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Fazenda Santa Helena s/n Bairro do Pinga, Sao Luiz do Paraitinga, State of Sao Paulo 12140-000 Brazil
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#3 of 16 in Sao Luiz do Paraitinga
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In the heart of Brazil’s nature and culture, Fazenda Catucaba is a peaceful 450-hectare old coffee farm in the mountains, close to the sea, bordering a Unesco natural reserve. More than a luxury hotel it is a family home, genuine, simple, elegant and exclusive with great tasty healthy food from our organic farm! Around the traditional 1850’s main house, 5 villas can be privatized or split into large double rooms and suites.
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Emperorofhoxton wrote a review Apr 2018
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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.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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xyzanyone wrote a review Apr 2018
Sao Paulo, SP6 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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Responded Apr 7, 2018
Dear It was our pleasure to welcome you at Fazenda Catuçaba and have the opportunity of sharing with you the experience we offer. We look forward to welcoming you and your family soon! Regards, Fazenda Catuçaba.
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Julian G wrote a review Mar 2018
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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.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Abigail K wrote a review Mar 2018
Bend, Oregon10 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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meg043 wrote a review Feb 2018
Denver, Colorado97 contributions90 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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SueFilby wrote a review Aug 2016
Grantham, United Kingdom36 contributions18 helpful votes
This is a beautiful location with lovely walks onsite, we did a lovely 2 hour horse ride with nice horses (we are beginners, though many options for advanced riders), a lake where you can swim and a lakehouse where we had a lovely picnic set up for us! The rooms were lovely with luxurious beds in both the suite and standard room- the suite definitely worth it though with a bathtub, a wood fire and loads more space. Breakfasts were good with nice poached egg, fresh fruit and homemade breads with honey and jams. Main house very characterful with nice dinning area with silver cutlery and lovely lounge with a fire where we were served delicious caiprinhas! Dinner on the first night was lovely - fresh vegetable pasta with tomato sauce and super fresh leaves from their organic garden - every meal included these and the freshness of the produce was delicious. On the first day we had an interesting tour of the organic farm and met the friendly resident golden retrievers. But this place is not as proffessional as the website implies and there were many dissapointments: 1. After the first dinner, meals were mediocre - one night was corn beef hash! 2. Unless you want three course menu of the day there is very little choice on the lunch menu 3. our excursion to the primary rainforest was oversold and overpriced - a nice walk but our guide didn't speak english so was basically pointless and there didn't seem to be much wildlife! 4. Only the manager can speak any english so there are serious communication problems 5. Lack of information - walks not marked and no map for trails provided (we had to ask) 6. The lake is atleast a 20 minute uphill walk from the property so maybe an occasional shuttle service would be useful? We still enjoyed our stay and the staff were friendly, but if it is going to sell itself as a luxury hotel and charge what it does these issues need to be addressed. Note: There is now phone signal (claro) and the hotel allows you to use their computer for internet.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Maxime B wrote a review Jun 2016
Sao Paulo, SP16 contributions9 helpful votes
We had a wonderful stay at Fazenda Catuçaba. We found everything was close to perfection, from our large comfortable room (with a fireplace) to discreet and kind staff and great dinner and breakfast. The area is vast and offers diverse enjoyable outdoor options. We also met interesting artists who were in residency at the fazenda while we were there. The place seema to frequently welcome artists.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Pousada_Picinguaba, Gerente at Fazenda Catucaba
Responded Jun 7, 2016
Dear Guest Thanks for your message and the possitive comments about your stay. It is our main objective to offer incredible experience to our guest that allow all of them to discover the beautiful region where we are located and the local culture and its frinedly people. As you mentioned, we welcome artist from all around the world and invite them to participate in the development of the project. Warm Regards, Fazenda Catuçaba
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Tania S wrote a review May 2016
6 contributions8 helpful votes
Great for relaxing, alternative proposal of rest, beautiful place. The proposal of the place is off of may channel whit the city. Good food. Friendly and attentive staff. Attentive horses to walk, pond for swimming is very green.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Response from Pousada_Picinguaba, Gerente at Fazenda Catucaba
Responded Jun 7, 2016
Dear Tania, Thanks for your message and possitive comments about your stay. We are happy to know that you found Catuçaba a great place to relax and to disconnect from the city, as you mentioned our main philosophy is to provide an opportunity to reconnect with the nature in a place without acess to Tv or Wifi but offering different outdoor activities such as horseback ride that will allow our guest to discover the region and its local culture. The food at Catuçaba is produced with organic products that we produce at the Fazenda, we are happy to know you enjoyed it. Warm Regards, Fazenda Catuçaba
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MargiP wrote a review Feb 2016
London, United Kingdom163 contributions77 helpful votes
