Not far from the majesty of the Monchique hills is this delightful hotel on the very pretty pictured lake, near the charming village of Santa Clara A Velha. Frank and Daniela are the charming owner hosts and they bend over backwards to make sure everyone has a great time. The food, cooked by Daniela is superb and varied. The wine list, as you would expect from the premier wine making centre of the country, (some would say of the whole Iberian peninsular), is not only a complete bargain but also full of gems.
I am not a birdwatcher, preferring all the lovely aquatic activities on offer here, but people come from far and wide to watch the huge variety of birds here, expertly guided by Frank.
Do come, this place is very very unusually special.
It is also exceptionally good value.