Six hectares of dreamtime property unequalled in the Beira Baixa.
No other property combines this level of seclusion, beauty, services, access and allure. The land is varied, mysterious, beautiful with a vineyard, orchards, thousands of pines/eucalypts/cork oaks. There are open meadows, copses, winding paths, a central brook. The south boundary consists of 300 metres of river frontage.
The property is 800 metres off the nearest sealed road itself a road less traveled.
In this diverse and self-contained agricultural property you will find the space and facilities for privacy, off-grid self-sufficiency and/or a little hospitality business among the organic fields and grasslands.
It is a retreat from the modern world of disturbance, threat, infection. When the gates close behind you, you are in your own domain,
There is land enough here to supply one or more families with meat, vegetables, oil, honey, timber, firewood, cut flowers and wine. It is also sub-divisible into three titles with three distinct areas for separate arrangements.
The owners are looking at leaving the property now, next year or in seven years time. It's an unhurried offer to the market. The renovated and fully habitable house is classified as an agricultural support building with no habitation license. Habitation rights are secured by a townhouse in nearby Penamacor which does have habitation rights. That three storey townhouse is included in the price. If you'd like to visit, make an offer, or have your interest registered for when the sale process begins in earnest, please email or dial 9000 (WhatsApp).
Features Of The Property
A solid schist-built house renovated from the original 19th century field house. It has been insulated with three layers in the roof and 5 cms of cement rendering inside. The doors and windows are ultra-modern glass and aluminium with tasteful grey security shutters.
The house is surrounded by 60m2 of covered verandahs which provide shade for people and also keep the sun off the walls of the house thus preventing the build-up of heat in the stones. Even without air-conditioning, the house is up to 10° centigrade cooler inside than out.
A 6,000-litre water tower fed by a 100m-deep borehole. Nb, the water is not ferre ie, touched with iron it is clean, clear, it tastes good and is used in the house for all purposes including drinking. If you climb to the top of the tank and look down through the access hatch you can see the floor of the tank 2m below through the water without any turvacão.
An olive grove of 60 venerable trees they produced 300kgs in the 2019 season and enough own-brand oil to last a year.
An irrigated orchard of fruit trees (lemon, figs, cherry, peach, plum) borders the river and is approached by an avenue of fig trees. A stone wall is in the process of being built around it.
An irrigated vineyard of chardonnay vines in front of the house. The planted area will treble in size over the winter of 2020/21. When mature, the vineyard will produce the material for 1,000 bottles of wine.
A beehive (without, as yet, bees).
A five-metre deep burning pit for prunings. The amount of wood that comes off the trees every year is prodigious.
Solar panels provide 1,800 Watts of solar power. They are discreetly placed, south-facing but barely visible from the house. The system has a 5,000 W inverter/charger (enough for the borehole and household). There are eight double-sized Trojan deep-cycle batteries. The system was professionally installed by the well-established Castelo Branco company Enat for 9,500. It is easily scalable if more power is sought. On the rare occasions when the sun hasn't been shining, a powerful and (almost) silent generator will charge the batteries.
There are two local wells, one with the traditional bucket machinery and surrounded by standing pillars with old, wild vines growing above the well. Both well-areas are more useful for evening entertaining than for irrigation (for which there is the borehole).
Lets Walk the Course
The property is accessed via a council-maintained track leading 800m off the country road, down to a set of classic country gates made of iron. With the gates and no other direct access to the property security is excellent. This is a lock-up-and-leave property.
Passing through the gates, the visitor meets a fork in the driveway which leads in two tracks down through a central olive grove between two stands of elegant eucalyptus trees. A pine-clad hillside rises above the eucalypts. It is part of the property.
After 250m of driveway, the house is revealed in a clearing.
The property naturally falls into distinct zones.
1) The central olive section, itself split by a running brook. Here are 60 olive trees, many very old. Recent harvests have produced 300 kilos of fruit from the trees there is the potential of 1,000 kgs.
2) A eucalyptus plantation borders the east boundary and the foot of the hill on the wast. The plantation has many eucalypts 25m tall, and more. They are more than ready for coppicing and have commercial value. Coppiced eucalypts will regain (surprisingly) 3 metres of growth the same year they are cut.
3) The hill to the west of the centreline is heavily-clad in pine trees some magnificent specimens old and tall. They are surrounded by many seedlings that have grown up around them. There are also a large number of cork oak seedlings growing spontaneously. They will benefit from transplanting. Those who enjoy treework will find much to engage them on this hillside. Paths are being laid through the area.
4) The undiscovered top side above the water tower goes to the highest point of the property with views out over to Monsanto. There is a plan to build a writers hut up here and to make a track up there accessible by, say, electric golf cart.
5) At the base of the property, after the olive trees, the property broadens out into a generous, fertile river meadow. It is 300m of river frontage protected by an ancient river wall. It is here, in front of the house that the pergola lives. Also, the vineyard, the second structure and the orchard.
The property sports 100 cork oaks, with 20+ more than three metres tall and with half a dozen venerable specimens (between 10 and 20m). They will be ready for selling the cork in seven years.
The house sits in a clearing overlooking the river bank on top of a gentle incline with a driveway going around the circle of it.
It is a south-facing 102m2 Portuguese field house built in the traditional style and fully renovated in the modern style while retaining its character. It has 50cms thick walls, schist stones and granite door frames/lintels. It is tiled inside throughout. It also benefits from 60m2 of covered verandah on three sides. There have been custom-made, high-quality, double-glazed modern windows and doors with aluminium security shutters painted a tasteful grey.
