Quinta do Bom Sucesso is a beautiful old building, lovingly cared for by the owners and set in a gorgeous garden. The location is perfect, just far enough from central Funchal to be out of the bustle but only 5 minutes away on the frequent buses, which stop outside the door. The apartment is spacious, comfortable and fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. I have to say, we have never stayed anywhere so spotlessly clean..! It truly was immaculate. On arrival, we found a basket of fresh eggs & produce from the garden, wine, including the famous Madeira wine, fresh bread and the most amazing homemade passion fruit pudding…! The new pool was a welcome addition, perfect for cooling off with a spectacular view over the harbour. There is a supermarket, pharmacy & café/bakery just 5 minutes’ walk from the apartment and, if you have decent leg muscles, central Funchal can be reached in about 15 minutes, down a steep road. Madeira is hilly..! We were made to feel so welcome by Abel & Teresa; it really felt more like staying with friends. They’re hospitality is second to none and when we come back to Madeira, we will certainly be staying here again.
This is a real gem - A lovely apartment set in a beautiful garden, with views out over the town. Far enough out of town to relax, and close enough to walk down the hill to dinner, at one of the many excellent restaurants in the old town.
Out hosts were great - everything was as it should be, and more! More than once we enjoyed home grown salad from the prolific vegetable garden - a perfect accompaniment to the location.
We choose this place because of all the glowing reviews and we were not disappointed! The flat is spacious, very comfortable and nicely furnished and decorated, and everything is impeccably clean. The kitchen is very well equipped with hob with 4 rings, full sized oven and microwave, dishwasher, large fridge freezer, toaster, coffeemaker, nespresso machine, panini toaster, electric juicer. Also plenty of cookware, crockery and cutlery. The fridge was very well stocked , and on the table there was a huge bowl of all sorts of fruits and breadrolls, there was also a bowl with a selection of vegetables, red and white wine , a bottle of Madeira wine and a Madeira specialty cake, and 12 eggs from the chickens that are kept at the Quinta. Needless to say that we did not have to buy much additional food! The patio in the beautiful front gardens with views over Funchal town and harbour is a fantastic place to unwind after a day of sight seeing with a glass of wine or poncha!
The owners Abel and Teresa are incredible hosts. They live in another part of the house, and are very helpful and make one feel really welcome, without being intrusive. On our last evening they invited us for dinner which was really nice and not expected.
As for the location - there are a few shops close by, and Funchal centre is approximately a 20 min downhill walk away, coming back on foot on the steep slope is a bit more taxing for people like us of a certain age so we took taxis (about €5) or a local bus. Taxis are plenty and the public transport network is very well developed and frequent, including to other parts of the island, and there are of course many tours available too. We therefore did not find it necessary to hire a car.
In summary, the Quinta do Bom Succeso is a great base from which to explore this beautiful island. This holiday really exceeded our expectations, both because of the accommodation and the island itself. We unreservedly recommend a stay with Abel and Teresa in their beautiful Quinta, and when we return to Madeira in the future we will look to stay there again!
We had a wonderful holiday in Madeira thanks to the kindness and generosity of the owners at the Quinta, who provided everything you could possibly need for a great holiday. The apartment was absolutely lovely and the owners were so kind and helpful. We really appreciated all the fruit, vegetables, wine and food were left for us to enjoy. We loved the garden, its views, privacy and comfortable seating. I can completely agree with all the positive comments made by all the previous reviewers.
We hired a car but found the local bus service so good that a car was not really necessary. We would love to come again and would recommend that you give it a try!