This luxurious former farmhouse has indescribably impressive views and is run by two welcoming Scots. She’s a chef and he’s a golf pro – expect insider tips on the local green scene. It stands high on a San Miguel hillside as the eastern Algarve sprawls below, as does a bougainvillea-doused garden with romantic corners, low stone walls and a zen-like calm. Beyond distant motorway hum are the famed Ria Formosa wetlands – a twitcher’s hot-spot – and a smattering of idyllic island beaches. The pool on its terrace is generous, the rattan furniture sun-warmed and breakfast appears on a coolly tiled table. It’s peace personified. Nab the tasteful Terrace double for its huge mirrored wall and private roof terrace, or the front rooms with their gauzy sea views – idyllic. Bathrooms are small, snazzy and well-lit, in the beachy lounge is a well-stocked honesty bar… outside, friendly dogs and Winnie the cat playfully lurk. The visitors’ book talks of breakfast muffins to die for and of the line-caught fish that appear for dinners on request. Look out for messages on mini blackboards as you chalk up a few days. Wonderful.