Luxurious, Traditional, Garden, Peaceful with Heated Pool | Quinta D'Alegria - 13

Restored from a ruined state in 1999 into an award-winning villa in Madeira. Great location.

This traditional Quinta, built in 1871, was restored from ruin in 1999 into an award-winning home. Benefitting from stunning views of Funchal and sea, rooms are large, light and luxurious and the surrounding gardens abundant with palm trees, camellias, scented climbers, avocado trees and dazzling bougainvillea. 

The house sits peacefully on the hillside on the Caminho do Monte below the famous wicker toboggan run, with breathtaking views over its own heated swimming pool to the town and bay of Funchal with sea beyond. Owner Joy, a Madeira resident for over 30 years, offers this villa and neighboring Casa Belflores (each with total privacy) to those wanting quiet surroundings, stunning views over the bay of Funchal and perfect location, where the famous Monte toboggan run ends. You can book both together if you need 6 bedrooms!

Large terraces in the spacious gardens and around the pool are ideal for sun worshippers or, should you prefer, there is plenty of shade from a variety of trees. The gardens/terraces are secure with sun beds, chairs, tables, parasols and a Weber BBQ.

A conservatory entrance leads to a dignified lounge and dining area, with open log fire for winter evenings and French windows opening on to the gardens and heated pool. The kitchen/breakfast room, with laundry room behind, leads to a BBQ area and shower/WC for use after swimming or sunbathing.
Upstairs are 3 bedrooms; 1 double en-suite, 1 double & 1 twin and a second bathroom. 

The kitchen is fully equipped with a breakfast table for 6 and gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave oven, coffee machine, toaster, cafetière, plus crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking/serving utensils.

The living/dining area is very spacious, sunny and comfortable with armchairs and sofa seating for 6, French windows opening on to the garden/pool and an open log fire for winter evenings. Cable TV, a DVD/Video player, CD/cassette radio and free wireless internet access is provided. At the far end, handy for the kitchen, a traditional dining table with chairs has seating for 8.

There is a laundry room with a washing machine, steam iron and ironing board.
All linen is provided, including towels for the swimming pool.
Maid service is provided twice a week.

Swimming pool dimensions
Shape: Rectangular
Length: 8,40m
Width: 4,2m
Depth: from 1,00m to 2,10m
Swimming pool heating:
Pool heating is optional and costs 140,00€ per week for a setting of 24ºC, paid in cash on arrival.
A supplement of 30,00€ per week applies for each additional degree up to a maximum of 26ºC
Pool heating should be requested at least one week in advance. Should it be requested after arrival at the villa, the minimum charge applicable is one week, which is payable from the time the heating is turned on. 

Spacious terraces in the gardens and around the pools are ideal for sun worshippers or, should you prefer, there is plenty of shade from a variety of trees. The gardens/terraces are secure with sun beds, chairs, tables, parasols and a Weber BBQ.
Of all villas in Madeiora, Quiinta d'Alegria is a quintessential character house with traditional architecture.
High chair and cot available at no extra charge but for health & safety reasons you need to bring your own linen for the cot. Hair dryers provided. A Z-bed can be installed in a bedroom for a child, making total occupancy 7.

Open log fire (weekly charge of €35 for logs) and portable gas heater for winter months.
Sorry, no smoking in the villas.
Owner Joy is happy to prepare supper on your arrival evening. She's an excellent cook! Please ask for details.

Locally: Five minutes' walk from the villa, the bakery with café bar makes fresh bread, even whole meal on request. A few good restaurants are also within easy walking distance. Distances: Funchal centre and harbor: 3km (20 minutes walk downhill to Funchal (centre) with plenty going on. Marina with a wonderful selection of boat trips including Dolphin and Whale watching or big game fishing. Tropical gardens, various 3-5km. Levada walking 2-25km!

INCLUDED: Welcome pack of breakfast provisions; fresh flowers on arrival; linen & towels and pool towels changed twice weekly; maid service twice weekly.

Free cot and high chair for infant
Extra Z-bed available for additional child age under 12.
Maid service twice a week.

