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“Have been there 4 times in a year!” 5 of 5 stars
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Estancia Aguila Blanca
Polanco de Lavalleja, Cerro Colorado 321111, Uruguay   |  
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Montevideo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Have been there 4 times in a year!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We love this place! We have been three times with visiting grandkids and once with a group of friends. It brings us peace ( the views and quietness are wonderful), but at the same time, we can do outdoor things, like horse ride, walk to the nearby lake to fish or use the canoes, use the pool in summer, get taken in the back of an old jeep to a beautiful waterfall, far away from anywhere, where the goats come to see who is invading their place! The food is always good, plentiful and one of the owners,Jamie, does a great job in the kitchen as he also uses vegetables from his home grown patch. You eat in the communal dining room with who ever is also staying there so you make friends with others from around the world. As it isnt a very big place, you never have too many people invading your privacy if that is what you are looking for. Jonathan, his brother, is the main face you will see there, always welcoming, willing to do things to suit you, at whatever time you want to do something. Both speak perfect English. The staff are fantastic and are very attentive when serving at the table or cleaning the rooms ((especially Mariana). Also Santiago, who looks after you when out horse riding, or when we were invited to help with farm activities, like collecting the cattle or vaccinating the sheep. The rooms are all different but comfortable and very clean.
The landscape is wonderful, appreciated by us but especially by others who come from abroad,with its undulating hills, birds and animals, including the ñandus (rheas) and carpinchos ( capybaras).
If you are looking for a typical estancia to stay in, we highly recommend this one as it has everything. We will be back!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pasadena, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We had only two days at Aguila Blanca. They were delightful. Traveling with our six-year-old daughter, we were given a family "suite," not fancy, but big enough for a family twice our size. My daughter looked forward to riding horses, but she ended up falling in love with a litter of puppies in one of the out buildings. Jonathan, who was very prompt in answering my e-mailed questions, was away fishing at the time, but his mom, Pat, proved to be a charming hostess and a great companion for my non-Spanish-speaking wife and daughter. Jamie, the chef brother, managed to meet the needs of the two celiacs in the family easily. We enjoyed the comraderie with the other guests. We would visit again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

My wife and I stayed in December and had a fantastic time. Great landscape, food, people and horseriding. The 1000 hectare ranch is located in beautiful rolling terrain with a big lake. Jonathan and Jamie are brothers and run the estancia. Jonathan is a naturally friendly and charismatic host and Jamie is the magician in the kitchen, working up great meals. Santiago is the ranch´s hired hand and he is extremely friendly. Santiago will be the one taking you on horse rides or guided tour to the canyon area - waterfalls. We recommend a walk around the large lake which takes about 2 hours. You will see Carpincho and a lot of bird life, in addition to the usual cattle, sheep and horses. We also enjoyed watching the ranch dogs work with Santiago when moving cattle and sheep between grazing areas. I don´t think we were too much help since we are new to horseriding. We highly recommend Estancia Aguila Blanca

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed in August and had a really lovely time. Pat and Jonathan, who own and run the estancia were really friendly and welcoming and made us completely relaxed and at home. The food was really tasty and there was loads of it which we loved! It was really cold whilst we were there (winter) but the log fires kept us cosy and warm and we enjoyed the long walks around the estancia with the dogs in tow. The horseriding was a highlight too! In summary, we had a fantastic time and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Estancia Aguila Blanca

Address: Polanco de Lavalleja, Cerro Colorado 321111, Uruguay
Location: Uruguay > Florida Department > Cerro Colorado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Cerro Colorado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Estancia Aguila Blanca is a cattle ranch hidden in the "sierras" in Lavalleja, Uruguay. 1000 hectares of amazing landscapes, learn about tipical farm chores and working with cattle. Enjoy 4 by 4 excursions, horse-riding, kayaking, fishing and much more. You eill see all kinds of birds and animals in the wild, from capibaras to swans, "ñandú" (ostredge), armadillos, and many more. Feel the warm welcome of the estancia´s owners and feel at home in Aguila Blanca. ... more   less 
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