Located in the small village of Barril de Alva, 5 minutes away from the bustling town of Coja,one of Central Portugal’s best kept secrets, this spacious villa with its walled and landscaped garden is full of hidden potential.
A light and sunny home with good sized bathrooms and a real cook’s kitchen, one elegantly equipped, right down to a large wooden table, perfect for a late and lazy family breakfast or that Pot Luck supper with friends. But it’s far more than that; set out on different levels and of fine quality workmanship, it’s a house which needs to be explored to be appreciated, every door is worth opening.
Entrance to the building is along a paved path up marbled steps to a substantial aluminum front door.On the ground floor, along side that thoughtfully planned kitchen, is a large L-shaped living room with fireplace. There is also a bedroom, a bathroom and sliding doors opening onto the veranda . All cool in summer, but kept warm by oil fired central heating and log burning stoves during the short Portuguese winter.
To call the wooden stairs which take you to the next story ‘A Feature‘ is to insult the beauty of the design. Of superior quality treated wood they are, perhaps, the heart of the house, leading you to an open plan space with tiled floors and white walls where you will find two more bedrooms.
Outside there are more surprises. Stood in its own land, with it’s own bore hole, there is a separate garage and an annex, already converted for accommodation. In an area of great beauty, with close proximity to the Alva and its River Beaches, you are presented with a host of possibilities – a holiday let; a full time rental; a full time home, but with that lovely little house for Mum and Dad when they get older – it’s all down to you imagination.
Arganil, a town on its way up, is about 15 minutes away. There are excellent facilities and good shopping, there is also a small hospital and Veterinary Practise. The University City of Coimbra is 45 minutes by car, Porto, with its airport is about 2 hours; the coast is half of that.
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