CHARMING CHARACTER HOUSES IDEAL FOR B&B or LETTING BUSINESS
Close to Monchique
Here we have a collection of properties that would at one time have made up the houses, barns and workshops for a community of Farmers and Millers, creating this tiny Hamlet. Three of the properties have already been beautifully renovated taking care to retain loads of original charm both inside and out. There are additional buildings, which would enable further expansion of the habitable property to provide even more accommodation with the conversion of the Old former Millhouse, the extensive Ruin and the extension of one of the small buildings holding its own Caderneta, which would enable a new owner to have an extensive rental business, Retreat or B&B. Rarely do we see a true opportunity to have such a business at such an affordable price. Everything is set up ready for you to start your new life here in the Algarve and this fantastic property offers plenty of space for creating that dreamed of business in the Sun. This wonderful collection of very old Millhouses and Farmworkers cottages stretches back at least 300 years in age and is located just off the main tarmac road leading out of the town of Alferce. Upon leaving the main road, one descends along a winding unmade road that leads to the bottom of this beautiful and tranquil valley where the drive actually starts by crossing a small bridge over a river and then leads onwards to the parking area in front of the old unconverted Millhouse. Most furniture, fixtures and fittings including white goods and crockery etc. may be included in the sale subject to negotiation.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED.
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The property most unusually holds FOUR CADERNETAS and totals 393m² allowing great opportunities to create a superb Rental or B&B business. This is a very scenic valley and would be ideal for a Retreat. (N.B. Any change of use requires approval from the appropriate authority). There are attractive and safe pathways connecting each building with attractive easy to maintain garden areas and quiet corners to sit and relax. Everything at this property has been carefully crafted using authentic or interesting materials and really does add to the atmosphere of total peace and tranquillity.
All windows and doors have been remade to an original style and are offered in a soft deep stained wood with matching shutters to all windows, the varnished timber lined vaulted ceilings and tiled flooring add to the charm. Such attention to detail and the use of objects from the past give a mellow ‘aged’ look throughout, fascinatingly all the ironworks to the kitchen units are handmade from original Medronho (fruit brandy) barrel hoops.
RECEPTION HALL 4.71m x 4.05m (15’5” x 13’3”)
Feature original stone wall, display recesses, tiled flooring, access to bedroom one, stairs to first floor, and further access to the inner hall leading on to bedroom two.
BEDROOM ONE 3.79m x 3.62m (12’5” x 11’10”)
Window to front, door to ENSUITE with wash basin on stone vanity unit, towel shelving below, WC, large shower, part tiled walls and window to front.
LONG INNER HALL
With windows on rear flank wall, large recesses ideal for china displays.
BEDROOM TWO 3.71m x 3.57m (12’2” x 11’8”)
Window to front and secure external door to a small seating area with beautiful views, which could allow for separate renting if required. SHOWER ROOM separate from bedroom two, but still a private area with wash basin on vanity unit with storage below, WC, large shower, part tiled walls and window to front.
From the entrance hall, stairs lead up to an attractive and quite unexpected first floor living area.
SUPERB LIVING ROOM 8.49m max. x 3.96m (27’10” x 12’9”)
A fantastic room oozing character with a timber lined vaulted ceiling, the four walls in wonderful exposed original stone, feature fireplace with 15kw woodburner, two sets of double doors with Juliet balconies giving views of the tranquil countryside.
KITCHEN DINER 5.10m x 3.86m (16’8” x 12’8”)
Handmade kitchen units with timber worktops and enamel sink unit with mixer tap, timber clad ceiling, gas cooker with electric oven, built in fridge and freezer, door out to top terrace which further connects via pathways to all the different houses.
Adjacent to the main house is a large ruin that is considered to be a part of the main house which could possibly double the size of the existing house.
THE YELLOW HOUSE
A lovely comfy house ideal for guests to simply relax and enjoy the wonderful calming feeling one gets here with windows giving views to the mountains. There is a large Ground Floor covered terrace and a large private 1st floor balcony terrace exclusively for the use of the occupants of this cosy house and is ideal for sunbathing or as just somewhere to relax. Outside the shuttered entrance door is a wonderful old stone seat.
