Character Country House set on large plot with tennis court and covered pool
€ 1,250,000£ 1,103,307$ 1,490,565
24-01-2019€ 1,050,000€ 1,250,00019%
Overall price change19%
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Silves, Western Algarve
Ownership Status: Private
Built in: 1992
230m2 Build size
€ 5,435£ 4,797$ 6,480
/ m2 build
27,000m2 Plot size
€ 46£ 40$ 54
/ m2 plot
About the property:
Beautiful and exclusive country house just outside the historic town Silves. The property has lovely views over the countryside. The main villa is set on one level, has 3 bedrooms and an extra room which is currently used as an office but could easily be converted into a 4th bedroom. All rooms are built with style and exclusive materials. The living room is spacious with beautiful windows and a warming fireplace. The kitchen is unique and has a large fireplace, a handy pantry, space for dining table and a seating by the window. From the kitchen you reach out to a large covered terrace and the pool area. The villa is well thought out and practical for maintenance and has underfloor heating in all rooms.
Underneath the terrace and pool, there is a large self contained apartment, with a fully equipped kitchen with dining table. There are two bathrooms, a living room with fireplace and enough space for multiple guests. The living room has big sliding doors that lead to a lovely private covered terrace.
The plot area is 27.000 m2, offering plenty of space to go for a walk through the beautiful area. Within 5 minutes you reach the center of Silves and within 15 minutes you reach the south coast of the Algarve.
Extra features: tennis court with bar area, double glazing, solar panels.
About the location:
Silves is regarded as the best northern town of the Algarve and is a great opportunity to discover the "real" Portugal. Silves has a very different ambience from the coastal resort towns. It is surrounded by orange and lemon trees, sitting on the banks of the Arade River.
Silves is an historic old Moorish town and the importance of Silves lay in the fact that it was the main access to the inland areas of the Algarve because of its river location, although the river is now too silted up for large vessels to use.
Silves Castle is now the best preserved castle in the Algarve. The castle and the Cathedral beside it are the first buildings you see as you approach the town, as they sit on the hilltop above the town.
Also close by is the latest golf course belonging to the Pestana Group surrounded by typical fruit orchards and small farms.
There is also Monchique, a picturesque little village found up North, known for its handicrafts and for its natural beauty. Monchique has the highest peak of the Algarve, called Fóia, with an elevation of 902 metres.
Covered dining area
Features great views
Near bars / restaurants
Near a golf course
The energy rating shows the energy efficiency of a building on a scale of A to G. The most efficient homes – which should have the lowest fuel bills – are in band A, whereas the most inefficient homes are in band G.
Silves is a beautiful and attractive town with a rich history built on the banks of the River Arade. The river was navigable in historical times and represented an important link between the inland and the coast.
The town, which is built on top of one of the largest underground aquifers in the south of Portugal, the Querenca-Silves aquifer, straddles the river and retains a medina-style gate, the Porta de Loule, and parts of the poured concrete walls that date back to the time of Moorish occupation
The area has been inhabited since Paleolithic times but the town reached its peak after the Moorish invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in 713. By the tenth century, Silves, then called Xelb, was the capital of the area now known as the Algarve.
Today Silves is an attractive, charming place of outdoor cafes and scented orange groves dominated by one of the best-preserved castles in the Algarve. The Moorish Fortaleza, which boasts a complete set of sandstone walls and detached towers, occupies twelve thousand square meters on top of the hill that overlooks the town. Iron Age remains have been found, along with a well, a governor's palace and the Cisterna Grande, a thirteenth century water cistern that once served the whole town. The Cisterna stands ten meters high, is supported by six columns and said to be haunted by the ghost of a Moorish maiden. A Moorish-style garden has recently been re-created and is open daily to visitors, along with the rest of the Fortaleza, whose walls offer impressive views over the town and surrounding countryside.
Below the Fortaleza is Silves' cathedral, built on the site of a grand mosque and flanked by wide Gothic towers. The cathedral retains some of its original grandeur. Lining the cathedral walls are tombs belonging to bishops and crusaders who died taking Silves back from the Moors. Opposite the cathedral, much of which dates back to the eighteenth century.
A defunct cork factory known as the Fabrica do Ingles (Englishman's factory) is home to a couple of museums and a cluster of bars, cafes and fountains that come alive in August during the town's annual beer festival. There is a market on the riverfront, near a narrow thirteenth century bridge, every morning from Monday to Saturday.
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