a remarkable carmelite refuge turns heavenly delight… the bussaco palace hotel is placed within a walled parkland with acres of gardens and forests of trees brought across from the distant worlds explored by the portuguese. it combines a fantasy of countless yesteryears complete with grottoes and small benedictine chapels… no surprise that one of the illustrious guests was mystery mistress agatha christie… totally to die for, the whole place smacks of inspiration for intrigue.