Azores House

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Closest beach: In walking distance
    Agua Retorta and Povoação for shops and restaurants: 10 and 20 mins by car
  • Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL): 80km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Azores House

How would you describe Azores House in a nutshell? 

Azores House is our family nest and the perfect spot to relax. It’s a project made out of love and resilience. Surrounded by greenery and overlooking the ocean, the house is located in Fajã do Calhau on São Miguel in the Azores.

What is the story behind Azores House, what was your inspiration to create it? 

Azores House used to be a fisherman’s house and our family decided to give it a new lease on life as we are passionate about the Azores Islands. I was born on São Miguel and this was a family project, so it’s a pleasure to see it finally ready to welcome people from around the globe. So as not to interfere with the surrounding nature, we wanted to keep the design discreet and unobtrusive. 

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Azores House? 

Azores House is a super cosy house and the perfect place to slow down from daily life. It’s a place where you will find peace and quiet to rest and reconnect with both the natural world and yourself. We believe that less is more, so the house is designed with a minimalist approach. 

To you personally, what is so special about Azores House? 

My parents bought the house when I was just a baby and it was a place where we enjoyed weekends overlooking the ocean. It's located in a natural reserve, which makes it a really magical place, giving you an energy and aura of calmness. 

Who is the architect of the house?

Azores House was designed by Fernando Monteiro from M-Arquitetos, an architecture studio that has been based in Ponta Delgada since 2009. He and his team are responsible for some of the most incredible villas and houses in São Miguel. Together with André Rocha, he helped to give the house its cosy feel and the design aspects we were looking for. 

Terrace and sea view
Bedroom upstairs
View from bedroom
View from bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Stairs leading to bedroom
Living area with sleeping couch
Living area with sleeping couch
Living area with sleeping couch
Kitchen
Living area and kitchen
Terrace
View of the house and garden
House and garden
Play area
Garden
Garden and view
House and view
House and view
Aerial view with view of the beach
Aerial view with view of the beach

Azores House rooms & rates

In front of the house is a big garden with breathtaking ocean views. On the front porch, you can enjoy an alfresco lunch or barbecue, with the kitchen just inside on your left. Here there is also a living room where you can rest, read a book or play board games.

Also on the first floor is the bathroom while upstairs is the one and only bedroom, which has an amazing view of the ocean. If you are lucky, you may see dolphins jumping out of the water. 

  • Azores House for 2-4 people / 60 m²
    180 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace
    • Sea view
Included in the rates
Rates include taxes.
Children & Extra beds
The house is great for children. There is a tipi tent for kids to sleep over and enjoy nature. There are also board games and a hammock.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Pets welcome
  • Toys for kids
  • Hair dryer

Azores House is a fully-equipped house designed for couples and offers a comfy, modern space to relax after a day exploring the island. The kitchen features Smeg appliances and all of the tableware is by Costa Nova, a Portuguese brand. We also have high-speed internet powered by Starlink. 

Things to do in Azores & Fagundas

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Golf
  • Horseback riding
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

At Azores House, you can play board games, listen to music or just enjoy the sound of the sea and the “cagarros”, a native bird that is always in the area. The closest beach is right in front of our house and is perfect for a deep swim. Other options include the new harbour in Faial da Terra where you can jump into the crystalline waters. 

I would recommend visiting the Terra Nostra Garden, trying “Cozido das Furnas” (a typical meal cooked underground using volcanic heat) and going to Poça da Dona Beija at night. This thermal paradise is located in Furnas and has water temperatures around 38 degrees Celsius. All of these places are within 30 kilometres of Azores House.

Azores House reviews

1 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
To be honest, unfortunately we cannot support the previous reviews.
It is a very beautiful view - that is true.
However, a closer look reveals a sobering overall impression.
There is paint damage to the furnishings throughout the house, black mould in the bathroom, mouldy kitchen utensils and doors and windows that are poorly sealed or cannot be sealed at all.
The seating is visually appealing, but totally uncomfortable.
The house is almost completely isolated near Nordeste in one of the rainiest regions of Sao Miguel. Access by car is only possible via sometimes very poor, unpaved and, above all, very steep roads and paths. Our night's sleep is sometimes considerably disturbed by the calls of the shearwater.
Finally, we were accused of damaging the fridge, spreading red paint on the bed sheets and stealing spoons.
Absurdistan sends its regards - whoever likes it...
Schmitt I.
stayed at Azores House in July 2024
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had an incredible stay at Maria's home. I wish our schedule allowed us to stay longer. Everything in the house was well appointed with everything you need, especially in the kitchen if you love to cook like us. The direct view of the ocean is incredible and we loved being surrounded by all the nature. We will definitely come again to the Azores and hopefully stay at Maria's place ♥️
MORGAN C.
stayed at Azores House in July 2024
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
The house more than exceeded our expectations. Holidays in this incredible place are a unique experience. The location at the end of the world is already worth the journey, and the minimalist architecture of the house will delight all design lovers. The facilities are anything but minimalist - everything is provided, from a toaster to guest bathrobes. The on-site support was also very friendly and warm. If only this house were a little closer to where we live, we would love to spend time there regularly.
barbara and Kaspar
Barbara S.
stayed at Azores House in June 2024
4 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Dear Maria,
We enjoyed your house very much, especially the great view from the terrace. It is a wonderful and quiet place.
Thank you very much that we could stay here and for your great hospitality . We had all we needed and will definitely recommend the little house to friends.
Bye and see you next time!
Best wishes Uli&Sabine
Sabine F.
stayed at Azores House in May 2024

The location of Azores House

Azores House is located in Fajã do Calhau, a picturesque village known for its breathtaking ocean views and natural beauty. It enjoys a remote setting within a natural reserve, with the closest towns being Água Retorta and Povoação (10 and 15 minutes’ drive away). At Azores House, you can escape the pace and noise of city life while enjoying the silence and calm of nature. 

To get to Azores House, you need to take a flight to Ponta Delgada and then drive about 80 kilometres to Fajã do Calhau where we are located. The house is positioned facing the ocean in the middle of endless greenery. 

When is the best time to visit Azores?

It may sound clichê, but the beauty of the Azores can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The archipelago has a unique microclimate, so if you travel in the summer, you can wake up to rain, enjoy lunch in the sunshine and end the day with a lot of wind. By this, I mean you can experience four seasons in one day and that’s quite magical. I think the best time to visit is from May to October (late spring to early autumn), although you can have a great time during the other seasons too.