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HillTop Azores Beach & Countryside Apt for 6 Moinhos

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights

Overview

About the property

In a calm village at the island's center, you will enjoy a stunning scenery from the spacious balcony, blending the mountains, the Atlantic & the volcanic sand + a fully equipped barbecue.

Restaurants, waterfall, mill & riverside also down the street (5 minutes walk). A trail that leads to the ancient thermal pools is at 1 minute from your front door.

Out of the city rush but close to everything else, this shall be your base for exploring & relax with the sea music & birds singing at sunrise.

The space

It's an open space between living room, kitchen and circulation areas to balcony and upstairs.

The ambience is practical and airy, with some details like raw woods, fresh colors and old furniture freshened up.

Open the balcony doors and feel the breeze on the curtains and the sun giving the space a vibrant light. You can also rearrange the living area's central seat pieces accordingly to your taste and use of the space.

Kitchen is fully equipped (don't forget to taste enjoy a good cup of coffee with the coffee machine!).

Enjoy the balcony with its stunning view. After a day at the beach or exploring the island, it's much relaxing to have some local fresh fish (or meat) using the fully equipped barbecue and seizing the sunset with its fresh breeze.

When it's a stormy weather the ambience is also quite enjoyable when watching the rain or the rough sea from the balcony. Furthermore, there's a transparent awning in case the wind direction is towards there.

Interaction with guests

Although i recommend you to have a car, i'll gladly pick you up at the airport to drive or assist you to the house. I can also shop some groceries at your personal taste so you would have it fresh and prepared for your arrival.

All info about guided tours, sightseeing, bird watching, whale watching, hiking trails, dining places, and other activities will be available at the house ready for you.

I will also be reachable by phone at any time of your stay and help you in everything i can.

The neighborhood

The village of Moinhos belongs to the parish of Porto Formoso (which means “Beautiful harbor”), located in the city of Ribeira Grande.

In the old times it was a parish mostly known for its natives being fishermen and farmers. By having a great coast for fish species, secluded harbor and useful water mills, almost all the farmers from the NorthEast coast used it as a meeting point for exchanging goods and processing crops by using the mills. Therefrom, the name given to the village: “Moinhos” (translated as “mills”). The Tea plantations – the only 2 in Europe - were a great booster for the predominance of country life as well, back in 1750.

Along the years some families settled there until today, where they still keep the identity of the parish.

Nowadays, this small village of Porto Formoso – Moinhos - is inhabited by natives or people from nearby cities that have chosen to move to a place of privacy and quietness in the nature, centered in the island while out of the city rush but, at the same time, in a short driving distance to everything else.

Now, for some remarkable historical data (after the beginning of the Tea), such as in the year of 1831 when the Portuguese civil war was taking place.

The absolutist regime led by Dom Miguel fought his own brother Dom Pedro the IV who was leading the liberals. This specific battle was the last in the Azores, of crucial importance for the fall of the mornaquic regime all over Portugal, and a legend was born:

It is said that an old lady spotted a ship with an army inside docking in the bay (which is the beach today). So, being a supporter for the liberals, she took advantage of her higher position and great inclination of the roads by moving severall stones down the street. As a result, the army turned unwilling to climb all the way up fearing that after that large amount of stones there would probably be a huge liberal army ready to defeat them. All the previous predictions, added to the weariness that the rise would cause, were more than strategically enough to set the retreat decision in that precise moment.

Today, the street name is “Ladeira da Velha” (“Old lady's slope”).

And it's your street!

Getting around

Besides the nearby points of interest (by foot) mentioned in the listing's header you can also drive to other close places always in the same village streets such as:

:: 5 mins to Viewpoint “Miradouro de Santa Iria”, just up the street (a delightfull viewpoint of the shore and one of the most impressive of the island.

