This is the sort of place everybody should come to if they need a rest. You’re 1,500m high so the air is clean and fresh, the views are dizzyingly good and there are plenty of spaces inside and out for just sitting and gazing at beauty. You’re also looked after very well: hot or cold flannels to freshen up with as you walk through the door, a library full of books, a wood-burner when it’s cold, a serene pool with floor to ceiling windows and a spa.
Food is thoughtful and of its region: goat’s and sheep’s cheeses, trout and kid, chestnuts, pumpkins and lots of wild mushrooms foraged from the Alto Mondego woods. Bread and cakes are homebaked, afternoon tea is served, a cocktail and nibbles are on the house and taken before dinner in the sitting room.
You can walk or bike different trails for weeks – some easy, some challenging. Ask for a picnic to take with you and discover rivers with beaches, a huge lake nearby for kayaking, swimming and vulture spotting, spectacular sunsets and even better star gazing.