A guide to the property & surrounding area
Our property has a number of unique activities and experiences for you to enjoy. Below is a summary of what the property offers as well as some of the things that you can do in the surrounding areas. To download the full guide, including house rules and other details please click here.
Location: The house is conveniently located just 10 minutes drive from the main town of Ponta Delgada as well as the airport. Local shops and the beach are a short drive or walk away. For directions to the house click here to access Google Maps.
House: The house has a large living room and a separate breakfast / dining room. There is a double garage on the property with room for more cars as needed. There is no air-conditioning in the house, fans are available for warmer days and we have wonderfully comfortable quilts for those winter evenings to ensure you are cosy and warm at night. The kitchen is available for everyone to use (in fact we actively encourage people to use it, no better place to get to know people.) Each guest is entitled to a complimentary G&T at The Secret Gin Club located in the library.
Rooms: The property has a number of rooms available, each has a wonderfully large and comfortable double bed as well as on-suite toilet and shower facilities. The house has 4 generous bedrooms if you are hiring the whole house, and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom.
The Secret Gin Club: And of course, most importantly, guests of Solar Branco 1885 have access to the Secret Gin Club. We have over 300 gins from around the world to showcase and enjoy. Your stay includes a complimentary G&T on arrival as well as the opportunity to take part in a gin tasting. If you bring a gin that we don’t have (it must be a craft gin, and unopened) then you don’t have to pay for the gin tasting. Please note, this area is strictly for adult guests or by invitation only.
Gardens / outdoor areas: The property has several large garden areas that are exclusive to our guests to enjoy. There is plenty of parking should you have a hire car and mountain bikes are available for guests usage. We also offer the chance to paint a tile, leaving a memory in the Azores as well as a number of other experiences such as whale watching and tours around this amazing island, please click here for more details. Please note, smoking in any part of the house or grounds is strictly forbidden. This includes vaping.
Outdoor pods: These are being set up as we speak, and we hope to have these ready for our guests use in mid-2019, we apologise for the delay, but assure you that they will be amazing and worth the wait.
Shops: There is a small town in the area, less than a 5 minute walk away with a small (but well stocked) supermarket as well as a small cafe / bar where the locals hang out.
Beaches: The closest beach is only a 5-minute drive or 15-minute, with a cafe overlooking the ocean this is a great place for a morning coffee or breakfast should you wish to head that way. You can also drive, cycle or walk into town from here, follow the ocean road, it will take 1 hour to 1.5 hours if you are walking, cycling around 30 minutes and by car no more than 10 minutes.
Walks & Hikes: We are incredibly fortunate to be located in an area of outstanding beauty with relatively few developments. The area is predominantly farmland. The surrounding hills give you some great walks (and views) to enjoy.
Experiences: We are delighted to offer a number of experiences, from gin tasting to painting tiles. We are also able to help you with other activities such as tours around the island or whale watching. Just ask us here or for some ideas please click here.
Guests & children: The house is designed to be a welcoming place for you to relax in peace and quiet. That is what the Azores is all about, Ibiza this is not. Come in, tune out, turn off your phone, we got you covered. The gardens are available for you to enjoy with a number of benches to sit on and just watch the world go by. Children are only allowed on the property if you book the whole house. When mixed guests are staying, we do not take bookings for under16s. Thank you for your understanding.
We live on the grounds of the property so are available to help with any questions and enquiries you should have while you stay with us. Please do check out our experiences and feel free to book any of these in advance or speak to us on your arrival.