Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase your very own piece of paradise in the picturesque Portuguese countryside.
This beautifully presented property is situated in a stunning location with panoramic views over the outstanding gardens and wooded valley beyond. Designed in a ‘Colonial style’, the interior has been decorated and finished creating a comfortable & stylish home; the exterior of the property has been carefully designed to take full advantage of the dream lifestyle on offer.
Quinta da Granja: In brief, the main house includes a large kitchen/ diner with separate pantry, reception room currently used as a music room, comfortable lounge and downstairs bathroom. Stairs lead up to spacious hallway with 3 double bedrooms two with en-suite facilities and a separate dressing room with study area.
The Gardeners Cottage has been designed in a ‘New York ‘studio/ loft style with a large open plan bedroom and lounge area, steps lead down to a fully fitted kitchen/ diner, shower/ wet room and separate storeroom. Below the cottage are 2 good sized rooms which could be incorporated to extend the current accommodation.
Both properties have been restored to a very high standard throughout by the current owners.
Outside features a salt water swimming pool, several terraces and al-fresco dining areas, wood store, garden room, pump house and old water mill. The property is surrounded by extensive terraced gardens and woodland. The beautiful gardens have regularly featured in the popular magazine ‘’Mediterranean Gardening ‘’ and 3 years ago both the house and gardens were featured in an episode of Escape to the Continent. The skill and tenacity of the current owners has recently been rewarded with the prestige honour of having their gardens included in a book due for publication in 2018, featuring the 55 best privately owned gardens in the world!
Quinta da Granja
This fabulous property includes plenty of unique design features with meticulous attention to detail throughout. The covered terrace to the rear is a stunning feature of this property, extending from the main house it provides the perfect entertaining space to enjoy throughout the year. An extensive collection of mature, tropical plants, water feature and ceiling fans combine to create a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere with space for a dining table and further informal seating areas to enjoy with friends. The covered terrace opens out to a large sunny patio paved with traditional Portuguese stonework known as calçada. The carefully managed olive trees and mood lighting enhance the environment to create a wonderful ambiance. Uninterrupted views extend from the patio over the beautiful gardens and wooded valley beyond. The extremely low levels of light pollution make this the perfect location for star gazing!
Interior: From the covered terrace you enter into a large kitchen diner with fitted units, granite worktops and a double sink, windows overlook the gardens and rear terrace. The kitchen extends into a spacious dining area with its own TV and internet points. A separate pantry offers extra storage space.
Wooden French doors open into an attractive hallway partially decorated with traditional Azulejo style Portuguese tiling combined with crisp white walls. Feature floating shelves and terracotta tiled floors offer a rustic contrast to the modern LED down lighting. Original French doors open in to a light and airy reception room, used by the current owners as a music room. Two sets of double glazed French doors open out to the covered terrace.
The hallway extends along to the large lounge which features a traditional Azulejo wall panel, wooden parquet flooring and a recuperating wood burner. This room feels light an airy with patio doors and a window opening out to the covered terrace.
A space at the end of the hallway houses the heating system which includes the gas boiler and 300 litre hot water tank connected to Solar panels & supported by the wood burner during the winter months. The heating system has remote control temperature sensors.
Located at the far end of the hallway is a downstairs bathroom with shower, marble topped sink unit, tiled mirror and WC.
Stairs lead up to the first floor past a landing with feature arch window and continue up to the spacious hallway with original wooden floors and feature lighting throughout. Patio doors lead out to a paved courtyard and pool. Original wooden doors open into the first bedroom, known as the Blue Room. This classic colour scheme continues into the en-suite shower room partially tiled with blue & white Azulejo’s, a style traditionally featuring in many important and historic properties throughout Portugal.
The second bedroom known as the Green Room feels fresh and spacious, the original wooden floors and gentle colour scheme combine to create a relaxing room with patio doors opening out to a Juliet style balcony with stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
The hallway leads in to a large dressing room with fitted wardrobes and study area, patio doors open out to a further Juliet style balcony. Wooden doors lead into the second en-suite bathroom with bath, overhead shower, sink unit & WC.
