Rare to find this level of personal attention and sophistication in such a remote corner of Portugal – a treat for nature lovers and sybarites. Nestled between two villages, the big white quinta was discovered by Dutch-born Jack Brouns, who fell in love with the house, the climate and the area (two natural parks within five miles). An extensive renovation took place, traditional features were preserved and new areas blended in seamlessly. The dining room, with warm yellow walls and aubergine upholstery, opens onto a veranda from which you can observe village life. The sitting room, leading to a terrace, is equally elegant; the staircase is distinguished by a modern stained-glass window. Some bedrooms are in separate buildings while upstairs are four large, light, airy suites with an elegant modern aesthetic: beige wool carpets on pale wood floors, great big beautiful beds, and bathrooms with waffle robes. All suites have several windows for stunning mountain views. The nearest restaurant is miles away but you’ll be happy to eat in: the food is delicious, locally sourced and accompanied by some excellent wines.