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Watch dazzling sunsets from the off-grid comfort of a glass-fronted, floating house that breathes with nature, gently anchored at the foot of Brazil's breathtaking Serra da Mantiqueira.

Surrounded by rolling hills, green forestland, and the pristine waters of Brazil's Jaguari dam - the highest in the region - Altar is perfectly positioned for a supreme romantic escape.

You'll find the unique, off-grid house floating serenely at the foot of the captivating Serra da Mantiqueira, on a private farm site.  Mantiqueira means "mountains that cry"; a beautiful word that encapsulates the many sparkling springs and streams you'll discover all around you.

Constructed both to blend with and maximise the beauty of nature, Altar is soothingly off-grid, using solar energy to power integrated systems that provide lighting, fresh water, and cutting-edge sanitation.

Meanwhile, a soft-glowing wood burning stove offers plenty of warmth on cooler evenings. Blissfully free from digital distractions, all you'll have to do is open up your delicious welcome gift of local wine and cheese, and get to know your loved one all over again.

Flanked by enormous windows, there's plenty of ever-changing scenery to savour, as you relax in the comfort-filled lounge.  There's no TV, but if you're in need of additional entertainment, the vintage record player and home cinema projector should see you right.

You'll find the integrated kitchen equipped with everything you'll need, and a little more besides... as well as that lovely cheese and wine, you'll also find locally sourced produce to help you whip up a tasty breakfast.

That is, if you can tear yourselves out of the downy queensize bed... in which you've been gently rocked by the water into a sound night's slumber! There's a sofa bed for two additional guests, if needed.

Freshen up in the shower room, then enjoy a steaming mug of coffee out on the deck, as you listen to joyous birdsong, and watch the sun rising gloriously into the sky. What better way to begin your day?

If you're in the mood to get up close and personal with the crystal water, simply grab the stand-up paddle boards and kayaks provided, and get exploring!   

Prefer the charms of dry land? No problem... the friendly owners will be more than happy to arrange local tours on foot or horseback, perhaps also sampling some of the region's finest cuisine on your way.

After a long, hard day of doing whatever you like, you'll be beautifully rewarded by that blazing sunset, followed by a mesmerising blanket of stars that promise to soothe your souls, easing you into yet another unforgettable night spent at Altar.

Things to note

Check in after 3pm, check out by 12pm. The house is not suitable for children or pets. Location marker is approximate - actual location provided on booking.

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The basics

The basics

Region: São Paulo, Joanopolis
Cost (from): £186 per night
Sleeps: 2-4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1704

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Off-grid floating house, sleeps 2-4 guests.  Open plan lounge/kitchen: seating, double sofa bed, woodburner, home cinema video projector, record player, barbecue equipment, stove, fridge, locally sourced welcome pack with wine, cheese and breakfast items, queensize bedroom with fresh linen provided, shower room with WC, towels, natural soaps and shampoo, external furnished decking, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks provided.  Private parking on farm site.

Local Activities

Swimming, watersports, nature watching, walking, cycling, horseback tours, local shops, restaurants, gastronomic tours

At a glance

At a glance

  • A captivating, off-grid floating house for 2-4 guests, nestled at the foot of the Serra da Mantiqueira, part of a private farm site in São Paulo.
  • Using solar energy and cutting-edge water systems, the house is fully self-contained, with kitchen and shower facilities.
  • Dive into the tempting wine-and-cheese welcome pack provided (locally sourced breakfast items are also provided), and relax on the scenic decking, watching this beautiful part of the world float by!
  • Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are provided, and the owners are happy to organise walking, horseback, or gastronomic tours of the local area.

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