Originally built in 1783 through 1787 for the Dutch Consul, Daniel Gildemeester, This hotel is lavishly furnished and decorated, for the comfort of its guests.
Jose’ da Costa e Silva, the architect of the Sao Carlos Theater, Lisbon, Portugal, is credited with the enlargement of the palace, in 1801.
One is astonished upon entering, as details such as crown molding are as beautifully appointed as the Chandeliers which dot the buildings rooms.
I can almost hear the conversation from one of the sitting rooms….
“Darling, please call room service. I would like Eggs Benedict with sauteed mushrooms and tea for breakfast”
“Of, course, my sweet, I would love to meet your every need”
“Oh, thank you, Dear!”
The walls are covered in many of the rooms with elegent and country scenes, perhaps reflecting the surrounding lands, in which children may have run barefoot, 200 years ago.
Among the gardens, one can imagine late 18th Century patrons of the home, wandering, engaging in idle chatter or perhaps the philosophy of Jose’ Francisco….
Ah, the glory of magnificent Architecture, great conversation, and wonderful friends, is not to be passed over in any age.
Portugal is replete with locations such as Seteais….