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Fully furnished holiday home with stunning views

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 92 nights


About the property

Vivenda Xavier is situated at the little fisherman village named Porto Formoso, (the marvellous port). Just about 3 minutes from the vivenda you'l find is the local beach Praia dos Moinhos. A very particular small beach with outstanding sanitary facilities. Not far away you may enjoy a good cup of tea at Chá de Porto Formoso. One of the two old family business in Europe involved in tea production. This, all fashioned with the little fisherman port and the local church from 1509, turns this little place into a unique spot in Europe. The inhabitants make their living today predominantly from agriculture, cattle breeding, and fishing.

Registration Number : RRAL n.º28

Property Manager
Luís xavier
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 May, 2018

About Luís xavier

I do like to observe, makes me forming ideas about people, animals and things in life. I do like teaching because it passes on the little I know to the one he wants to know what I know. I like to write lyrics for songs to be sung and offered to those who may enjoy them. I like to sleep because mostly is always good to dream.

I love the Azores because they offer a divine beauty, this spot of the world embrace me with their nature, and surprise me with his characteristics. I like good wine, because I am a son of Earth, I like football even still do not knowing why. I like the sun because it warms me up, I love a good joke to wake up or drive away the melancholy or the routine. The well being of my 'guests' worries me, I feel good sharing with others my little corner planted by the sea.

Luís xavier purchased this house in 1998

Why Luís xavier chose Municipality of Ribeira Grande

I am not living on S. Miguel or in Portugal, but in the Netherlands. I left Portugal very young, 18 years old, alone, living my family behind, my country and my friends. A choice I had to make, to achieve a better live.

All my family comes from the Azores, S. MigueI. I always remember as a child, my parents homesickness talks about they're home land. They had left the Azores to the mainland, Lisbon where I was born in 1955, and they never went back to the Azores! 18 years ago I have made my first visit to the land of my parents and please believe-me, it was a wonderful feeling during my first steps on the island. I felt home and yet never had been there before! A year later me and my dutch wife decided to by our little place, planted at the sea. Every time we can, we spend some time there, the time left, we like to share it with people by renting it, with everyone who wants to enjoy the Azores.

So unfortunately I believe I will not be there to meet you! I will get in touch by phone just after your arrival and again a few days later to make sure you will have everything to your liking.

What makes this house unique

The vivenda is a complete furnished holiday home that makes it possible for you, to bring only your personal things, and where you will relax thanks to all the comfort and the privacy. On this breathtaking beautiful, unforgettable spot you enjoy in the winter a comfortable living room with hearth. In the summer the joy of the wonderful see and mountain view from the balcony. In the spring your certainly will enjoy both: The sunny terrace and the crackling fire during the romantic evenings. This atmosphere will certainly be even more romantic thanks to the whistling of the many birds, the nearest waterfall and the always present Atlantic ocean.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Municipality of Ribeira Grande in the Azores

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • snorkelling
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Fully furnished holiday home with stunning views
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home in a perfect location! Our host, Luis, could not have been more accommodating. He checked in on us a few times and all his recommendations were spot on. It was a wonderful vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It has been a pleasure to have Ellen and Michael as our guests. They have enjoyed São Miguel, and our house as well. The contract we have had was very pleasant, it made us feel happy sharing our little spot with them. Thanks for having chosen our house and feel free to came again.
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Beautiful Home with even more beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

Arrived early morning April 8th. Luis was gracious enough to allow us to check-in early which was a bonus and much appreciated!

First off, getting to the house was a bit tricky if you've never been! It was a little bit of an adventure, but using google maps is what got us back on track!

The house is BEAUTIFUL! The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of space for the 4 of us adults. Kitchen was well equipped with everything you'd need to have meals at home (we did venture down to the snack bar, only to grab a drink).

The view is BEYOND expectations! The crashing of the waves and the sound of the waterfall nearby was amazing! When we were at the house, we spent the majority of our time outside on the patio enjoying the nature and sounds!

About a 10 minute walk down towards the beach, there is a trail on the right hand side (beside a house) that you will definitely want to check out! At the end of the trail, there is a beautiful waterfall to observe and take pictures. There are also two open grills you can cook some food and enjoy at the picnic tables right in front of the waterfall!

Luis called us a couple times throughout the week to check in and see how things were going and also made some suggestions as to some of the sightseeing and activities on the island. One that was recommended was the thermal pool in Ferraria. He did advise us to head out before high tide, which we arrived late and therefore did not get to do this, but did see where it was and we were very disappointed we could not go for a dip.

We ventured into Furnas (20 minute drive) and enjoyed walking around the town and did a hike around Lake Furnas. We also enjoyed the natural hot springs in Furnas the day after.

