São Marcos da Serra



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A modernised and renovated old farmhouse offered in perfect decorative order ideally located in the hills yet close to the IC1 and just a few kilometres to the village. This traditional style farmhouse has been the subject of extensive modernisation and improvement since being in the ownership of our client and now offers a very comfortable home that retains much of the original character including huge thick walls that help to keep the property cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter.  This property offers excellent privacy being sufficiently far away from neighbours at the end of the well maintained track and would be suitable for keeping a couple of horses and/or ideal for dogs (and other animals) having wonderful safe access to miles of tracks and fantastic countryside. The accommodation briefly comprises a full width Covered Front Terrace with one half converted to a Loggia, Entrance Hall with Wood Burner, Inner Hall with Cloakroom, Study/Sitting Room, huge Lounge with large Wood Burner and A/C unit. Fitted Kitchen with a walk-in Pantry/Larder, Master Bedroom with Dressing Area and large Ensuite Shower Room, Three further Bedrooms and a second Shower Room, large fully enclosed Conservatory at the rear opening to a lovely private sunbathing terrace.  On the terrace is a sturdy Pergola with space below for a large dining table and chairs ideal for Al Fresco dining and entertaining.  On the Eastern side terrace behind walling is the private Swimming Pool and poolside Shower. The property is approached through an electric sliding gate and along the driveway to an area with parking for several vehicles. It is well located being just 15 minutes from the station at São Bartolomeu de Messines and only 50 minutes drive from Faro Airport.  Although much of the land is hillside, there are plenty of flat terraced areas, young trees/shrubs planted, a small lake and most importantly for owners of horses, there is nearly 1 hectare of flat land and great trails for riding out.

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COVERED FRONT TERRACE 21m x 1.9m (68’11” x 6’3”)

With one side and end wall glassed in, ideal for Winter use and built-in stone seats either side of the front door.

ENTRANCE HALL 3.92m x 3.25m (12’10” x 10’8”)

Spacious area with a small, but highly efficient wood burner, ceiling fan, access to the master bedroom suite, sitting room and kitchen.


Giving access to the cloakroom, family shower room and the remaining three bedrooms.


With modern square low level WC and pedestal wash basin.

HUGE LOUNGE 7.41m x 6.47m (24’4” x 21’2”)

A dual aspect room with double doors to sun lounge, doorways to kitchen and sitting room, a huge central wood burning stove with kettle hotplate and A/C unit.

REAR FULLY ENCLOSED SUN LOUNGE 8.80m x 3.2m (28’10” x 10’6”)

With sliding patio doors out to the main sun terrace and door to Storage Cupboard with excellent storage space for household appliances, gas bottle store and plumbed for a washing machine.

FITTED KITCHEN 4.63m x 2.70m (15’2” x 8’10”)

With window to rear, well supplied with a good range of wall and floor cupboards with marble work surfaces. There is a four Ring Gas hob with electric fan oven below, space for an American style fridge and freezer. Off the kitchen is the walk in fully shelved Pantry/Larder, which is such a fantastic amenity in the home but seldom found these days.

SITTING ROOM 4.09 x 3.16m (13’05” x 10’4”)

A nice quiet room ideal for reading or even as a Home Office.

MASTER BEDROOM SUITE 4.40m x 3.12m (14’5” x 10’3”)

Full range of fitted wardrobe cupboards, feature wall alcove, window to the front terrace and a DRESSING ROOM AREA which would make an ideal spot for a dressing table and make-up area.


A large area with a lovely big walk-in shower with drench shower and hand held shower attachment, fully tiled walls, wash basin, and compartmentalised modern low level WC.

BEDROOM TWO 2.78m x 2.74m (9’1” x 8’11”)

Window to rear.

BEDROOM THREE 3.64m x 2.71m (11’11” x 8’10”)

Window to rear.

BEDROOM FOUR 2.78m x 2.73m (9’1” x 8’11”)

Window to side.


Corner shower, low level WC. pedestal wash basin and fully tiled walls and floor.



With Santa Catarina tiling giving an attractive non slip surface and surrounded by a white painted wall and strategically planted mature palms.

REAR TERRACE 8m x 8m (26’3” x 26’3”)

A fabulous place for outside dining, with a fitted pergola ideal for up to 6 guests, space for a BBQ and amazing countryside views,

END TERRACE 17.5m x 7.5m (57’5” x 24’7”)

Surrounding the swimming pool and has a lovely poolside shower set inside glass block walls, plenty of space for sunbeds and more amazing countryside views.

SWIMMING POOL 8m x 4m (26’3” x 13’1”)

With corner entry steps and roll out pool cover.


Below the terrace is a Store Room with all the swimming pool equipment and there is a further Large Room ideal as a workshop and garden equipment store.


The drive is accessed through a sliding remote controlled iron gate and up the newly planted tree lined driveway to the house and beyond to a parking area for several vehicles.


There is a large stone ruin that was probably a small windmill, but has since collapsed. With the resurgence of Green Energy, it might be possible to rebuild this Green energy source.


The property has borehole water with 7 Filters so that the water is good to drink.



The grounds around the house have been well looked after and currently are the subject of various landscaping projects including the tree lined driveway and an area for growing table grapes and offers more opportunity for adding many varieties of fruit trees and creating shrub and flower borders. For the Equestrian, there is approximately 2 Acres of Flat Land shared between an area to the side and to the rear of the property ideal for creating paddocks, there is vehicular access to both and a water well at the rear. Tracks off into the hills are perfect for outriding, dog walking or hiking, there is a small Barragem (lake) that collects any extra water and the remaining land is mainly cleared and currently just used as a beautiful backdrop to the property. ** A very useful tractor with many different attachments is available to purchase by separate negotiation.



The property is freehold with mains electric, own borehole and drainage is private. The village of São Marcos da Serra is just 7km away, and offers schooling, cafes, general stores, post office, ATM, Chemists etc. The larger town of Sao Bartolomeu De Messines has modern conveniences including Supermarket, Market and Restaurants. Silves & Guia shopping are about 25 mins and Faro Airport 45 mins.

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Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise that all rooms and any land are measured by you or your appointed solicitor or surveyor prior to purchase. All measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only. It should not be assumed that the property meets all the appropriate legal requirements.

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