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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Relais & Chateaux, Casa Velha do Palheiro invites you to join us on a gastronomic journey. On the 24th and 25th of October Casa Velha do Palheiro will be hosting its annual Gastronomic weekend. The guest chef this year will be Vincent Farges who is the Executive chef at Fortaleza do Guincho situated in Cascais.
After completing his education in France, Vincent worked in some of the best French restaurants to join the select team Buerehiesel with Chef Antoine Westermann, who would later inaugurate the Fortaleza do Guincho in 1998. In Morocco, where he remained for four years, he opened and was responsible for the restaurant La Bavaroise (Casablanca). In Greece, where he later settled, he inaugurated the Hotel Grande Bretagne (Athens) and was also responsible for several luxury kitchen chains. Apart from participating in various cultural events of national and international prestige, guest judging various gastronomic cuisine contests and developing initiatives with world-renowned Chefs at Fortaleza do Guincho, Chef Vincent is the creator of the highly acclaimed “Citrus Symphony”, a one season menu made exclusively from dozens of different citrus fruits, from starters to dessert, which already has two highly successful editions in 2012 and 2013.
In 2010 Vincent Farges was recognized as Chef of the Year, both by the prestigious Guide Boa Cama Boa Mesa and the newspaper Expresso.
Joining him will be the head chefs at Casa Velha do Palheiro – Madeira born Chef Francisco Quintal and French Chef Eric Weidmann – who will be using their vast experience of Casa Velha haute cuisine whilst showcasing all the gastronomic delights the region has to offer. Especially chosen Portuguese and Madeira wines from the Blandy Wine vaults will complement this Autumnal menu.
Visitors to Madeira and Casa Velha do Palheiro are invited to make reservations for dinner at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.
Price will be €80 euros per person including all wines.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Cátia Afonso, please call the Casa Velha Reception at +351 – 291 790 350 or email email@example.com
Gastronomic Weekend Package at Casa Velha do Palheiro:
From 23rd to 28th October 2014 – € 400,00 per person in double room
For bookings and further information please contact:
Cátia Afonso at Casa Velha do Palheiro
T. +351 291 790 350 | F. +351 291 794 925
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.palheiroestate.com
The 2014 official calendar of events for the Madeira Island is as follows. Beware that some dates may change.
26h February to 5th March – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
1st March– Great Allegoric Carnival Parade
4th March – Slapstick Parade
Madeira Flower Festival
1st to 7th May – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
3rd May – The Wall of Hope Ceremony
4th May – Great Allegoric Flower Parade
Madeira Island Open (PGA European Tour)
8th to 11th May
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June – Music and Fireworks Display
XXVII Classic Car Rally
June (date to be confirmed)
Madeira Wine Rally
31st July to 2nd August (dates to be confirmed)
Madeira Wine Festival
31st August to 7th September – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
6th September – Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos.
Columbus Festival – Porto Santo Island
18th to 20th September
Madeira Nature Festival
6th to 12th October
End of the Year Madeira Festivities
1st December – Beginning of the Illuminations in Downtown Funchal
8th December to 6th January, 2015- General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre
12th December to 6th January, 2015 – Christmas Decorations and Exhibitions in downtown Funchal
31st December – New Year’s Eve Firework Display
O calendário oficial de eventos para 2014 na Ilha da Madeira é o que se segue. Atenção que podem eventualmente surgir alterações às datas.
Festas de Carnaval
26 de fevereiro a 5 de março – Animação diversa na baixa da cidade do Funchal
1 de março – Grande Cortejo Alegórico
4 de março – Cortejo Trapalhão
Festa da Flor da Madeira
1 a 7 de maio – Exposições e Animação diversa na baixa da cidade do Funchal
3 de maio – Cerimónia do Muro da Esperança
4 de maio – Grande Cortejo Alegórico
Madeira Island Open (Main Tour da PGA European Tour)
8 a 11 de maio
Festival do Atlântico - Espectáculos de Música e Fogo de Artifício
7, 14, 21 e 28 de junho
XXVIIª Volta à Madeira – Classic Rally
junho (data a designar)
Rali Vinho da Madeira
31 de julho a 2 de agosto (dias a confirmar)
Festa do Vinho da Madeira
31 de agosto a 7 de setembro – Animação diversa na baixa da cidade do Funchal
6 de setembro – Vindima ao Vivo no Estreito de Câmara de Lobos.
Festival de Colombo – Porto Santo
18 a 20 de setembro
Festival da Natureza da Madeira
6 a 12 de outubro
Festas do Fim-do-Ano
1 de dezembro – Início parcial das iluminações Decorativas no Funchal
8 de dezembro a 6 de janeiro de 2015 – Iluminação geral das iluminações Decorativas no Funchal
12 de dezembro a 6 de janeiro de 2015 – Exposições Natalícias na baixa da cidade do Funchal
31 de dezembro – Espectáculo de Fogo de Artifício
Die 2014 offizielle Veranstaltungskalender für die Insel Madeira ist wie folgt. Beachten Sie, dass einige Daten können sich ändern.
vom 26. Februar bis 5. Märs– Veranstaltungen im Stadtzentrum
1. Märs– Karnevalsumzug
4. Märs –Narrenumzug
von 1. bis 7. Mai – Veranstaltungen im Stadtzentrum
3. Mai – Mauer der Honung Zeremonie
4. Mai – Der große Blumenumzüge
Golfturnier Madeira Island Open (PGA European Tour)
8. bis 11. Mai
Atlantik – Festival
7., 14., 21. und 28. Juni – Musikkonzerte und Feuerwerk
27. Madeira Oldtimer Ründfahrt Rally
Juni (zeitpünkt nicht bestätigt)
Rallye Vinho da Madeira
von 31. Juli bis 2. August (zeitpünkt nicht bestätigt)
Madeira Wein Rally
vom 31.August bis 7. September – Veranstaltungen im Stadtzentrum
6. September – “Live” Weinernte in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos
Kolumbus Festival – Porto Santo
von 18. bis 20. September
Madeira Natur Fest
von 6. bis 12. Oktober
von 1. Dezember – Beginn der Festbeleuchtung im Stadtzentrum
von 8. Dezember bis 6. Januar, 2015- Beleuchtung des Amphitheaters von Funchal
von 12. December bis 6. Januar,2015 – Weihnachtsausstellungen im Stadtzentrum
31. Dezember – Silvesterfeuerwerk
Photos and information by Madeira Tourism – http://www.visitmadeira.pt/
Villas Palheiro Estate
A select number of villa plots are also available for development near the Golf Clubhouse; Palheiro Real Estate offers a full turn-key service to assist you in creating your dream villa.
A range of fully furnished villas and apartments are also available for holiday rentals. Guests can enjoy the facilities of the Estate from the privacy of their own rental property.
Palheiro Village is an award-winning development of luxury freehold apartments and detached villas in a private condominium, with a central Forum building which includes a heated 18 m swimming pool, pool bar, and viewing deck, and reception room for residents and guests. A full range of property management services are available on site from Palheiro Property Management. Palheiro Village offers property purchasers a superb location; the properties are beautifully integrated into a south-facing hillside with spectacular views over Funchal Bay. Residents enjoy privileged access to the facilities of the Estate, including Palheiro Golf, the Casa Velha hotel and the Palheiro Spa.
Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate the 18-hole, par 72 Championship golf course, designed by renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland embroidered with lush, sub-tropical vegetation. At nearly 500 m above sea level, the location is blessed with dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and the Bay of Funchal below.
This picturesque layout with year-round appeal takes full advantage of Madeira’s hilly terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys providing a compelling challenge for even the most seasoned golfer. Play calls for a fair degree of accuracy – the contoured fairways and strategically placed bunkers guarding fast, undulating greens mean there’s little room for error.
The first Count of Carvalhal created a hunting lodge in the heart of Palheiro Estate over 200 years ago. This has now been converted into a 5-star country house hotel which is a member of Relais & Châteaux. It has just 37 beautifully-decorated rooms as well as a restaurant which is a reference for Madeiran epicure. Guests can enjoy the superb facilities of the new Palheiro Spa and privileged access to Palheiro golf course and gardens.