Pool heating is optional and costs 140,00€ per week for a setting of 24ºC, paid in cash on arrival. A supplement of 30€ applies to each extra degree up to a maximum of 26ºC.
Pool heating should be requested at least one week in advance. Should it be requested after arrival at the villa, the minimum charge applicable is one week, which is payable from the time the heating is turned on. 

Logs for the fire on winter evenings are charged at €35 per week for an unlimited supply.

Booking notes
The advertised prices are based on a 4-person occupancy and supplements apply should additional people join you for any length of time.
To secure your reservation, a deposit of 30% is required, or the full amount if within 8 weeks or arrival, and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Should you cancel up to 8 weeks prior to arrival only the deposit is non-refundable, and within this period the full amount.

This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº26099/ AL

Property Type








Lounge Seating


Dining Seating


Floor level


1st floor

Holiday Type




Mountain views

Swimming Pool




Kitchen Facilities



Fridge / Freezer

Coffee Machine




Cooking Utensils & Cutlery



Washing Machine


Hair dryer

Towels provided




Separate Kitchen


Fire Place

Beach Towels



Linen provided



DVD Player

Internet access


Stereo System

Cable/satellite TV

Free Wi-Fi

Outdoor Features

Sun beds


Outdoor furniture

Private Garden







Children Welcome

Please contact the owner/manager

No smoking

Please contact the owner/manager

No wheelchair access


Places of Interest



Town Centre

Botanical Gardens


Car Requirements

Car Recommended

Secure parking

Parking space


Nearest Airport

Funchal Airport

Master Bedroom Large double bed with en-suite bathroom, sea view
Double Large double bed, sea view
Twin Twin beds, sea view
Bathroom 1 En-suite to master, double hand basin, bath, shower
Bathroom 2 Family bathroom, bath, separate shower, twin basins, bidet
Shower/toilet by swimming pool Toilet, hand basin, shower. Outside
Separate Kitchen
Funchal Airport : 15 kilometres AIRPORT
Beach : 5 kilometres BEACH
Palheiro Golf : 5 kilometres GOLF
Motorway : 2 kilometres HIGHWAY

Location Description:

Five minutes' walk from the villa is a bakery with café bar that makes fresh bread. There are a couple of simple restaurants within walking distance. Funchal centre and harbor is 3km (20 minutes walk downhill to Funchal (centre) but there is a regular bus service and the bus stop is just a few metres from the house.
Start Date End Date Nightly Rate (€) Occupancy Minimum Stay From To
05 Jan 2019 31 Jan 2019 128 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Feb 2019 12 Apr 2019 142 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
13 Apr 2019 07 May 2019 196 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
08 May 2019 31 May 2019 171 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2019 185 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 240 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
20 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 275 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Sep 2019 15 Sep 2019 230 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
16 Sep 2019 31 Oct 2019 198 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Nov 2019 30 Nov 2019 142 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
01 Dec 2019 21 Dec 2019 128 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
22 Dec 2019 28 Dec 2019 230 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible
29 Dec 2019 04 Jan 2020 280 4 7+ nights Flexible Flexible

Rental & Booking Information

The advertised prices are based on a 4-person occupancy and supplements apply should additional people join you for any length of time.
To secure your reservation, a deposit of 30% is required, or the full amount if within 8 weeks or arrival, and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Should you cancel up to 8 weeks prior to arrival only the deposit is non-refundable, and within this period the full amount.

