Fans of rural Portugal will surely fall for this peacefully remote and grand old house, its beautifully converted outbuildings (with super kitchens and bathrooms) and estate of olive, orange and carob trees. You breakfast on home-grown fruits, local eggs and artisan breads served on the main terrace or in the dining room; then the stroll down to the pool, created from a former irrigation tank – with honesty bar and honeysuckle – might be your only excursion of the day.
Or head off by bike or on foot into the hills or the neighbouring National Park. It’s a short drive into Tavira to meander the cobbled streets of the Moorish medieval centre and people-watch from waterfront cafés. South of town spot flamingos and spoonbills on the Ria Formosa lagoons and discover the fabulous beaches of the Tavira Island sandbar… the water tends to be calmer and warmer off the beaches of the Eastern Algarve.