ESPECIALLY THE RESCUED ONES. From our original 5 dogs that came with us from Hong Kong, to the new strays and unwanted ones from here on Sao Miguel. Our estate is a sanctuary for all creatures. Meet our furry, feathery and spikey friends here at The Estate.


At The Estate we have Una, Buddy and Rita. Una is the last remaining rescue dog that came with us from Hong Kong. Previously we have had Padstow, Ivy, Penny and Mini in our lives. Buddy and Rita are both from Sao Miguel and live with us in the house. The photo is of Buddy. He loves (and we do mean loves) to give out kisses to everyone.

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Also known as the “mischievous librarians.” You can meet the mischievous librarians who reside here at The Estate. Usually in or around the area. If you are fortunate enough they will sit on you. Want to know why the are mischievous? Come for a drink and watch what happens when you leave the cheese breads unattended.



You are welcome to check out the Spikey Seasons Hotel in the field. We are afraid to say our spikey guests are a little shy and prefer their privacy so are rarely seen on the grounds during the daylight hours. Found a Hedgehog on Sao Miguel by the side of the road? PLEASE CALL: +351 919 076 779



Our avery has 2 parrots known as “Posh & Becks” as well as several other types of birds. Always happily chirping away, they are sure to bring a smile to your face as you walk by and say hello.

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Free range chickens

Our chickens started by coming to us from the farmers market and then a few arrived who were “to old to lay enough eggs…” We love them from the chaps, Danny Boy and Austin Trump to each and everyone of the ladies. All of our chickens are free range and live very happily in our orange grove. They help to keep bugs under control around the trees and their poop is natural fertiliser for our vibrant oranges.

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SOS Cagarro

Found a Corys Shearwater or Cagarro? Please call the free / 24-hour helpline: 800 292 800 for support.

Every year, the Cory’s Shearwaters choose the Azores to mate and raise their newborn young. They can do it for thirty years, from the time they reach adulthood, at 7 years of age, to the age of 40. The Madeiran and Azorean population of Cory’s Shearwaters represents about 85% of the world population of the species. The juvenile Cory’s Shearwater have a high mortality during autumn on the roads due to not being aware of cars. Please be extra aware during October and November as the juvenile birds are nesting and returning to the island.