Nestled on a plot of over 9,000m2 in a privileged front-line position just a few minutes walk from breathtaking Benagil beach, is this grand, truly unique 4 bedroom villa, guest cottage and spectacular 10x10m swimming pool with pavilion.
This impressive property is set back from the road down a pretty country track. Double gates open to a driveway lined with trees and oleander bushes, which flows past the cottage before reaching the main house with turning circle and ample parking area.
This elegant moorish style villa was designed by a renowned architect with intricate ceilings, attractive archways, and expansive windows to let in light and ocean views. It was built to an extremely high standard featuring well-insulated, 50cm thick, compressed earth (Taipa) walls. Meticulous attention to detail and no expense spared characterizes this villa.
The grand entrance, framed by pillars, opens onto a spacious, tiled entrance hall. Glass doors lead to a formal living space with gorgeous domed ceilings. The lounge area has a feature fireplace and connects to the dining room - both rooms featuring patio doors facing the garden and ocean. The floors are solid wood parquet which adds warmth to this light and sunny space.
Adjacent is a fully-fitted eat-in kitchen with a wood-burning stove to keep it cosy in the cooler months. The worktops are an attractive granite and the cabinets are wood. The kitchen is light and spacious with windows overlooking the garden and ocean. A door gives direct access to a patio with a pretty vine-covered pergola supported by carved stone pillars - a lovely spot for breakfast while enjoying the morning sun.
Next to the kitchen is the garage, conveniently located for unloading your groceries, as well as the guest cloakroom.
The west wing is currently used as a 2-bedroom self-contained guest annex with its own entrance, the lounge and dining area have stunning brick vaulted ceiling and patio doors to the garden, and an intimate lounge or snug with wood-burner. There is a smaller fully-fitted kitchen also with a brick vaulted ceiling. There are two sunny bedrooms each with a private bathroom. However, this could be amalgamated with the house and could also be used as a games room or family room. Traditional St Catarina tiles are used throughout this wing.
Upstairs are two more sizable and spectacular bedrooms, each with a private terrace from which to soak up the sea views as well as uniquely textured, domed ceilings. The opulent bathroom has a feature circular bath tub made from compressed, sealed limestone (Moroccan Tadelakt) with carved columns and domed ceiling. The bathroom also has a double vanity, walk-in shower and a door to its own, private south-facing terrace. It can be made en-suite by closing a corridor door, or kept as a family bathroom shared by the two bedrooms.
A stone staircase leads down to a large basement with three rooms, currently used as laundry or utility rooms and storage. This area is perfect for a wine cellar, gym or home theatre. Opening off the basement is a charming enclosed courtyard with stone walls, water feature and Santa Catarina tile floors.
This quaint, 80m2 Portuguese-style house is currently used for tools and wood storage, but could be converted into a charming guest cottage. The roof was replaced recently, maintaining the traditional exposed wood beam ceilings with canes.
Paved terraces surround the house and manicured lawns connect to the square 10 x 10m pool. An attractive pavilion with domed roof and columns makes this a lovely tranquil spot for poolside entertaining. Underneath is a changing room, shower and toilet. The gardens have a variety of mature trees and shrubs and natural stone walls. Winding cobblestone pathways lead through the grounds. There is a vine covered walkway leading to an orchard section of the plot planted with a variety of fruit trees and the well-tended garden continues on towards the ocean. There is also a area for dogs with a run and a kennel.
This magnificent property is in an unspoilt position boasting expansive sea views from ground and first floors, and is surrounded by picturesque countryside. The much sought after location is only 5 minutes drive to the large local supermarkets and one kilometre to the quaint fishing cove of Benagil, with its pretty, sandy beach. Located 6km from Nobel International school, close to many of the Algarves wonderful golf courses and 45 minute drive from Faro airport.