Palheiro Golf Restaurant , Tea-house
The stylish Palheiro Golf Clubhouse, with its panoramic terrace commanding uninterrupted views of Funchal harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, features a superb restaurant managed by the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel.
The Tea House, located in the heart of Palheiro gardens, adjoining both Palheiro Golf and the hotel gardens, offers wonderful home-made cakes, pastries and ice-creams for visitors to the gardens as well as light snacks and refreshments for the energy-burning golfers.
The Palheiro Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments within a peaceful garden environment. In this unique oasis setting, experienced therapists can massage away the stresses of everyday life with selected aromatic essences. The Spa has a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
These gardens were started by the first Count of Carvalhal two centuries ago, and have been continually nurtured and improved by the Blandy family. The gardens are famous for Camellias and the beauty of their setting among ancient trees as well as the rich collection of plants from all over the world. Some 45,000 visitors a year enjoy the delights of Palheiro Gardens.
The sport fishing boat M.Y. Balancal, moored in Funchal marina, is available exclusively for residents and guests of Palheiro Estate. This is an ideal way to see Madeira Island, to watch whales and dolphins or to enjoy big game fishing.
Madeira Island – Portugal
Palheiro Golf, Madeira Island celebrates 20 years.
In 2013 Palheiro Golf in Madeira Island will be celebrating its 20th year.
For this special year Palheiro Golf has put together a fun program for both visitors and members.
The program starts in April 2013 and comprises of:
Tournaments, Memorabilia, Special Packages and promotions.
As part of the promotions and Palheiro’s ‘grow the game’ philosophy, they will be offering ‘Twenty Free Memberships for 20 year olds’ as well as other unique prizes including a prize for the 20,000 player during the year.
With the help of collaborators over the last 20 years Palheiro golf has put together a collection of memorabilia. Here you will find some fun photos including some of our more famous visitors including Prince Edward, Ronaldo and Sir Bobby Robson.
There will also be stay and play packages at our luxury hotel or at our stunning self-catering villas and apartments with views over the bay of Funchal.
For further general information please check the dedicated section of the website
For further press information please contact:
Rua do Balancal, nº 29
9060-414 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 120
F. +351 291 792 456
O Palheiro Golf, na ilha da Madeira, celebra 20 anos.
Em 2013 o Palheiro Golf, na ilha da Madeira celebra o seu 20º aniversário.
Neste ano especial o Palheiro Golf preparou um programa divertido tanto para visitas como para sócios.
O programa começa em Abril de 2013 e inclui:
Torneios, Recordações, Pacotes Especiais e promoções.
Incluídos nas promoções, e em linha com a sua filosofia “nutrir o golfe”, serão oferecidas vinte pacotes de sócio a vinte jovens que completem 20 anos no mesmo ano (‘Twenty Free Memberships for 20 year olds’) bem como outros prémios inéditos, incluindo um para o jogador que fizer a 20.000ª volta durante este ano (20,000 player during the year).
Com a ajuda dos seus colaboradores dos últimos 20 anos, o Palheiro Golf juntou uma colecção de recordações (memorabilia). Veja as fotos engraçadas que temos, incluindo algumas das nossas visitas mais ilustres, tais como o Principe Edward, Cristiano Ronaldo e Sir Bobby Robson.
Temos também pacotes de alojamento com greenfees stay and play packages na nossa estalagem de luxo ou nas moradias e apartamentos do nosso aldeamento com vistas maravilhosas sobre a a baía do Funchal.
Para mais informações generalizadas, é favor visitar a secção específica do nosso website
Para informações de imprensa é favor contactar:
Rua do Balancal, nº 29
9060-414 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 120
F. +351 291 792 456
As one of Madeira islands premiere property and tourism related companies, the Palheiro Group have long since embraced the world wide web and sought to augment their sphere of influence and profitability by focusing on strategic viral marketing utilizing Social Media such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
Their 6 Twitter accounts rank in the top 9 for Madeira island.
