Quinta de Lemos hotel - Silgueiros, Portugal
Nestled between the Serra da Estrela and Serra do Caramulo mountain ranges, Quinta de Lemos is spread over 50 hectares of rolling vineyard and olive groves in the heart of the Dão valley, one of Portugal’s oldest wine regions. The land belongs to Celso Lemos, a textile industrialist who once played professional football then emigrated to Belgium, where he studied textiles. On returning to Portugal, Lemos built up the Abyss Habidecor and Celso de Lemos brands, producing pure Egyptian cotton linens, silk bath towels and rugs. Recently he commissioned architecture practice Carvalho Araújo to design a hotel with three luxury suites, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and a helipad. Lemos’ son, Pierre, now runs sales with winemaker Hugo Chaves. The vineyard also produces olive oil, honey and vegetables and will provide produce for a winery restaurant due to open next year.