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Rules of the house
Price per person

From May through October is high-season and the price for a room is 50 Euros.
The off-season fare is 40 Euros per room.
The flat-fee all year-round for a single person is 25 Euros. Kids under 12 stay for free. Group rates would be available upon request and availability.

There are six bedrooms available, two of them are large enough to accomodate up to 4 persons.

Rates include american and/or continental breakfast. There is always plenty of food, juices and beverages to chose from.
Given the nature and size of the business we can only accept cash. We are sorry but we cannot accept checks, money orders, credit card or flowers as forms of payment.

 

 

What rules?
My house is your home. That's "the rule".
You will be provided with your own keys to the house and your own room. You can lock the door to your room if you wish, you are only asked to remember to lock the main door when you are going out; just like at home!

There is no curfew here and you can come and go at your convenience as long as you are respectful of the other guests at the house.
There is no minimum stay required. I believe everyone should be comfortable to leave anytime they wish. On the other hand it has been quite common for people to show up for one or two nights and to end up staying for 2 weeks.

There is no official check in/out time although it would be appreciated if guests could provide a fairly exact time of arrival in order to arrange for someone to be there ready with your keys and a welcoming breakfast.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the house close to the beach?
Do you do laundry?
Do you cook meals?
Is my room secure? Does my room get cleaned every day?
Is there a chance to take part in a fishing trip?
Is there night life in the area?

How late can I stay out?
How late can I sleep?
Where can we eat if we don't feel like cooking our own meal?
Is there a bank nearby?
How can I talk to my granddaughter in the USA?
How do I get there?

 

Is the house close to the beach?
The village of Lomba do Louçao is on a steep hill, approximately one mile distance from the closest two beaches. It would take a good twenty minutes to walk down but to come back by bus. It would also take 5 minutes by car.

Do you do laundry?
Laundry service is included in the price.

Do you cook meals?
Generally guests eat out at local restaurants or if so desired guests can cook and prepare their own meals in the large cooking area. Guests take picnics on day-trips and we prepare them upon request.

Is my room secure? Does my room get cleaned every day?
We do not enter your room unless there is an emergency or you specifically ask us to do so (like when you thought you had lost your wallet and called to check if you had left it in the room!) That said we are not responsible for the security of items left in the rooms. We clean rooms before and after you get here, if you have any extra cleaning needs let us know and we will do our best to meet those needs.

Is there a chance to take part in a fishing trip?
Yes, we have trusted relationships with local fishermen and would gladly help organize a trip for you at the fishermen's cost.

Is there night life in the area?
In recent years, night life has become a product of special events and local festivals. The festivals are both religious and cultural events with food beverages and music. There is a feast every weekend somewhere in the local area.

How late can I stay out?
As late as you wish provided that your late return does not disturb others guests.


How late can I sleep?
Breakfast is served from eight to eleven but you can always sleep late if needed.

Where can we eat if we don't feel like cooking our own meal?
There is a local snack bar across the street. In the town there are a variety of restaurants and snack bars to choose from.

Is there a bank nearby?
An ATM machine was just installed on the sidewalk across the street. Depending on the type of card you carry you may be able to draw money from it. In the town of Povoação there are several banks.

How can I talk to my granddaughter in the USA?
The phone in the house is capable of receiving and making phone calls. While receiving does not cost anything, making phone calls can be quite expensive and is not included in the price. You can make calls through your own phone card. Fairly inexpensive phone cards are offered by the Post Office and sometimes sold even in supermarkets. They are available at different values: 5, 10, 15 euros. Most cards have embedded a chip that will allow you to make phone calls directly by inserting them in the appropriate slot of public phones. If the card does not have a chip or the phone does not support the slot you may need to dial a free number followed by the card code before you make the call.

How do I get there?
To get to casamariadedeus you will need to make a few connection with different means of transportation. Whether you are coming from the USA or Europe you will first need to schedule your flight with SATA the local airline company.

From North America you need to take a direct flight to Ponta Delgada from Boston MA or Oakland CA in the United States, from Montreal or Toronto in Canada. Then proceed to Povoação as explained below. Please check www.sata.pt for complete schedule.

From Europe
most of the connections come in through Lisbon. From Lisbon you have a choice among a few different flights during the day. Other Sata's origins/destinations have a much less frequency and include London, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam etc. Please check www.sata.pt for full list.

From Ponta Delgada (print directions)
Once arrived at the airport you have a few options:

The simplest and fastest option is to take a cab/taxi from the airport all the way to the house.

The most economical but somewhat complicated way would be to take a series of rides including a short taxi ride to Ponta Delgada, a bus ride to Povoação and a connecting bus to Lomba do Loução. This is ideal for backpackers with no time restraints who may enjoy the coastal and town sights from the height of a bus.

The most popular option is to rent a car at the airport. You can then start following directions towards Povoação and then to Lomba do Loução once you are in town. Notice that there are two different highways to get to Povoação from Ponta Delgada. The two ways are South and North of the island (you will see signs on the highway indicating "Sul" and "Norte"). You can also tell which way you are going by looking at the ocean. If the ocean is on your right you are on the South part, if the ocean is on your left you took the north route. Both ways are will get you there in about one hour or less.

From Povoação (print directions)
The entire town is on a one-way circle. Once you get to the town follow the road along the river. Continue to a stop sign as soon as the road gets apart from the river and bear right. Pass the bridge and start looking for a sign on your left. Follow the road to Lomba do Loução. Stay on the main road until reaching the public square - a large church will be on your right. Park the car on the square, Casa Maria de Deus is on the left side of the church. Look for the sign at the door and ring the doorbell. This part of the trip should take you about five minutes.

You can also arrive by bus but be aware that the bus may get there by a different route. Just tell the bus driver that you want to get off at the church (igreja) in Lomba do Loução.