Modern house in gated compound . Peace & security.

Modern house in gated compound . Peace & security.


Dec 2008

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
4 Bathrooms

About our home

This is our home in Brazil.
It was built for us and we moved here in mid-2016.
It's bright, comfortable, clean and quite spacious.
The bedrooms are of good size but emphasis was given to the social areas.

Ground floor:
It's essentially a large open-plan comprising of:
The living room is large and cool, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto the terrace and allowing for panoramic views of the garden, swimming pool, the beach and the blue sea beyond. It continues on to the living room, where a lovely white marble-topped table can accommodate eight diners. This room is separated from the kitchen by a long breakfast bar from where a glass door gives access to the utility area and, beyond that, the outside sink and BBQ and WC/changing room.
There is also a social WC and a single bedroom with a sofa bed) and ensuite shower room. (This is ideal for someone who would rather not/can't climb the stairs to the main bedrooms.)

First Floor:
On the mezzanine, there is a small games room with great views of the surrounding parkland. This room gives access to the master suite and a large guest suite, both with a king-size beds and large verandahs with a panoramic view of the garden, swimming pool and beach. The second guest suite has twin beds and a verandah with views of the front garden and the natural, tropical vegetation that surrounds the compound.

Lower floor (not really a basement):
Here we have an office/library where the main desktop computer is located and, further along the corridor, our pride-and-joy room: the home theatre. This is a purposely built room fitted with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment: large TV, drop-down screen and projector and sound system with Dolby Atmos capability.
A door gives direct access to the garage where our small SUV and two sports bicycles are parked.

We have a 20m long, heated swimming pool and large sun-decks where one can work on acquiring a natural tropical tan. There is a large pergola, furnished with a settee and a round dining table for six, where we take most of our daytime meals enjoying the shade of the coconut trees, the view of the beach and the gentle sea breeze.

This is a place to sit back and enjoy!


Duilio's reviews

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More about us

  1. We're a mixed nationality gay couple, married for more than 25 years, with no children. (Just nephews and nieces ant that's quite enough. hehehe)
    Graham is English, graphic designer/entrepreneur, in his late 50's.
    Duilio is Brazilian, retired doctor (radiologist), in his early 60's.

  2. We usually travel alone but, occasionally, are joined by family members - remember those nephews and nieces? - or a couple of friends of similar age and background. (Obviously, our exchange counterparts would be advised in advance should that happen.)
    We're very, very flexible regarding time and destinations.

  3. We've done several house exchanges in the past few years. The experiences have been very enjoyable and enriching and we've made some good friends in the process.

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Where is it?


Our house is located in a new development to the south of Recife - technically, in a separate city, Cabo de Santo Agostinho - called "Reserva do Paiva", in a compound, or 'condominium', as they are called in Brazil, called "Morada da Península". This is an up-market, gated housing estate, boasting controlled entrances and security 24/7. It's discreetly tucked away, quiet, private and safe.
It's surrounded by a large natural reserve crisscrossed by footpaths and cycling tracks. Many tropical birds and the occasional saguii monkey can be often spotted in the early hours and in the evenings.
There are long, gentle, jogging and cycling tracks within the compound in addition to access to tennis courts and other sports facilities, massage parlor, hairdressing salon, bar and large, communal pools.

The beach in front of the house sea can be quite choppy, according to the season and the tide and we discourage our guests to swim too far as shark attacks have been reported on beaches nearby. However, only a few hundred yards down the beach, to the right of the house, there are extensive coral reefs just offshore which create a natural breaker and allow for the formation of lovely natural pools at low tide.

Just over the bridge, at variable distances, there are a number of supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, pizzerias, bars, etc. Just drive up and down the long stretches of road along the beach and choose.

Recife, the state capital is only a few kilometers away.
Recife International Airport (REC) is well placed within the domestic flight network and there are direct flights to Lisbon (7hrs), Frankfurt (11hrs), Milan (10hrs) and Miami (8hrs). Also, various charters operate from Scandinavia and Italy. (Check with your travel agency as these things change from season to season.)
The other option is to fly to Sao Paulo (GRU - 3hrs away) or Rio de Janeiro (GIG - 2.5hrs away) from many places around the world and then take a domestic flight north, to Recife.

House staff:
Garden and pool maintenance is done by specialized teams.
We have a house helper who comes every day to do general cleaning and tidying up the place. She also takes care of the laundry. She does not cook or press personal clothes.

We have good neighbours and a great set of friends who are always ready to help should assistance be needed.

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