We came home unsure what the Quinta was trying to be...a four star hotel, or a walking centre...
We went in February to find some sun,and enjoyed some good walks in the levadas of Madeira. The vineyard Quinta is well positioned for this, and is also close to the west coast, but is not alone in this.
We used one of the cottages in the grounds which gave freedom to come and go, and mix self catering with visiting local restaurants, but we were disappointed with the basic quality of the accommodation...ok to return to after a strenuous walk, but we have found some British youth hostels more comfortable.
If you are going in the winter, you may be as lucky as we were with the sun, but beware those cold Atlantic winds...the cottages are not draught proof!
Plusses were the friendliness of staff; the ability to light a fire (wood is for sale)and the very hot water for baths!
Warning: if staying in the cottages at the bottom of the site, the walk up to the main house (reception, breakfast, dining room...)is along a path with very steep sections and rough underfoot. Guests who are less mobile may find this difficult.
Some local restaurants offer excellent food including Madeiran dishes...try O Chico`s in Prazeres for its excellent cooking and warm welcome. The kitchen of the Quinta was closed for refurbishment during our visit, so we cannot comment on catering.More