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Stunning country house in a fantastic location.
After a beautiful country drive, which takes you past orange and lemon groves and quaint little farmhouses with original water mills, you reach the double gated entrance leading to the brow of the hill and this country oasis called Monte das Figueiras, a Portuguese estate style property near the picturesque village of Moncarapacho and 20 minutes drive from the beaches of Fuzeta and the Ria Formosa islands.
This is a recently built fazenda style property and immediately invites you in by way of authentic and antique imported Bali double doors leading to the double height entrance hall. This is the heart of the property, with a large round family table with chairs and antique teakwood benches, seated in the 8 meters high hallway leading to the open plan kitchen with modern steam oven, induction cooking, red and black granite dresser and hand painted tiles and an open fire place.
Large wooden French doors open up to a pergola covered terrace with wrought iron and glass tables and chairs. The large stairway in the hall takes you up to a mezzanine with library, underneath the wood feature ceiling with indirect lighting and from there via the landing to the cozy living room with seating around an open fire. Two large balconies offer views over the rolling hills and the double French doors take you out on to a partly covered wide terrace with BBQ and outside pantry. From here you have an almost 360 degrees view, to the sea in the South and the mountains in the North.
A few steps down from here and you are at the pool area, which, because of the sloping land, is also only a few steps from the ground floor level. The pool is unique it is neither salt nor chlorine...... the pool uses an ultraviolet installation against bacteria etc and a natural biological process keeps the ph neutral for the water.
The ground floor level features 4 bedrooms in total, all with direct access to outdoor terraces and seating areas: master double bedroom with en suite bathroom in the ‘fazenda’, featuring a bath with a view, separate double shower, toilet and bidet all tiled with antique hand painted tiles. Two bedrooms in the annex farm style house (‘quinta’) each with 2 single beds and sharing a Moroccan style mosaic shower room with double marble washbasins. There is also a large atelier/games room with open fire place and wooden French doors to the terraces. The corridor follows through to a small kitchenette which serves the atelier doubling up as a large games room with seating area and office space with internet access.
Attached to the house you’ll find the ‘Capela’, the 4th separate double bedroom and en suite bathroom with large walk-in shower, double marble washbasins, toilet and bidet. This bedroom also gives access through wooden French doors to a lovely tranquil seating area outside. The double front doors are originally from a monastery. The 5th bedroom is a large room with its own entrance on the east side of the house, bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. This room has one single and one double bed.
The property has either air conditioning or underfloor heating and cooling for your comfort. There is underfloor cooling/heating in all areas except in 2 bedrooms and the atelier in the Quinta. There is central airconditioning in these areas.
The green granite swimming pool has been designed so water flows over the different levels into a 3 meter deep centre area. It then overflows into a shallow children’s pool and circulates back into the main pool, heating the water by the sunshine as it flows underneath the terraces. It is a beautiful area, with gorgeous views and perfect for peaceful relaxation.
The entire estate which is completely fenced and secured, breathes a sense of tranquility, the only sounds coming from the birds and the crickets. The large private property of almost a hectare is offering lovely landscapes and original Portuguese ‘calçada’roads. It’s no surprise that the owner is an artist (www.willkellermann.com) as the surrounding gardens and hilly landscape with distant sea views are like picture postcards itself. Spring and summer bring a sea of wild flowers just waiting to be brought to canvas.
Golfers have excellent facilites nearby. There is a 9 hole practice golf course 5 minutes up the road at Colina Verde as well as more fantastic golf courses nearby such as Monte Rei and Benamor golf. The village of Moncarapacho is very picturesque - what you imagine a sleepy county village in southern Portugal to be like. Yet, within it's sleepy setting you will find some very good local restaurants, plenty of cafés where the locals enjoy their daily expressos, called "Bica" here. There are local supermarkets, banks and post office.
The village is just a 20 minute drive to the city of Faro, with large shopping centres and supermarkets. Olhão, a traditional fishing village turned resort is also 20 minutes away, and is renowed for its great seafood and fabulous fish and produce market. Tavira, one of the most beautiful towns in the Algarve, is about 30 minutes drive from Monte das Figueiras. With an ancient Roman bridge, a Moorish castle and over 30 churches, Tavira is one of the most fascinating places to explore, and it boasts some exceptional restaurants. This whole area of the Algarve is part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park with amazing and pristine beaches, lagoons and sandbanks. Pick a different beach to explore each day, hopping on one of the many ferries or water taxis that will take you to the beaches.
The border to Spain is only 30 min away and add another hour and your in beautiful Seville. There are lots of great places along the coast for you to explore!
No mass tourism in any of the above areas, just beautiful landscapes, miles of orange growths and the best sandy beaches in the area. All that just 20 min from the airport.
|Luxuries||The swimming pool has been built to make the most of the sunshine. The terrace was built in a special way to work with the sunshine as a natural heating system for the pool keeping this at a constant temperature.|
|Bedrooms (5)||1 en-suite double bedrooms and 2 twin rooms all with their own terraces plus 1separate ensuite double bedroom with walk in shower. 1 separate bedroom with a double and a twin bed.|
|Bathrooms (5)||2 bathrooms - 1 ensuite with a bath with a view and a separate double shower. A Moroccan style mosaic shower room with double marble washbasins. 1 ensuite with large walk in shower with double basins. 1 bathroom with shower.|
|Kitchen||Open plan kitchen with modern steam oven, induction cooking, red and black granite dresser, hand painted tiles and an open fire place.|
|Other||Large games room with seating area and office space with internet access.|
|Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid Service||Maid service, bath and beach towels supplied, bedding supplied.|
* All prices shown are correct for the current year and are subject to change for the following year. Other charges may also apply before final booking is secured.
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