Quinta Dos Arcos – An Historical Estate In ‘Serra De Sintra’

$6,556,251
12
Bedrooms
6
Bathrooms
17 793
ft2
9
Ac

Description

THE PROPERTY

This historical estate was originally part of Quinta de Monserrate, whose origins date back to the 15th century. The property would later be bought in the 19th century by the famous British millionaire Francis Cook, who built the Monserrate Palace, now one of the most visited monuments in Sintra.
At the beginning of the 20th century, and after having built a sumptuous dwel…
THE PROPERTY

This historical estate was originally part of Quinta de Monserrate, whose origins date back to the 15th century. The property would later be bought in the 19th century by the famous British millionaire Francis Cook, who built the Monserrate Palace, now one of the most visited monuments in Sintra.
At the beginning of the 20th century, and after having built a sumptuous dwelling with several annexes in this 33,000 m2 plot, Francis Cook detached it out of Quinta de Monserrate, selling it to the Marquis of Santa Iria, who established his permanent residence here . The main house, with three floors, has as a highlight several panels of hand-painted tiles from the famous Fábrica de Sant'Anna, founded in 1741. The panels are spread over several exterior and interior walls. Among its many divisions, stands the entrance hall and a beautiful chapel on the lower floor, also richly decorated with original tiles. Several annexes are distributed around the main house, having served as staff accommodation, garage, stables and various other purposes. In total, between the main house and the annexes, the property has more than 1,600 square meters of construction, duly registered. The view over the sea and the Serra de Sintra is breathtaking, and its location in the heart of Monserrate park could not be more perfect for those looking for tranquility and privacy, yet still a short distance to the center of Sintra and a short time to Lisbon and its international airport. Like other properties recently sold, mostly to foreign citizens, Quinta dos Arcos needs a deep remodeling, but it is desirable that the restoration project preserve the original architectural elements that make this property a landmark in the History of Sintra. Once renovated, and given its size and location, this property will meet the perfect conditions for a boutique hotel or as a residence for a large family. This is definitely not just a property, it’s a piece of History.
THE HISTORY OF MONSERRATE In an extensive land situated on the slopes of the Serra de Sintra, which belonged to the Royal Hospital of All Saints, was erected in 1540 a chapel in honor of Our Lady of Monserrate. In 1601, the land was ceded by the Portuguese Crown to the Melo e Castro family, who would later named it as Quinta de Monserrate. In 1718, the property would definitely pass onto the hands of the family, namely D. Caetano Melo e Castro, Viceroy of India. Still, it was used only as a second residence, and was therefore kept by housekeepers, since the Melo e Castro family was established in Goa. In 1790, Gerard DeVisme, a British merchant, leased Quinta de Monserrate to the Melo e Castro family, ordering the first neo-Gothic palace to be built. Three years later he rented the property to the extravagant English aristocrat William Beckford, who invested heavily in the palace and the improvement of gardens. Beckford would have been in Monserrate only for a few years, and the estate was then abandoned for a few decades. With the return of the Melo e Castro family to Portugal in 1856, and with the need to build a residence in Lisbon, they decided to sell the property to an English millionaire, Francis Cook, who became one of England's three richest men. It was through the hands of Cook that was raised what is now known as the Palace of Monserrate, designed by Sir James Knowles, one of the main architectural attractions of the town of Sintra and visited annually by many thousands of tourists. Francis Cook bought in the following years no less than thirteen farms around, enlarging the original area. He even employed 300 people permanently to take care of the property, even if it served only as a second residence. Due to his efforts in the reconstruction of the estate and the palace, as well as the construction of two primary schools for the children of his staff, lodgings and even a theater, Portuguese king Louis I grants Francis Cook the title of Viscount de Monserrate. Until his death in 1901, he would spend most of the year here. In the first half of the twentieth century, the Cook family would lose much of the fortune, having been forced to sell Quinta de Monserrate in 1947 to Saul de Salazar Saragga, a Portuguese antique dealer, who in turn would again sell the property to the Portuguese State. In 2010, the Palace of Monserrate was the target of restoration works and is now open to the public.
SINTRA, WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Sintra, with its imposing hills dotted with palaces, churches and manors, is a privileged place of excellence, of undeniable beauty and cultural and natural interest. In 1995 it was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The short distance from Lisbon makes it currently the main tourist attraction on the outskirts of the Portuguese capital. Its rich architectural heritage includes wonderful and impressive monuments such as the Palaces of Pena, Seteais, Monserrate or Regaleira, Castle of the Moors, the Capuchos Convent or the National Palace of Queluz, used by the Portuguese State for the large banquets in honor of foreign heads of state. In addition to its heritage, Sintra is also known for its tranquility and extensive green landscapes in the valleys, making it a perfect place for those seeking peacefulness and privacy. The strong demand for real estate from foreign citizens, especially for antique estates and classic dwellings, has left at present only a few properties with historical symbolism. Quinta dos Arcos is, therefore, one of the last opportunities for those who appreciate the legacy of the heritage and culture of Portugal, a country with almost nine centuries of history.

Amenities

Lot

Privacy
Equestrian

Outdoor

Garage

Building Info

Year build
1858
Floors
3
Property type
Estate

Location

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

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Address
EN 125, nr 218, Boliqueime, Portugal
Listing Reference
01E0100

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