The Gate House is a free standing two bed-roomed house in a 4,500 sq ft private condominium, set back on a grassy hill overlooking the lake . A road winds along the main road of the Canto da lagoa, about 20 metres in front of the house.
The surroundings are very green and lush.
We have some of the better restaurants and good food shops in the neighborhood.
We are also conveniently located for lagoa, Itacorubi, the North and the South of the island and of course the city (centro) too.
The Gate house is a free standing, two bedroom house in a gated compound. The house overlooks the Lake of Conception, it's shady green coves and forested hills(URL HIDDEN)The house is surrounded by lush garden and is very private. However it is situated about 20 metres from the road. I am building up the vegetation around the wall to buffer the sounds of traffic which can be heard steadily throughout the day.
I have lived in the GateHouse and it did not bother me as it is not that intrusive. Also I have come to accept that Brazil is a pretty noisy place. Dogs bark seemingly without any owner interference. Packs of street dogs run around howling though the night. It's jsut how it is.
It is a cultural thing, people want their dogs to make a noise and scare off intruders.
I am saying all of this upfront so that you know that you are coming to a real house in a real neighbourhood and certain things are out of my control but none the less should be aware of.
The Canto is a neighborhood where many media people live as well as such international types such as one of the founders of (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN).
Fortunately there is still enough existing local colour to prevent the neighborhood becoming too exclusive.
The Canto da lagoa is a largely residential neighborhood but does have good restaurants, shops and cafes. In fact a few of the better restaurants on the island and within walking distance from the property.
The canto is self sufficient as far as food goes. We have a good cheese shop/deli, a Hipperbom supermarket and a fantastic fresh produce stand all within a few minutes.
A bus stop is located conveniently on the road outside the house with fast access to lagoa and the main bus terminal. Buses come every 15 minutes. From there connections can be made to the rest of the Island.
The Canto is part of Lagoa but is on the outskirts of the town. During average days it is a 7 minute drive to Centrinha, the centre of lagoa. During summer if you are not aware of rush hours you can get stuck in Lagoa traffic and jammed as people are trying to get to and from some of the more popular beaches such as Pria Mole.
If you are obsessed with Pria Mole and its the height of summer you might be well to stay out there instead.
The main drag of lagoa is lined with cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques and they are always full and happening during the holidays.
It is great to be next to where it is all at on the south of the island but not to be in it.
The Gate House is a place to lie on the hammock and chill out with head phones on. By all means invite friends and have a BBQ, that is what I built it for.
Plan your day so that you are not driving at maximum beach going times.
If you ever need a launcher which carries up to 8 people, then this can be employed for the day as a way of getting around, traffic free. It comes with a captain. Imagine this scenario, you want to go to pria Mole or come back from there and the traffic is snaking slowly around the island, faster to walk, except i tis too damned hot. But who wants to do that when they can go by launcher. Website to follow.
Once away from the property there are so many beaches, lakes and beauty spots to choose from, you will not have time to go to them all, you are totally spoiled for choice in Florianopolis.
However if you want to do stand up paddle then the lake in front of the house is a perfect location.
I enjoy going out before sun down on a summers evening for a paddle. As you glide silently past the white herons fishing for their supper enjoy the back yards of some of the most exclusive estates on the island.
The sun rises for us and goes down in the west but the colours bleed out over the dunes; being on the lake at this time is just divine.
Swimming Pool At Top of the Hill (with discretion)
BBQ Area (With notification)
There is a bbq area by the gate house that we have just built. However if you would like to use the one up the hill by the pool then please let me know which day and time at least 6 hours in advance so we can book that in for your use.
Please leave the BBQ the way you found it, clean and orderly. There are receptacles for all your reycled cans and bottles, crush and bag them, ready to be taken away. If a container has had milk or some perishable item in it then please be considerate of the garbage men and riinse your container before your throw it away,
All food items need to be put away in the fridge and be removed by the noon next day at the latest. ( If you are using the BBQ at the top of the property).
There is a basket for the recyclables so fill and tie up ready for disposal the next day.
There will be a $R 75 charge for clean up if the bbq has not been cleaned and the place is dirty and littered.
Also put away your dishes once they have been washed and dried. leave the place as you would like to find it.
Dont put hot pans straight onto the tables. use the pan rests provided.
Also please use chopping boards for cutting on, not the surfaces in the kitchen.
Lemons and limes eat into marble and granite so make sure that pieces are on plates and not sitting directly on the counters.
