This home is everything it says in the description and more! The setting is spectacular. Margarida was so accommodating and easy to work with. A basket of fresh bread, butter, and jams awaited us! Milk and juice too...everything we needed to start our vacation. It’s a short drive to Furnas so terrific location. Great place for long walks, bike rides, or kayaking. Our stay couldn’t have been better and I would love to return someday. Thank you Margarida for a fabulous stay!!!
This house is even more lovely than the pictures show. There is plenty of space for a family to stay in and the location right next to the lake is magnificent. We felt very lucky to be staying there. There are delightful gardens which we had a key to access after closing, and it was very special to take our evening walks through them, seeing peacocks, a waterfall and impressive plants and trees. The town of Furnas is close by and also you can walk round the lake to the hot springs. At Furnas you can bathe in the warm iron-rich water in the Parque. We also drove to Sete Cidades which took about 1hr15 and was well worth the trip. I would highly recommend this house for a family holiday on Sao Miguel.
Wonderful 5 night stay on the lake.
It's a country palace on the lake really. The pictures hardly capture the beauty.
Three times the space needed for a couple, in an amazing location.
My only feedback is that it is advertized as " Breakfast included" which guided our choice of accomodation.
On the first day there was a welcome basket of bread, jams and cheeze, most of which I can not eat. There were no daily breakfasts.
So the claim of providing daily breakfast is not entirely accurate.
That changed the planning of our days from what we origninally imagined.
I would have chosen differently had I known ahead. Perhaps this aspect could be worded more acurately ?
We loved Casa dos Barcos! Staying here felt like we were king and queen of a palace! It is so close to the lake that you can hear the water lapping up on the shore which is so relaxing. The stars are amazing and you can see them out of the beautiful huge windows in the house. We took a walk in the garden (which we held the keys to) in the evening when it was closed to the public...it was so peaceful and beautiful in there! We walked all the way to the waterfall (about a half hour walk) and it was so worth it! You could literally spend hours in this garden. The Chapel of our Lady of Victories was so beautiful. We were able to enter it twice with the help of Sylvia. Such a blessing. Also, the kayaks and bikes that were there for our use were so much fun and added so much to our stay. When we arrived Sylvia greeted us and showed us around the whole place. She was wonderful! So were Fatima and Margarida! They made us feel so welcome. Everything was so clean in the house. It was such a gift to be welcomed with a huge basket filled with delicious bread, cheese, jams and cookies from the town of Furnas which is just a short drive from Casa dos Barcos. In the town there was a beautiful Church (Our Lady of Joy) in where we were able to attend Mass twice! On Sunday the Church was packed! We also enjoyed the hot springs which were less than 10 minutes from Casa dos Barcos. You can get to so many amazing places within 10 minutes from the house, but we could have spent all our time right on the property and never got bored! We didn't want to leave! Can't say enough about this awesome place! Hope to bring our family here one day!
We were met at the house by Fatima, at 10:00 as she knew our flight arrived early that morning and she thought we might like to rest a bit. Really thoughtful and greatly needed! She greeted us with a basket of freshly baked breads, tea and jams. What a treat!
Later in the day she gave us a tour of the church located in the botanical garden. Its an amazing place. My husband, daughter and I hiked to the waterfall, the garden is breathtaking.
The house is wonderful. The ceilings are high, windows are huge and they look out over the lake which is directly outside the house. The views from the house are spectacular.
The rooms are spacious and the kitchen is well equipped. Coffee was provided so we could start each day with a fresh pot of coffee.
Our favorite part was walking in the botanical garden each day. It was so magical. We loved the fern garden, it felt as though we were in Jurassic Park. The house has bikes and canoes available for the house guests. If it had been warmer we definitely would have gone out on the lake.
Fatima was gracious and helpful. Don't miss your chance to purchase a magnet of the house. It is a photo of the house and lake, a great remembrance from a wonderful trip.
Thank you Fatima and Margarida for opening up such a wonderful house to visitors like us.
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