Sunday, June 24, 2012

Casa de Santa Maria


Santa Marta Cove, Cascais

Formerly a private house built in 1902, it is now open to the public after some restoration thanks to the Cascais council who has recently purchased it.

33 comments:

Steffe said...

So it is a museum? Whatever it is it is a beautiful old building.

cieldequimper said...

That's a dream!

Dominic Doherty said...

Beautiful mansion. Love the rocks in the foreground too. I really need to visit Portugal again! :-)

ladyfi said...

How lovely - and such a great location!

Lowell said...

Probably a summer home! :-) It's beauty is overwhelming. So glad that it's been restored and is now open to regular folks. Can you imagine one family rumbling about in that place? I'll bet the interior is sumptuous also!

Thanks for the info on Le Chat. I think I knew that "chat" was French for cat, but I figured, being in Portugal, that this "chat" was Portuguese. Meow!

Honest Abe said...

The rich always do well.

Sharon said...

Oh, I would love to take a look inside.

Art said...

Fantastic image and place!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a stunning home it must have once been.

Halcyon said...

I am glad this place hasn't been added to your "decay" list. It's beautiful! I love the color and architecture.

TexWisGirl said...

wow! quite impressive! (and i like how the colors match your header! :))

VP said...

Your council seems to do nice things, unlike ours. Fine place in a wonderful setting.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I am all for opening up old mansions to tour.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful house!! I love your capture -- as always!! It does match the colors in your header! What a wonderful place to be able to live/visit. Hope you've had a great weekend, JM!

Sylvia

Carolina Tavares said...

Muito linda, a arquitetura e o entorno.

La Principessa Errante said...

How absolutely stunning - Is it just a house museum, or is it used for something special.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Such a beautifully elegant building JM, I can only imagine what it must have been like living in it as a private home, bet they entertained and had fabulous parties there.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Gorgeous house, I'm happy it's being preserved.

Rob and Mandy said...

Very nice shot! reminds me a bit of a hotel in Ericeira that I would love to call my own... Long story.

Andrew said...

It's obvious why the spot was chosen to build such a grand house.
Many thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

Very beautiful. I can almost imagine walking down those steps and taking a nice afternoon swim.

I too agree that it's good this one didn't find itself in your decay series.

RedPat said...

Wow - it's a beauty!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a gorgeous setting for this home, and I am glad to hear that the council has purchased it. One less place for a "decay" post - yay!

Bises,
Genie

T. Becque said...

Wow wouldn't that be something to live there...as long as I didn't have to clean it!

Randy said...

That was some home.

Bob Crowe said...

It is a confection, quite fantastical. I can imaging sitting on the terrace, sipping Madeira and watching the water.

Jack said...

It is a beautiful house and at a great location. That soft peach color is luscious.

La Mode Operandi said...

Yowza! What I wouldn't give to prance around naked in that giant mansion!

Babzy said...

A beautiful place ! :)

Francisca said...

What does the public DO there besides drool at how the rich once lived there? It is a tasteful mansion from the view you give us, JM.

Cathy Hudspeth said...

The way you have shot it, the lovely old mansion looks like a lovely setting for all those natural rock formations and sea.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Enquadramento perfeito para uma casa magnífica!
Ainda bem que as autoridades fizeram o necessário para a restaurar!

bailey-road.com said...

Gorgeous shot!