We stayed the night--basically $400 (US) for the two of us, not counting the transportation there and back. Since we'd not been to the Pampas before it was worth it, and my spouse enjoyed the hour-long horseback rice (he and three others, with two guides). The estancia is full of antiques and nice twists of decor. But on reflection it's quite a chunk of change for a piece of the countryside.
The owners were busy with various business activities and did not interact with guests, at least not English-speaking ones, as much as we'd been led to expect from the reviews. However, lunch (under the trees) was excellent--many kinds of meat, and two salads, with wine. Hawks circling the sky, and interesting dogs of most every kind were part of the experience. Doves coo'd throughout.
There are two swimming pools which other guests were enjoying, and there was a ping pong table that got some use. But primarily it was a relaxation experience.
The evening "cena" (light supper) was a tasty quiche-type tarta and a lasagna-type pasta, followed by a fruit cocktail tart. Breakfast was the customary liquid yoghurt, juice, coffee with scant cold cuts and breads. Ample, but nothing special.
On reflection, glad we went once but one night is enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recreational activities: Guests can go horse back riding throughout the 300-hectare estancia accompanied by gauchos, enjoying the Pampa with its birds and animals and observing the cattle grazing or feeding their young or wander around the park among the ancient trees and scented flowers. There are several horse rides during the day.They last 1 hour or 1 hour and a half aprox. If you prefer longer or shorter rides, it can be arranged at the estancia. We have horses for both beginners and experienced ridersWe also offer rides in a sulky with a Gaucho driver for those not wishing to ride horses, and bird watching. There are several bycicles available that one can use to get to the river inside the estancia.We have a play room with games and a billard table, soccer and volleyball field And if it´s hot enough, two large swimming ools. Also a game room featuring a fireplace for winter, pool table, ping-pong, foosball, and various board games for children and adults. ... more less
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- Estancia El Ombu De Areco Hotel San Antonio De Areco