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Garajau Nature Retreat - Winehouse
Garajau Nature Retreat - Winehouse
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
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This studio is located in one of the most exclusive properties in the Azores. With an amazing view and the sea at its door, this property is located in the beginning of an Azores Trail-Trilho do Agrião-, 12 minutes walking from Ribeira Quente parish. There are no roads to the property, so travelling light is highly advisable as guests will have to hike to the studio. We are a wi-fi free property.

The space

This property is located in a peninsula, a beautiful garden surrounded by the ocean. There is a main house, used by my family during weekends and by me most of the time, and two small studios where we receive our guests. All three houses are independent and they do not face each other so everyone has its privacy. There is a barbecue area, a bar, a badminton field and a pool carved in the rock.

Guest access

Guests will have access to the studio and its balcony (private), the garden, the barbecue and the pool area (shared with other guests).

Interaction with guests

The gardener will be at the property every day of the week, except for the weekend, from 8.00 am to 4.00pm. He is not fluent in English but sign language can do wonders and he´s becoming an expert on that. I (Francisco) will spend part of my day at the property but because I manage other vacation rentals I will be absent a big part of the day.

Other things to note

The studio and all the entire property are completely off-grid which means that the place is not connected to water nor electric public service. Our water comes from a nearby water spring and the energy comes from solar panels and a small wind turbine. Guests should be aware of this fact and be careful with their consumption, especially with water during the summer months.

Cars cannot make it to the house. Guests will have to park their cars in Ribeira Quente village and walk (around 12-15 minutes) to the house.

You should bring little luggage since you'll have to walk to the house.

In case you bring big suitcases and need help getting them to the house we can do that for you for an extra fee of 30€ (check-in and chek-out). Make sure you let us know in advance that you'll need this service.

Please dont consider us if you:
- Dont like to hike;
- If you need wifi constantly (we dont have wifi);
- If you're not comfortable in the dark or being "far" from the civilization;
- If you have any heart condition.
- If you think flies, ants or grasshopers are gross. This is a nature retreat.

Check-in between 15h00 (3pm) and 19h30 (7.30pm). Contact us a day or two before your arrival so we can arrange a time that is suitable for both.
Check-out till 11h00.


Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 7PM
Check out by 11AM

Be present, be cool and enjoy your time.

You must also acknowledge
No parking on property - Cars should be parked in nearby village of Ribeira Quente
Some spaces are shared - Garden, Pool


22 Reviews

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Cécile User Profile
September 2017
Wonderful experience !!! As an introduction, Francisco's house is located in the cute and typical village of Ribeira Quente, only 10-15 minutes from Furnas and his famous thermal pools. After a short walk (10-12 minutes) on a trail walk , we arrived in the beautiful place : the view on the ocean and the pool are stunning, the garden is really well kept. Furthemore, you will find everything needed in the private house and we really liked the decoration. Francisco was available before and during the stay and met us in the village to show us the way, so nice. We will never forget our stay in the Winehouse, thank you Francisco !

Julia User Profile
September 2017
We had a wonderful time at the beautiful wine house. It's an amazing place to relax, enjoy the extraordinary pool or lovely garden, read a book or drink a glass of wine while looking at the ocean. Fortunately we had explored São Miguel from a more central place of the island the days before so that we had no need to leave this little paradise quite often. And this would be our recommendation for future guests: take your time to enjoy this awesome place and don't plan a lot of sightseeing from there (not just because of the 10-15 min walk from ribeira quente to the house). It's worth every minute you'll enjoy this little paradise of Francisco and his family. Thanks a lot! We hope to come back!

Stephen User Profile
September 2017
As you can see from the pictures, this place is an amazing find. Be sure to spend at least an entire day just at the pool because the views from that area are truly incredible. Also, pack light and with a backpack; the hike to the house is not suitable for a rolling suitcase. If you do book it, be sure to find out what check-in time works for the host. We were told the day-of our arrival that our check-in would be delayed two hours.
Francisco User ProfileFrancisco is a superhost.
Response from Francisco:
Hi Stephen, Im glad you enjoyed your time at our place. Im sorry for the miscommunication problem regarding your check-in. As I told you before, our check-in is between 3pm and 7pm but we have to find a time that is suitable for guests and me (as a host). Im not at the property all the time. I had many things to do on that day and unfortunatly didnt asked at what time you wanted to check-in. You assumed you could check-in at 3pm without communicating. I was only available at 5 pm. Your check-in was not delayed, your check-in was only scheduled at 3pm on the day of your arrival.
September 2017

Josh User Profile
September 2017
One of AirBnB's gems. I am almost reluctant to write a review knowing that if the secret gets out about this place then I will never be able to book it again due to lack of availability! As soon as I saw the pictures on the listing I knew I had to stay here and that was just from the infinite pool. In reality, the pool is even more incredible than the photos suggest but it still only makes up a small portion of the whole experience of staying at the winehouse. The building has been designed remarkably and as soon as you walk in, you feel at home. The place was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The buildings are set within a private complex situated on a small peninsula going out into the Atlantic. You will get an amazing sunset view with dinner to enjoy as well! The only things to note are that you will need to walk to your car which is about a 10 minute walk as there is no car access to the property. However, Francisco is generally around to assist new arrivals with bags as he has a 4x4 that can get to the house. Also, do not feed the stray cats unless you like early morning wake up calls! Summary - the best AirBnB I have stayed at so far, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Enjoy!

Ruth User Profile
September 2017
This place is unique and well worth a diversion from a busy holiday. We had read about a trail to the location and thought our bags on wheels would be ok- definitely less is more for getting to this place. While not too far it would be best to only have a small backpack. But it's worth it! A head torch is advisable if walking back after dark. A beautiful place and Francisco was extremely welcoming and helpful.

Dennis-David User Profile
August 2017
Everything on Azores was just brilliant. Specialy this awesome blood-builted cape of paradise by Francisco and his family, the people are nice, food is delicious, beautiful beaches and landscapes... I dont want to say it everything... just take a look by yourself ;)

Magali User Profile
August 2017
We loved the view, the seclusion. Travel light and pack light. Great restaurants at Ribeira Quinte. Do not plan to cook big meals.

Hi there! I'm Francisco, I'm 31 years old and I live in the beautiful islands of the Azores. I think one of my biggest traits is being curious. Probably because of that I have lived, studied and worked in Portugal mainland, Spain, France, Finland and Brazil. I have backpacked…
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