HillTop Azores Beach & Countryside


Entire rental unit hosted by Miguel

  1. 6 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 5 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the flat to yourself.
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Self check-in
You can check in with the doorperson.
Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Enjoy a stunning scenery of a calm village by the Atlantic Ocean, blended with the mountains and the volcanic sand.
Restaurants, waterfall, and beach just down the street. Hiking trail entrance 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.
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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.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Living room
1 single bed

What this place offers

Bay view
Courtyard view
Beach access – Beachfront
Free parking on premises
40" HDTV with Netflix, standard cable/satellite
Free washer – In unit
Portable air conditioning

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Where you’ll be

Moinhos, Azores, Portugal

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!

Hosted by Miguel

  1. Joined in January 2015
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I'm a Designer & Consultant for HoReCa projects and love to spend a good time with my wife, family and friends, preferably in inspiring places, which our beloved island provides. In what used to be our home (SouthCoast 11 in Lagoa, Açores) or in the HillTop for some seasonal retreats, we simply loved contemplating the balconies' views. The leaves falling between the Autumn's fog, the rain in the winter, the spring bloom, or finally in that Summer with the orange-painted-mountains background in the late afternoons where some fresh fish was ready to be grilled and relished with a good white wine, among friends and family. Although we don't have the chance to travel much, we're fascinated about our magical island and hoping to get to know other places in the future. It was by having these such inspiring times that we realized that this kind of moments should belong to everyone who's willing to experience it! That's why we are committed to this new project of hosting guests from all over the world. We wish to share this piece of the Azores, and to achieve the dream of traveling and getting to know other cultures, inspiring places and life stories.
I'm a Designer & Consultant for HoReCa projects and love to spend a good time with my wife, family and friends, preferably in inspiring places, which our beloved island provides. I…

During your stay

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.
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 wou…

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House rules

Check-in: Flexible
Check out: 12:00
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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