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Cliff-Top Villa With Gardens And Private Pool

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,206 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa in Lajes do Pico, Island Pico, Azores- Spacious Modern Villa With Large Pool Overlooking Sea

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.

James Munnery
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

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Speaks: english, portuguese
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017

About James Munnery

Casa do Ananas is the long time dream of husband and wife Edna and James. We bought the land 16 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

Why James Munnery chose Azores

The land was purchased in 2001. We completed the property in 2009 and have listed with ownersdirect from the start.

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.

What makes this villa unique

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 9. 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Dec 2009
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Village of Fonte (Aldeia da Fonte)
"this is where mum and dad take me when we aren't having a bbq beside the pool. Its a a shor..."
Gruta das Torres Visitor Center (Centro de Visitantes da Gruta das Torres)
"i have been here twice. Its a good place to go if it rains and it is very interesting. We ..."
Espaço Talassa
"I've never been but my family and friends love it. When i am older i would like to go. My ..."
Wine Museum (Museu do Vinho)
"I was very young last time i went about 5 i think. Dad liked it a lot and tried different l..."
Mount Pico
"My dad thinks its a good idea when i am old enough to climb the mountain. he always says ho..."
Lajes do Pico
"there are plenty of places to eat around the harbour where the whale watching boats leave fr..."
Lagoa do Capitão
"we went around the lagoons with our friends when the weather in the mountains was good. We ..."
"this is the town where my mum grew up. it is very quiet but pretty with nice views to Sao J..."
São Roque do Pico
Calheta De Nesquim
"this is a pretty fishing village near to where my mum was born. We love to go swimming here..."
Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Aldeia da Fonte
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1669 Kilometres
Lisbon (Cais Sodre)
Nearest Motorway
1640 Kilometres
A5 Cascais / Lisbon
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Aldeia da Fonte
Nearest Beach
22 Kilometres
Santo Amaro
Car: recommended

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 (please ask for details as you will need to book in advance). There are many walks around the island using the old tracks and footpaths used for centuries to get too and from the fields and coast. Details for walks is provided in the information available to guests.

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. You will need to book whale watching and horse rising activities in advance; please ask for details.

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 examples are shown in the photos. 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 an extension to the runway 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 in 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.

Further Details:

Our property, 7km (4 miles) west of the town 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.


Azores Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2206 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • En-suite bathrooms to Master Suite 1 / Suite 2 are generously proportioned providing; double sink, toilet, bath with separate shower. Bedroom 3 adjoins a shower room with single sink and toilet. An additional toilet is located on the upper floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6+ (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Suite 1; double bed Suite 2; twin beds (arranged as a king size bed unless requested otherwise) Bedroom 3; twin beds. Please advise on the configuration required.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Please advise if a cot or high chair is required. No additional charge is made. Outside: The property enjoys a generous sized plot overlooking the sea. It is named 'Casa do Ananas' as the land was originally used as a Pineapple plantation. The local varietal of Pineapple, introduced from Brazil by traders in the 16th Century on route home, remain unhybridized. The relatively small size of the fruit and the large ferocious leaves are testament to this originality! The pool, although unheated, has been specially insulated and is located in a sun-trap. Local stone, materials and labour were used wherever possible. 32 celcius is an average temperature in the summer. Paul Griffiths was consultant designer of the gardens. Paul has worked previously on Gardeners World, Chelsea Flower Show and 'The Urban Garden Show'. The project was challenging not least because of the levels involved. The fantastic plant resource on the island was used as a basis for the planting however it did become necessary to bring in new ideas and species from the mainland. Utility Room: A separate Laundry Room is provided with washing machine, tumble dryer and iron facilities. Laundry services can be arranged upon request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and changed once a week. Maid service, cook, baby sitter are available on request. The owners family are local and will make any arrangements to make your stay extra special. Other: Please ask about car hire and for any advice on how to get to Pico.


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average rating of 4.9411764 based on 18 reviews

Second stay here was as amazing as the first!

  • 5 of 5

This house is even more beautiful than the pictures suggest! This house would be perfect for sharing with 3 couples - the bedroom arrangement allows for lots of space & privacy and the living areas are all huge. The outdoor spaces - gorgeous! Unfortunately November weather doesn't invite lazing around the pool. No matter!! There is lots to do & see on Pico and Casa do Ananas is perfectly positioned for exploring. Only minutes drive from a central position on the main coastal road and also from the road that cuts across the island to Sao Roque. Less than 5 minute drive into the town of Lajes do Pico where you find a reasonably sized grocery store, several restaurants, and the Whaling Museum.

