Solar da Ponte

Location: Minas Gerais & Brazil's Heartland | Brazil

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Solar da Ponte is nestled in lush tropical gardens by a bridge in the historic 18th-century colonial village of Tiradentes, and offers traditional accommodation, delicious food and a tranquil environment to unwind in. An attractive mix of historic and contemporary, it is a bit of a local landmark, and is popular with Rio residents (cariocas) escaping the city.
Perfect forThose who want to soak up the traditional charms of a historic pousada.
In the know
  • A local landmark in a beautiful setting in a historic 18th-century colonial village
  • Founding member of Roteiros de Charme, an association of independent hotels that are in destinations of special interest in Brazil
  • Pretty gardens with colourful flowers such as orchids and ylang ylang - and monkeys!
  • Ideal base for exploring surrounding mountains and waterfalls

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Food & Wine
  • Guesthouse or Inn

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

In the heart of the historic village of Tiradentes, in the state of Minas Gerais.

Rooms at Solar da Ponte

There are 18 spacious and characterful rooms, with high wooden-beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls displaying local artworks, and antique furnishings including draped four-poster beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and colourful bedspreads, as well as fresh flowers and views over the gardens. The bathrooms feature local stone and also have garden views.

Food & Drink

Solar da Ponte is run by an English/Brazilian family, and you can enjoy traditional local specialities with an English twist for breakfast and afternoon tea, including fresh tropical fruit juices, yoghurt, granola, scrambled eggs, homemade breads and cakes and regional cheeses. The hotel doesn’t offer lunch or dinner, but snacks such as sandwiches can be available throughout the day. In the evening, there are several restaurants to choose from nearby for tasty meals and refreshing cocktails. 

Activities

Tiradentes, with its winding cobbled streets and leafy squares, was founded on gold mining in the early 18th century, and is perfectly preserved, showcasing beautiful houses and ornate Baroque churches displaying sculptures and touches of gold, where you can listen to music recitals, as well as interesting museums and shops displaying unique handicrafts that make ideal souvenirs of your holiday. Experience all its charms on a horse and carriage ride through the village.
Around the area, you can horse ride in the surrounding mountains, enjoy a moonlight trek or hike to waterfalls, for some panoramic countryside views. We also recommend taking the scenic steam train to Sao Joao del Rei, another beautiful 18th-century spot that is also a thriving modern city, where historic colonial mansions and floodlit churches co-exist with 21st-century living.  
After exploring, cool off in the pool or visit the sauna, and relax poolside under the shade of an umbrella with a drink - you may spot an inquisitive monkey or two around the flower-filled gardens. When the sun goes in, there are cosy lounges where you can watch TV or curl up by the fire with a good book.

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Hotel location

Tiradentes is 300km from Rio de Janeiro, reached by a short 40-minute flight to Sao Joao del Rei (12km away) or a five-hour drive, and 480km from Sao Paolo. Belo Horizonte airport is 180km away.

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