In advance we knew the location was promising, the value looked good and the reviews were all 5 star. The communications turned out to be excellent, the welcome on arrival was effusive and the first impressions brilliant. And from there on it just got better.
It is sometimes possible that detailed research, choices and then good fortune can result in a close to perfection holiday location and experience. And on this occasion encouraged by the comprehensive reviews of others we pretty much hit our own jackpot. It helps of course to discover a quite beautifully restored Quinta and grounds in the right location, with just 5 delightful individually furnished/decorated apartments and that the genial hosts are truly committed to do their utmost to provide a relaxing and stress-free environment. We loved Qinta Esperanca and we departed full of admiration for the efforts of Helena and Robert, what they have achieved and their plans for the future.
The Quinta is a few hundred mtrs up the hill from the old town, a ten minute brisk walk down to the start of the restaurants. The hills are rather steep however so it could be a good 20 minute walk back or more likely an easy 5 euro taxi ride. For day trips there is a regular bus service from Funchal to the Botanic Gardens with bus stops in both directions just outside the Quinta gates. The result of the location is fabulous views over Funchal and the harbour especially from the superb upstairs terrace open to all guests. But as ever it is the thoughtful extras which add delights:
- sunloungers, chairs and shades around a well maintained pool
- attractive garden areas
- a welcome pack of wine, water and biscuits
- table and chairs for breakfast/meals outside each apartment
- a furnished terrace area up a winding staircase
And we were fortunate also to benefit from regular chats with Helena who was keen to ask if all was well. And Roberto showed us his collection of restored motorbikes.
This was our fourth visit to Madeira all focused on walikng the levadas and this was undoubtedly our best accommodation. I confess that more than any other visit we eagerly looked forward to returning home to the Quinta and pool and either home cooking or walking down the hill to the nearby excellent O Tasco restaurant.
We so recommend this experience.
Thank you Helena and Roberto for sharing your ideas of perfection with us.
The Magnolia apartment is on the ground floor of a beautiful old Quinta in the old part of Funchal,well away from the modern hotels.Roberto and Helena along with Karla were very caring hosts.The directions there from the airport were spot on.The whole Quinta and gardens are obviously very loved,Karla even suprised us with a home made cake for my birthday mid holiday,a lovely gesture.We hired a car,easy parking across the road but if you wanted to,the local buses(very good service) stop just outside the entrance.We would not hesitate to stay there again and this was our 6th visit to Madiera.Its really nice to be able to stay in a Quinta that still retains its old world charm and not had it lost to "modern improvements".
The magnolia appartment is located in an old quinta that has been superbly restored by the owners Helena and Roberto. The quinta lies in a quiet neighbourhood only ten minutes walking from the city centre of Funchal. From the terrace of the quinta, or the gallery on the topfloor, you have a magnificent view of the city and the ocean. You can even see the cruise ships in the harbour.
The owners were very friendly: small presents like cake, homemade confiture, avocados from the tree in the garden..they made us feel very welcome.
Funchal is a lovely city with beautiful houses, many restaurants and of course gorgeous gardens.
We have just returned to the UK after our second stay in The Magnolia apartment at Quinta Esperança, and after just two visits this special place feels like home from home. This is mainly due to the unique hosts, Helena and Roberto and their first rate assistant, Carla. They are all warm and welcoming, are eager to look after you and make you feel like you are their number one guests. They efficiently organised transport to and from the airport and provided a lovely welcome pack of things like bread and wine. The Quinta is a little way out of the old part of Funchal in a residential area. It has wonderful gardens, full of interesting flowers, fruit trees and birds and has lots of quiet places to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility. The pool is well maintained and a great place to relax. Magnolia is one of five apartments each designed for two people so even if every apartment is occupied it never seems crowded. The apartment itself is attractively furnished and very comfortable for two. It is clean and well equipped and Helena and Roberto will do anything they can to provide anything else you might need. There is reliable wifi. The Quinta is a magnificent traditional house with great character and Helena and Roberto are restoring it with real flare and imagination. One of the best features is the second floor terrace area, reached by a spiral staircase, which has fantastic views over Funchal and the harbour. There is a great bakery with excellent coffee and cakes and a smallish supermarket a few minutes walk away. Getting to town is a downhill walk and if you don't want to walk back taxis are easy to find and cheap - €5 from town back to the Quinta. There is also a regular bus service, in both directions, from outside the gate. All in all the Quinta, and Magnolia, were a perfect base for a great holiday. We would highly recommend it. Thank you Helena and Roberto.