HBT75: The Old Barn

Penamacor, Castelo Branco



Off grid house with 2 double bedrooms. Land with 8,000m2.

Property Advertised by: Owner

Property Description

An old granite barn converted for habitation with main living area, open plan kitchen and sitting room with an open fire. The kitchen is all loose cupboards and we would leave some furniture. This then leads on to the newer extension where there is a shower room and two double bedrooms.

Bedroom one can be double or twin. Bedroom two is very large & could be split into two or could have a mezzanine added to make more space.

Most furniture will be left however this needs to be discussed.

The shower room has a flushable toilet which currently runs to a pit (but for less than €500 a vermicomposting toilet could be fitted.)

The water is gravity fed from a tank on rocks at the back of the house, which is connected to a covered well.

The whole house is in good condition with tiled floors throughout and the extension walls all plastered and painted. Out the front of the house is a sink with running water on a small patio. Gas is used to heat the water.

Apart from gas and firewood there are no running costs to the property.

At the back of the house the solar system is stored (as you can see in photos) – this was newly bought and fitted in 2017 and is quite a large system that can run fridge/freezer and washing machine.

We built a shack outside, with our first workaway family, which currently has a compost toilet section and a shower section. This was the start of building infrastructure for guests. It needs a tank to be connected and gravity fed to the shower.

The house is totally exempt from habitation laws – we confirmed this with our lawyer when buying, so it is a completely legal habitation.

Land with 8,000m2 – with the opportunity to buy more cheaply (to make it up to over 1ha) Lots of olive trees and fruit trees including figs, apples, pear, plum, pomegranate, persimmon, almond and more. Great land for growing vegetables.

Space to put 1-3 yurts/tipis/bell tents for renting out and possibly a small dipping pool. You could also live in a yurt yourself and rent the house out as a small hostel with outside communal areas. (House would need modifying a bit for this but possible.)

There is also scope to buy some other bits of land around the quinta from Portuguese neighbours very cheaply to extend the property and include a small rocky granite mountain with amazing views over to Monsanto (would be lovely to have a hut at the top of it!)

Lovely neighbours within walking distance around the house and local and expat community in the local area. The quinta is set in it’s own secluded valley 20 mins walk outside the popular village of Aldeia de Joao Pires, 10 mins drive south of Penamacor. It has stunning views towards the village on the hill Monsanto, which is stunning when lit up at night.

The quinta is 10-15 mins drive to Penamacor, 15 mins drive to Monsanto (most Portuguese village), 3 mins drive to the village of Aldeia de Joao Pires, 50 mins to Castelo Branco and 40 mins to Fundao. A few lakes and river beaches around for swimming on hot days and many of the villages and towns have festas on all year round. There is a growing expat community around the area who are very supportive and there are lots of new opportunities arising. The local Portuguese are very friendly and welcoming too.

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