You know a hotel is special when a general used to live within its four walls. General Beresford, commander of the British forces in Madeira during the Napoleonic Wars, called this place home back in the 19th-century. Fast forward to today and the grand mansion has been cleverly converted into one of the island’s most exclusive hotels.
All whitewashed walls, red roofs and thick wooden shutters, it’s the picture of colonial elegance. Step inside, and things continue in the same vein. A large dining room comes complete with gold-framed pictures and a chandelier centrepiece. And there’s a cosy lounge lined with book cabinets and period furniture.
The rooms, meanwhile, have taken a more pared-down approach. White walls provide a blank canvas for wooden furniture and deep red and green soft furnishings. And marble bathrooms have a minimalist feel to them. In terms of mod-cons, expect to find air-conditioning, satellite TVs and Wi-Fi.
Step outside and the first thing you’ll notice is all the greenery. The gardens are filled with more than 500 species of plants and trees, dotted among manicured lawns. There’s a big swimming pool, too, and spacious terraces that look out to sea.
As for dining, there’s a fine restaurant featuring Madeiran specialities made from the best local ingredients.
A very nice hotel with a magnificent garden overlooking Funchal. Great pool with superb vegetation surrounding it. The croquet field was very nice too. Our son of two enjoyed the playroom on the 3rd floor but the carpet was very dirty and there was no daylight in the young kids area.
Breakfast was great, especially the fresh fruit section with the best mango we’ve tasted ever. Having breakfast on the veranda or the terrace near the garden was very nice. The fish in the restaurant was delicious.
Since there were no suites available we were in a double twin room which was spacious enough and very clean. Staff in general was very nice and professional but during our stay we did not see a manager or owner once and especially in the restaurant we felt a lack of sharpness.
Nevertheless, a great hotel which we would recommend to people who visit Madeira.More
JeanUtrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Adrian & Rosemary "An Oasis of Peace and Tranquility"
This was our second visit to Madeira and the Quinta Jardins do Lago, having first been in 2011. Our stay proved to be every bit as special as our first visit. We love the situation of the hotel... set amongst beautiful sub-tropical gardens with stunning views over Funchal and the hills beyond and with distant glimpses of the sea to the South. The staff offered a warm welcome on arrival and were friendly and attentive throughout our stay. The Hotel is very comfortable, well appointed, and exudes an atmosphere of 'colonial elegance'. After a relaxing breakfast on the terrace or in the garden we enjoyed mornings by the beautiful swimming pool and strolling among the exotic trees and shrubs. A small croquet lawn and outdoor table tennis court provided an outlet for our more energetic moments. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that since our last visit the management have created a wonderful vegetable garden sporting a variety of salads, beans and vegetables, many of which found their way on to our table at dinner. It is good to find a hotel which is using its own local produce. We are already looking forward to another visit!More
Adrian F, Exeter, United Kingdom
Stayed at Quinta Jardins do Lago recently and did enjoy it very much. Staff was very friendly and polite, the general ambience is very neat and guest feel welcome.
Gardens are fabulous and the rooms are above standard, except for the TV set, that is really small. It is ridiculous the size of the TV, although I do understand that the Management tried to “save” the old piece of furniture, and a bigger TV set doesn’t fit in it. But again, watching TV is not the most important thing to do amongst all the beauty of the place.
Only remark on food is the breakfast is just regular, I mean, it is very good and well served, but not exceptional.
Overall, I do recommend this hotel, a small traditional Quinta, very well located and with a very good atmosphere.
Would like to return. And that’s what counts…More
TravellerTwo_10, Lisbon, Portugal
Wonderful 40th wedding anniversary!
We chose Madeira & the Quinta Jardins do Lago to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary & both lived up to - & in the hotel's case - exceeded our expectations. We had been upgraded to a Junior Suite with flowers, fruit & sparkling wine on our arrival. The hotel & it's wonderful gardens & immaculate pool were so relaxing.& the staff could not have done more for us. The breakfasts & five-course evening meals (table d'hote) were so delicious & beautifully presented.that we felt no need of the A la Carte menu (although it looked great). We used the hotel's courtesy bus on two occasions to visit Funchal but loved the ambience of the hotel so much that we just didn't want to leave it for very long. We also went to Reids hotel for afternoon tea as that had been our other choice hotel but we were so pleased we had chosen the Jardins do Lago.as it provided us with a beautiful setting, relaxing & tranquil atmosphere & immaculate service by friendly & efficient staff. We hope to return in the not too distant future & that says it all!.More
joananddavidmoyle, Alnwick, United Kingdom
A great experience
This was our first visit and we were not disappointed....staff friendly and helpful, food (we went half board and would do so again) was great, every area clean and well-maintained, all set in beautiful gardens. Many of the trees and plants are labelled which is helpful if you are interested in plants, as we are. We hired a car and there is ample parking. Altogether a peaceful, relaxing experience which we'd be only too happy to repeat.More
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