JUGA87: Penha da Gaia

Portalegre, Portalegre



Current Status:SOLD

Traditional two-storey house fully renovated with approx. 4000m2 land.

Property Description

Detached, fully renovated two-storey house with mains electricity, water and drainage.

Far-reaching countryside views. Located on the edge of a small village which has a cafe/bar. Within the Natural Park of Serra de São Mamede. Haven for walking and bird-watching. Charming small villages with local markets nearby. Town of Portalegre, with all major services, within easy reach.

The house overlooks an olive grove to the front, and has its own land, sloping down from the rear of the house, extending to approximately an acre (4000m2).

The house is situated some 4kms from the Spanish border, within easy reach of the market town of Valencia da Alcantara. Local Portuguese markets are held in Castelo de Vide, a very attractive small historic town, and Santo Antonio das Areias, 15kms and 10kms away respectively.

The main town of the area is Portalegre, 20kms away which has a range of useful services, including bus links to Lisbon.

The House:

The house was completely renovated in 2009 and extended in 2015. Both floors are open-plan, with an additional dining/multi-purpose room, a shower room with WC, and a small entrance porch at the top of an external staircase (originally the entry to the upstairs part of the house, with the downstairs reserved for animals, in years gone by).

Internally the two levels are linked by a custom-built oak spiral staircase, made by a skilled local craftsman, who also made all the doors, windows and shutters in chestnut, and floored the upstairs room in oak.

Downstairs there is an open-plan kitchen and living room, heated by an efficient wood burning stove. This room is linked to the dining room which has a slate floor and a very large picture window to maximize views over a wooded hillside, and doors to the outside.

Upstairs is an open plan bedroom/sitting room with en suite shower room and WC, and a small entrance porch. The ceiling of this upper storey is in the traditional open style, showing beams, and clad in pine.

The size and construction of this room is such that it could quite easily be divided into two bedrooms.

At the back of the house there is an entrance to a small locked storage space, also housing the hot water immersion tank.
The house has mains electricity, water and drainage and is reached by a paved road serving the small, quiet cul-de-sac in which it is situated.

The house is compact but can function in terms of space and comfort as a full-time residence. Equally it would be ideal as a “lock-up and leave” holiday home.

Externally there is a generously-sized raised wooden deck which is accessed via the dining room and which looks down onto the land. It incorporates a large cork oak tree, providing a cool, shady area in summer. It has a wooden staircase down to the land below.

There is a paved area for off-road parking of a car. This then leads onto two higher terraces overlooking the land, from where there is a superb view over the valley into nearby Spain with distant mountains visible.

There are numerous shady cork oak trees, and a terrace with five olive trees, recently pruned. Currently the land is mainly in grass. There would be more than adequate space to build a swimming pool should this be wanted.

Rooms dimension:

Living Room (3.1 x 3m): Wood-burner, Window to rear, Tiled Floor, Door to Dining Room.

Dining Room (3.9 x 2.8m): Light, bright room with Picture Window, doors to front Patio and rear Deck

Kitchen (3.1 x 4m): Chestnut wood work-top, Integrated Ceramic Hob & Oven, under-counter space for Washing Machine and Fridge. Stable door. Split-level to Living Room

Bedroom/Sitting Room(3.1 x 7m): Oak flooring, High beamed-ceiling, Double-aspect Windows, door to upper Entrance Porch.

Shower Room (2.4 x 1.6m): Fully tiled. Shower, Hand basin & Toilet. Window. Door to upper Entrance Porch.


The Natural Park of Serra de Sao Mamede is a beautiful area of rocky, tree-covered hills, separating valleys which all have a character of their own. It has ancient castles situated on spectacular rocky heights, and it has the history and remains of Roman occupation, Moorish domination and border conflict between Portugal and Spain.

In more recent times the maze of small roads and tracks were used by smugglers to carry coffee and leather goods illicitly between the two countries.

Farming here has always been on a small scale, suggesting hard work and self-sufficiency in the past, and there are still relics of old ways, with mules pulling ploughs and carts, older women doing their laundry at their local fonts, and shepherds moving their bell-wearing sheep and goats between grazings. At the same time access to wifi and mobile phone signals is easily available.

Apart from the numerous oak trees, fruit and nut trees grow in abundance – chestnuts, walnuts, hazel nuts, oranges, lemons and clementines, figs, grapes and of course, olive trees, all fruiting in season. Spring flowers are super-abundant and colourful, with spring arriving early, and in autumn there are wild mushrooms to be found.

This is a superb area for walkers and bird-watchers. There are many old cobbled tracks and roads interlinking valleys, fields and communities, so that short or long routes can be planned away from all traffic, going into places with beautiful views, secluded valleys and even views of the habitat of eagles and vultures. There are so many walks to be found, it may be said that there is one for every day of the year!

There are small local towns and villages with their own seasonal festivals where in-comers are welcome, and bigger annual festivals, such as the Chestnut festival in November and the music festival in July, in the magnificent castle village of Marvao. This castle is an orientation guide as it can be seen, higher than anywhere else, from a thousand different points in the surrounding area.

The phrase “a hidden gem” is often overused – but it certainly is an apt description of this area, which whilst welcoming in-comers, as yet retains its own life and character largely unaffected by tourism.

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