SOLAR BRANCO ECO ESTATE:
Solar (Portuguese) /mansão, casa de campo grande/ noun-PORTUGUESE: Meaning: Large country house. Branco (Portuguese) /branco, brancura/ noun-PORTUGUESE: White.
The citrus trade of the 1800s: At first the English merchants came out to the Azores at the start of the season to supervise purchase and loading, but by the mid-19th century many, along with their families lived permanently on Sao Miguel in their large country mansions. Citrus was a luxury fruit, available in season from November to May only, and at its peak of desirability for the Victorians was Christmas, when oranges and lemons were the fruit to have on the table, most coming from the Azores.
In 1854, 60 million oranges and 15 million lemons were imported to London on at least 70 vessels from the port of Ponta Delgada.
– David Sayers, Bradt Travel Guide to The Azores
The Solar Branco Eco Estate is a building of historical significance in the Azores. Parts of the estate are over 150 years old. The main building or “solar” in Portuguese was completed 100 years ago. The estate is in the process of being restored to this former glory. Every building is being carefully restored and renovated. Balancing luxury and minimising the impact on the environment.