Quinta De Milhafres - RRAL 131
Fernando & Paula Vieira
- english, french, spanish, portuguese
About Fernando & Paula Vieira
The owners, Fernando & Paula, both educators, welcomes the traveller to share their world. They make a sustainable living while respecting nature and according to permaculture principles. They live in the Quinta de Milhafres near the cottage and are available to give assistance. Enjoy the welcoming grounds of this property and its beautiful panaranic view of land and sea.
Fernando & Paula Vieira purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Fernando & Paula Vieira chose Vila Franca Do Campo
Quinta de milhafres was named after two couples of black kites (milhafres in portuguese) that chose the place as their habitat. It is a privilegied location of these birds of prey watching, whose similitary with the northern goshawk (açor in portuguese) is the origin of the archipelago's designation. Quinta de milhafres, a 11,500 sm area from the regional road to the sea, was once property of the district governor João Francisco Medeiros de Bettencourt . Chroniclers regist the presence of this portuguese noble family on the island since the 18th century. Vila franca do campo museum is located in botelhos manor-house, owned by the same family, which reveals its economical and political outstanding position. Acquired by its current owners in 2006, the manor house is recent (1995) built in the place of a former factory of chicoria, vegetal used as coffee substitute.
What makes this Cottage unique
Direct access to the Atlantic Ocean Quiet and peaceful environment. Clean air. Stunning views. Wide variety of plants. Diversity of birds. Privacy. Fresh fish every day in the local market. Bus in front of the gate of the property.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The hosts were lovely and the gardens were very beautiful. However the place itself was dusty and dirty, the bed sheets were smelling, actually the entire place smelled very very badly, the towels smelled as dump after first usage (we had to wash them twice), the place was cold (no central heating, just two electric radiators). On top of everything, we found a moulded wooden spoon in the cutlery drawer.. Also, there is no cleaning or towel replacement service, or even just a garbage disposal. You’ll have to do that yourselves. Totally disappointed. Would not recommend.
Your comment was a big surprise to us.
This is a completely divergent commentary from what we have had so far.
Of all the times we talked, you never complained about anything. On the contrary, you always give positive feedback.
If you needed more towels than those we gave you, it was enough that you asked for more towels.
We provide containers for garbage separation. When the guests request, we do the garbage collection. We did not go into the guest house to colect the garbage because this would be an invasion of privacy.
On cleaning the house, we're sorry you did not tell us anything because we could have arranged for a woman to clean the house.
Anyway, we regret what happened and the fact that we could not have had the opportunity to correct what was wrong.
Lovely place, lovely owners!
Fernando and Paula were so nice and helpful. We had a family emergency and had to shorten our stay in the Azores, and they let us come a few days early on very short notice. They had a lot of great information for us when we arrived and even some yummy welcome treats. The house is perfect for two. The front area down by the coast is SO beautiful!! The bed was comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked, and the living area was nice. The house is in a great location too. We were very pleased with our stay here!
Very rustic with stunning views
Perfect for two, with stunning views out to the ocean, with a beautiful garden. A true taste of the Azores
Beautiful Property and location
Great Hosts. They provided information regarding the island, what to see and do and where to eat. The location is central to all parts of the island. The property is peaceful with great views of the ocean. We hiked every day, Furnas hike, Sete Cidades and Lagoon hike, Lagoa Do Fogo (best), Salto Do Prego (beautiful waterfall). Restaurants were great, Ponta Do Garajau, Restaurant Associacao (best steak) and Atlantico (no credit card). Many viewpoints and bathing areas along the island, best to wear a swim suit all day. The hosts also provided us with tomatoes, eggs, bananas, and cucumbers. Kitchen was fully stocked with needed utensils. Thank you for sharing your property.
Gorgeous view and wonderful hosts
Fernando and Paula were incredibly kind and helpful hosts providing everything we needed to start our visit and even meeting us upon an early arrival. They gave us great tips on where to visit and eat - the latter proving to be excellent suggestions we hadn't heard of. The house was very clean, had hot water, and a kitchen with all the basics. The view from the edge of the property is phenomenal and the garden makes for a great place for star gazing. This location is perfect for visiting both sides of the island while being outside of the city.
Thank you for your kind words.
First...a shout out to Paula and Fernando who opened up their home and made us feel like honored guests. They are so kind. You can tell that they have a passion for meeting new people. We did have some problems finding the rental, not due to the map, but because we weren't used to streets that are marked with street names on the buildings and change names so frequently. You are so busy making sure you don't get hit or hold up traffic it is hard to spend time looking for street names! Fernando was kind enough to stay on the phone and guide us in from the city center. Once there, though, it was easy to get around!
Second, what the pictures fail to show is how lovely the property is! The views are amazing. You can walk all the way down to the ocean, although it is steep! And the bottom is quite rocky. The rental itself is a standalone unit on their property so you have privacy.
Thank you for your kind words.
The nature here in the Azores. in the middle of the Atlantic, gives us a good help.
You are always welcome among us.
Ribeira das Taínhas is a quiet scenario, near Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel. In the borderline of the Atlantic Ocean, one can contemplate the waves moving, always new, and always majestic.
The three major beaches located nearby offer excellent bath zones and the ideal conditions to surf - Calhau d’Areia (500m), Vinha d’Areia (3 km) and Água d’Alto (5 km).
Unique pieces of “louça da vila” can be found in the pottery shop of Mestre João Rita, in Vila Franca do Campo. The handicraft is made of red clay, non-glazed, objects used until very recently in the day-to-day lives of the locals.
One of the most emblematic Natural Reserve is located in Vila Franca do Campo municipality: the islet.
Choose Quinta de Milhafres as your starting point and discover:
Lagoa do Congro (6,5km) is a lake of green limpid water surrounded by dense forest.
Lagoa dos Nenúfares (7km) is a lake fully covered with water lilies;
Cerrado dos Bezerros (18 km) is a park with a wide range of flowers and plants species.
Thermal Water Spring in Furnas (20km) are authentic natural spas - Fonte da Dona Beija and the pool of Terra Nostra Park.
Festivals - Vila Franca do Campo:
May (Easter Sunday) – São Miguel Feast, an homage with over 400 years of history. Its highest moment is a procession in honour of work and which presents the range of professions and social classes brought to the island during the settlement period – as brick men, carpenters, shoe men, fishers, liberal professions and many others.
24th of June – São João Feast has its highest moment in the popular parade on the main streets. The dancers with colourful costumes, about 700, march at the sound of popular music, showing creative routines built upon local traditions.
Campaign SOS Shearwater
From October 1st to November 15th, the young shearwaters (night bird that builds its nest on Vila Franca do Campo Islet) leave their nest to their first transatlantic flight. Due to the artificial lights, they lose orientation and become easily car-hit victims.
The campaign SOS Shearwater has being held since 1995 and its mail goal is to engage people in the bird rescue when they are found in the roads on nearby.
Night brigades, guided by specialists, cover the coastline of the municipality searching for young shearwater birds in danger. Everyone can join this initiative and for that one must enrol as a volunteer at the municipal services.
In the 2013 campaign, 6915 young shearwater birds were rescued.
More info: http://soscagarro.azores.gov.pt