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“Time has stopped at São Jorge, Azores. Holiday at its best!”

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Quinta de Sao Pedro
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Velas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Imagine lush green pastures and a fresh breeze that renews the view at least once a day. An idyllic blue ocean in between four beautiful islands, each of a particular shape and height, each recognizable from afar….imagine a feeling of constant alertness for the sight of the spray of a blue or sperm whale, majestic peaks, lagoons in ancient craters, pitch black volcanic rock contrasting with the redness of the soil.….and more wind and rain and blue skies - all within reach of a hiker, far away from the main road, but also catering for the road traveller. And it goes on with delicious clams from the local lagoon, the softest steak, world-famous local cheese matured to perfection, the only European coffee plantation, organic vegetables and most comfortable surroundings. A land so up and down and green and black, worked, orderly and still so natural! This is the island of S. Jorge in the central group of the Azores archipelago, a bit nearer Lisbon than New York, mid-Atlantic Ocean, completely unspoilt, inhabited mostly by milk producers that deliver to the local co-op their daily share. Hospitable and genuine, no theft or danger, not five minutes go by between a thumbs up sign and a wagon stops by.
Five minutes from the Port of Velas, where ships arrive from the other islands, is the heaven of tranquility where we stayed - Quinta de São Pedro. The owner lives on the property and is a wonderful hostess. No effort is spared to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Each lodging includes a studio with cooking facilities inc a common lounge area, gardens and pool all tastefully decorated mixing antique and modern objects and furniture in a joyful atmosphere. The view from the farm is spectacular at dawn when one can see Pico Island to the left and Faial Island to the right, separated by a wide channel. Two large flat top dark rock formations at the edge of Velas help to focus our view. . Imagine again….the sunset or moonshine as you enjoy the breeze, the deep ocean and a cool glass of Pico wine. Breakfasts are a home made treat of homemade jams, cooked to order eggs, cereals, fresh orange juice, local bread and cheeses and hams. Olga caters to your every need from 7 to 12 am (free breakfast times!) and tops it up with freshly made espresso. As you look out every morning you are greeted by friendly house geese. The owner will seat with you with a map of S. Jorge island and make the most appropriate suggestions, according to your tastes and needs. Her handwriting is nice on the map as she numbers the walks and labels the sights. Excitement mounts as we leave the farm, with the great sense of the adventure to come and the island to explore. Picnics can be catered for as requested. It never gets crowded or noisy.
We renewed our energies and had the rest we needed. For those of you who want to experience a 5-star island hideaway, you need not go further!
Can’t wait to go back…..

Room Tip: Rooms are all just perfect, very well decorated, very quiet. Nothing has been spared to offer you th...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

Quinta de S. Pedro, a family house, is one of the best bases you can choose for exploring beautiful S. Jorge Island. It is located in Velas, the main town in the island, and offers a few rooms, some in the original house and some in a new building nearby. The latter are probably quieter and may have more modern amenities while the former may win on the character side. I preferred to stay in the main house, in an old room with art deco furniture, and didn’t regret it at all (although there was some slamming of doors a bit too early in the morning). To have to cross a corridor to access the bathroom was not a problem to me. Breakfasts are good and although the breakfast room is not large it has a pleasant balcony where, weather permitting, you can sit and enjoy the view to Pico. Wi-fi is free and there is a little nice room that is great for some late internet surfing while sipping a cuppa or a glass. A big white cat does use to hold court there and is available for guests to pat. Sisters Joana and Sónia Ambar run the place and you will find them friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: There is a room in the main house with a view to Pico,
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

This is not just another nice place. This is where you notice the uttermost care that is put on details. The sort of thing you only get at 5 + Stars Hotels
It distills hundreds of years of civilization combined with modern amenities, like internet, lens for watching the skies, air conditioning, etc.
The main house is traditional 18th century elegant farm house, put to the guests' use.
Everything is genuine and belongs to the house for generations.
Service is very friendly and within professional boundary.
The Duty Manager is an extremely available person, ever at your disposal to provide anything you need with a contagious smile.
And all this at the feet of an extinct volcano, facing Pico Island and Pico Mountain, Azores and Faial Island, Azores.
A rare place indeed.

Room Tip: The new annexes are spacious and the architecture and interior design very appealing. The Casa dos...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

The "big house" is very nice and you are free to play the piano and read the many books and table games available. Or use the computer and free wireless...
Good breakfast, a nice swimming pool, newly build rooms with generous areas and a very friendly service.
The rooms are big and comfortable and there is a duck's family around, interacting with the cat of the house...all this with a great view of Pico Mountain just in front...
A place to comeback!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

this is a small family palace runned by the grand daughter of the owner - Joana. Joana is friendly, really nice and helpful always worriing to give the best for her guests. The rooms are cosy and with small details that are really pleasant like big flufy towels, a mat near the bed to put your feet on, little kitchen well equiped and chairs and yable on the balcony facing the lawn and the sea.
breakfast has home made delicious jams, scones, eggs any way you like, cheese from he island, fresh orange juice, all kinds of bread incluind one I specially like called "massa sovada"
My son went fishing and brought big fishes that they happily cooked for us in the main house without charging anything.Joana was always making our stay unforgetable.
We loved staying there

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank ameliapcoutinho
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Reviewed 29 July 2010

We (a family of two adults and two ten year old boys) enjoyed our one-week stay in the Quinta very much, finding it a perfect base from which to explore the lovely island of Sao Jorge. It was excellent not only with respect to comfort -the standard of the rooms and service was very high - but also with respect to aesthetics - the (interior) decor is beautiful as well as comfortable, the farmhouse buildings are elegant and the views from the garden of volcanic outcrops and the ocean stunning! The family and staff were all very friendly and extremely helpful, giving us lots of very useful tips for where to go and what to do - and going out of their way to help.
We highly recommend the quinta.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2010

We had a wonderful stay at the Quinta. Joana was a wonderful host. When she discovered that we would be on the island for only 1 full day she took out a map and circled places and added descriptions. We talked about the things we wanted to do and see and she gave wonderful advice. We happened to be there on the saint's day for Sao Pedro. The little chapel for Sao Pedro is part of the Quinta and a festa was scheduled for that evening. The street was decorated with flowers and the community band played. We were invited to walk with the procession and had a very unique experience. We stayed in one of the modern apartments and it was very quiet. The wall facing the ocean is a glass door and can be completely opened. It is an easy walk down the hill to Velas but a pretty steep and scary walk back up. We took a taxi from Velas.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Quinta de Sao Pedro, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-505, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Azores > Sao Jorge > Velas
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Velas
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Quinta De Sao Pedro Sao Jorge/Velas, Portugal

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