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Chalet da Condessa D’Edla

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Address: Estrada da Pena, Sintra 2710-609, Portugal
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To the west, the Park of Pena also contains the Chalet and Garden of the...

To the west, the Park of Pena also contains the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla, recently reopened to the public after a long process of recovery and restoration after the building was destroyed by fire in 1999. The Chalet was built by King Ferdinand II and his second wife Elise Hensler, Countess of Edla, between 1864 and 1869, in keeping with the Alpine chalet model that was in vogue in Europe at that time. The building is extremely picturesque, characterised by the horizontal marking of the external plaster, painted to imitate timber cladding, and by the extensive use of cork as a decorative element, covering door and window frames, eaves and verandas, as well as tree trunks backing onto the facades to support climbing plants.

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interesting... but this is a new build!

it is interesting, but you have to know that the building burned a few years ago and was rebuild. So for authenticity... it is a disappointment. That being said... Sintra is just... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

it is interesting, but you have to know that the building burned a few years ago and was rebuild. So for authenticity... it is a disappointment. That being said... Sintra is just a dream and it is great to visit many locations.

Thank port-au-persil
Ramsbottom, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Our tour guide told a great story about the Kings opera singer second wife who inherited all his fortune then gave it back to his children on condition that she could live here . original house destroyed by fire and replica looks like a wooden chalet but is stone . Nice for a quick photo stop by the ticket office... More 

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Long Branch, New Jersey
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Very nice Palace with a very interesting story. Built for the Portuguese king's Austrian lover, it burned and was rebuilt all in wood.

Thank Schmitt13
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Wide, clean, wonderful gardens and surrondings! a good one to spent the entire day! A beautiful place to meditate and be in touch with your soul!

Thank António C
Lisbon, Portugal
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35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Should you find yourself strolling around the beautiful park of Pena Palace, you need to check this lovely chalet which resembles a doll house. It is totally worth the walk, as it adds up quite a memory to the trip itself. But see it from the outside, only. What was once a cozy hideout for the lovers who built it,... More 

1 Thank Paula P
Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

The Chalet da Condessa D'Edla is one of the 'hidden' places in the Sintra National Park but is still worth the walk - through the beautiful forest - or by car.

Thank Samuel A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

I have never seen a building quite like this one. It's in the Pena Palace parque and I walked it in about 25 minutes from the palace. The red tourist bus also makes a stop if you don't have a car and don't fancy the long walk. There is an extra €2 charge with the small ticket office/shop close by.... More 

1 Thank Debbie R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Only a short stop off on our walk around the palace gardens. The chalet itself is very beautifully set in well constructed and manicured gardens, definitely worth a look if you're up at the palace.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Its Easter holiday and peak season which means that the crowds to most of Sintra Palaces are insane. For locals like us, that means getting off the beaten track and wonder if the beautiful tracks of the garden of Condessa D'Ebla. The ferns from Australia are a highlight, the views to Pena Palace close up and stunning and the best... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

A romantic house with equally romantic garden, juxtaposed to the Pena Garden. Make sure you make it to Alta Cruz. Will keep you captivated for a whole day.

Thank LongEZ-Flyer

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