PR298: Quinta dos Sete Poços

Oliveira do Hospital, Coimbra

Price:

€298,000

2 renovated and furnished cottages on 4.75 hectares with fruit and olive trees, grape vines and woodland

Property Advertised by: Owner

Property Description

The quinta comprises two registered houses set on about 4.75 ha of mixed forest and agricultural land.

The first house is a 200-300 year old cottage built from granite rocks cut from the land. The cottage was renovated in 2004 under the guidance of an anthroposophic architect. It is fully insulated (walls and ceilings) and has double glazed aluminium windows and doors. The 135m2 cottage is on one level with no steps throughout the building and includes kitchen/dining area, bathroom, bedroom and lounge, a partially enclosed outer terrace facing to the west and a covered carport with direct access to the kitchen.

The cottage is heated in winter with a wood-burning cooking stove which is linked to radiators in the other rooms. The stove also heats water for a 150 liter storage tank. In summer the hot water tank is heated by a solar water panel heater.

The second house was constructed in 1964 and renovated in 1996. It consists of two levels totalling approximately 137m2 of floor space including the garage. Downstairs there is an open space kitchen-lounge-dining area opening to two terraces, one glassed-in and east-facing to catch the morning sun and the other open and west-facing where you can enjoy a cool drink at sunset.

There is a separate bathroom with shower, bath, toilet and washroom. The spaces are heated with wood-burning stoves. Upstairs are two extra bedrooms and an attic, with wood-heating stove and a terrace facing east to the Serra da Estrela.

Hot water comes from a solar panel linked to a 150 litre storage tank. In winter there is a wood burning stove in the bathroom to provide hot water for the whole house..

This second house has been kept in more or less its original state and is available for renting out. It has been much appreciated by guests because of this “quaintness”.

Most of the furnishings can stay with the houses. This includes beds, washing machines, gas and wood stoves, televisions and associated antennae, tables and chairs etc. That is, the houses are ready for immediate occupation by the new owners.

Other buildings on the 4.75 ha land are a storage shed/garage, donkey stall, chickenhouse, two wood-sheds, glass house and a small storage house situated over the main well which provides water for all the houses.

Apart from the house well, water comes from five other covered (plus one uncovered) wells and a 60,000 liter storage tank. This serves both for irrigation and as a natural swimming pool on hot summer days. The wells are linked with sub-surface tubes to the pool from which water can be pumped throughout the land. The pool is topped up via a gravity-fed tube from one of the wells.

The land area is mixed farm/forest, with about 5,000m2 of cultivated land planted with fruit and vegetables and the rest in a mixed forest of wild cherry / oaks of several species /pines / ash / poplars and cypresses. This forest of varying tree age and species supplies all the wood needed for winter heating.

The gardens with fruit trees and shrubs such as apple, pear, quince, fig, apricot, walnut, nashi, persimmon, kumquat have been carefully designed to give fresh produce for much of the year and maintained in a sustainable manner during the last 25 years by the current owners, recycling and composting to improve the soil and crops.

The vegetable and herb gardens are enclosed by lines of feijoa bushes which provide shelter from wind and sun and give a magnificent crop in late autumn – early winter. The 42 ancient and newly planted olives give excellent oil (20-100litres each year) as well as eating olives for the kitchen. The grape vines give an annual crop of about 50-150 litres of wine.

The quinta has mains electricity, telephone lines, internet access and digital and satellite TV reception. There is a small solar electricity backup system with 24/230 volt transformer in case of a blackout or other failure of the mains supply.

It is 1km from Sobreda by forest road. At 2-3km is Seixo da Beira with cafés, small shops and restaurants, post offce, medical centre, creche and primary school. There is a middle school in Ervedal, 7-8km away and a secondary school in Oliveira do Hospital. From Sobreda/Seixo it is about 15km to Seia, “capital” city of the Serra da Estrela, 25km to the council seat of Oliveira do Hospital, and 15km to Nelas where there is a rail link to Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve and also the international train to Paris.  Oliveira do Hospital lies in the district of Coimbra, 1 hours drive toward the Atlantic coast. Coimbra is famous for its university and research hospital which offers advanced support in many health issues. Figueira da Foz is a major beach resort, 40km west of Coimbra.

This area is soaked in human history from 30,000 year old rock art in Foz Coa to 5,000 year old standing stone monuments in Sobreda and Seixo da Beira to Roman remains in Bobadela. Only 500m from the quinta is a 1200-1300 year old grave carved from granite. Some of the ancient olive trees on the quinta have immense trunks and are estimated to be almost 1000 years old. And still producing good crops.

The forests, gardens, water areas on the quinta have been planted and prepared with an eye to attracting butterflies, birds, salamanders, lizards, bats and other wildlife. Mongoose, wild pig, marten, wild cat, badger and fox can be seen or heard in the surrounding valley. It is a mix of cultivated and wild; a true, natural, house and garden, a place to relax and enjoy Portugal’s ancient and current beauty.

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