A Hidden Jewel in Trancoso - CASA TIBA

23 November 2012 Written by   Published in Where to Stay
CASA TIBA CASA TIBA Photos by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of Casa Tiba

I was struck by the beauty of design of the villa captured in this photo above.

When I first came across this photo on an online interior magazine a while ago, the villa was introduced just as an example of beautiful architecture and interior design. I was like "wow, this is my dream house" . . .

It was just recently that I happened to find out that you can rent this charming villa. When I was searching accommodations in Trancoso, I unexpectedly ran into that familiar photo above. I can't tell you enough how much I got excited!

[A little bit about CASA TIBA] The villa, previously belonged to local ceramist, João José Calazans, was originally built in 1990. In 2011, it was restored to life and its original beauty by a new owner, Thierry Moriceau, who is a former executive of JP Morgan Paris and now retired.
Thierry, who was traveling the world in search for an ideal place for his retired life, fell in love with the village of Trancoso when he first visited there in 2007. Three years later, he bought this villa and set to work on restoration.
Almost all the wooden frame structure, walls, windows and roofs were recovered and restored with same kind of materials used in its original construction, by architect Daniela Oliveira of the local builder. One of the furnaces created by the ceramist also remains, and now stands as a unique feature that characterize CASA TIBA. While preserving the 'old hippie' spirit of this ceramist's atelier, the villa has been turned into one and only place filled with comfort and sophistication that translates into real luxury.

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

 

The restoration of these charming wooden doors and window frames was done by skillful local carpenters and craftsmen.
The rustic facade has something associated with a nostalgic warmth, and I love it. Also it reminds me of traditional architecture in Okinawa, Japan.

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

The whitewashed walls softly reflect sunlight and let the house breathe.

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

 

The craftsmanship of local artisans showcased here and there create a warm welcoming atmosphere.

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

Showers carved from tree trunks welcome guests returning from the infinity pool or beach.

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Private infinity pool overlooking the luxurious nature (Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

The pool tiles are made of green quartz, native stone in the region, and finished by skilled local artisans.

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)

 

Detailed designs here and there . . .

 

CASA TIBA, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Thierry Moriceau, owner of CASA TIBA
(Photo by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA)
 

On top of all above, Thierry's welcoming smile makes me want to stay here and meet him in person.

Thank you Thierry, for kindly giving me permission to publish an article of your beautiful CASA TIBA.

 

 

CASA TIBA is comprised of 4 suites and comfortably sleeps up to 8 people.
Amenities include air conditioner, flat screen satellite TV, DVD player, audio system & iPod station, high speed wireless internet, music, books and games, private infinity pool, BBQ.

* Casa Tiba is fully staffed with maid and gardener.

What I like about this property:
  • A combination of whitewashed walls and rustic dark brown wood is one of my favorites.
  • Love the atmosphere of warmth, comfort and sophistication.
  • Love the open, airy space in a natural, simple, relaxed style which reflects owner's hospitality.
  • Love the design making great use of wooden louvers (both vertical and horizontal) that allow air and light in as well as views from within.
  • Love the craftsmanship that can be found everywhere in this villa.
  • Oh I almost forgot to mention that CASA TIBA is located in the best area of Trancoso, a 2-minute walk from the historical Quadrado, center of Trancoso, and 5-minute walk to the nicest beach. It's close to everything, but hidden away to protect your privacy.

 

Please visit CASA TIBA official website (www.casatibatrancoso.com) for more information and more photos.

Photos by Ariadna Bufi, courtesy of CASA TIBA

 

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How to get there:
CASA TIBA is located in the center of Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil. It's approximately 24 kilometres from Porto Seguro airport, which translates as an hour's drive due to the scenic, two-lane roads and a short river ferry crossing (about 10 minutes).

* Flights from U.S. or Europe to Porto Seguro Airport usually require a connection in Rio, São Paulo or Salvador. It's about 3 hours flight from São Paulo to Porto Seguro.
From November through February, many charter flights fly directly to Porto Seguro from Europe.

 

* Brazilian Tourism Institute: www.visitbrasil.com

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