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What We Love

  • The beautiful surroundings, from the mountain pastures above the house, dotted with granite rocks and artists-in-residence sculptures, to the river and waterfalls in the forest
  • The balance of rustic decor and luxury in the suites, with their wooden floors, open fires, leather chairs and soft sheets
  • Dazzlingly fresh food — the majority of which is produced on the farm
  • Predinner aperitifs in the library, where you can chat with fellow guests over a glass of wine or a caipirinha made with home-grown lemons
  • The friendly, low-key and unpretentious service, led by managers Miro and Emmanuel and a staff from the local village

What To Know

  • It’s around a three-hour drive from São Paulo, and the final stretch, up hill and down dale along dirt roads, is a great way to get into the spirit of the place
  • Winter is special at Fazenda Catuçaba, with wood fires and days that are sunny and dry (April to October); hotter summer days from November to March often end in showers
  • Not a destination for active types; Catuçaba is all about slowing down and taking time out, so bring good company and a good book
  • The Fazenda is strictly analog, with no phone signal, no WiFi and no TV
  • Best for a relaxing honeymoon or some quality me-and-you time — though children are welcome
  • This is not about being waited on hand and foot, and no phones in the rooms means no room service
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Overview

The Review

Hidden in a leafy valley in the Serra do Mar coastal range of hills, Fazenda Catuçaba offers a glorious dip into country living, Brazilian-style.

Amid 50 shades of green a three-hour drive from São Paulo, the fazenda (“farm”) is an oasis of peace and quiet, with seven rooms and three suites set around a fine 1850s main house. Whitewalled and handsome, the house is edged with royal blue doors and windows, all of which stand open whenever there’s a chance — and that’s the key to the hospitality on offer here. Visitors are treated like honored friends, free to circulate through the elegant living room and library and the spacious poolside terrace, {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3095/prop-80987-1345489174-full.jpeg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Soak up the landscape on the fazenda’s 1,110 acres, or venture to the neighboring UNESCO park.”}or to drift into the kitchen for fresh juice and linger to watch as the bread, the cakes, the cheese, the butter and the jam are made.

Breakfast and dinner are included, ranging from a lavish morning spread to a nightly three-course dinner. The food is zingingly fresh and simple, free of sophisticated techniques and exotic ingredients, unless you count the dozens of varieties of fruit, herbs and vegetables grown on the farm.

Horseback riding and hiking are favorite activities here; guests often roam over lovely hillside pastures or go on expeditions to discover the native coastal rain forest. (The farm borders a UNESCO nature reserve, Serra do Mar state park.)

There’s no mobile phone signal and no Internet, and subsequently no business to attend to here. So if you don’t feel like a walk, a horseback ride or a swim in the lake, you can settle guilt-free onto the sofa or in a hammock, or set up camp on the grassy clearing beside one of the villas, each of which contains a master suite and two rooms.

Packed with rustic-chic charm, the suites are truly gorgeous, with wooden floorboards and dark wood dressers and desks balanced by cream leather chairs and crisp, invitingly soft white beds. Wood-burning fireplaces and cool, sleek bathrooms, with powerful showers and deep stone baths, are an invitation to stay indoors, while the bunches of sweet wild flowers, gathered in the meadows above the house, whisper of the glorious landscape beyond the colonial-style windows.

How to Get There

Fazenda Catucaba
Fazenda Santa Teresa
Sao Paulo, 12140 Brazil

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 104 Reviews
Fazenda Catuçaba
Reviewed 3 months ago

There are very few places in the world that I have stayed and relaxed and unwound without self doubt and continuous judgement; I am spoilt for choice and I am always searching.
Fazenda Catuçaba is one such place, run by the enigmatic and far sighted generous Emanuel and his beautiful, sharp and attentive partner Bianca.
This corner of the world offers a connection to nature without pretence or unnecessary modern so called "essentials".
Eating home grown food, drinking delicious wine, swimming in a murky cool lake watching dragon flies mating, leaping off a long well sprung diving board or riding kindly horses guided by the gorgeous Juliana, this beautiful verdant haven of relaxation is where you ought to go if you desire peace and quiet.Turn off your phone.Leave your laptop at home. Join in, kick back, make new friends and fantasise about all the things you would really like to do with your life. Dont hesitate ... go.

Inspiring and relaxing for body and soul
Reviewed 3 months ago

Organic and sustainable concept with great food from own farm, attentive and great staff. Beautiful landscape and space for horse rides and walks.
In today's hectic and fast world it was good to get away from mobil phone signal and internet. 3 nights there was a recharge for body and soul.
Workshop with artist was great for the kids.

Nature Sanctuary with boutique hotel design
Reviewed 4 months ago

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

This place is an absolute gem for all those who want to truly slow down, deeply connect with nature and themselves...

Slowing down at fazenda Catuçaba for me really meant deepening my connection to the animals on the land: dogs, peacocks, horses, ducks, eagles, and and and...

Living in harmony with the land in a design and boutique hotel environment is a truly unique understanding of permaculture and I hope it gains many followers - Manu and his family are refreshingly real hosts with deep ties to the local community and the land.

wonderful place to stay
Reviewed 4 months ago

We stayed here with a group from Backroads for 2 nights. This place was lovely; the décor, the food, the staff. Went for a gorgeous hike, followed by a horseback ride, then lounged in the hammocks. I could have stayed much longer.

Beautiful, unique setting with the most amazing decor
Reviewed 5 months ago

Arriving at this Fazenda is no easy feat, but once you get there you are transported. The grounds, the farmhouse and rooms are absolutely stunning.The room had a large, extremely comfortable bed with a big bathroom and a small desk. It was the perfect oasis after a long day of hiking. Keep in mind there is no air-conditioning so it was a bit hot durning the day. The food was outstanding, every single meal. I am a vegetarian and had more then enough at each meal. Each night and morning we sat at the most beautifully set tables- everything looked out of a magazine. Our first night we had wine on the terrance with a fire and a lovely man playing guitar- it was magical. I was here with a group, which made all the planning very easy for me. I could see that it would be hard to get here (its remote and at the end of a very bumpy road). If you are looking to get away from the busy city and stay at a truly beautiful location in Brazil-look no further. This place is something very special.