Modern smoothness and vintage undertones are the design resident at this wonderfully creative restoration found in the artistic quarters of old Porto, Portugal. Built in 1870, A Bela Aurora is a gentry townhouse of the ornamental arts & crafts period. Its historic fabric has been tirelessly preserved and the inherited architectural detailing subtly narrates the design style of this boutique Suites & Breakfast den.
The boutique interior design of A Bela Aurora plays up to the spaces’ innate townhouse charm with highly anticipated finishes and large plain colour blocks in eggshell hues which beautifully make a statement of design drama. Vintage fixtures, heirloom pieces, bespoke furnishings, potted houseplants, well-turned books and gorgeously plain original Riga pine floors set an affectionate interior of heritage hugs urbane living.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows flood the boutique interiors of A Bela Aurora with natural daylight and clever designer lighting makes the space feel utterly modern with appealing corners to curl up and read. A wonderful, mature courtyard garden frames this Porto residency in verdant foliage creating a lush refuge and the kind shade of an old tree – a chill-spot to sip on a Port + Tonic apéro from the honesty bar.
A Bela Aurora bedrooms are more like plush suites, most with a balcony, they are airy, comfy, warm and familiar – decorated in the vibe of a smart friend’s town home - peppered with antiques, layered chic and creative personality.
This boutique residency of style conveys a love of Porto – a bed & breakfast where the untouched structures, simplicity and a soupçon of eccentricity make this a treasure trove of delights dusted in urban shade.
Being at home is the essential feel to breakfast here, and the owners have sourced a mainly organic health table of meat-free goodness, sunshine butter, floured breads, cheeses and jams – all sourced locally. Start your day over herbal teas, fresh juices and coffees served in the bright breakfast lounge – a place to linger.
Good food & Porto is a famed combo – and literally with every few steps there is another bar, café and restaurant - you can encounter non-stop deliciousness from the simple local cod fishcakes to the gourmet – get the hot list from your hosts or just meander and follow your nose.
Being naturally creative best describes your hosts of designers, architects and creators. A Bela Aurora is a truly collaborative project involving; Paula, a Portuguese photographer, architect Tiago from Studio Kunchi and Massimo, a music producer and journalist – they have forged every aspect of the house on how they like to live Porto style.
Artisans, preservationists and patriots of this historic town, the trio have injected a strong original narrative of their own personality into the house – which is why it is such a unique place to stay when in Porto, so personal and worldly.
Porto is wonderfully hectic, but just a ten-minute walk from the medieval heart is home to the creative set and life here in the leaf lined avenues definitely gravitates towards the slow lane.
The landmarks of the famous Praça Carlos Alberto, the must-see Lello library, Torre dos Clérigos and Casa da Música, are all within an easy walk of A Bela Aurora.
This part of town is favoured by the indie boutiques, galleries, off-the-radar foodie haunts, design studios and street markets to get lost in. You can also easily head to the beach on the rickety historic tram in just 10 minutes for a spot of surf.
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