You could be forgiven for falling in love at first sight when you visit this fantastic Schist Stone house, located in a small village, high up in the hills above Penela with stunning panoramic views. The beautiful, Wisteria covered exterior hides a deceptively spacious property. The impressive interior is much larger than most traditional stone houses built in this style; all the rooms are well proportioned including the four very large bedrooms. This charming property would make an ideal retreat inspiring budding artists and writers. The pretty, private terraces provide plenty of space to feel at one with nature whilst relaxing to the sound of running water from the stream flowing gently alongside the property. Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this spectacular region of central Portugal.
A gently sloping Calçada path leads to the side of the property, mature Wisteria, potted plants and pretty flower beds decorate the main entrance. Gates at the rear of the land open into a large, private paved terrace with a covered outdoor kitchen, stone clad well and seating area, steps lead down to further terraces and round to a covered wood store located directly outside the kitchen. The fantastic farmhouse style kitchen (7m x 6.4m) is surprisingly spacious with exposed stone walls, vaulted, beamed ceilings and a large, feature fireplace with wood burner and hot water tank. Extensive wooden base units with granite worktops include a double sink, electric oven and gas hob offering plenty of inspiration to create wonderful dishes whilst enjoying views over the surrounding countryside. This large room includes a useful pantry offering further storage, a dining area and direct access out to a private, sunny terrace. The open plan design leads through to the lounge area (4m x 6.6m) with a further wood burning fire with stone feature adding to the character of the property.
A doorway from the lounge leads through to a very large entrance hall (4m x 8m) with vaulted ceilings, access to the front doors, Master suite and family bathroom. This beautifully tiled bathroom (2.3m x 5m) includes a large double vanity unit, enclosed bath with shower, bidet and W.C. The Master suite (10m x 5m) is enormous with windows to the side and patio doors to the rear leading out to a private balcony with stunning countryside views. This room includes a wood burning fire with feature stone clad chimney, seating area and en-suite bathroom with large vanity unit, enclosed bath with shower, bidet and W.C creating a fabulous area to completely relax. Steps lead from the hallway to a further 2 bedrooms on the ground floor with access to a private terrace and pretty mature garden. Bedroom 2 (4.7m x 4m) has tiled floors and a window to the side of the house. Bedroom 3 (5.4m x 5.4m) is a further large room with windows to the side offering amazing far reaching views. The 4th Bedroom (4m x 5.6m) is located on the second floor with steps leading up from the lounge. This beautiful room is full of character with beamed ceilings and its own wood burning fire with feature stone clad fireplace and direct access to the front of the house. The en-suite cloakroom includes a W.C, bidet and sink.
This beautifully presented character property is full of charm, featuring local schist stone detail throughout; the house is spacious but also comfortable and cosy. The windows and patio doors are double glazed with external shutters. The principle rooms all benefit from wood burning fires keeping the house warm during the winter months, the thick stone walls ensure that the house stays cool during the summer. The property is connected to mains electric with a large, immersion tank for hot water. Water is provided by the 2 wells, sanitation is on a Fosse system and internet is available in the village. The furniture is available by separate negotiation.
The external areas around the property include several private terraces, a covered outdoor kitchen and well on the first level with steps leading down to further terraced areas which extend round the property with fabulous views and the sound of running water from the stream which runs all year long. There are two further rooms; one is currently used as a workshop (5.6m x 3.8m) with storage for garden furniture etc. The second room (4m x 7.5m) is directly under the upper terrace and could be used as a utility room, study or to extend the current accommodation. The schist paved terrace extends round to the rear of the house with a private sheltered space for the Jacuzzi next to a very pretty courtyard garden with mature climbing Jasmine and various flowering plants and shrubs; this is the perfect place to enjoy the peace and beauty of the surrounding countryside.
The property commands a very private and privileged position with approximately 600m2 of land and off road parking. Located within traditional Schist village there are some neighbouring properties close by but most of these properties are only in use as second homes. The surrounding countryside is ideal for hiking, cycling and mountain biking, you can also explore the other famous local Schist villages in the area and enjoy local cuisine at the many traditional restaurants. The picturesque river beach 'Praia fluvial' da Loucainha is only 15 minutes from the property, during the summer months this fantastic facility offers safe, fresh water swimming pools with grassed areas for sunbathing and a bar for refreshments. The family friendly water park at Castenheira de Pera is only 30 minutes away.
Espinhal is the closest village (16 kms); Penela is the nearest town (20 kms) providing all your facilities including schools, health centre, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, vet's banks etc. The famous University City of Coimbra is 45 minutes drive.
Espinhal: 20 minutes
Penela: 30 minutes
Miranda do Corvo: 30 minutes
Coimbra: 45 minutes
Coast: 1 hour
Porto: 1 hour 45 minutes
Lisbon: 2 hours
Energy Rating: C