For sale direct from the owners!
This charming country home is located a short drive from the village of Santa Catarina which is, in turn, between Tavira and Faro, Portugal. The beautiful home offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life without being isolated. The property is accessed via a well maintained country road and is set in a small hamlet with the comfort of having neighbors close by but without spoiling the privacy and seclusion on offer.
Whilst the current owners use the home year round, it can also work well as a “lock and leave” holiday home. So much has been done to the house over the years, it has a modern kitchen, contemporary bathrooms and is in “walk-in” condition. The house is also comfortable during the height of summer and in the cooler months during winter so you don’t need to spend money on expensive improvements.
The main house comes with 4 good size bedrooms and has a lovely open plan living space which flows gently from the entrance hall, through the different living areas to the stylish kitchen. The four bedrooms are each generous in size and there are two modern bathrooms.
The main house comes with full gas central heating to radiators and various Air/Con units providing heating and cooling. The house offers more than 200M2 of accommodation and can be used in a variety of ways – creating a home office space, using a bedroom as a hobby room or yoga space and from all rooms, there is a great connection with the gardens and outside space.
There is a second kitchen which also doubles as a bakery for home baked bread and other delicacies! This space is perfect for additional storage away from the main kitchen and can also be used when entertaining.
Adjacent to and connected to the main house is a garage with a personal door and an up and over door for the car. This is home to the central heating system, water pump and solar-heated water tank and offers extra utility space.
On the other side of the property is a large 60M2 annex which is suitable for any manner of uses – a large storage space, a large workshop space ideal for home working or creating a business. This space has non-residential use but for the occasional guest, it could also be used as extra accommodation. Of course, if you wanted to create a holiday rental house for paying guests, permission would be needed but this should not be difficult to achieve.
To the rear of the property are lovely gardens planted with a variety of Mediterranean plants including cacti, palms and many established trees and shrubs. These mature gardens surround the pool which is totally private. The swimming pool is 30M2 and is surrounded by a paved sun deck area with plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing.
The land around the house extends to just under 10,000M2 and supports many indigenous trees such as olive, carob, figs, pine, pomegranate and almonds with irrigated citrus and soft fruit trees. This is a fertile valley and it would be easy to create a self-sufficient lifestyle with a vegetable patch added to the existing fruit and nut trees.
If self-sufficiency is an ambition, this house is well equipped with solar panels, a battery system for storage although you have the comfort of mains services for those that aren’t keen to endure the hardship of an “off-grid” life. These eco options really do help to reduce running costs, are beneficial to the environment and go hand in hand with the relaxed way of life in this area.
There are so many reasons we feel this property will appeal to buyers – here’s our pick of the bunch…
♦ Main house – well presented throughout with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
♦ Large annex ideal for many different uses including potential for a self-contained holiday rental
♦ Gas central heating to radiators and a wood burning stove in the main living area plus underfloor heating in the bathroom
♦ Air/Con – heating and cooling in the two main bedrooms but barely needed or used
♦ Mains water and electric (three phase supply installed)
♦ Solar system for hot water and a battery system helps to lower running costs
♦ Well water for the well stocked gardens and for use within the house itself
♦ Home comforts such as a landline phone/Internet and good mobile coverage
♦ Secure garage with light and power and personal doors
♦ Aluminum double glazed doors and windows with security shutters and fly/mosi screens
Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo is a traditional Portuguese village, very welcoming to foreigners. There are schools, both infant and junior, a health centre, bank, shops, simple cafes and restaurants including one main cafe in the centre that is a meeting place for Portuguese and expats alike.
The village has two olive presses which is a reflection of the agricultural heritage of the area and an agricultural centre in the village itself.
The village is 7km from the house and is easily accessed via a newly tarmacced road and a 2km track which is kept in good condition and is always passable.
There are a number of routes to the village by car and foot. By foot: 40 minutes leisurely pace; by car: 10 minutes. Public transport from the village to nearby towns (not frequent, mostly based around secondary school times).
As well as being 10 minutes’ drive from Santa Catarina, the property is roughly equidistant from three local towns: picturesque, historic Tavira on the coast; the bustling and vibrant fishing port of Olhão; and the very pretty and useful inland town of São Brás. It’s 30 to 40 minutes’ drive to each of these useful locations.
The beaches are around half an hour away: those at Santa Luzia are particular favourites. From Olhão, on the Ria Formosa, ferries leave for the sandbar islands of Culatra and Armona, with their contrasting lagoon and Atlantic beaches.
This is a delightful area to explore and whilst the property itself is well placed to enjoy a relaxed and tranquil life, the option for more life, culture and amenities are never far away.