, of Madeira Properties in the Sun. “[Funchal] offers an international, cosmopolitan community that has its fair share of local residents, too. Madeira appeals to those who see this as a good thing.”
    Mr Stickells added: “The big challenge is to find the purchasers who are in the market to buy a home.”
    Although Funchal’s domestic property market is well-established, only a small fraction of overseas nationals own holiday homes there.
    Hotel occupancy levels averaged 90 per cent during April’s Flower Festival, according to official government statistics. However, there are signs that Funchal’s holiday home market is starting to take off, buoyed by the introduction of low-cost airlines and direct flights from around Europe, Venezuela and South Africa.
    Steven Worboys, of Experience International estate agency, said: “With more than one million tourists visiting this pearl of the Atlantic each year requiring accommodation, opportunity abounds for the buy-to-let market.”
    In fact, enquiries for short-term rental properties in the capital increased by 52 per cent during the first three months of 2010, according to searches on holiday rental firm HomeAway’s website.
    With protected conservation land making up some 70 per cent of the island, which is reasonably compact at 35 miles in length by 14 miles at its widest point, most property buyers head for Funchal.
    Indeed, Funchal is where property prices are highest but the greatest buy-to-let opportunities in Madeira are to be found.
    Resales typically start from around £110,000, which buys a modern one-bedroom apartment or an old-fashioned house in need of renovation or reconstruction.
    Although Madeira’s property market has not gone unscathed by Portugal’s financial turmoil, the adverse economic effect on the island has been less severe than on the mainland, according to various local experts.
    Philippe Moreau, the project manager of Vilagiorgi, a high-end holiday home development under construction in Funchal, said: “Due to the limited residential inventory, the Madeira property market has not suffered as much as mainland Portugal.
    “Prices have not necessarily dropped but sales have been at a standstill for more than a year. More sales enquiries are starting to appear again, though.”
    Roger Still, of Palheiro Estate, said: “Madeira is a fresh, new entrant into the second home market. Property prices compare well with other markets. Most of the ingredients necessary for a second homes market to establish itself in Madeira have long existed, including good location, climate, natural beauty, living conditions and visitor infrastructure.”
    Mr Still was enthusiastic about acknowledging the progress made in Madeira over the past 10 years. The expansion of the international airport and a network of new roads, tunnels, marinas and health facilities have all set the scene for what he described as “the emergence of a viable second homes market”.
    Madeira’s hot summers and warm winters, with temperatures averaging 21C, are ideal for avid golfers. This inspired an 18-hole,  par-72 course on the Palheiro Estate, along with a selection of luxurious holiday homes.
    Palheiro was arguably the fi rst high-end residential projection conceived, designed and constructed to suit the requirements of the second homes market in Madeira. Inaugurated in late 2008, it rivals some of the best golf-led property developments of the Algarve but at a fraction of the price.

    Palheiro Estate:  www.palheiroestate.com

    This article authored by Marc da Silva (Daily Express) From Wednesday 1st September, 2010