BLF1390: QUINTA DE SANTA BÁRBARA

Constância, Santarém

Price:

€1,390,000

Home or hotel with 4ha land, 10 rooms, 2 apartments, restaurant, bar & pool

Property Advertised by: Owner

Property Description

• Location: Ribatejo region, Portugal (1h drive from Lisbon Airport)

• 15th & 18th century manor house (visited by Camões; later Jesuit Monastery)

• 4ha land, 3,200m2 built area

• Ideal for private holiday home, event location (weddings, private and corporate events up to 200 guests) or hotel

• Amenities: Main House with 10 Guest rooms, 2 Apartments, fully equipped Restaurant and Bar, antiques store, panoramic swimming pool, tennis court, small gym

• Current condition: working rural hotel with 8.8 rating on a booking site

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

In 4ha of land and more than 3,200m2 of built area, the Quinta de Santa Bárbara currently houses 10 guest rooms, 4 living rooms, as well as various annexes. There is also a swimming- pool with panoramic views over the surrounding forests of olive trees, various gardens, a small vineyard, a tennis court, a small gym, as well as numerous indoor and outdoor spaces equipped for corporate or private events for up to 200 guests. There is also a modern parking lot outside

the walls of the Quinta to accommodate guests.

The 15th century well-preserved old olive oil cellar, one of the most antique portions of the estate, is where the known restaurant “Refeitório Quinhentista” is located (4.5/5 on tripadvisor). One of the barns was converted into an olden-times “pub-style” Bar and Antiques store that houses the owner’s private collection of antiques.

HISTORY

Quinta de Santa Bárbara is a historical manor house and farm whose origins remount to the 15th century. An estate and building of great historical value, its owners through time have shaped in different ways the Quinta that we see today, having had famous guests and inhabitants walk its

grounds. Built at the peak of the former Portuguese empire, the construction of the first buildings – then going by the name Quinta do Payo – began in 1490 by the landlady of those lands, D.

Guiomar de Freire. By inheritance, it afterwords belonged to her grandson D. Francisco Sampayo e Mello, a Portuguese nobleman and then-governor of Malacca and a close friend of Luiz Vaz de Camões, and who is believed to have hosted the famous poet at his estate many times. By the 17th century, as a consequence of the landlady’s piousness, the Quinta was donated to the Catholic Church and by the 18th century, it was transformed into a Jesuit Monastery. The actions of the Jesuits profoundly shaped the Quinta into the form that we see today, the monks having made many restorations and build the Quinta’s precious 18th century chapel.

The current owner, a lover of antiques and restorations, bought the Quinta in the 1970’s and carefully restored the several original houses that compose the property, adapting it for rural tourism.

 

Interesting facts

  • the wooden floors, unique in that they are all in one piece, were brought from Brazil in 1713 by the governador of Pernambuco D. Francisco de Lencastre
  • – the bed rests are centuries-old oratoriums
  • – whilst doing electrification works to prepare the house for guests, hidden inside the walls was discovered the oldest decks of cards in Portugal, dated 1693-1699 and painted by Alexandre Pimentel. These cards were restored by the Portuguese Museum of Antique Arts
  • LOCATION
  • The Ribatejo region is known for its rich cultural, gastronomical and historical heritage. Home of world-renowned wines and historical towns, at the bifurcation of the Tagus and Zêzere River, it is next to the picturesque town of Constância that we find the Quinta de Santa Bárbara. Only 1h by car from Lisbon airport it is ideally located for a holiday home, for events as well as for touristic exploration. The Templar ex-libris Tomar, UNESCO World heritage site with its 12th century Convent of Christ, lies only 20KM away. The Castle of Almourol, a unique templar construction built in an island on the river Tagus, lies only 5KM away. Due to the strategic location with a great sky night quality, there is an Astronomical Observatory located right next to the Quinta which is worth a visit. The Quinta is also located near the Castelo de Bode dam and the Aldeia do Mato ecological beach.

Property Location

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