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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 - 6 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:
12 September, 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:
  • Check-in: Flexível / Check-out: Flexível
  • 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


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Ground Floor Suite
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews

This was an incredible place to stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was and incredible place to stay and we highly recommend this villa when going to Sao Miguel. The location was central enough to get anywhere on the island quickly. The villa had everything inside to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. The sun room pictured was where we spent much of our time as it overlooks a beautiful garden filled flowers, trees and fountains. It was it's own oasis and Antonio has a gift with the plants! After a long day of travel, we arrived to this incredible yard, fresh flowers in every room, breakfast supplies from the island and a bottle local wine, chilled and ready to enjoy our first night. The attention to detail was exceptional!! We will stay there the next time we go.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words; wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the suite and gardens. It was our pleasure to host you, Marc, and we would be thrilled to have you back any time!
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9 days of heaven

  • 5 of 5

superb host made us feel very welcome the highlight is the lovely garden room with views of the owners lovely garden. we loved the cut flowers in every room

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay -- come back again soon!
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The best holiday home we have ever stayed in!

  • 5 of 5

Returning to our one bedroom London flat after a week in this paradise is going to be a struggle... I'm writing this review sitting in the sun room of Antonio's beautiful property! We've never stayed in a holiday home with such attention to detail. Everything you could possibly need is here, and Antonio is such a gracious and welcoming host who will help you find anything you want on the island.

The house is incredibly spacious, perfectly clean and tidy, and the gardens are some of the most beautiful and well maintained I've seen. I especially loved the swing hanging from the beautiful tree in the front yard. The pictures don't accurately show how wonderful this home is!

The location is also great - the perfect base to see this wonderful island's attractions! Every day we visited the most beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and hot springs. Ponta Delgada is only a 10-15 minute drive from Vila Alegre, so it's very easy to go into town for dinner, too.

I'm sure I'm forgetting some of the wonderful things I have to say about this place, but all in all, I couldn't say a single negative thing about Vila Alegre or Sao Miguel Island - it was perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the exceptional feedback! It means the world to us that you so thoroughly enjoyed your stay and our property, our gardens, our island, our hospitality... And you're 100% right that the photos don't do our property justice. You will always be more than welcome to stay with us (same goes for any friends and family). We hope to see you again some day soon!
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Simply the best...

  • 5 of 5

Vila Alegre is so much more than we expected to find in the Azores! We have been treated like pampered guests in Antonio's family home. Indoors we have found faithfully preserved heirlooms amid all the modern conveniences you could ask for. Such fine craftsmanship is rarely seen! Outdoors we have the extensive private gardens which are the source of the beautiful floral displays in every room. As others have already said, the sunroom is the primary reason we have enjoyed our stay here, come rain or shine, Vila Alegre welcomes you home.

Thank you so much, Antonio!

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much, Mary. It was such a pleasure to have you and we very much hope that you'll return to our island and Vila Alegre again some day!
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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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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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