Pico do Refúgio has been renovated between October 2005 and August 2008. The project consisted on the remodulation of the farm infra-structure including the old tea factory. Now contain apartments for lodging, a scuba diving school and public spaces.
The renovation was performed preserving the exterior outline and original function of each building.
In this process were built the Country Houses of Pico do Refúgio, 8 houses ranging in between 55 and 110 m² spread around two different areas of the farm. These are either “Lofts” or “Apartments.
- throughout the farm we have several domestic animals, including dogs, cats, chickens and cows;
- pets are not allowed.
The Main House and the Tea Factory
On the old tea factory “Ataíde”, you can find the Lounge as well as 3 Lofts and 3 Apartments. About 800 meters away, on the top of the hill (pico), near the main mansion, there are another 2 Lofts.
The Lofts are larger, with a high ceiling and can take up 2 extra beds. The Apartments are smaller houses that can take only 1 extra bed. All our houses have bathroom, kitchen and cable TV.
One of the Lofts is adapted for guests with locomotion disabilities.
The Lounge is fitted with TV, telephone, fax, photocopy, wireless internet and a meeting room with video projector.
In every houses there is pieces of art from various artists.
The building of Pico do Refúgio was initiated somewhere in between the 16th and 17th centuries. However the oldest official document is the chapel construction permit, dating from 1750.
Thanks to its location and fortress like structure it came to play an important role in the vigilance against corsairs and fortress for militias.
The property has been used for cultivating many things including oranges trees and tea. The old factory of “Ataíde” still exists.
The azorian painter and writer, Luís Bernardo Ataíde, used it as a country house and later it was the home and inspiration ground of the sculptress, Luísa Constantina.
Lofts and Apartments
All our apartments and lofts are fitted with: private bathroom, kitchenette, woodburner, WI-FI and cable TV.
IN THE OLD TEA FACTORY, NEAR THE RECEPTION AND THE SWIMMING POOL
CASA DOS TABULEIROS (86m², 1 double bed + 2 extra beds)
Loft with 86 sqm, one double bed and possibility of placing two extra beds, living room with fire place and kitchen. Originally, this Loft didn´t exist in this division, so we opted to keep its industrial aspect, keeping it as a single open space. All dependencies are inserted into a central hub, keeping a huge sense of space. In the open space a large glazed arch allows the garden light to invade the living room and offers an excellent view of the estate.
This accommodation has been designed according to the standards for individuals with disabilities.
CASA DOS TAMBORES (98m², 2 twin beds + 2 extra beds)
Loft of great proportions, with two wide divisions, one of with a mezzanine bedroom, the living room and the bathroom. In the second division there is a kitchen open to the living room and a second living room with fire place. Both divisions have direct access to the garden.
CASA DA CALDEIRA (55m², 1 double bed + 1 extra bed)
This cozy Apartment is ideal for a couple alone, where you can enjoy a wide arc-shaped window, which gives a great view of the garden and pool. The kitchen opens to the living room.
CASA DA SECAGEM (58m², 1 double bed + 1 extra bed)
In this small but comfortable house we have a kitchen open to the dining room and living room, plus a bedroom with traditional features.
CASA DO PAVÃO (64m², 2 twin beds + 1 extra bed)
This was the old caretaker’s house, Mr. Pavão. This house stands out for its bread oven, where, until a few years ago, it was cooked corn bread every week. In the living room there is a fire place.
ON TOP OF THE HILL, BY THE MAIN HOUSE OF THE FAMILY
CASA DE BAIXO (109m², 1 double bed + 2 extra beds)
This loft is ideal for a family with its large, bright room bed and two divisions which are located in the kitchen with dining room and large living room. In this room we also have a beautiful bread oven and a fire place. Outside the house there is a private garden with space for outdoor dining.
CASA DOS COCHES (69m², 1 double bed + 1 extra bed)
This is probably the most cozy loft. With large windows on both facades, light floods the entire space. The bed room is located on a mezzanine overlooking the north coast. From the kitchen you can enjoy the view from a large window, ripped for your own garden, with Pico da Barrosa (Fire Lagoon), as a backdrop. The entrance is sheltered by a nice porch where we sit to admire the surrounding vegetation.
The farm consists of 20 acres, part of which are classified as ecological reserve. Taste our homemade marmalade, produced from domestic fruit, enjoy the country side atmosphere by walking, bird watching (including bird houses) or simply relax by the pool.
Learn how to dive without leaving the site. In partnership with Azzurro Dive Academy, we offer the concept of "Not Only Diving", an integrated service of lodging, underwater and outdoors activities, which includes programs from SSI (Scuba Schools International).
Art and Culture are also part of our DNA. We run an artist-in-residence program, with several events all year round, which include exhibitions, talks, performances and open studio days. We also feature a contemporary art collection that can be encountered along our interiors and landscape.
For surfers, the location could not be better! It’s just a seven minutes drive away from Santa Bárbara beach (Ribeira Grande) , where the World Qualification Series (WQS) Prime Surf event is held annually. The Island of São Miguel is worldwide known as an amazing place for paragliding, with more than ten official and spectacular launching places.
Regarding outdoor activities, our core business is obviously scuba diving, however you can book with us any other outdoor activity, available in the island. Among others, we suggest surf, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, trekking, horseback riding, bird watching, sailing and paragliding.
Contact us to learn the special offers our guests benefit from the following operators:
SSI TRY SCUBA (Pool Try Dive)
SSI BASIC DIVER (Pool & Sea Try Dive)
SSI TRY FREEDIVING (Try Freedive- Pool Only)
SSI SNORKEL DIVER (Try Snorkeling)
SSI SCUBA DIVER
SSI OPEN WATER DIVER
SSI BASIC FREEDIVING (Pool & Sea Try Dive)
SSI POOL FREEDIVING (Pool Only)
*For certified divers we have available a wide variety of specialty courses. Get in touch with us for more information.
*Our guests benefit special discounts on underwater activities.
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WHALE WHATCHING AND SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS