Rare Opportunity to Purchase an Off-Grid Organic 5 Hectare Farm in Portugal
Nestled in the arms of the Serra Gardunha Mountains in the Baixa de Beira, in Central Portugal, sits
this little piece of heaven on earth called ‘Di-Vine Quinta’. It has been certified as organic with Sativa
for the last 3 years but has been organically farmed for the last 6 years.
It produces up to a 1000 litres of rich, fruity, port-like wine – from the remaining must is produced the
Aguardente distilled in an alambique (copper still), as it has been for centuries. This is used to make
delicious organic liqueurs using fruits from the farm. To date we have tangerine, bitter orange, lemon,
fig, strawberry, Ginjinha (wild cherry), pear, mulberry and more. It is also used for herbal tinctures
made with wild-crafted herbs.
The area is known as the fruit bowl of Portugal, famous for its cherries and other fruits, fed by the
mineral rich waters of the Gardunha (means sanctuary). It is an immensely abundant area that
naturally leads to creativity…an integral part of the Portuguese culture. The locals are warm and
friendly and think nothing of dropping by with a homemade cheese or sausages, or an armful of
watermelons. There is a wonderful community spirit here with a strong diverse input of different
nationalities. In fact things are really coming together here with the recent formation of an organic co-
operative with twice monthly markets backed by the local Councils. Things are taking off. From the
early spring right through the year you can find a local Feste (festival) almost every weekend … music,
dancing, food, drink and even medieval enactments – of which Monsanto and Belmonte are
renowned. The pace of life is relaxed and naturally in harmony with nature…it has to be, this is an
agricultural area. Rich in history with historic monuments and castles dotted all over Portugal. The
Portuguese are warm and friendly, more gentle in their demeanor than the Spanish or Italians, they
celebrate and cherish their long affiliation with Britain…recorded since the 13th century. Life is
definitely relaxed here with time to eat, be with family and friends and just enjoy. Here all aspects
found in the book ‘The Blue Zones’ – which highlights the practices which lead to longevity and health,
can be met. Be prepared to throw away your watch, knowing that everything that has to be
done…will be…in harmony with the seasons and rhythms of Gaia.
There is ample water on the land: 3 water mines, 2 streams, and 8 deep ponds – As well as 2 concrete
water tanks and a pond for ducks and geese. The organization of the irrigation system is work in
Olives for olive oil – last year 2000+ kilos and eating Olives (Cordovil mostly). Fig (usually 500 kilos),
plum, apricot, peach, cherry, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, apple, mulberry, loquat, persimmon,
pomegranate, almond and hazelnut are just some of the tree varieties we have. There is a large
vegetable garden with raised beds.
Organic hay bales are produced from the meadow areas of the land, which could be used for rearing
animals or more growing. There is a large double chicken pen – enclosed due to foxes, but the ducks
and geese roam free in the day.
Di-Vine Quinta is a traditional stone building. The stone is local quartz-impregnated granite – it
sparkles, it blocks out EM stress and provides a healthy and safe dwelling. The walls are about 50cm
thick. The stone assures a cool environment in the warmth of the summer and a cosy winter. The
house consists of the following:
A kitchen dining/living area – also warmed by a Bronpi wood burning stove/oven.
7 or more months of the year we use an outdoor kitchen which was a former tractor shed. This has
ample storage cupboards made of solid pine, a tiled work surface, a gas hob and fittings for an electric
cooker should you chose to install one. There is a cold water tap.
There is also a commercial outdoor triple sink in stainless steel with 1 hot and 2 cold taps. This is ideal
for washing the trays of an Excalibur dehydrator – It sits nestled next to a smaller, more formal garden
with flowers and herbs as well as a fig tree and a bench to sit on and just be.
There are 2 bedrooms, also spacious and airy -each with its own wood burning stove. These are
usually only used about 4 times during the winter, just to warm up the walls. A third room would
make another bedroom if desired but is currently used as a study, which has points for a TV.
Then there is the bathroom, converted from a pig sty…with the same eclectic inspiration and care as
the whole Quinta has. It is tiled with Italian limestone and mosaics, with a rustic pebbled floor. The
centre piece is a black, cast-iron, oval bath of German make – built for two. The rain shower is circular,
converted from the pig house and tiled in Italian glass mosaics with recessed ceiling lights. It has to be
seen and heard and just experienced – the acoustics are wonderful! We have offered a ‘Romantic
bath’ for couples with handmade soaps, natural products, music and our wine – whilst we baby sit!!
There is another large storage building affectionately called ‘the Hilton’ because we stayed in there
whilst the rebuild was happening. It was the original wine production area but now is a superb
storage building for the many delicious and luxurious products made on the farm. The ‘Alchemy’ of
liquors and other edibles happens in here. It has been fully insulated and tiled. You could decide to
use this for wine and olives once again.
There is a small building called the ‘washroom’, which was converted from a water tank. It houses a
fridge and freezer, as well as the plumbing for a washing machine and dryer. The gas powered hot
water heater for the hot tap of the outdoor triple sink is also housed here. It is home to 3 Excalibur
dehydrators and is one of the creative hubs on the farm.
These 3 buildings (house, Hilton and washroom) form a Courtyard, tiled in traditional Portuguese lime
cobbles, with the design of a bunch of grapes forming a focal centre piece. There is an offset roof over
the bathroom and study giving a shady and sheltered walkway which continues around the bedrooms
Then there is another huge area called the Adega – currently used for making/storing the wine and
curing the garlic/onion harvests. The Outback photovoltaic system is installed here. We also sit here
by moonlight processing the wine must.
There is a marbled terrace next to the Hilton, with a compass design and a fantastic view over the
land and the Gardunha. This would be the perfect location for a Jacuzzi – where you could enjoy the
long summer evenings.
There is a traditional stone bread oven, perfect for pizzas and whole roast lamb; it adjoins another
terraced area with river stones and a plunge pool.
There is a purpose built storage area that has the highest vantage point on the land…it would make a
perfect granny annex or an Air B&B.
Finally, there is a 6 sided straw bale building called the ‘Earth Temple’…a sacred space indeed, where I
work with clients. My work is in health and well-being, plus running workshops and courses. It would
make a wonderful writers or artists hideaway.
All accommodation is flexible; the decided usage is your choice….
The land, just over 5 hectares, is eligible for a local annual agricultural grant which will possibly double
in 2020 for organically registered farms. Presently, it is about 700 euros. The land is gently terraced
and easily accessible for a tractor. There is an occupied honey bee hive, within its own bee garden
near to the house.
There is a pile of recently brought granite, enough to construct a ‘Hobbit House’ and the potential for
more stones – by taking down an old storage shed on the lower lands. There could be permission for a
250 m 2 building, with local council consent. Permission was obtained for the straw bale building with
relative ease. The land has been cleared in line with the recent Government laws for fire protection.
Much has been achieved but the potential to caretake and further this, as your project, is limited only
by your vision…e-mail me for more details or to arrange a viewing. Price offers around 500K euros.
We are looking for a quick sale and completion. The legal process here is simple and can be rapid
compared to the UK.