Running a B & B in Kent we tend to be a little critical when we go away. Last September , finding that we had a few free days , we decided to take a quick break. Having lived in Portugal when I was younger I have a soft spot for it but didn't know the Alentejo region very well - we spotted Monte da Fornalha on I - Escape and thought we would give it a try. After arriving in Lisbon we were soon on our way to Borba - once over the long bridge , traffic disappeared and we were at our destination in 2 hours. Monte da Fornalha was everything we wanted - a haven of tranquility run by the lovely Orlanda. Our room was huge and nicely decorated in a rustic style. There are plenty of shady spots around the pool and the garden ,
bikes to use and some gentle strolls to be had. Such was the calm around us that it felt it was our own home. Breakfast was a treat with home made cakes , local bread , yoghurt & honey and fresh fruit and juice ( wonderful figs from the garden as well )
Orlanda was a huge help pointing out to us the places to visit and suggesting restaurants to try. The region is undulating with many vineyards , olive & cork trees and some charming hilltop villages. Travelling around is a doddle as the roads seemed blissfully free of traffic which helped the whole visit feel so utterly relaxing.
Do try Monte da Fornalha and the region of the Alentejo.
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