Welcome to Casa Velha do Palheiro

A Relais & Châteaux Hotel with over 220 years of history, beauty & elegance.

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Welcome to
Casa Velha do Palheiro
A Relais & Châteaux Hotel

On the stunning island of Madeira, known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic," Casa Velha do Palheiro eagerly awaits your arrival, perched above the bustling city of Funchal. Originally constructed in 1804 as a hunting lodge by the esteemed Conde de Carvalhal, this historic building underwent a meticulous restoration in 1997. Today, Casa Velha stands as a serene sanctuary, enveloped by the renowned Palheiro gardens and the magnificent 72-par Palheiro golf course. It is the perfect retreat to relax, revel in the gardens' beauty, and explore the 150 hectare Palheiro Nature Estate.

Indulge in the tranquil ambiance of our Spa, challenge yourself on the golf course, and relish a delectable lunch at Vista Balancal the Golf Club House while overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. For a taste of Madeira's renowned wine, venture into Funchal, where you can visit the esteemed Wine Lodges and even catch a glimpse of our very own Casa Velha motor yacht, "Balancal," moored in the marina.

At Casa Velha do Palheiro, we aim to provide an unforgettable experience, combining the natural beauty of the estate with unparalleled hospitality. Whether you seek relaxation, outdoor activities, or a taste of Madeira's rich culture, we are dedicated to making your stay truly remarkable.

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(+351) 291-790-350


Our Rooms

The guest rooms and suites at Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro perfectly convey the history, beauty and elegance of the Palheiro Estate. Staying here is to embrace over 200 years of family tradition, and the sense of occasion is tangible. Each room combines classic, bespoke design with contemporary flourishes and is appointed to the very highest standards of comfort and luxury.
Packages & Offers

Enhance Your Stay

Whether you're seeking adventure, a journey through history, or a luxurious spa getaway, we have the perfect destination for you and your loved ones to create unforgettable memories.

We offer great deals on year-round getaway packages, so now it's easier than ever to plan your dream holiday. Plus, if you're booking for a group, we have some special surprises waiting for you. Just reach out to us, and we'll make sure your group gets the best deal possible.
Casa Velha
Experience Package
  • Three course lunch at Vista Balancal Restaurant
  • Table d’hôte dinner at Casa Velha Restaurant
  • Afternoon tea at the Tea House
  • Premium visit to Blandy's Wine Lodge
Stay & Play Golf Package
  • Green Fees Included at Palheiro Golf or Santo da Serra Golf Courses
  • Buggy included at the Palheiro Golf Course
  • Free club storage at the Palheiro Golf Course
  • Free entry to Palheiro Gardens
Special Spa Package for Couples
  • Pampering Spa Treatments for Him & Her: Indulge in rejuvenating facials, relaxing massages, and more.
  • Free access to outdoor pool and Spa areas (Indoor pool, Sauna, Steam room)
  • Free entry to Palheiro Gardens

Facilities & Services

  • Welcome gift in all rooms
  • Central heating with individual controls
  • Room safe (free)
  • Minibar
  • Air Conditioning
  • All rooms have en suite bathrooms, hairdryers & heated towel rails
  • Daily turndown service
  • Morning room / Library
  • Bar
  • Sauna and steam bath
  • Fitness room
  • Games room / TV
  • Meeting room
  • Golf – exclusive tee offs close to the hotel
  • Motor Yacht “Balancal” – cruises and fishing
  • Palheiro Gardens
  • Palheiro Spa
  • All-weather tennis court
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Croquet
  • Table tennis and badminton
  • Billiards and card tables
  • 24 hour Reception service
  • WiFi (free)
  • 7 day in-house laundry service
  • Private parking place

Set in 150 hectares of beautiful country estate


Horseriding on the Estate



At Palheiro Nature Estate, we are committed to providing a positive hospitality experience while minimizing our environmental impact. We have implemented a set of sustainability actions that include using eco-friendly products, reducing food waste, supporting local communities, and planting trees.

Join one of our sustainability events to enjoy a great day out while helping us make a small difference for our world.

Palheiro Nature Estate

Play at the Palheiro Golf Course​

The 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland.​
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Palheiro Nature Trails

Hiking, Horseriding, Bird Watching & more​

Within the 150 hectare Palheiro Estate we have created nature trails for your pleasure. These can be enjoyed on bikes, for running, hiking or just a simple stroll in nature.
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Dining at the Casa Velha Restaurant

The dining room at Casa Velha do Palheiro overlooks the landscaped grounds and manicured lawn at the rear of the five-star property.​
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Palheiro Spa

Our spa's chic, minimalist design amplifies the luxury experience. In our four exclusive treatment rooms - guests are invited to enjoy a wide array of authentic massages and beauty therapies.
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Fishing & Cruising​

Aboard our boat, the "Balancal"​

The Balancal can be chartered for big game fishing, or more leisurely pursuits like whale and dolphin watching, coastal cruises, swimming, and special excursions.​
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Dining at the Vista Balancal Restaurant​

Indulge in a culinary journey with breathtaking views of Funchal Bay at our newly renovated restaurant Vista Balancal.​

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Palheiro Nature Estate News


Introducing Our New Pavilion: A Serene Sanctuary for Yoga, Wellness Retreats, and Elegant Events at Casa Velha do Palheiro

We're pleased to announce the addition of a new Pavilion at our hotel, dedicated to yoga and wellness activities. Situated in the heart of the hotel's grounds, this Pavilion offers a peaceful setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. It's an ideal spot for guests to enjoy yoga, engage in wellness workshops, or simply unwind in a serene environment. We look forward to welcoming you to this new space where comfort meets tranquility.

Palheiro Nature Estate is Dog-friendly

At Palheiro Nature Estate, we love our furry friends and welcome them to explore the estate alongside their owners. To keep pets and guests happy, we have established a dog charter.
Click here to read our dog charter.

What Our Guests Are Saying

The room was a good size, very nicely decorated and furnished, with an extremely comfortable large bed and feather pillows. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens. Breakfast was of a high standard. Staff very friendly and efficient.

Alastair - UK

via booking.com

I spent 11 lovely days at Casa Velha do Palheiro, the hotel is the perfect place for a retreat, and to do a variety of things, relax, walk, hike, play golf or tennis, go on hikes or excursions, enjoy treatments and spa, and the wonderful gardens, nice rooms, and good food.


via Tripadvisor

A beautiful small and luxurious hotel. Warm and welcoming staff. 32 individually special rooms. Fine dining restaurant. Set in a truly vast and beautiful historic estate which also features an 18 hole golf course. At its core, a magnificent hunting lodge.

Trevor Edwards

via Google Reviews

Relais & Châteaux, established in 1954, is an association of 580 unique hotels and restaurants throughout the world, owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs – most often families – who are passionate about their craft and deeply committed to forging warm, lasting relationships with their guests.

Established on five continents, from the Napa Valley vineyards to Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean, Relais & Châteaux invites people across the globe to savor delicious journeys, to discover the inimitable art de vivre engrained in each local culture and to share an incomparable, unforgettable experience.

Relais & Châteaux members protect and promote the wealth and diversity of the world’s culinary and hospitality traditions, to ensure they continue to thrive. They are equally dedicated to preserving local heritage and the environment, as articulated in the association’s Vision presented to UNESCO in November 2014.


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A Relais & Châteaux Hotel with over 210 years of history, beauty & elegance.
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