Room by Beach & Dairy Farm Tour

House - Private room · Porto Formoso, Azores 9625, Portugal

Practice yoga at the beach, swim in the ocean or just soak some rays when you stay with us because we're only a 5 minute walk to the beach. You can also go to the beachfront cafe/restaurant to mingle with locals or come visit our dairy farm!

The Space

If you want to immerse yourself in peace and be removed from the confusion of city life, our home is suitable for you. We live like most people here on the island, meaning our home and lifestyle is simple and uncomplicated. If you're looking for luxury or style, then our place would not be a good fit for your needs.

Here, you'll likely see cows walking the streets, open your window and hear the ocean waves from your bedroom, listen to birds sing and watch as time moves slowly. When you stay with us, you can expect your experience to be more like that of a homestay than a traditional bed and breakfast. We have chickens, roosters, 2 cats and a dog at our home and we own a dairy farm with grass-fed cows about 15 minutes away. We'd be happy to show you our farm and give you a taste of our healthy raw milk if you so wish.

We can't commit to providing breakfast, but the likelihood is that we'll be offering you eggs from free-range chickens and if I have made cheese, you'll be welcome to that as well.

Our home is very simple, surrounded by pastures, a stunning view of the ocean and enclosed by tall bamboos which give us a great deal of privacy. The beach is a 5 minute walk away. We live on a hill, which so far hasn't been a problem for our guests, but if you can't walk up/down hill a bit than you can drive. We have a lovely little restaurant located before you reach the beach and a cozy cafe/restaurant on the beachfront. The village center is about a 2 min. drive / 10 min. walk away and you'll find some mini grocery markets, a restaurant and the fishing port there.

The city of Ponta Delgada is about a 20 minute drive away and the city of Ribeira Grande is approx. 10 minutes away.

The two tea plantations (Cha Porto Formoso and Cha Gorreana) are a short drive away (or a 30 min. walk to Cha Porto Formoso) and are worth a visit to try the local organic teas and learn how tea is grown and harvested using methods that have changed very little in the past 130 years. In the beginning of May each year Cha Porto Formoso celebrates the beginning of harvest season. The highest point of the celebration is a re-enactment of a 19th century tea harvest in which dozens of people in regional costumes take part.

If hot springs (Caldeira Velha), a hike down to a lake (Lagoa do Fogo) and one of the highest view points on the island (Pico da Barrosa - 947 meters / 3106 feet) sound good to you, then you are in luck because the access road to these 3 amazing locations is only about a 10 minute drive from our home (then you have to drive up to each of the locations). Look their names up on the internet to see breathtaking photos of each site.

Guest Access

GUEST ACCESS:
- FREE Wireless internet
- Outdoor built-in wood fired BBQ grill (we need a day's notice to prepare the area for you and bring firewood)
- Refrigerator: it's small, but you can store a few food items
- Kitchen
- Shared bathroom and family room
- Washing machine (3€ per load) and clothes line

NO ACCESS:
- In order to offer the cheapest possible rate to our guests, we ask that you bring your own cooking oil and spices if you plan on cooking in our kitchen.
- Remaining 2 bedrooms
- We do not own a TV, microwave nor a clothes dryer (however, we do have a clothes line you're free to use).

Interaction with Guests

We are always happy to interact with our guests to the extent that they want. If someone wants to come to our home to simply relax and enjoy a level of solitude, we respect that. If someone decides to stay with us so that they can interact with locals, find out about things to do on the island and share some conversation we welcome that fully as well.

Getting around

The bus stop is about a 10 minute or less walk away and we've had many of our guests get around hitchhiking as it's commonplace here. But, the easiest way is with a vehicle (we have private parking at our home).

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $14 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $14
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

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  • We had a great time staying at Gina’s and her husband's house, both are really lovely, kind and helpful people! We really enjoyed staying with them and having some interesting chats with them about the Azores and life.
    The house is located idealy to explore the island doing day trips to the different places and spots. The house is outside the town surrounded with the lovely green nature and view to the sea and a really nice beach with a nice cafe just 2 Minutes walk away.
    Since floors are tiled, typically for the Azores, don’t forget your house shoes ;-)

    February 2014
  • Gena and Jaoa are incredibly nice hosts, and we felt totally welcomed into their home. We enjoyed everything about our stay with them, including the early morning outing with Jaoa to milk their cows. Their house was comfortable, well equipped, and clean. We had delightful and informative conversations with Gena and Jaoa that filled in lots of gaps in our understanding of life in the Azores. The beach is only a very short walk from their house, and upon their recommendation, enjoyed a lovely dinner at a local cafe while listening to the waves crashing. What an excellent experience!

    October 2013
  • Yes! It was beautiful! Best regards to Gena and her husband,
    apartments and home were very clear, milk, eggs and bred were like in my childhood. The beach close to apartments is the best that we have seen on San Miguel. Car parking is on the yard, you can obtain this beach by foot (about 10 min.) and with buggy - without problem.
    Place is very silence. Close to the apartm. is a small restaurant.
    Note! there is In Porto Formosa only small food store, the good big store is in Ribeira Grande- 15 min by car.

    October 2013
  • We had a great time staying with Gena and Joao! We enjoyed the quiet location of the house as well as the closeness to the beach... perfect as a base to expolore the island!
    Thank you Gena and Joao for the warm welcome at your place!

    September 2013
  • Great place, generous hospitality, I left relaxed and happy. Everything is just as described, and more :-)

    September 2013
  • We really liked this place to stay. The room is basic and clean, you can use the bathroom and kitchen (eggs for breakfast!) and the view from the garden is great. The chickens, cats and dog are cool and last but not least: Gena and Joao are great hosts: they are friendly and very welcoming and they gave us useful tips about the different islands!

    If you are going here, defenitely try the fish restaurant and enjoy the beach (at walking distance). The tea factory in the near is also nice!

    September 2013
  • I felt really comfortable in Gena´s house and I really enjoyed my holiday in Porto Formoso. If anyone would like to have a silent room I can recommend this adress!

    September 2013
  • We stayed two nights at Gene's and Joao's place and felt very welcome at the little house overlooking the bay. It was exactly how they described it on the web and what we expected. Their friendly way to welcome the strangers was made it so special to stay with them. We can indeed recommend this place to anyone who likes to meet nice people.

    September 2013
  • Joao was a great host doing everything to make our stay the best.
    Their house and the room is perfect to discover this wonderfull part of the island. I strongly recommended Gena&Joao + few animals house ;) unfortunately we didn't have the chance to meet Gena" in real "but she always make sure that we had all what we need from where she was...thanks again !!

    August 2013
  • We had a great time in this house, only 5 minutes walking to an amazing beach !
    We could feel like at home. Gena and Joao are really nice and welcoming.
    We won't hesitate to come back again in their house ! And for a longer period !

    August 2013
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Sold our business and most our belongings to move to the Azores and explore what else the world has in store for us. For now, it's running our dairy farm while discovering the simple beauties of the island.
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