The building has many scenic elements, is characterized by horizontal markings on the outer plaster, painted in the style of wood planks, and extensively features cork as a decorative element, lining door and window frames, sills, balconies and the tree trunks attached to the façades to support creeping plants.
The Chalet is remarkably located at the opposite end of the park, in relation to the palace, with which it has an important visual relationship, accentuated by the imposing granite blocks locate nearby – the Chalet Rocks – and the valley it overlooks.
The balcony of the Chalet offers a view of the sea, and the Chalet Rocks a view of the Moorish Castle framing the hillside, and of the palace in the distance. The surrounding garden includes viewpoints over the palace and exotic botanical collections from all over the world, such as the arboreal ferns from Australia and New Zealand that are planted in the valley.
The so-called Countess of Edla Chalet was built between 1864 and 1869, and extensive landscaping was performed in the surrounding area. Influenced by the romantic spirit of the time, King Fernando and Elise Hensler, the future Countess of Edla, designed one of the most idyllic and picturesque areas within what is considered the largest and most emblematic Romantic park ever created in Portugal.
The monumental granite stones placed in the garden next to the Chalet, and the views of the valley, the sea, the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, and the High Cross accentuate the drama of both the construction and the landscaped setting.
Structures belonging to Quinta da Pena can be found adjacent to the Countess' Garden, including pens and tool sheds, new stables, and a space for chariots offering rides across Pena Park.
The Countess of Edla Garden and Chalet was classified as Property in the Public Interest in 1993, and is part of Sintra's Cultural Heritage, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1995.
Countess of Edla Chalet and Gardens
Estrada dos Capuchos
GPS- 38°47'06.4"N 9°23'56.8"W
Phone: (+351) 219 237 300 / (+351) 219 237 336