Beautiful traditional house-Gloria

House - Entire home/apt · Rua Barao de Guaratiba, Rio, Rio de Janeiro 22211-150, Brazil

This is a special house, with colonial style wooden floors, high ceilings and arched doorways, and the veranda that looks out over the city to the statue of Christ. The area is quiet, entirely residential, and is a short walk to shops and the Metro.

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This is a special house, with colonial style wooden floors, high ceilings and arched doorways, and the veranda that looks out over the city to the statue of Christ. The area is quiet, entirely residential, and is a short walk to shops and the Metro.

The Space

Special rates for Easter !!

Our house is now available at any time of the year. There is a large double bed in the single bedroom, and a sofa bed in the living room which can accommodate extra person - or two if appropriate.

The house has been completely renovated and lies in the quiet residential area of Gloria, in one of the oldest parts of Rio de Janiero, with wonderful views across the city to the Christ. It is very close to public transport to the City Centre via the Metro and bus, so is well placed for events like Carnaval, the World Cup etc. It is surrounded by old-style private houses, quiet cobbled streets, and small bars, and sits on a small hill with a colonial era church on top – the street is often used by Brazilian TV companies as a location for historical dramas. The house is close to Flamengo beach (15 minutes walk). 10 minutes walk to the Metro (Catete/Gloria), halfway between the city centre and the beach areas of Ipanema, Botafogo and Copacabana. Taxis from the Metro take only 5 minutes to the house. The cultural quarter of Lapa is a few minutes walk away, with its famous bars, music clubs (samba, forro, choro, jazz etc), restaurants, antique shops and nightlife. It is close to a wide range of shops and malls, cafes, banks, museums etc. In many ways, this quiet area has all the charm of the more famous Santa Teresa, but is much closer to city centre transport and shopping, as well as the beach areas.

The accommodation is on one floor, with entrance hall, living/dining room, with an extra living space by the front door, one large bedroom, shower/bathroom, and a good-sized kitchen with gas cooker and fridge freezer. The large dining room opens to a veranda with views across the city. Secure entrance from the street with videophone entry, free parking on the street. Free wifi broadband is provided, with local and national TV.

Guest Access

During your stay, you will have exclusive access to a good sized kitchen with gas cooker, fridge freezer, supplied with utensils, pots & pans, cutlery, plates etc. Also exclusive use of the shower bathroom and toilet, with electrically heated shower. The kitchen and bathroom are at one end of the large dining room with table and chairs for four people; the dining room opens out into the covered veranda, with views to the rest of the city and the Christ. The large main bedroom has a king size double bed, and TV. The dining room opens into the living room, with a sofa and sofa bed. The entire floor is self contained. Free wifi is provided.

Interaction with Guests

We meet every guest when they arrive, show them round the house and give them any local information they might need. During your stay you will be able to contact at us at Patricia's mother's house, which is a short distance away; she will deal with any questions and queries that arise during your stay. We have a cleaner who can provide extra cleaning during your stay. When you leave, we will meet you to collect the keys and check that everything is in order. You need to make arrangements for this as early as possible in your stay.

The Neighborhood

The street is set on a hill overlooking the city. It is very quiet, entirely residential, and because it is a cul de sac, there is very little traffic at any time of day. It has quite a European feel, with its cobbled roads and old houses. A terrific range of shops, banks and services are only 10 minutes walk away at the foot of the street. On Saturdays an organic market is held on the other side of Gloria, while on Sundays there is a wonderful food market nearby. The National Museum is 10 minutes walk in Rua Catete, with a cafe and a tree-shaded park to sit in.

Getting around

Rua Catete, the main road at the foot of our street, has a number of bus routes that go to all parts ofd the city, plus the Metro (Catete) which will take you either to the beach areas, or the city centre in a matter of minutes. You can walk to Lapa, the 'Bohemian' neighbourhood with restaurants, music bars and antique shops, in less than 20 minutes. If you hire a car, you can park for free outside the front door.

You can travel from the International airport by taxi or bus, but one of the best and cheapest ways is to take the hourly shuttle bus that goes from the International airport to Santos Dumont, the domestic airport in the city centre (just 11 reais per person). From there it is only 10 minutes by taxi to the house.

Other Things to Note

This is an exceptionally attractive house in the colonial style, with its high ceilings and arched doorways. You really get a feel for the city as it was at the start of the 20th century. Its location close to the city centre makes it easy to explore the many aspects of the city as a whole, not just the beach areas.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $23 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $468 /week
Monthly Price: $1746 /month
Security Deposit: $140
Cleaning Fee: $47
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Every once in a while you stay in a place that's so good you wish it were your own. Humphry's house in Glória is a fine example of this. Absolutely beautiful place with buckletloads of character in a peaceful setting, yet five minutes on foot from Catete high street with everything you need (restaurants, bars, shops, banks, metro). I spent many an enjoyable afternoon / evening on the veranda with friends, whose jaws dropped when they walked in and saw the wooden high ceilings. This was a refreshing change from the endless clinical white apartments you see in Rio's Zona Sul, and was also by far the most well-equipped place in which I stayed while living in the city for four months.

    Humphry was hugely helpful during the initial enquiry process over email, then Patricia was very friendly when showing me the house before I reserved - she even took me to the local bar round the corner for a drink.

