5 ACRES (stms) SUBSTANTIAL TRADITIONAL STYLE MODERN FARMHOUSE CLOSE TO THE OLD TOWN OF ESTOI - Fabulous home set above the town of Estoi with commanding views across the old town, surrounding countryside and big sea views beyond, yet is NOT balanced on a high hilltop. The original old farmhouse with its massive stone walls was very carefully rebuilt about 14 years ago, cleverly retaining many beautiful features such as Domed Briquette Ceilings before then building the new house in a traditional Algarvean farmhouse style, using the old restructured farm as its foundations. So solid is the construction that the property was given a seismic certificate (unfortunately misplaced). To the naked eye, the quality of the build is obvious from the exposed honey stone walls of the original property to the rendered insulated double skin walls of the new parts. Briefly, the accommodation comprises spacious entrance hall, fitted kitchen, home office, magnificent living room with doors out to a very spacious covered terrace with those great views, four double bedrooms, two bathrooms arranged as two sets of bedroom suites each with own inner hallway area. At garden level is the original refurbished farmhouse with electrics installed ready to sub-divide to create whatever your family needs are. Currently part of this area is used as a huge games room, but this entire area could readily be converted a very large annexe. Additionally, there is parking for six or more cars, large swimming pool with sunbathing terraces and piped music. There is also a sauna room, separate changing room, adjacent utility room, large greenhouse, kitchen garden, Summer kitchen with BBQ, solar water heating, borehole and tanks for water collection. Around the house are superb well stocked irrigated gardens with vast numbers of cacti, succulents, specimen trees and shrubs. To the front is a flat area of land with established fruit trees, whilst to the rear is extensive land as yet untouched.
Noteworthy features include: Double glazed windows all with green painted aluminium shutters, solar hot water heating for the house and separate solar hot water heating for the pool changing room shower. Internal doors and surrounds in quality timber, Air Con in the lounge and bedroom one, but the entire house is prepared for installing air conditioning if required and floors are tiled throughout. Around the house there is good pedestrian lighting covering the driveway, footpaths, steps, terraces, the BBQ /dining area and around the swimming pool area. The property holds a high grade of energy certificate.
ENTRANCE HALL 4.08m x 2.36m (13’5” x 7’9”) Tiled floor, storage cupboards, doors to kitchen, office and multi paned bevel edged glass double doors into the living room.
FITTED KITCHEN 3.98m x 3.37m (13’1” x 11’1”) Fully fitted floor and wall cupboards, granite worktops, space for washing machine, dishwasher and fridge-freezer. There is a Zanussi four ring hob cooker with extractor hood over, built in oven with space above for a built in microwave. The stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap is set in front of the window which overlooks a seating area and the BBQ oven area. Tiled floor and walls.
STUDY OFFICE 3.98m x 2.94m (13’1” x 9’8”) Window to front aspect, special wall mounted cable trunking provides a neat solution and five double power points giving power access for all those typical office requirements including internet access. Tiled floor, wall and ceiling lighting.
HUGE LIVING ROOM 7.97m x 6.22m (26’2” x 20’5”) A wonderful room with three sets of double bevel edged multi pane glazed doors to the two bedroom wings and entrance hall, feature open wood burning fireplace with electrically operated fire lighter, hot air fan blower and four ceiling light points. Cable trunking for TV and other entertainment systems, jacking points in place for surround sound music. Tiled flooring. From this spacious room there are three sets of double glazed doors out to the South facing covered terrace with panoramic views.
COVERED TERRACE 11.45m x 4.11m (37’7” x 13’6”) Currently a wonderful sitting and dining area with fabulous views and also is home to some of the vendors massive collection of plants and the sale would include a very special fitted plant display stand. Please note that these plants and the plants generally in pots around the property are not included in the sale. (The vendor might be persuaded to sell some J).
WEST SIDE OF HOUSE – Inner Hall Tiled floor and doors leading to bedrooms one, two and the bathroom.
BATHROOM Comprising a ‘whirlpool’ bath with mixer taps and hand held shower, wash hand basin in illuminated, mirrored vanity unit, low level WC, bidet, tiled floor and tiled walls by designer Ana Selazar. Small window to side.
BEDROOM ONE 4.04m x 4.01m (13’3” x 13’2”) Window to South with views to the countryside and the sea. Excellent range of fitted wardrobes.
BEDROOM TWO 4.01m x 3.98m (13’2” x 13’1”) Having a window to front and one to the side with views over part of the very pretty gardens. Excellent range of fitted wardrobes.
EAST SIDE OF HOUSE – Inner Hall Tiled floor and doors leading to bedrooms three, four and the bathroom.