The whole property is lock-up-and-leave as required.
It is fully wired and plumbed with a new tiled roof on top of concrete beams. There is a layer of cement laid over the undertiles and then rooftiles on top of that. With the interior ceiling, there are four layers of insulation against the elements.
For hot water in kitchen and adjacent bathroom a 14-litre gas fired boiler is fired from bottled gas.
A four-ring gas stovetop supplies the cooking facilities. It is more than possible to wire in an electric oven. There is an outside cooking table for the summer.
The bathroom has an enclosed shower, along with bidet, hand basin and toilet.
Electricity comes in from the solar panels to power the appliances. There are wall lights, ceiling lights and spotlights above the worktop.
There is an air-conditioning unit for the summer and wood burner for winter. The property supplies unlimited firewood for heating. The eucalyptus burns especially hot and bright, with a blue flame and leaves little ash behind
On the rare occasions in winter when there is insufficient sun, a wonderfully quiet Champion 3kW generator with electric start will boost the solar batteries. This is stationed in the Battery House, 20 metres from the house and out of earshot.
The interior walls of the main house have been rendered with 5cms of cement for a smooth, hygienic, attractive finish.
A ceiling was added to the interior in order to make heating and cooling more practical.
The 50cm stone walls help keep the house warm in winter and cool in winter.
The roof consists of three levels of protection.
1) Tiles the attractive variegated roof tiles.
2) Under the tiles, concrete beams support flat terracotta insulating plates.
3) Between the plates and the tiles an insulating layer of cement.
Inside the house, a plasterboard ceiling adds to the insulating effects
Electrical wiring is concealed under the tiled floor in blue tubes. Modern fuseboxes control the electricity supply.
In front of the verandah photinia bushes, lavender and azaleas and a view across the vineyard to the magnificent cork oak by the river.
A pergola set in an octagon is in the process of growing vines up and over it. It has a firepit in the middle for spring and autumn BBQs
July and August in the Beira Baixa are hot. It is necessary to adapt, to create shade and water. A plunge pool/water tank to service the vineyard extension is planned for installation this winter.
A Second Dwelling has been converted from a pigsty it is semi-completed and semi-subterranean. It offers a bedroom for cool summer nights with a 20m2 sitting room/kitchen fronting onto the river meadow. Also, a good-sized bathroom. Outside, a lovely verandah/pergola is being constructed with seasoned eucalyptus poles. The structure is complete it remains to be rendered, tiled and wired.
Signal It is worth noting that reception inside the house is excellent. It is possible to watch Netflix on your devices inside the house without interruption.
It also makes it possible to work from here and be in contact with the world. The current owners have conducted business in London on a mobile phone while pulling brambles out of these Portuguese olive trees.
A wonderfully useful Pel-Job mini-digger. This has been fully maintained and is used for digging post holes and irrigation clears vegetation from the brook and has defeated the densest concentration of brambles.
It has its own heavy-duty trailer.
There is also a 50hp Massey Fergusson tractor, which is invaluable for mowing, ploughing, turning the ground, levelling tracks.
There are three major attachments for the tractor the escrificador with the gouging teeth, the blade which is used for levelling the ground, and the flail mower.
They are all attached to the back of the tractor with a standard three-point connection and activated by the power take off.
There is also the generator, a cement mixer, a strimmer, a chainsaw and various agricultural tools.
They may be purchased as a job lot at a price to be negotiated. Essentially, there is everything needed to make the property work.
When the current owners bought it, the property had to be broken in from 50 years of neglect.
The house was not visible. Wild brambles had overgrown it up to and over the roof.
Access to the doors had to be cut through two metres of thorns. Outside, what was thought to be a mound of brambles concealed a 200-year-old olive tree.
The land was cleaned with the help of mechanical diggers and hand-held mattocks.
There is an area at the top of the property which the present owners have not penetrated.
For the rest of it, paths wind through the domain, trees have been planted with a view to providing shade for summer walks. For the main part, the property has been civilised but it still has the charm of wilderness.
Wildlife A fox visits the river boundary. Blackbirds sing. Hoopoes fly. Shy boar rootle in the ground at night. Portuguese otters have been seen.
Water is essential for any growing project. The river dries up in the summer, and all wells run low. The bore hole was drilled by a man who identified the spot with a twitching olive branch. It provides more than enough to irrigate the 40-fruit-tree orchard, specimen trees and the vineyard. The 6,000-litre water tower is set on the hillside high enough to produce powerful water pressure from gravity.
Honey: The land is organic. Local people dont have the money for fertilizer or pesticide. There is an opportunity for an entrepreneur to develop a specialist honey brand to sell for therapy or allergy-protection similar to New Zealands Manuka honey.
Oil: If you pick the olives yourself, you may take the bags to one of many co-ops in the district. Some are very traditional, others high-tech. The co-op takes a third of the oil for payment and give you two-thirds. If you choose to bring in outside olive-pickers the usual arrangement is one-third for them, one-third for the co-op and one-third for you.
With the climate, the seclusion, the proximity with nature it is an ideal environment for creative endeavour of all sorts.
In this deal, it´s include one house near Penamacor. Talk with your Adn Real Estate, and know more about this properties
Price 140,000 €
Price / sq metre: €/m² 2.11
Agency: Área De Negócios