5 Bed House for sale

Alvaiázere, Leiria, Portugal



Property Details

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4

Full Description

This truly stunning property nestled on a gentle rise with views over the adjoining countryside dates back to 1601. The manor house has many period features throughout and where possible these have been utilized in the renovation of the property. These include the one metre thick stone walls, the fabulous and original oak beams, all highlighted by the light that floods in from the many windows.

The house comprises of four very large bedrooms and four bathrooms, several living/drawing or study rooms. There is over 300m2 of living space with potential to increase this to over 500 if desired.

The home has been renovated to provide all modern day creature comforts while maintaining the uniqueness of a grand period setting set in beautifully landscaped grounds.
In detail …......
The house flows beautifully and seamlessly from room to room. The floors plans will show the exact layout but in detail …..

As you enter through the front doors you are immediately greeted by the grand staircase. To the right is a door that open into the Drawing Room. This room provides amazing views over the garden and countryside from the three tall patio doors that open out onto the front and side of the property. There are original and amazing oak beams to the ceiling which display a wonderful patina created over the ages.

A door off leads to the living room that has equally lovely oak beams to the ceiling and patio that open onto the side garden. There is a central heating radiator.

A further door leads into the kitchen. There is a fantastic set of patio doors here that are set into the 1 metre thick walls. The kitchen has a range of base units with work surfaces that incorporate a sink unit with drainer and a mixer tap over on either side of the kitchen. There is a useful centre island and a large range cooker with an extractor fan over. Off the kitchen is a large and useful pantry room.

There is a bathroom with a toilet, sink set onto a vanity unit and a shower area.

The dining room is stunning with it's warm coloured floors, beautiful stone entrance and huge oak beams to the ceiling. There is a set of patio doors that open onto the front garden and terrace.

Two steps up and through glass panelled doors is a stone lined study/library or hobby room. There is a fireplace here that is fitted with a recuperator ensuring maximum warmth. Double doors lead to the front garden and terrace. There is a wood burner in this room that makes it a cosy and comfortable area to relax.

From the front entrance a set of grand stairs leads to the first floor of the home. Here there is a wonderful central corridor that gives access to all of the rooms.

The first of these is the huge master bedroom that is a full 5.3m x 5.3m. The room is filled with wonderful light from the 3 sets of alcoved windows that open and give views to the front garden and countryside. There is a very large bathroom with double sinks set into a vanity unit, bath and a shower unit, toilet bidet and heated towel rail.

There are four additional bedrooms, one that features a large ensuite bathroom with a pedestal sink, toilet and shower unit. In addition there is another bathroom on this level with a pedestal sink, toilet and shower unit.

Off the last bedroom on the left there is a door off to a wonderful sunroom that is lined with windows and looks out over the countryside and the garden. This bedroom here is currently used as an office and this would seem to make the best use of this space.

There is a landing a full width stairs that allow access to the attic area. This area cover the full footprint of the house and has two large gable windows at either end. These were originally doors that were accessed by external stone stairs. This area could be converted to a master suite or games room or even a separate apartment.
Outside …....
The grounds surrounding the home have been beautifully landscaped. You enter through a gate that leads up a front path that is inset with the lovely Portuguese Calzada tiles. This path leads by the side of a colourfully planted flower bed that borders the lawn to the right side of the main house.

This lovely path leads up to and across the front of the house. Directly in front of the house and down a step is an area that is an easily maintained, walled garden that is planted with many easy to care for shrubs and succulents. To the left of the house are a further two steps up that lead into an equally pleasing courtyard area. There are gates to the side and through an arch is an inner courtyard is lined with a workroom a second courtroom and a covered area. This whole area could easily be converted into a separate annex or holiday home. There are an additional set of double entrance gates to the side.

While there is not a swimming pool on the property, permission has been granted for one and this permission will pass to the new owner.

There are many fruit trees including Apple, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Cherry, Walnut, Olive, Pomegranate and Pear.
Lot history …....
The total land extends to approximately an acre of flat and gently sloping grounds. There are views from all rooms of the house and this extends into the garden where there is almost nowhere you can stand where you are not able to enjoy the far reaching views over the countryside. The garden is mature with trees and many flowering bushes, providing colour almost year round.

What is unusual about this parcel of land is that the whole lot is urban which means that, with permission, it could be developed or split into lots and sold to developers.

It is generally accepted locally that the reason the whole land is urban is because the hamlet was originally there to serve the Manor house. There were several buildings dotted about that are now ruins and all of the surrounding land is rural land and not able to be developed. One of these ruins now form a very attractive walled garden and it has an adjoining patio that looks out over the views.

One of the timbers has a faint inscription on it dating back to 1601 and another on a giant amphora which is over 6 foot high is dated 1638 which would seem to indicate there was some fairly large scale activity from that date.
Features ….....
The renovation and refurbishment were done with a view to retaining as many of the period features as possible. These include the metre thick walls, the massive oak timbers that support the floors, the Calzada tiles and the Portuguese stone floors. Beyond retaining these features everything else has been changed to allow for modern comfort and style. These changes include:

Diesel central heating with thermostat control

Air conditioning unit to main bedroom

3 phase 20kva electrical power with a lot of sockets in all rooms

A modern Aga style electric double oven with grill and gas hob – this is on wheels so it is mobile.

4 bathroom with either a bath or wet room, all with toilets

WiFi broadband


Mains water

In the garden is a well with electric pump and there is a water collection system in place.

There is a top grade septic tank but if wanted it is possible to connect to the mains connection as the mains pipe runs under the road at the side of the house.

There is brand new double glazing throughout the main house for all doors and windows.

The first floor and attic floor are newly insulated and this coupled with the metre thick walls ensure the house stays cool in summer and warm in the winter months.

There are outbuildings suitable for table conversion and there are horse trails nearby. The adjacent field has an electric fence and is used for horses. This could be rented. If you have dogs the whole area is fenced and secure.
Potential …......
There is a lot of potential with this property. It would obviously make a unique and stunning family home.

It would however almost make a wonderful, high end, B&B, country retreat, guest house and/or with a restaurant attachment. (necessary permissions would have to be granted).

The attic area could be converted into a third floor or a separate annex/living space.

There are two adjoining outbuildings with 1 metre thick stone walls and new roofs and a courtyard also with thick stone walls 1.5 storeys high which could be cost effectively converted into a separate 1 or 2 bed as there is an electrical and nearby mains sewage connection..
Location …....
Located only a few minutes outside the busy town of Alvaiazere, you are close to everything here while appearing to be in the middle of the countryside. The town is only a walk away for a short drive. Here you will find, supermarkets, gas stations, cafés, restaurants, mini-markets, doctors offices and a wonderful and large swimming pool.

The City of Tomar is only 15 minutes away and is a City filled with historic significance and architecture as is the City of Coimbra which is approximately a half hour away.  Coimbra is know throughout Portugal for not only it's amazing history and architecture but because of it's world class teaching hospitals and top university.

It is close to the wonderful river beaches and inland lake of Zezere where you can enjoy swimming, fishing and other water sports.

Lisbon and Lisbon International Airport are approximately one and a half hours away.


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