Elegance, Comfort, Security and Tranquility
Modern Xist (stone) home in Central Portugal
No barking dogs. No noisy neighbors. No traffic.
Peace and quiet surrounded by nature.
All rooms face south and have large windows with an abundance of sunlight.
Important Preliminary Information
Unlike many houses and properties in Portugal, this house and property are 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 electrical, plumbing, heating, insulation, windows, doors and other equipment in the house are of the highest quality available.
Entire house has a double window system. Outer windows are double paned PVC and inner windows are double paned wood. The PVC windows have premium UV glass (to protect the inner wood windows from the sun).
Double installed window system prevents any drafts or loss of heat in the winter.
Custom made wood screen windows with rust resistant metal mesh in the bedrooms, living room, office, hallway and bathrooms.
Both the front entrance (kitchen) and the pantry entrance are glass doors with specially treated UV glass. They have a PVC frame, which is specially designed to prevent drafts from coming under the door.The front entrance also has a custom made wood screen door with rust resistant metal mesh.
Both the side entrance and the work/storage building have a solid hard wood core outside security door. They have been treated so they will not warp. They both have a custom made wood screen door with rust resistant metal mesh.
The side entrance door also has a sealer (imported from Germany) on the bottom, fitting snugly to the floor to prevent drafts.
Inside Water Containment
Floors have an insulation system that prevents water seepage into the house through the ground floors.
House walls have an outer and inner wall, with space between the two walls, providing air space insulation.
Heating Exterior walls are 18 – 24 inches thick. This, plus the insulated roof, keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer.Central heat with radiators in every room. Radiator reflectors (behind each radiator) improve their efficiency 45%.Water is heated by a pellet boiler located in the non attached casita (work/storage house). 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. Modern design with large glass panels in front and back. This stove heats the top two levels of the main house.
Primary system is electric (150 gallon water tank) and 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 work/storage house (detached from the house).
Gas is used for the back-up water boiler and kitchen stove top. The gas system is run by a large gas cylinder, with a secondary large back-up cylinder, ensuring 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.
A centrally installed surge system protects the house and appliances from damage due to electrical surges (which are frequent in Portugal).
With the concept of ‘bringing nature indoors,’ the owner personally designed the interior – furnishings and details – so that the beauty of the forest was brought inside. Like the surrounding area, this home captures the feeling of serenity.
Large Master Bedroom
Wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
Custom made shutters on all windows
Walk In storage closet.
Custom designed unique furniture: large armoire with quality inside mirror, three built-in bureaus and a grand bed with custom foam memory mattress. All built using Chestnut and Northern Pine and finished with Ceruse.
Entered directly from the Master bedroom, the Master Bathroom has a bathtub and bidet.
Raised wood ceiling with wood beams.
Custom designed tall Northern Pine storage cabinet with dove tailed joints and Ceruse finish. Custom pine cabinet with mirror over sink.
Leaf’ design fixtures.
Cozy area, great for reading a book.
Four large windows with views of the countryside.
Wide window sills for plants.
Custom designed ‘woodsy’ rocking chair of considerable size, built using chestnut and Northern Pine.
Wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
Custom made double walled insulated chimney system (which prevents moisture from entering the wood burning stove.)
Custom designed tall cabinet, book cabinet and side table built using aged chestnut.
Custom designed pine firewood box.
Large Second Bedroom
Entrance door has a specially made sealer (imported from Germany) on the bottom, to provide soundproofing.
Ceiling is acoustically soundproofed – insulated with a suspended second ceiling with natural wool insulation.
Custom shudders on all windows.
Two large custom made wardrobe closets.
Thick, natural cotton drapery lined with black out backing. Custom made in England.
Next to the bedroom, there is a large bathroom with bidet and shower.
Custom pine and cork storage cabinet.
Custom pine cabinet with mirror over sink.
Antique Portuguese fixtures.
Large Office or Third Bedroom.
Two full glass wood doors.
Custom designed solid chestnut storage closet.
Half bath located near the office and foyer/ side entry way.
Custom pine cabinet with mirror over sink.
Central spiral staircase starts at the back wall of the second level and travels up to the third and fourth levels. Stairs and banister are pine.
Stove is a dual system of gas and electric.
Custom made cabinets built in Northern Pine. Stained and painted by an American Faux designer.
Thick oak counter top.
New large capacity high quality washer and drier.
Three large storage cabinets.
Wood beam cathedral ceiling.
Three large windows above, with natural light streaming in.
Two glass doors with double door system – inner door of wood and outer door of PVC.
Directly above dining room are wood beams, which 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 is fitted with electric outlets and can be made into a fourth bedroom.
Most of the wood furniture has been designed by the owner and fabricated by German, Scottish and Portuguese carpenters, using aged Chestnut, Northern Pine and various other woods, to create ‘one of a kind’ pieces.
Patio table and other iron work by an authentic English blacksmith.
Handmade Portuguese rugs.
The furniture, rugs and major appliances are for sale, separate from the price of the house.
Detached Storage Building
Insulated roof with high wood beam ceiling and rendered walls.
Installed with electrical outlets and ceiling installed lighting.
Pellet stove keeps the building warm in the winter and the thick walls keep it cool in the summer.
Heavy security wood entrance door.
Custom made wood screen door with rust resistant metal mesh.
Outside Water Containment
Due to heavy rainfall in the winter; systems have been implemented to prevent water from entering the house and casita.
- Gutter system on the roof with underground run off that goes into the brook.
- Stone patio, designed so that water run- off travels away from the house.
- Underground drainage system keeps water from accumulating on the stone walkway (into the house).
- Special conduit system, built at the time of construction, prevents moisture from entering the house.
A system of four septic tanks ensures adequate containment and storage of water run off and sewage.
Tall stone walls and a mature hedge of 65 Cyprus Leylandii trees create privacy around the property.
The large area in the front of the house can easily be made into a free form swimming pool, if desired. Currently, it is laid grass with an automatic underground sprinkler system. There is also tube irrigation for the entire property, front and side.
Fertile earth was brought in, so all plants are very healthy! Fruit trees: apple, peach, orange, pear, lemon, almond, pecan, maple (gives maple syrup) and others. Berry bushes: 5 blueberry, 2 exotic blueberry, goji berry, cranberry, red and black current, gooseberries, Azores berry, yellow and pink raspberry, blackberry and strawberry. Concord grape vine (from Italy) and numerous medicinal and culinary herbs.
Side of the house is an organic vegetable garden with companion plants. Two wood raised beds facilitate easy gardening. The earth is richly fertilized with mature goat manure and organic compost bins.
The road to the property is well paved with very few cars. The property is entered down an adjoining cobblestone drive. Smaller than a village, Caratão is called a ‘lugar’ (a place). It is a legally protected valley surrounded mostly by pine forest.
Currently there are three neighboring Xist houses, but they are not occupied full time.
A brook flows along both the front and side of the house and if you take a walk, waterfalls, water pools and calla lilies abound. Walking trails are everywhere.
The village of Celavisa is a 20 minute walk (5 minute drive) down the road. Here 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.
See video of the property: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSe22sDR9dM&feature=youtu.be