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!
(Our "Room by the Beach" is located on the island of São Miguel; not to be confused with our condo which is available on the island of Terceira and can be seen here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1040870)
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, 3 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 pasture-raised 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.
If you like scuba diving or hiking, we can connect you with the best local family run company to organize these activities for you as well.
- FREE Wireless internet
- Washing machine (3€ per load)
- Clothes line
- 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
- Shared bathroom and family room
- Towel change every 3 days / Sheets every 7 days (on request)
- Our food items are not for guest use. Please bring your own cooking oil and spices if you plan on cooking in our kitchen. (We can offer you salt, pepper, eggs and raw milk.)
- We do not provide soap nor shampoo
- 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.
We can provide you with the contact information to a rental car agency, especially if you would like to have a car waiting for you at the airport.
The bus stop is about a 10 minute walk away and we've had guests get around hitchhiking as it's commonplace here. But, the easiest way is with a vehicle (we have private parking at our home).
Other Things to Note
The check-in/out times are flexible depending on whether or not we have other guests booking the room on those dates. Just let us know in advance if you need an earlier/later check-in/out time and we will let you know if we can accommodate your request.
- Our food items (spices, cooking oils, etc.) are not for guest use. If you plan to use the kitchen, please be prepared with the food items you will need. (We can offer you salt, pepper, eggs and raw milk.)
- Clean up after yourself (wash, dry and put away dishes; wipe countertop)
- Please bring your own soap and shampoo
- Be aware of the electric power consumption
- Do not use metal utensils with pots
- Do not smoke inside of the house (outside away from doorways is fine)
Staying with Gena and Joao was such a treat. They were both incredibly friendly and helped us get the most out of our stay on the island. There's a lot to do nearby and it's a great jumping off point for Lagoa do Fogo and the northeastern county of Nordeste.
The view is something I didn't fully expect, walking outside the morning after we arrived and hearing the waves crashing was a treat. We only had a short stay, but I would most certainly recommend it to anyone else hopping from place to place throughout the island.
By coincidence, Gena and Joao were also great friends with our scuba instructor (Bruno at Best Spot) who I also can't recommend enough.
Gena was incredibly welcoming and very helpful. It was a pleasant surprise that she speaks perfect English. The place is great value and it's nice that it's located right next to the beach. I would absolutely recommend staying here.
Positively uplifting-- the view, the home, the environment. I had such a peaceful visit in Gena's home. You really DO hear waves crashing and smell the fresh air as you wake up. Honestly, I've never been surrounded by such an abundance of natural beauty. I am so grateful to Gena & her husband for sharing this abundance. Peace and joy to your sweet farm (website hidden) while walking the amazing town, be sure to give Dos Moinhos your business, they are kind wonderful people. And they serve strong coffee and delicious food.
Gena was very welcoming and inviting. Her home was beautiful and the room was great. We had access to everything we might need and she was very nice to visit with.
Thank you so much, Gena! You are a wonderful person, and welcoming host. We enjoyed staying at your home.
Gena замечательный человек и хозяйка, нам было очень приятно пообщаться с ней и пребывать у нее дома. Комната в точности как на фото, в доме чисто, можно пользоваться кухней. Porto Formoso совсем небольшой городок, магазины там маленькие, но в пешей доступности. В основном мы наслаждались пляжным отдыхом, океан всего в 5 минутах ходьбы. Поблизости есть кафе на пляже (тот что на фото) и рыбный ресторан, где готовят свежую рыбу прямо из океана :)
We really enjoyed our staying at Gena's! The house/room is clean and cozy, 5 minutes from the beach and in a great location for travelling around the island. Gena and her husband were super kind and helpful. I highly recommend to choose their place if you are looking for a relaxing and "in touch with nature" holiday!
We cannot say enough about our wonderful experience with Gena and João! My wife and I visited São Miguel on our honeymoon because I was interested in reconnecting with the homeland of my ancestors. I wanted a more personal experience in the Azores so, rather than stay in a hotel in Ponta Delgada or some resort, we rented a room in Gena and João's lovely home. The room was cozy and the home was wonderful. We had gorgeous views of the beach and mountains as well as a flock of little chicken friends in the yard to keep us company. But the highlight of our Azores holiday was the time we spent with Gena and João. They are the most wonderful hosts and welcomed us into their home. We spent several hours over the course of our stay chatting with Gena and learning about the Azores and João even invited us to his dairy farm to give us an amazing tour (he is a kind, patient, smart and skilled farmer/teacher). My wife and I will never forget the wonderful experience we had in São Miguel. Thank you Gena and João!
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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, my husband runs our dairy farm, I am a holistic health coach, and during our spare time we discover the simple beauties of the island.
For more info on my health coaching services, feel free to checkout my website by doing an internet search with my first and last name: Gena Pinheiro
We also offer our "Happy Cow" tour for FREE to our Airbnb guests. Those of you that can't be our house guest, but would like to partake in the tour, feel free to send me a message and I would be happy to provide you with details.