Isle Esme Shooting Location Featured in Architectural Digest

TY to Jason for the heads up on this!

Architectural Digest has a fantastic photo spread and story on the house that served as the Isle Esme location. According to AD, “Halfway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, off the BR-101 highway, lies a corner of Brazil bounded by forested mountains that edge their way down to the sea. The Saco do Mamanguá, a tropical fjord, cuts between the mainland and the peninsula of Juatinga, where ridges approaching 1,600 feet frame a narrow bay; this pristine spot is where businessman Ícaro Fernandes, his wife, Cristina, and their five children, ranging in age from three to 24, come to trade life in the urban jungle of São Paulo for waterskiing and dolphin-watching. On weekends, the clan braves São Paulo’s notorious traffic to make the nearly three-hour drive to the colonial town of Paraty, where they hop onto a speedboat for the short ride to their beachfront home. ”

Here’s the master bedroom’s (seen above) description, “The walls and ceiling of the master bedroom are covered in woven-straw panels, the work of artisans in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.”

Leading out of the master bedroom, “Like a rope bridge in the jungle, a walkway with eucalyptus railings spans from the master bedroom on one side of the living room across to the children’s rooms.”

Here’s the View from the living room. You can see where the flotilla of photographers were moored while filming was going on.”Friends moor their boats right off the beach when they visit. The plantation chairs and other outdoor furniture, all made of tropical hardwoods, are from Bali and Brazil.”

You can read more on the history of the house here, and see an awesome slide show here


  1. This house is AMAZING!!! Definitly Cullen Worthy.

  2. This house is beautiful! Just what I pictured Isle Eme to look like. Very Cullen like. Great Job on Scouting this location.

  3. Ok, so I pictured the house to be all classic Victorian, like all the Cullen houses are described in the books with french doors leading out into the beach.

    None of the houses in the movies have been what they were like in the books (Cullen house is too modern looking, Charlie’s house is too big), but that doesn’t mean they’re not awesome!

    • A gorgeous house but I pictured the bedroom with a sliding glass door to the SANDY beach. This house is not what I pictured but that is the thing with books isn’t it? We all make different images in our minds when we read a book. This is a movie and it is close enough. I can’t wait to see it! I do hope it is not a full year between the last two movies.

    • I wanted to add that I pictured the house as more intimate. It is after all Carlisle’s gift to Esme…for the two of them…not the whole family. This bedroom does not look intimate. Just saying.

      • I agree with you! I’m hoping they don’t use the entire house, and are able to make it more quaint looking.

      • I totaly agree with you DonaNicole!!! I too pictured it not so big and kind of recluse too. I hope they too don’t use the whole house; it looks too big with the extra rooms. As we know it, there is a master bedroom and a vistors bedroom. And the walls were white and not so open as this master bedroom is. I agree with Jodi!!!!

  4. It’s certainly pretty, but it’s not Isle Esme.

  5. Man, that’s some cottage bungalow! Gorgeous, but not at all how I pictured their place on the island: smaller, quainter, more intimate setting, especially the bedroom. Ah well, c’est Hollywood. Maybe for them this IS a quaint cottage….

  6. Not at all what I pictured…

  7. switzy4ever14 says

    the tone and colors are very similar to what I pictured, but it seems too roomy and big… oh well. I’m so excited anyway.

  8. wow, its not exactly what the books described, but it looks amazing!

  9. It’s a very beautiful house and all but I agree with many of you that think it’s a bit big. But this definitely looks like something the Cullen’s would own. Hoping they filmed it to feel more intimate and cozy.

  10. Laurabunny says

    how this island is called?


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