Mid-Atlantic, buffeted by waves, are the Azores. Your charming quinta is on Terceira, an interesting island with the largest patch of endemic forest, originally a stopping off post for huge ships ploughing their way from America, Africa and Asia, now a fascinating place to explore. It’s spilling over with exotic flora and fauna and impressive volcanic rock formations; and best of all it’s untouched by mass tourism. Lucilia and Francisco are natural hosts who give you delicious, convivial breakfasts – freshly squeezed juice, local cheeses and bread, homemade jams and eggs from around forty ducks and hens! Francisco is a senior curator (and used to be the director) of the Angra Museum and is the perfect guide to island life. The house, filled with antiques, has been in his family for six generations and was rebuilt in traditional style in 2008. It’s an attractive two-storey building with a wonderful garden and inside a gently ramshackle air; both cosy, low ceilinged bedrooms (some traffic noise) are on the ground floor with squeaky clean windowless en suites. Walkers and water sporters will rejoice.