This property is perfect for a B & B, family home or a country getaway haven.
The furniture was made especially for this house and we prefer to sell it as a package, but if the buyer desires, the house can be sold without furniture.
General House Construction
The house was designed by architect Lionel Baptista, and rebuilt from three Xist ruins.
When the house was purchased four years ago, the reconstruction had been recently completed. The inside was only a ‘shell’. The new owners installed everything, so all the equipment, systems, appliances and most of the furnishings in the house are new and of the highest quality available.
They personally designed the interior of their home so that the outside (the forest) was brought into the inside. Even the smallest details have all been lovingly created to bring the feeling of nature. Though this house is Schist, unlike most Schist houses in Central Portugal, it’s not rustic or dark. Nor is it stark ultra modern. The style would be considered modern, but very comfortable and unique. All the rooms face south and have many large windows, so the house is always filled with an abundance of natural light. Like the surrounding forest, this home captures the feeling of peace, quiet and calm. They call it ‘Bringing Nature Indoors’.
Most of the wood furniture has been designed by the owners and fabricated by German, Scottish and Portuguese carpenters, using mostly aged Chestnut, some Northern Pine and various other woods, in order to create ‘one of a kind’ pieces. Much of the lighting, fixtures, etc. have been designed (or enhanced) by the owners. The iron work was done by an authentic English blacksmith.
There are three bedrooms – one is currently being used as an office. There is the possibility of building a fourth bedroom (the area of which has been set up with electric outlets).
They have seen many homes over the past four years and can honestly say that there is none other like theirs in Portugal. Though they’ve done their best to capture the most important elements for you to view, this house must be visited in order to fully appreciate its’ lovely character and charm.
The entire house has a double window system. The outer windows are double paned PVC and the inner windows are double paned wood. The PVC windows have premium UV glass (to protect the inner wood windows from the sun).
The double installed window system prevents any drafts or loss of heat in the winter.
There are custom made wood screen windows in the bedrooms, living room, office, hallway and bathrooms.
The bedrooms have custom made wood shudders on all windows.
The outer doors are PVC. The inner doors are wood. Custom made wood screens are on the front and side entrance doors. Side entrance has a specially made sealer (imported from Germany) on the bottom of the door which fits snugly to the floor, to prevent drafts.
Inside Water Containment
The floors have an insulation system that prevents water seepage into the house through the ground floors.
The house walls have an outer and inner wall, with space between the two walls, providing air space insulation.
There is central heat with radiators in every room. The water is heated by a pellet boiler located in the non attached casita. The boiler can be programmed to turn off and on at various times of the day/night. It also has a remote over-ride system so that the heat can be turned off as you desire. The casita is also heated from this system.
The back-up heat system is a large wood burning stove located in the living room. It’s a stylish modern design with glass panels in the front and back. This stove heats the top two levels of the house.
The thick Schist walls and insulated roof keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
The primary system is electric (150 gallon water tank) and the back up system is a gas boiler. This ensures that if you lose electricity, you still have hot water. Both boilers are located in the casita (detached from the house).
Gas is used for the back-up water boiler and the kitchen stove top. The gas system is run by a large gas cylinder, with a secondary large back-up cylinder, which ensures you never run out of gas.
Two large gas cylinders are stored in an outdoor enclosed storage room, located approximately three meters from the house.
The house has a centrally installed surge system that protects the house and appliances from damage due to electrical surges (which are frequent in Portugal).
The kitchen has custom designed and fabricated pine cabinets and a thick natural oak counter top. The cabinetry was hand painted by American Faux designer Sharon Taglienti of Carezza Decorative Artistry.
The stove is a dual system of gas and electric (ensuring that if you lose electricity, you can still cook).
There are three large standing storage cabinets and brand new large capacity high quality washer and drier.
The dining room has two full glass wood doors and a large window above, providing lots of natural light to stream in. There is a wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
Above the dining room are wood beams. They can be left as is (to keep the dining room open showing the cathedral wood beam ceiling) or can be used as the base for flooring (to build a room above the dining room).
This area above the dining room has already been fitted with electric outlets in case the new owner wants to make this into a fourth bedroom.
The office is a large room with two full glass wood doors. This room can also be used as a bedroom.
There is a custom designed and fabricated solid chestnut large storage cabinet.
There is a ½ bath located near the office and side entry way. A custom made pine cabinet with mirror is over the sink.
The central spiral staircase starts at the back wall of the second level and travels up to the third and fourth levels. The stairs and banister are pine.
The living room has a custom made double walled insulated chimney system, which prevents moisture from entering the wood burning stove.
The tall cabinet, book cabinet and side table are all custom designed and fabricated using aged oak. There is a custom designed and fabricated pine firewood box.
There is a wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
The bedroom is large. The entrance door has a specially made sealer (imported from Germany) on the bottom of the door, which fits snugly to the floor to provide soundproofing. So as not to hear sound in the bedroom above, the ceiling is acoustically soundproofed/insulated with a suspended second ceiling with natural wool as insulation.
There are custom shudders on all windows and screens on selected windows. There are two large custom made closets.
The thick, natural cotton drapery is lined with black out backing and was custom made in England.
There is a large bathroom with bidet and shower next to the bedroom. A custom made pine cabinet with mirror is over the sink.
The landing is a cozy area, great for meditation or reading a book. It has a beautiful custom ‘woodsy’ designed and fabricated rocking chair of considerable size, made from chestnut and other woods. There are four large windows with beautiful views of the countryside and wide window sills for plants.
The Master bedroom is large. There are custom made shutters on all windows, screens on selected windows and a Walk In storage closet. The furniture is custom designed and fabricated; large armoire with quality mirror inside, three built-in bureaus and a big bed with custom foam memory mattress. All made with Chestnut and Northern Pine and finished with Ceruse.
There is a wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
The Master bathroom is entered directly from the Master bedroom. There is a tall custom made storage cabinet with dove tailed joints and Ceruse finish and a custom made pine cabinet with mirror over the sink. There are unique fixtures and lighting.
There is a raised wood ceiling with wood beams.
Schist Casita (small detached work/storage house)
The stone casita is currently being used as a work area. It has an insulated roof with high wood beam ceiling and rendered walls, a double pane window, a custom made wood screen window, heavy security wood entrance door and custom made screen door. The casita is installed with electrical outlets and has ceiling installed lighting. The pellet stove keeps the casita warm in the winter and the thick walls keep it cool in the summer.
Tall stone walls and a mature hedge of 65 Cyprus Leylandii trees create privacy around the property.
The front lawn is laid grass and has an automatic underground sprinkler system. There is also tube irrigation for the trees, bushes, flowers and vegetable garden.
Good fertile earth was brought in for the entire grounds.
Fruit trees planted on the property are: 2 apples, 1 peach, 1 pear, 1 guava, 1 almond, 1 pecan, 1 maple (the species that gives maple syrup) and an exotic fruit tree – the species of which remains a mystery! There are also various fruit trees in pots – 2 lemon, 1 pear, 1 orange, 1 passion fruit). Berry bushes include; 5 blueberry, 2 exotic blueberry, goji berry, cranberry, red current, black current, gooseberries, Azores berry, yellow raspberry, pink raspberry, blackberry and strawberries. There’s a Concord grape vine (brought here from Italy) and numerous medicinal and culinary herbs.
On the side of the house is an organic vegetable garden and companion plants. There are two raised garden beds made of wood to facilitate easy gardening. The earth is richly fertilized with mature manure from a neighbor’s goats and organic compost from two compost bins.
Outside Water Containment
Due to heavy rainfall in the winter months; systems have been implemented to prevent water from entering the house and casita.
- There is a gutter system on the roof with underground run off that goes into the ribeira.
- A stone patio, designed so that water run- off travels away from the house.
- Underground drainage system to keep water from accumulating on the stone walkway (into the house).
- A special conduit system was built at the time of construction, to prevent any moisture from entering the house.
There are four individual septic tanks, to ensure adequate containment and storage of water run off and sewage.
Important Additional Information
Unlike many houses and properties in Portugal, this house and property is completely legal. Everything was done with permits so there will never be unexpected legal surprises (such as fines, orders to remove your construction, etc.) from the Camara (town hall).
The house is located in a very small valley surrounded by mountains. There is very little traffic on the ‘main’ road above, as there are very few people living in this area. The small cobblestone road that comes into our valley veers off the main road and ends at our house.
In this valley, there are three other schist houses, but currently, they are the only persons living here full time. This valley is a legally protected area and surrounded mostly by pine forest. If you follow the water stream (which runs along the side and front of our home) a few hundred meters up the cobblestone road, you will find a small chapel, the village cultural museum, waterfalls and pools of water with calla lilies. There are many walking trails through the woods.
It is a 20 minute walk (5 minute drive) to a close village, where there are cafes, summer festivals and a public river beach.
Gois is a 15 minute drive and Arganil (slightly larger than Gois) is an18 minute drive. They both have a river beach, large supermarkets, banks, restaurants and all amenities.
Arganil also has a weekly outdoor market and a large complex with indoor pool, sauna, steam and small movie theatre.
There is a significant Expat community in these villages.
Driving time to the city of Coimbra is about 45 minutes. Porto is about 1 ½ hours to the north and Lisbon is about 2 ½ hours to the south. The ocean beach of Figuera do Foz is about 1 ¼ hours west.
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- Location: Arganil, Coimbra
- Property Type: Available
- Price: 500000
- Bedrooms: 2+1
- Bathrooms: 3
- Floors: 4
- Other Rooms: 5
- House Area (m2): 179.90
- Habitable Area (m2): 338.40
- Land Area (m2): 366.10
- Building Plots: No
- Xisto Ruins: No
- Mountain Tops: No
- Valleys: No
- Riverside: No
- Farms: No
- Eco Projects: No
- Renovation Projects: No
- Habitable: Yes
- Renovated Houses: No
- New Property: Yes
- Business: Yes
- Rentals: No