This restored local manor house dates from the early 19th century and is set in 4.5 hectares of gently rolling countryside in a wooded valley just 2km from the market town of Vila Nova de Poiares and 20km east of the ancient university city of Coimbra. The property is nicely secluded but not isolated. The house has many Old Portuguese features such as high ceilings, arches and wooden shutters. The property is comprised of:
5 reception rooms
1 indoor Pool
The large front door leads into a hallway (1.5m x 4.5m) with antique floor tiles, a door to the lounge and a large staircase to the first floor. The lounge (8.5m x 5.5m) features a wood-burning stove set into a brick fireplace, traditional wooden ceiling, windows to the front and French windows to the side leading to a paved patio. A door leads to the bright kitchen (5m x 4.5m) with fully fitted kitchen units, windows overlooking the garden and a door to the patio. Adjoining the kitchen is a good sized utility room (4.8m x 2.7m) with fridge freezer, chest freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. A separate staircase from the kitchen leads to the first floor.
A long hallway (5.8m x 1.5m) stretches the width of the house and gives access to all of the rooms on this floor. The master bedroom (4.8m x 3.5m) has a window to the garden and patio doors to a covered terrace, there is a small en-suite (1.5m x 1.5m) with WC and wash basin. The second bedroom (3m x 3.2m) has windows to the front and side of the house whilst the 3rdbedroom (3.5m x 3.4m) has a window to the garden. The family bathroom (3.3m x 3.1m) has windows to 2 sides, a large shower cubicle, Jacuzzi bath, W.C and wash basin. Also on this level is a further lounge (6.2m x 5m) this bright and airy room features parquet flooring, wooden ceiling and a large crystal chandelier. There are windows to the front and side, one opening to a Juliet balcony, and French windows opening onto a large covered terrace.
Ground Floor Annex (old servants quarters)
A substantial annex is reached from the kitchen via the utility room. This annex is fully self contained and would be ideal for a granny flat or rental accommodation. A long garden room (7m x 2.5m) has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the patio and gardens. A door leads to a large bathroom (3,5m x 2m) with shower, W.C and wash basin. The garden room opens into a small kitchen (3.2m x 2m) with fitted units, oven etc, which, in turn, leads to a cosy lounge (4.5m x 3.5m) with a wood burning stove and French doors onto a covered balcony (2m x 7m). The 2 bedrooms are accessed from a small hallway off of the lounge. Both bedrooms (3m x 2.8m) have windows to the garden and are en-suite (1.5m x 1.3m)
The front door of the cottage opens into a bright lounge/diner (7m x 4.2m) with wood-burning stove and windows looking over the garden. Door from the lounge leads to a small kitchen (3.5m x 2.8m) with built in units. From the lounge is a small hallway which has a door to the front of the property, there is also a door to a small bathroom (1.8m x 1.1m) Stairs lead up to the first floor where there are 2 pretty bedrooms (4.8m x 3.5m and 3.5m x 2.1m) and a family bathroom (2.5m x 2m) This charming cottage has previously been used as holiday rental accommodation but any new owners would be required to obtain a licence if they wanted to carry on this business. The furniture is available by separate negotiation.
Indoor Swimming Pool:
Next to Wisteria cottage is a large pool house (14.5m x 6.5m) with a 10m x 5m indoor swimming pool, above the pool is a large open sundeck with stunning views over the gardens and surrounding countryside.
There are a number of outbuildings within the walled garden including:
A large barn (8.4m x 6.8m)
A small barn (7m x 4m) with stable door and slate floor
A large Adega (for winemaking) with presses and working bread oven
2 further barns and a chicken coop.
Garage and car port
Beyond the walled garden is a substantial pig sty with 11 individual interior/exterior units, a further large indoor animal shelter and a garage/workshop.
Gardens and land:
The walled garden features a wide variety of mature plants, shrubs and trees including orange, cherry, lemon, apple and of course olive.
The remaining land (42,000m2) is largely flat and laid to pasture, there are also paddocks and vegetable gardens and areas of woodland. The property has 3 wells and a number of fresh water springs.
This fantastic property would make a super equestrian centre with wonderful woodland rides leading in all directions. There is also scope for anyone interested in farming or creating a unique rural retreat. The area is popular with rural tourism as it continues to offer the charm and traditions associated with central Portugal.
The local town of Vila Nova de Poiares is a short drive from the property and offers all amenities required including 3 supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, banks, schools, post office and many more. The local area offers plenty for visitors who enjoy the great outdoors including walking, cycling, canoeing and swimming it the numerous fresh water river beaches.
For those in search of the history of central Portugal, you can head to the larger University City of Coimbra which is 30 mins away which also offers easy access to its main road and rail networks with links throughout the country. The stunning beaches of Figueria da Foz are an easy 1 hr drive.
Golf: 30 mins
Porto: 1.5 hrs
Lisbon: 2.5 hrs
ENERGY RATING: (TBC)