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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Vila do Porto, Santa Maria, Azores

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Ginie S
Watton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect accommodation and perfect location”
Reviewed November 13, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Visiting my family on Santa Maria.. stayed in this perfect Casa.. set in lovely gardens with gorgeous sea views. Accommodation very comfortable with extra thoughtful touches. Owner could not have been more helpful. Very much hope to return!

Traveling group: Solo Traveler
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Nov 14, 2016
Thank you so much dear Ginie for this lovey words. It was a great pleasure to meet you and to receive you at Casa do Norte. Hope you can return again soon. Until there, all the best!
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scitchie
Woodsville, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great Host”
Reviewed June 19, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We stayed for 4 nights in Casa Do Norte and loved it.The location is very rural and that is what we wanted..The owner,Laurinda,could not have been nicer.She checked on us to make sure everything was o.k.,left us a welcome basket that we could have almost lived on for the time we were there,then we hired her for a half day to show us some things around the island we had missed at a very reasonable price and it was a highlight of our trip to the Azores.The bathroom being downstairs would not work for someone with mobility issues.The landscaping she has done outside the home is beautiful and her many little homespun touches in the home made it a very comfortable place to stay.

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Liked best: The owner
Liked least: bathroom downstairs
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Jun 20, 2016
You were such wonderful guests! Thank's for choosing Casa do Norte and for this lovely words. It was a great pleasure to receive you and be your guide in Santa Maria island. I always do my best to welcome those who comes to visit us. Hope to receive you again some other time in the future. All the best!
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Chrissy M...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Rural tranquility”
Reviewed November 15, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Beautifully renovated traditional house, perched on a hill with sweeping views of mountains and Atlantic Ocean, situated in rural and idyllic location. Cosy and delightfully decorated inside with all modern facilities.
Laurinda, the owner, was so kind and friendly - she met me at the airport; ensured I had all the information I needed about the island; she left a welcome hamper with traditional Azorian food; there was excellent WIFI access at the house; the little house was spotlessly clean and comfortable.
Each day I was greeted with the sounds of the ocean, birds, cows and the odd cockerel.
Thank you Laurinda for making me stay on Santa Maria so memorable and happy.

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Liked best: The rural tranquility and friendliness of Laurinda and the Azorian people.
Liked least: The weather is the only thing which could have been better.
Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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Management Response
Nov 22, 2015
Thank you so much Chrissy for this beautiful testemonial! I feel so happy to know that you really enjoy your stay at my place. Also, It was a great pleasure for me to meet you and to receive you at Casa do Norte. Anytime you wanna comeback, you're more than welcome. I wish you all the best in the world!
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Jeanne L
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
“Life as it should be lived”
Reviewed October 3, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We know Alojamento Rural, Santa Maria as CASA DO NORTE in Santa Maria. It is a perfect self catering home owned by Laurinda Sousa.
Casa do Norte is a typical Santa Maria home, the inside of which has been tastefully renovated keeping the home's native character with all the added amenities one needs.
Outside peace and quiet abound with stunning views of pastoral scenes, a neighborhood church perched on an adjacent hilltop, and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Padded chaise lounges and various tables and chairs allow guests to take it all in while enjoying breakfast outside or just lounging. A hiking trail also winds through the area with a road sign just around the curve explaining the trail if you are so inclined.
The yard is beautiful with many plants and a little orchard. I loved being able to pick a fresh lemon to add to tea.
WiFi signal worked as did our Verizon roaming.
There was a local cell phone supplied with the house which was very useful to make and receive local calls. We took the house cell phone along with us when we left the house just in case of emergency.
Laurinda picked us up at the airport which was great. We also hired her for a circle island tour which was excellent. Laurinda is a native and she knows Santa Maria and its people very well.
FYI a rental car is needed to get around Santa Maria due to the winding roads and constantly changing elevations. We were pleased with the car rental Laurinda recommended.
I highly recommend Casa do Norte. Laurinda was very helpful and friendly. She made sure we were comfortable and helped us in every way. A lovely lady!

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Liked best: Peaceful and the helpfulness of the owner Laurinda.
Liked least: The difficulty of posting this review. Trip Advisor you don't make it easy.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Oct 6, 2015
Thank you for choosing Casa do Norte and for this wonderful review. All the best for you!
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Johnny_St...
Baker City, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
“Rural Charm”
Reviewed May 31, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This charming little cottage on the opposite side of Santa Maria from Vila do Porto sits by itself surrounded by pretty gardens and excellent views. We found it well stocked on our arrival with the basics and appreciated the owner's efforts in making sure we had all we needed. The bathroom was modern, plenty of hot water, a washing machine to help with extended travel, a comfortable bed, good kitchen, and all well decorated. The weather was beastly but the cottage was snug. We did get a nice evening to watch the sunset and the baby cows playing in a nearby field. All in all, a great place to stay, quiet and pretty. We would come back and hope for better weather.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jun 19, 2015
Thank you so much! It was a pleasure for me to receive you at Casa do Norte. If you ever decide to return to Santa Maria, Azores, you're more then welcome... and next time I'll try to "provide" good weather :) All the best.
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mvitor
Torres Vedras, Portugal
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A perfect pit-stop to relax and charge batteries :-)”
Reviewed February 24, 2015 for a stay in August 2013

During my round trip by bicycle in Azores I had the pleasure to stay at Casa do Norte in Santa Maria. The house and its surroundings are fantastic. Thumbs up to Laurinda's kindness and attention to all details.

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Liked best: Silence, view and Laurinda's kindness
Liked least: to go away...
Traveling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Mar 9, 2015
The pleasure and the privilege is ours. Thank you for choosing Casa do Norte to stay during your wonderful and incredible journey. You prove and make us believe that a round trip by bicycle is possible in Azores :) Thank you for that too and best luck for all your future projects. Laurinda
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Patrick D
Basel, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“An oasis of peace”
Reviewed November 30, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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This autumn we stayed at Casa do Norte for the fourth time in three years. Casa do Norte is a cosy place where you will find total peace and quiet in the middle of the Azorean landscape. There, we feel at home. Everything is provided for, from Laurinda’s warm welcome to the cleanliness of the house, from the carefully chosen decoration to the functional pantry, from the spacious bathroom to the large garden surrounding the house. Here you can simply lean back and quickly forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life - oh, and the view from atop the cliffs just a few minutes’ walk away is simply breathtaking…

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Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Mar 11, 2015
Thank you so much for this wonderful testimony, it makes me very happy. It is very gratifying to have guests like you who return year after year. It's a sign that Casa do Norte is, in did, a special place and that our effort to accommodate well and provide a warm, harmonious and family stay is worth it. I hope you continue to give me the pleasure to receive you both even more often :) Laurinda
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