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The gardens at “Quinta do Palheiro” are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there but for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal, the capital of Madeira.

Madeira has long been called the “Garden Isle” and it seems that almost anything will grow in its fertile soil.

In Funchal many tropical plants have found a home and the visitor can see Hibiscus and Bougainvillea in flower almost all the year round along with Jacaranda, Spathodeas, Erythrinas and Bauhinias in their season.

The Palheiro gardens are situated at about 500 meters above sea level. The original owner, the Conde de Carvalhal, planted many trees on the estate and laid the foundation to the Camellia collection; some of his early plantings can still be seen today.

The land first belonged to the Count of Carvalhal back in 1801. Here he built a hunting lodge with a carriage way entrance of 200 plane trees and imported exotic trees from all over the world. In 1885 the estate was purchased by John Blandy.
The family continued the development of the Gardens in the 1900s and it was Mildred Blandy who introduced many plants including proteas from South Africa.In 1997 the Counts’s house was renovated and converted to a hotel known as the Casa Velha do Palheiro, a Relais & Chateau member.

The Gardens have a privileged location above Funchal and are rich in colour and scent. Here you will find a magnificent collection of camellias started by the Count, centennial trees, the rose garden created by Christina Blandy and a myriad of other flowers and climbers.

This Eden is divided into several areas: The Main Garden, Sunken Garden, Ribeirodo Inferno, Rose Garden, Lady’s Garden and the Tea-House area where you may admire a Brazilian auracaria and a The land first belonged to the Count of Carvalhal back in 1801. Here he built a hunting lodge with a carriage way entrance of 200 plane trees and imported exotic trees from all over the world. In 1885 the estate was purchased by John Blandy.

The family continued the development of the Gardens in the 1900s and it was Mildred Blandy who introduced many plants including proteas from South Africa.In 1997 the Counts’s house was renovated and converted to a hotel known as the Casa Velha do Palheiro, a Relais & Chateau member.

The Gardens have a privileged location above Funchal and are rich in colour and scent. Here you will find a magnificent collection of camellias started by the Count, centennial trees, the rose garden created by Christina Blandy and a myriad of other flowers and climbers.

This Eden is divided into several areas: The Main Garden, Sunken Garden, Ribeirodo Inferno, Rose Garden, Lady’s Garden and the Tea-House area where you may admire a Brazilian auracaria and a magnificent New Zealand metrosideros. You may also enjoy lakes with water lilies, an interesting bush sculptured family of hens and beautiful flower beds with purple and orange flowers.
The preservation of this natural treasure has the personal touch of Christina Blandy and a team of dedicated gardeners.

Find out more on this beautiful garden here: http://www.palheirogardens.com/

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Holidays mean you will have the chance to get away from a stressful daily life, at Palheiro Village you can be sure all your needs will be met.

The Three Bedroom Villas With Private Pool lodge up to 6 people and have an area of 250 square feet.
Looking for total privacy? Our three bedroom villas with private pool are exactly what will keep kids happy and parents very relaxed! All the comforts of home and without the work.
Choose from either VILLA MARISOL #61, MADEIRA VILLA #39, VILLA BALANCAL #58 and VILLA SANSSOUCI #73.

All three bedroom villas with private pool enjoy Funchal and sea views, surrounded by very peaceful surroundings. Large living and dining areas are perfect for enjoying life under the blue or starry skies.

Amenities:

All of our villas and apartments are fully furnished and equipped. The kitchens have a dishwasher, washer/dryer, gas stove/electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, dishes, pots, pans & all utencils. The living rooms offer a flat screen television and dvd player. The one and two bedroom apartments are air conditioned, central heating is available in the three bedroom apartments/villas and all bathrooms offer floor heating. Many units offer wood burning fireplaces. All properties are serviced twice a week.

Supplement:

Pool heating for the three bedroom villas is €200 per week or €250 for four bedroom villas (where applicable).

