Casa Palmeira is a substantial three storey house set on the side of a square in a quiet hillside village. Though perhaps ready for an upgrade to contemporary taste, previous renovation work is of good standard and the layout makes excellent use of the 360m2 habitable space.
Outside is a small south facing garden, 16m2, but big enough for two orange trees and with the most beautiful views down across the valley.
The lower ground floor, once cellars used for storage, has been transformed to a kitchen/dining area with small washroom. It is roomy and bright, has its own entrance as well as internal stairs, and great possibilities for further conversion.
Ground floor accommodation consists of a spacious U shaped room with large windows giving good natural light. Divided by an internal wall which holds a brick built fireplace, to the left is a galley kitchen, which has space for a table, has a gas range cooker, plus plenty of storage and work surfaces. To the right, you have a comfortable area for living and dining, with a hidden cupboard, perfect for stuff you need, but don’t want to sit and look at. A neat hallway leads to a bathroom with tub and two more useful sized rooms with varnished wooden floors, possibly bedrooms, or a sitting room and a study? This time their views are to the east, but they are just as lovely.
Stairs lead up to the 1st floor which has 4 bedrooms – two double, one of which has a large walk in closet – big enough for an en-suite, and both have access to a covered balcony that will easily take a table and chairs, or sunbeds. The 3rd is smaller, currently used as an office, but a good size single, tho it would take a queen sized bed without being cramped. The 4th is L shaped, an attic bedroom, but has the head space to make it usable. There is also a shower room with toilet on this level. As with many older country houses the ceilings are of varnished wood, but unlike many, these are insulated.
The decoration is plain, most of the floors are tiled and whilst some work is required, the house is perfectly habitable. Windows are metal and many have shutters.
The location is superb, almost at the end of the road, but with access for mountain walks and forestry tracks – a 10 minute ramble down the hill takes you to a traditional tavern in the next village – 10 kilometres further and you’ll find a busy little community with 2 bars, a mini mart and a River Beach. A bustling market town with full facilities, including a small hospital, is 20 minutes drive; 50 kilometres and you’re in the Medieval City of Coimbra; Porto airport is two hours away – maybe, Casa Palmeira truly is a rare find.
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