“Remote and stylish eco-house (sleeps 2-8), perched between lush rainforest and turquoise seas, a short boat ride from the colonial gem of Paraty”
There are 3 double/twin bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, and all facing the sea. In addition, there's a further single room on the other side of the house, with a bathroom next door, which might suit a nanny or older child. The main bedroom is slightly bigger than the other 2, and its bathroom has a glass wall with side views to garden and sea from the shower.
All of them have beautiful hardwood floors and white walls, with just a scattering of colourful local paintings and bright turquoise or lime green bedspreads. It's a clean and minimal effect which serves to emphasise the stunning outlooks to sea and rainforest.
Besides the sea breeze, all have eco-fans which keep them cool without draining the electricity. There's no air-con, but the louvred sliding doors mean you can sleep with them closed but still get a through draft.
Beds are comfortable, with pocket sprung mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets and double tiered pillows; you can ask for wraparound mosquito nets if you want, though usually it is not too bad mozzie-wise. There are open wardrobes (high humidity means enclosed spaces are not ideal), wicker bedside tables - and not much furniture besides; but, when you consider that everything had to come in by boat, it's more than adequate.
Bathrooms have shower wetrooms, mosaic tiled floors and big mirrors over a stylish white porcelain sink. Water is solar heated and more than hot enough, though it can take some time to flow through.
The fully equipped kitchen has a fridge-freezer, oven, sink, all knives, cutlery, crockery, glasses, pans and saucepans. The owners used to live here for several months a year, so you can be sure to find those helpful extras like graters, squeezers, chopping boards, condiments etc. The house has its own spring and filter tap (in the kitchen) so you don't need to buy bottled water.
A pre-arrival shopping service is included at the beginning of your stay. Let the owners know what you’d like (they’ll send you a list to help) and you just pay supermarket prices. If you're not sure where to start, owners Simon and Fabiola have put together a list of some of their favourite Brazilian dishes: you choose what takes your fancy and they will buy the ingredients and supply the recipes... a really helpful touch, and it saves a fortune compared to eating out in Paraty every night.
The maid, Adriana, comes every morning and will prepare breakfast - usually pao de queijo (cheese rolls), fruit, toast, eggs, coffee etc. After that, you're on your own - but the concierge can advise on the best shops and supermarkets in Paraty, and you're given the phone numbers and going rates for all the local boatmen. Of course, if you're successful with your fishing, you can just grill your catch on the outdoor BBQ, throwing together some salads or rice (and sipping chilled caipirinhas) while you wait. Round it off with homemade ice cream bought from the neighbour, Carlinhos.
If you're daunted by the idea of self catering by boat, you can pay the maid extra to stay on in the afternoons and she will prepare the evening meal for you - fresh fish (peixe), squid (lula) or shrimps (camarao) are highlights. Adriana's English is almost non-existent, but so long as you don't have any complex dietary requirements, we gather that the results are delicious.
Alternatively you can take a boat into Paraty, which has plenty of restaurants throughout the year (try Banana da Terra for Brazilian, Pipo's for Italian). There are no restaurants within easy walking distance of the house, however.
Children are very welcome and it is a lovely place for adventurous kids of all ages - the owners spend time here every year with their young children. The large veranda has doors, making it a safe, enclosed place to play, and there are board games, too. The public footpath is good for older children to explore, and kayaks and fishing rods are fun for the teenagers. Two of the bedrooms can connect.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
You should be aware that you are in the forest, and near water. There is not a big garden or flat area apart from the house's veranda and deck (with gate)