Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate this substantial 3 bedroom creatively refurbished luxury villa. The enormous living areas benefits from panoramic views over the pool to the south. A detached lodge also provides additional accommodation.
The approach to this elevated villa in Santa Barbara is via a quiet residential road with private dwellings. Electric gates open in the stone boundary wall to a paved driveway which could provide parking for up to eight cars. A large detached garage/workshop is located at the top of the drive next to the villa and an additional single garage with electrically operated door, integral to the property, is positioned to the left of the front entrance doors.
The front doors to the villa are of heavy wood, taken from an old monastery and form an imposing entrance which is edged in granite. These doors open onto an impressive lobby with a vaulted wood panelled ceiling. Secondary antique wooden doors open onto the living accommodation which also benefits from an impressive vaulted ceiling with wood panelling and recessed spot-lights. All interior woodwork is of good quality, the vast majority being finished in cherry wood.
The open-plan kitchen is fully equipped with high quality appliances and a comprehensive range of attractive cherry wood wall and floor cabinets. A double sink unit, double range cooker and extractor hood complete the kitchen equipment. The work surfaces, splash-backs, breakfast bar and kitchen dining table are all of high quality Portuguese granite and the floor is tiled. A utility area has been incorporated into the integral garage which has an access door from the kitchen.
A small hallway from the living room leads to two double bedrooms, both with built in wardrobes. Bedroom one benefits from an en-suite bathroom with toilet, double sinks, bath, shower fitting, attractive tiling and recessed spotlights. Access to a family shower room with large built-in shower, toilet, attractive tiling and recessed spot-lights also leads from the hallway.
The main living area is of cavernous proportions with an open-plan design and incorporates dining, lounge and study areas. To the left side of this room an extensive range of built-in cupboards, library shelving and wall units in cherry wood, provide ample storage for any requirement. The far end wall is clad in natural stone, the central feature being a wood-burning fire, with recesses either side for the storage of logs. Above the fireplace, a heavy wooden mantle piece completes the rustic effect.
The right hand side of this room is created entirely of large patio doors which provide fantastic natural lighting and the most amazing panoramic views over the pool terrace, to the open countryside and ocean beyond.
The master bedroom suite comprises a dressing room with floor to ceiling mirrored wardrobes, ample shelving and drawer space and recessed spot-lighting, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The bathroom has attractive tiling, double sinks set in a marble vanity top with cupboards below, mirrored wall units and recessed spot-lights. A bath, double built-in shower unit, toilet and quality fixtures throughout complete the bathroom furniture.
From the bathroom, a conservatory which is currently used as a fitness room complete with Jacuzzi bath, opens onto a terrace and the back garden.
The heated pool is large at 5m x 10m and the spacious pool terrace is surrounded by an attractive wrought iron fence, has a shower fixture and bar-b-que area at one end, under a pergola of heavy bamboo, supported on four stone columns. The views from this terrace are breathtaking, spanning a full 260 degrees. A steel staircase from the pool terrace leads down to the lush gardens, large pond, beautiful running stream and waterfall feature. The thoughtfully designed garden is well stocked with a wide variety of mature trees including palms and eucalyptus and extensive use of natural stone has been used to create retaining walls and pathways. The orchard is irrigated and includes a multitude of fruit trees including apple, oranges, grapefruit, clemantine, lemon, peach, pear, cherry, persimmon, fig, olive and carob.
Within the garden, a detached wooden lodge with living room, kitchenette, shower room and small terrace offers a fabulous teenager hideaway, or quite acceptable short-term guest accommodation. At the bottom of the garden, a second driveway with steel gated entrance provides parking for at least six vehicles.
* Detached wooden lodge with bathroom and kitchenette
* Heated pool
* Fabulous mature gardens
* Open countryside and distant coastal
* Walking distance to amenities
* 5 minute drive to Santa Barbara
* 15 minute drive to Loule