This lovely house sits on the top of a hill and has stunning views in all directions and benefits from recently installed quality double glazing to all doors and windows. At the rear the land slopes steeply down to a river which forms the boundary of the property. The front field slopes gently down to the access track and contains a 20m x 60m riding arena (silica sand, laser-levelled) a field shelter for animals on hot sunny days and a wind break for inclement weather. The land extends to approximately 2 hectares (5 acres) from which hay has been taken for the past two summers.
The house has two double bedrooms both with en-suite facilities and the larger of the two, the master bedroom, has air conditioning. A large open plan living space incorporates a quality recently installed kitchen with a large island unit incorporating a breakfast bar, separate dining area, and a generous sitting area with a Fusion Pellet Burner, telephone, internet and television points. Two sets of patio doors lead outside onto the rear terrace.
The entrance hallway has a guest cloakroom off and a central ceiling fan to cool the house on warm summer days.
Covered terraces to both front and rear offer shaded sitting areas and there is an alfresco dining area, complete with table and seating for 8, overlooking the fabulous views over the valley to the rear.
The gardens are low maintenance with hard landscaping, easily managed borders as well as a grape vine which produces delicious grapes. In the outer garden there are peach, plum and fig trees.
Outside there is a large, separate laundry room fitted out with shelving and plumbing for washing machine, a sink unit with running water and numerous electric points. The large barn/carport has space for 80/100 bales of hay as well as one large car or two smaller cars. There is a “wood shed” for gardening utensils, pellets for the pellet burner, plenty of space for storage. Another covered area, cut into the rock, provides further storage. Three stables open onto a fully concreted, drained area, together with substantial tackroom with electric, running water and sink unit for tack cleaning.
The agricultural buildings make this property attractive to anyone who wishes to pursue agricultural or equestrian activities, and together with the shallow river to the rear of the property would provide children with endless entertainment.
Water is provided from a private bore hole, water is heated very economically by calor gas, electricity is on the main grid. Internet, TV and telephone points are fitted and high speed fibre optic internet is available but not connected at present.
The house can be extended by another 100m2 as the planning permission is for 250m2 and at present the property is 150m2.
The village of Garvao is 1 km away, a pleasant walk or a very short drive. Garvao provides the local community with a mini-supermarket, excellent bakery supplying bread, cakes and savouries baked freshly every day, pharmacy, doctors surgery, hairdresser, several bars, cafes and restaurants, a well-stocked hardware store and a highly recommended car repair and tyre supplier.
The town of Ourique lies 13 km distant and has all the amenities associated with a busy town: cafes, restaurants, bars, banks, pharmacies, a well stocked library, cinema and public swimming pool. In addition there are several very well stocked supermarkets, shops of all types including beauty salon, clothing and jewellers, a large doctor’s surgery with a small cottage hospital together with the local council offices and a petrol station.
The railway station of Funcheira which is on the main Algarve – Lisbon – Porto line is only 5 minutes away by car and provides excellent travel opportunities to the Algarve, Faro airport and the beautiful city of Lisbon. By car the lovely sea-side town of Vila Nova de Milfontes is just 40 minutes away, Albufeira is 55 minutes and Faro Airport 1 hour 15 minutes.
The primary schools in Garvao provides tuition for children from 3 to 5 years of age and a second school, also in Garvão, caters for children from 5 to 11 years of age. The nearby town of Ourique provides schooling for children from 11 to 18 years of age, and there is a free school bus from Garvao. Many of the children from the senior school in Ourique go on to University in Lisbon.