An old Algarvian manor house – a rare treat. Architect George and wife Tassie, hospitable and delightful, have done it up stylishly and love meeting guests. Here you can B&B or self-cater; there are two bedrooms in the house – lofty beamed ceilings, white voile curtains, a sparkling chandelier – two more in a separate house, and a studio apartment that sleeps three. Not a frill or a flounce in sight, just cool white walls, shining floor tiles, red leather sofas, attractive rugs… and several snazzy touches, in bathrooms and kitchens and steel mezzanine stairs. The overwhelming feeling is one of space and perfect proportions, while views stretch across the landscape – even from the shaded terraces with which each building is blessed. This grand old house sits in a six-hectare estate of olive, orange and carob trees, with paddocks for horses and, down the valley, a delicious pool created from a former irrigation tank: square-shaped and rustically modern. Walks and bike rides abound, you’re car-minutes away from golf courses and beaches, and atmospheric Tavira is a very short drive.