The eccentricity of the house (its surprising layout, its nooks and crannies, its steps up and down) seems in perfect keeping with this little riverside village. And even in August it is peaceful, the only real sound that of the churches’ bells: Spanish on one side, Portuguese on the other. Casa Verde’s covered patio is a blissful place to be as you watch the boats float up and down; find a leafy inner courtyard too, a terrace among the rooftops, a sunbathing deck, a hammock for snoozing and a private plunge pool to chill in. There’s also an outdoor cinema with a good choice of DVDs. River boating, kayaking and swimming are the activities here – and a zip wire across the river, from one country to the next! Sporty friends and families with older kids will adore it. Inside: comfortable, sofas, beautiful decorative tiles, an elegant kitchen excellently equipped (note the ice cream maker and juicer), and a dining room with an outdoor fire. The four bedrooms are all in different parts of the house and each are en suite. Fresh flowers welcome you, along with coffee, tea, oranges, wine, cake, and logs for wintery stays.