Solar da Bica is located in a fantastic place, very beautiful surroundings. We were welcomed by the owner, a very nice and helpfull woman. Unfortunately, I spent an awful first night because the bed of our first room smelt very strongly of dampness and I am very sensitive to this kind of smell. Actually the owner offered us to choose between a bigger room with twin beds and this one smaller but with a double bed. In spite of the owner advice, we chose the double bed, but it was an unfortunate choice. Overall it was very clean and nice. The furniture is kind of new and it is all well designed. The next morning the owner asked us if everything was right and I explained the problem. Since a few tourists had left, she offered us another room, a big one, with a double bed and a nice view. We moved in, and I liked it a lot. The breakfast was ok, I would say average compared to other places. It is true that there is a new homemade cake every morning but I am not too much into portuguese cakes. We were almost the only ones to use the common room with free coffee and tea. The small court yard is very nice to admire the nature surrounding the place. The only thing is that we didn't find any really nice restaurant close to the place for dinner, but it was March and it was still cold, so maybe in Summer the villages arround look more animated. I would definitly recommend this place and, if I come back to Madeira, would like to stay there again, in spite of a slightly higher prices than in Funchal for the same kind of service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solar da Bica is a cosy and quiet rural tourism unit, nestled at the magic and idyllic Sao Vicente valley, in the Madeira Island. Located in an area with one unique view over the valley, it offers unforgettable landscapes through the breathtaking scenario of the mountains, including the exuberant vegetation of the Laurissilva Forest and the deep blue Ocean. It's the perfect location for those who search authenticity, rest, peace of mind, contact with nature, a calm and unpolluted environment and cultural heritage and integration in a traditional and rural life style. The property results from the reconstruction, adaptation and preservation of the traditional typology of two century-old houses, constituted by 13 rooms. The main house is the typical "Solar", traditionally associated to the residence of noble families, with characteristics of a manor house but with a smaller dimension. In terms of cultural heritage, it presents a great number of interesting and unique elements, such as the kitchen and some antique furniture. At the secondary house, the wine press, traditional floor and ceiling preservation stands out. At the green spaces you can also find numerous stonework and metal pieces that were part of the ancient Madeira's daily routine. Although it preserves many of the original elements, Solar da Bica was adapted with modern infrastructures, of which are worth mention the indoor heated swimming pool, the sauna, the panoramic garden and the biological vegetable-garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solar Da Bica Sao Vicente, Madeira Islands