LPZ249: Casa Serena

Arganil, Coimbra



3 bedroom house with 338m2. Land with 546m2, 2 buildings and fruit trees

Property Advertised by: Owner

Property Description

Elegance, Comfort, Security and Tranquility

Modern Xist (stone) home in Central Portugal

No barking dogs. No noisy neighbors. No traffic. 

Surrounded by nature. 

All rooms face south and have large windows with an abundance of sunlight.

Also available:
Stone Building for Renovation

We also have a stone building and additional garden area next to the main house, which we will sell (only with purchase of main property) at a very reasonable price.

This building has a basement and two floors, each floor being approximately 40 square meters.  It can be rebuilt to be used as a mother-in-law home, work studio or 6 bedroom, 3 bath guest house.



We are a mature couple. Contact us only if your are a serious buyer. Before doing so, please note the following:

1. This home has a staircase. The staircase is quite wide, so can easily accommodate an electric chair.

2. Driving time to the city of Coimbra (third largest city in Portugal) is 50 minutes. Porto is about 1 ½ hours to the north and Lisbon is about 2 ½ hours to the south. The ocean town of Figueira do Foz is about 1 ¼ hours west. We are 15 minutes from the towns of Arganil and Gois. These two towns have everything you could possibly need.  But some people consider us to be isolated because we are not next door to a major city. If you are looking for the city life, it is not here. If you are looking for a quiet home in the country, this property is for you.

3. We are often asked about fires in Portugal and specifically where we live. Please note that all areas of Portugal (especially Central and Northern Portugal) have been hit by fires at one time or another, one of the reasons being that much of the land here is forest. Our surrounding area was hit by fire a few years ago, but has since re-grown into beautiful green, as can be seen by our photos and video of the area. If you are looking for an area that is guaranteed not to have fires, it is best to look in Southern Spain.

4. Foreign buyers often look for property that has a lot of land. Only after buying it, do they realize it requires tremendous maintenance, which they are not prepared to do. Often, the end result is selling the property and buying another that has less land and easier to maintain.

Unless you are looking for a vast amount of land for a large farm, the side of our house has enough land for a good sized vegetable garden. (There is also an additional 12 m2 garden plot for sale.) The front of our house is professionally landscaped with fruit trees and flowers and is large enough to put in a small pool or hot tub.

In this property, you will find both land that has been carefully laid out to maximize its’ full potential, and a well built home (which is rare in Portugal). The best of both worlds.   

Important Preliminary Information about our property

Unlike many properties in Portugal, this house and property are completely legal. Everything was done with permits so there will never be unexpected legal surprises (such as fines, orders to remove your construction, etc.) from the Camara (Town Hall).


The furnishings that are included with the house are: The complete Master Bedroom set (Custom designed Chestnut and Northern Pine Matrimonial bed, large armoire, three built-in bureaus and carpet), three Northern Pine bureaus in the second bedroom, Living Room sofa, chair, ottoman and firewood box, Dining room corner table, and complete Kitchen including major appliances.

The Essentials:

The electrical, plumbing, heating, insulation, windows, doors and other equipment in the house are of the highest quality available.  This house was built to live in for a lifetime.


Entire house has a double window system. Outer windows are double paned PVC and inner windows are double paned wood. The PVC windows have premium UV glass (to protect the inner wood windows from the sun).

Double installed window system prevents any drafts or loss of heat in the winter.

Custom made wood screen windows with rust resistant metal mesh in the bedrooms, living room, office, hallway and bathrooms.

Entrance Doors

Both the front entrance (kitchen) and the pantry entrance are glass doors with specially treated UV glass. They have a PVC frame, which is specially designed to prevent drafts from coming under the door. The front entrance also has a custom made wood screen door with rust resistant metal mesh. 


Both the side entrance and the work/storage building have a solid hard wood core outside security door. They have been treated so they will not warp. They both have a custom made wood screen door with rust resistant metal mesh.

The side entrance door also has a sealer (imported from Germany) on the bottom, fitting snugly to the floor to prevent drafts. 

Inside Water Containment

Floors have an insulation system that prevents water seepage into the house through the ground floors.

Air Insulation

House walls have an outer and inner wall, with space between the two walls, providing air space insulation.


Exterior walls are 18 – 24 inches thick. This, plus the insulated roof, keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer.

Central heat with radiators in every room.  Radiator reflectors (behind each radiator) improve their efficiency 45%.

Water is heated by a pellet boiler located in the non attached casita (work/storage house).  The boiler can be programmed to turn off and on at various times of the day/night. It also has a remote over-ride system so that the heat can be turned off as you desire. The casita is also heated from this system.

