In the second half of the nineteenth century, King Fernando II and his future second wife, Elise Hensler, the Countess of Edla, made a Chalet and a Garden in the Park of Pena, a private space outlined as per the romantic style, which served as an asylum and recreation territory for the couple. Deliberately arranged toward the west of the Palace of Pena, the building took after the model of Alpine Chalets, which were then exceptionally chic in Europe. Its mixed enrichment comprises most quite of wall painting depictions, stucco work, coated beautifying tiles and a thorough utilization of stopper as a decorative component. Outside, the greenhouse that encompasses the Chalet consolidates indigenous vegetation with herbal species from everywhere throughout the world, shaping a colorful scene that incorporates such pleasures as the Countess’ Fernery, the Restharrow Garden, the Pergola and the lakes.
The building that has ended up known as the Chalet of the Countess of Edla was fabricated somewhere around 1864 and 1869, with significant changes being made to the scene of the encompassing zone. Impacted by the sentimental soul of the time, King Ferdinand and Elise Hensler, the future Countess of Edla, made a standout amongst the most unspoiled and pleasant zones inside what is thought to be the biggest and most meaningful sentimental stop ever composed in Portugal.
The Chalet is a little and exceedingly beautiful building, recognized on the outside by the level checking of its paintwork, which reproduces a progression of wooden boards, and the stopper that is utilized to cover the balusters of the galleries, layout the state of the overhang, outline the entryways and windows, and recreate climbing plants.
The sensational nature – both of the building itself and the encompassing farmland – is highlighted by the nearby vicinity of a gathering of fantastic stone rocks set inside the greenhouse itself, and the dazzling perspectives over the valley, the ocean out there, the Palace of Pena, the Moorish Castle and the Cruz Alta.
The Garden has a brilliantly shaded formal range of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, and the different scene mediations have delivered an extraordinary air through the planting of more than two hundred organic species and the formation of alcoves and crevices, ways, seats and belvederes, permitting guests to appreciate a wonderful walk around the Chalet and the Palace of Pena. Up and down this way as it leads down to the Countess’ Fernery, guests out of the blue experience a progression of distinctive decorative components intended to upgrade their satisfaction in this delightful environment. The valley toward the east was the site decided for the Fernery, the first gathering of plants in the Park of Pena, with the tree greeneries of Australia and New Zealand being especially striking cases.
Adjoining the Garden of the Countess of Edla are the different structures that make up the Pena Farm, including the Stables and a range that houses the steed drawn carriages utilized for rides around the Park of Pena.
Taking after the flame that halfway pulverized the Chalet, Parques de Sintra-Monte da Lua assumed control obligation regarding the recuperation of the Chalet and Garden and the recreation of a vital social, recorded and creative legacy. The point was to restore the building to its unique state and recuperate the encompassing territory and the plant accumulation, and to supplant foundations and introduce the hardware important for the upkeep and support of the zone. Keeping in mind the end goal to accomplish this target, a specialized group was framed comprising of specialists from an assortment of fields, whose work was constantly completed as per the proposals of universal contracts administering the reclamation, security and improvement of legacy.
In 2011, after the watchful and careful work of repair and reclamation, bolstered by EEA Grants, the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla were at long last revived to the general population. This is currently a remarkable building arranged in the midst of a patio nursery of sensations, which guests can find and involvement with their own pace.
The Garden and Chalet of the Countess of Edla were named a Property of Public Interest in 1993, and were incorporated into the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been grouped by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.
In 2012, the task for the recuperation of the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla got the prize for the best New Public Project recompensed by Turismo de Portugal, and also the Grémio Literário Award.
In 2013, it was additionally granted the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage – Europa Nostra 2013, under the class of “Preser