An added bonus for those who enjoy good food - the house is located only minutes walk to an excellent restaurant! If you are looking for a peaceful stay in an elegant home on an amazing out-of-the-way island - Casa do Ananas is the place to stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dale great to have you back to stay again!
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Best spot on Pico Island with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I traveled to the Azores for our honeymoon and we could not have asked for a better place to stay in Pico. The location was perfect - close to Lajes for grocery store, restaurants, whale watching - but also felt tucked away in our part of the island. The house is beautiful and has more than everything you need. We cooked dinner on the outdoor grill, went for a swim in the natural pool in front of the house, went for runs along the hiking trail that is along the house, and enjoyed drinking wine on the deck and listening to the waves. We were so happy with our stay and cannot recommend this house more. Thank you James for sharing your beautiful home. We look forward to returning! All the best.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to hear you enjoyed Pico so much! Its sounds as though you explored the house and island fully. We get quite a few guests returning and its always wonderful as it shows that truly the experience is something special!
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Spacious clean house, with great pool area in lovely location on a beautiful island.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed six nights, due to flight restrictions and very much enjoyed our time. We particularly enjoyed the space, the veranda, the pool are with barbecue and oven and the closeness to the sea/swimming area. There were a couple of minor frustrations - the bed configuration was not as described on Owner's Direct, it took a little while to find the light switches for the outside lights, there were very few household supplies left in the house necessitating an additional shopping trip to restock the property. Also the TV/DVD in the lounge was not working - but we did not miss it. These things prevent a 5* rating! WiFi was better than at home! We would consider a car essential when staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Fiona thank you for staying with us and your kind review. Whilst we haven't had queries relating to the outside lights before, we will ensure we explain how these switch when we speak with future guests. I believe the bed arrangements were rectified quickly. I do apologies however. I had understood that the booking was for 6 adults. We will ensure we ask guests in the future in advance to confirm the configuration of the twin beds in Bedroom 3. The property is self-catering. Guests do need to ensure they take provisions with them for the stay. There is a catering option however this is not standard, and we would need to know in advance so it could be priced accordingly.
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Beautiful Property on Pico Island

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I with our daughter, son-in-law, and two young children traveled to the Azores. One of the islands we decided to visit was Pico. In looking for properties that would work with our tastes and travel dates, we chose this property based on prior reviews. We definitely were not disappointed. It is a beautiful clean home with a spacious feel. The swimming pool area is large and fun for the family. A concern I had prior to our stay was that the property listing did not say "non-smoking". I am allergic to cigarette smoke. I emailed James with my concern. He responded back stating that the property does not smell from cigarette smoke. I decided to book the villa based on his response and was glad I did. I did not detect any smell.

We all love the beauty of Pico Island and hope some day to return to the Azores. James has been excellent in his response time to me. I highly recommend the villa as a place to stay on Pico Island.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sharla, thanks for your kind feedback. We don't smoke either but we do allow guests the freedom to do so if they wish, and to bring pets by prior agreement.
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Amazing holiday at La Casa do Ananas

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at La Casa do Ananas which is without any doubt the best holiday house we ever rented. The house architecture is stunning and fits perfectly in its environment. Sleeping rooms and bathrooms are spacious and extremely well equipped, just as the kitchen where everything you need is at your disposal. Outside our kids enjoyed the large swimming pool a lot with its beautiful views on the sea and the mount Pico. At 5 minutes from the house you can take a boat to observe the wonders of the Atlantic Ocean, we were lucky enough to see whales, 3 different species of dolphins and sea turtles! Our stay and the house both deserves a 5 stars rating, if I could I would certainly give a sixth one! Lastly, many thanks to James and Edna for your kindness and professionalism, you are great hosts and we are much looking forward to returning to La Casa do Ananas soon again! Thomas

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a fantastic time. We loved having you as guests. The place was immaculate we would'nt need a breakage deporting should you return (hope you will)
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Well located, with excellent pool

  • 5 of 5

A lovely location, very near a swimming cove, with a great private pool and lots of outdoor seating areas

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sophie great to hear you had a good time at casa do ananas
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $588.72
Tax Rate 4.0%

Booking Notes:
You can pay Ownersdirect 100% at the time of reservation, or we can send you an invoice with details of how to make a bank transfer; 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.

Cancellation policy:
Owners Direct terms are; 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. Please leave the property by 11 am on departure day.

Changeover Day: Changeover day is flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for 2017 / 2018 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 refundable on the property being returned. Please let me have your account details to ensure quick repayment

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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