Solar da Ponte is an exquisitely restored colonial house set within peaceful gardens in the historical, 18th century Brazilian mountain village of Tiradentes, with quaint winding streets and beautiful Baroque churches.
Great location at the very centre of Tiradentes
Beautifully restored colonial house
Run by owners who are passionate and very knowledgeable about the local area
Traditional décor and local handmade furniture
Solar da Ponte is owned by a British couple, John and Anna Maria Parsons, who fell in love with Tiradentes and whose aim it is to create a unique and hospitable experience in the Mineira tradition. The colonial-style architecture creates a comfortable environment, and the spacious interiors feature light colour schemes complemented by traditional décor and locally made furniture.
The hotel features 18 guest rooms in total. All are spacious and furnished with antiques. Take a stroll around the historic centre of the town and admire the local artworks on display and the variety of handicrafts. The native tropical forests are stunning, and the imposing Sao Jose Mountain Range, now an ecological reserve, creates an awe-inspiring backdrop. Excursions to the countryside, visits to fazendas and preservation areas, on foot, horse-back, by 4x4 or bicycle can all be arranged.
When to visit
Visit in January for the international film festival or in August for one of Brazil's best food festivals
Solar da Ponte is set at the heart of the charming village of Tiradentes, overlooking the main square and the São Jose mountains, in the state of Minas Gerais in the East of Brazil.
São João del Rey Airport (12km away) is the closest airport and can be reached by from Rio's domestic airport, Santos Dumont (a 40-minute flight) or from Belo Horizonte (a 20-minute flight). The transfer from the airport to the hotel is a 30-minute drive.