Enchanting Manor House with extensive gardens and Funchal views
Quinta da Torrinha is an enchanting sanctuary, ingeniously hidded away from the outside world behind the boundary wall. This 3000m2 property accomodates extensive and mature lush gardens that do full justice to the manor house, overlooking the centre of Funchal, in the foreground and the Atlantic Ocean on the horizon.
Its split level garden was redesigned from scratch back in the begining of the 1990´s, making the most of the unobstructed views, when the current owner´s family decided to replant an area of banana plantation, formerly used to grow sugar cane.
A wide landscaped terrace, divided by traditional Madeiran pebbled pathways and imposing mature trees, welcomes you to the property on entering the main gate. Our attention is suddently divided between the rustic façade of the traditional manor house and the little fountain spraying water over exotic plants in the centre of an irregularly shaped and generously sized pond.
Near the green iron rails, partially covered in colourful creepers, a sitting/dining area marks the spot that could be considered the best viewpoint in the property, offering stunning views over the city and lower gardens.
In the lush green gardens one can expect unexpected treasures, secretly hidded behind a mature tree or around the corner; A mysterious cellar and other storage areas, dug into the seven metre high stone wall that supports the foundations of the house; a greenhouse with green hand-worked wooden beams, once full or orchids and other delicate plants. A small stream leads the water through the extensive grounds, creating various waterfalls along the way until it reaches another pond in the centre of a lawned area in the lower gardens. Strategically located among the creepers, the blue swimming pool is kept completely private from the surrounding areas, including the neighbours, as it is closer to the property's boundaries.
The manor house is a good example of a rural architecture, despite some modifications made to the initial layout. All the rooms feature solid wooden floors and period furniture. The entrance hall has a selection of arms on the scarlet wall and charming details at the top of the doors accessing the other living areas on the ground floor. The various reception rooms feature hand-worked ceilings and fireplaces. All the ground floor rooms have french windows opening into the garden.
The majestic library, one of the most impressive internal areas of this property, has a northern-european look and feel, shared by the kitchen, at the lower level. All the walls of its L-shaped layout are filled from top to bottom with solid mahogany shelves full of exquisite books featuring rare covers with golden carved titles.
The top floor is reserved for the four bedrooms, accessed through a solid wooden handicap friendly staircase that connects all floors. The bright and generously sized bathrooms at the top floor, as the guest WC's in the intermediate levels, would benefit from some modernization. The external façade is also in need of some maintenance works.
The property has a garage for two cars.
It is belief that Quinta da Torrinha was built in the 18th century and that its name comes from a tower or turret that existed on a chapel on the extreme eastern edge of the manor house, which has long disappeared. In its place these days there is a long covered veranda, on top of the workshop and storage areas.
Bedrooms - 4
Guest WC - 1
Bathrooms - 4
Garage - 2 cars
Carpets in bedrooms
Irrigation Water Tank
Access to Irrigation (levada) Water
Solid wooden floors
|Portugal > Madeira > Funchal|
|Property Type:||Manor House / Quinta|
|View:||Ocean, city & mountains|
|Condition:||In need of Renovation|
|Number of floors:||3|
|Plot Size:||3000 m2|
|Gross Area:||398 m2|