With a massive vista across the harbour city of Funchal the Quinta
da Fonte breathes the freshness and nature of Monte - a hilltop
outcrop or village on the top most outskirts of Funchal famous for having
some of the most beautiful gardens in Madeira.
It is a worthwhile visit to the mount - not only to visit the gardens
(including the privately owned garden in the well known Quinta do
Monte) but also to take the world famous toboggan slide runs down
the mountain! For the more relaxed at heart some will find great interest
in the historical and religious heritage of the zone - for this is also
the locale of the "Igreja do Monte" - which after the
Cathedral of Funchal is the most important ecclesiastical structure
in Madeira. It is here that the body of Charles and his wife,
the last emperor and empress of the Austro-Hungarian empire rest.
Their bodies are eternally sanctified within the walls of the characteristic
With Monte as the crown and Funchal as its multicoloured dress the
Quinta da Fonte is an unusual and special accommodation. Some have described
it even as a live-in museum or art gallery - that is, with reference
to the vast collection of exquisite furniture, antiques and Indo-Portuguese
relics and artefacts of inestimable value. Meticulous care and indulgent
attention to detail makes this accommodation more of a mansion than
just an old family home.