The quinta do Palheiro

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The gardens of Palheiro Ferreiro, also called Blandy’ S Gardens (gardens of Blandy), reserve a beautiful surprise: it is a true landscaped garden surrounding a residence built at the beginning of the 19th century.

One finds there gardens, orchards, cultivated grounds and lakes. The gardens conceal an abundance of exotic flowers, plants and of old trees of the whole world.

EtymologyEtymology
Palheiro indicates a thatched cottage, firm with the roof of straw.

SituationSituation

The quinta do Palheiro is brood in the hills east of Funchal, to 7 km of the downtown area, and offers a stunning panorama on the city.

VisitsVisits

Since 1886, the quinta remains the property of the British family Blandy, first Madeira wine exporter. She does not visit herself.
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The park is discovered by borrowing alleys bordered of plane trees and camellias. Its gardens concentrate remarkable solid masses of rare flowers, lakes, as well as a beautiful pallet of exotic plants originating in South Africa, China and Australia. It floats there a peaceful atmosphere, favourable with the amazement of the five directions. Between Ladies’ Garden and its majestic trees, the tangle of the plants of the ravine of Inferno (the Hell) or the charming vault of style baroque, one does not know or to give head.
Trumpets Angels (Brugmansia sp)
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Poinsettia, Star of Christmas (Euphorbia pulcherrima)Protea? ()Camellia (the CAMELIA japonica)
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Fleur spider (Tibouchina urvilleana)
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Pine bunya (Araucaria bidwillii)
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Blue cedar of the Atlas (Cedrus atlantica glauca)
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Camphor tree (Cinnamomum will camphora)
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? (?)Lime of apartment (Sparmannia africana)
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Tulipier of Virginia (Liriodendron will tulipifera)
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Whining pine of Mexico (Pinus patula)
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Jamrosat, pink Apple (Syzygium jambos)
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History and traditionsHistory, literature, arts, traditions, legends, religions, myths, symbols…

HistoryHistory
The quinta do Palheiro was built at the beginning of the 19th century by the first count de Carvalhal, João Esmeraldo; she is regarded as one of largest and most sumptuous the quintas of Madeira. In the first times of this quinta, the count imported species of trees coming from the whole world and it would seem that many rare specimens were offered to him by king D. João VI, like by commanders of its ships.

Since 1885 and until today, it is the property of the Blandy family.

CharactersCharacters
Among the famous visitors of the quinta do Palheiro one finds the empress Léopoldine, first woman of Dom Pedro IV of Portugal, the infante Dom Luis, king Dom Carlos of Portugal and Dona Maria Amélia, as well as the prince of Edinburgh.

InformationPractical informations

General information
Not to miss on the field Palheiro Golf (18 holes), in full heart of a botanical garden, dominating Funchal and the sea.
HotelsHotels
Estalagem da Casa Velha do Palheiro
The field understands, moreover, a hotel 5*, single Relais & Châteaux of Madeira, installed in an old and residence hunting lodge of summer of the 1st Count de Carvalhal, going back to 1804.

The restoration of Casa Velha (old woman house) began in 1995 and it was inaugurated like inn in 1997.

RestaurantsRestaurants
Velha Put comprises a restaurant of luxury.

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