In 2001 we drove by a quaint, beautiful, old rose colored chalet in Sintra with a «FOR SALE» sign hanging on a white door. Having searched for months for a home in Sintra, the locale of Luís’ dream place to live, we thought – why not look at this charming “fixer upper”? It was nearly sundown when we entered the beautiful rooms with painted high ceilings and as the light flowed through the winter veranda overlooking the lush green gardens it was love at first sight.
A dozen years later and having lived through rainy humid winters with old cracked windows and creaky floors, our home is completely restored and refurbished. It took five long years but the outcome was better than expected as we have stayed true to the style and essence of this peculiar type of architecture.
The chalet style was imported at the end of the XIX century from the Alps and was used to build vacation homes throughout Portugal. Now our home and guesthouse is enjoying its second life and we hope to continue our mission that we have developed at our café – Café Saudade. This café is a few meters from the chalet and it is here where breakfast is served all day to our guests. Our mission is to provide, with the utmost quality, an authentic Portuguese experience to all our visitors to Sintra. We hope this is what you experience when you stay with us.
Cheers, and long life to the old-new Chalet Saudade!