Photographer's Note

Taken close to the site of my previous posting, the Chapel of Our Lady of Conception ,which stands in the grounds of the Quinta do Monte Hotel in the Funchal suburb of Monte. A pebble path leads through well tended gardens towards the hotel building.

Some information about the hotel from their web site:

In the 18th century, the British Cossart family, who were involved in the trade of Madeira wine early on, built a Quinta (the Portuguese term for a farm or vineyard) in Monte, some 600 meters above the sea-level city of Funchal. In the early 20th century, the Cossart family sold its Quinta do Monte, one of its many properties, to a wealthy, Portuguese family.

In the year 2000, the Quinta was transformed into a hotel. Four years later, the luxury accommodation was bought by the local group Charming Hotels of Madeira, who also own and run Quinta das Vistas, Quinta do Estreito and Quinta Perestrello.

The old manor house of Quinta do Monte became the area of the reception, the bar, the billiard room and other public spaces. All floors are in warm Casquinha wood from Brazil. In addition, the Quinta was enlarged by an indoor and outdoor restaurant to its right a well as a hotel complex above the historic house with 42 rooms, including 4 suites and 2 superior rooms.

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