Vibe: A bucolic retreat with self-catering cottages for two to five, a lovely walled pool, and stylish retro-rustic interiors.

Setting: A restored hamlet, amid woods and rolling hills.

Why parents love it: Breakfast is delivered to your door each morning. There’s also an on-site bio-restaurant, so you don’t have to cook, and you’re only a shake from historic Coimbra.

Why kids love it: The huge lawn for ballgames and an aviary with Australorp chickens, Java ducks and parrots.

Find out more: i-escape.com

READER OFFER: 5 nights for the price of 4; from £75 per cottage per night. Book with i-escape to receive a bottle of wine, cheese, bread, flowers and nuts on arrival.