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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Agua Retorta, Sao Miguel, Azores

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Rafa592
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Home”
Reviewed 5 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

The title is "home" because after hiking, visiting, and exploring Sao Miguel on most days of our trip, what we most wanted was to get to the house and have a meal (including lovely Azorean wine) while sitting outside on the bench enjoying the views and overall ambience of the area/house.

The house has everything that I can imagine needing for comfort. Its location is remote, although it seems like other than Ponta Delgada most any other location would indeed be remote in this peaceful and quiet island. We may as well have had a similar wonderful experience with other properties we considered, but with Quinta do Sanguinhal we are certain that we made a fantastic decision and have no reason to wonder if we could have done better. In fact, we are as certain as someone can ever be of anything that we shall return not only to Azores, but very likely to the same house (if possible, a quick review of available upcoming dates revealed almost full occupancy for the next 8 months - we absolutely understand why!!).

I am fluent in 2 languages and can get by with a 3rd, yet it's hard to find a way of describing Luis and Rita with words that do their hospitality and spirit justice. Accepting our invitation for the two of them to join us for a fabulous dinner Rita cooked was likely the most enriching experience of our trip. When we consider that at one point we had reservations at a hotel in Furnas, that's when we think of regret in that we would have lost immersing ourselves in what the Azores is about legitimately and naturally. For Luis to then guide us on a hike the next morning that included more history of Azores and getting to know him even more was, WOW.

You will read some reviews about there being an issue with the road to the house without a four-wheel drive. Since we rented a small Peugeot, indeed we left the car where the road ended and walked a very short distance to the house after driving all the way to the house upon arrival and dropping off our luggage. It was not a problem whatsoever for us to walk to/from the car and in typical Luis fashion he offered to drive his 4-wheel drive upon our departure to get our luggage. Obrigado.

Rafael

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Carmel, New York
Reviewed 4 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

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Liked best: The hosts' warmth and friendliness.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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happyarch...
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95 reviews
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“Best vacation house we have ever rented!!”
Reviewed 17 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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We travel a lot and frequently rent lodging with a kitchen as I have food allergies and like to cook. This is the best house we have rented, and we have rented many great houses - I would give this 6 stars if I could. The owner of the house, Helena, is away but she will answer all your questions. Her parents, Rita and Luis were our hosts. They were so kind and generous. We were there during Carnival, and Rita made us donuts hot and homemade that are traditional for that holiday. They shared collards and squash from their garden and lemons and oranges from their orchard. We had dinner together one night and beers another. They are interesting conversationalists and just great people. The house is beautiful, and I say this as an architect. The kitchen was the best equipped I have cooked in. Rita even had fresh herbs in the kitchen for me to cook with. The knives were sharp and I had everything I needed to cook or serve food. They had all the cleaning supplies and papergoods I needed too. The kitchen, dining and livingroom is all open with beautiful views of the ocean. The fireplace at night was wonderful. The bathrooms were great with lots of hot water and good pressure. We had lovely flowers on the counter. I could go on and on. It is in a quiet village and you will hear farm animals, but no loud cars. I hated to leave! Helena thank you for Mara!!!!! Thank you Rita and Luis, we will visit you again!!!

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Liked best: Too hard to answer we loved everything and our hosts
Liked least: There is a musty smell when you first come in, but this is easy to understand given location and climate
Travelling group: Teenagers
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RoelteLoo
Halsteren, The Netherlands
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“Perfect house, stunning location”
Reviewed 8 January 2015 for a stay in September 2014
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We stayed here 2 weeks in September/October 2014 with two kids (2 and 1 year old). The house and its surrounding garden offer everything you can possibly need during your vacation to the Azores, ranging from 3 bedrooms and the fully equipped kitchen to stunning views.

The house is located on the far eastern side of the island, making it a perfect location for a relaxing vacation. A trip to the western side, however, takes approximately 1,5 hours. Driving to the house, via the small unpaved road, was no problem in our rental car (Fiat Punto).

The hosts, Luis and Rita, made our stay even better. The conversations about the island and their lives were interesting. We visited the beach cottage, where we all had a great time (our 2 years old son enjoyed playing soccer with Rita's mother).

During our stay Rita cooked us several meals which were all delicious. Rita really is an exceptional cook!!

We can highly recommend this house!

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Travelling group: Kleine kinderen
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Anne Y
Toronto, Canada
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“Stunning countryside home”
Reviewed 29 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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This vacation home is one of the best I've ever stayed in. The home and views are even better than I expected. The home is spacious with all the amenities needed. It was a great point to take day trips to different towns on the east side of the island - Nordeste, Furnas. Our family was able to cook dinner and enjoyed the fireplace with a glass of wine.

Helena was very responsive from the start and gave us great tips for our trip. If you get the chance, I would highly recommend Rita's cooking as it was delicious.

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Liked best: The wonderful views & all the details in the home
Liked least: The frying pan
Travelling group: Extended Family
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