This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº26099/ AL

Everything we could have wished for
This is a lovingly restored house with a very beautiful, functional garden with swimming pool and the added bonus of THAT VIEW. We loved living amongst the locals who were very friendly and welcoming. Our age range was 14 years to 76 years and we all coped with the challenge of the steep roads. A massive thank you to Joy and all her staff for looking after us so well - we wanted for nothing. I would return in a heart beat and can highly recommend this lovely house to anyone thinking of visiting Funchal.
Veronica Mundell   Aug 2018
Beautiful, character property in an elevated position overlooking Funchal.
This is a beautiful and tasteful place to stay. Light, airy rooms. Wonderful garden filled with wildlife and a superb heated pool. There are far reaching views over Funchal, perfect with a glass of wine.
Jane Lane   Jun 2018
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Thank you very much for your lovely comments.
Wir können diese Unterkunft wärmstens empfehlen.”
Quinta d'Allegria ist eine landestypische und äußerst geschmackvoll eingerichtete Villa mit wunderschönem Garten und beheiztem Pool. Die Lage ist ruhig in einem Wohngebiet mit fantastischem Ausblick auf Funchal und das Meer. Das Stadtzentrum ist problemlos zu Fuß zu erreichen. Für weitere Ausflüge auf der Insel sollte man motorisiert sein. Das Haus ist voll ausgestattet, blitzsauber und gemütlich. Wir können diese Unterkunft wärmstens empfehlen.
Cornelia Hermann   Apr 2018
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Thank you very much for your supper review, much appreciated.
Super location, fabulous house, amazing view
Quinta d'Alegria is just a wonderful location! The house has everything you need. The view from up there is breathtaking. The house is top quality, kitchen, bedrooms, everything is just fab! The only little drawback: If you have a problem walking up hills, this place might not be right for you. We had one person who because of age and health really struggled. But that's not the fault of the villa - just to point out that you need to watch that when going there. Altogether : simple brilliant!
Barbara Fischer-Clark   Apr 2018
A Beautiful Quinta overlooking Funchal
A lovely Quinta, well equipped, beautifully furnished and comfortable, with fantastic views over Funchal town and harbour. The generous welcome pack was much appreciated. We received a warm welcome from Ciseltina the housekeeper as Joy was away when we arrived, but it was nice to meet her at the end of our holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here on this beautiful island..
Noel Bowen   Feb 2018
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Thank you very much for you kind comments. We hope to welcome you again one day.
Great house
Great view. Beautiful garden. A little far away from City. Noise and smell from food during the day coming from restaurant and souvenir store just below the house.
Anne Lorentzen   Feb 2018
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Thank you for your 5 bubble review.
Beautiful house
We had an amazing stay in this beautiful house. Everything was perfect. Cozy and spacious, great view and garden. Simply the best place to come back to after hiking or exploring other spots on Madeira. We only ate out one night - the rest of the evenings were spent at "home". Joy was very helpfull and kind - really have nothing at all to critisize, everything was great.
Nina Milora   Jan 2018
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Thank you very much for this super review. Always good to know that everything was "great".
Beautiful and relaxing villa
Stayed for a week with the family - 3 daughters. had a great time! Joy - the owner was outstanding! the house is very well maintained.
Gil Boasson   Dec 2017
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Thank you very much for your 5 bubble review. The owner takes great pride in her house and always ensures it is in tip top condition.
Relaxing, beautiful house
This elegant house, beautifully restored by its owner and mercifully spared from last year's fires, made a perfect retreat for us (retired couple) for a week. Easy living, and splendid views right down and across Funchal bay to the unending horizon of sea and sky. The garden is charming and the pool surprisingly spacious (we had it heated as quite early in the season). You do hear some background noise during the day from the Toboggan run which finishes almost outside the house gate, but not disturbing. We chose Sunday though as our pool lounging day as it doesn't operate then and we had total peace. Everything spotlessly clean (and some lovely fresh flowers in the house too). Some really charming watercolours in every room, and solid old furniture, all easy on the eye. WiFi good in living room, but not elsewhere. Overall this makes a stylish, comfortable and entirely relaxing living space. Some key points: 1. Sleeping There are 3 beautiful, calm bedrooms with extremely comfortable (firm with give) beds. We were able to keep windows and shutters closed at night and so totally quiet and dark. Slept better then I think I've slept anywhere. But in summer may be too hot to keep windows