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Walk to the beach... Enjoying the Island and the Ocean!

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Details
Property
house
People
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Azores - Authentic Holiday House

Self-catering House. Perfect for active couples or small families with kids.

Casa do Vizinho João reinvents contemporary design. The house was rebuilt from an early XXª century Azorean rural architecture preserving its roots from traditional construction with basalt stone from ancient volcanoes and local cedar wood from exotic Cryptomeria forests. Delightful typical Kitchen with everything you need to cook your favorite food, including an old Azorean firewood oven. Master bedroom with double bed (140X200cm), bedside tables, reading lamps and large wardrobe. 2º Bedroom with two fairly sized single beds (100 X 200cm), night table, wardrobe, southern exposure window. On request it’s possible to add a baby bed. In the surrounding area you will enjoy the best whale watching and swimming with dolphin’s tours. You also will find pleasant Marina offering services such as bar, diving and sailing tours. For sunny days where you simply want to relax you have a lovely beach just 5 minutes’ walk (Calhau d’Areia).

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Luís Cravinho
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 November, 2016
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About Luís Cravinho

Filomena is a school teacher. Miguel works at the local government. He's also owner of TERRA AZUL - azores whale watching. Together they have two lovely daughters age 9 and 15.

A passion for travel and a candid hospitality inspired them to restore an old rural house next to their property offering tourists a distinct and personal holiday experience discovering Azores. To be honest, they see this as a new life challenge: an opportunity to share their love for the island’s nature and culture with other people enjoying a genuine and authentic Azorean lifestyle. You are very much welcome!

Luís Cravinho purchased this house in 2001

Why Luís Cravinho chose Portugal

WHY CHOOSE THIS HOUSE IN VILA FRANCA?

1. Whales & Dolphins: You will find the best whale watching at your doorstep. Possibility to see more than 24 species in different times of the year. Genuine ECOTOURISM experiences!

2. Coastline: You will find the amazing basalt beaches, including some little “treasures” to discover. Snorkel at the Ilhéu de Vila Franca (Natural Reserve)

3. Weather: It’s usually better than other places in the island due to its pleasant microclimate and fantastic sun exposure.

4. Location: Placed in the middle of the south coast Vila Franca offers a great logistic with quick access in all directions. You won’t get tired to drive hours to get fantastic places. One minute you are at the mountain; other minute you are at the sea!

5. Ocean: For your holyday activities you will enjoy gorgeous diving spots, great boat or fishing tours, canoeing along the coat, fantastic sailing programs and much more…

6. Traditions: All year round you will discover genuine festivals and unique folk traditions. Culture is really intense in Azores !

7. History: As being the island’s 1st Capital its importance reveals and interesting architecture and fine monuments.

8. People: Friendly people and relaxed atmosphere. This is a quiet and safe zone!

9. Food: Gastronomic experiences with great fish, meat, vegetables, and fruit.

10. Views: Walking or touring by car you will discover great places and astonishing landscapes.

What makes this house unique

You will enjoy a heartfelt relaxing house designed for those who wish to escape busy life and appreciate nature with tranquility, authenticity and comfort. Our goal is to make you feel home. Welcome!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Walk to the beach... Enjoying the Island and the Ocean!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
5

Wonderful Spot, Wonderful Host

  • 5 of 5

The property is as good as it appears in the photos. The new remodel has beautifully blended the old architecture with a clean, modern design. It is spacious with a large kitchen, large bathroom, delightful patio area, loft living room (with a view of the ocean) and two large bedrooms. The location is central to the island which allows one to explore all the magnificent gems east, west, north and south. The beaches nearby are also beautiful and easy to swim at. Best of all was the host, Miguel. He epitomizes the azoreans with his kind hospitality. I highly recommend this accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure to have you as hosts. Hope to see you again in a near future.
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5

Five stars is not enough!

  • 5 of 5

Staying in this lovely guest house, with Miguel and Filomena as our hosts, made our trip to beautiful Sao Miguel island a wonderful and unforgettable experience for our whole family.

The house itself has been lovingly restored and captures the traditional spirit of the Azores (it is truly stunning), while providing all the modern conveniences such as high speed wireless internet and new appliances to make our stay relaxing and easy. Our family of four (with children aged 8 and 13) could spread out and feel at home during our two week stay, with lots of room to spare. Upon arrival, the house was immaculately clean, with fresh fruit and a sampling of local delicacies waiting for us. We had plenty of privacy, even a charming walled garden and patio where we could enjoy the sunshine or the shade of a large fig tree, and hang laundry or beach towels to dry.

Filomena and Miguel live close by and helped us in so many ways. Whether we needed directions to the local beaches or supermarket, tips for good places to eat, contacts for deep sea fishing or (of course!) whale watching and dolphin swimming, or even a doctor when our son needed medical care unexpectedly, Miguel and Filomena made sure that we had everything we needed.

Even more than the practical benefits of having such knowledgeable and generous hosts, we truly felt a part of the local community and experienced the Azores in ways we never could have otherwise. Miguel and Filomena's love of the Island is contagious, and we are already looking forward to our next visit!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

the very best experience of renting a house

  • 5 of 5

This has been my very best experience of renting a house for vacations. Every thing exceeded my best expectations. The owners are true hosts, their service is excellent and provided our family the best suggestions to enjoy the island to its full.

