Born in 1899 in Goa, India, Dr. Roberto de Faria obtained his medical degree in Edinburgh, Scotland in the late 1920s; he came to Lisbon where he married Marieta dos Remedios.
Dr. Faria was a general practitioner and opened his Consulting room in this very house in 1939. He was also the Director of the British Hospital in Lisbon from 1946 to 1964.
Interestingly, Mrs Faria was the first woman to ever complete secondary school in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique. She then had a very successful career as a Mathematics teacher and was appointed “Reitora” (Principal) of the “Liceu Rainha D. Amelia”, a secondary school in Lisbon.
After her husband’s death in 1981, Mrs. Faria continued to live in their home until she passed away in 2009, three months before her 100th birthday.
The house has been in the Faria family since 1939. It was rebuilt in 1954 and named "Shantiniketan". The family renovated and converted it into a Bed & Breakfast, now known as Casa Shantiniketan.