Rua da Casa Branca, 7, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
"It was by chance and due to Covid 19 rather than design that we stayed for 10 nights at the Quinta da Casa Branca in late October 2020. We are delighted that we did and shall certainly be returning. We took Covid tests at the airport and were most impressed by the efficiency. We went straight to our room once we got to the hotel that evening (we were there within 80 minutes of landing thanks to great efficiency and a private transfer) and awoke the next morning to text messages relaying negative results, so we got on with our holiday! What an impressive system! First impressions of the hotel in sunshine that morning were of amazement! We were enchanted to see the manicured lawns and beautifully kept gardens as we walked to the stunning Quinta for breakfast. It was a delight to eat our breakfast every morning on the terrace, by the lawn. What a treat! Breakfast was à la carte and truly delicious. Each day we savoured fresh fruit, homemade yoghurt and jams, home baked breads and pastries and a range of meats, cheeses, eggs and so on. That set us up nicely for the day! In fact, we didn’t eat much at all for lunch. Most evenings, before going out, we visited the bar for Happy Hour (50% on most drinks, so a great offer!). The barman, Vitor, was charming and looked after everyone superbly! We had opted for B&B and enjoyed sampling a range of restaurants each evening, selected from the very helpful Fork app (part of Tripadviser; many restaurants offer special discounts only via this app, so do use it!!!). We were able to eat extremely well for much less than it would cost in the UK and enjoyed every meal. The hotel boasts two swimming pools and we enjoyed a swim each day. Both pools are heated to 25C which was just about warm enough as long as you kept moving! The spotlessly clean pools were never busy and we got the impression that the hotel has ample space for its modest number of guests. It’s small enough to offer a really personal touch: the staff were lovely on my birthday and presented me with a delicious cake after breakfast and later a bottle of fizz and fresh flowers arrived in our room. Thank you! On one day guests were invited to see and even join in with the levada watering of the banana plantation in the gardens. Unsure what to expect, we and others joined in and really enjoyed meeting the team, from Manager to gardening staff, putting on some (brand new!) wellies and seeing first-hand the traditional Madeiran method of watering. After a short while we were all invited onto the lawn where samples of local food and drink – most of it grown/made on the hotel site – were offered around. The whole occasion was most enjoyable and a great idea. The hotel is located about 25/30 minutes’ walk into central Funchal. We enjoy walking and strolled into town most days; sometime twice! There are several easy routes, but they are all uphill on the return! We also hired a car for 3 days (via Zest, who were very good) and absolutely loved exploring"
"Just had the most wonderful week at Casa Branca where the nothing was too much trouble and we were treated like royalty. The breakfasts were some of the best food have ever had and dinner in the restaurant was also very good fine dining with portuguese flavours at its core. The cocktail bar was so relaxing in the evenings with great music and fabulous service. Have stayed in many hotels around the world and this one of the best."
"We spent a fabulous week - bed and breakfast - at the Quinta: the comfortable modern rooms lead directly on to the outstanding garden. Breakfasts in - or outside - the old house were a treat, served a la carte because of the pandemic. The grounds are magnificent; you would not guess that you are close to the centre of Funchal. The staff were all extremely friendly and attentive. Altogether very stylish in a pleasingly restrained way."