Set in the hills around Funchal, the charming Quinta Jardins do Lago is one of the most acclaimed Quintas on Madeira Island.
This charming Madeiran Quinta was built in the 18th century. More recently it was the home of well-known French and British families. During the Napoleonic wars General Beresford, Commander of the British forces on the island, chose it as his residence. His magnificent sideboard, a reminder of his stay, still adorns our dining room.
For many centuries, the gardens of Quinta Jardins do Lago, Funchal, were maintained by successive owners for the exclusive enjoyment of their families and friends. However, in 2000, this elegant Manor House became a Botanical Hotel and today its sub-tropical gardens provide pleasure and interest for guests all year round.
The different owners of this Quinta always kept contact with various Botanical Gardens worldwide and invested lots of love and time improving these relaxing and colourful gardens which for 47 years have been the home of “Colombo”, the Quinta’s giant tortoise.
With an area of 2.5 hectares full of wonderful examples of rare species and old trees as well as many colourful and delicate flowers, the Flora of ‘Quinta Jardins do Lago‘ is such a rich and diverse collection that it can rival any good botanical gardens.
Quinta Jardins do Lago has in total 11 Twin/Double Garden view rooms, 20 Superior Garden view rooms, 4 Historical Junior Suites, 4 Premier Suites and a Presidential Suite (with large balcony and sunbeds).
You’ll find extremely comfortable arm chairs, large beds with wooden headboards, ancient desks and wooden floors topped by rugs. Bathrooms are in colourful marble.
The elegant Beresford Restaurant boasts al fresco seating for the perfect evening.
It offers Madeiran and International first class cuisine served with high professional standards and welcoming Madeira traditions.
History tells that during the occupation of Madeira, at the time of the Napoleonic wars, this Quinta served as the residence of General Beresford, commander of the British forces. His magnificent sideboard, a reminder of his stay, still adorns The Beresford Restaurant.
More outdoor dining is available beside the fresh-water pool at Colombo Bistro, a casual spot for drinks, snacks, pizza and pasta. And a sun-soaked veranda leading from the Jade Room (check out the intricate 16th-century ceramic wall panel) allows you to enjoy the buffet breakfasts in the fresh air.
Cocktails and nightcaps are O Visconde Bar’s speciality, often accompanied by the tinkling of a piano and singing.
Quinta Jardins do Lago is home to incredible botanical gardens with an area of 2.5 hectares and more than 500 different species of plants, all unique in their variety and natural beauty.
The garden boats a fantastic collection of centenary trees, such as Dracaena draco from Madeira, Syncarpia glomulifera from Australia, Cinnamomum camphora from China/Japan, as well as many other fantastic varieties from all over the world as the Jacaranda mimosifolia from Brazil, Pandanus útilis and Revenala madagasceriensis from Madagascar.
Many of the trees in this Madeiran Quinta were planted since the early eighteen-century.
The different owners of this Quinta always kept contact with various Botanical Gardens worldwide and invested lots of love and time improving these relaxing and colourful gardens which for 47 years have been the home of “Colombo”, the Quinta`s giant tortoise.
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