We were met at the airport by Sophia's mother, who gave us the keys and some information about parking at the cottage. (The parking is just a short distance down the hill on which the cottage is situated).
The beach house is very pretty with plenty of space, both inside and out. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a double, single and cot. (Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be anywhere to store our clothes as the chests of drawers were full of linen etc. So we had to live out of our cases.) The kitchen is small but there is also a dining area and a large seating area with a second table and chairs. The cottage is well equipped with cooking and eating utensils.
At the back there is a large lawn surrounded by giant reeds, and there are plenty of plastic seats. At the front there is a large balcony (the cottage is raised up above the road), which looks out on to the black sand beach and the sea. Every morning two lifeguards came to the beach, and two men raked up any plant material which had been washed up the night before, so it was all very clean.
We loved sitting on the balcony each evening, watching the spectacular sunsets.
We enjoyed our four night stay very much and we hired a car for a couple of days to explore the surrounding area, including the blue and green lakes at Sete Cidades. We also took a whale and dolphin watching trip from Ponta Delgada. Unfortunately we did not see any whales, but the hundreds of common dolphins doing their courtship displays all around the zodiac was an amazing sight.