“An exceptional country inn located in the delightful historic village of Tiradentes”
The 18 rooms offer a high standard of accommodation. Each is furnished with antique furniture, wooden beds dressed with crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and pretty fabrics. Some have wooden floors reclaimed from old fazendas, others coir carpets. Fresh flowers and original paintings by local craftsmen add to the charm.
The Superior Rooms are spacious and mostly overlook the garden. The slightly cheaper Standard Rooms face the old stone bridge that leads into the village, so you may hear the carts and trucks rattling over the cobblestones. Of the 10 rooms we saw, our favourites were Room 14, with a gorgeous four-poster bed and a sitting area leading onto the garden, and Room 7, with its delightful hand-painted blue furniture. Of the Standard Rooms we especially liked Room 5 with its Toile de Jouy fabrics and view of the river.
Most of the bathrooms feature local stone - arenite, sandstone and granite - plus white fluffy towels and walk-in showers (no bathtubs). Simple toiletries are provided, as well as hairdryers. Some also have windows overlooking fabulous trees with brightly coloured flowers.
Since our visit, 5 large Massimo Suites have been built in an annexe, sharing a veranda entrance and with windows overlooking a private garden. Similar in style to the other rooms, they have the additional benefits of more space, kingsize beds, high ceilings and comfy sofas. Room 15 has an impressive soapstone bathtub.
Breakfast is served in a delightful first-floor room with full-length windows overlooking the lawn, which is frequented by tiny marmosets. It's a homely affair with checked tablecloths, fresh flowers, distinctive pewter coffee pots and blue ceramic crockery made by a local artist. Freshly-squeezed orange juice, papaya, watermelon, yoghurt, granola, creamy scrambled eggs and gooey cakes were all delicious, and the warm home-baked corn bread, fresh cheese and invigorating home-roasted coffee all added local flavour.
The hotel doesn't serve an official lunch or dinner, although they do offer soup, sandwiches and light snacks throughout the day. There are also lots of restaurants within 5-10 minutes' walking. Most menus are in Portuguese but the hotel provides a translation sheet. Viradas do Largo is highly recommended for lunches, serving dishes such as Caipira chicken and Tropeiro beans with bisteca (grilled beef steak). We also particularly enjoyed our dinner at Tragaluz: stylish and atmospheric with delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
Solar's pièce de résistance is its complimentary traditional afternoon tea - don't miss the tea, cakes and sandwiches served at 5pm each day. Drinks are also served by the pool during the day and there's a bar offering a selection of fine wines.
Children over 8 years are welcome - Rooms 1, 10, 14 and 15 can each accommodate one extra bed and Room 9 sleeps up to 4 people. There are few facilities specifically for children, but there's a swimming pool and lovely gardens where they can play with the marmosets.
Extra Beds Available