Our stay was at a country house, ‘Monte Soalheiro‘, in Zambujeira do Mar.
It is quite difficult to get to the property, particularly by bicycle (not helped by inclement weather and taking what we thought to have been a short-cut). The house is basically in a wooded eucalyptus area, and really off-road. However, the property itself is lovely and suits the surroundings well. We had an upstairs room with balcony which had great views.
The pool area is also very nice as are the landscaped gardens; it’s just a pity the weather wasn’t quite good enough to sit and relax at the pool area, although the sun did come out a bit later on so we managed to have a cerveja as we watched the sunset.
What was of note however was the evening meal that was cooked for us (having communicated in advance and requested an evening meal). We had a delicious couvert to start (with bread, olives, melon & Parma ham), followed by homemade carrot and pumpkin soup, then salad, followed by a main meal of pork with a mushroom sauce served with two types of potato and vegetables. And then we had a lemon syllabub. The quality of the food was first class as was the service; and we appreciated the effort put in to cook just for the two of us.
After the quality evening meal we had high hopes for breakfast. Once again we were not disappointed. The freshly cooked scrambled eggs and bacon, after a lovely prepared plate of fresh fruit with breads and home made jams was by far the best breakfast. And again, the staff serving were very accommodating and attentive.
We would definitely return to Monte Soalheiro (but by car next time) – it was another highlight of our stay.