This substantial five bedroom mansion sits in a quiet area on its own large, elevated plot, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, with swimming pool and lovely views over the village of Caldas de Monchique.
The property was built in 1938 by a Lisbon industrialist and has more recently been totally rebuilt inside to make a spacious, comfortable, family home with abundant character and a wealth of interesting details. High ceilings and plenty of natural light make this a very bright airy house, yet there are also numerous cosy corners in which to relax. Many careful improvements have been made by the current owner so that the house is now presented in excellent condition whilst retaining its period charm.
At the heart of the property is a most impressive double height galleried living room with dining and home cinema areas off the central space. The living room also opens on to a delightful terrace which enjoys lovely views over the gardens, the pool and the village of Caldas. Music from the home entertainment system can also be enjoyed here. As a whole this is a marvellous space for relaxing or entertaining guests with an open fire as the centerpiece.
The newly fitted, modern, well equipped kitchen is semi open plan to both the dining area and the living room. The kitchen is fully tiled with a central food preparation area / breakfast bar, built in ceramic hob and oven, dishwasher and a Franco Belge wood-burning stove, also connected to the central heating system. A door from here leads to the third tier of the gardens.
This floor is completed by the guest WC.
A beautiful spiral staircase with feature wrought iron work rises from this level to the top floor. Here there is a comfortable seating area with an open fire and three en suite bedrooms all leading from the gallery. The principal suite also has a large private balcony with even more spectacular views across the village. On this level there is also a further bathroom and laundry room. All the bathrooms are fully tiled.
Returning to the lower floor a staircase leads down to a fully self contained apartment with two further bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. This space has access to the third garden tier near to the pool terrace.
Outside the gardens are arranged over four terraces with magnificently lush tropical planting. The pool area is very private and surrounded by ample terraces. All around the gardens are innumerable places, sunny or shady, to sit out and enjoy the Algarve climate.
The village of Caldas de Monchique was built mainly in Victorian times to take advantage of the local thermal springs famous since the Roman era for their healing properties. Nowadays this is an idyllic spot but with modern spa facilities near at hand to enjoy the waters. It is situated close to Foia, the highest point in the Algarve, with spectacular countryside all around. Monchique is close by providing schools, a hospital, supermarket and many amenities of a larger town. Portimão, with a much larger shopping centre and supermarkets is 20 minutes away.
Caldas Manor is in an elevated position on the edge of the village enjoying the best of both worlds. The village square with its tavern and various restaurants is within walking distance but the property is far enough removed to enjoy perfect peace and tranquillity.
Amongst features to note the house has solar panels for hot water with a 500 litre back up boiler. The panels can also power the central heating system. Mains water is from the Caldas spring and there is also mains sewage. The present owner has just replaced all the windows in the property with thermal double glazed units, increasing the property's energy efficiency but in perfect harmony with the architecture. In the roof space is a huge dry loft with abundant storage. At road level there is a granite built garage / workshop for two cars
This traditional property has abundant character yet offers extremely comfortable and spacious family living. Equally it provides the most wonderful spaces for entertaining. With the flexibility of the self contained unit on the ground floor one could also imagine the upper portion of the property as a boutique hotel or retreat with treatments based around the local spas. The possibilities are endless.
Please call now to view this marvellous home in a beautiful part of the Algarve.
Faro International Airport 80 kms
Praia da Roch 22 kms
Aljezur (west coast) 32 kms