We stayed 3 nights here at the beginning of a 11 day swing through the Azores Islands. We were surprised when we were told that the renovation of this 17th century building took 4 years to acquire the permits and 1 1/2 years to complete. As other have commented, it feels more like a bed and breakfast than a hotel. It seemed like the staff all seemed to be part of the owner's family. The hotel is situated on the edge of Angra, next to the small fishing village of Sao Mateus. It's not often that one can stay in a hotel that has it's on chapel, and a beautiful one at that. This was our first trip to the Azores and we will be back, and stay at this hotel when we return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quinta das Merces - A secret place at the Atlantic Ocean. The Country House - Quinta das Mercês is ideally situated in the protected area of Mount Brasil, in Island Terceira, Azores. It grows from the sea line through the interior within an area of about 35,000 square meters. It gathers the ocean influence with a dense extension of Atlantic woods wrapping an architectural set of great historical and cultural value. The farm roots go back to the XVIth century when the actual farm tenant’s house was built. In the XVIIth century was raised the Manor House to which, in the same century, was added the chapel in all alike a small church. The House and the Chapel are the nucleus of one of the last examples of the Feudal Architecture on the surrounds of the city of Angra do Heroismo. The outside space, with deep connection to the sea, was valorised through a careful landscape architectural project witch faithfully kept the original line of the land, implementing selective areas of leisure. It is a multifaceted space directed to an exacting and qualified tourism demand. The interaction with the sea allows practicing numerous sports in the open wide Atlantic and the dense woods invite to share a relaxing environment. The Country House Quinta das Merces is a unique space where nature perfectly combines with a rich historical patrimony, giving the pleasure of an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Das Merces Terceira/Angra Do Heroismo, Azores