We have finally met a few decent estate agents but have still not found a property. We do have a serious discussion of what do we do. This is starting to resemble our experience in Spain, where we did not find what we were looking for and returned to France. But we had both wanted to stay in Portugal so we decide to continue looking and then make a decision as our lease expires.
We have contacted an estate agent in Tomar and have asked for details of 6 very different houses, we call into the show room and discuss our requirements and the agent is really helpful and states which of our choices would not suit us and not be worth going to visit.
We trust them and are happy to accept his wisdom, I worked as an agent in France and would try to stop people from wasting their time viewing unsuitable properties, so we arrange to view the properties we all agree on.
Each property as good points and bad points until we view the final one.
We both look at it and think wow!
It is in the centre of a small village next door to a restaurant, the village also has another 2 bars/cafés a supermarket, doctors and hairdressers, a beautiful church and a community centre.
The location is amazing only 9 km from Tomar and approx 20 from Fatima so it is in the perfect tourist location whilst still being in real Portugal.
The outside could be quite stunning, lets see the inside.
It is everything we wanted, the downstairs is just 2 large open rooms with a barn type of building attached, but upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, with a bathroom, kitchen and an area to sit in. absolutely every thing needs doing but the bathroom isn´t very old and the electrics are´t very old.
The wood worm doesn´t seem too bad and the biggest benefit is, it has already had a new roof.
Outside there is another building that would make a fantastic annexe, but the best bit is the garden, it is approx 5000 m2 and the views are amazing.
We spend the evening discussing the property with a very large glass of wine, John has a little panic that I am loving it because we are getting desperate, I explain that I am not, it really is everything that we wanted.
So decision made we put an offer on it.
A little bit of haggling later and we have the offer accepted.
We are about to officially move to Portugal and live here!