|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Casa do Ananas is a large property, extending to over 3,000 sq.ft. and was built to a high specification with; 2 en-suite bathrooms, open-plan kitchen and dining room with large terrace overlooking the bay of Lajes. All bedrooms have satellite television, as does the kitchen. The lower ground floor provides a large open plan lounge, real fire, TV, a further double bedroom and a shower room. A patio area to the front of the property is accessed by double doors. The property enjoys a generous sized plot overlooking the sea. The house is split level with external terraced gardens and a large 17 x 8m swimming pool & sun terrace.
Casa do Ananas is the long time dream of husband and wife Edna and James. We bought the land 15 years ago and have spent the time since seeking development consent and getting the design just right to satisfy ourselves (and the planners).
Edna was born on the island and, whilst we now live in the UK, she remains at heart an Acorean. The whole island is really one extended family and our times on Pico are always fully of family fun. This project is intended to provide a retreat for our family but also to pay for itself by being rented out.
Acoreans are very welcoming and our family on the island will make every effort to ensure that our guests return to their homes far afield with fond memories and strong recommendations.
We do hope to attract people who want to see the real Acores.
James Munnery purchased this villa in 2009
We completed the property in 2009. The land was purchased in 2001.
Edna was born on the island so there was only ever going to be one location for our place abroad!
We spent 5 months looking for the right location; just the right blend of, views, proximity to the sea, remoteness and proximity to Lajes for the convenience of shops, restaurants and bars.
The Acores, and in particular Pico, are unspoilt. We often hear people remarking about how laid back the lifestyle is.
I love swimming off the coast looking at all the fish and maritime life which abounds. On rough days the swimming pool has to suffice; a tough life.
Our family includes Jack aged 7. He loves the water and we often spend a late afternoon fishing for crabs and small fish in the rock pools.
For us it was important that a restaurant and bar were within easy walking distance. We go to Pico to relax. The first few days are spent unwinding and unpacking.
Many of our guests report seeing dolphins and the occasional whale playing in the bay in front of the house. As i get terribly sea sick this is as close to whale watching as can get!
We had a really good stay at Casa do Ananas, the location is fantastic and house very comfortable. Also great service and hospitality from your sister in law, Nelia. The island Pico is fantastic and people on the island so friendly and helpful. Mr Gamble, 30 July 2011.
Your villa was perfect and importantly felt clean - I often spend the 1st hour cleaning worktops and dishes when we first arrive somewhere but didn't feel I had to at yours, we loved our week and had great weather. You're right, the pool area is a suntrap and I swam in the pool every day, we also went whale watching and 2 of us (not me!) climbed Pico - we also managed to watch dolphins from the poolside view. All in all we were delighted with our holiday - were sorry we had to leave and are now considering how we can do it all again.
Sian Smith & Family, May 2011.
The house is beautiful, every facility you could wish for, modern and very comfortable. The pool and sun terrace area is great. Such a relaxing holiday with lovely walks. A great restaurant at the hotel just 500 metres up the road. We would love to return in the near future.
Many thanks to James and Edna
What a beautiful villa, we were looking forward to staying here after seeing the pictures on Owners Direct and we were not disappointed. The lizards, the bat show and the calls of the Cory's Shearwater birds are all the entertainment that you require.
The weather was kind to us, so we made use of the swimming pool - my advice would be commit and dive in, it's great once you are in there. We would recommend the drive up to Mt. Pico by taking the road between Lajes and Sao Roque (R2-2), then taking a left on the R3-2. The roads might be a bit rough and ready in places, but the small hire car we had, coped very well.
We would also highly recommend Espaco Talassa fpr a whale watching trip. We were extremely luck to see, Humpback, Fin, Sperm and even a Blue whale along with Dolphins all within a 3 hour trip - It was breathtaking to see.
All in all, if you after peace and quite, a terrific climate (not too hot, not too cold), fantastic views of nature at it's finest, combined with 5 star private accommodation, Casa Ananas is the perfect place.
We had a great week on this lovely volcanic island. The villa is every bit as stunning as it sounds. Clean, well maintained, impressive in every way. Beautiful grounds on the edge of the ocean, falling asleep to the sound of the waves and the Cory shearwaters. We used the pool, the outdoor kitchen and its BBQ and wood fired oven. Everyone we spoke to on the island was delightfully friendly and helpful and the place is unspoilt and not 'touristy', which was ideal for us. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in style, whale watching being the main reason for our trip.
Espaco Talassa the original whale watching company in Lajes really delivered and was an amazing experience without having to travel outside Europe!
If you want a holiday with a difference, as we did, no large shopping centres, chain resteraunts or theme parks, then go to Pico and stay at Casa do Ananas. I don't think you will be disappointed.
My parents and I landed on the 9th May and made our way to this amazing property. It was somewhere my parents had been lucky enough to stay in before and although I had visited the island 16year previous, I hadn't stayed in somewhere so exclusive or in such a lovely location.
The house is amazing and there is nothing you could want for.
The island is full of adventure - climbing the mountain which I did 16years ago and did again on this trip - it is a good climb just be careful on the return down the mountain. The views from the cafe/bar at the foot of the mountain are amazing on a clear day.
