Relax on this rambling Tuscan-style villa estate, superbly placed within walking distance of the Sintra Mountains or the wild surf of Guincho Beach. What’s more, genteel Cascais is just down the coast and Lisbon is a 20-minute drive. Embrace celebrity status as you enter a genuflecting colonnade of palms, passing a duo of cottages on the way, to a split-level villa. Each level can be hired separately or grandly altogether and Marcella is always sensitive to the make-up of different groups. Upstairs in the villa is smartest, with attractive oriental touches in the decoration and pockets of flowers; one bathroom sports a blue cylindrical shower that reaches to the sky. Several rooms have their own garden entrance, in keeping with the relaxed and unfussy style throughout… and most of the time you’ll be kicking back under the pines or on the terrace, or diving into the glorious glass-housed pool before the barbecue begins; kids will love the football court too. Stays are often tailor-made, and eco-minded Marcella can organise in-house catering to help you have a really special stay.