Some tips for Buying a Portuguese Quinta
For many, buying a Portuguese property is a dream, maybe something you have planned for over the years. That is never more the case than when the property you have in mind is a Quinta, or Herdade.
Buying a Portuguese Herdade or Solar can feel like buying a piece of history. It’s a privilege to own part of the local landscape and to be the person responsible for its heritage.
Of course, when you first begin looking at buying a Portuguese Quinta, the options can seem overwhelming. Portugal is a vast country with a long history, which means there are many properties to choose from. The good news is that prices can often be very affordable, if you know where to look and how to make the most of your budget. And we´re here to help you expediate the process.
To help you get started, here are some top tips for buying a Portuguese Quinta:
Consider the age: There is huge variation in the age, with some regions having many more ancient properties than others, where construction has largely been relatively recent and is often more elaborate. Each has its own character, and some will have been changed significantly over the years by previous owners. Consider what’s important to you: somewhere you can move straight into, buying to renovate, or perhaps something in between. Do you want the simpler, older character or the lavish touches of more recent tastes?
Think about the land: Many Quintas will be part of domaines, having extensive land laid out as vineyards and used for wine production, which is then bottled and sold on. Whether you want to produce your own wine, or lease out the land to a local farmer, it can be extremely valuable. Even if the grounds are not rich with vines, owning land can give you the option of installing a swimming pool, enjoying fishing on any rivers running through, or simply sitting back and watching the local wildlife. However, bear in mind the upkeep that comes with owning extensive land and be realistic about the amount of time you want to spend working on it.
Choose the right area: From walking to the nearest ‘Café’ to accessing the airport within an hour, everyone has different priorities when it comes to their ideal home in Portugal. Luckily, there are so many options across the country that you will be able to find exactly what you need. Research flights, trains and other transport options as well as local villages, towns and cities in the area before you make your choice. Many homes were built within easy reach of Porto and Lisbon so their owners could travel to and from the capital – something which is equally attractive today. If you’re considering using the property for holiday rentals like Airbnb, time spent finding the right location will benefit you in the long run as it will prove more attractive to guests.
Look for potential: Many Quintas have numerous bedrooms, outbuildings and guest suites which could be used to generate income for the new owner. From short term rentals to long term, if you want to welcome paying guests to your Quinta, make sure you consider the practical side during your search. You might want to keep your visitors in one area of the property, away from your own space – and you need to think about access and parking, too. Speak to us about the income you could potentially generate before making your decision.
Use the right agent: unless you’re fluent in Portuguese, it’s a very good idea to find a bilingual estate agent, or someone who is used to dealing with real estate in Portugal, to help you. Most Portuguese estate agents will have someone who speaks some English, but it may not be enough to get you through the complexities of buying a majestic property.
If our tips have inspired you to find your perfect piece of history, take a look at our partner property lists – or contact us to find out more about how we can help.