My husband and I were looking for a place to stay in Trancoso that would not be a large hotel or resort; we hoped to feel closer to the Brazilian culture and to the locals. Casa Bijou seemed to meet this and other criteria we had and we are very happy with our choice.
We arrived by rental car from Porto Seguro and parked in a designated place on the street right in front of the entrance to the property.
The location is excellent -- in an upscale area of the city, on a street lined by trees and vegetation, and walking distance from town. The main house where Birgit lives and the guest house are located on a lovely property, in a park-like garden replete with different and colorful tropical plants and flowers and an attractive swimming pool. We had our own keys and could come in and out as we pleased.
Everything there is beautiful and very clean. The property is very well cared for and the guest house is very clean and attractive, just like the pictures and description which appear on the site.
The guest house is cozy and comfortable, and it’s separated from the main house by plants, thus very private. It has an en suite bathroom, a complete kitchenette with all the utensils you might need for cooking if so disposed, a mini-fridge, a coffee maker and a toaster. We were very comfortable temperature-wise as it has both air-conditioning and ceiling fan. It also has satellite TV and DVD player and a small collection of DVDs. Especially important for us was that the apartment provides excellent Wi-Fi internet access.
There is a lovely porch area at the entrance of the guesthouse, with table and chairs and hammocks on the side, just perfect for relaxing with a book or taking a nap. Having the beautiful garden and swimming pool at our disposal was also very nice.
The service was excellent. Birgit is very kind and we appreciated her efforts to make us feel at home.
We found this rental an excellent value. We would recommend it highly to friends and relatives, with no hesitation whatsoever.