For more information and reservation: http://www.palheirorentals.com/

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Relaxing vacations at Casa Velha do Palheiro

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Palheiro Spa aims for results-based treatments, based on the expert knowledge and the considerable experience of its team of professionally qualified staff.
A chic, minimalist interior captures the essence of luxury and heightens the spa’s Zen-like quality.
The Spa’s many wellness options include: Finnish sauna and Turkish steam bath, refreshing rain and waterfall shower experiences, and a fabulous heated indoor swimming pool.

For a relaxing vacation, check our Spa Package.

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in Double Garden Wing Room
  • Transfers Airport – Hotel upon arrival and departure
  • 30 minute Aroma Facial
  • 30 minute Body Scrub
  • 30 minute Back Wrap
  • 30 minute Back Massage
  • Access to all Palheiro Spa’s facilities which include: Indoor heated hydro pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, Experience showers, Relaxation areas, Changing rooms with lockers, bathrobes, and towels.
  • Fitness Room which includes: Power Plate with programs, cardio machines, free weights, stretching mats and exercise balls.
  • Complimentary access to Palheiro Gardens
  • Conservatory where a Snack Bar menu is available

Prices as from €1.290,00 per double room (minimum stay of 5 nights)

The above mentioned rates are in Euros, including Buffet Breakfast, service and all local taxes.
The included package services not used are not refundable.

Reservations: reservations.casavelha@palheiroestate.com

More information: http://www.casa-velha.com/

 

Four Palheiro Companies Awarded Tripadvisor Certificates

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Palheiro Estate has recieved Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence awards for 4 of its companies: Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro, Palheiro Golf course, Clubhouse Restaurant and Palheiro Village.

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on Tripadvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on Tripadvisor recieve this prestigious award.

We are delighted that Palheiro Estate‘s different companies have been able to maintain such a consistent quality of service and to see that recognized and shared by our guests is hugely encouraging.

Ambassadors and the Madeira Film Festival visit Palheiro Estate

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On Saturday 2nd May 2015 the American ambassador in Portugal, Robert Sherman, and his wife, Kim as well as the Ambassador of Bulgaria, Todor Stoyanov, visited Palheiro Estate with many of the film makers and organizers of the Madeira Film Festival.

Palheiro Estate hosted a lunch at Palheiro Golf and the visitors, along with many of the participants from the tournament taking place that day – «Campeonato da Madeira, Absoluto» were treated to an impromptu concert by the well-known American singer Natalie Gellman.

The organizers of the Madeira Film Festival also reiterated their plans to incorporate a golf day at Palheiro Golf for the next edition of the Festival whereby the film industry and the local golfing community will be able to socialize and play golf.

 

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Palheiro Golf is delighted to announce that Yudik Gold are now sponsoring Palheiro Golf’s bunkers.

Jonathan fletcher President of Palheiro Golf explains ‘Sand shots are notoriously difficult for the average golfer.  With our new gold dust in the bunkers we have found that the lighter texture of the particle translates into a simpler shot.  During the experimental phase many of our guests were amazed at the difference and how much easier bunker shots were. It is great to be the first resort course in the world making this change from sand to gold dust and we are sure that many top end resorts will follow.’

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Palheiro Estate is delighted to announce their continued support of the Madeira Film Festival for 2015.

Jonathan Fletcher director of Palheiro Estate explains; ‘this year for the first time we have created exciting packages, whereby guests at the Casa Velha do Palheiro or Palheiro Village will be able to participate in many of the activities going on during the week.  This includes a visit to the magical Laurissilva forest to see a show, tickets to all films, invitations to the opening cocktail at Belmond Reid’s as well as to the Gala dinner.’

Also this year for the first time there will be a Golf day at Palheiro Golf on 28th April for film makers and our guests.  This will be a unique opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers and play golf with them.

