Nestled among the vast agricultural fields of Costa Vicentina – Europe’s last wild coastline – Herdade do Touril offers a low-key luxury stay just a stone’s throw away from the roaring Atlantic Ocean. The secluded hotel is set within a restored farmhouse on 365 hectares of private land and provides the chance to get back to nature while enjoying all the comforts of a high-end hotel. Spend the day lounging by the peaceful pool or petting the on-site farmyard animals before settling in for sunset drinks at the bar and an evening huddled around the firepit.
Right in the heart of the untouched Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, Herdade do Touril sits 70km north of Lagos and 200km south of Lisbon, with the drive from the airport taking around 2 hours. The location means it’s perfectly placed for a pitstop during a road trip along the coastline while the nearby beach town of Zambujeira do Mar is surrounded by some of Costa Vicentina’s most picturesque beaches – grab a blanket and some beers and head to the cliffs of Alteirinhos at sunset for a spectacular kaleidoscopic show.
The hotel also has its own private access to Praia do Tonel, which can only be reached via a treacherous scramble down the rockface. So, if you’re brave enough, you’ll likely have the entire beach all to yourself.
Design and character:
Spread across a cluster of low-rise white and blue houses, Herdade do Touril retains much of the character of its farmhouse beginnings, albeit with some stylish modern trimmings. Terracotta roofs and foliage lined windows and doors add to the charm of the individual houses while the main building places archways and flower beds around a pristine garden and pool to an attractive effect.
The tasteful interiors combine mid-century furnishings, natural materials and locally inspired artworks to create a contemporary vibe that’s sympathetic to its surroundings.
The guestrooms at Herdade do Touril are peppered throughout the main building and a number of individual houses are spread around the grounds. The poolside rooms benefit from easy access to the hotel’s restaurant, bar and amenities, and some offer partial sea views, but for more privacy book a room in one of the separate houses. These come with their own private gardens and terraces, and some can be booked either as entire houses or individual rooms.
Editor’s tip: Located across the road from the main grounds, the Economy Double Room provides a sense of exclusivity on a budget. The starlit stroll from the restaurant to your room provides a romantic end to the evening, and the remote location – it’s surrounded by farmland with only one other room next door – makes it perfect for an intimate evening of stargazing. Pull the sun loungers out from under the terrace and look out for the Milky Way and dazzling shooting stars.
Food and drink:
The on-site restaurant and bar draw on their verdant location for both the setting and menu to create a wonderful drinking and dining experience. From the outdoor terrace, you can watch the sun dip below the horizon while sipping on locally produced wine before heading into the restaurant for a meal that utilises the produce of the Alentejo region. In the spring and summer months, guests can dine al fresco while autumn and winter call for a cosy meal next to the crackling open fire.
For the high-end service and facilities on offer, Herdade do Touril is exceptionally priced. Rooms start from €100 per night and the most expensive dish on the menu (sirloin steak) comes in at only €23.