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If you love wine, you should probably be sleeping here

if you are a big fan of the grape then sleeping close or sometimes in amongst the vineyards could be a match made in heaven. Here are a few places that you can get up close and personal with a vine…

L’AND Vineyards. Alentejo, Portugal.
Striking architecture, prize-winning vineyards, spa, Michelin restaurant and suites that open to the sky
L’AND is a bold and striking piece of modern architecture with its low slung, white buildings set amongst the prize-winning vineyards. Spacious suites (there are only 22) come with a private patio and fireplace, and drum roll please, Sky View rooms have ceilings that dramatically roll back so you can sleep under a canopy of twinkling stars.
mypootle/L’AND vineyards

Capofaro Malvasia & Resort, Aeolian Islands, Italy
Incredibly romantic island retreat hidden amongst vineyards with spectacular ocean views
Owned by the Sicilian wine producing Tasca family, Capofaro is a magically romantic place, tucked away amongst 17 acres of Malvasia vineyards. There are only 20 rooms, each created out of the traditional Aeolian farmhouses that are spaced out around the property, and their whiteness contrasts brilliantly with the green vines and the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea.
ps. their sweet Malvasia wine is a perfect end to the day.

La Residence. Cape Winelands, South Africa.
Bold and extravagantly luxurious estate with a fairytale vineyard
‘La Res’, tucked away in a private 30 acre estate deep in the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, is bold, bright and absolutely chock full of the most extravagant glam that we have seen for some time. But with the fun flamboyance comes peace and informality and exceedingly good wines.

Six Senses Douro Valley
Indulgent gastronomic stay with a world-class spa in the heart of the Douro wine regionA place to rejuvenate and delight the soul – the spa has over 2200 square meters of therapeutic space, there are fantastic dining experiences to choose from and a wine list that is long and creative. And nothing beats relaxing by the outdoor pool, looking over the Douro river after a hard day’s work visiting the local port estates.

Get closer to your shiraz or chardonnay by waking up in a vineyard, or if you are just a big fan of the grape then definitely check out our Wine Lovers collection.

And we’ve Michelin starred restaurants, inventive cuisine and show-stopping bars and imaginative cocktails all being served up in our Foodies collection.


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

mypootle: our European hotties under £200

Looking for some fabulously stylish places to stay that won’t burst the purse? Here’s our selection of Europe’s hot hotels that come with seriously good looks and astoundingly good value. Drum roll please…. it’s time for our European Hotties Under £200 Continue reading

Circle of Fire, Areias do Seixo

For all you romantic Pootlers out there !

No soon is Christmas over and the New Year celebrated it’s with a sudden jolt that we realize that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  The pressure starts and so we are making it easy this year for all you romantic pootlers out there Continue reading

Our Best for Outdoor Junkie Pootlers

For all those Pootlers out there who love a blast of the outdoors coupled with an awesome place to snooze away the night, here’s our pick our of best for Outdoor Junkies… Continue reading

Just back from Porto

A city in Europe that feels like a step back in time but with cutting-edge restaurants, bars and a dash of edgy contemporary art?  Get yourself to Porto.  Continue reading

Time for a soak: our top pick of the bathrooms

For us it’s a deal-breaker – in fact, tell you a secret, we’re a little bit obsessive about bathrooms, and for sure this Pootler raves about a place when a closer inspection reveals the absence of scales and instead the presence of thick, big fluffy towels and organic smellies.  So here we go, our view of the Best Bathrooms Continue reading