Artisan Village

Eco-homes in nature

 

Artisan Village is a nature park of more than 50 acres of forests, meadows, orchards, 800m of river bank, and rocky outcrops with stunning views. It will have nine one-bed eco-studios, nine two bed eco-cottages, nine four bed eco-villas, a restaurant in a restored water mill, a reception building, kids play areas and a natural swimming pool.

 

Each dwelling will face south, with large patio doors, private gardens and spectacular views of the Serra da Estrela mountains. They have been designed for elegance and efficiency. The principal building material we have chosen for these constructions is Compressed Earth Blocks. In Portugal, there is a long tradition of building with Taipa or rammed earth. CEB is an ancestral tradition coupled with innovation. The heating systems will be super efficient ground source heat pumps, with open fire places or wood burning stoves to provide that special focus on winter evenings. Domestic water will be pumped from a bore hole to large underground deposits above the houses, and then delivered by gravity to the homes. The insulation material will be cork, and the roof structures will be wood and traditional Portuguese clay tiles. The waste water systems will be linked into large reed beds, carefully designed into the landscape to enhance biodiversity. Rain water capturing systems will provide natural irrigation for orchards and woodlands.

The construction program will begin in 2018, and these homes will soon become available to purchase off-plan. Owners can choose to be residents or to rent their home to vacation guests through our booking and rental service, to earn an income. The rental option will make these homes a good investment, with the option to move here at some stage in the future. For buyers looking for an investment property, with a preference for ecological and natural building, there could be no better choice than to become an owner in The Artisan Village.

 

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