closed (there is no aircon) and then you will hear distant traffic from the big main road further down the hill. Bathrooms (two identical) are spacious and water always hot. 2. Food and Basics Well stocked, generous welcome pack of basic items. Very handy minimart, quite well stocked for basics including fresh veg, within walking distance. Fantastic bakery literally round the corner. Kitchen is well equipped with all you need. We chose a meal cooked by the owner on our arrival night, and this was not only delicious but so generous in amount that we had plenty for the next day too. There's also quite a charming garden cafe just a little way down the hill which is open during the day. There is a walkable local restaurant too (just past the minimart),with basic food nothing special but passable. 3. Travel We didn't have a car (although there is garage parking on site). We used a combination of minicabs (e.g. only 11euros to get to the Palheiro Gardens which we highly recommend) and excellent local bus service down into town (the number 19 - a rollercoaster ride in itself! - flat fare 1.95 pay on bus). We also used a couple of restaurants that run a pick up service. Local car tours round the island are available too (perhaps ask in advance and book). All worked fine for us. Walking up, or down, is challenging for all but the very fit as the hills are often near vertical! Also stepping outside the door needs care as the Toboggans come down at quite a speed! (NB a half hour walk along the road gets you to a bus to take you up to Monte, and then you can toboggan it back down.)
Marilyn Taylor   Apr 2017
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Thank you very much for your complete review and comments.
Heaven on earth!
We chose Quinta D'Alegria as a special place to celebrate a family birthday, and it did indeed prove to be magical. Our Madeira were excellent in all aspects of booking and gave us plenty of information to plan for our visit. Joy the owner, cooked us the most delicious meal on our arrival, enough for yummy leftovers the next day! The villa was spacious and comfortable and blissful to return to, after each full day exploring the island. We would love to return as there is so much more to see and do!
Davies family March 2017   Apr 2017
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Thank you very much. Delighted as always to receive such lovely comments from our Quinta D'Alegria guests.
Das Haus hat eine wunderbare Lage, Blick über den Hafen von Funchal, beheizter Pool, einfach alles ist perfekt. Die Vermieterin ist sehr freundlich und man spürt in jedem Detail , dass sie es mit Liebe einrichtet und pflegt. Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder.
Fritzilein Bremen   Dec 2016
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Vielen Dank. Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Rückkehr.
Very comfortable and homely
We had a wonderful 2 wk stay, made very special by the care and attention of the administration team, very warm welcome of the owner who gave very helpful advise on where to go and what to do and the servicing of the accommodation during our stay. We loved the spaciousness and the views, used the BBQ and ate almost all our meals outdoors. Local transport and markets were varied and excellent. Eating out was very enjoyable, reasonably priced and tasty. Local stores were convenient, bread was super. What more could you want for your holiday. Only neg. comment - anyone with walking disabilities would find access to the very steep road quite difficult.
Elizabeth G   Jun 2016
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Thank you taking the time to post your review and your kind comments are greatly appreciated.
Excellent Property
Quinta D'Alegria was an absolute delight to stay in. Not only was it superbly appointed but the attention to detail was much appreciated. The 'extras' in the kitchen, and bathrooms made our stay much more comfortable. To top it off the owner Joy and Celestina the housekeeper went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The meals cooked for us by them were delicious and well worth it. The villa is positioned above the town and has fantastic views from the terrace. The garden is beautiful and well cared for and the swimming pool well maintained. There is a fantastic bakery a two minute walk away! We would not hesitate to recommend the villa.
Shaws   Jun 2016
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Thank you for your super review, kind comments and recommendation. Quinta D'Alegria has been a favourite for many years now with many happy customers.
Brilliant location with a view
We were not disappointed in any way with the villa. It was in a brilliant location with a view down to the harbour from the terrace. Very well equipped with many extras that are very often lacking from holiday homes eg. toilet rolls,salt & pepper,several spices & oils in the cupboard & a very comprehensive welcome pack. We paid extra for the pool heating which was well worth it as we could use the pool every day comfortably, even though the weather was not at its best during our stay. Joy, the owner was on hand to help with any queries that we may have has & the lovely maid came mid stay to clean & change towels, etc. (another bonus not always provided) Our arrival was quite late so we went to O Rustico Restaurant about 1/2 mile up the hill. Very local with limited choice on menu but very good food, fantastic friendly service & incredible value for money. During our stay, one of our party had a birthday so we went to Mozart restaurant in the Old Town which was a fantastic evening & well worth a taxi ride for a special occasion. We would be more than happy to return to the villa for a future holiday.
