Exuding charm, character and a stylish interior design, this former olive press has been imaginatively converted and extended over the years to create a striking home that successfully incorporates a host of eye-catching features, home comforts and a pleasing sense of spaciousness within its traditional stone walls
Perfect for a couple or small family, it sits privately within an extensive garden of gently rolling lawns, colourful shrubs and ancient olive trees in the local hamlet of Porto d’Ave, just 5.5km from the town of Povoa de Lanhoso with its picturesque castle and Romanesque church. Whilst the local shop, café and restaurant of the hamlet are just a short walk away, these enclosed grounds provide an ideal retreat, their many lawned areas and poolside terraces made private by the lush foliage of mature trees.
The interior is equally inviting, welcoming you into an impressive open plan room, topped with a high pitched ceiling of wooden beams and surrounded on all sides by thick stone walls that bear witness to the property’s rustic origins. In the centre, elegant sofas surround a wood-burning stove; on a slightly raised level is a charming dining area whilst off to one side a single bedroom is ingeniously hidden behind a wall and ornate screen. The spacious master bedroom, made bright and airy by the wide patio windows that connect it to the poolside terrace, is housed within a newer wing at the back.
With local amenities available within the hamlet, you may not feel the need to venture far, although the shops and restaurants of Povoa de Lanhoso are just a ten minute drive away. Some 10km further on lies the historic city of Braga, whilst the sweeping sandy beaches of the blissfully unspoilt Costa Verde can be reached in under an hour.
Ground floor: Spacious open plan sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, wood burning stove) incorporating designated sleeping area (single bed). Kitchen (dishwasher, microwave). Laundry room (washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and patio doors to poolside terrace. Central heating throughout the house.
Lower ground floor (accessed via open tread stairs from sleeping area): Bathroom.
Outside: Mature gardens of lawns and flowerbeds. Open and covered terraces. In-built barbecue. Private parking.
Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with corner steps