Palheiro Village presents an exhibition of works by artist Rolf Kiekeben

On display at the “Sala Carvalhal” in Palheiro Village, this series of paintings by Rolf Kiekeben comprises 14 works depicting a few classic Madeiran sceneries and landmarks as well as nautical scenes from the south of France and some interesting one-offs and commissioned pieces such as the colourful bullfighter and beach scenes.

The exhibition will be on display until the beginning of September and the paintings can be purchased by contacting the Palheiro Village reception on: 291 790 030


Short Biography

Grandson and son of German entrepreneurs , Rolf Dieter Kiekeben was born in Madeira in 1955.

His grandfather and father were also artists (painting) as a hobby.

He lived in the mainland during his childhood (Estoril), and then moved to Germany (Stuttgart), where he concluded his formation on Management. His father´s business lead him to the U.S.A., where he lived for many years (Florida and New York).

After his father’s death (1986), he returned to Madeira to manage his needlepoint tapestry factory.

Prior Exhibitions

Oil and Acrylic Paintings

1980 – Hotel Palácio (Estoril)

1982 – Hillsbrough Community Center (Tampa, Florida)

2008 – Hotel Melia (Funchal –Madeira)

2009 – Funchal City Hall (Madeira)


Palheiro Golf in Europes Top 100

The recently released Golf World list was meticulously compiled by a panel of expert Tour pros to provide the definitive guide to the best courses in Europe.

Palheiro, the Cabell Robinson designed, 18 hole par 72 golf course, which opened in 1993 and was imaginatively redesigned in 2003, has made Golf World’s 2009 list of Europe’s top 100 golf courses.   

The recently released Golf World list was meticulously compiled by a panel of expert Tour pros to provide the definitive guide to the best courses in Europe. 

In compiling this chart, Golf World spoke to golfing experts, architects, golf writers and bloggers, golf tourists and players from each of the countries in the European Tour. Each person was asked to rank their top European courses by design, condition, history and reputation.

Jonathan Fletcher, director of Palheiro Estate, comments: “We are, of course, delighted that Palheiro has been recognised as one of Europe’s Top 100 Golf Courses.   We’ve been working hard to develop our offering and clearly that work is being recognised, which is great encouragement for the entire team.”

The Palheiro course, 500 meters above sea level, winds around the renowned Palheiro estate, with breathtaking views; fast, undulating greens; well placed bunkers and tight fairways.  The stylish clubhouse, offers dramatic, panoramic views across Funchal harbour and the Atlantic Ocean.  

Palheiro provides the perfect base for exploring the delights of Madeira. Visitors have the choice of staying in the estate’s graceful 5-star country house hotel, Casa Velha do Palheiro, or enjoying a more independent stay in one of the Palheiro Village villas or apartments which overlook Funchal.  

Both long and short stays are possible.  Fully furnished villas are available to rent, providing the perfect family holiday for all ages. Property is also available on either a freehold or fractional basis.  

For more information, please contact Palheiro Village on + 351 291 794 015 or visit: