Cabana Atlantica is a charming hand crafted, two story, wood and stone cabin. It sits on a large and private tree lined lot of 12,000 square meters facing the sea. Each level in the cabin is 56 sq. meters and all windows on the ocean side have ocean views. The cabin and much of its furniture are handmade, one of a kind, unique, practical and comfortable.
Entrance to the property is through a private gate, near the paved end of Rua Dos Morgados, a street turning off the west (ocean) side of the Estrada Regional, the main coastal road.
Once through the gate, a long stretch of tree lined lawn opens up to the driver. At the end of this expanse sits Cabana Atlantica, a charming stone cabin overlooking the ocean, ringed by a delightfully expressive stone wall. Nestled in behind and below the cabin, the owner has designed and constructed an utterly creative small round house. (There are no preparations to rent this house presently, so for this season renters of Cabana Atlantica will have complete privacy.) (see photos)
Cabana Atlantica has an entrance at the front and back of the cabin, and a stone terrace with roof protection the length of the ocean side. It also has an attached garage, with provides protected access to the house though the ocean side door.
Entering the door at the back of the cabin away from the ocean, one finds an entry way with built-in wooden storage, a washing machine, and cozy wood finished bathroom with shower stall and small sliding wooden door. This whimsical door opens to a view of the ocean, through the front windows of the house.
The entryway then leads into an open living space occupying the remainder of the first level. The space has a rustic stone floor and stone fireplace, with windows and exterior door that open to the ocean. The stone fireplace, dining area and kitchen occupy one side of the space. The sitting area and wooden staircase occupy the other.
The very efficient kitchen is modern and convenient with all the basics including a full size refrigerator, 4 burner cooktop and oven. The addition of a granite counter and bar stools make it into a little gem.
The dining table sits in front of the charming hand built stone fireplace, giving warmth to diners on a cool night. Windows at the side have a view to the ocean.
The sitting/lounging area at the other side of this open space is comfortably organized around a coffee table, with a nicely situated television for both diners and loungers. This area's windows also face to the sea.
Wooden stairs at the lounge end of the first level lead to the second floor. The bedroom occupies this entire second level and one can see in the photos a circular opening in the floor, protected by a safety railing and open to the lower level fireplace. The opening cleverly captures fireplace heat when needed.
The flooring of the entire second level is wood, as is the ceiling and custom built storage. A large handmade, wood framed bed sits in the middle of the room, directly in front of the ocean facing window. On either side of the bed, sit bed tables made from great salvaged tree trunks.
Nestled into one corner of the bedroom is a smaller double size bed. Nestled into the opposite corner is an upstairs sitting area that includes a double size sofa bed. The bedroom is utterly romantic for a couple, but can happily accommodate the addition of children and/or adults. Ample, custom built wooden storage closets and drawers surround the back windows, behind the bed.
Back on the first level, the ocean side door leads out to a roof covered stone terrace. The terrace runs the length of the house to the side door of the garage. It is a perfect place to sit and watch one of the amazing sunsets that grace the west end of the island.
It is also the perfect place to gather for an outdoor cooking experience. From large handpicked stones, an outdoor grilling area complete with bench, table and stools, has been arranged like something from a fairy tale.
The owner of Cabana Atlantica has given free range to his creativity in the construction of this cabin, as well as in the round house that sits behind. As a child he walked this land, played in this landscape, and grew at one with it. Cabana Atlantica is an artistic expression of this relationship.
The landscaping around the house, the stone wall, stone steps, and other stone elements have all been thoughtfully and sometimes playfully arranged. Trees have been gracefully planted and land gracefully contoured. The overall feeling is one of great peace and calm.
The owner of this property was born in Ginetes where he lived until age 11. His family then moved to Toronto, Canada where he attended school, learned English, and ultimately got involved in house construction. Achieving early success, he asked himself what direction he wanted his life to take, and at this point his love for the island brought him back to his home town, Ginetes. In Ginetes he has been involved in construction projects, but the more recent construction of these two small houses has for him involved a high emotional and creative quotient. Building them has represented an opportunity to give expression to his deep sensitivity to natural shapes and forms.
These properties were created from scratch. Both cabins began with an idea, a concept, and in the case of Cabana Atlantica, a love of stones....their shapes, colors and collectibility. The owner's decisions about 'what to do next' always found an answer in his personal dialogue with the environment and keen sensitivity to place. The results speak for themselves. The cabin embodies the magic that individual expression imparts.
