HGG125: Pedras Alvas

Tábua, Coimbra



4.1ha land ideal for permaculture and organic farming with a stone ruin for renovation

Property Advertised by: Owner

Property Description

4.1ha smallholding for sale in central Portugal.

The land faces south-west and is fertile and generous – perfect for self-sufficiency, and for developing the existing permaculture project. Roughly half of the quinta consists of wide terraces edged with grape vines. There are plenty of old fruit trees such as persimmons, loquats, pears, figs, apples, quinces, pomegranates, peaches, plums, apricots, and native hazels. There is a small olive orchard as well as a mixed citrus orchard.

The property has been cared for by an owner who has completed their Permaculture Design Certificate, has done a fruit tree pruning course and has spent years working on small organic farms.

A lot of thought has gone into planning and planting the beginnings of a diverse forest garden, with high quality and rare varieties purchased from speciality nurseries – asian pears, cornelian cherries, jujubes, ‘aprium’, cherries, greengage, chaste tree, snowbell tree, white and black mulberries, citrus caviar, buddhas hand, mayberries, saskatoon berries, edible hawthorns, strawberry trees, szechuan pepper, bladdernut, yellowhorn, plus named hazel and almond varieties. A percentage of nitrogen fixers have been incorporated, such as autumn olive, sea buckthorn and siberian pea tree. New hedging has been planted using evergreen varieties like pineapple guava, elaeagnus and common myrtle.

Overall there are many microclimates to be found on the land, providing a wide range of growing conditions. There is a highly productive vegetable patch which has been cultivated organically and has an automatic irrigation system set up. It easily caters for the needs of 4 people. Some perennial beds have been established with a variety of plants like comfrey, oregano, sage, echinacea, lemon verbena, evening primrose, artichokes, cardoon, rhubarb, physalis, strawberries, licorice and self-seeding annual varieties such as chamomile, huacatay, claytonia, purslane and new zealand spinach. During the autumn months there are plenty of edible mushrooms to be found on the land, including the delicious parasol mushroom and the distinctive saffron milkcap.

There is a small area of mimosa forest which is fast growing, makes excellent firewood and is useful for basic fencing and garden structures. There are some beautiful granite boulders on which to sit and watch the sunset, and plenty of native oaks, cork oaks and umbrella pines to provide shade in the summer heat. There is a lovely old linden tree under which bees have been kept, and a number of large cypress trees line the entrance. The remainder of the land is made up of pine forest, providing enough wood to keep you warm for a lifetime. If you are looking for a simple source of income, some of this area could be re-planted with the type of pine that produces pine nuts and grows well in this region.

There is an old south-facing ruin with a footprint of 132m2. This building is registered as a habitation and sits within 800m2 of ‘urban’ land, meaning that you can build a living house here. Next to the existing ruin is a traditional bread oven and an ‘eira’, a granite slab that was used for cleaning corn and grains. An up-to-date topographical map of the land has been made, and mains electricity is installed up to the entrance where there is a small electricity house.

Fencing has been put around some areas of the property. An integrated water system has been installed that consists of three storage tanks (60,000 litres in total) fed from an abundant well, which allow for good pressure and gravity watering of all the terraces. There is also a borehole, a second natural well and a spring that runs during the winter months. The water situation on this quinta is excellent, and this is not an easy quality to come by. Simple structures such as wood storage, a tool shed, compost bins and leaf mould bins are in place.

There are no high-tension electricity pylons nearby, and there are no large eucalyptus plantations neighbouring the land. Part of the land borders a protected area that slopes down to the river Mondego.

The quinta is situated about 10 minutes walk from a small village called ‘Vila do Mato’ so it is private but not isolated. This village is unusual in that it is multi-generational, and there are quite a few children and young families living here. As well as the local Portuguese, there is a sizeable community of northern Europeans living nearby – mostly Belgian, Dutch, British and German.

There are two decent sized towns within a 20-30 minute drive, Tábua and Oliveira do Hospital, both of which have a good range of supermarkets, hardware stores, cafes and restaurants. Viseu is the nearest small city at around 50 minutes drive, and the university city of Coimbra is about an hour away. The closest railway station is twenty minutes drive, with connections to Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto.

There are clean river beaches close to hand, and Aveiro’s long sandy beaches and canal boat rides are 1.5 hours drive away. The spectacular Serra de Estrela and Caramulo mountains are within easy reach if you want beautiful walks, lake swimming and even winter skiing.

It is possible to negotiate a full package of extras including various essential tools, cold frames, a generator, and a tractor (with trailer, box and mower).

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