Casa da Nuvea part I: first look

Nov 12, 2013

stone cottage, Portugal, serra, country house, farmhouse

About five years ago I decided I was ready to go after my lifelong dream of having a little stone cottage in Portugal. Since I was (and still am) living full-time here in the U.S., I assigned my lovely Tia A. with the daunting task of finding just the right little dwelling for me. It had to be within close enough driving distance of Lisbon (should I want to go into the city for the weekend) and close enough for a day trip to the coast. It had to be in a pretty, quiet, off-the-beaten path spot, where I could keep a few sheep, goats, rabbits and a couple burros. I also wanted an olive grove, so I could press my own olive oil. It had to be dilapidated enough to be affordable, but still intact enough to be somewhat livable without too much of an initial investment. We looked all over the central part of Portugal the north being too damp and cold for me and the south too expensive) but in a perfect example of life coming full circle, she found the idyllic little spot in my family's village. The same place I had been coming to for years and had spent most of childhood. I bought it sigh unseen, from a local farmer who had known my grandfather.
Here are the first photos she sent me, my first look at Casa da Nuvea.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some more photos of the house and the surrounding lands, and some of the improvements which are finally underway, after much saving of pennies.

 

13 comments:

  1. this is amazing!! congrats. sooooo excited for you!! can't wait to see it in person, cuz yup, i'm inviting myself!!

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  2. I am so happy that you have found your piece of paradise! You are one of the lucky ones girl! Many happy vibes being sent your way for the wonderful enhancements that you will add to Casa da Nuvea!!

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  3. Those are very kind words, my friend.
    I hope you will come visit one day soon!

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  4. What an adventure! Look forward to seeing how it grows.

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  5. You can't invite yourself because you're already on the guest list.

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  6. Thank you! It feels so good to finally make some progress.

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  7. What a wonderful thing to say, Laronda! I hope you will stop by on your next European tour!

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  8. I think it will be a long work in progress, but fixing it up is part of the fun.

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