NB215: Quinta Santa Ovaia

Oliveira do Hospital, Coimbra



3 bedroom house with potential studio flat on ground floor. Land with 3,900m2

Property Advertised by: Owner

Property Description

Detached 3 bedroom house with potential studio flat on the ground floor.

Near Oliveira do Hospital, Coimbra, Portugal

This architect-designed contemporary property, located in a private location on the edge of the village of Santa Ovaia, has views second to none.

The house is situated to take in the beautiful vistas of the Serra da Estrela mountain range, approximately 30kms away. The ‘Torre,’ which is the highest point of mainland Portugal, can be seen towards the East with its white, snow-covered peak in the winter months. There is winter skiing in the Serra da Estrela, which also has a dry ski slope when there is little snow.

Access to the property is by tarmac and country lane that takes you to the automatic double gates. The gates open onto a large courtyard with ‘calçada’ paving and plenty of parking space. From this courtyard, you enter the property to a first-floor lobby.

Enter to a spacious open-plan living area with a large floor-to-ceiling picture window and patio doors to the garden. These allow you to make the most of the beautiful views of nearby valleys and distant mountains. The views are spectacular by day and night. The lounge area has a realistic, log- effect, gas fire that can supplement the underfloor heating to the property. The dining area sits between the lounge and a lovely fully fitted kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, extractor, quality units, and beautiful Silestone work surface. Large bi-fold doors open out onto a terrace and outside dining area. It is here you can dine alfresco and take in the vistas. Off the lounge is a utility room with an outside door that opens onto a part of the garden designed for ‘four-legged friends.’ This area would also be ideal for a kitchen garden. Next to the kitchen is a pantry or laundry room. This floor also has a fully tiled W.C.

An oak staircase from the entry lobby leads to the second floor, which at one end has the master, en-suite bedroom with bath and shower. On the opposite end, there is a fully tiled bathroom and a double bedroom with a further single bedroom situated in the middle (now being used as an office). All the bedrooms have access to an outside balcony and terrace that wraps around the house. Again, this design makes the most out of the outstanding views day and night. The three bedrooms all look out onto the fantastic uninterrupted views and enjoy the early morning sun all year round.

From the first floor, there is a lockable door and stairs to the ground floor. The ample ground floor space is presently used for storage but has the potential to be converted into a self-contained studio flat. The area already enjoys underfloor heating and has placements for windows and an exterior door. Plumbing is available for a kitchen and bathroom. It’s ready to be upgraded and so increase the liveable space by over 30%.

The property has electricity, a septic tank, and a private water supply from a spring on the land. This provides water for the property and irrigation for any growing crops.

Fertile land of around 3,900m2 with own water supply, oak trees, fruit trees, olive trees and grapevines. The land has three good size level terraces ideal for cultivation or just enjoying as it is.

The land is fenced and has plentiful water supply, summer and winter, sourced from the on-site water-mine.

There is a smaller garden area with a roundhouse overlooking the Serra da Estrela and Monte do Colcurinho.

Also, there’s a small high fenced area currently used as used a dog run and accessed from the utility room.

Distances by car:

Santa Ovaia 2 minutes, Oliveira do Hospital 10 minutes, Avô 10 minutes, Coja 15 minutes, Coimbra 60 minutes.

Local Area

Santa Ovaia

The local village to the property is Santa Ovaia, a small village of around 600 people situated on the edge of the Dão wine region. The village is just a few minutes walk away and has cafe’s, a small supermarket a village hall etc.

Santa Ovaia is on the bus root for schools and is located just off the main Oliveira do Hospital to Coimbra road (N17).

Just a couple of minutes away is Vendas de Galizes. From there Rede Nacional de Expressos coaches go to Coimbra and all parts of the country. Also there are a couple of restaurants in the village – one Portuguese and one Indian/Italian.

Ponte Das Tres Entradas

A few minutes drive from Santa Ovaia we see the picturesque village of Ponte das Tres Entradas, where the river Alvôco river meets the river Alva. Here we have a tri-bridge – where traffic from 3 different directions crosses bridges to merge at the tri-junction. There are only a few examples of such bridges in the world.

There are pleasant walks along the banks of the river here and one walk takes you to São Sebastião da Feira

São Sebastião da Feira River Beach

Here we have a popular river beach. These beaches are popular in the interior of Portugal and often preferred to their seaside counterparts. They are usually less crowded and just as beautiful. You can swim without fear of crashing waves or being taken out to sea.

This area has quite a few of the best river beaches in Portugal.

Oliveira do Hospital

The largest near town to Santa Ovaia about 10 minutes drive away.

Wikipedia says:

“Oliveira do Hospital has Roman settlements, Visigothic relics, noble Gothic mansions as well as ancient villages built of slate.”

It’s the administrative centre of the region with banks, supermarkets, shops, schools, government offices etc.


Another picturesque roman town and river beach. Gets busy in the summer as locals and tourists alike flock to take to the water, enjoy ice cream and sunbathe. There’s plenty of trees for shade and picnic tables dotted around to enjoy a bite to eat. There’s a river-fed paddling pool for the little ones.


The village of Piódão, is located on a hillside in the Serra do Açor. About 40 minutes drive from Santa Ovaia it’s well worth a visit and a scenic drive.

Full of breathtaking views, springs and pastureland, the historical village of Piódão has narrow streets of schist houses arranged in the form of an amphitheatre. It’s particularly magnificent at night when the village lights are on.


The fourth-largest urban centre in Portugal (after Lisbon, Porto and Braga), it is the largest city of the district of Coimbra and the Centro Region. About 460,000 people live in the region.

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the Middle Ages and is famous for its University which was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest in Europe. It’s classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Spend time in Coimbra and you will discover a truly magical city.


Viseu is a city and municipality in the Centro Region of Portugal and the capital of the district of the same name, with a population of 100,000 inhabitants. It’s surrounded by mountains and the rivers Vouga and Dão.

The city has a great number of churches in the old town, along with the Religious Art Museum and the Cathedral itself which is one of the most symbolic buildings in Viseu.

Serra da Estrela

Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal. Together with the Serra da Lousã it is the westernmost constituent range of the Sistema Central and also one of the highest in the system. It includes mainland Portugal’s highest point at 1,993 metres above mean sea level.

It’s unusual that you can drive to the summit and take in the breathtaking views. Often you’re above the clouds.

You can drive along the winding mountain roads or choose to walk to take in the fauna and flora.

The Winter months the area is snow-covered and popular with skiers and snowboarders. In total there is nearly 6km of slopes and three ski lifts.

Figueira da Foz

If it’s the seaside you’re after the town of Figueira da Foz is a little over an hour away by car. You can go skiing in the Serra da Estrela in the morning and sunbathe on a beach at Figueira in the afternoon.

Located at the mouth of the Mondego river it’s about 40km from Coimbra.

A seaside town during the day with beautiful wide expanses of white sand by night it turns into a different town. With daily shows, a casino, bars and traditional Portuguese food restaurants and is one of the greatest entertainment centres around.


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