SUPERB LIVING ROOM 4.54m x 4.42m (14’9” x 14’6”)
A wonderful light room of immense character having a vaulted timber lined ceiling, wood burning stove, Santa Caterina floor tiles, window and separate double doors out to the large balcony terrace. A gentle timber staircase leads to the bedroom below whilst there are further doors all in matching Mahogany that lead to the bathroom, second bedroom and to the kitchen.
BALCONY TERRACE 8.16m x 3.21m (26’9” x 10’6”)
A superb place to sit and relax and take meals in the open with great views of the wide variety of nature that visits this valley.
HANDMADE CHARACTER KITCHEN 3.58m x 3.27m (11’9” x 10’9”)
A stunning feature is the Monchique Marble work surfaces with inset sink unit and mixer tap, Gas hob with electric oven, wall mounted hot water heater, breakfast area and space for fridge-freezer.
BEDROOM TWO 3.02m x 2.14m (9’11” x 7’0”)
Having window to side.
Wash basin set on a vanity stone tiled table with towel store below, WC, large shower tray with wall mounted mixer shower, Spanish tiled walls and small window to side.
BEDROOM ONE 4.62m x 4.27m (15’2” x 14’0”)
Wonderful room of great character having three original style deep windows.
LAUNDRY ROOM 3.58m x 3.27m (11’9” x 10’8”)
The laundry room is attached to the property and could be part incorporated into the house to form an ensuite bathroom to bedroom one and still retain a useful sized laundry room.
This property also has its own listed Caderneta.
THE SNUG 5.33m x 3.30m (17’6” x 10’10”)
Fabulous little room packed full of character and a great place to sit with a book and a glass…… Feature fireplace with inset wood burner, windows to front, Santa Caterina flooring, vaulted ceiling and dado rail. We believe that this part of the property can be greatly extended subject to the appropriate project approval.
COVERED TERRACE 5.19m x 4.09m (17’0 x 13’5”)
Tiled vaulted roof, superb old granite Millstone sculpture feature that doubles as a drinks table.
THE MILL HOUSE
Currently unconverted and used as garaging and storage having two parking bays, large enclosed store, attached workshop and covered area ideal for Barbecues, also with the original bread oven.
TWO BAY GARAGE/CARPORT 5.29m x 4.67m (17’4” x 15’4”)
ENCLOSED STORE ROOM 6.30m x 3.15m (20’8” x 10’4”)
REAR WORKSHOP 5.57m x 3.07m (18’3”x 10’1”)
With traditional double timber doors, working corner fireplace and floor tiling from the original house.
COVERED BARBECUE AND BREAD OVEN AREA
FORMER WATER TANK
Fed from rainwater and the cisterna, this water tank is quite large and deep enough for swimming. It has solid steps giving access and there is a water fountain feature made with a millstone.
The grounds and gardens to the front of the property are level, neatly trimmed and have a variety of trees, shrubs and palms, a gravel seating area under the trees provides lovely dappled shade. The property owns a good amount of land along the River, a wonderful place to while away the time with friends or a good book. To the rear of the houses, the land rises steeply up the mountain side. Sadly the severe fires of last year destroyed much of the beautiful area of Monchique, but nature is fighting back, there are signs of this everywhere with many trees showing 2m of new growth. In another year or two the whole area will be restored to its former leafy beauty. With the new Government fire regulations, there is hope that these fires will never again be of the same severity.
Cisterna holds 23,000 litres. Shutters and doors are of Pine or Mahogany. Ceilings are lined in Oak panelling. All Santa Catarina floors and exposed stone walls have been treated to help to prevent staining and aging. **Buyers should be aware that where we suggest any change of use of a building or any addition to a building or to the land, an Approved Project and or licences may be required. It is suggested that an A. L. licence and/or a Touristic Licence is obtained before starting any such activity.
The property is freehold with mains electric, own water via the cisterna and drainage via a Bio Septic tank. The village of Alferce is 1.5kms, Monchique is 9kms, beaches to the South and West are 30kms and the Airport is 50kms. There are towns and small villages dotted around the entire Monchique area providing Supermarkets, Markets, Health Centres and wonderful craft shops. Good Restaurants and Snack Bars abound throughout this wonderful area.
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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