Hats off to owners Júlio and Jill: their Quinta is one of the most convivial of the Algarve. And the approach is a delight, through groves of olive, almond and orange trees that give way to a subtropical garden where maguey and palm, geranium and bougainvillea, pine and jasmine jostle. The living is easy here; there’s a heated saltwater pool, a cabana with honesty bar, a hydromassage jacuzzi, and a grassy sports area with a small children’s playground. The bedrooms, each with a small terrace, are in a converted barn and stables and overlook the gardens. Algarve-rustic, they have wooden ceilings, white walls sprinkled with art, and beautiful country antiques. Shower rooms are lovely and have Santa Katerina tiles. In colder weather you breakfast in a cosy dining room but most of the year it’s mild enough to sit out on the rooftop terrace-with-views. The self-catering apartments are equally inviting; dinners, provided by Jill and Júlio, are en famille, delicious and generous; both used to work in the restaurant trade and combine professionalism with a warm human touch. Comfortable, relaxing, fun.