Quinta Candosa de Cima (Coja – Arganil)
9.3 hectares of mountain woodland, terraces and scrub with fruit
trees, a renovated cottage, a ruin and no neighbors.
Situated in the mountain forests just outside the village of Vinhó, this large off-grid quinta with over 20 acres comprises a renovated, furnished one-up one-down 150-year old stone cottage (50m2) with a balcony overlooking a secluded valley. The nearest neighbors are 1km away in either direction. A stream runs throughout the land, which is mostly regenerating pine-forest with terraces alongside the stream. To the far end of the land lies a good pre-1951 ruin (115m2) which is registered so it needs no planning permission, or it could be extended or a new house built instead. It would make an ideal home, holiday home or eco-retreat.
The terraces come to about one hectare and have good, deep workable soil.
The valley slopes are mostly taken up with pine woodland with some eucalyptus. The pines are already well over head-height, it being four years since the last harvest.
The cottage is south-facing on two floors of 5m by 5m, with a 2.5 meters covered verandah with views. There is a built-in greenhouse under the veranda which would make an ideal conservatory if tiled. The house is furnished and was renovated in a very natural style with no plastics being used.
Downstairs is the kitchen/lounge/shower. One of the water mines is plumbed into the shower cubicle and sink, both of which have hot and cold taps, the hot water via a sun-heated stainless steel tank outside. The kitchen has an antique stone sink with granite work-top and shelving. There is a natural slate floor and a front door. On the wall adjoining the greenhouse there are four “portholes” which provide extra light and enable a transfer of hot air between the lounge and the greenhouse if desired, depending on the weather conditions.
All the walls are local slate and pointed on the inside. The ceiling has exposed oak beams and there is a small staircase leading upstairs.
The first floor consists of a bedroom with pine tongue-and-groove flooring.
There is a piano, a writing desk and a dresser. There is a door to the outside (each floor has its own entrance) and a glass-door to the veranda.
Outside adjoining the cottage is the compost toilet which was specially made to the John Seymour design. It has two thunder-boxes for turning waste matter into compost, a sink and a bidet with running water.
It would be a very simple job to add solar power to the house, as it gets sun all day long and there are local tradesmen who specialize in this. Wind power would be even better, and being halfway up the mountainside this would give the most electricity. Or, like the current owner, you can use an antique oil-lamp whenever you need it.
The mobile signal is excellent from both floors of the cottage, so a USB modem is all you need to get online. If you need a land-line, however, PT will do this for a small charge. Electricity is about 800 meters away. Water is from the water mines. There is no sewage connection, hence the compost toilet.
The cottage is 150 years old and has local witnesses (the grandson of the builder) who will give statements to that effect if the buyer wants to pursue registering it. There is no need to do this however, and it will increase the council tax which is currently less than £20 per year!
Cottage land (1 hectare)
There is a big garden terrace on the same level as the house with a vegetable patch at one end. On the other side of the house, alongside the stream boundary are six other terraces ideal for vegetable gardening.
The rest of the cottage´s hectare is set to hillside terraces all the way down to the access road, dotted with olives and wild plums, about half of which can be used for planting. Before the stream leaves the boundary it passes through a pond.
The whole hectare is a wild-flower and wildlife haven.
It has 3 water mines at present, two of which are all year round, but there are two further areas where water is naturally present.
There is a steep 4×4 access road which goes up to the front-door, and an easier gated access alongside the road at the bottom which can take a car or a scooter.
The main part of the ruin is the same size as the renovated cottage, and it has a roof which is still keeping the rain out. It needs new floors and pointing, though, along with new doors and windows.
Alongside the main part of the ruin are two further rooms which would make good bedrooms, plus a WC-sized room and another with modern roof-tiles which would make a good store-room. There is no roof on the three extra rooms mentioned.
Ruin land (8.3 hectares)
Most of the ruin land has been farmed for pine trees for a long time, and the last harvest was four years ago. Roughly four-five hectares are now regenerating from that harvest, and are already 2-3 meters tall, along with some eucalyptus which are considerably larger.
The rest of the land is either farmable terraces down by the ruin or heather and gorse mountain slopes with the occasional oak tree. This latter sort of land is traditionally used to keep goats by the locals, and comes to about 2 hectares. There are two water mines on the land, one all year round, both higher than the ruin so a pump is not required to get the water to it.
There is a difference of perhaps 100m in height between the lowest and highest parts of the property. There are a number of hidden terraces tucked away here and there, where log cabins or yurts could be placed. There is room for about 10 well-spaced dwellings like this. If a large home were to be built
(and this is permitted given the acreage) there are at least two high points with views down different adjoining valleys which would make ideal locations.
Highest point on the land
View from the renovated cottage. Ruin just visible.
The terraces by the stream which runs close-by the ruin have excellent deep soil and are very beautiful, being out of view of the access road.
Chestnut grove and ruin
There is a productive chestnut grove on one of them, giving about 40kg a year.
Another has innumerable fruiting plum-trees, and there are grape-vines throughout. There are about seventy mature olive trees across both deeds.
Access is good via a stone track, although in winter car drivers will require a 4×4 as this is mountain country. In particular, the road which leads up to the front door of the renovated cottage is steep and stony, so will need a 4×4. For a summer holiday home, however, a normal car will suffice, as there is an area
lower down which has room for a car or scooter. As an alternative to a car, regardless of the weather, a 50cc motorbike or a 125 scooter gives full access to all roads leading to the property.
30 Chestnuts, 75 Olives, 70 plums, 2 Limes, 1 Mandarin, 1 Fig, 1 Nectarine,
1 Apricot, 1 Peach, 5 Apples,
Both propertes are owned outright by the seller. The ruin has all the required documentation to begin building work. The cottage is currently not registered, although it is 150 years old with established witnesses to its age so there is no reason for the documents not to be approved quickly. This will, however, mean a valuation re-assessment by the local council, so the yearly property tax will increase (probably to a few hundred euros from the current 23.50) and an energy certificate would also be needed. These things will have a cost. This is why the current owner has not had it done. If the buyer is worried about this aspect of the property, though, the seller is happy to make /
getting this documentation part of the buying process, although the buyer will be responsible for all the documentation and registration costs.
- Sold Property / Portfolio:
- Location: Coja, Coimbra
- Property Type: Inactive
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Floors: 2
- Other Rooms: 2
- House Area (m2): 25
- Habitable Area (m2): 50
- Land Area (m2): 93000