:: 10 mins to other Restaurants (2 of the most known for their fresh fish and seafood such as “Cantinho do Cais”)

:: 5 mins to the harbor (nice fresh “grouper” to grill at home or try a local experience with the company “HáMar” to spend a morning fishing in the sea with them)

:: 7 mins to the 2 unique Tea plantations in all Europe (great to start the day at “Gorreana” factory tasting diferent types of harvests among some local delicacies and a walk between the tea fields)

:: 12 mins to the tobacco and spices museum at the “Maia” parish

:: 12 mins to a nice family business Pizzeria “O Forno” - also in “Maia” parish

:: 15 mins to “Calhau d' Areia” a place for the lovers of fishing by the sea shore

Regarding all the other “Must see” points of the island:

:: 20 mins to “Lagoa do Fogo” view (lagoon, crater, “Caldeia Velha” hot springs, geothermal central)

:: 20 mins to “Lagoa” city (natural sea pools, parish of “Caloura” hills with harbor, beach & seafood restaurant by the sea)

:: 20 mins to “Furnas” (lagoon, fumaroles, hot springs and botanical gardens)

:: 28 mins to “Água D'Alto” (2 southern beaches and views over caloura)

:: 35 mins to “Vila Franca” (chapel “Nossa Senhora da Paz”, aka “Our Lady of Peace” with a great view over the city and the islet, and the marina where you get the boat to visit the islet during summer season)

:: 35 mins to “Nordeste” council (NorthEast)

:: 55 mins to “Sete Cidades” lagoon (SouthWest)

:: Either of those last 2 with some more after to get to the “edges” of the island

:: Ponta Delgada city center is at a 25 minutes driving range, such as the airport.

Other things to note

It is advisable to have a car because the area does not have public transport with short intervals of time. In this hilly area, it will also be a useful resource to head to the supermarkets (5, 7 and 10 minutes respectively) as well as explore the island independently.

More Details

Owner
Miguel Maia
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ribeira Grande in Azores

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering

Reviews

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(3 traveller reviews)

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HillTop Azores Beach & Countryside Apt for 6 Moinhos
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
5

Sehr schöne, gut ausgestattete und gepflegte Wohnung!!!

  • 5 of 5

Die Wohnung ist sehr schön und ruhig gelegen und bietet einen fantastischen Ausblick über Praia Moinhos. Diesen kann man beim Frühstück, Relaxen oder beim Grillen vom Balkon aus geniessen. Zum Starnd sind es 5 Gehminuten die Straße runter. Wir waren sofort von der Gastfreundschaft und Hilfsbereitschaft vom Vermieter Miguel begeistert. Er hat sich wirklich um alles gekümmert und uns sogar mit frischen Eiern vom eigenen Hof versorgt. Auch für unseren Sohn (1,5 Jahre alt) wurde alles nötige bereitgestellt. Die Wohnung ist bis ins Detail super ausgestattet und bietet eine tolle Küche mit großem Gasherd, Backofen und diversen Kleingeräten von guter Qualität und in sehr gepflegten Zustand. Einzig der Wohn- und Essbereich ist nicht gerade üppig dimensioniert aber gut ausreichend.

Unser Fazit: Absolut zu empfehlen, wir werden wiederkommen!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! And grateful for your words about the place. You'll be welcome back anytime! See you again some day. Danke!
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5

Excellente situation et formidable service !

  • 5 of 5

Superbe!

De loin le meilleur service que nous ayons eu depuis que nous louons sur HomeAway/Abritel. Miguel et Romina (propriétaires) sont non seulement adorables mais également d'une efficacité à toute épreuve. Ils viennent vous chercher à l'aéroport et vous guident jusqu'à l'appartement qu'ils vous laissent découvrir seuls, pour votre plus grand confort et comme si vous entriez chez vous. Miguel vous remet un smartphone que vous pourrez utiliser gracieusement durant le séjour afin de le joindre pour toute demande de renseignement. Il distillera également quelques conseils (tips) pour agrémenter votre découverte de l'île.

A notre arrivée dans l'appartement, parfaitement propre et entretenu, de nombreux produits locaux délicieux nous attendaient sur la table et dans le frigo.

Tout est prévu pour se sentir comme à la maison: pain, œufs, fromage, confitures, café, thé, boissons etc. Même le charbon de bois est disponible pour le BBQ. La salle de bain est complètement équipée de savons, shampoing, dentifrice etc.

Les lits sont préparés et de nombreuses serviettes sont à disposition.

A noter car non précisé dans la description: la présence d'un lave-linge qui nous a été bien utile!

Bref, tout est fait pour se sentir immédiatement confortablement installé. Et avec tout ça, j'en oubliais presque de parler de cette merveilleuse vue depuis la terrasse sur la belle plage de Moinhos.

