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Private HouseVilla Accommodation

We offer a choice of two beautiful villas: a rural property, Casa do Ananas, and a town property on the seafront, Casa do Francês (see below).

The Guest House Miradouro has 2 bedrooms and a family suite- rent rooms or as a whole house( 8 -10 persons)It is situated 10 minutes by car from the local town, We arrange all transfers. The rooms have breathtakeing views of the ocean(see below).

Casa do Ananas

Cliff-top Villa with Gardens and Private Pool, overlooking the sea. Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms). Situated 5 minutes by car from the local town where we take the boats. We arrange all transfers

Casa do Ananas is a large property, extending to over 3,000 sq.ft. and was built to a high specification with 2 en-suite bathrooms, open-plan kitchen and dining room with large terrace overlooking the bay of Lajes. All bedrooms have satellite television, as does the kitchen. The lower ground floor provides a large open plan lounge, TV, a further double bedroom and a shower room. A patio area to the front of the property is accessed by double doors. The property enjoys a generous sized plot overlooking the sea. The house is split level with external terraced gardens and a large 17 x 8m swimming pool & sun terrace.

Private HouseChangeover day

Changeover day is flexible. However saturday is the most common day for changeover. You can book this villa on your preferred dates

Accommodation

Bedrooms: Master En Suite 1; double bed, En Suite 2; twin beds, Bedroom 3; twin beds

Bathrooms: En-suite bathrooms to Master Suite 1 / Suite 2 are generously proportioned providing; double sink, toilet, bath with separate shower. Bedroom 3 adjoins a shower room with single sink and toilet. An additional toilet is located on the upper floor.

Kitchen: Hand built by local craftsmen from Portuguese Castanho (Sweet Chestnut), the kitchen provides; gas hob, electric oven, integrated; fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee machine and dishwasher.

 

Utility Room: A separate Laundry Room is provided with washing machine, tumble dryer and iron facilities. Laundry services can be arranged upon request.

Living Rooms: Open plan kitchen leads onto a formal dining area. A lounge is provided on the local ground floor with two pairs of double French doors looking onto gardens and beyond to the sea.

The Dining room: opens to twin French doors leading on to a 40ft balcony with 180º sea views. There is a beautiful fresh breeze ocean and you can enjoy the sunset from the balcony

Cleaning/towels/linen/maid service: Towels and linen are included and changed once a week. A twice weekly maid service is included. Extra maid service, cook, baby sitter are available on request. Please advise if a cot or high chair is required. No additional charge is made.

The owners are local and will make any arrangements to make your stay extra special.

Amenities/Facilities provided

hob/stove, • oven, • fridge/freezer, • microwave, • dishwasher, • washing machine, • tumble dryer, • iron/ironing board, • satellite tv, • tv, • cot, • high chair, • private pool (for sole use of guests), • pets accepted  

Accessibility

Casa do Ananas is constructed over two levels due to the nature of the sloping site. The upper level provides all that is required for an enjoyable stay, and the swimming pool area is easily accessible, there are steps down from the driveway at the rear.

 

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The property enjoys a generous sized plot overlooking the sea. It is named 'Casa do Ananas' as the land was originally used as a Pineapple plantation. The local varietal of Pineapple introduced from Brazil by traders in the 16th Century on route home, remain unhybridized. The relatively small size of the fruit and the large ferocious leaves are testament to this originality!

The pool, although unheated, has been specially insulated and is located in a sun-trap. Local stone, materials and labour were used wherever possible.

Paul Griffiths was consultant designer of the gardens. Paul has worked previously on Gardeners World, Chelsea Flower Show and 'The Urban Garden Show'. The project was challenging not least because of the levels involved. The fantastic plant resource on the island was used as a basis for the planting however it did become necessary to bring in new ideas and species from the mainland.

Coast/Beach

The Island has only one beach. It does however have many safe natural swimming areas, enhanced and improved, for the public to use. The nearest of these is directly in front of the Villa, less than a minute walk away.

Each village has its own swimming area favoured by locals and visitors alike. No two are the same. The variety of fish and under water life on show in these crystal clear waters is a wonder to behold. The refreshing unpolluted ocean is  silky smooth to the skin.

The Guest House "Miradouro"

This beautiful guest House for Bed and Breakfast is set high above a local village has stuning panoramic sea views. The village iis situated 15 minutes by car from our dolphin and Whale base in the local town. Your host at the guest house will arrange all your airport and boat transfers and you will be greeted with a warm hospitality.

Each room is en suite has sea views and the rooms all have Tea making, fridge and microwave. There is wireless broadband and TV.

 

 

There is also a small outside kitchen and dining area if you want toprepare lunch or make a bar b q . Your host will offer a Bar b q service and the local village has cafes and an  excellent fish restaurant

The Bedrooms are all en suite and each double room has a sofa bed. Ther eis also a family suite with a master bedroom and a lounge room with sofa bed which sleep up to 2 children or one adult

En suite bathroom in double room. There is also a laundry service and plenty of drying space. In the high summer thee is allways a cooling breeze which is very pleasant.  There is an outside area with sunbeds and sunshades which also has panoramic sea views.

The Guest house is located in a charming rural village with access to the sea ( 10 minute walk) and a facinating sperm whale museum which is highly recommended  and is run by an oxford marine bioologist who has facinating information about the whaels and his research projects in the Azores. There are lots of nearby forest walks, a children's playpark and national park .  It is located 20 minute drive to the underground caves " gruta do Torres" you can book guided visit and also our Jeep tour guide will  take you on jeep tours of the island on discuss with him about climbing the volcano. Your host is available for extra transfers at a minimum cost of the petrol  if you wish to go on any excursions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa do Francês  ( Beautiful town house with Sea Views )

This is a traditional Azorean house located in Lajes do Pico by the harbour, from where our whale watching and dolphin swimming vessels depart. It is ideally located on the seafront with fantastic views of the sea and the highest mountain in Portugal.

Accommodation

The house sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Accommodation includes two bedrooms (one double, one with a bunkbed), a mezzanine with twin beds and a sofa bed in the living room. Other rooms include a dining room, open-plan kitchen and two bathrooms.

Facilities

The house is fully equipped with all the facilities you may need during your holiday: fireplace, hob, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, toaster, washing maching, hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, iron & ironing board, TV, wifi, baby cot & high chair, children's games, books, and all sheets and towels are included. Outside there is parking available. Breakfast and half board catering is offered at the nearby restaurant "Whale'come ao Pico". A cleaning service and babysitters are available.

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