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PV0030/21 - Village Manor House

Leiria, Portugal


A village manor house, originally built for local nobility and sympathetically restored by the current owners.
 Beautiful Manor House sitting in an imposing position at the head of this small village which is ideally situated between Castanheira de Pera and Figueiro dos Vinhos.
This former home of local nobility has been sympathetically restored maintaining many of the features that gives the house its grandeur including its parquet flooring, shuttered windows, and high plaster-coved ceilings. The current owners have decorated with an eye for the home's history but despite the nods to the past, the new occupants can expect plenty of mod cons. 
 The iron garden gates open onto a formal courtyard which has been designed to be low maintenance and which includes stone pathways, raised flower beds, off-road parking and steps leading up to the imposing double front doors of the house. 
 Stepping through the doors into the large entrance hallway gives an idea of the splendour of the building. To the right is the formal lounge with its spectacular chandelier where former visitors would have been entertained and to the left is the staircase with wooden banister which winds its way up through the first floor to the very top of the house and the attic. 
The further cosy living room space opens onto the back of the house. It features an open fireplace, lounge area and dining space where there is room for a large dining table to seat guests. 
The new kitchen has an island which houses the sink unit and oven. There is an electric hob and extractor fan and American style fridge freezer. To maintain the character of the kitchen the current owners have kept the bank of original kitchen cabinets along with the marble worktops, wall, and floor tiles. The unique old kitchen door which leads to the covered terrace features hatches that can be opened to allow air to circulate...ideal to serve food to outside diners.
On this floor there is also a utility/bathroom with toilet, vanity unit and washer/dryer. 
Taking the stairs to the first floor there is a seating area with doors to the front balcony which looks over the village to the countryside beyond...an ideal place to read a book. On this floor there are three double bedrooms and a single room all of which have remote control ceiling fans. The en-suite bedroom is double aspect with a modern tiled shower room. The bespoke vanity brings a certain personality to the room. Across the hall is the largest of the bedrooms which is situated at the front of the house. This room has fitted storage and is large enough to incorporate a seating area. The final double room is again double aspect and has a walk-in wardrobe and doors leading onto the balcony from which there are spectacular views to the mountains of Lousa. The single bedroom also has fitted storage and doors onto this balcony. The main bathroom on this floor houses another bespoke vanity unit and is fully tiled.
 From this floor the staircase leads to the attic which is ripe for conversion due to easy access. This floor could be converted into a beautiful master suite with exposed beams or simply used for storage as it is currently. 
There is a recently installed solar hit water assembly installed on the rear roof, which due to its positioning receives sunlight throughout each day of the year, producing plenty of economical hot water. The property is on mains water, mains electricity 
 At the back of the house is a flat walled garden of around 1000 - 1200 square metres. There is double water tank near to the house which can easily be converted to a plunge pool. Towards the end of the garden is the working well and an outbuilding that was once used to stable horses but could easily be used as a garage as there is access via a driveway from the front of the house. This building could also be converted for housing or office space.
 Below the house is the lower ground floor which has the same footprint as the rest of the house.... this is where the new owners can let their imagination run wild. Currently there is a spacious workshop and an adega. The other two rooms on this lower floor were used as living quarters for the servants in the distant past. They have windows to allow in light and one has a working bathroom in the corner which could easily be enclosed. Both rooms are big enough for double beds. This floor could be used as extra accommodation or even to house a business venture. 
 Despite the fact that the house was empty for many years, the vendors have worked so hard to restore the property to much of its former glory and yet have  been able to make it into such a lovely home.
 Now we anticipate the house's best days are ahead of it as a special home for a buyer looking for something imposing and possibly unique.


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