Negotiate the hairpin bends, park in a cul de sac and clamber down a steep path to this traditional slate and stone cottage surrounded by eucalyptus and chestnut trees in the beautiful Serra do Açor mountains.
Antonio, who lives in the next village up, looks after the property and shares his local knowledge with you. Find an open-plan kitchen and living area with a starter supply of tea, coffee and olive oil, and a cosy fireplace with logs provided.
Sit out on the terrace or by the swimming pool for soaring views of mountain and stream far from civilisation but it’s only a 20-minute walk to the nearest village Chãs de Égua and café. You can also hike to Piódão, the jewel in the crown of the ‘schist’ villages, in 40 minutes – ask Antonio about a scenic route – or drive in 12 minutes.