Flattered are holiday apartments in the exclusive Foz do Douro neighbourhood of Porto, overlooking the nearby beach and ocean just 50 meters away.
How would you describe Baumhaus in a nutshell?
Baumhaus is housed in a 19th century bourgeois residence, right in the centre of Porto. It is true to the original features of the building while maximizing the comfort of the guests. Every detail, material, colour, and light used in the design aims to create cosiness, privacy and comfort.
What is the story behind Baumhaus, what was your inspiration to create it?
Baumhaus is a family-owned business. It was made to welcome family and friends, like if it was a personal guesthouse. As an inspiration, we thought of our own ideal city shelter – full of good design, interesting books, warm corners, nature and art, hidden in the heart of the city. Although providing the services of a hotel, we want to create the feeling of your very own home. This may be the reason why many of our guests keep coming back year after year, each time for a longer period.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Baumhaus?
When you enter the house, you feel the 19th century atmosphere of the city's typical architecture: the local granite, sculpted and maintained over decades, along with the ceiling stuccos and solid woods – the smell and sense of the materials that have crossed the centuries to host you today. If you watch carefully, the secret garden will appear. It’s perfectly aligned with the house. Right at the focal point, you’ll see our huge Lebanon Cedar, unexpectedly standing at the end of the long backyard.
All the apartments have been designed and furnished with care, enhancing all the layers that history left behind. Almost all the functional furniture is built-in in, allowing the freestanding pieces – like chairs and sofas – to stand out. The spaces are very generous, so you can spread your stuff and relax in total privacy. If you need to or if you travel with kids, you’ll find enough space to accommodate all your needs.
To you personally, what is so special about Baumhaus?
Baumhaus is a meeting point of history, design, art and nature. It is managed with care, like a family house, with all its characteristic features: materials and furniture are authentic, change over time, but are always kind to your senses and make you feel safe and warm.
Whether you stay a couple of days or a couple of months, you’ll feel surprised every day with some detail you didn’t notice before: the way the light falls down over a picture on the wall, a new book on the shelf or some fresh herbs in the kitchen.
What’s your policy on children?
Children are very welcome at all ages! We provide a lot of stuff a child may require, like a baby bathtub, high chairs, baby beds, a toilet-step, toys and so on, so you can travel light with your kids. The apartments have lots of space for playing and our garden will delight their senses. If you’re traveling with kids, please let us know their ages in advance, so we can set everything up properly.