Chalet of the Condessa of Edla, it´s a 19th century mansion built by King Ferdinand II and his second wife Elise Hensler (Countess of Edla) between 1864 and 1869.
The building is extremely picturesque, keeping the alpine chalet model that was in vogue in Europe at the time.
It’s quite notable, the beautiful painted murals to imitate timber cladding, stucco materials, painted azulejo tiles and extensive use of cork decoration, covering door and window frames, eaves and verandas, as well as tree trunks backing onto the facades to support climbing plants.
All this elements, make the Chalet of the Condessa of Edla unique and so inspire.
The house is situated at the opposite end of the park in relation to the Palace, thereby maintaining an important visual relationship with it, which is accentuated by the proximity of a dramatic group of granite blocks, the Chalet Stones, and a valley, which the Chalet overlooks.
From the Chalet’s veranda there is a view of the sea and, from the Stones, of the Mourish Castle walls outlining the hills and the Palace.
The surrounding garden includes exotic collections, viewpoints overlooking the Palace, the Chalet and the Mourish Castle and botanical species from all over the world, such as the rare tree-ferns imported from Australia and New Zealand, planted in the Valley.
Adjacent to the Garden of the Countess of Edla are the various structures that make up the Pena Farm, including the Stables and an area that houses the horse-drawn carriages used for rides around the Park of Pena.
The Garden and Chalet of the Countess of Edla, were classified as a Property of Public Interest in 1993, and were included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.
Summer opening hours: 9.30 am-7:00 pm daily (23 march to 25 october)
Winter opening hours: 10:00 am-6:00 pm daily (26 october to 22 march)
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