    Thank you Humphry and Patricia - I shall definitely be back!

    June 2014
  • Wonderful experience. Patricia was helpful and friendly. The apartment is bright, airy, fun space, high on a hill above the Gloria neighborhood. Getting up the hill was a bit daunting at first, but I got used to it after a couple of days. There are moto taxis at the bottom of the hill that will get up up the hairpin turns for 2.5 reals. The most lovely thing was the small monkeys who live in the lovely avocado tree right outside the kitchen window.

    May 2014
    Response from Humphry:

    Dear Cary

    Many thanks for your review - it is always pleasing to hear from guests who have appreciated the particular charm of Rua Barao de Guaratiba. I must say that as a senior citizen', I find the walk up the hill a bit challenging when it is very hot, but it can only do one good. I have yet to try the moto service: a natural caution holds me back, I think.

    We do hope that you come again sometime.

    best wishes

    Humphry & Patricia

    May 2014
  • Finding this house was an absolute gem - we went during the Carnval period and the price was extremely reasonable, and the location was unbeatable. Gloria is in the middle of everything, and the metro is a short walk away. The one caveat to this beautiful, and characterful home is that there is no air conditioning, although fans were provided and were very useful during warm nights. From the beginning, Humphry and Patricia were very responsive to all of our queries. Many thanks for a wonderful stay.

    March 2014
  • We didn t see a lot Patricia during our stay in Rio.The place is correct not really charming but well located(around 20min of the beaches in metro).
    In the beginning of our stay, there was not hot water in the shower( a man came and fixed it...) and the toilets were stuck...
    The glasses and plates in the kitchen were fat and needed to be cleant...
    In the other hand, Patricia was nice to print our voucher for the bus and to book a taxi the day of our departure.
    I think she is too busy to take care at 100% of these invitees( customers?).
    In conclusion, Rio is a magic city, we liked it very much, but if you can stay in an other place, don t hesitate!
    We are used to book réservations in US, Italy, Croatia and others countries around the world....So we can compare easily with this experience: the welcome was very cold, the house was dirty and not so charming, the mattress old and not confortable....
    Indeed, this is not a hotel and we choose many time to book in a house or apartment around the world to live as people in the country and to share with local population...
    I repeat you won t find it at Patricia's home and she will accept this simple criticism!

    February 2014
  • Humphrey bietet das absolute Wohlfühlwohnerlebnis an. Wir haben uns in seinem wunderschön restaurierten Haus sofort zuhause gefühlt. Es fehlt an nichts. Die Terrasse ist der perfekte Ort um sich auszuruhen und den Tag bei schönen Gesprächen ausklingen zu lassen. Das Haus liegt in einer sicheren Gegend, Einkaufsmöglichkeiten sind nah und die Metro um die Ecke. Nach Lapa sind wir zu Fuß gegangen. Den zu Fuß erreichbaren Flamengo-Beach empfehlen wir nicht zum schwimmen. Das Wasser in der Bucht von Rio sieht wirklich schlimm aus. Wir sind zum Baden innerhalb von 20/30 Minuten an die Copacabana oder nach Ipanema gefahren. Kein Problem :)
    Humphrey offers an absolute comfort living experience. We felt immediately at home in his beautifully restored house. Nothing is missing. The terrace is the perfect place to rest and for beautiful conversations. The house is in a safe area, shopping facilities are close and the metro around the corner.
    Lapa we could reach on foot.
    The nearby Flamengo Beach, we do not recommend to swim. The water in the bay of Rio looks really bad.We went for a swim within 20/30 minutes to Copacabana or Ipanema. No problem :)

    January 2014
  • Belle endroit, bien situé

    November 2013
  • We had a fantastic time at the house in Gloria. It is perfectly situated near the metro, at the top of a hill with old cobblestone streets. The house is beautifully decorated, light, and breezy with great view overlooking the city. From the house, it was quick bus or metro ride to anywhere we wanted to go (beach, Lapa, centro, etc.) and the neighborhood itself was perfect for exploring. Lots of little restaurants and grocery stores down the hill from the house. Patricia was very helpful and responded quickly by email whenever we had any questions.

    April 2013
  • Very good location, close to Santa Teresa, Lapa & Centro ... also very close to tube stations to Ipanema or Copacobana. Cosy house with a lovely balcony. Very good neighborhood (email hidden) to meet locals. Kitchen could be better furnished though.

    February 2013
  • This is a great little flat in a lovely area. The place feels very breezy and cool which is a huge bonus in the hot summer. We particularly liked the terrace which is beautifully furnished and stylish. Patricia who is the owner was on hand to help us and she really went beyond the call of duty by letting us leave some bags with her for a few weeks. I really recommend this place to other airbnb users.

    February 2013
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I am helping to manage the listed properties on behalf of my wife, Patricia Costa. I am English, she is Brazilian, and we divide our time between the UK and Brazil. We both work in film and TV production, although I am semi-retired now: and I am also involved in film education at university level. Between us, we speak English, Portuguese, French and Spanish, so we can help a wide range of people with queries about how to go about things in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil generally. We both love Brazilian music and culture, and are also involved in environmental issues, and follow the development of Brazil as an exciting emerging country with great interest. We like to have a friendly relationship with our guests, on the basis that you should treat people as you would like to be treated.
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