Nestled in a huge green crater with a vast lake of calm waters, the Furnas Valley speaks of volcanoes, tradition, clear waters, steaming boilers and magic. It's documented in several literary and fotographic work such as the book of the british writers Joseph and Henry Bull, A Winter in the Azores and a Summer at the Baths of the Furnas, from 1841.
The village of Furnas, in the heart of the island but only 30 minutes away from Ponta Delgada (the largest and most important city), is, for its history, beauty and natural phenomena, hot springs and nature parks, the perfect place to spend unforgettable holidays in the Azores.
The "House of the Old Church" is part Furnas' History because it is nearby the beautiful church of Santa Ana, built in 1760, where once stood one of the oldest shrines of the island, which was destroyed by the eruption of 1630. Also, it used to be a school and the residence of the pastor until it was acquired in 1995 and restored in 2011.
Its central location - but out -of-the way, for a greater peace of mind - provides quick access to cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, post-office,police station,pharmacy, bank or bakery. Above all, the house is almost next door( about 3 minutes’ walk ) from the Terra Nostra Park, one of the most beautiful botanical parks in the world (in the words of Condé Nast Travel); Poça da Beija (5 min walk), a natural pool with thermal water, and a 10 -minute walk along a wide boulevard from de hot springs, emblematic of the local hydrological and thermal wealth of the island. Not far away, 6 km, in the parish of Ribeira Quente, lies "Praia do Fogo ",a beach with waters heated by fumaroles and 11 km you can find the village of Povoação, the county seat. The Furnas golf course, with its 18 holes, is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and is only a 5- minutes drive from the house.
A Casa da Igraja Velha is a high quality ,comfortable expirience in an Azorean typical house surrounded by nature. The house offers a fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room, 3 bedrooms, two with double bed and one with two single beds, two bathrooms (one with access to the garden) and a pleasant garden with endemic plants, fully walled, perfect for children to play safely. All rooms are heated and the room you can relax to the sound of crackling of the stove. Among the facilities of the house include: satellite Tv, sound system Hi-Fi, small library, games room, bicycles and even golf clubs (if requested). It is also possible to pre-booking of activities such as whale watching, horseback riding and jeep excursions, and diving, canoeing, bird watching.
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