Quinta do Bairro consists of two newly built houses in the quiet outskirts of Santa Cruz; capital of Graciosa and the main town on the island.
Both properties were designed and built by husband and wife team Alvaro and Venessa Fonseca. Casa do Pomar is all on ground level – with a spacious and well-equipped kitchen diner, and a comfortable living room which opens out onto the private garden and sun terrace running the full length of the building. There are two bedrooms which can be configured as doubles or twins, and a large shared bathroom (with a bathtub and shower). The bright-white walls, simple lines and beautifully engineered Japanese Cedar roofbeams all help give the property a light, airy feel. If you’re a family with two young children, this would be the ideal place to stay for a quiet, relaxing week – and Alvaro and Venessa are great hosts.
Just next door is the Casa da Vinha – with two bedrooms once again but split over two floors. The front door leads from the shaded terrace into a small open-plan kitchen/diner/living room, with a double/twin bedroom and shared bathroom off either end of the room. An open stairway leads you up to a large, mezzanine double bedroom (with a great view from your pillow across the open fields and out to sea). Alvaro’s love of architectural engineering is on display once again, with those same exposed Cedar beams, ceilings and a lovely bespoke staircase. The open staircase and mezzanine level maybe makes this a more suitable house for a couple, or a family of three/four with older children.
It’s also worth mentioning the fabulous view you have of the airport. It sounds peculiar, but it’s great to sit on the front terrace, looking out across the Atlantic watching the small aircraft coming in to land. There’s only one flight per day, so it’s not noisy or imposing in any way; just a nice little addition to your stay.
Graciosa is a peaceful, friendly island which is great if you’re looking for a relaxing stay. There are some excellent hiking trails, and equally lovely swimming spots (including the thermal baths at Termas). A visit to the magnificent Furna do Enxofre lava cave is a must. The Quinta is a great base from which to explore Graciosa – we recommend including a hire car to allow you to explore the island. It also makes it easier when you fancy popping into nearby Santa Cruz for any shopping or dinner in the evenings.