The quinta comprises two registered houses set on 4,75 ha of mixed forest and agricultural land sloping gently to the south and east and enjoys all-day sunshine throughout the year. I have lived here for almost 30 years and regretfully must sell because of failing health and other personal circumstances.
The first property is a 100-150 year old cottage renovated in 2004 under the guidance of an anthroposophic architect. It is fully insulated (walls and ceilings) with double glazed aluminium windows and doors. The 135 m quadrat cottage is on one level with no steps throughout the building and includes kitchen/dining area, bathroom, bedroom and lounge, a partially enclosed outer terrace facing to the west and a covered carport with direct access to the kitchen. The cottage is heated in winter with a wood-burning cooking stove which is linked to radiators in the other rooms. The stove also heats water for a 150 liter storage tank, supplementing a solar water panel heater. The cottage has an A+ thermal certificate (EPC) rating (2017).
The second house was constructed in 1964 and renovated in 1996. It consists of two levels totalling approximately 137m quadrat of floor space including the garage. Downstairs there is an open space kitchen-lounge-dining area opening to two terraces, one glassed-in conservatory, east-facing to catch the morning sun and the other open and west-facing to enjoy a cool drink at sunset. There is a separate bathroom with shower, bath, toilet and washroom. The spaces are heated with wood-burning stoves. Upstairs are two extra bedrooms with wood-heating stove and a terrace facing east to the Serra da Estrela. Hot water comes from either a solar panel linked to a 150 litre storage tank or a wood burning stove with a 100 litre tank, both in the bathroom. This house has an official thermal certificate (EPC) D-rating (2017).
This second house has been kept in more or less it's original state and is available for renting out. It has been much appreciated by guests because of it's "quaintness". Guests comments can be seen on our AIRBNB site for Quinta dos Sete Poços.
Many of the furnishings can stay with the houses. This includes some beds, washing machine, gas and wood stoves, television, tables and chairs etc. That is the houses are ready for immediate occupation by the new owners.
Other buildings include a storage shed/garage/living space of 45m2, donkey stable, chicken house, two wood-sheds, glass house and a small storage-shed situated over the main well which provides water for the houses.
Apart from the house well, water comes from six other wells and a natural spring. The 60.000 liter storage tank serves both for irrigation and as a natural swimming pool on hot summer days. The pool is topped up via a gravity-fed tube from one of the wells.
The land area is mixed farm/forest, with about 5000 m of cultivated land planted with fruit and vegetables and the rest is a mixed forest of wild cherry / oaks of several species / pines / ash / poplars and cypresses. This forest of varying tree age and species supplies all the wood needed for winter heating. The 30 year old cypresses provide excellent material for construction or making your own furniture. There is a well-established herb garden with many european and mediterranean herbs.
The gardens with fruit trees and shrubs such as apple, pear, quince, fig, apricot, walnut, nashi, persimmon, kumquat etc have been carefully designed to give fresh produce for much of the year and maintained in a sustainable manner during the last 30 years by the current owners, recycling and composting to improve the soil and crops.
The vegetable and herb gardens are enclosed by lines of feijoa bushes which provide shelter from wind and sun and give a magnificent fruit crop in late autumn – early winter. The 40 ancient and newly planted olives give excellent oil as well as eating olives for the kitchen.
The quinta has mains electricity, WIFI internet and telephone and digital and satellite TV.
It is 1 km from Sobreda by forest road. At 2-3 km is Seixo da Beira with ATM (Multibanco), post office, cafes, small shops and restaurants, a medical centre, creche and primary school. There is a middle school in Ervedal, 7-8 km away and a secondary school in Oliveira do Hospital. From Sobreda/Seixo it is about 15 km to Seia, “capital” city of the Serra da Estrela, 25 km to the council seat of Oliveira do Hospital, and 15 km to Nelas where there is a rail link to Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve. These towns have excellent supermarkets, social services, hospitals and schools etc.
Oliveira do Hospital lies in the district of Coimbra, 1 hours drive toward the Atlantic coast. Coimbra is famous for it's university and research hospital which offers advanced support in many health issues. Figueira da Foz is a major beach resort, 40 km west of Coimbra. Porto is 2,5 hours and Lisbon 3,5 hours distant.
This area is soaked in human history from 30.000 year old rock art in Foz Coa to 5.000 years old standing stone monuments in Sobreda and Seixo da Beira to Roman remains in Bobadela. Only 500m from the quinta is a 1200-1300 year old grave carved from granite. Some of the ancient olive trees on the quinta have immense trunks and are estimated to be almost 1000 years old. And still producing good crops.
The forests, gardens and water areas on the quinta have been planted and prepared with an eye to attracting bats, birds, butterflies, geckoes,lizards, salamanders and other wildlife. Badgers, foxes, marten, mongoose, wild cats and javali(wild boar) can be seen or heard in the surrounding valleys. It is a mix of cultivated and wild; a true, natural, house and garden, a place to relax and enjoy Portugal's ancient and current beauty. We fell in love with it at first sight. I think you will too.
There is council permission to divide the property into two parts with one house and approx 2,2-2,5 ha of land on each part.