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Two comfortable, modern self-contained suites in a restored 19th-century - Ground Floor Suite

Bedrooms 1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights



Ground Floor Suite

Fully self-contained suite with full kitchen and dining table, modern bathroom, and spacious living room with fireplace and cable TV. The large bedroom features a new queen-sized mattress and connects to our famous glass-walled sun room.

About the property

Vila Alegre

Choose from two comfortable, modern suites in a completely restored 19th-century villa in rural São Miguel, Azores. At the base of the Sete Cidades volcano and on the edge of the town of Capelas, Vila Alegre is only a short drive from north and south coast beaches, as well as the island's main city, Ponta Delgada. Once our family’s summer home, Vila Alegre has been completely renovated. It was our dream to blend the form and character of a traditional Azorean country home with modern comforts.

Each floor are now separate and fully self-contained suites with with their own full kitchens, modern bathrooms, living rooms and sun rooms. The ground floor features one bedroom and a fire place in the living room. The second floor features two bedrooms as well as an east-facing balcony connected to the main bedroom.

Enjoy carefully restored antique furniture as well as a new mattresses and sofas. With our wonderful temperate climate, a wood burning fireplace and electric heaters warms the suite during winter stays; thick stone walls and tile keep the suite cool in the summer. With respect to sound, the suite is extremely well insulated, with concrete between floors guaranteeing privacy and eliminating the sound bleed between the suites. The suites includes WIFI, cable TV in various languages, as well as secure parking within the traditional stone walls of the property

Enjoy easy walks to local shops, country lanes and full access to the property's serene gardens. At Vila Alegre, our beautiful gardens, walkways, benches and gazebo are all around you. Enjoy our covered outdoor barbecue patio and many spaces in the gardens for relaxation, contemplation, or play.

At Vila Alegre we welcome people from all around the world and all walks of life. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend getaway, a longer stay in the country, or a relaxing family vacation, Vila Alegre is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind home base for your stay in São Miguel. Public transport passes directly in front of Vila Alegre for the short ride south into Ponta Delgada or north into Capelas.

Our suites are ideal for individuals, couples or small families. A crib and/or cot is available upon request.

More Details

Antonio Serpa
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

About Antonio Serpa

For decades I dreamed of comprehensively renovating Vila Alegre, my family's summer home. After years of hard work, this dream has become a reality and guests have begun to arrive from around the world to share in its comfort, beauty and serenity. Born and raised in São Miguel, I spend my days in Ponta Delgada where I run Casa de Sementes Serpa, a small seed and plant shop in the heart of the city that has been in my family for 80 years! Passionate about my island paradise, I'm happy to share my knowledge of its many hidden treasures.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Azores

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

Ground Floor Suite
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Sunroom paradise !!

  • 5 of 5

Antonio is a great host. When we arrived, he showered us with welcome items- wine, cheese, fresh fruit, cookies, bread, you name it! Oh and he left beautiful fresh cut flowers in every room of the spacious first floor apartment. The accommodations were very comfortable. The sunroom - we called it- The Magic Sunroom- was an amazing place to sit and ponder the greater mysteries of the universe in between enjoying the lovely gardens that surround the property. It was a ten minute ride to Ponta Delgada. We didn't find the nearest town - Capelas - to be particularly interesting. There was a gas station and decent food store about a mile away. The apartment was conveniently located to the main road so it was easy to get around.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words — hope you're well and that we can have you back again some day!
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Amazing Property!

  • 5 of 5

Antonio is such an amazing, gracious host. When we arrived, there were jams, bread, cheese and fruit waiting for us. He took us on a tour of the property which pictures do not do it justice. The place is so spacious and open and gives you ample room to relax. The kitchen is very functional and we had everything we needed to get started...just add some of your own groceries and you are well on your way.

We literally spent every morning and evening in the sunroom. We were there the first week in March and it was a little cooler, but having the sunroom allowed us to enjoy the outdoors without being outdoors. We sat and drank tea in the morning and read and in the evenings when the garden lights went on we drank wine and watched movies on our laptop cozied up under blankets.

This location gives way for a great home base for discovering the west side of the island. We walked into town one evening for dinner and to get some groceries (although the trek back up the hill to the place was a little more than we expected).

We went to the Santa Barbara beach once day, which was about 20mins away and another day we went to Sete Cidades and hiked around the crater.

I would definitely recommend Antonio and his beautiful property for a nice relaxing vacation. He is willing and able to answer any questions you have about the area and what to do.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy apartment surrounded by a beautiful garden

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, era faithfully furnished apartment is located in a restored villa surrounded by a lovely garden. House has a very private and secure location with in-yard parking space.

Apartment has a wonderful balcony (famous sun-room) which opens to the garden and we really enjoyed having our breakfasts there.

Kitchen is very well equipped, bathroom is spacious and comfortable, bed linen and towels are excellent quality, mattress is very comfortable. Apartment is very clean with fresh flowers in vases. There is also a moisture collector machine which in September was really very useful.

The only shortage I can think of was that kitchen had a very little natural light.

Muito obrigado Antonio!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A spacious, well located house to explore the island with a lovely garden.

  • 4 of 5

The property is very well equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay. Antonio is a good, friendly host. He provided a well stocked fridge which included a nice bottle of wine, together with bread, cakes and fruit. He also has a vegetable patch and said that we could help ourselves to anything we wanted. We enjoyed our stay here and would definitely recommend it as a good base to explore the island.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Antonio is a wonderful host, the suite is superb, and the garden is beautiful. The property is very conveniently situated for easy access to Ponta Delgada and the rest of the island, and Capelas itself has plenty of interest. In short: all round perfection. And just so that everybody knows, we didn't vote to leave Europe.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a true pleasure to host you -- hope to see you again soon at Vila Alegre, even if your countrymen have forsaken us! Thanks very much for your kind words and our very best until the next time.
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Spacious and flower-filled escape -- perfection.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a wonderful 6 nights in Antonio's home, and the villa far exceeded our expectations. The suite was quite large with plenty room to spread out -- but we spent most of our time in the morning and evenings in the sun room, it truly is a gem. :) The gardens are absolutely beautiful, extremely lush and green, and there's an outdoor table and hammock for you to enjoy. Our flight arrived early in the morning and Antonio had a wonderful basket of fruit, breads and cheese waiting for us for breakfast as well as other nice treats -- such a warm welcome and we left our trip feeling like we were leaving a friend.

I can't think of a single thing we would change about our stay here and would happily return. We would highly recommend Vila Allegre to any couple looking for a relaxing and quiet place to call home base on this gorgeous island. You won't regret it!

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Kilometres
João Paulo II Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
There are several cafes and bars in Capelas
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Batalha Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
There are several restaurants en Capelas
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Santa Barbara Beach
Car: recommended

Winding lanes lead down from Vila Alegre into Capelas, a small parish of some 3,500 people on the north coast of São Miguel, a ten minute drive from the island's main city, Ponta Delgada. Discover this quiet town with its with narrow streets, shops, cafes and very few tourists. Hike or drive the verdant countryside along back roads shared by cows and tractors that lead up to the rim of the Sete Cidades volcano, or the smaller peaks that dot its slopes.


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