This place is literally in the middle of nowhere! Make sure your driver (or you) have a good satnav. Our driver was from Rio and only had a vague printed map as guidance - he stopped several places along the way for guidance and we drove for at least 30-40 mins down a single track road and across many old wooden bridges (think old planks of wood rather than 'bridge') before we arrived at the Fazenda. We were greeted by Greg, who's been at the farm for about 6 months and he was one of two English speakers on site - the other a Brazillian guy. This is a truly stunning destination with the main 'house' being a coffee plantation owners house and the centre of operations with the kitchens and dining rooms, along with Reception in the old slave quarters in the basement. Rooms (9 or 10 I think?) are in 3 separate buildings a short walk from the main house - they are like the old stores from the plantation or managers houses? The exterior is basic, but all rooms have very modern plumbing and facilities. Ours had a wood burner so a clear sign or cooler times. No air conditioning, but a fan is adequate to cool the room at night. This place is a real retreat - it's as far removed from the bustle of modern living as it can be, yet provides modern day luxuries. No wifi or phone signals here and no intention to provide them so you really do have to switch off! The hotel satisfaction form asked if we received our information pack when we arrived and I have to confess that it wasn't until the second day that we had any real activities organised for us! After a delicious breakfast served in the garden, we spent the morning in the kitchen making cheese and had great 'chats' with the lovely cook who humoured our attempts at Portugese, but we all understood the general principals and enjoyed each others company. Lunch was served at the little house by the lake and the evening a horse ride up the hill to see the sunset - drinking wine and eating the Ricotta-style cheese we'd made earlier in the day. Dinners were eaten alfresco and a roaring wood fire set up to keep us warm as the night air cooled. As other reviewers have noted, the food is deliciously fresh and served in a more homely way than gourmet dining. Freshly baked breads and salad leaves to be savoured, having been freshly picked from the garden and full of flavour. All good simple things that leave amazing memories as I write. So is this place heaven on earth? Not quite - we had a fabulous time, but noted there are lots of little things that could be improved on. For example the lake house isn't cleaned and towels replenished on a regular basis, this missing itinerary to advise on our planned activities and perhaps more clarity on what is/isn't included in the room charges? So generally more attention to the detail will make all of the difference from this small team. Being such a small place, it would also have been nice to have met the owner, rather than putting the full responsibility of 'hosting' onto the shoulders of Greg? I'm glad about the lack of communications - it really is refreshing to be cut off from the rest of the world for a couple of days!
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Response from Pousada_Picinguaba, Gerente at Fazenda Catucaba
Responded Jun 9, 2016
Dear Margaret, Thanks for your message and positive comments about your stay at Fazenda Catuçaba. We were very happy to welcome you and your family at the Fazenda Catuçaba and offer an option to disconnect from the technology, enjoying the beauty of the region through the activities that we organize at the hotel such as cooking lessons, hikes and horseback rides. As you mentioned on your message the rooms are a very comfortable and charming places to rest after a day of experiences around the Fazenda. The Fazenda is located in a remote place, reason why we insist to our guest to use the map with the instructions that our commercial team sent at the moment of the reservation, we also suggest to use the link on the map, with access to an online map who indicates the instructions to arrive at the Fazenda. We apologize indeed about the fact that you didn´t receive our guest book on arrival, we will make sure that all our guest receive a copy on arrival. Our main focus is the attention to details as we are aware that it makes a huge difference in our guest satisfaction, we will keep improving to make sure that situation such as the experienced by you at the Lake House doesn´t happen again at the property. Once again thanks for your visit and your constructive feedback that will allow us to keep improving. Looking forward to welcome you again. Warm wishes from Brazil, Fazenda Catuçaba.
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John C wrote a review Feb 2016
London, United Kingdom286 contributions97 helpful votes
This place is so special that any trip to Brazil would be enhanced by a couple of nights here. It is about 3 hours drive from Sao Paulo through some of the most incredible scenery and landscape. It is worth the wait however, we were warmly greeted and even met the Fazenda's puppy Clark. Very cute. The rooms are lovely, simple and there is no TV which actually makes it better and more relaxing. A real back to basics piece of paradise. The bed and bath were great, comfortable and even without air con it felt airy, cool and roomy. There wasn't any wifi available over our stay. This was somewhat alarming at first, but actually enhanced our relaxation by dinner and added to the sense of escape. The dinner and breakfast was great, everything, literally everything, is grown or cultivated on site which was fantastic. Milk and yoghurt straight from the cow is an experience I won't forget in a hurry. Very exciting! We only had one night here and we loved it, definitely recommended if you want the outdoors and crave nature. Such a wonderful treat.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Responded Jun 9, 2016
Dear John, Thanks for your message and positive comments about your stay. We also believe that any trip to Brazil would be complete without a couple of nights at Fazenda Catuçaba and at Pousada Picinguaba our sister property. We were so happy to welcome you and offer a beautiful experience in between the rolling hills of Sao Paulo, surrounded by an amazing landscape and with the opportunity to discover the region through the activities that we offer. Next time in Brazil we are sure you will be able to stay for a couple of days. Looking forward to welcome you again. Warm regards from Brazil. Fazenda Catuçaba
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fazenda Catucaba
Which popular attractions are close to Fazenda Catucaba?
Nearby attractions include Trilha das 7 Cachoeiras (0.00 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fazenda Catucaba?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Fazenda Catucaba?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Fazenda Catucaba?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fazenda Catucaba?
Conveniently located restaurants include Refúgio das 7 Cachoeiras, Canto Da Pamonha Jocemel, and Bar Sao Vicente.
Does Fazenda Catucaba have airport transportation?
Yes, Fazenda Catucaba offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Fazenda Catucaba offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.