Words cannot express how much we loved this place but I will give it a try. Right from the very beginning of the planning stage of our vacation, I had my eye on this place because of its beauty and the services it provides.I picked Sao Miguel over the other islands because I wanted to stay here and I wasn't disappointed.
Josie was very helpful right from the beginning. Sadly, we had problems at the airport which required that we miss a day in Sao Miguel. That was very stressful for us but Josie was wonderful and took care of the changes to our car rental and made sure that we were still picked up on time which was a huge relief to us.
When we did arrive, Paula was there waiting for us with a warm smile and started taking care of us right away. Our car rental went smoothly with no extra charges. When we arrived at the cottage, we found it to be even lovelier than the picture. Cool inside, no mosquitoes, everything you could ask for as a selfcater. Paula had a lovely spread of wine, breads fruits and cheese. There was beer too and some local drinks to try. They also went out of their way to provide a yummy vegetarian meal for us which was very welcome after all the traveling we had been doing.
The house proved to be beyond my expectations. They had everything there that I could possibly need. The bed was super comfortable we slept better there than anywhere we stayed.We loved the garden, the outdoor sitting area and of course the beach, which is just a comfortable stroll away. My biggest regret was that we couldn't spend more time here. Of 6 places we stayed on this trip, Josie's was our favorite. Best for beauty, comfort and convenience. When you combine that with having someone like Paula,always just a phone call away, available to help with anything you might need, it is unbeatable.
Josie has a beautiful home with all of the amenities! The property is beautiful! Josie's staff person,Paula was absolutely the best! She met us at the airport and then had an incredible home cooked meal waiting for us at the house. I also arranged with Josie to have a catered dinner for several friends who were staying nearby and the food and decor were exceptional! We will definitely come back! Thank you so much Josie and Paula!
Even though our plane was delayed from Boston Paula was waiting for us at the airport (with a smile) to help with the rental car and lead us to the house. On the way to the house she stopped to show us the local grocery store and bakery (we went there every day for some of the best bread we ever had) Once at the house she had a home cooked meal ready for the Family (that was enough for 3 days) and it was delicious. The house was clean,cozy,secure and had great character. Paula went out of her way to make our 8 night stay pleasant. Josie, the home owner was so very helpful and accommodating. She even reserved our rental car for our stay in sao miguel and a week in terceira and then back for another week. If you want more information about our stay you can contact me at N9817h@aol.com (I usually never give out my contact information or leave reviews but this time was special) Thank you
The house was the perfect base for our Sāo Miguel vacation. It is beautifully appointed and was extremely comfortable for two adults and our teenage son. Two bunk beds allow it to sleep four adults and four children comfortably. I should point out that this is not your normal rental house or AirBnB -- the cookware, appliances, bedding and other details, like fluffy robes, are all of high quality. The house also has access to the sea for sunrise viewing or bathing/snorkeling in warm and calm weather. Plus, you get a delicious traditional Azorean meal to welcome you on your first night!
Nice as it is, however, what really puts it over the top is the way Josie looks after every detail to be sure to please her guests and how warmly Paula the housekeeper makes sure that you lack for nothing. She met us at the airport, showed us where to shop, helped us with various recommendations and got us out of several situations, most notably when I left my computer on board the plane. She drove out to the airport to make sure they'd found it so that we didn't have to interrupt our planned activity!
Josie is super friendly, prompt with her responses,and full of tips and suggestions. This was a birthday celebration trip for us and an opportunity for my 3 granddaughters to visit their roots. Josie's agent and housekeeper Paula met us at the airport, made sure our car rental went smoothly and then escorted us to the villa where she had prepared a sumptuous welcome dinner complete with wines for the adults and juices for the children. The villa was just perfect - from the fresh cut flowers to the hotel quality linens and kitchen equipment. Accommodations were clean, spacious (for 6 of us - 3 adults and 3 children), perfectly located for easily exploring the island and the views from the cliffs and beach were breathtaking! We would highly recommend this villa to our family and friends and hope to return one day soon. My granddaughters will have many stories and memories for their Vovo and Vavo back home in Canada. Many thanks Josie & Paula , Pat, Ruben, Belinda, Elise, Olivia, and Penny
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