Saturday, December 15, 2007

Terra Nostra Park - Furnas - São Miguel Island

The Park Terra Nostra is considered the ex-libris of the valley of Furnas.

Garden two hundred years, their origin dates back to 1780, when Thomas H., then Consul of the United States of America in San MIguel, here did build his residence in summer, better known as Yankee Hall.


But it was from the middle of the nineteenth century that this garden, which was just starting area of two hectares, experienced a remarkable development, at the initiative of its successive owners, the Viscondes da Praia, and posteriormentem the family Bensaude.

Acquired in 1848 by Viscount of the Garden Beach experienced a first expansion which led to the creation of gardens, water and the planting of boulevards bleak and beds of flowers, as well as the replacement of the current Yankee Hall of the Park House.


From 1872, the second Visconde da Praia continuing the work of their parents is through embelezamento the house, or, especially, through a significant expansion work and planning the garden, using specialists, Portuguese and English, which drew the reconstruction of the existing channel serpentiforme, from caves, the avenues of buxo,, and the paths of orange flanked now missing.

Date yet this season the planting of many of the most emblematic trees, which now dominate many areas of the park and which were imported from areas such longíquas and disparate as North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa .


Already in the years 30 of the last century, the Park Terra Nostra, however acquired by Vasco Bensaude, who saw in it an indispensable complement to the newly opened Hotel Terra Nostra, it is again extended, reaching the current 12.5 hectares of gardens and woods.

Vasco Bensaude, holder of extensive knowledge in the areas of botanical and gardening, then proceeds to the recovery of the park, which it is entrusted to his Scottish gardener John McEnroy. In parallel to the renewal of the House of the Park and the pool of water rail, then forrada with stone from cantaria are carried out significant work on conservation of roads and lakes in the park, as well as numerous plantations.


Today is a romantic vision of ponds, winding paths, flowers, centuries-old exotic trees and silence, Two streams converge in the park and there is a pond of warm thermal water that is used as a swimming-pool. Huge hollow and luxurious garden in which the colour of the flowers is mixed with the bright green of the Japanese cedars and araucarias. Leafy vegetation from cold and tropical countries, with some species that are hard to find in their lands of origin. A golf course and tennis courts are also part of the tourist complex of Furnas Valley .


The valley is crossed by two fast-flowing streams, one with cold water and the other with warm water coloured by iron in suspension. Typical water-mills exist. Nearby lies the height called Pico de Ferro, a belvedere affording an expansive view of Furnas Valley. There are also a lot of small waterfalls.


4 comments:

LifeinDecay said...
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LifeinDecay said...

Very beautiful park, my girlfriend's parents had some of their wedding photos taken in the cave there. I always go for a walk there when we come to visit her Vavo that lives right up the street. Nice Pics!!

Anonymous said...

the english needs to be improved:

The Park Terra Nostra is considered the ex-libris of the valley of Furnas wich also contains in our present days the "Hotel Terra Nostra Garden".


Garden for two hundred years, it's origin dates back to 1780, when Thomas H., then Consul of the United States of America in São Miguel, here built his residence for the summer, better known as Yankee Hall.

But it was from the middle of the nineteenth century that this garden, which was just a starting area of two acres, experienced a remarkable development, at the initiative of its successive owners, the Viscounts da Praia, and only after, the family Bensaude.

Acquired in 1848 by Viscount da Praia experienced a first expansion which led to the creation of gardens, water and the planting of boulevards bleak and beds of flowers, as well as the replacement of the current Yankee Hall for the now present, "Park House".

From 1872, the second Viscount da Praia continuing the work of their parents is through embelishment of the house, or, especially, through a significant expansion work and planning of the garden, using specialists, Portuguese and English, which drew the reconstruction of the existing serpentiform channel, from caves, the avenues of "buxo", and the paths of orange flanked now missing.


Already in 1930's, the "Park Terra Nostra"", however acquired by Vasco Bensaude, who saw in it an indispensable complement to the newly opened "Hotel Terra Nostra", it is again extended, reaching the current 12.5 hectares of gardens and woods.

Vasco Bensaude, holder of extensive knowledge in the area of botanics, then proceeds to the recovery of the park, which is entrusted to his Scottish gardener John McEnroy. In parallel to the renewal of the "Park House" and the pool of water rail, then with stone paths from "cantaria" are carried out significant work on conservation of roads and lakes in the park, as well as numerous plantations.

To this date there has been the planting of many of the most emblematic trees, which now dominate many areas of the park and which were imported from such far away lands as North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa .

Today is a romantic vision of ponds, winding paths, flowers, century-old exotic trees and silence. Two streams converge in the park and there is a pond of warm thermal water that is used as a swimming-pool. Huge hollow and luxurious garden in which the colour of the flowers is mixed with the bright green of the Japanese "cedars" and "araucarias". Leafy vegetation from cold and tropical countries, with some species that are hard to find in their lands of origin. A golf course and tennis courts are also part of the tourist complex of Furnas Valley .


The valley is crossed by two fast-flowing streams, one with cold water and the other with warm water coloured by iron in suspension. Typical water-mills exist. Nearby lies the high ground called "Pico de Ferro", a belvedere affording an expansive view of Furnas Valley. There are also in this truly natural environment many small waterfalls.

It is indeed the perfect place if you are looking for a time of romance, beauty and calm with your better half.


Hope it will help :)

Unknown said...

Hi. We are staying at the Terra Nostra in April. Anyone know a taxi company to book from the airport please?