Sharon R   Apr 2016
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Thank you so much for your appreciative review, we are delighted to know that you had a very good stay ; by providing the little extras you mentioned we aim to provide a home from home environment and not just the basics. Many thanks for your thoughtfulness in leaving the villa beautifully clean and tidy, and we look forward to welcoming you back another year. Best wishes Joy Menezes
Stunning property
We had a fabulous time during our stay at Quinta D'Alegria. The property is simply gorgeous and the owner, Joy, was always on hand. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Rachel B   May 2016
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Thank you very much. Delighted as always to receive such lovely comments from our Quinta D'Alegria guests.
Beautiful house, fantastic hospitality, little touches that meant relaxation straight away. Will most certainly return. Thank you Joy for creating a true 5 star break.
Maria N   Feb 2016
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Hello Maria, thank you for choosing to stay at Quinta d’Alegria, we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay. Great guests make all the difference. We would be very happy to see you again some day. With best regards Joy
What a great family holiday venue
Right from the start contact with Linda and Norberta over the booking of Quinta D'algeria made us feel at ease with our choice of holiday accommodation. We opted for the arrival meal on the first night, what a stroke of brilliance, Ciseltina cooked a superb three courses that were much needed after a delayed arrival. Throughout our stay she made sure all was well without any intrusion, her care and attention was obvious and we felt at ease as soon as we arrived. Ciseltina left us in the capable hands of Joy when she departed for a well earned break in the last few days of our stay and the standard of care was handed over seamlessly. The Quinta sits high above Funchal and the vista that greeted us on our arrival couldn't have been better. The city of Funchal sits beyond the seclusion of the well tendered gardens and the refreshing blue pool. We found immaculate accommodation and facilities, wifi and room to relax, all we would need to enjoy a self catering family holiday with two teenagers. A short walk to get fresh bread each morning was routine, and often we would leave our hire car in the carpark by the market after a night out so the next day we could walk down into town, maybe shop at the fruit market (being wary of some of the more pushy fruit selling scams) and drive back up to the tranquility of our holiday home. The overnight parking fee is capped and less than the taxi fare, though neither are unreasonably priced. We explored Funchal both day and night, enjoying the bars and restaurants of the old town. The cable cars and gardens make for a wonderful day out and if you are keen on having the toboggan experience you will find yourself conveniently finishing your ride at the bottom of the street the Quinta D'algeria is situated on. The rest of Madeira is well worth exploring, high roads, incredible walks and views with wonderful natural coastlines. But for us the highlight was this fantastic place. Every night we came back, and every morning we woke up feeling so lucky to have found such a beautiful house to spend our holiday, any future venues are going to have to go some to beat this. Thank you Linda and Norberta, we have already pointed friends in the direction of this lovely holiday venue and if we return to Madeira yours is the first place we will look to book.
Bobby   Aug 2015
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Wow. What can we say but thank you very, very much for such a fantastic review. Your kind comments are much appreciated. We are delighted that you chose to stay in Quinta D'Alegria and that you enjoyed the house and the island and we hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back one day. Thank you.
A beautiful and well kept property in a lovely location. Joy is a wonderful host who is helpful with any information required. We have spent a lovely relaxing week here and would recommend it highly. The McDonnell family, Suffolk
Earthseas   Jul 2015
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Many thanks for your kind and appreciative review, it’s always great to receive such positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again at some time in the future should you decide to return to Madeira. Joy Murray Menezes ( Proprietor)
A quality home from home