The house is so well decorated, all seems in the right place to welcome you in. Simple and plain and so nice at the same time and so cozy. The patio is a magnificent place for relaxing and meditation. One of the nights, I couldn't resist to stay out until dawn, enjoying the night sky full of stars. What a peaceful moment. Children loved the patio too and took long showers with the garden hose.

We would have stayed in doors more if it wasn't for the activities on a daily basis. The weather was fantastic and invited outdoors activities all day long. We'll return in winter, for sure, expecting to have some rainy days to stay in the house and light up that fantastic traditional oven and bake some nice food.

Do not forget to follow Mr. Cravinho recommendations of Portuguese wines, buy and taste them all, it's a delight for the senses.

Ask him about the Whale Boat "Sra de Fátima" you'll see what a great story teller he is and how much heart he puts into his words. The boat is a piece of History and a live museum, not to miss.

We had not the chance to do all we wanted, 2 weeks are too short in this island to see and to do all we were suggested by Mr. Cravinho apart from our own plans. This is not a problem as we decided we'll be coming back and repeat the stay at this great house and these great hosts more often.

Thank you for being so nice to us.

Mário Prieto

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr. Mário & Family Thanks for your nice review about the house and the owners. Our vision about Tourism is all about discovering and sharing what we love having the opportunity to make new friends for life. You are always welcome! Best regards. Miguel
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5

! Super - Best place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Filomena and Miguel are the best hosts that one guest can have.

Miguel represents the true Azorean soul, is a Nature lover ... and he is one of the most respected local sailors. He even (re)built one of famous old "whaling boat". We were invited to sail on this historic boat a few times. It was amazing.

The house is perfect; size, architecture, design, light, localization (also close to the beach). Beautiful indeed !

Ask them - nicely - about all the things that you want to do ... and they will tell you all the "secret spots", for food, cultural, sports/activities, beaches, and off course Nature.

If you prove to be a good guest, you may be invited to dine at their place, right next door ;-)

Next year I will be back

Cheers to all ! Azores is the place !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr. Tomaz, Thanks for you nice review! It was such a pleasure to sail with you and your enchanting wife, Ana. I’m happy you enjoyed your holidays in Azores – on the ocean as in the island - hopping you come back to the house soon for new and exciting adventures. Please give a special "Azorean hug" to your lovely kids Tomix and Aurora. Best regards. Miguel C.
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5

The perfect location for visiting Sao Miguel

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as it appears in the pictures: modern, warm and with everything you need. I spent there one week with my family and - even if most of the time we were out, visiting this beautiful island - we really enjoyed our stay in the house. Overall, the best price-quality I found in the Azores during my holiday.

Finally, Miguel and his family have been really friendly and provided all kinds of information we needed. Thank you Miguel !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very stylish, nicely decorated house

  • 5 of 5

Very stylish house, nicely decorated. Bring your ear-plugs, if you are sensible to street noise, since the 2 bedrooms face directly the street.

However, only few cars use the street during night and day but drive very fast. The house was cleaned very well. This is also true for the dishes. Well equipped kitchen. You can pick figs from the tree in the small garden at the back. Miguel, the owner is super-friendly and easygoing. His house is directly beside this rental home. Had some difficulties to contact him via e-mail, so better call him on his mobile or send a short message. He also gives you a lot of recommendations, what to do in the area.

All in all a wonderful vacation. Our full recommendations. And thank you, Miguel.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Gordon, Thanks for you review. I’m happy you enjoyed the house and the Azores. Hope to see you soon and please recommend our house to friends and family! Best. MC
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Ponta Delgada
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Marina de Vila Franca do Campo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Furnas Golf
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Praia Café
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Calhau d'Areia
Car: recommended

In the surrounding area you have the best WHALE WATCHING and SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS tours with azoreswhalewatch. Also find a pleasant marina offering services such as bar, diving and sailing tours. On request we can recommend other activities: cannoning, biking & paddle, birdwatching and typical restaurants. For sunny days where you simply want to relax at the beach you will find it 5 minutes’ walk. You can also snorkel inside an extinct volcano crater in the middle of the ocean: the Ilhéu de Vila Franca.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Azores, Sao Miguel Island

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£218
for 3 nights
From
£59
 
 
HIGH SEASON 17
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£310
for 4 nights
From
£67
 

Additional pricing information

final cleanning £42

To confirm your reservation, please:
1. Enclose a deposit for 30% of the total rental costs.
2. Payment in full must be received at the check-in. If not received by this time, the booking will be immediately canceled and the deposit forfeited.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Azores in Europe

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Includes towels, hair dryer and beach towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , baby bed on request
  • The house has 2 rooms: one main double bed (140cmX200cm) plus 2 single beds (100cmX200cm). *Sofa/bed in the large cozy living room upstairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
This self-catering house is perfect for active couples (2 pax) or small families with kids (limited to 4 adults and 1 children). Service includes welcome briefing by friendly owners for general information about the island touristic attraction’s and activities. Housekeeper service is provided before and once weekly in between if staying for more than 2 weeks, where bed sheets and towels are changed.

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