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Solar Da Bica
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Sao Vicente
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“beautiful and welcoming place”
Reviewed 5 June 2008

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.

  • Liked — the service, the surroundigs, very nice and helpfull owners
  • Disliked — the bed in one of the room smelt dampness
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2007

We stayed at this hotel in May of 2007 and had a wonderful time. The hotel is beautifully furnished with very modern and traditional running side by side ... lovely smart dining room, but with an old wooden press and beams.

Lovely bedrooms, stunning views. Cleaned daily to a meticulous standard, by the very houseproud owners ... cream carpets throughout ... would adivse that this is not really a place for children. They would be bored most likely, and dramatically changed the mood of what was a smart, calm, adult retreat.

Be aware, very narrow driveway, that you will have to get used to in the car, but is perfectly safe!

Note also, not withing walking distance to restaurants, and food lovers will likely be disappointed with dining out on the island as a whole - although the food at the hotel was lovely and homecooked. The hotel website states that there is a facility to grill own food, but this is out of action, and we suspected was possibly not quite finished yet, or was an abandoned project.

If you could self cater, then this place would be perfect - and in the end we often brought a bit of a picnic, inc. own wine, back to the hotel, which the owner did not mind at all. There are tables and chairs outside to catch the evening sun before it dips behind the mountains.

A lovely, smart, clean and interesting property, with lovely owners, wonderful fresh breakfasts, but limited by evening dining. Own car essential.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and furnishing, friendly owners, lovely breakfast, completely relaxing.
  • Disliked — Proximity to restaurants, lack of self catering/bbq facility.
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2007

This B@B just above the lovely village of Sao Vincent on the north of the island is perfect. The house is a conversion that would be a perfect home for anybody. The people who run the B&B are so lovely and friendly and you are treated to hospitality of the highest order. Food is great, amenities good and cleansiness is of the best order. Now the road is open from Funchal and opens up the Island north district you really should stay over this way and explore. This B&B is perfect. Cant reccommend it high enough. NB you will need a car to drive to nearest restaurant or sort a taxi but you can eat in B&B for 20 Euro per person. Miss it already!!!!

  • Liked — Design and layout
  • Disliked — cant walk to a restaurant
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Solar Da Bica
Address: Sitio dos Lameiros | S.Vicente, Sao Vicente, Madeira 9240-211, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Sao Vicente
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Sao Vicente
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Solar Da Bica 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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