About the Quinta

About the Quinta

Quinta Mãe dos Homens Garden Village is a very charming small self catering holiday resort in Madeira within the grounds of a private Quinta. (Farm), beautifully situated on the hillside overlooking the centre of Funchal with superb views across the town to the harbour and the sea.

There are two buildings of apartments, The Garden Apartments and The Wine Press Apartments and the Family Villa , surrounded by the Quinta's stunning gardens, with beautiful Madeirian flowers, trees and cultivated lands with its own flora of Madeira and tropical fruit trees.

The Wine Press Apartments are situated in the area of the former wine press.  The wine press was last used for making Madeira wine in 1975. It is now re-constructed and displayed at the entrance to the apartments.

The Garden Apartments are situated where the greenhouses for fruit and vegetables were and the Family Villa is situated in the north east of the grounds.

All accommodation types have superb sea views over the bay of Funchal or partial sea view with garden access.

The swimming pool was harmoniously integrated in this Quinta in 1992, with it bearing in mind its rich history and natural beauty.

Browse through the following pages for a brief overview of the Quinta, its history, the different types of accommodation on offer and the other services we provide.

Services with a smile...

Although we are primarily a SELF-CATERING facility, we offer many of the services and amenities that you would expect from a far larger type of establishment. Below is a summary of some of the important extras that we offer to guests.

Swimming Pool
Centrally located is our swimming pool of 12 metres long, 6 metres wide and 1.0 metre until 1.5 metres deep, surrounded by a terrace with umbrellas and sunbeds. At the end of the day, guests are therefore kindly requested to return their sunbed mattresses and the umbrellas back to Cabin, before leaving the pool area.  The pool is open 24 hours a day and is unattended. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

May we remind you that this is a Self-Catering establishment and as such there are no pool attendants or life guards. Guests are advised that they use the pool and surrounding areas at their own risk.

Other Amenities
We offer a laundry service at a nominal fee and complimentary iron and ironing board on request. For those winter evenings a heater is available on hire, should you require it. All accommodation types have direct telephone line, cable television  and Wi-Fi installed and safe. Bathrooms include bath, shower and WC. Hair dryers are fitted in each of the bathrooms. A minibar is available in the kitchen of all accommodation types.

We offer a maid service every other day, except Sunday. All apartments are provided with linen, towels and pool towels. Linen is changed once a week and towels twice a week. More changes and extra days cleaning are possible with additional costs.

Above the pool area you will find a terrace with fabulous views over the bay of Funchal. Next to the terrace you will find the Clubhouse, a small lounge and library with cable television, internet connection and Wi-Fi.

Picnic Breakfast
We offer a picnic breakfast, previously personalised by our guests on their arrival and brought to their apartments every morning. Price per person per day is 9.00 euros.

breakfast with view over Funchal

Food Packs
Lunch picnic pack for walks and arrival food packs available on request.

The Old Quinta Mãe dos Homens in Funchal

History of Quinta de Nossa Senhora Mãe dos Homens

João José Rodrigues Leitão first bought this property in the early 1800’s, at that stage it consisted of a large acreage of land around this parish of Rochinha, the Chapel dating back to 1790, the Sacristy and the Priest’s living quarters. João José Rodrigues Leitão extended the west side of the Chapel which is now the family house. He was by profession a Banker. Unfortunately he got into serious financial difficulties and was in danger of losing everything.

At this time however, he had a nephew, also named João José Rodrigues Leitão Jr whom he had brought up as a son. João José Rodrigues Leitão Jr. had in his early days gone to Africa where he followed a life of trading and exploring. His many exploits in Africa and in particular the Congo brought him the notice of the King of Portugal who bestowed on him the title of Viscount of Cacongo. On his return from Africa, having made a considerable amount of money he married his uncle’s daughter and bought out all the lands and properties, thus saving is uncle from financial disaster. João José Rodrigues Leitão Jr died in 1925, he left no children as his son Christiano had died in Africa (**) and his daughter died here in the Quinta from an accident whilst jumping over a bonfire.

The Quinta then passed to his nephew, Carlos Ernesto Rodrigues Leitão who also inherited the title Viscount of Cacongo. Carlos Ernesto Rodrigues Leitão never married and when he died in 1957 the Quinta passed to his niece Cecília Leitão Branco e Brito Jardim, the present owner who lives here together with her daughter and family.

The title of Viscount of Cacongo has now become extinct but many people in Madeira still know Quinta Mãe dos Homens as Quinta do Visconde, Quinta of the Viscount. A bronze bust of the 1st Viscount by Francisco Franco, one of Portugal’s best known sculptors, dated 1915, is in the garden on the west side of the house.

The chapel has been in constant use throughout all of these generations for family weddings, christenings and funerals. Our guests are welcome to visit the chapel any week-day. Please contact the Reception.

An historic property based on agriculture, had little hope of survival once Portugal joined the EU. Therefore, in 1990, the buildings around the old wine press at the end of the drive were converted into holiday apartments. This building was built in 1990 and was named The Wine Press Apartments with 8 one bedroomed apartments. The second building was built in 1998 and was named The Garden Apartment with a total of 14 various types of apartments.

Since then, the success of the Garden Village has grown year by year, as visitors from all corners of the world come to appreciate this opportunity to share in the history of this unique estate.

Getting from the Airport to our Quinta

Driving instructions:

It takes approximately 15-20mins by car.
Set your mileage counter to 00.
Approx. KM

00 - As you get on the motorway, follow signs to FUNCHAL. Headlights needed through tunnels.

13.3 - Beautiful view of the bay of Funchal.

14.3 - Come off motorway at Exit 13 Signposted, FUNCHAL (Boa Nova). Turn left into Estrada da Boa Nova.

16.2 - Immediately as you pass a row of shops on your right, including a bakery, some cafés, a small supermarket and a chemist, you will see a Pink House, on the right, with a Palm Tree that seems to grow from its roof, follow the road to the right (sharp bend), just out of the bend take immediate left down (very steep), where you will see a ‘3.5t’ warning sign, to Rua da Rochinha.

16.3 -  Go down this very steep road. Take the 3rd turning on the left, Rua São João Bosco. Follow this road right to the end and turn left up the hill to the roundabout. This is Rua Mãe dos Homens. At the roundabout turn left to Travessa Manuel Alexandre, a small street, in between two high walls: a school on the right and Quinta Mãe dos Homens Garden Village on the left side.
Half way along this road, on the right you will see a red wall and at the big green gate, ring the bell on the LEFT.

16.6 - Welcome to Quinta Mãe dos Homens, Garden Village!

Have a good journey and drive safely.

Quinta Mãe dos Homens
39 Rua Mãe dos Homens
9060-185 Funchal
Madeira • Portugal
Establishment complying with health measures - Portugal

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Tel: (+351) 291 204410
Fax: (+351) 291 204419
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