Cabana Atlantica is that quiet cabin overlooking the sea that everyone yearns for at one time or another. There is a calm, and quiet about the place that moves a person closer to nature. Sitting on the terrace and looking at the thousands of stars revealed when there is no smog to erase them, or witnessing a particularly magnificent sunset mirror its colors on the ocean's surface......... rather than making one feel lost in a giant universe, the experience fills one with grateful appreciation. A stay in Cababa Atlantica is the opposite of a hurried urban/suburban experience. It will transport you away, yet give you just enough accessibility to make for a wonderful holiday.
This very unique property is located just outside the center of Ginetes on the western end of Sao Miguel. It can be reached by driving 25 min. west from Sao Miguel's capital city and airport, along the island's primary south coast road. The rental sits on 12,000 sq. meters of private land situated below the main road, facing the ocean. A further 3 min. drive on the coast road brings you to Ginetes village center.
The property's proximity to the village center allows guests to easily satisfy most of their immediate needs. There is a grocery, bar, bar/restaurant, and pharmacist, plus two additional restaurants, all within minutes of each other. (The island's west end emergency vehicles are also housed in Ginetes.)
The larger Ginetes area is the ideal destination for nature lovers. It is a rural farming area that retains a wonderful feeling of openness and authenticity. The Ginetes coastline is known for it's stunning multi-color sunsets and the town is home to one of the island's most dramatic attractions, the Ferraria.
Visit our website to see photos and learn about this spectacular setting, which offers both thermal ocean swimming and spa amenities. People come from all over the island and the world to swim in the warm ocean water. Locals faithfully swim throughout the year, weather permitting. With its spectacular black volcanic formations and therapeutic waters, chances are that you will not have experienced anything like this remarkable area.
The village of Ginetes sits on the ocean side of a massive dormant volcanic crater known as Sete Cidades. Inside the base of the crater are the famous blue and green twin lakes seen on Açores travel posters all over the world. To hike this area, and see its rows of abundant, blue hydrangea blossoms against summer sky and sea, is unforgettable.
Guests can access Sete Cidades directly from Ginetes, by foot or on horseback. Your property manager can help you with directions. If you choose to go by car, it is possible to drive (car permitting) around the ridge of the crater and around the lakes to find view after beautiful view. Restaurants and cafe's in the village of Sete Cidades provide food and drink for your outing.
Driving along the coast, 15 mins. west of Ginetes, and then descending down to sea level, one finds the village of Mosteiros
with its interesting rock formations and sandy beach. Traveling further along the coast in Mosteiros, the adventurous can find another swimming experience amongst ocean splashed rocks and pools.
Though Ginetes village offers basic amenities, you may want to head east back into Ponta Delgada to service your complete shopping needs and to access activities just outside the 15 minute restriction for this website's check list. In the city is a tourist information center where a calendar of cultural events can be obtained. Opportunities to book whale watching, deep sea fishing, and diving can be found near Portas do Mar, the new harbor area for cruise ship docking.
Visit Portas do Mar website to see images and read about this amenity with its parking, shops, and restaurants.
In Ponta Delgada you can visit an art museum, churches, a military museum and caves with lava tubes that run under the city. There are many cafe's and restaurants and one is certain to find a fine lunch or dinner featuring authentic cuisine.
Additionally, on the north side of Ponta Delgada there is a complete indoor shopping complex with underground parking. Boasting a large super market, theater, restaurants, banks, dry cleaner, etc., this complex known at Parque Atlantico, will meet most guest's needs. (The theater schedule at Castello Lopes can be accessed online.)
To visit some of the island's other main attractions will involve planning and a drive, but your stay will be more complete if you take the time. Fortunately for tourists today, the island has seen the construction of some major highways that link north to south and Ponta Delgada to destinations east, shortening travel time considerably. Talk to your property manager about how to manage your time. Furnas is a perfect day trip. A hike to Logoa do Fogo could be a fabulous day trip, perhaps topped off by a dinner on the return. A whole afternoon can be spent soaking up sun on a north or south coast beach when that perfect day beckons. Again, your property manager can help you decide.
The beauty of Ginetes is its peacefulness and slow pace. The village is insulated by the inability of a highway to slash through the landscape from Ponta Delgada directly to the Ferarria and Sete Cidades. For those seeking closeness to nature and a quiet calm, this is the place. This rental cabin even allows for a semi-challenging hike directly from the terrace to the ocean cliffs below.....your own private picnic spot!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event||Minimum Stay|
Nov 1 2013 - Dec 9 2013
|extra night: €60|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.