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Wake up in a vineyard – 4 fabulous hotels

I love my wine. Recently I seem to prefer red, generally a pinot noir but to be honest I am not that choosy.  A very cold chardonnay as the sun goes down moving onto a soft but complex red as dinner approaches can make me sigh with happiness.  So imagine my level of sheer enjoyment when top notch wines are matched with a fabulous place to stay.

Here are my top 4 picks…

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Just back from the windswept Algarve

After last year’s mid winter escape in search of sun, which was only partly successful, we decided to stay closer to home this year and head south as far as the bottom tip of the Algarve. Our research showed that this is a land of wild, windswept beaches, dramatic cliff top walks and fabulous local cuisine.  “Let’s go” the family cheered.  And we were not disappointed.  If anything, we found out of season to be a spectacular time to visit.  We found a rugged land where the wind blows wild, where surfers brave the sometimes ferocious waves, where fishermen dangle their lines down huge vertiginous cliffs.  We loved it!

Here are some of our highlights:

First stop the lighthouse. Obviously at a cliff edge, being a lighthouse. But until we saw this, we didn’t realise quite how close to the edge! Continue reading