First and foremost, thank you Karen for your hospitality, your availability and all your help. We appreciated it very, very much. It made our stay even more special.
The house is part of the owners own house. The rental is downstairs, and has an unusual configuration. Access through the front door is the same as the owner's and then you go into the house via the bedroom. Then there's a door to the living room which has a small dinning nook facing a terrace above the garden, which is next to the owners kitchen, where you can sit and have your meals outside. She doesn't use the terrace, though she can access it. The living room is open plan with the kitchen, and from there up a couple of steps to the bathroom. There is another small and more secluded balcony outside the bathroom where we spent many hours reading, getting a tan and looking at the ocean. Lovely..
The whole house was immaculately clean, although needing a couple of minor updates in decoration (the bathtub too small for anyone above 1,70m tall, bed small for a couple, the couch in the living room, though big, has seen better days and isn't so comfy anymore, perhaps lighter colours on the walls, but that's my personal taste). Other than that, it has all the amenities, fast wifi, cable TV, games, books, everything. We spent a whole day in, the day it rained, and didn't have any trouble entertaining ourselves.
There are a couple of very small grocery shops nearby, but just for the basics. If you want fresh meat or fish, cereals, a wider choice, you'll have to go to the Continente Supermarket which is 2km away (about half an hour walk). If you have a car (which, by the way, I highly recommend, we used Micauto rent-a-acr), it's a 5 minutes drive. If you don't, there are buses going to Ponta Delgada during the day; if you use them, be sure to be at the bust stop a good 10 minutes before the scheduled time, or you risk missing it and having to wait an hour for the next one (to go back, use the ones going to Caloura, Vila Franca do Campo and Povoação).
In short, it's a nice little place by the sea in a very calm and quiet village (except for the church bell that goes off every hour and during the popular saints feasts season in the summer when they party all night and shoot fireworks ant the damnedest hours, but that's the charm of Portugal!).
(Again, I would've preferred the Good rating, instead of Average or Very Good. Think about it Trip Advisor)