Our History

  • 1832 - 1882

    In 1832 an English man acquires a beautiful land surrounding Furnas lake. In 1858, it's next owner - Vines, an English Consul in Ponta Delgada - builds a summer house at the property and calls it Grená in tribute to his wife's who spent her childhood summers in Ireland at a family house with that name. After his dead in 1874, the property goes to a London surgeon, name Hinton, who also passes away one year later. In 1875 James Brown explores the house has a hotel for a few years. After his dead, in 1882, D. Catarina sells the property to Jorge Hayes who rents it to the Portuguese José do Canto a few years later.
  • 1987

    In June of 1987 the Portuguese Governors, President Mario Soares and Primer Minister Cavaco Silva, are advised to buy the property from the last heirs - family Mendonça Dias - to accommodate the Government members when visiting the Azores.
  • 2009

    Mota Amaral and Joaquim Ponte, representatives of the Azorean Region in the Portuguese Government, presented several claims to the abandon of Grená - a Portuguese patrimony - left to ruins by the Government over the last 22 years.
  • 2015

    Several years after many internal bureaucracy, the Portuguese Government gives Grená's ownership to the Azorean Autonomous Region.
  • 2018

    The Azorean Government decides to sell Grená's property, which was left abandoned in a high state of degradation. Feliz Terra buys it and initiates their hard work to clean and dignify the property again as a nature gift.
  • 2019

    More than one year later with a tremendous effort from a dedicated team to recover Grená's beauty, the park open to the general public, giving back preserved nature to people.
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