We stayed at El Pedral for 3 nights in sunny, but windy weather.The estancia is a 1.5 hour drive on dirt roads from either Puerto Madryn or Trelew. The lodge lies near the coast, with a very wide pebble beach. It is owned by a Belgian who lives already for many years in Bariloche. His 2 nieces were over from Belgium to help out in the catering and as a tour guide.
The main house dates from 1923 and has a cosy living room, a library and a nice dining room. All 9 bedrooms are in annexed buildings, all groud floor and with a nice view on the mountains. Our bedroom was decent, farmhouse style and sober with a good bed and a bathroom with a view.
Breakfast offers a choice of fresh fruit, cereals and toast. We only found out later that you can order eggs. We enjoyed lunch twice, which was a great 3 course meal, a real feast! And then dinner is a treat again, with most dishes home grown and home made. House wines are Argentinian (of course!) and perfect, but there is a wide choice of wines at a surcharge (which we only found out at check out).
There is no Wifi nor mobile connection, so check your messages before you leave the airport!
El Pedral is uniquely located, far away from the Peninsula Valdes touristic crowds, but with lots of sealife nearby. A nice colony of penguins is just a short drive away, so you can enjoy these fantastic animals in peace as often as you want. There are also half day trips to various beaches with sea elephants, seals, sea lions and cormorants. And at an additional cost you can also join Wendt on a zodiac trip to see whales if the weather permits. We were lucky that the boat could go out and we saw 3 whales.
Hospitality is informal and we had a great time with the rest of the 8-10 guests with whom we shared the meals and the excursions.