Stylish and beautiful, we loved the cool elegant colours of this very private garden house in the heart of the historic town
US$1,700 per night (min 5 nights)
Christmas and New Year upon request
Rates exclude 10% service charge
Main House ground floor:
• 2 double bedroom suites
• Master suite with lovely views over the old town
• Large double bedroom suite
• Sitting room with sofa beds (suitable for children)
• Maid 8am-5pm
• Cook 8am-5pm
• English speaking concierge 4 hours per day
• Extra maids, barman and evening cover by separate arrangement
• All bedrooms have both AC and ceiling fans
• Cable TV
• Private walled garden
• Heart of 17th century Paraty
• Walking distance of shops, restaurants and port
• Boat charter a must to get to lots of isolated beaches
• Rainforest treks to waterfalls and beaches
• Landrover tours of surrounding region
• Diving and Snorkelling
• Horse riding
• Rio de Janeiro International airport (236km) 3.5-4 hours drive
• San Paulo International airport (330km) 3.5-4 hours drive
• Paraty landing strip takes light aircraft, small jets and helicopters
• Private car transfers available
Without doubt one of the most stylish properties available in Paraty, Casa Loretta surpasses what most imagine when they think of renting a villa. This impressive former merchant’s mansion occupies the corner of two of the quietest streets in the colonial heart of Paraty which is closed to all motorised traffic. In the evening the best restaurants and boutiques are a short walk away along the pretty cobbled streets of white-washed houses. By day it is only a couple of minutes’ walk to get to the Keys from where boats leave to explore the beaches and tiny islands of the Bay of Paraty, some of which boast surprisingly good seafood restaurants.
The current owner bought the houses as a crumbling pousada and immediately set about a meticulous restoration of the property. He then furnished it with period pieces shipped from Paris, including art-nouveau carrera marble coffee tables in the sitting room and an Eighteenth century mahogany dining table for ten guests. Rare tribal headdresses sourced from the Brazilian Amazon and original black and white portrait photography by Richard Avedon add colour and flare.
This is a great house for socialising and entertaining and the layout lends itself to this with much of the ground floor of the main part of the house given over to a large sitting room, connecting dining room and large adjacent kitchen. On the other side of the sitting room is a wide tiled veranda - great for breakfast or sitting and reading in the heat of the day and savouring the lush, green tropical garden. Dotted with native fruit and mature coconut palm trees, the garden is however most noted for the collection of fragrant orchids.
The five bedroom suites are spread between the main house and the single story annexe which extends along one side of the garden. Two bedrooms which are accessed through the garden can be set up with either double or twin beds.
The owner is a cookery writer whose speciality is modern (lighter) interpretations of the traditional Brazilian dishes and exploring original uses for locally sourced ingredients (carpaccio of palmito or locally caught octopus, puddings such as crème brulée with passion fruit) and her kitchen is equipped with large fridge-freezers and professional hobs and ovens. What’s more, Teresa and Marta, who work in the house, faithfully recreate many of these dishes.