On FaceBook, Casa Velha do Palheiro has already reached the maximum number of friends : 5000
Please also visit https://www.facebook.com/hotelcasavelhadopalheiro
with Palheiro Golf account following closely behind with 4896
Please also visit https://www.facebook.com/palheirogolf
Jonathan Fletcher, Director of the Palheiro Group explained the marketing challenge ahead “in a financially depressed market we are acutely aware of the need to propagate rather than accumulate. Attracting visitors to come and visit our websites is hard work and can be costly if additional PPC systems are utilized. With Social Media channels we have the ability to easily disseminate our services to potential clients already interacting with their friends on FaceBook, Twitter and so forth.”
“Social sites are more important than ever before. People I meet just don’t seem to ask me for my email or website address anymore. Now they ask “Do you have a Facebook page?” or “Do you have a Twitter account?”
To learn more about the Palheiro Group of companies and the services they offer, visit www.palheiroestate.com
Now is a good time to consider purchasing a property on the Portuguese island of Madeira, with rising tourist numbers helping to boost the rental market.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Linda Beaney, from Beaney Pearce, a firm that markets one of the villa developments on the island, explained there is a robust real estate sector in Madeira at present.
“The sales market in Madeira has continued at a steady pace over the past three years,” she stated. Ms Beaney added although the number of British buyers has fallen slightly, investors from Brazil, Germany, South Africa and Scandinavia have expressed a growing interest inPortuguese property on the island.
According to the most recent figures released by the Instituto Nacional de Estatistica, Madeira was one of the only regions in the country where the number of overnight stays by tourists increased in 2011, compared to 2010.
The island also recorded the highest occupancy rate in the nation for its holiday accommodation in the same period, which may be a good sign for those hoping to rent out property in Madeira.
See original article at Property Showrooms:
As a second home destination, Madeira is gaining international attention – one major UK based property agency recently identified it as “one of the top 5 places in the world to buy overseas property for investment or as a lifestyle choice”.
For those considering an investment in a luxury home, consider the advantages:
Sub-tropical climate – warm & pleasant year round
Natural beauty – dramatic scenery, lush & colourful:known as the “Garden of the Atlantic”
Ease of access – within 3 hours flight time from most European cities, direct flights from over 40 destinations in Europe
Protected environment – 70% of the island is protected parkland & forest
Activities – wide range of sports & leisure activities
Tourist infrastructure – long known as a qulaity tourist destination, with lots to see & do
Quality of life – a friendly, safe & clean place to visit and to live in
The Palheiro Estate – the best address in Madeira:
Location – key location with easy access from the airport and to Funchal
Natural beauty – heavily-wooded hilltop location with mature forested areas, gardens and dramatic views
History – a blend of history and affluence still evident more than 200 years after its inception
Amenities – luxury accomodation, fine eating, sporting and leisure activities that together form an appealing international resort destination
Palheiro Village – an award winning development of 79 freehold apartments and villas, with central amenities and full property management services available, including property rental.
For further information, please contact Anne Marchington as follows:
Tel: + 351 291 794 015
Further information at: http://www.palheirorealestate.com
Madeira island luxury Apartments and Villas. Palheiro Estate offers quality Real Estate opportunities for discerning property owners.
The beautiful hillside location of Palheiro Estate makes it ideal for discerning property owners: quiet and peaceful with ocean views, yet within easy reach of Funchal city centre and the international airport. All property owners enjoy special concessions at the various facilities around Palheiro Estate, including the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel, the Palheiro Spa, the 18-hole Cabell Robinson golf course and use of the M.Y. Balancal motor yacht.
The choice of real estate includes large, individual villa plots close to the golf course and clubhouse, or Palheiro Village, a small, luxury development of apartments and villas.
The most attractive resort on the island is Palheiro Estate, owned by the Blandy family since 1885, which comprises the five-star Casa Velha do Palheiro country house hotel, a Cabell Robinson 18-hole golf course and Palheiro Village, a development of luxury apartments and villas. Its gardens, which receive 50,000 annual visitors, are renowned because they include plants that have been introduced from all over the world.