We had an amazing week away at this home and couldn't be happier with the house and surroundings! Thank you Luis for letting us enjoy a little piece of paradise! Can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Vivienda. It was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for a week's stay. Luis it's a great host and checked in with us when we arrived and before we left. Beach umbrellas and towels were available, and on the last day we discovered a box by the stairs full of beach toys, such as paddle rackets and balls. The veranda was gorgeous and we also enjoyed having one off the master bedroom. It was wonderful waking up to the sounds of nature, rooster crowing and cows mooing. We recommend this house to you and to all our friends and family!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much, Luis for sharing your little piece of paradise with us. Vivenda Xavier was absolutely wonderful. This was our first trip to Sao Miguel, but definitely won't be our last. The villa was clean, well maintained and fully equipped with everything you needed and more. The view from the patio was simply amazing. Luis was a pleasure to deal with. Always quick to answer any questions we had. I would definitely recommend this villa to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Teresa and Mike, for your pleasant review. It was a pleasure having you as guests and to share our place with you. Thanks for loving it and we certainly hope to welcome you again.
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Great Vacation home.

  • 5 of 5

The vacation home was well maintained and exceptional clean.

The owner made us quite welcome, inviting us to use all the amenities of the home. Beautiful view from the balcony. Five minute walk to the beach. Would recommend this house !! Would return to Azores and rent again. Five to ten minute drive to Ribeira Granda.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest and I would certainly be honored to welcome you in the future.
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Amazing Views, beautiful village

  • 4 of 5

This villa has an amazing location, just on the edge of the small village of praia dos moinhos, which I think is the nicest beach on the whole island. It hosts a really well run beach cafe with a wide range of food, open from 10am to 10pm.

The view from the villas balcony is stunning, right over the ocean and at night you can hear the sea

The villa itself is spacious, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and the living space consists of a spacious lounge/dining room, kitchen and a large outside balcony.

Lluis, the owner, is very attentive and he gets 5 stars for all the communications with him. He is very caring and ensures that you have arrived safely, calling you on the house phone when you have arrived, and he provides a food parcel so you can have a cup of tea after your journey. Nothing is too much trouble for him and you can call or email him at any time.

The villa itself, gets 4 stars from me. It would have had 5 stars but a few little points that could be improved are :

The 3rd bedroom is in the attic and is accessed by a tiny spiral staircase which I just didnt feel safe on at all so I would be very hesitant to allow smaller children to use it.

The pillows are not great.Quite hard and not enough of them. Im a stickler for "hotel quality bedding" and improvements could be made by providing more pillows per room and softer ones

The villa overall was clean, but it could do with a "spring clean". SOme of the bedroom drawers had dead insects in them, the microwave had not been cleaned and was full of crumbs and the skirting boards could all do with a good scrub - but overall it was clean enough as a holiday villa. ALthough cool boxes and bags were provided in the kitchen, they were mouldy and the cool box was filthy - we just didnt bother using them as they were quite gross. They really need throwing away and replacing with new ones - or take your own. The BBQ was still full of old burnt wood and ash from a previous occupant.

It gets 4 stars for being extremely well equipped in the kitchen, with just about everything you need. Proper oven and grill and microwave. Washer and a tumble dryer proved very useful. A cosy lounge with lovely sofa, log fire, large dining table, TV and music systems. Two well equipped bathrooms which are spacious. Heating is provided for cooler evenings, although we didnt need it as it was warm in May. Overall its a lovely place and I would definitely go back.

The lovely beach is a ten minute walk.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
32 Kilometres
Ponta Delgada
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Praia dos Moinhos
Car: necessary

Vivenda Xavier could also be your next holiday home, and very soon, you could be enjoying this unique little piece of earth on the Atlantic, somewhere between Europe and the United States of America, the island São Miguel. The vivenda is a complete furnished holiday home that makes it possible for you, to bring only your personal things, and where you will relax thanks to all the comfort and the privacy.

On this breathtaking beautiful, unforgettable spot you enjoy in the winter a comfortable living room with hearth. In the summer the joy of the wonderful see and mountain view from the balcony.

In the spring your certainly will enjoy both: The sunny terrace and the crackling fire during the romantic evenings. This atmosphere will certainly be even more romantic thanks to the whistling of the many birds, the nearest waterfall and the always present Atlantic ocean.

Having a capacity for at least 4 persons the vivenda offers you and your family or your friends enough room to enjoy a unforgettable holiday at one of the most beautiful places of the world.

The Azores Archipelago is a paradise for nature lovers. Highly well shaped lakes well adorned with all sorts of plants and flowers. Amazing views on the top of the mountains over land, the see and sometimes over seaside's. Deep green craters born out washed out vulcanos, landscapes and sky's that have kept their purity. A country live with melodies of silence to discover.

The beaches of the biggest island are a mixed bag, but all of them remain incredibly picturesque, showing steep cliffs that plunge into the deep blue waters of the Atlantic.

Water sports like sailing, windsurfing, surfing and diving are a easy to practice. There are little ports all over the island.

Whale watching, is particularly popular. Trips whale watching can be taken from any one of the separated ports on the island.

The wildlife is truly amazing, both on land and in the sea. Swimming with dolphins and deep sea fishing trips are particularly special, as you really get a sense of being far from land, in a world where these magnificent creatures are truly at home. On land, there are infinite walks to enjoy, taking you through the natural, unspoilt habitats of Azores wildlife, especially some of the 220 bird species that made the Azores their home. There are many walks to join with or without the benefit from the huge experience of the Azores tourist guides and nature wardens.

Can't you miss your golf court? There are two golf courses at S. Miguel. Both the courses, Batalha and Furnas offer testing golf and stunning views.


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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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