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

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happyarch...
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90 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“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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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“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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john b
canton mi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Exquisite stay in an enchanting land.”
Reviewed 1 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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If you are looking for a small piece of paradise, look no further... Only book this home if you enjoy peace and tranquility, if a nightly fire with views of the Atlantic outside your window sounds acceptable, you will not be disappointed. The home is equipped with the finest amenities that one would dream of, such as a professional gas range and outdoor grill. You are only steps away from breathtaking trails which will lead you to the oceans shore, if you are able to tear yourself from the terrace which is so comforting to sit and enjoy the delicious cheese and wines of the region. The night sky will take your breath away and possibly burn your corneas as the stars are the brightest you will ever witness! The lack of city lights to pollute your views will leave you in awe, and possibly bumping into furniture in the middle of the night. Be advised if you do choose to book this location, you may wish to extend your stay!

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Liked best: Ease of transaction
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Kyle S
Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Spectacular retreat for families, a real treat!! :-)”
Reviewed 23 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Myself, partner, brother and father stayed here for 12 nights this October '14. The house was in a fantastic location with amazing views over the ocean, on the southeastern tip of the island. The nights were fantastic and so clear.

There was an abudance of beautiful hikes nearby, and one very spectacular view above the mountain closeby.. I forget the name.

Luis and Rita were fantastic host and really make you feel at home for your entire stay.

As stated in the title this really is a place you can spend with your family and really get great quality time together that you'll never forget. A truly special place, which I have no hesitation in giving the highest reccomendations to future guests and travellers.

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