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AHR - Casa Criptomeria, facing the sea, enjoy the welfare, peace and tranquility

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

sleeps 2 - 6 people or more, Peacefull place

Casa Criptoméria is described by our guests for being a modern, comfortable and welcoming house, where they can relax surrounding by gardens and the breathtaking ocean view.

The evenings are magic and you can enjoy the wonderful sunsets and stars, surrounding by a peaceful silence and nature songs.

Having your meals on the terrace surrounding by the green and blue landscape makes your day worth.

Since collecting fresh fruits and vegetables from the backyard, until playing croquet or swimming in the pool, Casa Criptoméria offers you unforgettable moments!

Recognized by our hospitality and friendly welcomed, we make you and your family feel at home.

To make your stay in our island even more special we are always ready to give you the best advices and tips, to ensure you don’t miss that wonderful and secret place!

Whether you are in Casa do Canto or Casa Criptoméria, every morning you’re able to have fresh bread when you wake up.

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Candelária House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(14 traveler reviews)

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AHR - Casa Criptomeria, facing the sea, enjoy the welfare, peace and tranquility
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Terrace, BC, Canada

Great holiday home!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Criptomeria is a bit out of the way, 25 minutes for down town Ponta Delgada, however well worth the drive. After a busy day it was great to be able to return to a comfortable and quiet place. The house is lovely and the size is more than adequate for four people. Kitchen was well equipped, beds were comfortable, bathroom a bit small, no tub, not a big deal for us as we like to shower. The house is exactly as shown in the pictures and very clean. The property is nicely landscaped. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised to find a nice bottle of wine and some treats for us to enjoy, such a nice welcoming. The owner's Sergio and Maria were absolutely wonderful, we were treated more like good friends than just guests. They were always there if and when we required their services but never intrusive. Big highlight of our trip was a sightseeing tour that Sergio treated us to in his dune buggy, so awesome! Oh, we must not forget to mention their dog Lord, he was always there to greet us when we arrived at the guest house, enjoyed having him around. We highly recommend this place and if ever we return most definitely would stay here again. Thank you Sergio and Maria for making our holiday so memorable.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house, wonderful host, wonderful island

  • 5 of 5

You won't find a better property or host than here. The house is incredibly well equipped, beautifully clean and extremely comfortable and Sergio and Maria simply cannot do enough for their guests - from collecting us from the airport,

filing the fridge for us on our arrival to hiring us their car for the week. Honestly.... Look no further than this place. We had such a fantastic week and it was easily the best placed we have stayed in and we have done a lot of HomeAway venues!

We will be going back!

Sao Miguel is a real magical discovery - a beautiful island that you have to see to believe.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wellington, New Zealand

Highly recommended holiday home!

  • 5 of 5

We have just had an 11-day stay at Casa Criptomeria and from being picked up at the airport by Sergio, whose focus on customer satisfaction is second to none, we had an amazing holiday. The house is only a short drive from the airport and São Miguel’s traffic is very light so there were no problems in getting anywhere. Casa Criptomeria was spotlessly clean on our arrival and we were greeted by a welcome pack including bread, butter, milk, cheese, ham, fruit and a bottle of wine.

The house is kitted out with everything that could be required, including laundry facilities (detergent provided), a generous supply of towels and a lovely coffee maker. Fresh bread can be delivered daily if required and is extremely reasonably priced. The house is quite small but doesn't feel at all cramped - there was plenty of room for four - and the lovely criptomeria wood interior makes it feel very cosy. The garden is beautiful and a lovely place to relax, although the pool was a little on the cold side at the end of March (only our 10-year old son was brave enough to try it)!

Sergio's famous buggy tour around the rim of the caldera at Sete Cidades more than lived up to expectations from previous reviews, and having a car provided as part of the package was brilliant. On the morning of Easter Saturday Maria brought us some delicious freshly baked sweet bread, still warm from the oven. Both she and Sergio were really helpful and friendly, and Sergio went out of his way to encourage us to see as much of the island as we could. The other member of the family who contributed to our holiday experience was Lord the dog, who loved playing with the children.

We had several day trips, including one spent whale watching from Ponta Delgada (amazing), a drive around the eastern coastline visiting places such as Nordeste and Povoação and a day at Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas, where we enjoyed the lovely gardens before swimming in a wonderfully warm geothermal pool which turned our son temporarily orange! Here, we also had the opportunity to experience the local speciality dish, Cozido das Caldeiras, which is a mixed-meat dish cooked for several hours in Furnas volcano. The location is ideal for visiting all the western coast including the volcanically heated tidal swimming pool at Ponta da Ferraria, as well as the famous crater lakes at Sete Cidades. There's still much more we could have seen so the only thing for it is to return for another visit - in summary, fabulous!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything you could want in a house

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant house. We wanted for nothing. Sergio and Maria are very helpful and friendly. They organised a car for us and picked us up from the airport. They also bought a cot and high chair especially for our little boy. On arrival we found a well stocked fridge with lots of local produce which was fab. The house is exactly as it looks on the pictures - spacious, very clean, comfortable and amazing views. Would thoroughly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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waterloo, ontario

Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

Sergio owns this house as well as Casa Do Canto, and our party rented both in April 2013. I'm partial to Casa Do Canto (homeaway #434428), but its true what the above says-the house is bright and airy, with floor to ceiling windows on two sides. There is also the fantastic view of the ocean, and of the two tiny dogs who were always wrestling next door. Plus, it has really beautiful gardens (although so does Casa do canto), and a croquet 'court' or whatever you call it.

