You’ll feel peaceful and pampered here. Take the steeply winding road up and up, through Eucalyptus and Cork Oak forest, to emerge at this traditional-style, modern Alentejo house fronted by a sparkling swimming pool with amazing views. Choose between suites or rooms in the main house, separate suites in the grounds – one in African lodge style – or two separate bungalows on stilts, high in the trees with spectacular views. Berny and Glenn are the friendliest hosts and have lavished attention and creativity on their hill-top paradise. They give you two beamed lounge areas, both with wood fires, a cosy view-filled bar and a Spa. The décor is a harmonious mix: Berny grew up in Mozambique and South Africa and her paintings, many inspired by her Asian travels, are a joy. A passion for sustainability is apparent in design and food and daughter Gisela makes a fine cake for tea. Western Alentejo has one of the wildest and least developed coastlines in Europe and the Rota Vicentina coast path runs nearby. You’re close to lovely beaches and the small coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar.