- Updated On:
- August 12, 2021
We’re proud to offer this superb and unique property that includes six perfectly renovated independent traditional stone houses, main kitchen/dining building, pool, vast land plot with total privacy and a fantastic open ocean view in Pontas Negras, Lajes, on the south coast of Pico island, Azores.
The village sits in a flat area close to the sea, entirely surrounded by forest, offering you absolute quiet in a beautiful natural environment. The houses have been perfectly renovated, while keeping their traditional style with stone walls and wooden doors and windows. Each house has a bedroom, bath, living room with a wood burner and a private patio to enjoy the beautiful sea view. One of them is a smaller residential apartment for the owner / operator. There is a modern kitchen and dining area in a separate building. All the interiors have been superbly done and are very comfortable.
There is an entirely private swimming pool with a fantastic unimpeded view of the ocean below. The garden is lovely, vast and private and you won’t hear anything other than bird song and the sea nearby.
This was an old village called “Casas por trás do ilhéu” (Houses behind the islet) that were abandoned in 1940. They were recently rebuilt and renovated with extreme care to maintain the original spirit and style so as to fit harmoniously in the breath taking landscape and surrounding nature. It’s currently a high quality B&B called “Casas de Incensos” with fantastic ratings of 9.4 on Booking and of 5 stars on Tripadvisor. It’s officially classified as a Village Tourism enterprise.
The property can be accessed by a small road with absolutely no traffic, with a large parking area by the entrance. The location is remarkable: it sits in a quiet rural area of the sunny south coast of Pico island, by the small village of Pontas Negras. Lajes to town is just 7 kms away and there you’ll find all the shops and services you need. Pico island’s airport is just a 30 minute drive away. There are nice natural swimming areas close by.
This is an absolutely unique property in a perfect natural setting, a chance to live and have your business in a true Azorean paradise. Contact us.
The village called “Casas por trás do ilhéu” had been abandoned since 1940. It was composed of 8 houses and a couple of agricultural buildings belonging to three families. It housed more than 20 people, dedicated to farming and fishing. Around 10 years ago architect Carlos Sousa Dias undertook the task of gathering information about the abandoned village, finding long gone owners and designing a vision for the future Casas de Incensos. It was long, painstaking work that took about five years.
The village is as authentic as it could be: the building sizes, heights and style were integrally maintained. Only the details and interiors denounce a modern rebuild. The nature around it has been respected and integrated into the project, namely the “Incensos” (Pittosporum undulatum), one of the most common trees on the property and a permanent presence in the landscape. The use of modern materials has been carefully disguised and, at first glance, you’ll be in an XVIth century Azorean village.
Pontas Negras sits in the parish of Ribeiras, Municipality of Lajes do Pico. The first settlers to this area arrived in the XVth century, to become farmers and fishers. Whaling was also one of the common activities in this area in later times, until the 20th century.
This is much more than an interesting property or a good business opportunity: it’s a piece of Azorean heritage and nature.