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Casa Velha Do Palheiro Hotel Celebrates 200 Years

The Casa Velha Do Palheiro Hotel in Madeira is a 200-year old property boasting panoramic views of the famous Palheiro gardens and the championship Palheiro golf course.Ê Exquisitely recreated from an early 19th Century hunting lodge, this 5 star ‘Relais & Chateaux’ country house hotel offers indulgent luxury in its 32 rooms and 5 suites - complimented by personalised service and gourmet cuisine.ÊÊ The hotel boasts a heated swimming pool, sauna and steam bath as well as facilities for tennis, croquet and billiards.Ê One special privilege only guests can enjoy is direct access to Palheiro Golf Course, with privileged tee offs from the “Halfway House”, adjacent to the “garden gate”. Casa Velha also has its own sports fishing boat “Balancal”, which is available for coastal cruises and swimming, dolphin and whale watching, as well as deep sea game fishing and special charters.Ê


For its 200-year anniversary, the hotel has some wonderful celebrations planned such as the ‘Red Shoe Summer Ball’ on 31st July 2004.ÊÊ In remembrance of the 2nd Count of Carvalhal’s famous, scandalous party (the ladies were encouraged to attend wearing nothing but a pair of red shoes!), ladies are asked to accessorise their outfits with a pair of red shoes ... while the men are encouraged to bring the seedling of an exotic plant or tree for planting within the Palheiro Estate.Ê Weather permitting the event will be held outside with live classical music.Ê So why not plan a long weekend in Madeira - and join in the festivities.Ê Just remember to pack those red shoes!