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A truly spectacular ocean front property on a quiet beach one hour from Rio

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This is a large house within its own walls, built on 3 floors. 3 bedrooms, pool

This property is a must for lovers of wild natural beauty, tranquility and wildlife. Built over 3 floors and set in its own pretty walled garden, this apartment has comanding 360 views over the ocean, river and mountains. Whales, seals, penguins, turtles and mantas may be seen from its ocean terraces and owls and other birds of prey visit the gardens daily - whilst at the back the kingfishers, cormorants and herons fish in the river.

The property is ideal for a romantic break such as a honeymoon - or even a party group (as is secluded and on the beach) - but mostly for those who love nature.

Perhaps the most beautiful feature is the top 90 sq m terrace with 360 degree views and its own kitchen, bathroom and barbecue oven and at night you can see the milky way falling into the ocean.

The master bedroom and very large lounge look onto ocean facing terraces.

The ground floor has an additional large double bedroom studio with a fully equipped kitchen.

All the bedrooms have ceiling fans ands the master bedroom and ground floor studio have AC.

The property is safe and secluded within its own high walls - vehicles may be brought inside. We have a pool that has just been built - 7m x 3.5m and it is from 1m to 2m in depth with lights at night. The gardens around the pool are currently (October 2014) being planted whilst the front (ocean) gardens are fully established.

We love animals and have 3 rescue dogs and a rescue cat. They are all friendly and will participate in your holiday if you'd like. If not they can be tethered at the far end of the property - where they are still good for security!!

We have a property manager who lives in the village with his partner (Uly and Wagner). They will arrange to meet you with keys, arrange check out and show you how things work in the house. They visit twice a day to feed and walk the dogs and can assist with any difficulties. it is also possible to arrange services such as a service wash, barbecue or even a round of Brazilian cocktails.

The village of Recanto de itaipuacu is charming in the Brazilian style with its own supermarket, bars and buses to Rio.

More Details

Philip Hurd
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 4, 2017

About Philip Hurd

Hello my name is Philip Hurd. I live in London with my partner and we own this very special dream house on the ocean near to Rio de Janeiro where my partner is from.

Although we live in London for most of the year we try to spend two to three months of the year at this house.

We love nature, plants and animals. We have 3 rescue dogs and a rescue cat, we feed the birds and encourage them to the garden and we are constantly on the look out for sea life. Quite suddenly you can spot a whale or a seal or a penguin - bring binoculars.

Philip Hurd purchased this villa in 2013

Why Philip Hurd chose Região dos Lagos

This property is truly my dream house and I want to share it with others. I've been coming to Rio for 30 years now and although I still love the vibrancy of the city I now seek nature, beauty and tranquility. This house has all of those in spades!

What makes this villa unique

What I love most about this house is: watching for whales from the terrace, reading a book in the hammock on the top terrace, hearing the crashing waves first thing in the morning and last at night, cocktails at sunset looking out to sea, barbecuing on the top terrace, walking our dogs along the beach, watching the stars at night from the top terrace, watching the owls and mongooses in the garden, reading on the beach, FaceTiming friends and family - whilst on the beach!, watching the hummingbirds and sunbirds and canaries in the garden, cooling off in the pool on a hot day.......


Itaipuaçu Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main bathroom 'Amazonas' - toilet , shower , large bathroom, ocean views. v large glass shower cubicle
    Top terrace 'Pernambuco' - toilet , located on the top terrace - toilet and washbasin
    'Santa Catarina' - toilet , shower , Ground floor bathroom
  • This property has a large family bathroom on the first floor and an additional toilet/washbasin on the second floor. There is a further bathroom on the ground floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom 'Dorota' - 1 queen , With AC and ceiling fan - a single bed could be added here.
    Rear bedroom 'Swallow' - 1 queen , large wardrobe, faces mountains and river with ceiling fan
    Lounge 'Verenice' - 2 twin/ single , sofa in lounge can be used as two single beds
    Ground floor bedroom 'Sunbird' - 1 queen , This room has a fully equipped kitchen and AC, ground floor
  • There are two large double bedrooms - one facing the ocean and one facing the mountains. The ocean facing bedroom has air-conditioning and its own terrace looking onto the beach and ocean. The rear bedroom has a ceiling fan. Both bedrooms have large amounts of closet space. Two sofas can be used as additional single beds in the lounge or one in the master bedroom There is a further large studio on the Ground floor with kitchen and AC opening onto a covered garden terrace.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • festivals
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


4.5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

A truly spectacular ocean front property on a quiet beach one hour from Rio
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews
New York City

Wonderful place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

This place is as advertised, taxi ride from Rio about 1 hr, pickup was prompt. Beach is basically deserted, the only thing is you probably shouldn't swim directly in front of the house w/ the massive undertow, but there is a life guarded, calmer area a short stroll down the way. The supermarket is limited but the butcher will trim you a nice picanha and makes GREAT sausages.- I highly recommend using the rooftop grill. Town has more than several bars/restaurants..... they do seem to close and open whenever they feel like though. There IS an express bus to downtown Rio- going to downtown Rio from here is more than plausible but we couldn't bring ourselves to leave this bucolic space. This was an ideal couple's retreat and a chance to catch our breath during a fabulous two week Brazilian vacation. I imagine it would be great for a family as well. Pool was larger than we expected! Would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful with a great beach view

  • 4 of 5

First I'd like to thank Philip and Eduardo for being so helpful throughout my stay. They provided me with all the information and help I needed before, during and at the end of my trip to Brazil. The beach villa is located in Recanto, Itaipuacu which is an hour or so, depending on traffic from Rio de Janeiro city. It can be reached by bus directly from Rio, which lets you off directly down the road from the villa. You can also rent a car or take a taxi. Philip and Eduardo are also able to arrange for a driver if needed for both trips to and from the villa or a driver for the day. The villa is nice, nice, nice. The pictures on the site don't do it justice. The beach is literally at your front door. The villa has all the essentials. It also has Wifi, TV, and they have a good selection of dvds. None of which I actually used because I spent a majority of my time outside. There are bars and restaurants down the road as well as a market, less than 5 minute walking distance. The area is safe, even at night. Views are great too. You can even take the bus down the road or take a van to the terminal for more options and go to Rio and site see or shop and be back in enough time to enjoy the rest of your day at the villa. I really enjoyed my stay there and would definitely stay there again. If you want to relax and have a great view while being on a clean, safe beach, this is definitely the place. Again, thank you Philip and Eduardo for allowing me to stay at your home, I had a wonderful time!!!

Great experience!!! I definitely recommend staying at Philip and Eduardo's home.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your detailed review Abdul Aziz - you've answered many of the questions that I get asked!!! It was a pleasure to host you and we hope you return! best wishes philip
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Rio International Galeao (GIG)
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
There are a few beach bars in the village
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
There are a few restaurants in the village
Nearest Beach
The house is directly on the beach!
Car: not necessary

The key attraction of this house is its stunning location on a wild South Atlantic Ocean beach, within a quiet fishing village - yet only an hour away from the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro.

My ideal recommendation would be for a group of friends or family that want a beautiful, tranquil retreat and plan to go into the city once or twice a week.

This is a must for nature lovers and birdwatchers - we have seen humpback and orca whales, turtles, seals, mantas and penguins from the terraces of the house and the gardens are visited by hawks, owls, hummingbirds, canaries and many other species of bird. The house has its own website at

There is a direct bus service from the village to downtown Rio de Janeiro - it takes about one and a half hours.


Rates & Availability

Itaipuaçu Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Internet/Electricity $45.28
Cleaning $32.34
Refundable damage deposit $129.36

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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