An atmospheric place brimming with charm and history, the quinta once belonged to the Knights of Malta and came to the Alavaiázere family over 400 years ago when an ancestor, the King’s physician, received it in recognition of his years of loyal service. Today the estate consists of the imposing manor house, the original chapel, various outbuildings converted into a huge sitting and games area and four cottages, and eighteen hectares of parkland; it can take up to thirty guests yet no-one feels squashed. In the main house the B&B rooms have space, colour and lovely antique beds. Climb the marble stairs for more antiques, ancestral portraits and sporting trophies. Warm and eager Nuno and Clara have designed their cottages for the comfort of guests with old stones and timbers, good furniture and small modern kitchens. You have views to the mountains, a big pool, farm animals to keep children entertained and miles of footpaths. Beautiful historic Portugal is right on your doorstep: drive out to world-famous Fatima, the country’s greatest religious site, superb gothic monasteries, castles, fishing villages and more.