Herdade da Malhadinha Nova
Portugal's agricultural region is awash with quaint, whitewashed villages topped with burnt-orange rooftops, miles of olive groves and little likelihood of hearing an English accent. Baixo Alentejo is an unspoilt and un-anglicised pocket of Portugal. Surrounded by miles of verdant vineyards, Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is a traditional rural house with seven rooms and a knee-sinkingly attractive infinity pool that disappears into the sloping hills. Roll up your Levi's and go grape trampling in August, press olive oil at the harvest in autumn or spoil yourself in the spa in the crisper, winter months. After working up a farmer's appetite, head to the hotel's restaurant that fuses rustic wooden interiors with floor-to-ceiling windows. The food mimics the decor, mixing contemporary flair with traditional, locally sourced produce; steak comes from the farm's pureblood Alentejo cattle that graze nearby while shrimp and squid are lifted fresh from the Algarve coast. The working farm also boasts an acclaimed winery that'll impress even the fussiest of noses. Pop the cork of the Monte da Peceguina, a vibrant plummy vintage that'll you'll want to stockpile back home.
Albernoa Beja 7800-601 Portugal