Listen to the sound of cow bells at dusk; fall asleep to the hoot of the owls. This small, simple, traditional quinta, whose windows face the valley, feels deeply remote yet is ten minutes from Odeceixe.
The house is uncluttered and the furniture upcycled, from the hooks on the wall to the hand-crafted sink. It’s an idyllic spot. Flowers and vegetables grow at the top, the hill rolls down to the river, and the gentle owners live at the back. You can float about from your kitchen to your living space to your terrace, for lunch in the dappled shade. Kids sleep on a sofabed in the living room.
Wind down through the trees to the river – for picnics and wild swims. Stock up or eat out in sleepy, hilltop Odeceixe – or in Rogil, at the Museu do Batata Doce which has a child-friendly garden. Then surf and swim: the beach at Odeceixe is quite special.