In 1893 Queen Maria Pia (1847 - 1911), widow of King Luis 1 aquired from João Henrique Ulrick “The Chalet”, at that time known as FAR VIEWS which history has it, was originally built by a British family. The Queen embarked immediately on a wideranging remodelling of the property under the direction of Architects Rosendo Carvalheira and Luís d´Ávila, along with complete interior redecoration and enrichment which is particularily evident in the wall and ceiling frescos of painter António Ramalho. In 1913 the Chalet became the property of António de Herédia, the son of the Viscount of Ribeira Brava and has remained in the family to this day.
The property which was formerly the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family in the late 19th Century enjoys a truly unique location high above the seafront cliffs in Estoril, totally south facing and with uniterrupted views over the Bay of Cascais to the mouth of the River Tagus.
There are actually two main buildings, the Chalet and the former stables and servants quarters which has more recently been converted into a small winery and offices and would easily convert into a second house. The Chalet is actually perched on the clifftop.
One sees the ocean from all points within the property which has expansive gardens, a large pool with changing rooms and a full kitchen. There are also 500 vines of Merlot variety planted in pots in the grounds inspired by Chateau Petrus.
The Chalet is partially restored and in sound structural condition. There is an elevator to all floors.
With a population of around 25,000, Estoril is one of Portugal’s premiere cities and is very popular with the wealthy and jet setting crowds, and is no wonder the purchase of Estoril property is becoming ever more popular.
Located just outside of Lisbon on Portugal’s western coast, this high class city is cosmopolitan but at the same time it is imbued with a sense of history that together gives it a unique atmosphere that many find appealing.
Estoril is a world-class city in its own right, despite being so close to Lisbon. The long standing allure Estoril has for the upper class was established hundreds of years ago and remains today. It is events like the Estoril Tennis Open, the World Windsurf Championship, the International Horse Jumping competition and more that continue to draw visitors to this charming city. Add to that a variety of music festivals and fairs and the appeal of this city grows even stronger.
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