“A little gem - a beautiful private home in the old colonial town of Ouro Preto”
There are just 3 bedrooms: 2 doubles and a twin. Each is different but all are filled with Marcia's antiques and personal touches - writing desks, prints of exotic birds and potted orchids. They may not have the latest plasma screen TVs, but what they lack in modern gizmos, they make up for in charming details - a flask of water by the bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, hot-water bottles in winter and embroidered pure linen in summer.
Bathrooms are spacious with showers (no bathtubs) and exquisite trinkets - silver and crystal scent bottles, pretty embroidered towels, bathrobes and a limited selection toiletries.
Breakfast is a treat: cereals, homemade cakes, bread, honey and jam, cheese, ham and smoked salmon are served at the long, elegant dining table amid silver candelabra and cut crystal. Do be sur. A good selection of teas, as well as coffee, hot chocolate and fresh watermelon or orange juice are also offered.
No formal evening meal is served; instead Marcia offers her guests hot soup at 8.30pm (included in the room price). She may also whip up a fresh pasta dish (her sister lives in Italy) - a welcome respite from the heavy Mineiro dishes. If you're looking for something more substantial, Ouro Preto has a good selection of restaurants and Marcia has plenty of recommendations.
During the day you can ask the staff to make you tea or coffee, and you can help yourself to drinks from the honesty bar - just jot down whatever you have, whether it's a glass of wine, a beer or a G&T - and it will be added to your bill at the end of your stay. There are also several charming bars and cafés within walking distance of the house.