Property of the week: a decadent townhouse in Lisbon’s Belém

Period living on a grand scale

Step through the doors of this townhouse in Lisbon and you’ll be transported back in time…

The four-storey property – which sits on Rua da Junqueira close to Belém – was built in the 19th century and has history etched on its stone and tile-clad walls. Decorative mouldings abound, and its formal dining room on the first floor features a carved stone fireplace.

For sale via Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty for €4m, the 11,539 sqft Lisbon townhouse features a formal foyer decked out in traditional blue and white Portuguese tiles. Also on the ground floor is a library fitted with custom shelving, as well as the servants kitchen.

A stone staircase leads up to the main living room, with its 10 ft ceilings. Smaller reception rooms branch off it via transom doors, and lead to the dining room and garden.

Lisbon town house for sale in Belem
Via Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Bedrooms – 12 in total – fill the second and third floors of the house, with smaller rooms at the top originally serving as the servant’s quarters.

Three separate annexes, ripe for adaptive reuse as guest houses, are included with the sale of the property, which could be even be transformed into a small hotel, subject to planning consent.

Belém was popular with the city’s wealthy elite in the 19th century and is peppered with some of the capital’s finest buildings – new and old – including UNESCO World Heritage sites Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, and the recently opened MAAT museum.

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