Madeira Film Festival Package
Take part in the Madeira Film Festival whilst staying in a double garden wing room at the Casa Velha or at one of our luxury one-bedroom sea view apartments in the Palheiro Village:

Package includes:
·  One week’s accommodation for two
·   A bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
·   Complementary Wi-Fi in the room or apartment
·   One dinner for two in the Casa Velha do Palheiro (table d´hote)
·   Tickets to all movies shown during the Madeira Film Festival
·   Participation during the following program activities:
– Meet and greet of Film makers and an excursion to the Laurissilva Forest
– Opening Cocktail at Belmond Reid’s Palace
– Gala Dinner at Belmond Reid´s Palace

Prices from €960

For more information and bookings please visit our website: Casa Velha do Palheiro

Visit Madeira Film Festival official website: http://madeirafilmfestival.com/

Golf Urbano Funchal

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Convidamos todos os sócios a participar  no “Golf Urbano Funchal 2015” a ter lugar no dia 15 de Março pelas ruas do Funchal. As inscrições poderão ser feitas através do site www.francogolf.com.

Nota: não é necessário ter experiencia em golfe para poder participar no evento, o mesmo está aberto à participação da população em geral desde que tenha mais de 8 anos.
Inscreva-se aqui: http://www.francogolf.com/index.php/urban-golf-funchal/urban-golf-funchal-2015

EN
We invite all members to join the “ Golf Urbano Funchal 2015” (Funchal Urban Golf 2015) that will take place on March, 15th, through the Funchal streets. Registrations can be made by the website www.francogolf.com.

Note: it is not necessary to have experience in golf to be able to participate in the event; this is open to everybody older than 8 years.
Informação e regulamento em anexo.
Sign up here: http://www.francogolf.com/index.php/urban-golf-funchal/urban-golf-funchal-2015

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EN: Madeira Flower Festival

Floral species originating in many parts of the world bloom in Madeira, as the island meets specific climatic conditions that allow species from both tropical and cold regions to flourish.

The Flower Festival is also a cultural event. Tradition is particularly associated with the event, whether through the performances of folk groups, or through the construction of the beautiful floral carpets. At the same time, homage is paid to flowers at the magnificent Flower Exhibition and the city is animated with music concerts and variety shows.

For more information: http://bit.ly/1GLnm0k

DE: Blumenfest

In Madeira blühen Pflanzenarten aus unzählige Regionen der Welt, da die Insel über die speziellen und geeigneten Klimabedingungen für das Wachstum von Pflanzenarten sowohl aus tropischen als auch aus kälteren Regionen verfügt.

Das Blumenfest ist auch ein Kulturevent. Die mit diesem Event verbundene Tradition wird durch Auftritte von Folkloregruppen und durch die Errichtung der schönen Blumenteppiche hervorgehoben. Es wird gleichzeitig die Blume über die wunderschöne Blumenausstellung geehrt und die Stadt durch Musikkonzerte und verschiedene Veranstaltungen belebt.

Mehr Informationen: http://bit.ly/1GLnqx5

FR: Fête de la Fleur

À Madère, des espèces florales provenant de nombreuses régions du monde poussent, car l’île possède des conditions climatiques spécifiques qui sont propices au fleurissement des fleurs tant des régions tropicales que des régions froides.

La Fête des Fleurs est aussi un évènement culturel. Associée à cet évènement, la tradition est mise en avant, avec des spectacles de groupes folkloriques et la construction de beaux tapis de fleurs. En parallèle, un hommage est rendu à la fleur grâce à la magnifique Exposition de Fleurs et la ville est animée par divers concerts et spectacles.

Informations supplémentaires: http://bit.ly/1FQT4s3

Palheiro Estate Loyalty Card Holders Benefits

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Palheiro Estate Loyalty Card Holders, don’t miss out on these great prices for fine wines at ‘A Loja do Vinho’ – Blandy’s Madeira Wine.

We are delighted to announce the continuation in 2015 of the fantastic support from ‘Loja do Vinho’ in their sponsorship of our monthly medals and stablefords at Palheiro Golf.

Don’t forget that with your fidelity card you are entitled to great discounts – around 20% off wines at the shop in town and at the airport shop once you have reached the duty-free area.

‘A Loja do Vinho’ Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:30
Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00

A Loja do Vinho | Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Avenida Arriaga 28 – Funchal
Telephone: 291 282 396 | Email: lojadovinho@madeirawinecompany.com

Have you stayed at Palheiro Estate but don’t possess a loyalty card ?
Please fill in this form to claim your  Loyalty Card.

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