Fazenda Catuçaba, São Luíz do Paraitinga, São Paulo
"Beautifully refurbished colonial fazenda, nestling in the hills only a couple of hours from São Paulo"
|Nearest Airport:||São Paulo - 198 kms|
|Trip Style:||Boutique Luxury, Eco-tourism, History + Culture, Honeymoon + Romance, Nature + Wildlife, Watersports, WORLD CUP 2014, Yoga + Spa|
accepts children, baby crib available, bar, bi-lingual receptionists, Brazilian cooking classes, ceramics workshops, guided tours, hammocks, honeymoon package, laundry, parking, pool, restaurant, supports community projects, supports sustainable tourism, voluntary work
|Room Facilities:||110; central heating, power showers|
|Language(s):||English, French, Portuguese|
|Recommended attractions:||birding, ceramics workshops, churches, farm visits, fishing, flora & fauna, hiking, horseriding, kayaking, local handicrafts, rappelling, rock formations, walking, waterfalls, weddings, yoga|
|Ideal for:||couples, families, honeymoon, small groups|
|Price Category:||$$$$$ full board|
|Telephone:||+55 11 24951586|
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Note: Where pousadas are off the beaten track, Google maps only show the nearest town, and are not an accurate guide to location.
About the pousada
Fazenda Catuçaba is a wonderful example of the best type of refurbishment where all the period features of the original colonial mansion are maintained, and combine with the most exquisite taste in contemporary design and comfort.
There are 3 villas here accommodating 8 suites and 2 mega suites, and all are fabulous. The one I stayed in was also huge at 40 sq mtrs, with high ceilings and views to die for. Some suites have been hewn out of the original outhouses but even when the building itself is new the feel in the suites offer old style comfort with wooden floors and square paned shuttered windows, beautiful furnishings and photography and fresh flowers everywhere. .
Fazenda Catuçaba doesn't offer luxury in the accepted sense. You won't find room service here, nor airconditioning, frigobar , internet access or even a TV. What you will get is extra large super comfortable beds with top quality linen, a wonderful bathroom, free mineralwater from the spring, fruit bowl and of course home made breakfasts to die for
Come here for the beauty of the surroundings, the gracious living, the peace, the quiet, the views and the stars and you will definitely experience a small piece of heaven.
About the location
Fazenda Catuçaba is definitely a pousada which classifies as super hidden, and despite being only a few hours drive from São Paulo, it doesn't appear on any readily available map! The easiest way to explain its position is that it lies 23 kms from São Luiz de Paraitinga, a historical village roughly equidistant from Taubaté in the north and Ubatuba on the coast. Most roads round this area are unasphalted, and signposting is minimal, so it is best to arrive during daylight hours the first time at least..
Once here you'll see immediately why Emmanuel, the owner, fell in love with the place. Not just the Fazenda but also the setting is beautiful, with rolling hills on all sides, waterfalls, lakes, streams, and incredible sunsets. The Fazenda is almost completely self sufficient with its own vegetable garden, and cheese, jellies, honey, cheese bread and cachaça are either made on site or locally using Fazenda produce. But what clinched it for me was waking up to birdsong, swooping birds outside the window, fabulous views and total peace and quiet. This morning really was golden.
Not to be missed
- Treks, trails and horseriding around the fazenda estate
- Local folklore festivals in São Luiz de Paraitinga
- A side trip to Cunha to see the ceramics workshops
- Chilling out by the pool
- Sunsets from the top of the hill with a cool bottle of wine
- The splendour of the colonial fazenda itself
- The peace and quiet of the location
- Homemade gourmet food with fazenda produce
- Lounging by the delightful leafy pool
- Very personal service
|Try a different place if...
you don't have a car or you need to communicate with the outside world. There is no internet and your mobile won't work here!