The property was created from nothing by its owners, whose vision and achievement are quite extraordinary and probably without equal.
The architect designed house itself was built to the most exacting standards and was completed in December 2008. It is fitted with the most modern technology available, including an electric control system, under floor heating, air conditioning, internet access, sound system etc.
The design of the house is loosely based on Art Deco and the house was built to serve the needs of the two people who live there. The house is north facing and so benefits from the shade of the building overhangs to keep it cool in summer.
Within the design, there is opportunity to have a dividing floor put in the swimming pool to divide the height of the room into two, resulting in a further 139 m2 or 1500 square feet of living space. This can be done quite simply without planning permission by utilising the building's structural pillars which support the house.
There are six garages, three on each side of the house, which visually balances the design, whilst clever use of the sloping site means that both floor levels are accessed from ground level.
The upper level main entrance leads directly into a large entrance hall with a glass domed roof. Ahead is the lounge and to the right are the master bedroom, cloakroom, shower and toilet and the fourth bedroom, which is currently used as a library/office. To the left are a kitchenette and the entrance to the upper level of the indoor/outdoor swimming pool, which extends to the full height of the building.
The double staircase in the entrance hall leads downstairs to a hall of the same size and in front is the dining room. To the right are the kitchen and the laundry room and further to the right, the second bedroom and the third bedroom, currently used as a games room. To the left is the lower entrance to the swimming pool. There is a large lifting window which separates the inside pool from the outside pool, which benefits from a spa section.
THE GARDENS & GROUNDS
There are 20 hectares, or 50 acres, of land in total, of which 10 hectares/25 acres are fully landscaped. The other half of the site comprises a series of managed terraces, leading down a gently sloping valley to the road at the bottom of the land.
The gardens are spectacular and feature two very large formal lakes with a large formal garden separating them. The top lake is fully landscaped with a waterfall and water steps.
Immediately in front of the house is a symmetrical knot garden of 1500 m2, with a raised oblong lake at its centre. The owners' interest in gardens and sculpture is plainly evident, with the garden being roughly divided into three sections, one for modern art, one with a series of life size animal sculptures and the last being dedicated to stone art.
There are also two ponds, one featuring a full size bronze crocodile whilst the other has marble sculpted lions drinking. There is also a water mine. A 17th century bread oven was discovered and a huge rockery built around this most interesting feature.
Many trees and shrubs have been planted and there are two sloping banks leading down from the house to the flat land of the main garden and parkland. To add to this fascinating and unique park, Bronze Age pots have been unearthed on the land. There are also three ruined buildings on the estate, two of which are large enough to convert to houses, subject to planning consent.
LOCATION & VIEWS
The estate enjoys a very peaceful and quiet location, the most amazing and stunning views in three directions and easy access to the motorway system, the nearby town of Oliveira do Hospital and other major centres and amenities.
To the front of the property is a view of around 50 kilometres. To the left are the Caramulo Mountains, around 40 kilometres away. To the right are the Estrella Mountains, around 30 kilometres, which snow cap in the winter and have a ski resort useable for around four months of the year. To the far right are the Aczor Mountains, adding to the panoramic views, which are truly spectacular.
The smart modern town of Oliveira do Hospital is 6 minutes' drive and the village of Bobadela, 3 minutes. Oliveira do Hospital has supermarkets, a hospital, garages etc. in fact, all the services you expect from a medium size town, whilst it is one of the most cultural towns in the area.
The house is 7 minutes' drive, on the N 17 main road, from the I C 6 motorway, which is part of the very extensive and under used Portuguese motorway network. Coimbra, the ancient capital of Portugal, is 45 minutes' drive, Porto International Airport 1¾ hours and Lisbon International Airport 2¼ hours' drive. The sea is 50 minutes' drive and Spain is one and a half hours away.
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