€ 495.000,= / £ 437,432.= *
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE IS A BRAND NEW 10 X 5 SWIMMING POOL
Dating from 1801 is this impressive aristocratic character Quinta with many period features on a large plot. Possibly built for a family descended from the Dukedom of Cadaval. Only a viewing can do justice to the huge spacious rooms, high ceilings (and doors so no need to duck in this house), massive exposed 1 metre thick stone walls, huge original oak beams, all bathed in lots of natural light. Quinta Das Pedras Velhas is built on a grand scale (see scaled floorplans) and comprises a first floor of 295 sq metres constructed with 245 living space and a second floor of 195 sq metres constructed with 145 sq metres of living space and a full height attic with windows giving another 150 sq metres or 640 sq metres in all. Outbuildings and the courtyard with its repointed stone walls comprise 60 sq metres.
RENOVATED. Fully renovated and since professionally refurbished, it has all the modern creature comforts in a grand period setting, so this is your time to live like the Downton Abbey Lord but on a serf´s budget as the unique setting is now priced for a quick sale. This would cost you at least 650K euros in France for a comparable Chateaux and 1 million plus sterling anywhere in the UK for a stately Manor House of this quality.
Plot History. The surrounding land extends to about an acre of flat of gently sloping land (4,153 sq metres) with distant views and a mature garden with trees and flowering bushes. Most unusually almost the entire plot is urban land meaning that it can be developed or several parcels of land sold to developers. This is possibly because 200 years ago an entire hamlet existed to serve the Manor house, attested by several ruins dotted around the site, with the servants living on the attic floor. The fields surrounding the plot are all rural land so they can not be developed. There is faint inscription on one timber for 1801 but it is possible that the house pre-dates this inscription. Another inscription on a giant amphora (over 6 foot high) is for 1638 indicating large scale activity on the site from that date.
One such ruin now forms an attractive walled garden. There is an adjoining patio for sitting out whilst taking in the views.
All Modern Creature Comforts. The renovation and refurbishment have both insisted on retaining as many period features as possible such as the metre thick walls, massive oak timbers supporting the floors and the A frame timber attic roof which has modern tiles and flashing hidden under the old style roof tiles on top. Mosaic style (calcadas) Portuguese stone floor retained in the drawing room. Beyond that this house has everything you need for modern comfort and style including:
Diesel central heating with thermostat control. Air conditioning unit outside main bedroom.
3 Phase 13.4KVA electrical power with lots of power sockets in all rooms.
Aga Style modern electric double oven with grill and gas hob “Falcon 90″ (on wheels so is mobile) and extractor hood.
4 bath or wet rooms with toilets.
Grupeme connected burglar and smoke alarm.
Wifi Broadband connected via PT with full MEO satellite service (over 400 channels, many in English). Excellent satellite reception allows for 1.8 metre dish for full SKY reception from new ASTRA satellite. Telephone. Mains water. Well in the garden. Water collection system from rainwater. Top grade septic tank but also the option of easy mains sewage connection as the mains pipe runs under the road at the side of the house.
During refurbishment and since the EPC was done the first floor ceiling and the attic have been insulated. With the metre thick walls this house really does stay cool in summer and warm in winter!
Suitable for equestrian use, the previous owners kept donkeys. The large field over the road is electrified and currently used for horses. Several horse-riding trails close by. Whole acre is fenced for dogs.
Rooms. Flow of the house from room to room can be seen from the photographs and floor plans and can be summarised as:
Entrance Hall at foot of grand staircase leads to the Drawing room. Great views of the garden and countryside with wonderful light from three glazed doors and so easy access to the front and side garden from three windows/doors.
Entrance Hall also leads to the Dining room, fit for entertaining with beautiful stone walls, alcove and massive beams in the ceiling.
Sitting room with excellent views of garden.
Farmhouse styled kitchen with granite tops, separate larder or pantry room with many shelves.
Downstairs Study or extra entrance hall with views of front and back gardens. Wood Burner.
Downstairs toilet, wet room and utility room.
Ascending the grand staircase there is a central corridor giving access to all the rooms starting with the huge Master Bedroom (5.3 by 5.3 metre plus) with wonderful light and views from windows and a large en-suite bath, toilet, bidet and shower room.
No fewer than 4 other bedrooms (or one upstairs study or library room), one with large en-suite bathroom. The bedroom currently used as a study or library has access to a sun-lounge which acts as a suntrap in winter and has excellent views over most of the plot and the surrounding countryside. 2 Further bathrooms in the house (one shower room) with toilets, one en-suite.
Landing and full width stairs give access to the Attic which covers the full 150 sq metre footprint of the house with two large gable windows (would have been doors originally accessed by external stone stairs). Could easily be converted to additional Master bedroom with en-suite or Games room or even both.
Garden. The grounds are all fenced and walled with 3 separate entrances and plenty of parking areas. Fenced in vegetable plot and several buildings for garden implements and the ride-on lawnmower. Walled garden to side of house. Many fruit trees including Apple, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Cherry, Walnut, Olive, Pomegranate and Pear. Great views across countryside. Another patio and lawn garden opposite the South gable. Septic tank but there is also easy access to mains sewage.
Commercial Potential. Many commercial possibilities for use as a hotel, restaurant, B&B house or country business retreat.
Potential Projects to Your Design. With two gable windows already the attic floor could be developed into an entire third floor with some Velux or dorma windows.
Slight slope in side garden allows for infinity pool to be constructed to your taste and design, or perhaps an eco-pool. You decide whether to have a fresh, or as many are now having, a saltwater pool along with the size, decoration and shape.
Outbuildings and Courtyard. 4 Steel double gates. There are two adjoining outbuildings with 1 metre thick stone walls and new roofs and a courtyard also with thick stone walls 1.5 storeys high which could be cost effectively converted into a separate 1 or 2 bed bungalow as there is an electrical and nearby mains sewage connection.
The neighbour is keen to sell an additional 18,000 sq metres of rural land (oak wood) immediately up the hill from the property. The elderly lady wishes to move closer to family and will agree a good price.
The house is approximately 3 minutes by car from the town of Alvaiazere which offer a range of services and amenities such as, restaurants, cafés, market, banks, medical centre, post office, pharmacy, Police station, Registry office, Tax office, Court room, Indoor and Outdoor swimming pools, full size football pitch, athletics running track and more.
The historic town of Tomar, which is home to the UNESCO listed Convento do Cristo, founded by the Templar’s crusaders is only 25 minutes drive from the property.
All major European high street shopping is also available in the city of Coimbra the 3rd biggest city in Portugal which is only 40 minutes drive on the A13 motorway. There are also very good access roads to the IC8 dual carriageway, which leads to the coastal towns of Figueira da Foz and can be reached by car in approximately 1hour 10 min.
The closest airport to the property is situated at Lisbon, which is approximately one and three quarter hours’ by car.
- Price: €495,000
- Ref. no.: 502/16
- Location: Alvaiázere, Leiria
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 4
- Construction area: 495
- Plot area: 4215
- Status: For sale