This beautifully presented 200 year old detached farmhouse has been sympathetically restored retaining charm & character with original features throughout. The property is situated in a peaceful location commanding stunning views over Vila Nova de Poiares and the surrounding countryside. The main part of the house currently consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 dressing rooms, 2 bathrooms; cloakroom, study, large lounge with dining room, 2 reception rooms, kitchen & utility room, attached are 2 fully self-contained guest cottages. The covered terraces and pool to the rear are surrounded by a variety of attractive trees & shrubs with pathways leading to a pretty fish pond and summer house ….a real gardener’s paradise!
The original entry to this property was through large double wooden doors which open into an internal courtyard with access to the kitchen and main lounge. This attractive space has seating areas and a water feature and retains plenty of character reminiscent of the origins of this property. There is a stairway inside the gateway leading to a small office area/ bedroom with feature window. Entry to the main house is up steps to the rear of the property with a door opening into a hallway leading into the large lounge/ dining room with floor to ceiling windows and sliding wooden patio doors to access the charming internal courtyard. This room has a real sense of history with tiled floors & beamed wooden ceilings. Heating is provided by a wood burner and an oil central heating system throughout which ensures the house remains warm & cosy during the winter months. Solar panels provide additional hot water and heat the pool.
An archway leads into a fully fitted kitchen with wooden wall & floor units & granite worktops. Windows overlook the courtyard. Next door steps lead down to a useful utility room with plumbing for a washing machine and plenty of storage.
From the lounge a second hallway leads through to a small cloakroom with WC, a step leads up to the study which features an original bread oven. A door opens out to the rear of the property with a vine covered walkway leading down to the guest cottages, storage rooms and gardens.
Internal stairs lead up to a family bathroom with shower, sink unit & WC. Opposite the bathroom there is a large linen cupboard with sliding doors. Steps lead down on the left to an internal door which links the main house to the first guest cottage. A door off the hallway to the left leads into a dressing room with shelving and storage. Next door you will find a double bedroom with wooden beamed ceilings and a second dressing room or storage area. Further along you enter in to the second reception room with windows overlooking the internal courtyard. Wood paneled walls and beamed ceilings give the room a real sense of grandeur.
The original wooden staircase leads up to the first floor hallway which feels light and airy with large windows overlooking the internal courtyard, gardens and surrounding countryside. A door leads into a further reception room with wooden floors and ceilings and a large wood burner for extra warmth. Wooden doors open in to the third bedroom with views over a pretty meadow which extends around the back of the property. This room benefits from an en-suite with shower, sink & WC. The upper terrace can be accessed from the hallway & the third bedroom and provides the perfect sun trap or a place to enjoy the stunning views and the peace & tranquility of the location. This beautiful property needs to be viewed to fully appreciate its charm and character.
There are 2 fully self-contained guest cottages; the first is linked to the main house by an internal door. Alternatively, they can both be accessed from a door which leads out past the main covered terrace through a vine covered walkway which leads to a further covered terrace with seating areas to the front of the cottages. The first guest cottage comprises of a fully fitted kitchenette, a lounge dining area, separate shower room with sink and WC and a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and vaulted wooden ceilings. The second self-contained guest cottage is comprised of a kitchenette with lounge and dining area, twin bedroom with vaulted wooden ceilings, fully tiled shower room with sink and WC and a second double bedroom overlooking the gardens and private courtyard. Next to the cottages is a useful separate storage room.
With the correct licenses, these cottages could generate a healthy income as holiday rental accommodation, perfect for the ever increasing number of visitors to this area eager to seek out and experience the more traditional regions of Central Portugal.
Covered terraces to the back of the house offer plenty of space for entertaining and lead out to the pool area which is surrounded by a safety rail. The views from the pool terrace are stunning!
Steps from the main house lead down into the beautiful mature gardens. Pathways meander through tropical trees, colourful shrubs and borders with year round irrigation piped down from the water mine. This garden offers plenty of interesting features including a covered BBQ area, summer house, well and attractive fish pond with waterfall effect.
Further areas of land extend to the side and rear of the property and include a pretty meadow with its own water mine, a Boules / Petanque court and a small area of forest.
A large double garage with off road parking is situated to the front of the property. The quiet, country lane extending past the house leads up to the meadow and surrounding woodland, perfect for walking and enjoying the beautiful countryside. There are neighbours close by but the house feels very private.
The nearest café is a 5 minute drive from the house and the popular town of Vila Nova de Poiares is an easy 10 min drive, here you will find all the everyday amenities including supermarkets, schools, banks, restaurants, health centre, sports centre, vets etc. The local area offers plenty of opportunity for rural tourism with river beaches, mountains and woodland popular with walkers and cyclists. The rivers are perfect for canoeing and swimming and extend up to the historic University City of Coimbra which is 30 mins away. The main road networks including the IP3 and A1 make this property very accessible.
Beaches: 1 hr
Golf: 30 mins
Porto: 1.5 hrs
Lisbon: 2 hrs
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