BATHROOM Spacious corner shower unit with glass door and wall, lovely glass wash hand basin with illuminated mirror over, low level WC, bidet, tiled floor and walls, small window to side.
BEDROOM THREE 3.98m x 3.98m (13’1” x 13’1”) Window to South with views to the countryside towards the sea. Excellent range of fitted wardrobes.
BEDROOM FOUR 4.01m x 4.01m (13’2” x 13’2”) Having a window to front and one to the side with views across the gardens and countryside beyond. Currently used as a sewing and ironing room. Excellent range of fitted wardrobes.
ON THE LOWER LEVEL IS THE ORIGINAL FARMHOUSE To the front is a South facing terrace with pergola supporting an established Bougainvillea. The farmhouse has lighting and power points already installed.
ROOM ONE 6.09m x 3.68m (20’0” x 12’1”) Double glazed entrance door and separate window, stone walls and briquette domed ceilings.
ROOM TWO 4.39m x 3.68m (14’5” x 12’1”) Double glazed entrance door and separate window, old stone steps that would have originally led to the roof of the old farmhouse are a decorative feature and could be reinstated to the main terrace above. Traditional cane and wood lined ceiling.
ROOM THREE 13.18m x 6.30m (43’3” x 20’8”) Wood panelled ceiling, wine rack and storage cupboards with sliding doors.
ROOM FOUR 6.30m x 4.11m (20’8” x 13’6”) Partially divided from room three.
PLANT HOUSE 6.09m x 5.36m (20’0” x 17’7”)
WORKSHOP 3.05m x 3.00m (10’0” x 9’10”)
SWIMMING POOL 10m x 5m With Roman end, underwater lighting and fun feature water circulating spout. The swimming pool area is entirely fenced for child and pet safety. At one end of the pool area there is also stone seating. The pool may require re-lining.
POOL BATHROOM/CHANGING ROOM 2.97m x 2.66m (9’9” x 8’9”) Solar hot water heating.
BUILDING WITH SAUNA CABIN 3.07m x 2.61m (10’1” x 8’7”) Quality sauna just off from the pool area.
TOP OF HOUSE ROOF TERRACE 17.37m x 5.18m (57’0” x 17’0”) With hot water solar panels and access doorway to large eaves storage space. There is sufficient space to add solar panels for producing/generating electricity, therefore possible to make the property entirely self-sufficient if desired.
PRIVATE SITTING AREAS There are numerous sitting areas around the house offering shade and tranquillity. The entire house is very private, but not isolated and there are a choice of places to sit as suits the mood and time of day. There are several outside dining areas including loads of space near the fitted BBQ for large family gatherings.
GARDENS The gardens around the house are a very real feature and help to ‘frame’ this beautiful property with thousands of Euros worth of cacti, succulents, specimen trees and shrubs. The entire boundary of the property has been planted mainly with Yucca’s. To the front of the property is an area of land that is reasonably level and has different varieties of fruit trees including oranges, figs, olives, etc. and the owners have also created a productive vegetable garden in the rich soil. There are delightful paths and steps, neat painted smooth rendered walls and even a Koi Carp pond all to delight the senses. Within the gardens and grounds there are 14 tanks able to hold around 120m³ of collected rain water, which is used for watering the huge range of plants and trees set into the gardens via an irrigation system.
THE LAND A large part of the land remains untouched and is covered in typical Algarvean trees, shrubs, wild flowers and plants, retaining the full typical rugged rural feel yet of this location, yet is so close to all amenities. Parts of this area could be further cultivated by a new owner if so required, as water is already in place. This land rises further until at the top of the hill there are superb views of the surrounding countryside….a good spot for a seating area to reflect on the natural beauty that surrounds this location. The land of this wonderful property continues down the hill further protecting your peace and privacy.
DRIVEWAY The property is approached over a long shared farm track, which then passes through the gateway, opening onto the block paved driveway leading to the huge parking area and house beyond.
PARKING For at least six cars and even a horsebox or two with ease. Ideal for large friendly gatherings.
LOG CABINS/CARAVANS The vendors have allocated two areas for the insertion of a log cabin or caravan, one pitch having electric and water, the other pitch has no services as yet and no planning permission has been sought. However such a tourist activity could produce a good income.
GENERAL The property is freehold with mains electric, own borehole and water collection system. Drainage is private. Driving distances:- The town of Estoi is about 2 minutes away, the A22 is about 5minutes, Sao Bras and Faro are about 10 minutes and the Airport is under 15 minutes. In short, everything that one could possibly need is very conveniently close at hand. The nearest beach is about 12 minutes drive, although fabulous beaches can be found anywhere along the Algarve coast .
Energy Rating: B
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