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.
Our host made us feel welcome by taking us on a grand tour of Rio and its beaches. This was a great orientation and made us feel that the bus tour we had considered taking was not necessary.
He showed us around the property and we had no trouble feeling at home right away.
I had a nice experience at the house. Easy and untroubled time. Comfortable room. House is located on the hill, so if you don't drive it's a little walk up hill- good for the legs!
The stay at Charles' place was one of the best experiences with airbnb! He was a very likeable and supportive host whenever we needed advice and help. He even gave us a sightseeing ride by car when we arrived in Rio and he also filled our purse with a few Reals when we left by taxi as we did not have the full amount for the ride to the airport. That was just excellent!
The accomodation itself was new, comfortable and clean. The view from the kitchen over Rio's Botafogo and the equipment to cook was amazing. Parrots and monkeys also come around to say hello...
The neighbourhood was also good - central, calm and welcoming. Some people down the street even greeted us on the 2nd day as they knew we were now belonging to the neighbourhood. We felt absolutely safe, also in the dark.
You can easily walk to a supermarkt, to the Metro, the Botafogo Beach and the Christ Statue from the accomodation.
Next time in Rio we would definitely stay with Charles again! Thanks!
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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.