Solar do Aposento is a well-preserved example of a traditional wealthy Madeiran house in the architectural tradition of the island of Madeira. Built in the middle of the 18th century, in Ponta Delgada, and doing justice to the fact that it was an agricultural property, the building was accompanied by several outbuildings, the entire ground floor being occupied by stores or wine stores, next to a wine press. In the 20th century, this space underwent some important works, such as the addition of a small chapel and extensions near the kitchen.
A visit to the interior of Solar do Aposento is an invitation to explore various decorative styles. As far as furniture is concerned, the great majority of the pieces are of Madeiran origin from the 19th century, with pieces in mahogany, til and chestnut wood, following models of English contemporary furniture - the great reference of the regional joinery of that century. Another set, more eclectic, is marked by English, but also Portuguese, furniture from the late 18th and 19th centuries.
While exploring every nook and cranny of this magnificent Manor House, you will come across some important paintings and sculptures, such as the 17th-century oil on canvas painting of Our Lady with Child and a polychrome and gilded upholstered wooden sculpture of a Saint Anthony from the mid-17th century. Also worthy of attention is a carved and gilded wooden mirror from a national workshop from the time of Queen D. Maria I.
A well-preserved example of a traditional wealthy Madeiran house in the architectural tradition of the island of Madeira, visiting Solar do Aposento means stepping back in time and witnessing life on the island in the 18th and 19th centuries.