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The Solar Branco Eco Estate

2018: Restoration Begins

Walking around the estate, it’s hard not to fall in love with the history, the building and the views across the rolling green hills to the ocean beyond. As you drive onto the road below the estate, and as you look up you cannot help but see a large white house called locally, “Solar Branco.” Located close to Ponta Delgada, In an area that would have been one of the main citrus growing areas. The estate is now being restored to its former glory.

These are a few sample images to show what we would be working on in order to restore the estate.

Our planning started in early 2019 as well mapped out all the works that would be needed over 3 key phases of the build. The base electrics to the house would need to be fixed, the cottage and Gin Library were all priorities to begin work on. By late January 2020 these works were completed, as we awaited approval to restore the main house.

The 3 phases of opening the estate will be:
Phase 1 | 2018 & 2019: Involves planning, application approvals, and building The Gin Library and Cottage
Phase 2 | 2020: Build our house and the main Solar / Estate building
Phase 3 | 2021: Restore the ruin, build an event and wedding space as well as renovate the 3 pig sty’s

And these photos showcase the work so far. Our aim is to modernise and restore the buildings but keep as much of the heritage and original buildings structure, keeping the 100-year history of the estate.


Guests are welcome to stay in the cottage and can book a stay here and The Gin Library is open for bookings here.