myhomeinporto is a unique guest house in the Bonfim neighbourhood of Porto with only three beautifully furnished rooms and a delicious breakfast served in the morning.
How would you describe A Bela Aurora in a nutshell?
A Bela Aurora is a Guest House and a creative collaboration between architects, interior designers, and artists, centrally located in the beautiful city of Porto. This Arts and Crafts building from 1870 has five large bedrooms with high ceilings, pine wood flooring and wonderfully cosy, warm light. The house is set into Porto’s arts district, allowing guests to experience peaceful inspiration, yet still being close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
What was your inspiration to buy the house and refurbish it?
We do a lot of creative work, have travelled and lived in big cities as well as the countryside. Having had all those experiences has really helped us realize what’s important in life and how we want to spend our days. We had always wanted to have a guesthouse and now was the time to do it.
We found this house after seeing around 80 buildings in different parts of the country and totally fell in love with it. Porto was our first choice as we feel that it is probably one of the nicest cities in Europe. A very cool and easygoing city, the perfect mix of creativity and tradition in a nice way. After all, returning to Porto after 40 years of traveling and living all over the world was an interesting step in my life.
How would you describe the architecture and interior design?
From all my travels I learned that there a only a few things I cannot be without, such as a table where I can draw and a small corner with good lighting where I can read. I also enjoy large bathrooms when I travel, so we tried to make this place exactly like we like to find it on our travels.
Everything at A Bela Aurora is high-quality craftsmanship. The architect Tiago Oudman, who also happens to be my son, worked with us on refurbishing the house. He was in charge of all the structural elements of the house, such as rooms, bathrooms, the kitchen, and so on. Also, all of the furniture was handmade and tailor-made for the hotel, apart from a few original family pieces, which were also hand-crafted, but 150 years ago.
The rooms were all designed using soft colours. We’ve found that when people travel, they’re usually touring all day. The idea was to have a place for guests to return to that provides a feeling of silence and peace to recover from absorbing information all day long.
To you personally, what makes the B&B so special?
When you enter our guesthouse, one of the nicest things you feel is that it’s a very silent house, also spacious and light, and with an easy, simple feel to it. It’s not overcrowded with furniture and decorations, and is very elegant yet unpretentious. My experience from guest feedback is that they appreciate what we’ve done and the beauty of A Bela Aurora as a whole. They feel the authenticity of the place and the honest way we interact with our guests.