Certaines choses auraient-elles pu rendre le séjour encore plus merveilleux? Peut-être mais elles semblent bien dérisoires faces aux nombreux points positifs de l'appartement: on peut citer l'absence de lave-vaisselle ou de toaster (bien qu'annoncé?) et la literie un peu trop dure à notre goût...

Pour le check-out, Miguel vous fait une confiance absolue: il vous suffit de laisser les clés et le smartphone dans l'appartement et de claquer la porte en partant. A noter qu'aucune caution n'est demandée à l'arrivée.

Bref, notre plus belle expérience de location à recommander sans la moindre hésitation!

Merci Miguel et Romina, nous espérons vraiment pouvoir revenir dans votre bel appartement!

The "Belgian Team" ;-)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bruno, Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words. Also thank you for pointing out those small - but important - details like things that aren't posted on the place description. I've already updated them, thanks to your help ;-) That way we can grow as hosts and always keep improving our guests comfort. Also let me say that you were wonderful and respectable guests who took great care of the place. No host should hesitate on having you at their place. Indeed they should be very honored for you to choose them. Merci Bruno & "The Belgian Team" Kind regards, Miguel & Romina
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5

Appartement idéalement situé et accueil exceptionnel

  • 5 of 5

Appartement idéalement situé pour visiter l'île, très propre et très bien équipé pour une famille avec enfants.

Vue exceptionnelle sur la mer et une des plus belles plages de l'île.

Le Propriétaire Miguel a été aux petits soins avec nous : de l'accueil à l'aéroport, à notre arrivée à l'appartement avec de nombreux produits frais et locaux offerts ! Et sa disponibilité et ses conseils !

Bref, rien à redire, c'était parfait !

A recommander sans hésitation !

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Alan! I am glad that the place was according to your expectations. It was a pleasure having you and your family at our place! You are always welcome back!
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Ponta Delgada
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
O Moinho
Nearest Motorway
800 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Maré Cheia
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Praia dos Moinhos

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Ribeira Grande, Azores

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
JUN 30 - 08 jul
30 Jun 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
6 night minimum stay
£523
for 6 nights
From
£83
£565
 
 
AGO 19-31
19 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
8 night minimum stay
£655
for 8 nights
£577
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
SETEMBRO 9 a 17
9 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£262
for 3 nights
From
£78
 
 
SET 18 - 30
18 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
£472
for 6 nights
From
£74
£508
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
OUT 17-31
17 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£71
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Nov 1-16
1 Nov 2017 - 16 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
£348
for 5 nights
From
£64
£446
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
NOV 17-30
17 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
£349
for 5 nights
From
£64
£447
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
dez 1-14
1 Dec 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£254
for 4 nights
From
£57
£390
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
dez 15 - 20
15 Dec 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£296
for 4 nights
From
£67
£464
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
 
DEZ 21 - 5 JAN 22018
21 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
JAN 2018 6 - 14
6 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£253
for 4 nights
From
£56
£394
 
 
JAN 2018 15-31
15 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£332
for 5 nights
From
£61
£424
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
2018 FEV
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
£487
for 7 nights
£487
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
MAR 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£452
for 7 nights
£452
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
ABR 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
9 night minimum stay
£645
for 9 nights
£508
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
MAIO 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
9 night minimum stay
£689
for 9 nights
£542
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
JUN-JUL 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
14 night minimum stay
£1,103
for 14 nights
£565
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
AGO 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
14 night minimum stay
£1,148
for 14 nights
£588
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£270
for 4 nights
From
£61
£431
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Limpeza £27.79

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. For groups of more than 4 people additionally are charged € 5.00 night per additional person

House rules :
- Any appliance or product that is in the house can be used
- Any food product that is in the house, can be consumed
- Smoking is allowed on the balcony
- Gatherings are allowed, but not parties
- The condominium quiet hours are from 22:00
- Have fun, relax and come back !
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As tarifas estão sujeitas a alterações até a reserva ser confirmada. Para grupos com mais de 4 pessoas, serão cobrados adicionalmente € 5,00 noite por pessoa adicional

Regras da casa:
- Todo o utensílio ou produto que esteja na casa pode ser usado
- Todo o produto alimentar que esteja na casa, pode ser consumido
- É permitido fumar na varanda
- São permitidos convívios, mas não festas
- O horário de silêncio do condomínio é a partir das 22:00
- Divirta-se, relaxe e volte sempre!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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