Dating from 1601, this impressive aristocratic-character Quinta
has many period features. It is sited on a large plot and is thought
to have been built for a family descended from the Dukes of Cadaval.
Only a viewing can do justice to the 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
Quinta Das Pedras Velhas is built on a grand scale and comprises
two floors of 150 sq metres each, making a total of 300 sq metres
with a full height attic with windows giving another 150 sq metres
or 450 sq metres in all. Outbuildings and the courtyard with its
repointed stone walls add about another 60 sq metres, making a total
of 510 sq metres in built area.
The property is fully renovated and professionally refurbished,
it has all the modern creature comforts in a grand period setting,
so this is an opportunity to live like a Lord on a sef's budget
as the proprty priced for a quick sale.
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. There is faint inscription on one timber for 1601. 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.
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 (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
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.
Outbuildings suitable for stable conversion. Horse trails nearby.
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.
Quinta Das Pedras Velhas, Kitchen
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
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.
A 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.
This is your best opportunity for grand living in a period setting,
so call or email now. Over fifty photos, architect to-scale floor
plans and video available, including a quadcopter aerial tour, for
interested parties. Available for viewing anytime, the owner lives
on site and is happy to gift lifts to the house from your hotel.