Farm Central Portugal, Coimbra, Tabua £320,000
by Joanne Roadnight
(Tabua, Coimbra, Portugal)
Main farm house with terrace
Quinta Cottages are set in the rolling picturesque landscape of rural Portuguese life, made up of three beautiful properties; Chestnut Barn, Mimosa Cottage and Ferreiro House with 2 swimming pools, toddler pool, and childrens playground. Chestnut Barn and Mimosa Cottage are currently used as holiday lets and come fully equipped. These homes are based on the Quinta do Vale de Ferreiro, a farm with 24 acres of terraced pastures, interlaced with Eucalyptus forest, pine and oak trees, olive and various fruit trees, and bordered on one side by a meandering brook with a natural swimming hole and waterfall.
All houses are on mains electricity with our own natural springs water supply and soak away septic tanks, wood is supplied from our own trees for heating in the winter months in our wood burners.
Ferreiro House is the main farm house made of local granite with 3 bedrooms. Entry is via a decked patio with a wrap around veranda directly into the kitchen. The Kitchen is fully fitted with beech effect units, integrated fridge, gas hob and electric oven. The kitchen has the original bread oven which is used for cooking and heating the house in the winter, and there is enough space for your dining table and chairs. From here we climb a short set of stairs into the living room with log burner, satellite TV, and wireless internet. Off the lounge are 2 bedrooms, one double and one single. Downstairs is another very large room currently used as the master bedroom with its own log burner, original fireplace and french windows leading to a side patio. There is also a good sized shower room. Many rooms have original feature walls of granite.
Outside we have a garden with an in-ground 7x3m swimming pool and summer house, established herbs, fruit trees and vegetable patch. The laundry is on the terrace below with washing lines, plumbing for a washing machine, tumble dryer and outside toilet. Behind the main house is a double garage/workshop and an outside larder/storage room.
The Chestnut Barn has been attractively restored & furnished to provide comfortable, spacious holiday accommodation. The ground floor is split level. There is a large kitchen / dining room with steps leading up to the balconied sitting room. The kitchen is fully fitted and has recently been replaced. It comes with a fridge freezer, 5 burner cooker, microwave and a 6 seater dining table. The open plan living room comes complete with sofa bed and two chairs, satelite TV and log burner. From here double doors open onto the sun terrace area where wonderful views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed, with built in BBQ and outside dining for 4.The staircase leads to the spacious landing with storage, 2 good-sized bedrooms and bathroom. The master bedroom has a king-size bed. The second bedroom has twin beds and a fitted wardrobe. Both rooms have ample space for extra beds. Upstairs ceilings are beamed and timbered and the property is simply but tastefully decorated and furnished. Steps have been taken to make this property as child friendly as possible, with cupboard locks and stair gates. Opposite the barn is a very large pool area with built in gazebo for shade, toddlers pool and a 7x3m swimming pool. This area was built in 2008.
The Mimosa cottage is an old farm workers cottage and has been attractively restored & furnished to provide comfortable, spacious holiday accommodation. Entrance is by stairs to the first floor with a wrap around balcony, BBQ and outside dining area. There is an open plan kitchen / dining room/ living room with log burner. The kitchen has all of the usual amenities gas cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle, blender and toaster, and was refurbished in 2012. There is a TV, CD player and play station 2 console for DVDs and games. The living room area has a corner sofa bed, log burner, a dining table and chairs for 4. The staircase leads downstairs to 2 bedrooms, one has built in bunk beds and the master bedroom has a king-size bed with double doors leading to a private patio with views over the countryside, and large shower room.
The farm is built into a valley with 24 acres of terraced pastures, mainly fenced, and lots of woodland. We are self sufficient in trees with Mimosa, Oak, Pine and Eucalyptus as well as many fruit trees including 40 Olive trees, many cherry trees, 2 apple and 2 pears, peach, figs, marmelos and plums. There are also many grape vines that were established here in the past and have grown wild. The land has a lot of water, we have the natural srings that come into under ground tanks for all houses, then there are 4 wells, 2 water mines and a stream with a waterfall. Due to its location the farm would be easy to convert to natural energy with lots of sun and wind as well as the waterfall for hydro-electric power.
The holiday lets are a growing business, we advertise on holday websites and have a partnership with our dutch neighbours. Next year the lets ar predicted to bring an income of approx 10,000 euros plus. There is plenty of scope for additional holiday lets, or yurts etc. there is a summer house that could be used for additinoal accommodation or for a communual meeting area with power and water. There is also a small barn currently used for storage but could again be converted for additional accommodation.
We are a 45 minute drive to Coimbra Portugal’s third largest city, an hour from the Serra Estrella Mountains where you can ski in the winter and mountain bike in the summer and just over an hour to the beach. It has rolling pine clad hills for exploring on foot, by horse or vehicle, wide rivers for swimming and fishing, and farm land full of various fruits and vegetables including grapes and olives waiting for you to taste. It is a region full of history with monuments, churches, and prehistoric remains, where traditional arts are still practised and mouth watering foods are made.
Quinta do Vale de Ferreiro is just a ten minutes walk through the woods to the local village which has 3 cafes/bars, a fishmonger, a small shop selling basic food and wine, a pharmacy and a post office. Oliveiro do Hospital is just a ten minute drive away and has the necessary amenities such as supermarkets, shops, hospital, restaurants, night clubs etc