We were looking forward to our stay here. We've been to private estancias/campo's (rural houses) of friends in the past and always had a good time (riding horses, etc.). We've been to Uruguay many times so know the country well and what standards to expect.
- The location is great and the drive through the country side provides a good picture of the real Uruguay.
- The buildings and estate are authentic and with beautiful grounds - exuding some of the splendor of the past of this estate.
- Staff were all very friendly and accommodating - and flexible with requests.
- The horseback riding is great
- There's wifi
- You can fish nearby and that's fun.
- The rooms are awful and have not been updated in years/decades. The bathroom fixtures seemed about 40 years or more old and there was no water pressure at all (we were required to take showers in the pool building). There was no desk/table to place anything and the closets were so old they were falling apart/windows couldn't close properly. Shampoo in tiny plastic bags. No water bottles in the room. plastering paint. The carpet is a faded brown color. You get the idea - most youth hostels have better quality rooms.
- The number of activities was very limited. no specific activities for kids that had any rural component (e.g. walks, milking cows, visiting the barn, seeing baby lambs/goats). No folklore. They had hay rides, a lecture, music (good), 2 horseback rides a day (good) and that was basically it.
- There is basically only one gaucho running around (the real deal) but that isn't enough for such a large property and to create the sense that you are on the campo. I know they only have horses and no cows - but why not have a couple of gauchos running around, entertaining guests, explaining the gaucho life. The horse rides are good - but again - one gaucho for the entire group.
- Food was a big disappointment. No eggs for breakfast - though the rest was good enough (coffee was good). Lunch and dinner were basically the same set of salads and one or two different mains. I was looking forward to Parilla but they only did this once for lunch (it was good) - which is a shame as they could've easily prepared a dish on the parilla each night. For New Years dinner they had no parilla either which is hard to believe in Uruguay! Instead they brought out cold suckling pig prepared earlier. Dinner on an estancia without the smell of wood burning is just a sad. Teatime consisted of dry biscottis and a few cookies (nothing else). My kids ate hardly anything.
- The only place where you can order a drink/coke/water is the restaurant. Why not at minimum have a few fridges with soda in the various building with an honor system.
San Pedro de Timote is missing many components that create a real rural experience and ambiance.
Clearly there has been a lack of investment and management. San Pedro de Timote has recently been sold (for the third time in 3 years) so you might want to try it after the new owners have made significant investments.
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