Hello and welcome to our website. Down below you will find a few general informations about us, our services and our lovely country. We hope that you will find it helpful, and we invite you to give us a feedback if you feel to do so.
For more than 20 years we have searched the green, romantic heart of central and rural Portugal to find some of the most special places. Our focus is on properties with particular characteristics such as water - we look for properties by a stream, river or lake - as well as land suitable for permaculture or self-sufficiency, further more beautifully situated building plots, quintas, ruins and also village houses.. We are continually able to offer a range of selected property at competitive prices – chosen by individuals for individuals.
Another service we offer include Portugal wide real estate consultancy. Our site lists important and useful information on buying real estate with land and building a house in Portugal with help from us.
Our pet project is straw bale construction. Building with straw is an interesting endeavour in many respects, but it requires a very specific building permit in Portugal, which is where our experience can greatly help.
We can also help regarding building a timber frame house using imported woods such as larch or nordic pine. With our own woodworking shop and timber supply, we are able to help you with the planning and construction of timber frame houses, cabins, treehouses from plan or to your design and specifications. We can also supply biological timber preservatives and wood oils, professional mounting hardware, etc…
Find out who we are, how we work, and why we do not operate a classic “estate agent” business. Also find out about living in Portugal. Here you can find information on the country and people, the climate, taxes and charges, cost of living, immigration and more - updated continuously.
The marketplace is a place where a variety of products and services are offered regarding all aspects of life in Portugal and here you will find current updates on topics related to Portugal and property purchases.
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Have fun exploring!
Our family business was founded by Edith and Markus Bösch in 1994. A European tour in 1989 took us from our old home in Switzerland and on our travels we found this area of central Portugal, the idyllic lakes and area around the Rio Zêzere. We fell in love with the landscape, the simple warmth of its people, the rhythm of life, and of course with our water mill property which we bought and renovated, and where we still live.
Portugal - the country of vast forests and lovely landscapes with the evergreen lush and blooming flora and scented clean air. About 70% of the Portuguese land area is forest and scrubland. The vegetation reflects the climatic differences between the north and south of the country.
Pine (pinheiro bravo) and eucalyptus are exported. 500 years ago so much oak and chestnut timber was used to build ships for discovery exploration and conquests that stocks have never been able to regenerate to a sustainable level. The available timber was used for the construction of houses. Until the 1940- /50's the roof trusses and beams of stone houses were still largely made of chestnut, oak or eucalyptus. Later, from the 1970s, condtruction timber was mostly avoided in new buildings.
Eucalyptus is processed largely for cellulose. Pine gives log burnerpellets, pallet wood, but only limited timber, due to the low quality for building. Pines grow far too quickly here and therefore do not develop natural resistance to pests. Pine used for floorboards, beams & paneling must be treated with strong woodtreatments first, both against pests as well as against fungal attack. Due to these observations and experiences we've decided to create the possibility of acquiring high quality construction timbers through our company...
Are you looking for an alternative, ecological and low-cost housing?
Be it the environmental impact, the cost, the issue of insulation or the design possibilities - the idea of straw bale houses kept coming back to us again and again.
So one day we decided to address this notion directly and practically.
The past 50 years has seen a marked exodus from rural Central Portugal with people seeking employment in the bigger cities and overseas. As a result, both the locals and the local authorities are welcoming and accommodating to foreigners investing in property, in part for the support tolocal businesses, which are mostly small family run enterprises, and in part, simply because the Portuguese are very friendly
Paul and Carol
bought this property in summer 2008, started works that winter and the works were completed by early summer 2009.
Working for the National Trust, an advantage is that you can live on site in a historic building, but the downside is when you retire you need to find somewhere to live. Central Portgual and the property prices here really appealed to Paul and Carol......
In 1996 we discovered a property advertisement in Switzerland by Markus Bösch and we thought we had found the house that we had been looking for. We couldn’t travel immediately to Portugal and later received an email that another client had bought "our" house. We were very disappointed but decided to spend our vacation in Portugal that spring ´96 to look at houses with Markus Bösch.
Janet and Martin
In 2008 we saw a completely overgrown vegetation plot which included a natural stone ruin. A lot of imagination & spirit was going to be needed to shine this rough diamond! But thanks to the great contacts that we made through the German site of Markus Bosch and the direct practical help we received, our plans quickly took shape.
Armin und Lore
The aftercare we received was great. Markus Bosch and Mike were extremely pleasant and helpful, whether is was related to finding craftsmen, DIY materials and in our case illness. Mike, Daniel and Markus Bosch never hesitated to help. By deed and word - Reliable & honest!