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Benfeita,  Coimbra,  Portugal

€99,500  • Detached House • 3 Bedrooms • 176 sqm


  • 2-floor stone house with stunning views
  • Quiet rural location
  • Situated at the gateway of The Slate Trail
  • Near to amenities
  • Close to numerous river beaches
  • Spring water from artisan well feeds house
  • Opportunity for B&B rental downstairs
  • Large barn for conversion
  • BBQ, patio and sun deck
  • Vegetable and herb garden


Stunning 3-4 Double Bedroomed House in the foothills of the Serra do Açor, Central Portugal

A traditional stone house for sale in a peaceful hamlet with stunning mountain views and close to all amenities.

The Village:

The house, garden and barn are situated in a small hamlet; Deflores with no through road. Deflores sits between the villages of Benfeita and Dreia at the start of the Slate Trail (Caminho do Xisto) of Central Portugal. It is a very peaceful village with beautiful stone and slate houses and amazing mountain views over to the Serra do Caramulo.

An extremely friendly, hardworking and helpful extended Portuguese family neighbour us full time in the village. The other inhabited houses (around 4) are only occupied during summer. Parking is directly outside the house with room for 2-3 cars. We park our car and large van here. The rest of the parking is at the rear of the village. Parking is NEVER an issue unlike the rest of Europe!

The village also has a communal stone-oven where our neighbours like to bake loaves of Broa, a Portuguese no-hunger corn-bread (one of which normally finds its way to our house and is delicious with butter!)

The House:

Fully-renovated 2-floor stone house comprising:

First Floor:

The day-to-day living area consists of:
- Open plan first floor featuring a modern fitted kitchen, dining area, living room and work space with tiled floor. All well heated by a large Jøtul wood-burning stove

- Kitchen includes: Neff Combi Oven | 5-ring gas hob with central wok burner | Central island unit with breakfast bar and bar stools | Marble worktops | Double ceramic Butler’s sink | Gas-on-demand water heater | A good range of base units with plenty of storage areas | Wall unit for crockery/glassware | fridge with freezer, overhead lighting

- Bathroom with WC, bidet, sink and separate rain shower
- Original vaulted chestnut roof
- Large double bedroom with views out to courtyard/summer breakfast area with wood-burning stove
- Recently-built large half mezzanine floor, currently being used as a cinema room and extra double bedroom

Ground Floor | Street Level:

- Sandstone stairs to access the first floor
- Reception seating area
- Two very large rooms with barn-style doors for privacy
- Direct street access from both rooms – perfect for accessibility with the addition of a small ramp
- Excellent potential for B&B rental, either as a self-contained 2-roomed apartment or 2 separate rooms, one with plumbing ready
for an en-suite bathroom
- Currently used as guest accommodation

Outside Spaces:

- An outside bathroom with original WC, bath, sink and bidet – currently being used as tool-store/workshop
- Original ‘Cheese House’, originally used for storing and aging mountain cheese. Currently being used for storing garden equipment (and dreaming of cheese)
- Patio seating/sunbathing area made from local slate with integrated parasol-holders
- Covered BBQ area with slate seating, built-in BBQ and stone shelving, adjacent storage room and local slate flooring
- Courtyard at rear of first-floor double bedroom with a small plunge pool with solar lighting and shaded space for outside dining (Perfect for spring/Summer/Autumn breakfasts!)
- Modest, low maintenance garden, suitable for growing a good variety of vegetables
- Established herb areas with English Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Lemon grass and Lemon Verbena, Comfrey and a variety of mints and flowers
- Terraced ‘raised beds’ suitable for growing salad crops
- Separate large stone and slate barn with original stone bread oven suitable for cooking stone-baked pizza and up to 10 loaves of bread – currently being used as a storage area for firewood and gathering space for pizzas. Could easily be converted into large separate guest accommodation or a garage for a car

The Locality:

The Hamlet of Deflores is positioned between the village of Dreia and Benfeita among the Slate Villages (Aldeias do Xisto) and at the start of the Slate Trail of Central Portugal. (Caminho do Xisto)

Deflores is situated in the heart of a friendly rural Portuguese and foreign community whose peoples enjoy working the land, growing abundant fruit and vegetables to feed families far and wide (think boxes of eggs being sent on the buses to Lisbon!) and above all, a sense of togetherness and kinship. They are welcoming of all peoples and appreciate the input that foreign land and home-owners have made to restoring the Slate Villages to their former beauty and breathing new life, skills, energy and populations into the area.

Local highlights include:

- Mata da Margaraça – an area of outstanding natural beauty enjoying protected status; a shaded paradise of natural spring waters and indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers – incredible walks
- Fraga da Pena, Stunning waterfalls, natural pools and beautiful walks (3 KMs)
- Benfeita, a very well preserved village and gateway to the Slate Trail (1 KM)
- Coja, delightful Roman rural town with shops, bars, supermarkets and cafes. (5 KMs)
- Numerous Portuguese Cafes and Bars with local wines starting at 30 Cents a glass!
- The larger local towns of Arganil and Tabua with all amenities (10-12 KMs )
- Numerous stunning River Beaches. (Praias Fluviais) Some so private you’ll have them all to yourself and some more community-based with bars, restaurants and facilities – all with incredibly clean safe water that is regularly analysed for purity http://aquapolis.com.pt/praias-fluviais-portugal/
- Caracol ao Sol – Local Steiner Kindergarten and Infant School www.facebook.com/pg/jardimcaracolaosol/about/ | http://caracolaosol.org/

Further afield:

- The stunning Silver Coast with wild and un-touristy beaches as well as popular Atlantic resorts (1.5 Hrs)
- Mountains and ski resorts of ‘the Starry Mountains’(Serra da Estrela); the highest in Portugal (1.5 Hrs)


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