Touch The Vitality Of Nature At This Portuguese Country Retreat

My tires kick up dust that swirls about as I drive a short distance along an unpaved road riddled with stones. But I take comfort, knowing that at the end, a verdant paradise awaits, one that has a very special place in my heart. In fact, an aphorism inscribed on a sign beside the Main House couldn’t be more apt: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

In Portugal’s Alentejo region, Herdade da Matinha, a country boutique retreat, though just 15 minutes from glorious white sand beaches, is snuggled on a vast 272-acre landscape that’s blanketed with cork oak forests, olive and numerous other trees, aromatic wildflowers (such as

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