Do you want to find a haven of peace, a nature lover's paradise, with plenty of light and space, pure air to breath, and no noise pollution, where you could have a small guest house, a retreat, your own observatory, or just a wonderful family home for yourselves and maybe your bigger extended family? Then look no further.
Paradis villa is a magnificent, traditional Portuguese farm house built in 1952, with an independent cottage studio. It is light, and exceptionally spacious, being modernised 9 years ago, but retaining most of the traditional features, adding only double glazing, oil fired central heating, and complete new plumbing and electrical system. New wooden pine and tile floors have been installed throughout. Drainage is via a "soak-away" cess-pit, and bottled gas is used. There is a land line phone, and internet access is available. The house stands in a sheltered plot of land of 1773m, 700 metres above sea level, with a living area of 261m, and facing South- East.
Entry is through a spacious and sunny porch on the ground floor. Leading from the through corridor you will find a garage, 2 double bedrooms, and 1 single (at present used as a music room), a very spacious well appointed bathroom,and a study area with open plan pine staircase leading to the 1st floor. At the end of the corridor is the door leading to the beautiful outside covered patio of mosaic tiles, and the small cottage bedsit studio. Around this area , and to the side, as many as 100 people standing could be accommodated round the 2 old bread ovens and barbecue area ,and the external marble staircase leading to the 1st floor kitchen.
On the 1st floor you will find 3 double bedrooms, one with ensuite, and a further very spacious bathroom. The living room, with arch, is large. and leads into the marquise which runs the length of the house. The kitchen, again with arch, is very large, and has a stable door opening onto the balcony. There is a door on the landing leading up to the floored loft which covers the entire area of the house.
The house, which is totally private, stands in a small hamlet of 6 houses (most of which are only occupied in the Summer),in the heart of natural unspoilt countryside and can be reached from the main road (N112) by a small tarmacked road. There is a large field to the front which is covered in wild flowers in the Spring, and at the rear of the house is an orchard with 10 different types of fruit (oranges, peaches, persimmons, apricots, plums etc). To the side of the house is a large parking area which would accommodate up to 3/4 cars, with plenty of parking space in the square outside.
There are wonderfully, totally uninterrupted views over the pine and eucalyptus forests and the hills of the Serra Lousa from the kitchen, balcony and marquise, while the house is only 7 kilometers from the nearest town of Pampilhosa da Serra. (Pampilhosa da Serra YOU TUBE; Pampilhosa da Serra Inspira Natureza).
Due to it's isolated and tranquil position, the villa is surrounded by rare Flora and Fauna. Wild boar, deer, foxes, red squirrels and weasels can be occassionally glimpsed in the woods and surrounds. Flocks of Hoopoes and Canaries live in the vicinity of the house, whilst Buzzards woodpeckers, nightingales, various tits and wagtails to name but a few, congregate in the trees around about. Flowers such as orchids, marigolds,toadflax, heather broom and foxgloves are profuse in the Spring. The air and noise pollution are practically nil, so much so, that there is a NASA Observatory (Wikipedia) above in the Serra, for the purpose of probing space. In fact at night, the stars are magnificent.
Here and in the surrounding areas can be found 3 river beaches (Pampilhosa, Pessegueiro, St. Luzia) with European blue flag status, awarded for the purest river and lake water in Europe. Cafes abound, many with free wifi, and the local restaurants are famous for serving local game and traditional Portuguese food.
The region is also famous for it's delicious honey which tastes richly of sweet chestnut, eucalyptus, broom and heather.
Pampilhosa is renowned for its walking and cycling trails, and international standard football pitch. you can also hunt and fish (permits available from the town hall).
Pampilhosa holds many sports related events throughout the year, naming hosting a stage of the Natio nal Car rally, and the Sky Road cycling rally.
There is a community centre with theatre attached.
Other amenities include a Health Centre with 24 hour emergency care, a creche for 1-5 year olds, and a lively and well thought of school for 5-18. Many local children go from here on to University at Coimbra or further afield.
The 2nd week of August is fiesta week and crowds as large as 20,000 have been known to fill the town centre to dance to local boy made good, Tony Carriera, and many other famous Portuguese Artists, who perform on stages throughout the town and the river beach.
Performing at this event, and other events throughout the year both in Pampilhosa and further afield in Lisbon, for example is the famous town wind band. This prostigious band consists of ll local children, who from the earliest age, are encouraged to join and learn to pay a wind instrument. The standard is so high that they have earned national fame, many of them not only members of the band, but superb soloists too.
Pampilhosa celebrates the religious calendar with elaborate traditional church processions, weaving colourfully through the town.
The roads are very good and practically empty, so the journey time to Coimbra, one of the oldest University towns in Europe, with it's history, music (Fado), University teaching hospital famed for it's heart surgery, mainline station, cosmopolitan restaurants etc, is only 1 hour, 10 mins by car.
The journey time to both Porto and Lisbon and their airports, is 2 hours 20 mins.