This large character family villa, named Torre do Castelo has a turret feature and comprises four/six bedrooms including a separate one bedroom apartment and has a total liveable area of 433m². It is situated at walking distance from Avelar which has shops, banks, schools and a hospital. Avelar is also midway between the towns of Penela and Ansião
The house was built complying with modern building regulations including double skinned walls and it was finished mid 2001.
The current owners have recently decided to further improve the standards of the property and spent approximately 50,000€, installing the following items:
New three chamber septic tank
Gas boiler to heat the hot water
Large insulated hot water storage tank
Electrical upgrade to 10.35 KVA 45 Amp
4 large electric storage heaters
2 x 12kw inset log burners
New borehole pump
Irrigation system for both front and back garden fed by the borehole
Insect screens on all windows and patio doors
Fibre optic internet connection
New kitchen in main house
Grupeme call centre connected burglar alarm
Layout and areas:
L shaped lounge 6.7m x 4.1m at widest points
Dining room/ bedroom 6 4.14m x 3.3m
Study/bedroom 5 4m x 2.87m
Kitchen 4m x 3.4m
Bathroom 3m x1.65m
Bedroom 1 4m x 3.6m
Bedroom 2 4.25m x 4m
Bedroom 3 4.11m x 3.30m
Family Bathroom 3m x 1.65m
Large lounge 9.7m x 5m
Bedroom (4) 5.11m x 4m
Kitchen 4.8m x 2.96m
Bathroom 2.37m x 3.1m
The house is approached via a stone pathway leading to the front door which opens into a good size hallway with tiled floor. From the hallway there are doors to the lounge, study (bedroom 5), kitchen, dining room and bathroom. Stone staircases lead to the upstairs and also down to the separate one bedroom apartment. The property had double glazed windows with shutters and insect screens on all windows. It has mains electricity, water and telephone connected and a fibre optic internet connection. Drainage is via a new septic tank.
There are glazed hardwood doors into the large L shaped lounge, it has a tiled floor, stone fireplace with 12 kw inset log burner and there are two sets of patio door leading onto a veranda overlooking the front garden. There are two decorative polished stone pillars which add character to the room but could be removed if necessary. There is a glazed door leading into the kitchen which also has a tiled floor and is fitted with a good range of base units and wall cupboards and granite worktops. There is an electric oven and gas hob with extractor fan over. The kitchen has double doors leading out onto a balcony overlooking the rear garden. The dining room has a polished hardwood floor and a cupboard and could be a sixth bedroom. It has a window looking out over the rear garden. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, a stone vanity unit with inset basin, wc and bidet. It has full height tiling with an inset mirror above the vanity basin and a tiled floor. The study has a polished hardwood floor and benefits from a rounded feature wall with window and views over the front garden.
Stone stairs lead past a large feature window on the half landing to the first floor where there is a door leading out onto the turret with views over the surrounding area. The landing and all three bedrooms on this floor benefit from polished hardwood floors and two of the bedrooms have built in wardrobes. Bedroom one has double doors leading onto a balcony which overlooks the front garden. There is a good size family bathroom which has a bath with shower over, a stone vanity unit with inset basin, wc and bidet. It has full height tiling with an inset mirror above the vanity basin and a tiled floor.
The separate apartment is situated on the lower ground floor and can be accessed from the rear garden or from stairs leading down from the hallway of the main house. The whole apartment has tiled floors. The kitchen has a good range of units and cupboards with granite worktops and a sink unit with double bowl and drainer. There is a gas hob and electric oven. In the kitchen there is also a store cupboard which houses the hot water boiler and water storage tank. There is a door to the back garden and double glazed doors leading into the large lounge/dining room. The lounge/dining room has a feature fireplace with 12kw inset log burner and double doors leading to the back garden. There is a large bedroom which also has double doors leading to the back garden. The bedroom benefits from a fitted wardrobe. The bathroom has a bath with shower over and an enclosed screen around the bath. It has a wooden vanity unit with inset basin, wc, bidet and large cupboard. It benefits from full height tiling with inset mirror.
Outside, access to the property is good and via a tarmac road. There are double gates at the front of the property which lead onto the paved driveway which runs down the side of the house to the large paved area at the back with access to the very large garage/ store room. There is a further garage/store room and an outside kitchen with BBQ. The whole of this area is registered as urban and therefore installing a swimming pool should not be a problem subject to permission (quotes can be provided on request).There is a gate leading to a flat grassed area of around 570m². There is a borehole which provides irrigation for the garden and could be used to fill a swimming pool. There are a number of fruit trees in the garden including lemon, plum, orange, peach, pomegranate and apple. The rear of the property is fenced. There are pleasant views of the surrounding countryside and the mountains.
*The property has excellent motorway links via the A13 motorway, just 10 minutes away.
*Around this area there are typical villages, mills, panoramic views, roman ruins, monuments, etc.
*The historic town of Tomar, which is home to the UNESCO listed Convento do Cristo, founded by the Templars is only 35 to 40 minutes drive from the property.
*Figueira da Foz the beautiful coastal beach is easily accessed in approximately 45 to 50 minutes by car via the IC8.
*All major European high street shopping is available in city of Coimbra the 3rd biggest city in Portugal which is only 30 to 35 minutes drive on the A13 motorway.
*Porto and Lisbon airports are at similar distance from the property, Porto is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes drive and Lisbon approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes by car.