Another historic example of the touristic enterprise in the rural area of Quinta do Martelo Originally, this was the first house belonging to the farmer of the property.In fact, during the Orange Cycle in the Azores, this house started as a storage room for citrines, and was later adapted as the house of the farmer.
In order for this house to accommodate workers during the night, orange boxes were used as improvised sleeping beds. This is why the first room had a window. Due to its materials and surrounding construction, this window was in fact a door that had direct access to the street and allowed for the unloading of fruit. A retractable balcony was also installed for safety purposes.
In this area one can observe simplistic characteristics such as handmade shapes of partition walls and lining (workhouse) and the tools that existed at the time and still remain there.
Throughout the history of this farm, the farmer’s house underwent several changes, specifically the ones that allowed for better living conditions and the landlord to come here and spend some days in his countryside refuge.
Therefore, one can immediately notice a room with more elaborate furniture – although not very expensive – that was sent there by the landlord. This furniture was selected among the out-of-fashion furniture pieces that he had in his house in the city, in order for him to enjoy better housing accommodations during summer time.
One can also notice that there was an improvement in the use of isolating materials and the construction of rooms.
With time, this house becomes the farmer’s property since he is able to acquire it after the Orange Cycle is over, and orange loses its economic viability. Therefore, the farmer changes the products usually harvested in the farm, and becomes a small agricultural owner. He starts an agricultural and cattle breeding production of his own, for domestic consumption, and is also able to make extra money with the surplus production.
Therefore, some of the interior walls of the present building were actually exterior walls when the house began to be adapted – either to a summer house for his landlord or later on when the farmer had already acquired it and felt the need to better accommodate his growing family. These small marks lead to a readjustment of every division in order for one to understand the history of this building. If one looks at it differently, it seems to even better serve its purpose.
With the growing number of family members, the house had to be equipped with different tools and equipments to face the new family needs. An oven had to be built, as well as a kitchen, a small storage room (called dispensa) that took advantage of the unevenness of the terrain, as well as many other things, in order to create survival conditions in a challenging land.
This is truly the spirit that led to the building of such country houses, based on the history that surrounds the whole concept of rural tourism.
Certainly, there are spaces in the house that were initially built for different purposes. These spaces were adapted in order to suit the comfort needs of visitors.
The modern devices that one can find in this house are obvious and do not interfere with the history of the evolution of the building. Moreover, these devices are also a sign of the modern evolution that tries to keep up to newer needs of comfort, hygiene and wellbeing.
This house presently offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a traditional kitchen, a fully equipped second kitchen, a living room (with a sofa-bed) and a backyard (with a mini biological kitchen-garden).