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Reservation Manager : Lyn Baldwin

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Private, Magical, Wood And Stone Cabin Overlooking The Sea

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Portugal 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.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Reservation Manager : Lyn Baldwin (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Reservation Manager : 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.

Reservation Manager : Lyn Baldwin purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Reservation Manager : Lyn Baldwin chose Portugal

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.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Private, Magical, Wood And Stone Cabin Overlooking The Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

An amazing retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I travelled to the Azores for our daughter's wedding this past July. Never having been to Portugal or the Azores, we were delighted to find so many warm and friendly people always willing to help with directions or advice. San Miguel is a beautiful island and literally covered in hydrangeas. We rented a car and explored in all directions. I recommend renting a diesel for economizing on fuel. We had no idea how many cows populate the island. They are everywhere and I believe must be part mountain goat!

This house surpassed our expectations in terms of comfort, privacy and location. We spent almost every evening enjoying a glass of wine and talking about the day while the sun went down. The views from the house are really spectacular! The owner, Leonel, was attentive, easy to reach and extremely helpful with suggestions on things to do. We cooked at home quite a bit and found the super market in Ponta Delgada to be well stocked and modern. You cannot, however, buy sour cream on San Miguel! Certainly not a reason to stay away.

This was one of our most memorable vacations and we would recommend this rental without hesitation. Wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Truly a magical place!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a magical stay at this property. The description was perfect and our expectations were in fact exceeded. Marilyn's support during the planning process was amazing and she quickly answered all our questions as this was our first trip to the Azores. The photos you see in the listing do a good job of presenting the property but it is only once you drive through the gates, after driving through the cornfield, that you appreciate what you have booked. The cottage literally is perched on a steeped hillside and there is a completely un-obstructed 180 degree view of the ocean, both from the patio out front as well as the bedroom! Go to the back of the cottage and you are looking up at the crest of the volcano!

Inside, the cottage is very well appointed, has all the amenities one needs, and the fireplace works great! Leonel is the owner and he is incredibly attentive. Despite the relative remoteness of the cottage, he was always very responsive to any questions and checked in often to make sure we had everything we needed. He built the cottage and much of the furniture himself using local volcanic stone and wood, it is truly amazing. There is quite a bit of land around the cottage which was perfect for me to practice flying my quad copter! Even though the second cottage is on the same property, Leonel has carefully planned its location to ensure each one has its privacy.

Location wise we found it very convenient allowing us to easily explore all parts of the island by taking day trips. Even though the cottage is on the west end, it only took just over an hour to reach the east-side. The islands most popular attraction, cete cidades is literally the volcano behind the cottage and is a quick 10 drive.

We loved our stay at this property and really enjoyed exploring all the island has to offer. Sitting on the patio, overlooking the ocean, watching the sunset, all with a glass of wine and good company was truly a magical trip. Without hesitation we would highly recommend this property and we look forward to returning.

Stefan & Marj

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful place away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

You feel as if you are he only ones on earth. Total privacy and serenity. I long to be back in my chair on the patio gazing at the ocean. Leonal is quite proud of his hand built cabin and for good reason. Add an outdoor spa tub and I could live here.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Herrlicher Ort um Urlaub zu machen

  • 5 of 5

Wir verbrachten 3 herrliche Wochen im Roundhouse. Abends kamen die Fledermäuse zu Besuch. Das Haus liegt absolut ruhig. Das Haus ist toll und außergewöhnlich schön gebaut, es ist sehr gepflegt und alles was man benötig,t ist vorhanden. Es gibt nur positives zu schreiben. Der Vermieter kümmerte sich herzlich um alle Belange. Wir kommen sicher wieder........

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Kilometres
Joao Paulo II
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Tres Arcos
Nearest Golf
26 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
near Ponta Delgada
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Tres Arcos
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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 rentals sit on 12,000 sq. meters of private land 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 commonly seen on Açores travel posters. To hike this area, and see its rows of abundant blue hydrangeas against blue 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.

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 lack of a highway slashing 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. These rental cabins even allow for a semi-challenging hike directly from the terraces to the ocean cliffs below.....your own private picnic spot!


Rates & Availability

Sao Miguel Island Cabin Rental Rates

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Summer season price
Jun 15 2016 - Sep 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
Off season price
Sep 16 2016 - Nov 16 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee on arrival $44

Cleaning fee to be paid in cash on arrival. Rent for each additional person is 10€/night.

50% of rent is due by wire transfer at time of booking. Remaining 50% of rent is due in cash upon arrival. Booking deposit of 50% is fully refundable up to two months prior to rental start date. In case of cancellation during two months prior to start date of rental, any days re-rented are refundable in full. Cleaning fee is due in cash on arrival.

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Portugal Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 112 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom interior is finished with wood and has a stone floor. It also has a small, whimsical sliding door to see the ocean through the front windows of the house.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The large queen bed faces the ocean through the set of front windows. The sofa bed sleeps two. The smaller double bed accommodates one adult, one child or two (small) children.
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
The freezer checked off above is in the refrigerator. Guests can watch movies via USB stick, or connect their computer to the television. Smoking is allowed outdoors and on the first level. No smoking allowed upstairs due to the wood finish.

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