Take a trip into Loulé for the Saturday market (best to get there early) and you can take your pick of the freshest fish and seafood plus fabulous salad ingredients, cheeses, charcuterie, local honey, artisan gins and excellent Portuguese wine – try the slightly fizzy Vinho Verde which is refreshing in the heat and quite light. The kitchen has all you need for holiday cooking and you’re left all the basics plus a generous hamper in case you haven’t shopped on your first day, which includes a case of beer and two bottles of wine.
Children can go completely free range, dashing around the garden, splashing in the good-sized pool or playing badminton on a sandy pitch. Adults seeking quiet can find a calm spot in the house with a book and a comfy chair, all can relax in this unpretentious place with its lemon and lime trees and colourful pots.
Unspoiled sandy beaches are around a 20-minute drive.