- Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Peaceful characterful hotel
This hotel is uphill from Ponta do Sol and, having arrived from Funchal by bus, we were prepared to walk what looks on the map like a couple of kilometres. However, we decided to take a taxi and were glad we did, as the journey by road is more like 6 or 7 kms. The taxi was 10eu, quite reasonable. At the hotel a very warm welcome from charming manager Feliks, who went out of his way to be helpful at all times. Beautifully situated old manor house in a peaceful rural location, with immense traditional character, well appointed rooms & fabulous views. Amazing value. Good buffet breakfasts in the attached restaurant, though we were disappointed that it was otherwise closed (perhaps out of season?) as we had no car. There are few local facilities apart from a cafe next door with limited menu. Nevertheless we enjoyed our peaceful days by the pool and a couple of pleasant levada walks accessible just up the hill. Our only criticism/suggestion is about the mention on the website of own quinta produce such as orchard fruit and honey, raising expectations of sampling home-produced foods. Sadly, not only was there no such produce apparent at breakfast but, as almost always these days, standard mass-produced fare such as plastic & foil servings of imported butter, jam and honey. What a shame! It would really enhance the customer experience and the reputation of a character rural hotel like this to offer locally sourced ingredients.