The back-up heat system is a large wood burning stove located in the living room. Modern design with large glass panels in front and back. This stove heats the top two levels of the main house.


The water system is electric (150 gallon water tank) and is located in the work/storage house (detached from the house).  


Gas is used for the kitchen stove top. The two large gas cylinders are stored in an outdoor enclosed storage room, located approximately three meters from the house.

Electrical System

A centrally installed surge system protects the house and appliances from damage due to electrical surges (which are frequent in Portugal). 



Third Floor:

Large Master Bedroom

Wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.

Custom made wood shutters on all windows 

Walk In storage closet. 

Master Bathroom

Entered directly from the Master bedroom, the Master Bathroom has a bathtub and bidet.

Raised wood ceiling with wood beams. 


Cozy area, great for reading a book. 

Four large windows with views of the countryside. 

Wide window sills for plants.

Second Floor:

Living Room

Wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.

Large, glass walled wood burning stove with double walled insulated chimney system.

Large Second Bedroom

Entrance door has a specially made sealer (imported from Germany) on the bottom, to provide soundproofing. 

Ceiling is acoustically soundproofed – insulated with a suspended second ceiling with natural wool insulation. 

Custom wood shudders on all windows. 

Two large wardrobe closets.


Next to the bedroom, there is a large bathroom with bidet and shower. 

First Floor, which is bi-level:

Large Office or Third Bedroom.

Tiled floor.

Two full glass wood doors.  


Half bath located near the office and foyer/ side entry way.

Central Staircase

Central spiral staircase starts at the back wall of the second level and travels up to the third and fourth levels. Stairs and banister are pine.

First Level:


Stove is a dual system of gas and electric. 

Custom made cabinets built in Northern Pine. 

Solid oak counter top. 


Large bright pantry with two glass PVC doors.

Dining Room

Wood beam cathedral ceiling.

Three large windows above, with natural light streaming in.

Two glass doors with double door system – inner door of wood and outer door of PVC. 

Directly above dining room are wood beams, which can be left as is (to keep the dining room open showing the cathedral wood beam ceiling) or can be used as the base for flooring (to build a room above the dining room). 

This area above the dining room is fitted with electric outlets and can be made into a fourth bedroom.



Detached Storage Building

Insulated roof with high wood beam ceiling and rendered walls. 

Installed with electrical outlets and ceiling installed lighting.

Pellet stove keeps the building warm in the winter and the thick walls keep it cool in the summer.

Heavy wood entrance door. 

Custom made wood screen door with rust resistant metal mesh.  

Outside Water Containment

Due to heavy rainfall in the winter; systems have been implemented to prevent water from entering the house and casita.

1. Gutter system on the roof with underground run off that goes into the brook.

2. Stone patio, designed so that water run- off travels away from the house.

3. Underground drainage system keeps water from accumulating on the stone walkway (into the house). 

4. Special conduit system, built at the time of construction, prevents moisture from entering the house.

Septic System

A system of four septic tanks ensures adequate containment and storage of water run off and sewage. 


The property has a private driveway.  The foundation is laid and approval given for construction of a carport.  There is also ample public parking for guests. 

The Grounds

Tall stone walls and a mature hedge of 65 Cyprus Leylandii trees create privacy around the property.  

The large area in the front of the house can easily be made into a free form swimming pool, if desired. Currently, it is laid grass with an automatic underground sprinkler system. There is also tube irrigation for the entire property, front and side.

Fertile earth was brought in, so all plants are very healthy! Fruit trees: apple, peach, orange, pear and pecan. Berry bushes: blueberry, red and black current, Azores berry, yellow and pink raspberry, blackberry and strawberry. Concord grape vine and medicinal and culinary herbs.

Side of the house is an organic vegetable garden with companion plants. Two wood raised beds facilitate easy gardening. The earth is richly fertilized with mature goat manure and organic compost bins.

Surrounding Area

The road to the property is well paved with very few cars. The property is entered down an adjoining cobblestone drive. Smaller than a village, Caratão is called a ‘lugar’ (a place). It is a legally protected valley surrounded mostly by pine forest.

Currently there are three neighboring Xist houses. Only one is occupied full time.  

Bread and fish vendors pass by daily.

A brook flows along both the front and side of the house. Waterfalls and calla lilies abound. Walking trails are everywhere. 

The village of Celavisa is a 20 minute walk (5 minute drive) down the road. Here there are cafes, summer festivals and a public river beach.

Gois is a 15 minute drive and Arganil (slightly larger than Gois) is an18 minute drive. They both have a river beach, schools, large supermarkets, banks, restaurants and all amenities.

Arganil also has a weekly outdoor market and a large complex with indoor pool, sauna, steam and small movie theatre.

There is a significant Expat community in these villages.


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