The small courtyard is full of shrubs and a wisteria snakes up the wall wrapping itself around the wrought iron balcony above. Step into the communal entrance hall, with its ceiling of rosebuds and leaves, and your apartment is on the first and attic floors. The feel throughout is white and modern; bright cushions, pink coffee table, books, colourful linen in sunny bedrooms and Richard’s striking photographs provide zest; white shutters and wooden floorboards add to the simple fresh vibe. Leading off the well-equipped kitchen are steps that take you down to a small patio with a wooden deck and barbecue: a shady and completely private spot, very pleasant on a hot day. A pretty doll’s house and a cupboard full of games will keep little ones happy, and there’s an assortment of films for all ages. Tons of things to see and do when you head out too: take a bus to the top of the mountain and visit the Romanticist Pena Palace, walk in parks and gardens, visit the Castle of the Moors, hop on a train to Lisbon, spend a day surfing at Guincho beach. Come with family or friends – an easy bolthole with plenty of space.