Close to the heart of Funchal city centre in Madeira, but enjoying a tranquil situation within the Quinta Vista Alegre estate, is tastefully-renovated Fennel Cottage. This characterful villa is tucked away amongst banana trees and vines, giving it the feel of a romantic getaway deep within an oasis of calm.
Fennel Cottage’s restoration has been careful to maintain a traditional feel, which means the original stone walls are still there to remind you of the cottage’s history and heritage. The villa feels both restful and elegant, making it a comfortable place to totally switch off and soak up the idyllic surroundings.
A stone staircase takes you to the front door of Fennel Cottage’s first-floor accommodation, which in turn opens into the spacious living area. Here you’ll find a sofa and two armchairs, with a beautiful coffee table crafted with wood sourced from the estate. There’s also a television for spending cosy evenings in watching films. The kitchen/dining room is well-equipped with every amenity you could need during your stay, such as an oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and toaster. There’s a small table for starting the mornings with a delicious breakfast as the sweet breeze flows in through the window close by. Sliding glass doors open straight onto a decked balcony with outdoor seating, giving you a lovely place to start or finish the day. The peaceful bedroom features a king-size bed and a mahogany chest of drawers, with the bathroom having a bath with overhead shower.
You have access to a separate, shared laundry room with washing machine, dryer ironing board and iron. The outside space is also shared and features several areas in which to unwind. On the front patio is a seating area that’s shaded by vines, making it the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink or casual meals. The swimming pool is set within a large terrace that’s dotted with sun loungers for the ultimate in relaxation.
Fennel Cottage is cute holiday home, which is part of selection of refurbished historical Quinta Barns. This holiday home, along with
Bom Dia Villa and
Funcho Cottage, are nestled within a historic banana plantation and within walking distance of plenty of amenities within Funchal.
Occupying a position within one of the most popular and privileged areas of Funchal, amenities are just a stone’s throw from Fennel Cottage. These include a restaurant and a bar that are both less than a five-minute walk away, with a 10-minute drive opening up an even wider choice.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch with stunning views across the sea down at the harbour, with seafood restaurants serving up fresh, delicious dishes. Also by the harbour are plenty of interesting places to visit. The CR7 Museum is dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably Madeira’s most-famous football player. Here you can see trophies won by the player, golden boots and several shirts. History lovers will enjoy 17th-century São Tiago Fortress, which is now also home to a contemporary art museum that showcases Portuguese works.
The heart of Funchal is cosmopolitan and cultural. The best place to get a literal taste of Funchal’s rich wine-making heritage is Blandy’s Wine Lodge. Go on a tour to learn more about the history of Madeira wine, and then finish the experience with a tasting. The old town, or Zona Velha, as it’s called by locals, is simply not to be missed. The narrow, cobbled streets are lined with beautiful buildings, some of which date back to the 15th century. These include whitewashed Corpo Santo Chapel.
Funchal is dotted with attractive gardens, with Madeira Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Tropical Garden being two of the most popular to visit. Take the cable car up the mountain to reach Monte Palace Tropical Garden and enjoy scenic sea and city views along the way.
At Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the
concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team.
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!