About the property
- Villa2690 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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 en suite poolside double bedroom.
All the bedrooms have ceiling fans and air conditioning and plenty of closet space
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. There is a bar area next to the pool with a fridge, sink and portable BBQ unit - so you can choose an ocean terrace or poolside BBQ!
The gardens around the pool are attractive and well established and attract a lot of bird life
We love animals and have 2 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats, all are friendly and all live outside.
The dogs are called Stormie (white) and Naomi (black). They love to be taken for long walks along the canal or sea.
The cats are Ronnie (ginger) and Reggie (black and white)
We have a caseiro or caretaker, his name is Eden - he has a separate flat on the property. He will look after the animals, the garden and swimming pool.
He is also a taxi driver and can support your trip as you require.
Our housekeeper, Rose, can organise cleaning or washing for you and sometimes stays in Edens flat.
Both Eden and Rose can provide services at reasonable rates - these include a supermarket trip over the mountain, airport transfer, city trip, service wash, linen change, house clean etc., if you are interested.
Either ourselves or Eden will welcome you and show you around the property.
The village of Recanto de itaipuacu is charming in the Brazilian style with its own supermarket, bars and buses to Rio.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 04, 2018
About Philip Hurd
Hello my name is Philip Hurd. I live in London with my Brazilian husband, Carlos Eduardo and we own this very special dream house on the ocean near to Rio de Janeiro where Carlos is from. Although we live in London for most of the year we try to spend two or 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 Itaipuaçu
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! The South Atlantic ocean washes right up to the walls of the property, sometimes a quiet deep Aegean blue, other times wild and stormy. The property is very quiet and secluded but the village is only a 10 minute walk away, with bars, restaurants and a supermarket. The sea in front of the house is often rough so we have built a swimming pool in the rear gardens which is in a natural sun trap The property is very large so there is always a space where you can be comfortable
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.......
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
It was as stated in the ad, spectacular views,great water,small town but close to Rio.
This is a place that I will remember forever, the sea breeze most every day,the sound of the waves. Carlos , stayed over to greet us and show us property, introduce us to Eden the care taker.With out him life could been so hard,he is an Uber driver and for reasonable cost is willing to drive you most any place.
Wonderful place to relax!
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!
Peaceful with a great beach view
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.
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!
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 brazilianbeach.co.uk. There is a direct bus service from the village to downtown Rio de Janeiro - it takes about one and a half hours.