This stunning, colonial-style house, set in the little hamlet of Azinheiro, commands sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and coastline from its impressive elevated position. Designed by Jose Meixa, one of Portugal’s most famous landscape gardeners, the beautifully maintained grounds of the property total over six thousand square metres and feature rolling lawns, colourful rockeries, mature pine and fruit trees as well as a vast variety of indigenous Mediterranean shrubs.
Originating from the ruins of tumbledown farm building (now converted into a lovely annex with twin beds and en suite shower room) Casa Nova da Eira has grown into a magnificently proportioned and imposing residence. A cobbled courtyard leads to the front door and entrance hall off of which the living accommodation and bedrooms radiate. Light, airy and very welcoming throughout, the room distribution provides interesting options for a larger family or group of sharing friends.
Two of the ground floor bedrooms have twin single beds, en suite bathrooms and views across the grounds while the third has three single beds, an en suite bathroom, adjacent family/reading room and doors onto the garden. The large sitting/dining area features an open fireplace, vaulted Portuguese ceiling and doors onto a shaded dining terrace with gorgeous views over the garden to the pool while the well-appointed kitchen has two fridges a wine cooler and separate pantry.
The entire first floor has been given over to the principal suite comprising a spacious double bedroom, bathroom and shower, a dressing room and a balcony with far-reaching views to the Atlantic. Elegantly displayed throughout Casa Nova da Eira, fine paintings and an interesting collection of model boats in glass cases, betray the owner's enthusiasm for art and sailing.
A restaurant, café and minimarket for essentials are within 1.8kms while Estói (4.7kms) boasts Roman ruins, a Pousada, pretty 16th Century church and a cluster of typical local restaurants. Olhaő (8kms) and Faro (a twenty minute drive) have all amenities and regular ferries that ply the short distance across to the archipelago of little islands that make up the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Reached via a bridge Faro Island, with its beautiful sandy beach, makes a lovely day trip while golfers have the famous courses at Tavira, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura all within a 25-30 minute drive.
Ground Floor: Entrance hall. Cloakroom. Open plan sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, ceiling fans, telephone for local calls only) with doors to covered terrace. Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, two fridges, wine cooler, TV) with doors to covered patio. Pantry. Utility room (washing machine). Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Bedroom with three single beds and en suite bathroom. Family/reading room (ceiling fan) with doors to patio. Central heating throughout the house.
First floor: Landing. Principal double bedroom (fireplace, TV, ceiling fan) with en suite bathroom and shower. Dressing room. Balcony.
Annex (accessed from front courtyard) : Twin bedroom (TV) with en suite shower room. Central heating.
Outside: Barbecue. Covered and open terraces. Mature landscaped grounds with lawn. Cobbled entrance courtyard with private covered parking.
Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner Roman steps.