Casa do Serrado
Property in central Portugal
Casa do Serrado
Central Portugal is peppered with hidden villages, tiny, peaceful places you come across by chance, usually when you’re looking for somewhere else; places where you stop to admire the unexploited countryside and suddenly realize that you can no longer hear the sound of traffic; where you look around and tell yourself, I could live here. And then you see it, the house, the one you’ve always day dreamed about, and you discover it’s for sale. There’s a lovely old fashioned word for it – Serendipity – it means a lucky accident, and that’s what reading on might be.
Set just off the road, snuggled into the bank, following its shape, is an old 3 storey cottage, built long ago in the traditional method, the schist walls weathered over time, but now restored with compassion and skill.
Wooden windows, Roman Roof tiles, slate and stone, just as you’d pictured it. And with it stands an orchard – Walnuts, Chestnuts,
Hazel, Pears, Cherries and Apples; fruit trees you know, Nectarine, Orange, Apricot, Peach, Mandarins and Figs, and some you may not, Loquat and Persimmon. And it has more land, some adjoining and some close by; land for grazing or for growing and good for both.
Step through a door that clearly has a history to be amazed by what you see, amazed, but not disappointed. Outside, the house is, almost, true to its heritage – inside it is transformed, with skill and passion, to a stunning example of Eco construction, an ‘Off Grid’ home, but with water and electricity provided.
The living areas are open and light, natural building materials, wood, stone and slate have been used wherever possible, and to dramatic effect. Eclectic, slightly eccentric, but very beautiful, and also very practical, a house designed to be lived in as well as admired.
A wooden mezzanine has been added to give a second bedroom and more useable space; the kitchen area has plenty of worksurfaces and storage; there is a bathroom with shower and tub; there is a dressing room; the pipe work of the wood burning stoves run unobtrusively through the house to assist with winter heating; there is a workshop – all the things you need for rural living.
Outside a BBQ and bread oven are set into the old stone walls – there’s a little Love Seat too. There is a font for spring water, and, a short distance from the house, a wooden cabin for guests.
You are only a few kilometers from the town of Gois, with all the services you may need, and all the things you may want, cafes, restaurants, the River Beach – but you’d never know it, the stunning views reach much further than that.
On a practical level, the property is easily accessible and is suitable for either full time residence or holiday accommodation – driving time from the airports of Porto and Lisbon are two and three hours respectively. The University City of Coimbra, with its main line rail connection, is 45 minutes away, you can reach the Coast in an hour.
Come and have a look, you won’t be sorry you did.
For more information e-mail Nuno.
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