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Farm Hotel Villa Forte

30 de November de 2020

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The 18th century colonial-style main house officially became a hotel in 1932, when it was first registered as a family inn. However, Admiral José de Siqueira Villa Forte and his wife, Dona Dalila, had been regularly receiving family friends as guests and charging them to cover their costs as early as 1918. To this day the property is managed by their descendants.
Remnants from the time of the coffee barons are all still there: the large main house, the old mill, the train station. The slaves quarters, although preserved, are open to guests at Farm Hotel Villa Forte. Same as with many other farms after the coffee economy collapsed, the old Paraíba Valley property has been turned into an inn and now has become a tourist attraction.
The farm hotel is located in Engenheiro Passos, within the Resende district, in the southernmost mountain region of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Engenheiro Passos has a population of four thousand and its economy relies on tourism, milk cattle and small farming.
  • At 475m altitude, it borders the northeast of São Paulo state and the south of Minas Gerais state. Its scenery includes valleys and the Itatiaia massif.
  • According to the proprietors, Emperor Pedro II stayed at Villa-Forte and created a relationship with the owners’ family. After Brazil became a Republic, the Admiral acquired objects formerly used by the Emperor and brought them to his property. This is how the portrait of Dom Pedro II that can be seen at the reception area came from the Emperor’s own office.
  • The hotel’s reception area showcases a harpsichord, a setee, vases and couches made by Dom Pedro II’s carpenter.

Address: Presidente Dutra Highway, 27.555-000. KM-330, Engenheiro Passos, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2
Phone: +55 (24) 3357-8222
+55 (24) 3357-1122
+55 (24) 99943-3555

Opening Hours: Always open