Whale watching is great. On my visit we saw Fin, Sperm and Blue Whales and Common Dolphins - this was all on one 3 hour trip.
The cafe in Lajes is lovely too - and very reasonable for lunch or just a coffee.
Lastly the people are sooooooo friendly and couldn't do enough for you. I will be visiting again I am sure.
Thanks James and Edna for building such a great place to stay.
We had a wonderful week at the Casa Do Ananas. We were told by locals that this was the best place to stay in Pico and really was. The house is beautifully presented throughout and you want to spend time there because it is so relaxing and comfortable to stay in. We had a warm welcome and the neighbours were very friendly. The house is very close to the coast and we were able to see for dolphins from the veranda (which we saw regularly, when we knew what we were looking for). The beaches in Pico aren’t really that appealing and it was definitely worth having a house with a pool. The house is located near the charming village of Lajes do Pico where you can go dolphin and whale watching. There is a supermarket on the outskirts of the village. Our one disappointment of our time in Pico was that we didn’t climb Mount Pico because the day we choose the weather was too bad – but it is a great excuse to come back to Casa Do Ananas!
Special interest holidays:
Pico at 2,319-metres high sits atop of the world’s biggest mountain range the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Pico is the highest point in the Azores and Portugal. It can be climbed although only with an official guide (Nelia, a member of the family, lives locally and is available upon request).
Pico was built on whale hunting and winery traditions. Whale and dolphin watching has now taken over from Hunting. Lajes do Pico is the whale watching centre of the Azores. 'Verdelho' wines once graced the table of the Tzar of Russia. Many parts of the island are protected from development by UNESCO.
Popular activities include; Whale and Dolphin watching, walking, horse riding, bike riding, caving, climbing, diving and swimming. The Azores is not a destination for those looking for a wild night life, but instead attracts those looking for an unspoilt location.
The area is a favourite for keen gardeners and plantsmen. Wild orchids, lily and other rare species endemic to the archipelago abound.
Pico has two beaches. It does however have many safe natural swimming areas, enhanced and improved, for the public to use. The nearest of these is directly in front of the Villa, less than a minute walk away. Each village has its own swimming area favoured by locals and visitors alike. No two are the same. The variety of fish and under water life on show in these crystal clear waters is a wonder to behold.
Pico Airport now receives direct flights from the continent after extension in 2007. UK connections are via Lisbon or Sao Miguel. The airport is a 35 minute drive using the 'Transversal' road.
We consider that car hire is essential. Please ask for further details. Let us know if you would like to be met at the airport at a price to be agreed. Alternatively, taxis are available and will be required if you don't hire a car.
The island of Pico is 55km long and 40km wide. It is divided into 3 municipalities, “Madalena”, “São Roque”, and “Lajes”.
Founded 1460, Lajes do Pico, the oldest town on the island, is located mid-way along the island’s south coast. A recently constructed marina extends the original stone harbour walls and adds interest along the side of the town facing the sea.
Other towns and villages on the island are similarly based around fishing ports. The total population of the island is 14,000.
Our property, 4 miles west of Lajes, occupies a commanding cliff-top site of around ½ acre with a seafront frontage of more than 60 meters (200 feet). Wonderful views across to Lajes can be seen from the beautiful gardens surrounding the property. South facing with sun from dawn ‘til dusk, Casa do Ananas enjoys unobstructed sea views. Alto Pico, the conical cinder cone atop the mountain, can often be seen from the house.
The nearest restaurant and bar are a pleasant 10 minute walk along the coast.
Museums exploring the history of the island can provide an interesting diversion. The co-operative wine processing centre in Madelena and the wine museum provide an interesting aside for an afternoon.
Each village and town provides the usual offering in terms of cafes, bars and restaurants. In terms of cuisine, whilst more international dishes have been offered in recent years, the majority of establishments provide delightfully fresh fish dishes accompanied by sweet potatoes and local fresh vegetables.
We strongly recommend visiting the neighbouring islands of Sao Jorge and Faial. Regular ferry services, respectively lasting around 45 minutes and 30 minutes, are available. Car hire or Taxi's are available from the port areas to provide a convenient and interesting day out.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$534|
35% of total renting at booking. Not refundable in case of cancellation. Balance and breakage deposit of 500 euros are due 60 days before arrival.
Day 59 to 30 before arrival: 50% of total renting will be retained. Day 29 to day of arrival: 100% of total renting will be retained.
Check-in is not before 2pm however if you don't mind the cleaners carrying on their work around you we are happy to accommodate a slightly earlier arrival time.
Changeover day is flexible.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for 2014, 2015 per week, in euros and for up to 6 people. Please ask about prices for stays of longer than 2 weeks. Breakage deposit: 500 euros.
A 35% deposit is required to secure the booking. Remaining balance is due 60 days before the first night with the breakage deposit. The breakage deposit is returned on the safe return of the property. If the holiday is cancelled 60 days or more from the first night then the 35% deposit will be returned; less than 60 days the deposit wont be returned unless those night are subsequently rented.