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Quinta do Furão, Santana, Madeira
Quinta do Furão started life in 1993 as a country restaurant that became so popular that a spacious hotel was added four years later. Madeirans like to come here for a slap-up Sunday lunch of bife caldeirão verde (beef fillet and Roquefort cheese wrapped in puff pastry) while most international visitors book it as a base for walking - only to be pleasantly surprised by the spectacular clifftop location and enveloping vineyards. With its north coast location, tasty fare, relaxing balcony rooms and leisure facilities, this is a good choice for a twin-centre holiday combined with Funchal. Popular for weddings and events, the hotel has a sense of humour too - 'furão' means 'ferret' in Portuguese, a reference to the wily landowner who previously lived here.
The drive here is a scenic adventure with winding roads, panoramic viewpoints and long tunnels (including one of almost two miles) guaranteed.
Traditional hotel in set in attractive vineyards on the island's north eastern shore.
By plane: there are direct flights to Madeira from London and Manchester (4 hours). The hotel is a 30-minute drive from the airport. Free private parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Perfect for independent travellers doing a round-island drive, walkers, foodies and wine-lovers - in September guests can participate in the harvesting and treading of grapes (for a fee). Renovated in 2020, the restful, well-appointed rooms successfully mix the contemporary and the antique, for example with a light, modern armchair set beside a dark wood dressing table.
Service & Facilities
Every day there is a free activity ranging from a cooking demo and rum tasting to a fitness class and Portuguese lesson.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness classes
- Games room
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The top floor rooms in the main building have an attic cosiness with a sloping ceiling, thick wooden beams and lord-of-it-all views. We love sitting on the balcony with a cup of tea, enjoying the early morning sunshine and a magnificent tableau of ocean, cliffs and vineyard.
Vineyard Room, Classic Room, Superior Room, Premium Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Villa
Facilities include: ensuite shower or bath, bathrobe & slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love the warm mood, fabulous smells and an extensive dinner menu that makes it hard to decide what to order. Tip: portions are generous so consider sharing. Our favourite dish is the house-smoked trout with local honey and pink peppercorns, followed by slow-cooked lamb with almond-crusted sweet potatoes.
The restaurant: Madeiran and international cuisine. Dishes include black scabbard fillet and slow-cooked leg of lamb. Mains from €19.50.
Pub: cosy restaurant, drinks.
Four Seasons: drinks and cocktails.
Wine Cellar: wine tastings, local wines to buy.