Sao Miguel Island Cabin Rental Photos and Description
12,000 square meter property faces west to beautiful sunsets over the ocean.
Cabana Atlantica and the Round House share the same property, which is accessed through a remotely operated gate. Cabana Atlantica sits directly facing the ocean at the end of a long entrance drive. The Round House is nestled into the land below. Cars may park beside the houses.
Cabana Atlantica is a two story stone cabin facing the sea, with front and back entrances and a garage. Along the front of the cabin is a covered terrace with an entrance door to the garage at the end.
The front terrace is the perfect place to watch the ships and boats go by, or the theatrical spectacle of an amazing sunset. The outdoor grill is close by. Step inside.
The downstairs is an open space except for the bath. There is a stone floor throughout and the efficient kitchen opens to a dining area with stone fireplace and ocean facing windows. The living area has comfortable seating, coffee table, a wall mounted television, and a desk.
The entry space at the back of the house has storage, a washing machine and a full bath with a shower enclosure. It even has a small wooden window to slide open for a view of the ocean through the front windows of the house.
Wooden stairs lead to the second floor, a big open loft space with large handmade wooden bed and bed tables facing directly out to the ocean. There is a smaller bed off to a corner and a comfortable chair and small couch. This loft has a wooden floor with a circular railed opening to the fireplace area below, designed to capture the heat when the fireplace is in use.
To occupy the Round House is an experience. It sits on the same property as Cabana, but is private in every way. The Round House is architecturally provocative yet uniquely comfortable. Its exterior profile echoes that of the old mills nearby, but inside one finds a futuristic economy of design - a space made to feel large by its windows, soaring wooden ceiling and open floor plan.
The house is set into the land with stone terrace all around and a man-made pond out front on the ocean side. A conveniently located outdoor grill is built into a bordering stone wall and parking is beside the house.
There are two exterior doors. The door by the grill opens to the kitchen, bath and loft stairs. The bath has a red and white tiled walk-in shower. The unique kitchen has a granite counter and angled wooden storage drawers that curve along the round wall, and the wooden stairs wind up to an open sleeping loft.
The dining table and living area furniture are positioned in front of three large windows. Walking on the cut stone and tile floor, along a curved wall behind, one arrives at the other exterior door with a television on the wall to the left and a door to the master bedroom on the right.
The bedroom has many built-in features, including cupboards, drawers,a desk, shelves, and bed tables. It boasts one large window looking out over a large green landscape.
The open sleeping loft is all wood with a window in the ceiling, at the peak of the sloped roof. The loft has a single bed and a sleep sofa. Full head room is in the center of the space.
Details for The Round House 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Lyn Baldwin
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.
Lyn Baldwin purchased this cabin in 2006
Why Lyn Baldwin chose Sao Miguel Island
These properties were created from scratch. Both dwellings 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.
In the case of the Round House, the mills that dot the hills around Ginetes were inspiration for the owner to explore the round form. In designing the interior, the house became more that the sum of its parts, it grew to be at one with itself.
What makes this cabin unique
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 find what you need.
Staying in the Round House is an experience. The round house is a yurt, holding all the magic of something that comes full circle on itself. Its little private pond attracts birds, a duck, sometimes frogs. Its generous windows bring the outside in.