I also want to add to what the above renter said-the owners really are fantastic. They will do as much or as little as you like. One evening Sergio brought out a nice bottle of Port, and another night brought the most fantastic sweet bread/doughnuts that his wife made. They were unbelievable, probably the best thing I had on the island. I said this in another review, but it really needs repeating.

Plus, Sergio gave us a deal on the houses to match what SATA was paying for accomodations because of the pilots strike, for three nights, and more importantly let us stay right up to the day when new renters were coming in.

If you have a large party, I definitely recommend either of these homes, or you can do like we did, and rent both. During the off season, getting a car and van, the price per day really is unbelievable.

I was also quite interested in the street signs-if you do some research you will find that early portuguese explorers were amongst the first to explore Canada. And you will see 'Canada" on many streets- it means 'dead end' or 'nothing there':)

  • Submitted: May 15, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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More than met our expectations

  • 5 of 5

Casa Criptomeria is a lovely place to stay - light, airy and surrounded by lovely gardens. The photographs on the site do not do it full justice. The house is well equipped and lovingly maintained. As a family of 5 we felt that we had plenty of space.

What really added to our whole stay were the owners - Sergio and Maria. They made every effort to make sure that we had a good experience. On several occasions they went way beyond the call of duty and were always friendly, helpful and generous. Maria would bake an Azorean delicacy for us, Sergio always ready to advise or lend a hand. We spotted 3 serious pastimes of Sergio's

- gardening : he loved to explain his garden and fresh fruit and veg was always available to us.

- croquet : Sergio has built his own croquet court in which some hotly contested matches take place with the local men. He was always ready to teach us and play with us.

- motor vehicles : he is an engineer. He has built his own buggy, and took us on a great ride round the nearby crater.

We really enjoyed the company of Sergio and Maria and their family, and thank them for their hospitality.

If you stay in the months November to April, Sergio gives you full use of the family car without any charge. This makes the whole package extremely good value. He also meets you at the airport and drops you back, which makes arrival easy and stress free.

The island is lovely. If you like to walk, explore, photograph in a beautiful environment, then this is the place for you. The island is one giant garden. We found plenty of mountain and crater walks. The craters of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo are stunning, and well worth a good long walk around. Nordeste is well worth exploring, with a stunning waterfall along the way. There are plenty of volcanic pools to bathe in - even heated waterfalls and a sea inlet that has waves come in cold and go out warm (nearby Ponta da Ferraria). Whale watching costs about 50 euros a person - we saw plenty of dolphin and a fin whale. We had 3 days scuba diving - we can recommend Azores Sub in Vila Franca, who were very attentive and professional.

Sao Miguel is very green and fertile. In order to be so green sometimes it has to rain! We had quite mixed weather, but when the bad came it usually passed through pretty quickly. It is an ideal place for those who enjoy natural beauty and the outdoor lifestyle.

We highly recommend Casa Criptomeria and will definitely return ourselves.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr. Dave N. and Family. Thank you so much for the great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Casa Criptoméria, the wonderful island and all it has to offer. We strive to ensure all our guests have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday while they are staying at Casa Criptoméria. We hope to see you again sometime soon. You are most welcome! Glad you appreciated everything.
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018


Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
João Paulo II
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Batalha Golf Course
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Ferraria and Mosteiros

The vacation home 'Casa Criptomeria' offers room for up to 6 adults, it has 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dinning room and one bathroom. About the spacious 110 square meter sized house. Also has a covered patio, space for relaxing or if you wish to have a meal seeing the ocean, and the gardens The holiday House Casa Criptomeria has a 5000 square meters of garden, croket field, orchard and car parking.

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The vacation home 'Casa Critpomeria' is located in Candelária south west part of Sao Miguel. Its location on the flank of the Caldeira Sete Cidades allows for magnificent views to the Atlantic and to the village of Candelária. The Caldeira Sete Cidades, one of the most famous attractions of the Acores, is a 45 minutes hike from Casa Criptomeria away. Its 17 km from the airport, 19 km from the main city of São Miguel, 5 km away from the hot thermal springs 'Ferraria' (in the ocean), about 10 minutes from the famous lakes of Sete Cidades and also the Mosteiros beach. You can also whale watching.

Golf Information: The Verde Golf Country club has two golf courses on the island that can be visited year-round located in Batalha (35 minutes by car) has 27 holes. The other course is located in Furnas (55 minutes by car) and has 18 holes.

Recreational activities nearby this holiday home/vacation rental: cycling, diving, fishing, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, sailing, surfing, swimming, walking, wind-surfing, whale watching...

Touring - Holiday - Driving: If you wish to rent a car and do not want to drive, we can arrange a driver. Just let us know what you want. We can also arrange car and driver and plan your holiday, we are happy to give you the dream holiday. We can also arrange tours (Safari) or anything else you want. You can also take a ride in one of our fine vehicles. Visit our website


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Weitere Informationen über Mietpreise Der Mietpreis gilt für 2 Personen. Die Miete fuer jede weitere Person beträgt 10 € pro Tag. Kind bis 2 Jahren sind mietfrei.
Im Monat Juli und August ist der Preis gültig für 4 Personen.
Ein Tag zaehlt von 12 Uhr mittags bis 12 Uhr mittags am Folgetag
Die genannten Preise sind Endpreise, fuer den Mieter entstehen keine zusaetzlichen Mietkosten.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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