Loud parties must stop by 10.00pm at either of the BBQ areas. As we are in a nieghborhood we have to respect the families that live here. After thistime if you are the BBQ area by the Gatehouse then the party is best taken to the front of the house where you can sit on the deck and talk and laugh. But still please keep it moderate as you might be on holiday but the neighbours are not and it is imperative to keep good relations with them.
Общение с гостями
I try to be here to greet the guests but if I am not then Rodrigo my caretaker will be. He speaks very little English but seems to manage fine when I am not here.
He lives on the lower level of the house at the top of the hill. He maintains the property but is also a carpenter and responsible for making a lot of the fixtures and fittings in the houses.
If something is malfunctioning then let me know immediately and within a few hours or sometimes on the spot, we can fix it.
Sometimes things go wrong, air conditioners get overloaded and leak, a sink can get blocked. Once a guest dropped the remote control down the toilet, another one dropped a perfume bottle in the sink. Yes these things have happened. .
In stressful situations, It's is all about a good attitude on all sides when something needs to be resolved. And with a constant summer turnover of guests of course things run down and break .
Другие важные подробности
Whilst leaving the property, you will see a mirror on the opposite wall; this helps you see if there is anything coming from the left.
Please make sure for security reasons to shut the gate before you pull out so that it is closing as you drive away. Same thing when you enter the property as the gate has a 45 second delay before it closes, enough time for a car or person to enter.
Florianopolis is traditionally a safe place but due to more people coming to the island now than ever before, things are changing so please watch your bags, your change and any suspicious person watching you or the property. Don't flash your cameras, video equipment, drones, etc around. Be discreet and alert when you are traveling.
I hope to host people who are going to respect the house, the furnishings and the neighbours.
I have put some nice pieces in the house because I want it to look good and be comfortable.
It has just been refurbished for the season as everything had become run down from use over the last 3 years.
We have put in a new kitchen and new bathroom. Also the floors are new, lovely hardwood.
Help me maintain my standards by not eating on the couch or bed.
When you have a lot of people coming throught your house a few stains can add up to things looking shabby very quickly. Watch childrens sticky hands wiping themselves on things or bashing the house with their toys.
Also try and put your fresh garbage out daily as ants respond to the smell and will some into the house after the sugar especially.
Have fun but observe the boundaries of peace and quiet as well. The BBQ area is by the wall and we have neighbours on the either side. Try not to hang around that area late into the night if you are going to be a bit loud.
If you have a party keep it to a 10 person maximum and make sure all guests are off the property before you retire for the night.
Also please let me know if you are bringing people in from the outside, as its important for security that we know who is on the property.
If you need anything in the evening please call me rather than just wander up to my house and give me a fright. If you want to use the pool during the day then use the path that goes up the right hand side of the house.
Clear up your stuff from around the pool after you.
Do not take any form of food or drink into the pool. We had a blockage that burnt out the motor as a guest had dropped a plastic cup into the pool during a party.
Do not overload the pool with people. No more than 4 adults at a time please.
Keep the shouting and bomb diving down at night, If you are so inclined to let off steam that way.
There are two things that i dont want to experience again.
Being woken up by someone shouting "I'm the Greatest.
Hearing a gaggle of drunks shouting and singing int he garden close to the house and underwear and bikinis left in various places around the pool area.
We are a family living property to please remember that.
If you are here on a sunday night and you have a lot of recycling from a party or dinner, then please take it and put it on the opposite side of the road. If it is a small amount then leave it by my front porch.
Please do not leave dirty dishes for the maid to do. I do not do this in my own home.
Communication is one of the most important and often overlooked tools we have. Tell me what you need or how i can help you and I am happy to listen and to try and help.
Tell me at the time if you are unhappy about something so that I have a chance to resolve it.
If you have guests over please have them smoke outside. I do not ever want to see cigarette butts lying around, stubbed out in the sink or in the flower beds. Do not leave bottles with water and cigarettes butts in them for the maid to clean up. Use the ash tray and be considerate with your habit.
If you have a party please clean up all alcohol, beer cans etc and put into garbage bags for recycling.
My maid will do standard cleaning but will not be able to clean up after a party.
There is a garbage box hanging on the wall at the front of the house. This is where general garbage goes daily.
Wash and bag recycled containers of plastic, paper and metal. Put them out on the street before 9.00 am on a monday. If you would like maid service then let me know and I will arrange to have someone clear up the area next day for $R150.00.
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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.