A luxurious home in the olive groves of the Antelejo. The journey is stunning, the last three miles of it down a deserted road. Arrive to find small paddocks on the right, white unobtrusive buildings ahead, and views that sweep across the plain. Owner Joao blows in from Lisbon to meet you: he’s well spoken, hugely knowledgeable and has a passion for horses, so if you fancy a canter, he’s your man. His new U-shaped holiday home, simple, spacious and superbly designed, has a central courtyard with a long shallow pool, and a terrace positioned for sunsets and views. Inside is a sophisticated mix of old and modern. Imagine white plaster and polished concrete, high beams and original art, a sitting room with a central fireplace, a kitchen worthy of Ferran Adrià. Restaurants await in Elvas, a fascinating frontier town, while Spain is 20 minutes away – and all of Extremadura. The stores are a ten-minute drive, and you can pick organic veg from your own beautiful patch. Breakfast? No need to lift a finger: the house has a maid, a local lady who lives in.