Quinta Três Cascatas is a 4 acre off-grid organic small holding with extended use of neighbouring farm land and olive grove.
It is located conveniently between three neighbouring towns, Nelas, Oliveira do Hospital and Tabua. It has easy access to large cities such as Viseu and Coimbra as well as major motorway routes.
A well-maintained short camino leads out of the quinta onto a tarmac road some 300 yards away which runs to the local village, Vila Franca da Beira. Vila Franca da Beira is a ten minute walk from the quinta and has many amenities such as café/bar, restaurant and a very well stocked shop. The next village, Ervedal da Beira, also has cafés/bars, restaurant, bakery, post office, pharmacy, bank, opticians, dentist, doctor, petrol station, agricultural shop, mechanics and timber yard. Ervedal da Beira is only a few minute’s drive away or about a 45 minute walk through picturesque villages and countryside.
The farm itself resides on four large flat, well maintained terraces, each area having its own unique use be it habitational, animal enclosures, extensive fruit and vegetable gardens, ornate ponds, orchards, barbeque areas or just decorative gardens. There are also a number of smaller terraces and sections of woodland. The woodland is large enough to provide many years of firewood. There are several years’ worth of logs already cut.
The quinta has a mix of old established trees such as olive, oak, cork oak, quince and fig. There has been a large selection of new trees planted over the past five years with a good mix of fruit and deciduous trees along with many shrubs. A more in depth list of trees and plants is available on request.
There is a newly built 55m2 off-grid house consisting of two bedrooms (or one and an office), bathroom with shower and toilet, and an open plan living area with a bespoke fitted industrial style kitchen. It has large double glazed windows and patio doors. The house itself if fully insulated. Power is provided to the house by a solar system (new, with five year guarantee) and water is heated by a gas boiler (new with two year guarantee). Internet is supplied via satellite and is fast, suitable for any online work and daily use. The toilet is a vermi-composting toilet. It is a normal flushing toilet but instead of a traditional septic tank the waste is processed by a large tank full of compost and worms. The liquid overflow then feeds a large bed of around 80 comfrey plants.
Looking down from the house there is a 25m2 granite built ruin which is very well built, all quarried stone. It has a concrete floor and split access between two doors on the upper and lower levels. It can potentially be used over two full floors and a mezzanine at the top. At present it is awaiting a new roof and repointing.
Opposite the new off grid house is a pre-layed 10x6m concrete slab, footings and Dpm suitable for another house/shed, brick/wooden building if desired.
A 5 metre Mongolian yurt adds another self-contained living area with adjacent composting toilet and solar shower facilities. Once again this area is planted with ornamental trees, shrubs and fruit trees. The yurt has previously been run as a successful glamping business but has also been useful for family, friends and volunteers.
The covered, stone built barbeque kitchen area services the raised wooden floored yurt with its own cooking area. Led lighting provides the kitchen with a nice ambient light while barbequing or cooking on the gas hob. Glass dining table and chairs provide seating in the well planted rockery area nestled alongside gigantic boulders.
The 4 acre plot is partially fenced. A stream cascades down several waterfalls before steadily meandering through the land. Contained by granite walls water is diverted to large stone holding tanks and also feeds two large ponds. For six months of the year well-maintained lavadas (walled waterways) carry winter water through the land to ponds and stone water tanks. Some water is diverted to feed an electric generating water wheel before being carried down through the flower beds to the stream.
A large stone well provides drinking water all year round, pumped by new petrol pump (with two year guarantee) to holding tanks. This is then distributed to all parts of the land via 1.5 inch buried pipe providing water to all animal enclosures, vegetable patches and buildings/living areas, so every area has its own water supply with excellent pressure.
The vegetable garden is conveniently placed near the house with brick built raised beds. Established fruit bushes of many varieties, asparagus beds, horseradish, yacon, artichokes, rhubarb and cardoons are some of the perennials growing alongside all of the annual vegetables.
The beds have been well managed and provide a year-round supply of food. A constant supply of nutrient comes from three very large composting and worm piles which are fed by goat, sheep, pig and chicken manure as well as comfrey from the large comfrey beds. A tank provides gravity fed comfrey and nettle tea to a tap which feeds all the raised beds. A second vegetable patch on a lower terrace is used for larger crops such as potatoes, onions and corn.
There are large fenced enclosures with added protection of electric fencing. These are used for goats, sheep or pigs when they are not free ranging or being rotationally grazed in the neighbours orchards and vineyard which we have yearly use of.
Egg and meat chickens have four large permanent enclosures with houses in each. Some smaller houses are used for when the chickens are moved into vegetable patches or other areas that may benefit from them.
We have four Muscovy ducks. They provide eggs and fuel for a duckaponics system which uses their dirty pond water to grow vegetables which in turn cleans the duck pond water.
There are two large ornate steel walk-in cages on the land, one on the bottom terrace with access to the lower pond which is ideal for geese and ducks and another further up the land which is suitable for any bird or smaller animal.
There are free range guinea pigs that live in a small stone built house by the house. They come and go as they please and help keep the grass cut around the house and raised vegetable patch.
Another small log built house by the main house sometimes provides a home to free range geese or ducks who like to use the pond there.
We have two ongoing contracts to look after holiday homes and land. Average yearly income is around €5000 and also benefit from use of their land for grazing.
An olive grove which provides goats with winter food, us with firewood or artisan wood and around one tonne of olives a year which produces approximately 150 litres of pure oil which you can get pressed a the local cooperative.
Grapevines that produce red and white grapes, around three tonnes a year. The grapes can either be taken to the local cooperative to be made into wine or you could make your own wine, juice or raisins.
There is use of a small cottage, extra wells and water mine as well as well-established orange, nectarine, clementine, plum, pear, apple and fig trees.
With the land also comes with:
Solar panels (750w) with panel swivel and tilt tracker
Inverters and Mppt charge controller (5 year guarantee)
Large water pump (2 year guarantee)
12m wind turbine mast
Large range wood burner (for restoration)
18kg gas bottles and regs.
Large amount of firewood
There are also negotiable extras such as:
Hyundai Lantra estate petrol car 1.7
5m above ground pool and pump.
We are happy to supply further information and answer any questions by email.