Family Home, B&B or Country Haven in Caratão
Celavisa (Arganil, Coimbra, PT – 3300)
Perfect for a family home, B & B, or country haven
The house was rebuilt from three Xist (stone) ruins. Everything, including the equipment, systems, appliances and most of the furnishings are new and of the highest quality.
The interior was designed so that the outside (the forest) was brought into the home.
The style would be considered modern, but very comfortable and unique. All the rooms face south and have many large windows, so the house is always filled with an abundance of natural light and captures the feeling of peace and calm.
Most of the wood furniture is of original design and fabricated by German, Scottish and Portuguese carpenters, using mostly aged Chestnut, Northern Pine and various other woods.
The iron work was done by an English blacksmith.
There are three bedrooms – one is currently being used as an office with the possibility of building a fourth bedroom (Area set up with electric outlets).
Windows: The entire house has a double window system. The outer windows are UV premium double paned PVC and the inner windows are double paned wood which prevents any drafts or loss of heat.
There are custom made wood screen windows in the bedrooms, living room, office, hallway and bathrooms. The bedrooms have custom made wood shudders on all windows.
Doors: The outer doors are PVC. The inner doors are wood. Custom made wood screens are on the front and side entrance doors.
Inside Water Containment: The floors have an insulation system that prevents water seepage into the house through the ground floors.
Air Insulation: The walls have an outer and inner wall with an air cavity in between.
Heating: There is central heat with radiators in every room. The water is heated by a pellet boiler. The boiler can be programmed to turn off and on at various times of the day/night with a remote over-ride system.
The back-up heat system is a large wood burning stove located in the living room. It’s a stylish modern design with glass panels in the front and back. This stove heats the top two levels of the house.
The thick Xist walls and insulated roof keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Water: The primary system is electric (150-gallon water tank) and the back-up system is a gas boiler.
Gas: Used for the back-up water boiler and the kitchen stove top.
Electrical System: A system that protects the house and appliances from damage due to electrical surges.
Lighting: Many of the chandeliers are custom designed.
Custom made kitchen with pine cabinets and a thick natural oak counter top. The cabinetry was hand painted by American Faux designer Sharon Taglienti.
The stove is a dual system of gas and electric.
There are three large standing storage cabinets and brand new large capacity washer and drier.
The dining room has two full glass wood doors and a large window above, providing lots of natural light to stream in. There is a wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
Above the dining room are wood beams. They can be left as is (to keep the dining room open showing the cathedral wood beam ceiling) or can be used as the base for flooring (to build a room above the dining room).
The office is a large room with two full glass wood doors. This room can also be used as a bedroom. There is a custom designed and fabricated solid chestnut large storage cabinet.
There is a ½ bath located near the office and side entry way. A custom made pine cabinet with mirror is over the sink.
The central spiral pine staircase starts at the back wall of the second level and travels up to the third and fourth levels.
The living room has a custom made double walled insulated chimney system.
The tall cabinet, book cabinet and side table are all custom designed and fabricated using aged oak. There is a custom designed and fabricated pine firewood box.
There is a wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
The bedroom is large. There are custom shudders on all windows and screens on selected windows. There are two large custom made closets. The natural thick cotton drapery is lined with black out backing and was custom made in England.
There is a large bathroom with bidet and shower next to the bedroom. A custom made pine cabinet with mirror is over the sink.
The landing is a cozy area, great for meditation or reading a book. It has a beautiful custom ‘woodsy’ designed and fabricated rocking chair of considerable size, made from chestnut and other woods. There are four large windows with beautiful views of the countryside and wide window sills for plants.
The Master bedroom is large. There are custom made shudders on all windows, screens on selected windows and a Walk In storage closet. The furniture is custom designed and fabricated; large armoire with quality mirror inside, three built-in bureaus and a big bed with deluxe foam memory mattress. All made with Chestnut and Northern Pine and finished with Ceruse.
There is a wood cathedral ceiling with wood beams.
The Master bathroom is entered directly from the Master bedroom. There is a tall custom made storage cabinet with dove tailed joints and Ceruse finish and a custom-made pine cabinet with mirror over the sink. There are unique fixtures and lighting.
There is a raised wood ceiling with wood beams.
Xist (stone) Casita (small detached work/storage house)
The casita is currently being used as a work area. It has an insulated roof with high wood beam ceiling and rendered walls, a double pane window, a custom made wood screen window, heavy security wood entrance door and custom made screen door. The casita is installed with electrical outlets and has ceiling installed lighting. The pellet stove keeps the casita warm in the winter and the thick walls keep it cool in the summer.
Tall stone walls and a mature hedge of 65 mature Cyprus Leylandii trees create privacy around the property.
The front lawn is laid grass and has an automatic underground sprinkler system. There is also tube irrigation for the trees, bushes, flowers and vegetable garden.
Good fertile earth was brought in for the entire grounds.
There are numerous varieties of fruit trees and berry bushes planted on the property as well as an area to grow vegetables.
Outside Water Containment
Due to heavy rainfall in the winter months; systems have been implemented to prevent water from entering the house and casita.
There are four individual septic tanks, to ensure adequate containment and storage of water run-off and sewage.
The house is located in a very small valley surrounded by mountains. There is very little traffic on the ‘main’ road above. The small cobblestone road that comes into our valley veers off the main road and ends at our house.
This valley is a legally protected area and surrounded by pine forest. Follow the stream a few hundred meters along the cobblestone road, you will find a small chapel, waterfalls and pools of water with calla lillies. There are lots of walking trails through the woods.
The villages of Gois (15 minutes) and Arganil (18 minutes) have large supermarkets, banks, restaurants, all amenities and recreational river beaches. There is a significant Expat community.
Driving time to Coimbra is 45 minutes. Porto is 1 ½ hours to the north and Lisbon is 2 ½ hours to the south. The beach of Figuera do Foz is 1 ¼ hours west.
Asking price €500,000