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Estancia Guardia del Monte

Ruta 9, | Palmar de Castillos, Castillos, Uruguay
Estancia Guardia del Monte
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stayed at Guardia del Monte for 2 nights and wish we had stayed for a week. Alicia ,the owner, is a delightful person a wonderful hostess. The meals were excellent. Breakfast was served outside overlooked the lake. The estancia sits on a knoll and has 360 degree views of the country, lake and distant dunes. Carlos the gaucho took... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We spent 3 nights at this marvelous place in January. We had really been looking forward to stay at a genuine estancia and finally decided to visit Guardia del Monte. We had very high expectations and they all were fulfilled! Everything was to our satisfaction, the horses, (I love Tarek), Carlos calmness and professional instructions, Alicia with her lovely welcoming... More 

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Cayenne
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We stayed there for one night only but loved the place. Alicia is a charming host who will willingly tell you about the story of the estancia and guide you through the quite unique ombu forest in Uruguay. She also offers water and delicious tea after the walks. We went horse riding aroun the beautiful property. We were not experienced... More 

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

It is hard to find enough superlatives to describe this place. I have wanted to go to Uruguay for a long time, looking for the beautiful countryside, the people, the birds, and overall - the horses!! Guardia del Monte delivered in every respect, and then some. It was one of those very memorable instances when reality exceeds expectations. The property... More 

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Brighton, Canada
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The estancia is located 10 km down an unpaved road off Ruta #9, on the border of the Castillos Lagoon. On arrival, we were served tea on the brick patio that overlooked the wetlands below in the distance. This property has had a significant historical importance since the 18th century and has been in the owner's family dating back to... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

No need to repeat the positive descriptions of the estancia and the proprietor and host, Alicia, as they tell the story accurately. We arrived mid-February, just after three weeks of unusually heavy rain for Summer time and much of the low-lying fields were under water. However, we still had great horseback rides, often wading through the shallow water. The horses... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We spent three nights in February, the landscape is stunning, with green plains that extend to the horizon, palm tree forests, and unique Ombu forests. You constantly run into all sorts of wildlife, including nandus, giant lizards, and bird life we had never seen before. The is a huge lake where it is apparently possible to fish and canoe. We... More 

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Phnom Penh
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I cannot get an actual estimate price for the stay. The public like info especially on the internet: why keep the price a secret. Let the customer evaluate whether it is worth the price. Most travellers don't have open check book! Only for elite travellers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

My wife and I visited Estancia Guardia del Monte in December 2013 as part of our "babymoon" and felt this was the highlight of our trip to Uruguay. We were the only persons staying there on New Year's Eve and felt truly pampered throughout, including delicious homemade lemonade when we arrived to a dinner made-to-order by the incredible chef on... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We were made to feel so welcome and at home at this beautiful and historic estancia. Alicia is the charming and gracious hostess. She speaks English and seemed very happy to explain about the history and ecology of the local area. The bird life, forest, views and food were all outstanding. Best for us was the riding. We went out... More 

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