JCB299: Quinta do Gil RESERVED

Celorico da Beira, Guarda



Land with 30ha, 3 bed house, stables, outbuildings, solar, water, fruit, nut & olive trees

Property Advertised by: Owner

Property Description


Land with 30ha
3 bedroom main house 110m2 living space
Outbuildings with possibility to convert
Self sufficient
Plenty of water, fertile soil
Mix of native trees, mature and young fruit, nut and olive trees, agricultural land

According to the local engineer within the council, seeing the size of the land and after looking at the current risk maps, there will be no issues in getting permission to:

  1. Convert existing outbuildings to dwellings
  2. Extend existing outbuildings
  3. Create more buildings like cabins or for instance Tipi platforms etc

Situated on the slopes of the Serra da Estrela mountains you will find this 22ha farm boasting beautiful views.

Whether you are looking for a place to practice regenerative agriculture/permaculture, start a tourism project, keep horses, or live with a big group of people, this farm has it all.

The farm consists of an urban part and rustic part. The rustic part is in reality bigger than registered 22ha area (which is quite normal in Portugal, bringing the total amount of hectares up to 30.)

The main granite house is situated on the urban part. The house is legal and has a footprint of 107m2 including the garage. The house is being renovated, with the majority of work completed.  Planning can be requested for extensions of up to 30%. The main entrance to the house is on the top level. Granite steps lead to the newly fitted door, with triple lock. When you enter the house you find a huge open plan living room / kitchen over the entire floor (7.70 x 7.20 meter). 6 windows provide light and amazing views on all sides, including a view to the Torre, the highest mountain of Portugal. The exposed (insulated) roof with wooden beams is an eye catcher. In the middle of the room you find the log burner oven, with enough capacity to heat up the entire house on even the coldest days. Because of the height of this room a mezzanine floor can easily be put up.
The bottom level consists of 2 big bedrooms. Each bedroom is 3.80 x 3.30 meters with thick heavy-duty laminate flooring, and has a big window providing beautiful views over the countryside. The windows can be opened normally (and used as emergency doors) or can be tilted open for airflow. Ceiling lights are built in. Also on this floor is the bathroom, split in a shower area which also houses the washing machine, and a toilet area with composting toilet, wash basin and (connections for) a urinal. A flushing toilet can be installed, all necessary pipework is there. Apart from the 2 big bedrooms there is another room to be finished off, currently used as storage. This room could easily serve as a third bedroom or study with lots of built in storage under the staircase. Space for the staircase is laid out, at the moment a ladder is placed to go up and down without having to go outside.

Attached to the house is a garage that houses the new 3KW solar system, which consists of 9 x 255
watt panels, an 1135ah battery bank and Victron charger and controller. More than enough to run all
modern appliances even when there is no sun for days.

About 50 meters from the main house you will find a big stable complex (187m2 footprint). There is
a big 2 storey high stable, ideal for horses or other bigger animals. Two smaller stables are
perfect for animals like goats, sheep, pigs etc. Above the two smaller stables are rooms that could
easily be converted into living quarters, as they hold a fireplace and windows. Another smaller stable
has the old bread oven. A tap provides the complex with running water straight from the mine at the
top of the land.

Opposite the main house, on the other side of the big terraces, is a small cottage (52m2 footprint)
which used to be for storage. This building needs more work but could be converted into a two floor
(holiday) home.

The farm consists mostly of terraces with very fertile soil. There are over a dozen mature olive trees,
fig trees, cherry trees, apple, pear, bay leaf, elderberry, plum and more. Recently about 40 young
trees of different varieties of fruit have been planted (apple, pear, nectarine, plum, peach,
pomegranate and more) as well as 40 new olive trees. Although a part of the land still needs clearing,
there is plenty of space to have a huge vegetable garden, plant more fruit and olive trees and grazing
space for animals. There is also plenty of space to create camping places. The property has a lot of
oak trees.

One of the unique things about this farm is that there is no shortage of water. After the property was
bought a lot of water tanks have been found, and dug out. There is a huge water tank with mine at
the top corner of the property, that provides the water with high pressure to the stables and the
main house. There are more tanks and mines on the lower terraces. The water has been running
throughout the entire summer after the tanks and mines were cleared.

There are two access roads to the farm. One from the top which is maintained by local authorities,
and one from the bottom at the N17. Both are dirt roads, but can be driven by a normal car.
In 1905 the Portuguese Saint Madre Maria Teresa de Menino Jesus was born on this farm. Part of
what now are the stables is where she lived with her parents, grandfather and siblings. Later on in
life she founded a convent close to Fatima. There is contact with a priest from the Guarda monastery
who knows the history in case the future owner of the farm wants to explore the options regarding
this fact further.

List of renovations:
Roof – February 2020 including all new beams and guttering for rainwater collection
Windows and doors – May 2020, all double glazed aluminum, with warranty
Solar system – May 2019
Downstairs renovation – 2019-2020.
Remaining work:
Finishing of 3rd room
New kitchen
Vermicomposting system or septic tank for waste water
Cosmetic work mainly on top floor (i.e. pointing, flooring, painting)

In the Serra da Estrela mountains, but only 5 minutes away from Celorico da Beira (with its Tuesday
market and all main amenities) and connection to the A25 motorway. 2 hours drive from Porto. The
area has lots of historical towns like Linhares (home of the paragliding) and Folgosinho within short

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