A short drive from the market town of Arganil is a striking schist quinta standing on147m2 of land. This partly completed restoration project has a habitable area of 94m2, with two of the rooms, a good sized lounge and a bedroom, already finished, as is the central hallway – throughout, the repair has been sensitive to the character of the house, retaining, where possible, original wooden floors and ceilings.
Functional, but needing further work, are a kitchen with an open fire, plus a toilet/small shower, giving a good deal of useful living space while renovation continues.
In keeping with tradition accommodation is on the first storey, the ground floor being used for storage, however, the with addition of an internal staircase, that spacious area, cool in the hot months of summer, could be put to an alternative use.
Outside, the garden, with its views across rolling hillside, is a mix of flat and sloping ground, a place for everything from a patio and summer house to vegetable plots and a small orchard – irrigation for which is within easy reach.
Located on the edge of a small village community, rural, peaceful, but not isolated, the property is ideal for someone seeking a slower way of life – equally, given the increasing interest in rural tourism, a very attractive holiday home. It’s hiking and biking country with River Beaches where you can swim in clean clear water, very unspoiled and worth exploring. Most of the surrounding villages have a cafe/bar and there are some good restaurants. When you want something more lively, various events, sporting and cultural, take place over the summer months.
The local town is bustling, with good shopping, plenty of places to eat and drink, plus all major services including schools, a small hospital and a veterinary clinic. Road access to the major cities of Coimbra, Porto and Lisbon is good. The amazing beaches of the Silver Coast are close enough for an easy day out.
Yes, the cottage requires more work, but the major services, water, fossa and electricity are installed, plus, there is already some comfortable living accommodation – if you are contemplating the purchase of an older house that makes this one well worth considering.