Set in an elevated position with views south to the coast as well as north to the hills, this gorgeous property has been built to the highest standards with top quality fittings throughout and close attention to detail. Designed for year-round comfort it boasts underfloor heating, cork insulation, air-conditioning and a fireplace, and makes use of solar electricity generation panels and a heat pump to keep the running costs minimal.
Spread over 3 levels to take advantage of the views, it features a 3 bedroom main house with a spacious 2 bedroom guest apartment below. This can be locked off and used independently or left open to the main house to make a large family home with entertainment area or home office. In addition there is a separate garage and a project has been approved for a swimming pool.
A path from the carport leads to a pretty garden with lawn and a covered terrace and porch. The wooden entrance door has a stained glass window and opens to the impressive entrance hall with guest cloakroom and curved staircase leading to the upper bedrooms and lower guest level. On the main level the entrance hall has double doors to an open-plan living room with dining area with dual aspect windows, and spacious lounge with fireplace. The flooring is traditional Santa Catarina terracotta tiles and the coving has been custom made with an intricate Moorish design. Patio doors flow to the entertainment terrace with built-in BBQ and plenty of space for al-fresco dining while enjoying the unobstructed views to the coast or simply soaking up the sun. A solid wood pergola provides shade. A spiral staircase from here leads down to the garden, garage and lower guest apartment level.
Opening off the lounge is the fully-equipped kitchen with picture windows onto the garden. It boasts Bosch appliances, granite work-tops, hand-made porcelain tiles and bespoke wooden cabinetry incorporating a Moorish motif with solid marble interiors. There is a prep sink for fruit and vegetables in addition to the washing up sink, plus filtered water for drinking. Also on this level is an en-suite bedroom with walk-in dressing room. The bathroom features a large walk-in shower and separate bath tub, and the bedroom has patio doors with Juliet balcony from which to enjoy the views to the coast.
Upstairs there are 2 more generous bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has built-in wardrobes, dual aspect windows to capture the views and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. The third bedroom has been designed as the master suite and boasts a private sun-bathing terrace, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower plus tub, generous wardrobe space and views to the coast. All of the bathrooms have heated towel rails and bidets and feature non-slip floor tiles.
From the bedroom level, preparations have been made to continue the staircase up and for a mezzanine floor in the tower. This would make a lovely art or music studio with antique stained glass windows letting in lots of light and 360º views across the countryside.
On the lower level the staircase opens to a lobby area which is currently used as a home office. From here there are doors to the garden as well as to a utility room prepared for a washing machine and dryer. A second door from the utility room gives interior access to a large 2-bedroom apartment.
The apartment features a spacious living room with patio doors to a covered terrace, a kitchen (prepared with plumbing and electrics ready for cabinetry), storage room and 2 spacious bedrooms, each with built-in wardrobes and en-suite shower rooms. This would make a lovely space for friends or family, generate a good rental income, or could be used as a large home office or as part of the main house.
A project has been approved (and permission given) for a top-quality swimming pool to the south-side of the entertainment terrace. The pool has been designed to flow seamlessly from the entertainment and BBQ terrace, or alternatively could be built on a lower level with steps flowing down to the pool from the terrace. There are 3 separate design options and the new owner can also choose whether to use conventional tiles or something more exotic like a pebble pool finish.
The land slopes gently and is fully fenced with mature trees. A paved driveway leads from the entrance gates to the garage, which has windows and would make a lovely games room or workshop, and traditional calçada (cobblestone) pathways lead around the house.
The property is loaded with top quality fixtures such as hard-wood tilt and turn windows with mosquito screens, alarm system, water purification system and pre-installation for electric gates and intercom, in addition to the energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.
This stylish home is situated between Silves with its medieval castle and the market town of SB de Messines. It is about 10 minutes to either, with daily markets, shops, cafés and restaurants. This is a lovely area for walking, hiking and cycling and there are two excellent restaurants within 2km. The coast and beaches are only 18km and Faro airport can be reached in 45 minutes. The Nobel international school is 25 minutes drive or the bus collects in Silves, and the German and Dutch international schools are 15 minutes away.