We are pleased to present you with the opportunity to purchase this fantastic family home built & designed by the current owners in 2010 with the upmost attention to detail throughout. The beauty of this property is matched only by its location; the carefully chosen elevated position captures the views and incredible landscape of central Portugal. The rural location is both peaceful and private although the house is not isolated. The popular market town of Vila Nova de Poiares is close by and there is a local cafe/shop within walking distance where you can enjoy the company of your neighbours.
The property consists of:
A main reception room which extends into the dining area
Large modern kitchen with a second reception area
3 bedrooms all en-suite
2 dressing rooms
Study or 4th bedroom
Outdoor kitchen with covered terrace
Garden with orchard
Off road parking
The property is detached with paved areas to the front and side; a sloping path leads down to the pretty garden which is accessible for wheelchairs. Access to the rear is through the integral garage which includes a useful second bathroom and door in to the main kitchen. The covered terrace has a kitchen with sink and cooker. You have the choice of seating areas either side of the beautiful infinity pool which includes a Jacuzzi at one end. The far reaching views from the terrace are stunning.
The quality of this house is immediately evident from the moment you open the front door into the elegant entrance hall (12.4 m2) with its sweeping marble staircases leading up to the first floor and down to the basement. The attention to detail is reflected throughout from the ornate ironwork banister and beautifully tiled floors to the carefully selected interior door handles!
All the rooms on the ground floor are generously proportioned and include the first double bedroom (18m2) with patio doors opening out to a private balcony with stunning panoramic views. The fully tiled en-suite bathroom (5.5m2) has a double sink, shower, bidet and WC.
French doors lead into the main reception room (65m2) which has a modern wood burning fire in addition to the under floor heating system which extends throughout the property. The open plan design incorporates a dining area and room for a piano. The picture window and patio doors leading out to the terraced pool area not only flood the rooms with light but also maximise the views to the rear of the property.
The hallway extends round from the downstairs cloakroom (3.20m2) past a useful airing cupboard and on to the second bedroom (14.8m2) which has its own dressing room (6.85m2), spacious enough to fit a single bed and an en-suite bathroom (5.85m2) with a stylish mosaic tiled walk in shower, double sinks, bidet and WC.
The open plan kitchen (55.5m2) extends into a cosy second reception area with its own wood burning fire and patio doors opening out to the covered terrace and pool area.
The contemporary style kitchen combines modern, sleek white wall and floor units with contrasting black granite worktops creating a finish which is both stylish and functional. Most of the appliances are integrated including the dishwasher and electric oven. The design also includes space for a large fridge freezer. A curved free standing island provides a useful extra work space with a second sink, gas hob and modern extractor. A separate utility room (6.85m2) next to the kitchen provides storage and plumbing for a washing machine. A door leads from the kitchen into the garage (34m2) and further bathroom (3.7m2).
The elegant marble staircase leads up to a light and airy landing with a large feature window offering superb views over the countryside to the front of the property. Double doors open into a wonderful master bedroom (29.5m2) with patio doors on to a private balcony (7m2) and a large, picture window with further panoramic views. This bedroom has its own separate dressing room (5.8m2) and en-suite bathroom (6.7m2) which includes a Jacuzzi bath, shower, double sink unit, bidet and WC. All the bedrooms have air conditioning and individual TV points.
There is a further room (5.8m2) on the first floor which is currently in use as a study but could be used as a fourth bedroom.
The design and attention to detail throughout the house extends beyond the stunning interior. The current owners have created a stylish and comfortable family home with under floor heating and thermostatic temperature control in all the rooms. All exterior windows and doors are double glazed. Hot water is provided by the solar panels with the backup of an immersion heater for the winter months.
The basement area includes a second large garage (65.95m2) which has been designed to enable access for high sided vehicles such as mobile homes or commercial vans. There are several more divisions which could be adapted to provide extra accommodation. The foundations and build quality of this property can be appreciated from beneath the house.
The house is detached with landscaping and paving to the front and sides. There are two electric gates to access the parking areas and garages. A low wall borders the front and sides of the property. A pretty shed provides space for garden tools and equipment. A gentle slope leads down to a private garden which has been designed for relaxation and productivity and includes a tranquil grassed area shaded by mature Olive trees alongside a small orchard with 3 types of apple, peach, nectarine, apricot, lemon, and lime, orange trees. Along the rear wall there are blackberry and raspberry bushes, a gravel path leads round to several raised beds where the current owners grow an amazing selection of salad and vegetables. A borehole provides water, which passes through a filtration system, and is used for irrigation and auto-filling the pool. This water is also used in a dual water system installed throughout the house, giving the facility to use public or borehole water where required. Steps lead from the garden up to the paved rear terrace and 15m long infinity pool which also includes a Jacuzzi. The pool has a dual cleaning system for both salt and UV electrolysis with pipe work in place to add heating. There is also a pool shower on the terrace. This area has been designed to maximise the outdoor space to the rear of the property creating a comfortable relaxing extension to the main house which can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Despite its rural location, this property is perfectly placed to enjoy the surrounding countryside with its numerous river beaches offering safe, fresh water swimming areas. Close by you also have the Serra da Lousa Mountains which are a popular tourist destination for walking, mountain biking and cycling. For those in search of a more tranquil experience you can sample the traditional cuisine of central Portugal at one of the wonderful local restaurants or take a canoe trip down the river Mondego. The beautiful historic University City of Coimbra is an easy 20 minute drive and the beaches of Figueira da Foz are 45 minutes by car.
Porto: 1 hour 30 minutes
Lisbon: 2 hours
Golf: 30 minutes
Energy rating: In process