LUXURY REAL ESTATE CASTLE FOR SALE IN ALGARVE

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Is also used as a flat horse owners. Can also be converted into a hotel. Plot 15.000 m²
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This castle is a grand estate, which has been totally renovated, whilst protecting its heritage and traditional features. With total privacy for the owners it is still just a short drive to all major towns and to the international airport of Faro. Glorious sandy beaches and many of the top golf courses are within easy reach.
Originally an 18th century Portuguese farm estate the property has, over the last two decades, been transformed into a grand “Tuscan” villa, set in a large diverse garden. What was once a prosperous Quinta of a wealthy Portuguese nobleman is now an impressive, completely refurbished and renovated, estate – creating an appropriate setting for an extensive collection of antique and classical sculptures, columns and murals.
Although an Italian flavour is obvious throughout the property, its Portuguese origins have not been neglected. The large external windows are barred in the traditional manner and the house contains large Portuguese fireplaces. A number of built-in garden benches are made of antique “azulejos”, Portuguese decorative tiles. The marriage of styles has successfully created this most tasteful, private and peaceful retreat.
The castle is accessed through iron gates (remote controlled and automatically operated), up a cobbled drive, which is flanked by tall cypresses and large antique pots. The drive takes you through the 3.000m2 front garden, mainly laid to lawn, with an ornamental fountain. The area beyond the gate, the courtyard, offers ample parking space for many cars. Wrought iron gates are passed and several inner courtyards offer the access to the main house.

 

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Main House

Main Entrance Hall (4 x 4.5m) with vaulted ceiling and arched stone doorways, lead to the inner hallway and in tern to the TV/Winter Room (4.5 x 4m) with open fireplace. Double aspect to inner courtyard and to the Roman garden.
The Drawing Room (11 x 7m) has a kingpost roof and an apse at one end with built-in seating, additionally a Romanesque window has been created by using an ancient Roman Column. Although very stately, the room has not lost its traditional warmth with old varnished flagstones on the floor and a large open fireplace.
Informal Dining Room (6 x 6m) with high ceiling and “ladrilha” tiled floors and a fireplace with “Fogo Montanha” (wood-burning stove). The informal dining room gives access to the Rustic Kitchen (5.5 x 5.8m), including all appliances plus a professional walk-in fridge.
From the informal dining room, up a few steps and through old character doors, one enters the impressive Formal Dining Room (11 x 5.3m), which easily seats 30 people. Double aspect views through arched windows to the front garden and to one of the inner courtyards. Original stone floors and a big traditional open fireplace underline the grandeur of this beautiful room.
From the main entrance hall steps lead up to a landing giving access to a spectacular guest cloakroom with natural stone washbasin and walls.
From the landing steps lead down to the Library (4 x 4.5m) with built-in cupboards. The views here are to the front garden and to an old well. Access to the main drawing room.
From the TV room, doors lead to a hallway with side access to the house and further down, to a Double Guest Suite (4 x 4.5m) with a traditionally tiled bathroom.
Stairs, leading from the main hall landing, access the upper landing, with vaulted ceiling. Here is the owners’ private floor and accommodation. Straight ahead is a Double Bedroom (4.4 x 3m) with en suite bathroom. A Private Office (8 x 4.5m) with traditional wooden ceiling and with beautiful views across the front lawn to the countryside and mountains. Opposite, a balcony overlooks the inner courtyard and the barbeque area. From this upper landing, through a small hallway, the Master Suite (4.5 x 4.3m), with double aspect, is accessed. The suite offers a walk-in wardrobe and a luxurious master bathroom, with traditional Portuguese tiles.

 
 
Inner Gardens

Leaving the house, one enters into the most beautiful courtyard – with tall cypresses, numerous flower plots, old “ladrilha” tiles and cobblestones. The area offers old benches and antique “azulejos”.
The area around the house is totally walled-in, whereby the walls have a number of niches with classical Roman sculptures and fragment features.
The generous Barbeque Area is shaded by a tall palm tree and provides seating for several people. The actual barbeque area has work surfaces, a natural stone sink and a pizza/bread oven. To one side of this area, old large washing tubs have been converted into water features with fountains.
In the middle of this courtyard, a further fountain is situated.
At the end of the courtyard, a Private Chapel (5.2 x 5m), with bell tower, has been recently built. The entrance is through wooden doors, the chapel itself is a light room with stained glass windows.
Walking along the main house, a spectacular formal Roman Garden is reached. Trimmed and cut hedges and in the middle an antique water feature. In a niche is a lion fountain and also a number of antique Roman features – some more than 2.000 years old.
From the inner courtyard, through a stone arch and gates, one arrives at a sensational Swimming Pool and Entertainment Area. The area is completely walled-in and offers a 10 x 5m swimming pool, terracing and a covered area with an in- and outdoor bar. Additionally there is a covered area with a snooker table. Servicing this area is a fully fitted bathroom.

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Cottages

Cottage I: Double bedroom (2.7 x 3m) and a single bedroom (2.7 x 2.3m), a bathroom with shower. Open plan lounge/ dining room with kitchen (4.5 x 4m).
Cottage II: Two double bedrooms (4 x 3.5m and 3 x 4m) and bathroom
Cottage III: Two bedrooms (each 4.5 x 3m), 2 bathrooms and living room with kitchen (4 x 7.5m).
All three cottages have traditional floor tiling and the typical Portuguese timber and cane ceilings.
Cottage IV: Open plan bedroom, lounge/dining room and kitchen (10 x 4m), a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath.
All cottages are very close to the main house and form part of the inner garden.

Outer Gardens

From the Cottage III and the barbeque area is a 16th century gate, which leads to the extensive grounds. These are used as an orchard, with about 300 fruit trees of different varieties.
A paved walkway, flanked by lights, leads to the far end of the estate. Here is an Artificial Lake (1.000m2) with a Tropical Island Bar (reached by a small bridge). The area offers ample seating and terraces and includes a toilet facility.
The walkway leads further around the estate, past a Greenhouse, an old original well and cistern, which holds enough fresh water for the estate.
Further down, past a hard surface Tennis Court, one arrives at the impressive Garage Complex, with space for over five cars. The garage complex can also be reached from the front entrance. Additionally there are laundry facilities in this area.
Recently added, at the very far end of the estate, is an Equestrian Area. The total area is about 5.000m2 and includes 4 stables, a manage and a large free run area.
Well hidden are solar panels, two satellite dishes and a workshop.
Helicopter landing possibility.
Inner and outer gardens are equipped with automatic irrigation systems.
Hundreds of high cypress tress mark the boundary of this estate, which is fully fenced and additionally protected with security lighting and a camera monitoring system.

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