The Sintra region is famed for its architectural heritage: castles from ruggedly Moorish to flamboyantly Romantic dominate the hilltops. With Atlantic waves breaking on golden sands a few miles west, the area is a tourist magnet. So full marks to architect and designer Elisabeth for creating her own harmonious corner, on the unprepossessing edge of a farming village at the back end of Sintra.Her pale blue ‘scented farmhouse’, built in 2010, sits in peaceful isolation in a young walled garden. Two small but elegant guest rooms are on the quinta’s ground floor, the other is in the cottage, with a sofabed for children, and all showcase Elisabeth’s flair for design. Walls are washed in pale shades, there’s stylish furniture, striking art and brilliant little touches. Chic bathrooms come with perfect robes and slippers: Elisabeth loves to pamper. She provides sumptuous breakfasts too, home or locally produced, and cooks stunning evening meals if you let her; eat in the dining room or on the patio. The kitchen is where the magic happens, but it’s not out of bounds – pop in and you’ll be plied with cake, herbal infusions from the garden, and just-squeezed juices.