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Solar do Carmo

Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil


  • Dining: Marcia provides a substantial breakfast, plus a light supper of soup, (and occasionally a pasta dish too), all of which is included in your room rate. There's also an honesty bar with a good selection of spirits and other drinks
  • Communal areas: Tthere are 2 large sitting rooms filled with books, contemporary art, comfortable sofas and fresh flowers - one has a satellite TV, the other has a piano. The small garden has glorious views of the surrounding mountains
  • Internet Access: WiFi is available throughout
  • Recreational: Marcia is the most welcoming host and a font of local knowledge, so she can advise on what you should see and which local restaurants to try
  • Weddings and Celebrations: Not suitable
  • Meetings/Functions: Not suitable
  • Disabled Access: None
  • Pets: Not accepted
  • Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese

When to go?

Ouro Preto has a much cooler climate than the coast - it's pleasant during the day but cold at night. From November to February you should expect daily showers with warm temperatures. February is the warmest month, with average highs of 28C. April to October are typically drier and cooler. Temperatures in July can drop to 10C.

Come at Easter for the processions, in July for the mini Baroque music festival or at the end of November for the 3-day poetry and music festival. Marcia usually stays at the house from November until mid-February and then again from the end of March until the end of July (it's best to avoid March, August, September and October when she's in the UK). If you have a choice, it's better to be there for the weekend when Ouro Preto is at its most lively, or from Tuesday to Thursday. The majority of churches are closed on Mondays.

Author's tips

We'd recommend a stay of 2-3 nights to explore Ouro Preto's museums and churches - longer if you're here during one of the festivals.

Bring warm clothes for the evening and good walking shoes - there are lots of steep cobbled streets. The town's architecture is a photographer's delight, so make sure you have plenty of space on your memory card.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Walk to restaurants (offsite)
  • Garden
  • Guest lounge
  • WIFI internet
  • Airport Transfers
Save to favouritesPrintMailSolar do CarmoNot too far from the bright lights of Rio in the state of Minas Gerais is Ouro Preto. Born from the discovery of gold in local hill streams back in the 17th century, this town boasts some of the finest Baroque architecture in Brazil. With its steep cobbled streets, fountains, churches and sweeping mountain backdrop, it is truly picturesque. Of the many places to stay, Solar do Carmo was the one that captured our imagination. With just 3 [r:BR007:bedrooms], this is more home than hotel, with scattered family photographs, fine antiques and an enchanting small garden that overlooks the terracotta rooftops and surrounding hillscape. Owner Marcia Litchfield, an Anglo-Brazilian patron of the arts and former editor of Vogue Portugal, has restored this 18th-century townhouse with exceptional taste and artistic flair. The contemporary paintings, polished hardwood floors, Persian rugs, and an elegant sitting room complete with candles, fresh flowers and piles of glossy books and magazines make it stylish yet comfortable.

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