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Put it this way, I would love to live in the atelier!
It is cosy, really nestled in amongst the trees. Expansive views of the lake and mountains create a light and spacious environment.
The atelier is a newly converted artists workshop. It is loft style, one large space with high ceilings. It has incredible views over the lake and surrounding hills.
It is situated inside a closed private condominium. The condominium is fenced and has a security gate. We have never had any problems of any sort.
The atelier is light and airy and very comfortable. As it is at the top of the hill a natural breeze blows through the place and a ceiling fan provides air circulation as well.
There is a large airconditioning unit for the very hot days that we have been having lately.
There is a small kitchenette in the atelier and a larger outdoor kitchen on the lower level if the guests want to entertain people. The BBQ area is by the pool.
It should be noted that if you have problems with going up and down stairs then the atelier is not a good choice because there is a climb of stairs to get to the top and the great view. Also if you are squeamish about the occasional bug or the sound of monkeys on the roof then again not a good choice. We are in the jungle and it is a natural environment so you will on occasion see a trail of ants, hear the sounds of nature and wonder what is playing on the roof.
All you need to do is to let me know if there is something bothering you and If I can do something about it I will.
Our neighborhood is a gentle mix of old families with money with amazing lakeside estates, International newcomers such as ourselves and simple living locals. But it seems to work and this mix prevents the neighborhood from becoming too ritzy.
The Canto is mostly residential but there are a few good restaurants and shops sprinkled throughout certain segments of the long road that hugs the lake. Within walking distance we have several good pizzerias and a bistro. Basilico pizzeria is famous for having the best pizza on the island and I agree. It is obvious that it is a cut above the rest, also in price.
There is a marina situated 5 minutes away from the house and we have a 7 person Evolve launcher docked (URL HIDDEN) is available with a captain for hire. Day trips from this side of the lake to the other are one of the most fun things to do on the island. This would include swimming and bbqs on the deserted nearby beaches that are only accessible by the water. There are some good water side restaurants also to be visited by boat.
Our daughters are learning the watersports, right there in front of my house!
We are conveniently situated for the nightlife in lagoa, of which there is plenty.
There are an abundance of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes in Lagoa, a 5 minute drive or a 20 minute walk away.
If you want to take the bus there is a bus stop at the bottom of the hill by the gate that will take you straight to a main terminal a few minutes away. From here you can get buses all over the island.
The nearest beach of Campeche which is natural and clean and gorgeous is a 10-15 minute drive from the house. The surfing and windsurfing is optimum there.
Should you ever want to leave the compound, there is lots to do in the area.
We rent out stand up surf boards. The lake in front of the property has an abundance of birds and interesting houses to look as as you paddle silently around on the stand up. Highly recommended. I also have access to a speed launcher in the nearby marina should anyone want to hire it for the day or even to bypass traffic as a taxi service across the water to places such as Praia Mole beach which get jammed with traffic during the summer.
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If we hit it off then guests sometimes come for dinner. I take the cue from my guests. A lot of people who come to the atelier are honeymooners and they don't want to be around anyone except each other.
Sometimes I will be present, depending on whether or not my main house is also rented. But in general I am around the property a lot.
I also have a man living on the propety who caretakes the place. He works outside of the property a lot but having him in residence means that if there is a problem and for sure things happen, things break down suddenly, then he is here to fix it same day.
There are a series of lights to illuminate the stairs and pathways at night. I would appreciate if you could be responsible about electricity and switch the lights off when you no longer need them. This also goes for the ceiling fan.
I have two other houses in the condominium and we all use the swimming/BBQ area. Please clean up after yourselves. No beer cans and rubbish bags left for me to clean up.
For security reasons please shut your windows and lock the door when you leave the premises. We have never had any problems here but there is always the first time.
When you come home late at night be aware that you pass my daughter's bedroom so keep the noise down.
Try not to lose your remote control or keys as I will need to charge you $R30.00 for another one.
Be aware of the garbage policies of washing and seperating garbage for recycling. I will give you the times when to put your garbage out.
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I am of truly a cosmopolitan person having been born of Scottish parents in South Africa.This set me up for a life of living abroad although I have also done my time in both Scotland (Aberdeen) and England, (London).
I lived in New York during the 80's and 90's. I am a visual artist and chef by profession.
It has been a year and a half renovating and landscaping the three houses and the property but we are close to finishing. Now we are looking after details and making sure things are comfortable for guests.
I am a passionate gardener, that is the most British thing about me.
You will see me around the garden, weeding, planting, shaping, clearing. It is my favorite thing to do. The property is 4,250,.00 square metres, with big trees and lots of plants so I have a lot to do, always.
I am an intensely creative person and always on the go. I like people but also like getting on with my work. I love entertaining, cooking and providing a wonderful ambience for people getting together.
Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I take it very seriously. We just threw a very theatrical party in the garden and it was really appreciated.
Brazil is a great place to live. It brings out the child in us. Much more leeway to play and enjoy life.
However, you will no doubt be here in the summer months and there is less play and more work for me a this time.
I have to keep the garden weeded and watered and I really enjoy doing that as the night closes in.
I have a maid who comes once a week and a gardener who comes and cuts the grass and does some of the weeding.
I recommend you do the housekeeping yourself but if you would like maid service during your stay, please let me know and I will see what i can do.