If you have always dreamed of sleeping in a giant barrel after a day of wine tasting throughout an idyllic vineyard then boy, do we have the ideal holiday for you.
Everyone has their own idea of what makes for the perfect holiday. Some long for a week-long stay right on the coast. Nothing to do but relax on the beach before heading back to the real world. Others want something more from a holiday. A city break where there is an almost endless amount of activities to keep them entertained.
Those might well be the two opposing ends of the spectrum but there is also a whole heck of a lot in between. Many people seek out trips that are based entirely around what they love to do most. Makes sense to us. Perhaps one of your vices is wine. Let's be honest, it's a vice for a lot of us. If so, a trip to the Quina da Pachecha estate in Portugal might well be right up your alley.
The estate plays host to a vineyard and judging by the details recently laid out by Metro, the destination is a wine-lovers paradise. That's because, after a long, hard day of wine tasting, you can retire to your very own barrel. The barrels are replicas of the ones that have been used on the estate for almost 300 years. We imagine replicas are the best option since the real thing would have an overwhelming stench of wine, although maybe that would be a good thing.
While the barrels look relatively small from the outside (we mean come on, it's a barrel) there's actually a lot more to them than you might think. As well as a double bed and a skylight so that you can stare up at the stars, the makeshift rooms also feature a toilet, shower, and a wardrobe. Plus, some decking and a couple of chairs out the back as you can see above.
A stay in one of these barrels does not come cheap, as you might imagine. If you do want to call one home for the night then it is going to set you back around $283. If you like the look of the vineyard but aren't taken by the novelty of the barrel, there is also a hotel you can stay in on the estate. Honestly though, if we're traveling all the way to Portugal to taste wine, we're going to be sleeping in one of those barrels.