Owned by a British resident (Scottish), the house is situated on a leafy hillside in a residential area of botafogo in Rio de Janeiro. In spite of its central location, Rua Mundo Novo seems like a green oasis within the urban context, offering to visitors frequent sightings of parrots and marmosets.
There are three rooms available, each with twin, triple or double beds, fridge, large work/study table, ceiling fans, wi-fi (in all rooms and garden). All of the rooms open out on to a large 110 square meter garden with two large dining tables and a generous outdoor kitchen area with cooker, oven, microwave, fridge and bar table with 7 stools for guests. All guests are offered Bed & Breakfast, linen changes, cooking and laundry facilities.
The largest room (24.5 square meters) is a suite with bathroom and closet.
The other two other rooms (each 13.2 square meters) share a bathroom with shower (4 square meters) and mahogany Captain’s beds with 6 storage drawers. All three rooms are situated independently from the rest of the house, each with an independent entrance, and combination lock, offering complete privacy for the guests.
The rooms look out onto a garden area of 110 square meters and a view of the surrounding hillsides. The garden besides having trees and granite outdoor dining tables each capable of seating 8 people comfortably, has an independent open air kitchen,
The property, besides offering privacy and independence for individuals and couples in the double and twin rooms is ideal for families or small groups of up to 8 people.
Check in from 2pm
Checkout on day of departure –– until 12pm
Breakfast between at 8am and 10am
No excessive noise after 10pm.
No strangers brought back to lodgings.
With exception of breakfast, all kitchen utensil, dishes, cups and glasses used by guests should be washed by guests.
Positively no smoking in any of the rooms (smoking permitted in the garden / recreation area).
All rooms are cleaned daily by housekeeping.
Bed linen and towel changes every three days by housekeeping.
This was our first trip to Brazil, and we spent four days at Charles' home in Rio. It was simply a wonderful time. The rooms (from which, there are three to choose), were clean, spacious and comfortable. They all are directly accessible from a lovely garden terrace overlooking the beautiful valley and mountains of Rio, straight up to the breathtaking statue of the Christ!! Charles' creative use of space has provided every amenity you could possibly need to make his house your temporary home. With a fully covered outdoor kitchen, two marble picnic tables and two BBQ grills (all of which, is for your personal use), you may find yourself struggling to choose between going out on the town for dinner, or running down to the local market to grab some fresh fish and vegetables and a nice bottle of Brazilian Moscato and enjoying a home cooked candle-lit dinner under the stars. However, if you do decide to head into town for the night (or day), you are just minutes by foot from Botafogo Beach with views of the Yacht Club and Sugerloaf mountain, or by taxi to the sands of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and the endless shopping and fine dining establishments between them.
In short, we can't imagine a better way to have visited Rio, Brazil, or for that matter, South America for the first time. Charles was a wonderful host and went well above and beyond to see to our every need and comfort. We will definitely be telling our family and friends not to mention returning ourselves. But more than that, we might just bring a few of them along with us next time... or maybe we should just keep Charles' little slice of heaven to ourselves!!!
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Born in Scotland.
Studied at art college in England (Bath Academy of Art) and was later invited to Brazil by Museum of Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro), on a scholarship. Built my own house in Rio.
I teach at the School of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro and lecture around the country to universities, cultural Institutions and companies, on "Creative Thinking and Problem Solving". At present writing a book on the subject.
I am also Director of "Dynamic Encounters" International Art Workshops, project involved in interviewing creative personalities around the world.
My main hobby (non educational) is boatbuilding and sailing.
I build wooden sailing boats and sail around the Guanabara Bay area.
Others hobbies include reading and research, building my house. Hobbies are so tied up with work that it's kind of difficult to separate them.