Quinta de Nossa Senhora das Mercês
settingSeaside (ocean front)
An august estate house with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean
One of the many great things about the Azores is that it is so easy to get wonderful panoramic views of the Atlantic - and the country estate of Quinta das Mercês counts extremely highly on this score. Sitting cosily on a little mount, the 360 degree vistas are simply wonderful.
But there’s more here to enjoy, not least the a history which goes back to the 16th century plus a decoration and charming owners that does the proud past of the old stone walls of this estate justice.
Despite the extensive size of the building, there are only 10 rooms on offer so it retains an air of intimacy, whilst overcrowding is pretty unthinkable anywhere, be it the games room, sea water swimming pool or even putting green. It may be old and august, but that doesn’t mean precluding a wide range of facilities, some of which relatively extreme such as underwater fishing and kayaking.
Of course, those looking for sedate activities can enjoy wonderful walks to beautiful Angra do Heroismo, though beware of the steep hills you may encounter.