When it comes to stating in a Rental property you expect to make allowances in respect of facilities and the level of comfort and equipment to use during your stay - not here. They really have thought of everything - and quality too! From the heated pool, sumptuously equipped kitchen, fine dining settings to a beautifully comfortable lounge to sit around an open fire, even the logs are provided. I cannot recomment this place highly enough - and the attention to detail is amazing. On our last night - the maid 'Ciseltina' prepared and served a fantastic three course meal for us at the dining table which had been beautifully dressed earlier on. There was enough food to feed twice the amount of people present (5) together with 2 bottles of nice wine, and at a very reasonable rate. Thank you very much for a superb stay - we will return
Tony F   May 2015
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Thank you for posting your comments.
A perfect holiday location !
We have spent a wonderful holiday at Quinta D'Alegria - a perfect name for the property by the way! The house is very beautiful and everything is nicely decorated with a lot of love. The garden is very neat and a lot of flowers were blooming. The view above the city and the harbor is absolutely stunning and the location of the property is perfect to reach every sightseeing hotspot easily. The Toboggan ride stops exactly next to the entrance, so you can take the cable car to move from Funchal harbor to Monte and use the Toboggan to drive back to the property. A very good bakery is just around the corner. In the evenings we enjoyed the heated pool to relax from the levada walks. Joy, the owner, was such a nice host. The dinner at the first evening was very delicious and she even provided some food for the next breakfast. Joy was always very helpful if we had some questions or needed some advice. We were feeling like Lords and Ladies here. Obrigado ! Madeira is a beautiful and fascinating island. Even though the weather could have been a little bit better (but this is not unusual for April), a lot of beautiful plants were blooming at this time: the Jacarandas, Spathodeas and Erythrinas in the parks and the Echium at roadsides. We will return for sure. The Dilcher and Sander Families, Germany.
  Apr 2015
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Thank you
Die Quinta D´Alegria ist ein traumhaft schönes, altes Herrenhaus. Wir wurden von Joy freundlich begrüßt und erhielten die genaue Wegbeschreibung zur Quinta. Die schmalen, steilen Straßen und die Einfahrt in die Garage sind eine Herausforderung. Man ahnt von der Straße aus nicht, welches Schmuckstück sich hinter den Mauer verbirgt. Der schöne Garten, das großzügige, geschmackvoll eingerichtete Haus und der Ausblick über Funchal sind einmalig. Das Abendessen, dass wir für unseren Anreisetag bestellt hatten, war absolut köstlich - vielen Dank an Joy und Tina. Wir kommen sehr gern einmal wieder.
Reiseprofi K   Mar 2015
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Many many thanks for your very kind words, we are delighted to know how much you enjoyed our accommodation, and we always try to do our best to ensure that everything is just as our guests hope it will be. We look forward to welcoming you again at some time in the future. With our best wishes, Joy and Tina.
A wonderful, beautiful traditional house
The house was fantastic, very traditional and stylish, providing all the home comforts you would need. The gardens were lovely with tremendous views over the city and out to sea and the pool was excellent, just the right temperature. The property was immaculately clean, the welcome pack excellent and Joy the owner was very friendly and most helpful with local knowledge and information. We plan to return this house, it was our third visit to Madeira but by far the nicest place we have stayed and would not hesitate to recommend it to friends and family. We ate out every evening and all meals were excellent, a particular favourite was Gaviao Novo, Rua de Santa Maria in the Old Town. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday in this excellent property
Anonymous   Feb 2015
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Thank you so much for such a positive review, we are naturally very pleased that Quinta D’Alegria fulfilled your expectations and having said that this is your third visit to the island, we guess you may decide to return yet again in the future ; Madeira is like that, it grows on you for all the reasons that people have been visiting the island for so many years, the beauty of the island, the security, and the friendliness of the local people. We hope to see you and your family one day soon.
Very beautiful Place
It was a very great time. The Place was beautiful. The House was clean and very nice. We come in the house and we become a present: A lunch box. This was a great idea. In this week the housekeeping come 3 times. It was a great Holiday. When we drive a other time to Madeira then we stay also in this house.
Anonymous   Mar 2015
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We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your winter sunshine holiday at Quinta d’Alegria, we consistently try to ensure that everyone who stays with us feels very much ‘ at home’ and well looked after. Looking forward to seeing you back in Madeira and hopefully staying with us. Many thanks for your review. Edit your Response