The large Master bedroom provides plenty of space as indicated by the current owner’s 7 foot bed. A large set of sliding patio doors open out to a private covered terrace, a great spot to sit and enjoy the stunning panoramic views from a slightly elevated position.
The house is centrally heated throughout and all patio doors and windows are double glazed with external shutters.
Courtyard and Pool Area:
From the main house there is direct access to a charming courtyard paved with traditional calcada stone work and flag stones from the original threshing circle. The collection of large terracotta pots, miniature orange trees and carefully managed Olive combine with a variety of cleverly planted tropical palms to create a real Mediterranean haven. The patio continues around the salt water pool with water feature; remote control lighting creates a wonderful space to entertain family and friends during the day and into the evening. Steps lead from the main courtyard to a private breakfast terrace with views over the kitchen garden. A further set of stone steps lead down to the wood store and quiet lane which extends past the guest cottage and on to the covered parking area.
This charming 400 year old guest cottage has been designed in a New York studio/ loft style with a large open plan bedroom and lounge area with a wood burner, wooden floors and vaulted beamed ceiling adding style and character. Patio doors open out to the pool terrace; however, the cottage has been designed to provide maximum privacy from the main house.
Steps lead down to a fully fitted kitchen/ diner with modern units, granite worktops, built in appliances and a breakfast bar. A second wood burner provides extra heating during the winter months. Beamed ceilings, flag stone floors and feature lighting add plenty of character to this part of the cottage. Rustic farmhouse style doors open in to a stylish wet room with a slate designed shower area and floating wooden shelf with sink & mirror. Next door is a useful separate storage room.
A door from the front of the cottage opens out to a large private, walled courtyard paved with traditional calcada stonework. Outside lighting and a separate BBQ create a wonderful area for entertaining. Shade over the large covered dining area is provided by a pretty Pergola supporting a mature grape vine producing an abundance of sweet fruit over the summer months which can be picked and eaten straight from the vine!
A gate to the side of the courtyard opens out to a further paved seating area with a pathway leading through mature trees and shrubs to a covered parking area with room for 2 vehicles.
Below the Gardeners Cottage are two large rooms which are currently used for storage but could be adapted to provide further accommodation. The original thick stone walls keep these rooms cool & dry, perfect for a gym or studio. The pathway leads on to a large separate wood store with steps to the side leading back up to the pool terrace, guest cottage and main house. To the side of the main house there is a large utility room with plumbing for two washing machines. This room houses the pool pump and is currently also used as a garden room/ workshop.
Calcada pathways wind through the exterior of the property past the kitchen garden, private shaded seating area with water feature and on to the main house and terrace. This property provides complete privacy in a naturally beautiful & tranquil location.
Gardens & Land:
The stunning gardens are a real feature of this beautiful property designed and created by the current owner who is a RHS gold medal winner. The 4 hectares of land has been divided into manageable terraces extending from the boundary wall and water mill, down through an area housing bee hives into the main gardens. The kitchen garden is located close to the main house allowing easy access for the collection of a variety of home grown produce. There are 3 separate water supplies throughout the garden ensuring year round irrigation Amongst the amazing plants, shrubs and flowers are over 16 varieties of trees including 5 different citrus, almond, walnut, cherry and many more!
Qunita da Granja is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty with access down a quiet country lane, offering privacy without isolation. The popular market town of Miranda do Corvo is approx. 3 kms from the property and offers a great selection of everyday amenities, including schools, 3 supermarkets, restaurants, café’s, banks, health centre, vets, post office and a weekly farmers market. The area is very popular with international tourists in search of the delights of rural Portugal, local attractions include a number of river beaches perfect for cooling off in the warm summer months and the stunning Serra Lousa Mountains famous for the many charming Schist villages. Hiking and cycle tracks attract those in pursuit of the great outdoors. Close by you canoe down the gently flowing rivers of the Mondego & Ceira which extend into the beautiful University City of Coimbra. Here you can explore the narrow cobbled streets which lead to the many historic buildings or relax and enjoy the local cafe culture and riverside walks.
Coimbra: 15 mins
Golf: 15 mins
Coast: 1 hr
Porto: 1.5 hrs
Lisbon: 2 hrs
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