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Imposing, large, high-ceilinged, airy, recently converted old farmhouse in 120 acres of private land, mainly olive groves and wild cork oak forest, with stunning views. 12 metre swimming pool for your personal use, not overlooked. House sleeps 8+ in 4 bedrooms, 3 en suite. Traditionally furnished. Wild and natural countryside, 15 minutes' pleasant drive to Odemira with all its facilities, 40 minutes' drive to the fantastic Atlantic beaches. The entire west coast here is a nature reserve. Ideal family holiday location, suit children of all ages. Pets welcome. Wonderful walks, bird watching (ask for list!), horse riding, kayaking, fishing nearby, wide terraces for sunbathing, relaxing and enjoying the views, dramatic arid garden.
The rural location of Chaparral de Cabanas offers much for those seeking peace and quiet. You could spend the whole holiday at the property, just venturing out for supplies, or use it as a base from which to explore the local towns and villages or more distant cities.
Reliable Internet signal from own satellite dish, wifi.
The terraces are great for eating out in the fresh air while enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside. One terrace overlooks the pool so an eye can be kept on the children while they are splashing about. There are lots of shady trees if it gets too hot, and, due to its thick walls, the interior of the house is usually 10 degrees cooler than outside. We have a small fenced lake with fish and sometimes ducks, lovely for a picnic or a quiet read.
Special interest holidays:
Ideal for country walks and bird watching, cycling, painting. Boating and fishing on Santa Clara lake, 30 minutes' drive. Kayaking on River Mira.
40 minutes' drive to stunning Atlantic beaches, many to choose from, all family friendly, some with dramatic cliffs, others with gently sloping sand.
Car essential. Nearest airport is Faro, 2 hours' easy drive. Lisbon Airport is 3 hours' drive. Nearest train station, Santa Clara: comfortable air-conditioned efficient trains to Lisbon and Faro, about 35 mins' drive. Lisbon 2 hours, Faro about 90 minutes. Bus and coach station in centre of Odemira.
Nearest town is Odemira (pop. 25,000), about 15 minutes' drive. Restaurants, banks, cash points, filling stations, library, 24/7 health care centre (with helipad!), shops, cinema, cafes and supermarkets.
Several traditional local markets in neighbouring villages, see info book at property for details. The huge Santa Clara lake is about half an hour away, great for fishing (huge carp!), motor boating, swimming. Also Kayaking on River Mira, leave from Odemira.
We bought the property about 10 years ago. We loved the farmhouse itself, it's big and spacious, and of course the views. You can see for 40-odd miles down to the south, to the Monchique Hills. Chaparral is close enough to the sea to be able to spend a day or half day on the beach, but not so close that it's always windy, a disadvantage with many coastal properties.
The house itself is just down from a hill top, so it has the amazing views, but also privacy as it's shielded by trees. The drive from Odemira follows the course of the River Mira, along a clear and pretty track. It's about 15 minutes.
It's extremely quiet with no traffic/plane noise, and no pollution, though the constant calling of the Cuckoos does drive you a bit mad in the spring! In fact it's a birdwatcher's paradise with over 50 species recorded at, or near, the property.
The Portuguese Registration number is AL 18603.