We were whisked to the house by taxi at break-neck speed from the airport and decided that our decision to do without a car was indeed wise! The house was comfortably furnished and being elevated gave very good views. It was a surprise to find our living space was in fact a floor of a house,at street level,with 2 self-contained apartments below which were not let whilst we were there, so this gave us the sole use of the pool. The pool was sited on the lower floor level, meaning quite a few steps down to it from where we were-not quite as convenient , but it was an excellent pool, very well-maintained.The bed was extremely comfortable, much better than any other holiday! There was a generous supply of towels too. We chose not to have meals in the kitchen though, as it had no view and was rather soul-less. There was an electric kettle supplied and this was not mentioned on the list given on the web page. The owner was very pleasant and friendly and gave us the name of an excellent taxi-driver who really helped us a lot with knowing where to dro p us off for our many levada walks. It would have been helpful to have had a local bus timetable in the information folder at the house,(as this consisted mainly of restaurants), also a local map of the immediate area-though we quite soon did our own research and walked all around the area, getting to know the old walk-ways. The thing we did not like at all was the burning-off of rubble/vegetation by the local plantation-owners-nearly every day there seemed to be smoke from somewhere! The speed of traffic through the area has to be seen to be believed, thankfully the road wasnt too busy. At weekends there were several loud/noisy cannon-fire blasts to mark local community celebrations, a tradition we found rather annoying! Apart from these irritations, we had a lovely time, thoroughly enjoyed our daily walks, lovely flowers everywhere in May/June. The cooking facilities were very good at the house, with high quality pans, china and cutlery,so cooking was no burden-especially as the fresh produce was of such wonderful quality and reasonably-priced. Many thanks.